2012 ACCJC Accrediatation Team October 15 - 18 2012

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Dr. Loretta Adrian (Chair)
Coastline Community College

Dr. Loretta (Lori) Adrian is the president of Coastline Community College in Orange County, California. She enjoys and values working collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders. During her tenure as president, some of her outstanding accomplishments include the completion of an educational master plan for the college, the implementation of integrated planning including systematic SLO assessment and program review. She is deeply committed to supporting leadership development and has guided the college through a financially challenging time in an atmosphere of mutual respect, and open and transparent communication. She is sharply focused on student success and the practice of a “students first” philosophy. Prior to Coastline, Lori was the Vice President of student services at Skyline College, in the Bay Area, and Dean of Student Affairs at San Diego Mesa College. She has an extensive and impressive background in student services, and a history of successful collaborations with instruction. She has worked in several community colleges in California, as well as at a private university. Lori has previously served as a member of several accreditation site visit teams. In addition to her higher education background, Lori worked as an intercultural trainer/project director for the U. S. Peace Corps in the Philippines for six years. Lori holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education from the Claremont Graduate University (in a joint program with San Diego State University), and a master’s degree in Communication Theory from the University of the Pacific.

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Dr. Vince Rodriguez (Assistant)
Vice President of Instruction/Student Services
Coastline Community College

Dr. Vince Rodriguez grew up in Orange, California. He graduated from Orange Coast College with an Associate degree and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Distance Learning and Adult Education. In 2011 he completed his study related to retention of online students while earning his doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Rodriguez has been a member of the Coast Community College District since 1998 and has worked as a classified employee, instructor, and administrator. Over his 14 years at Coastline, he provided leadership at each of Coastline’s learning centers and spent many years overseeing a Distance Learning program that accounts for nearly half of the enrollments at the College. Dr. Rodriguez is a resident of Huntington Beach and in his free time, volunteers as a coach and referee for the Costa Mesa region of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO).

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Dr. Larry Buckley
Interim President
San Bernardino Valley College

Dr. Larry Buckley currently serves as the Interim President of San Bernardino Valley College. He has served in community colleges for some 27 years, first as a History Professor, and the last 13 as a Dean, Vice President of Instruction, and now, as an Interim President. He has extensive experience with the Accrediting Commission, having served on nine visiting teams over the past decade.


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Mr. Oscar De Haro
Vice President of Student Services
Napa Valley College

Mr. Oscar De Haro is the Vice President of Student Services currently overseeing Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Counseling, Transfer Center, Career Center, Student Life/ASNVC, Student Support Services (SSS) and Educational Talent Search TRIO Programs,College Police, and Student Health Center; Credit and Noncredit Matriculation Coordinator; co-chair of the Planning Committee; co-chair of the Inclusivity Committee; Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Team Leader and chair of the NVC Outreach Committee. He is the former EOPS/Financial Aid Director at NVC (1970 & 80s), former Assistant Dean of Special Programs at Mendocino College; and currently dean of students at NVC overseeing discipline and classroom issues; previous teaching experience as instructor of Mexican American Studies, History of Mexico, Civics and Physical Education (soccer). He has served as the Team Leader for the Student Services Categorical Program Review and Technical Assistance Site Visit to Santa Monica City College in March 2008. He has also served as key member of the team who developed the 2009 Institutional Self Study report for NVC specifically focusing on Standard 1.B Improving Institutional Effectiveness; prepared the Categorical Programs Self-Evaluation report for NVC in March 2007 and the subsequent team site visit to campus in April 2008 and participated on an accreditation evaluation visit to Crafton Hills College in 2009.

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Ms. Debbie Distante
Instruction Librarian
Mt. San Antonio College

Ms. Debbbie Distante has been a librarian for 25 years, the past thirteen of which have been spent at Mt. San Antonio College as a faculty librarian. Prior to that, she has had a multitude of experiences with public libraries and non-profits. This is her seventh accreditation site visit and she welcomes the opportunity to visit Hawai‘i Community College. Having been involved in the self-study process on her own campus, she appreciates all of the work that has been done to prepare for the team’s visit to the campus. Outside of work, she reads (lots and lots), pins recipes to Pinterest, is training for a half marathon (walking it) in January 2013, and tries to keep up with her husband and 13-year-old son.

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Ms. Michelle Grimes-Hillman
Professor of Psychology
Mt. San Antonio College

Ms. Michelle Grimes-Hillman is a Professor of Psychology at Mt. San Antonio Community College in Southern California. She holds a B.A. in General Psychology and M.A. in Experimental Psychology. She has been employed at Mt. SAC as a full-time faculty member since 2000 and became involved in shared governance during her second year. She has over 12 years of teaching experience (traditional and distance education), working in statewide organizations, and in private industry. She has served on her local Academic Senate as Senate President. She is currently serving as a state-wide at-large representative for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. She has served as the statewide Accreditation Committee chair and partnered with the ACCJC to facilitate the California State Academic Senate’s Accreditation Institute.

