(see Commencement Program page)

1989 BHS Alumna of the Year


Alumnus of the Year - 1989

(Professional Resume found in the 32nd Reunion binder)

Eighteen years experience in research on crime and delinquency as research manager and analyst on delinquency prevention and youth corrections policies and programs. Currently, Chief of Research for the California Youth Authority.

Author of national standards and goals for youth service bureaus, national standards and reporting requirements for runaway youth centers, evaluations of youth service bureaus, articles on research utilization and youth violence, and funded research proposals, including evaluation of juvenile diversion projects.

Consultant to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals, Rand Corporation, Mitre Corporation, West Georgia College, Portland State University, University of Colorado Bureau of Sociological Research, Wisconsin Council on Criminal Justice, Lucas County (Toledo, Ohio) Criminal Justice Planning Board, and National Study of Youth Service Bureaus.

Panelist and moderator at numerous conferences on topics such as research methods, research utilization, evaluation, determinate sentencing, sex offenders, minority crime, female delinquency, "Scared Straight," runaways, juvenile diversion, child abuse, youth service bureaus, and delinquency prevention.

Internationally, visiting scholar at the first Sino-American Criminal Justice Institute, lecturing at the Central Police College and Tunghai University in Taiwan.

Assistant Professor at California State University, Sacramento; taught Delinquency Prevention and Control.

Leader and participant in professional activities, including: past president, Association for Criminal Justice Research (California); board member and annual conference program chair, Western Society of Criminology; Ethics Committee, American Society of Criminology; member, California Probation, Parole and Correctional Association.

Community activities include: past president, Stanford Settlement, Inc. (a United Way agency).

Recipient of Fellows award of the Western Society of Criminology. Included in Who's Who in the West.

Conducted market and advertising research for the Los Angeles Times, Pacific Telephone, and Batten, Barton, Durstine, and Osborne advertising agency.

B.A. in Sociology and Social Institutions from University of California, Berkeley. Additional course work at University of California, Davis Extension.


40th Reunion (1995): (Standing) Dixie Eason McCarthy, Vondra Bush, Maren Browning Gilliland, Linda Thorpe Sprague, Irene Taylor; (Seated) Elaine Bjorgan, Dee Williams Ropers, Sue Stoll Egan, Ann Murison, Carol Alexander.

40th Reunion (1995)
Visit to the Burlingame Historical Society Archives
Located in the Gunst Mansion Carriage House in Washington Park
Marilyn Dickman Short was the principal archivist at that time.

Jayne Wright Lasley, Carol Alexander, Marilyn Dickman Short, Maren Browning, Dee Williams Ropers (seated), Mike Langston, Jain Fairfax Langston, Elaine Bjorgan.


In March 2007, at the meeting of the Association for Criminal Justice Research, Elaine was presented with the prestigious Richard A. McGee Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research on Criminal Justice.