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Visiting Team Roster

Bakersfield College Accreditation Team Chair

Dr. Kathleen Burke

Chancellor, South Orange County Community College District

Dr. Kathleen F. Burke was named chancellor of the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) on April 30, 2018; she assumed office on July 1, 2018. The District serves over 42,000 students and currently offers 409 degrees and certificates. There are 390 full-time faculty, 1200 adjunct faculty, over 1760 classified staff, 101 classified managers, and 40 administrators. The District’s current annual revenue is over $457 million.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Burke served as the president of Los Angeles Pierce College for eight (8) years. From 2006-2010, Kathleen was the Vice President of Academic Affairs at three Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) campuses, including Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Angeles City College and Los Angeles Mission College. Kathleen’s first position in the LACCD from 2001-2006 was as Dean of Academic Affairs at East Los Angeles College.

In addition to employment in the SOCCCD and LACCD, Dr. Burke served for 10 years as Division Chairperson for the Visual and Performing Arts at Glendale Community College, where she was also an Associate Professor of Art History. Kathleen started her career in higher education in 1981 at Glendale College as an adjunct faculty member. After accepting the administrative position in the LACCD, Kathleen was elected to the Board of Trustees at Glendale Community College and served for one term.

Dr. Burke earned a doctorate of Education in Institutional Management at Pepperdine University. In addition, she holds a master's degree in Art, with an emphasis in Art History, from California State University, Northridge, and a bachelor's degree in Studio Art and Art History from the University of California, Irvine. Kathleen completed her general education transfer requirements at Glendale Community College.

Accreditation Team Assistant

Ms. Sheri Berger

Vice President of Academic Affairs
Accreditation Liaison Officer
Los Angeles Pierce College

Sheri Berger has served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles Pierce College for four years and also serves as the College’s Accreditation Liaison Officer. Prior to becoming Vice President, she was a Dean of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles Valley College supervising the Natural and Social Sciences. Before moving into administration, Sheri was a Professor of Mathematics at Los Angeles Valley College and served as the Mathematics Department Chair, Student Learning Outcomes Chair, Vice President of the Academic Senate, and Curriculum Committee Chair. She has worked collaboratively both as a faculty member and administrator on committees such as Curriculum, Enrollment Management, Program Review, Educational Planning, Matriculation, Budget, and Accreditation. Sheri has worked in higher education for 28 years with 22 at the Community College Level. She holds her bachelor's and master's degrees in Mathematics from California State University, Northridge.

Academic Representatives

Ms. Cheryl Bailey

Instruction Librarian
Student Learning Outcomes Coordinator
Irvine Valley College

Cheryl Bailey is the instruction librarian and chair of the library at Irvine Valley College (IVC) in Irvine, CA. As a faculty member at IVC, Cheryl has served as the Academic Senate Recorder, the Online Education co-chair, and as the Student Learning Outcomes coordinator. Additionally, she has served as a lead faculty member on the Guided Pathways Taskforce, the Curriculum Committee, the District Wide Planning Council, the Accreditation Oversight Workgroup, and other various workgroups and taskforces. Cheryl has a bachelor's and master's degree in Art History from California State University, Long Beach and a master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.


Mr. Michael Fino

Dean Math and Sciences
MiraCosta College

Mike Fino is the Dean of Mathematics and Sciences at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA. Mike has leadership responsibilities for six academic departments, four academic support centers, and online learning. In addition, Mike leads the College’s efforts in basic skills education and, specifically, the reforms in remedial education towards accelerated completion of transfer-level math and English. Mike serves as the Co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education grant to promote the development of biomanufacturing educational infrastructure. As a faculty member and department chair, Mike authored a first-of-its-kind Bachelor of Science in biomanufacturing. Additionally, he has had governance leadership roles in program review, student success, basic skills, accreditation, and as president of the Academic Senate. Mike has degrees in bioengineering (BS, MEng) from the University of California, San Diego and is currently in a doctoral program in community college leadership at San Diego State University.


Ms. Elizabeth Romero

Child Development Instructor
Academic Senate President
Clovis Community College

Liz Romero is a Child Development faculty member and Academic Senate President at Clovis Community College (CCC). She is in her fifth year as the Senate president and has been teaching Child Development for the past 13 years. She has recent accreditation experience at CCC. The College received initial accreditation in 2015 and then immediately went into re-accreditation to align their cycle with other colleges in the district. Liz loves the accreditation process; it helps to identify areas for growth, which in turn creates better opportunities for students.