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Dr. Betty Inclan
Former President
Berkeley City College

Dr. Betty Inclan has held numerous positions in education such as associate professor of English; English department chair; and director of a general education reform at Miami Dade College. She was division dean of language arts at Modesto Junior College; associate superintendent/vice president of academic affairs at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria for fourteen years; and since January 2008, became president of Berkeley City College. She retired from Berkeley City College on June 30, 2012. Betty earned a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin and was named a distinguished graduate of that program. She holds a master’s degree in English from Kent State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Miami. She received an associate’s degree in English from Miami Dade College. Betty has substantial experience with accreditation. She has participated in eight comprehensive team visits. She has been the lead for Standard IV on “Leadership and Governance.” She was also a co-writer for Standard IV at Berkeley City College. She was the accreditation liaison officer at Allan Hancock College for fourteen years. She has extensive experience in submitting requests for approval of new degrees and certificates as well as new distance learning programs through the substantive change process. During Betty’s tenure at Berkeley City College and Allan Hancock College, she developed integrated planning processes. In the last five years, she focused her energies on learning outcomes assessment as well as student success initiatives designed to increase student achievement and success. She also created industry partnerships designed to strengthen career and technical education.

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Ms. Cathy Itnyre
Professor, Philosophy and History
Copper Mountain College

Ms. Cathy Itnyre has been a professor of History and Philosophy at Copper Mountain College since 1995, and accreditation liaison officer at the college since 2001. She earned her bachelor’s degree in medieval history from The Catholic University of America, and her master’s degree in history from Rutgers University. She has served on seven ACCJC evaluation teams in California since 2003. At Copper Mountain College, she serves on the Curriculum Technical Review Committee and is the advisor for the local chapter of the international honor society for community college students, Phi Theta Kappa.

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Dr. Adam Karp
Dean of Fine and Applied Arts
American River College

Dr. Adam Karp began his career at American River College in 1999 as a professor of Spanish. During his tenure as a faculty member he served as department chair and was responsible for developing curriculum for hybrid/distance education delivery modalities. He represented his division on the college's Technology Committee and Curriculum Committee, and later served the college for two years as the faculty curriculum chair. Assuming further leadership responsibilities, he served 16 months as the Interim Assistant Dean of Science and Engineering, while also serving on the college Equity committee. He has served in his current role as Dean of Fine and Applied Arts since January 2012.

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Ms. Kimberly McCord
District Director, Fiscal Services
South Orange County CCD

After relocating to Merced, California in 1988, Ms. Kimberly McCord began her career at Merced College as the foundation accountant and was ultimately promoted to the fiscal director. In 2000, Kim moved to southern California after accepting the position of Administrative Director of Fiscal Affairs for the Coast Community College District where she managed payroll, accounting, and purchasing. She joined the South Orange County Community College District in 2012 as the Executive Director of Fiscal Services. Responsibilities there include accounting, payroll, risk management and benefits. She also serves on the State Fiscal Standards and Accountability Committee. A native of Hawai‘i, Kim studied at the University of Utah where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She currently resides in Lake Forest with her husband and has two grown daughters.

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Mr. Daniel Peck
Director, Research, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness
Mission College

Mr. Daniel Peck currently serves as Director of Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness at Mission College in Santa Clara, California. Daniel brings 11 years of experience in institutional, education, and policy research. Daniel began working in higher education institutional research at the University of South Alabama, with subsequent positions at Mission College and Foothill College, both part of the California Community College system. Prior to working in institutional research, Daniel guided applied research for the United Way of Southwest Alabama, a regional nonprofit agency, including policy evaluation, community scans, community surveys, and grants management. In addition, Daniel has past experience serving on an Institutional Review Board and various nonprofit organization boards. Daniel has an M.A. in Sociology from Indiana University, where he also worked within the Institute for Survey Research and taught both topic and statistics classes. His B.A. is a double major in Sociology and English.

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Dr. John Sciacca
Dean, Health Science Division
Cypress College

After graduating from Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts, Dr. John Sciacca served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa. He received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Hawai‘i, an M.A. in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Health Education from Purdue University. His professional experience includes six years as the Health Education and Administration Officer for the Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange Between East and West in Honolulu, three years as the Health Advocate Program Coordinator for the Purdue University Hospital, and 11 years as Director of the Arizona Health Careers Opportunity Program. He has held appointments as Professor of Health Sciences at Northern Arizona University and Professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona. His administrative experiences include appointments as Chair, Department of Health Sciences at Northern Arizona University (NAU), Associate Dean, College of Public Health at the University of Arizona, Executive Director, School of Health Professions at NAU, and Interim Dean, College of Health and Human Services at NAU.

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Ms. Lois Yamakoshi
Mathematics Professor
Los Medanos College

Since 1976, Ms. Lois Yamakoshi has taught mathematics in California and London, England. She finds joy in seeing students succeed and many keep in touch to let her know how the problem solving skills they’ve learned have enriched their lives. At conferences including Montreal, San Francisco, San Antonio, Monterey and South Carolina, she served as a speaker to share what works in our learning environment. Her colleagues demonstrated their support with the Teacher of the Year Award and the college student body named her MVP (Most Valuable Player) twice. Her professional experiences include Academic Senate President, Curriculum Committee Chair, Math Department Chair, and President of CMC3 (California Math Council, Community Colleges) as well as committee work with K-12 , CSU (California State Universities), UC (University of California) and AMATYC (American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges). Outside of her educational profession, sher serves on Congressman George Miller’s Military Academy Advisory Board and enjoys music (The Beatles) , sports (baseball & basketball) and travel.