Meet the Accreditation Site Visit Team!

These are the accreditation professionals that will be visiting our District October 1-4, 2018.
Please join us in welcoming them!
 

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Team Chair:

 Dr. Kevin Walthers​
Superintendent/President, Allan Hancock College 

Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D., joined Allan Hancock College as superintendent/president in July of 2013.  His career has crossed the educational spectrum, first as a high school teacher after graduation from the University of Texas at Austin then as an executive in campus and state system positions in Utah and West Virginia.  A product of Eastfield College in Texas, Dr. Walthers believes Allan Hancock College is central to changing the odds for families in our community.

 
 
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​Team Assistant:

Ms. Carmen S. Camacho
Exectutive Assistant to the Superintendent/President, Allan Hancock College

Carmen Camacho has served as the executive assistant to the superintendent/president and the board of trustees at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria for the last eight years.  Prior to working at Hancock College, she was the administrative assistant in business services at Orcutt Union School District and Lucia Mar Unified School District.  Before moving to the Central Coast, she was the office manager of Parmelee Elementary School, a four-track year-round elementary school with 1600 students.  She had also been selected to help organize the newly built Montara Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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ACCJC Staff Liaison:

Stephanie Droker, Ed.D.
Vice President, ACCJC

Stephanie Droker, Ed.D, joined the ACCJC staff in 2016.  Dr. Droker was the Vice President of Educational Services and Accreditation Liaison Officer at West Hills College Coalinga from 2012 – 2016.  Previous to her administrative experience, she served as faculty of political science and work-based learning at West Hills College Lemoore.  In that role, she also served as Academic Senate President, Strategic Planning Committee Chair, and Curriculum Committee Member.  During her tenure at the West Hills Community College District, Dr. Droker was an active volunteer with ACCJC, participating on several peer review teams. 

As ACCJC liaison for the College of the Sequoias, Dr. Droker is the point of contact between COS and the Commission.  She works with college personnel to answer questions about the interpretation and application of accreditation standards and helps COS to organize its accreditation efforts.  As COS’s liaison, Dr. Droker is present during the site visit to ensure consistency in the peer review process and serves as a resource to COS and the peer review team.

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Academic Representative:

Mr. Rick Miranda
Vice President of Academic Affairs, Cerritos College

Rick Miranda is a resident of Yorba Linda, California, and a lifelong native of southern California.  As a child, he spent many weekends visiting the natural history museum in Los Angeles with his father.  These visits, more than anything, spurred his interest in the sciences, and eventually led to a career in biology.

 Mr. Miranda spent his collegiate years attending such institutions as Fullerton College; California State University, San Bernardino; and the University of California, Riverside; during which time he earned a BS and MS degree in biology. Following that, Mr. Miranda was a biology professor for nearly 8 years with Taft College in California’s central valley before transitioning into administration.

Mr. Miranda came to Cerritos College in the spring of 2012 as the Dean of Academic Affairs. In February of 2016 he was officially appointed the Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs and Assistant Superintendent, and in May 2017 he was appointed to serve in this position permanently.  Rick continually facilitates opportunities for the campus to develop culturally responsive teaching and learning.  He supports innovative education, curriculum and pedagogy, integrative teaching and learning, and research-based methodology.  He strives to empower and encourage success by providing equitable access to resources.

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Academic Representative:

Dr. Merryl Kravitz
Dean of Language Arts and Learning Resources, Evergreen Valley College

Dr. Merryl Kravitz is Dean of Language Arts, Library and Learning Resources at Evergreen Valley College in San José, California.  She earned her doctorate in Educational Linguistics from the University of New Mexico, and served as faculty at New Mexico Highlands University for 19 years.  As a sixth year dean, Merryl is excited to take a leadership role in the changes that are occurring due to AB 705.  This is her third accreditation visit, having previously served on teams at American Samoa Community College and LA Harbor College. 

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Academic Representative:

Dr. Becky Opsata
Dean of Accreditation and Special Projects, Diablo Valley College

Becky Opsata was a faculty member at Diablo Valley College in Communication Studies for 11 years before becoming the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation. While a faculty member, she directed the Speech and Debate Team for many years. Before coming to DVC, she was on the faculty at California State University, Northridge. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, a MA from Kansas State University, and a BA from Macalester College of St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

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Academic Representative:

Dr. Mia Terrez Kelly
Allied Health Department Faculty, Merritt College

Dr. Mia Terrez Kelly has worked in the Peralta Community College District since 2004 and is currently the Interim Director of Health Services for the Peralta Community College District. Dr. Kelly is also a faculty member in the Allied Health Department teaching Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing--Content Expert for Gerontology, Nutrition for Health Professionals, and Pharmacology.  Dr. Kelly has served as the Director of the Pre-Nursing Summer Boot Camp Program, Co-Chair and faculty liaison for the Accreditation Follow-Up/Midterm Reports, Tenure Review Facilitator for new hires and Academic Senator. Dr. Kelly has participated in continuous quality improvement, rigorous cycles of interdepartmental self-evaluations, and accreditation as mandated by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Previously, Dr. Kelly has served as an external visiting team member for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

Dr. Kelly is a Registered Public Health Nurse with clinical expertise that spans over 20 years in the Intensive and Cardiac Care Units and has earned a Master of Science in Nursing Education from California State Dominguez Hills and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Social Justice from St. Mary’s College.  Her research focus on Remediation Strategies to Improve the Success and Retention of Nursing Students supports data driven, evidence-based remediation strategies to guide student success and promote retention.

In the community, Dr. Kelly’s passion lies in bridging health care disparities for our most vulnerable, underserved populations with the ultimate mission of empowering and optimizing wellness through education. Through an integration of best-practices, presentations, program development, education, and resource referral, important topics such as heart health, obesity, exercise, and nutrition, are addressed. 

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Administrative Representative:

Dr. Jacqueline Honda
Interim Dean of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness, Skyline College

Dr. Jacqueline Honda started working in the California Community Colleges as a research analyst in 1998, writing her first Student Equity Report at Coastline College. She became a Director of Institutional Research at Santa Monica College, and later a Dean at Rio Hondo College. She has worked in both the University of California and  the California State University systems, and spent four years at the University of Hawai`i. Throughout her work, she has used an equity lens to mitigate disproportionate impact and measure effective initiatives that close the achievement gap.

She is currently the Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) at Skyline College, and was previously the ALO at the University of Hawai`i, West Oahu, where she helped the institution receive a seven-year re-affirmation. Her hobbies are stand-up paddleboarding, teaching online in her own Institutional Research Certificate Program at UCSD, and mentoring doctoral candidates with their research.

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Administrative Representative:

Mr. Florentino Manzano
Vice President of Student Services, Los Angeles Valley College

Florentino Manzano is the Vice President of Student Services at Los Angeles Valley College. Previously, at LAVC, he served as the Acting Vice President, the Dean of Enrollment Services, and Associate Dean. Mr. Manzano started his career in education at California State University, Northridge as a coordinator for Pre-College Programs. He, then, served as the Director for the School of Arts Educational Equity Programs and as the Director of the Student Resource Center for the College of Arts, Media and Communication. Mr. Manzano holds a B.A. in Mexican-American Studies and a M.A. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from CSUN.

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Administrative Representative:

Ms. Sue Rearic
Vice-Chancellor of Business Services, Grossmont-Cuyamaca CCD

Sue Rearic, C.P.A, Vice Chancellor-Business Services of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, was appointed to the position in February 2008. Prior to that appointment, Ms. Rearic served as the Associate Vice Chancellor/Controller, and other fiscal and administrative positions for the District, including chief business officer at both of the District’s colleges. Ms. Rearic’s has over 30 years of business leadership, administration, and fiscal and administrative operations experience in education.

Ms. Rearic has responsibility for the Business Services division of the District, including Facilities Planning, Development and Electronic Maintenance, Public Safety, District Accounting, Purchasing and Contracts, Budget and Administrative Services. Ms. Rearic also serves as a Districtwide leader for our two-college District, as a member of Chancellor’s Cabinet and the Chair of the District Strategic Planning & Budget Council.

Ms. Rearic received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from California State University Northridge, and was licensed to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in 1981.

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Academic Representative:

Dr. Leslie Minor
Instructor, Psychology and Social Science, Solano Community College

Leslie Minor is a Professor of Psychology and Sociology at Solano College. She has been in community college education for more than 25 years, as both an instructor and an administrator. Dr. Minor completed a BA in Psychology at the University of Washington, Seattle; and MA and PhD degrees from the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. She is committed to her students' academic engagement and success.

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​Administrative Representative:

Ms. Elizabeth Estrella
Counselor, Hartnell College

Dr. Elizabeth Estrella is a General Counselor working for Hartnell College on the Central Coast.  She has 21 years of community college experience and works with the Distance Education Committee, has years in Developmental Education.  She works on online counseling and multiple measures.  Her dissertation was on best instructional strategies and academic support programs in developmental mathematics.  She has worked for the telephone company in digital switching and enjoys technology.

 
Last Updated: 10/1/2018 8:14 AM