Administrative Representatives

Dr. Duncan Sutton

Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning
Salvation Army College for Officer Training at Crestmont

Duncan Sutton serves as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning at The Salvation Army College for Officer Training, a two-year private college in Rancho Palos Verdes. He is responsible for all accreditation-related efforts and serves as the College’s Accreditation Liaison Officer and Student Learning Outcomes coordinator. In addition to his 7 years of Institutional Effectiveness/Research experience, Duncan has 14 years of faculty experience and almost 25 years broader experience as a music educator, performer, and conductor.

With his undergraduate studies in music education occurring in England, Duncan continued his education after moving to the U.S., earning his MA and Ed.D from Long Beach State.

Duncan has had significant involvement with three Institutional Self Evaluation Reports and comprehensive evaluations at his own institution and has participated in two previous peer review teams for the ACCJC.

 


Mr. Ken Stoppenbrink

Deputy Chancellor
West Hills Community College District

Ken Stoppenbrink is the Deputy Chancellor at West Hills Community College District (WHCCD). He has 22 years of experience at WHCCD and 15 years of experience in human resources in the private sector. In his over 30 years of experience, Mr. Stoppenbrink has overseen all areas of human resources and the business office as well as participated in negotiations for collective bargaining agreements. He is responsible for reporting on the financial status of the District to the Board of Trustees. Additionally, he has been involved in bond projects as well as tax credit deals, which bring in revenue to the District. Ken holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Chico State University, and an Associate in Arts in Business from Shasta Junior College.


Mr. Dale van Dam

Vice President of Instruction & ALO
Reedley College

Dale van Dam is currently the Vice President of Instruction and the Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) at Reedley College in Reedley, California. Throughout his career, he has been involved in multiple accreditation efforts as a team member, self-evaluation report author and ALO. Prior to his current position, he served as Dean of Instruction at the El Dorado and Rancho Cordova Centers of Folsom Lake College for 11 years. In that position he had oversight for transfer programs, CTE programs, and student services offices. Van Dam holds a master’s degree in Geology from the University of Utah and taught Earth Science, Geography and Geology at American River College for 10 years, where he helped create a Geographic Information Systems degree and certificate program. He has also taught at Yuba College, Sierra College and California State University, Sacramento. In addition, he has served as a partner/owner of several environmental consulting firms in the Sacramento region since 1987.


Dr. Lisa Cooper Wilkins

Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services
San Joaquin Delta College

Dr. Cooper Wilkins is the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President for Student Services at San Joaquin Delta College (SJDC). She has administrative oversight for Enrollment Services and Student Development, Counseling and Special Services, Police Services, CalWORKs, and the Hazel Hill Child Development Center. She joined the District in 2014 as the Dean of Enrollment Services and Student Development.

Prior to joining SJDC, Dr. Wilkins served as the Associate Vice President for Student Life (2010-2014), the Interim Assist Provost for Diversity and the Director of the Educational Resource Center (2005-2008), and Coordinator of Disability Services (2002-2005) at University of the Pacific. In Philadelphia, she was the Dean of the Educational Support Services Division at the Community College of Philadelphia (2008-2010). Lisa has spent her career in roles that foster access, equity, inclusion and opportunity for underrepresented and underserved students.

Dr. Cooper Wilkins completed her doctoral studies at the George Washington University in Higher Education Administration Program. She possesses a Master of Arts in Psychological Services and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Counseling from Marymount University, a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Relations from Goucher College.

 


Dr. Mandy Liang

Interim Associate Dean of Matriculation and Assessment
City College of San Francisco

Dr. Mandy Liang is a passionate educator and leader with 12 years of professional and leadership experience in both instruction and student services at multiple California Community Colleges. Dr. Liang’s dedication and commitment to promoting student success and equity in higher education is rooted in her personal experience as an immigrant and first-generation college student.

Currently, she is the Associate Dean of Matriculation and Assessment at City College of San Francisco (CCSF). Previously, she served two consecutive terms as the Academic Senate President and Accreditation Faculty Co-Chair. Her leadership contributed directly to CCSF’s recent full seven-year accreditation reaffirmation after the five-year long accreditation crisis. Prior to her Senate Presidency, she worked as the Student Services Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) Coordinator. Under her leadership, the Student Development Division successfully addressed all 10 accreditation recommendations and fully met the 2014 accreditation standards related to student services outcomes assessment.

To support student success, Dr. Liang has worked in various capacities as a counselor, instructor, student club faculty advisor, assessment center coordinator, and outreach representative within the California Community College system. She serves on a number of statewide committees, and she is involved in a number of Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiatives (IEPI). She is the Vice President of the California Community College Assessment Association (CCCAA).

ACCJC Staff Liaison

Ms. Gohar Momjian

Vice President
ACCJC