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Marvin MartinezMr. Marvin Martinez 
East Los Angeles College

Team Chair

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Marvin Martinez is President of East Los Angeles College (ELAC), one of the largest Hispanic serving institutions in the nation. Serving nearly 60,000 students annually, ELAC offers a breadth of programming allowing students to transfer to four-year universities, complete two-year liberal arts and career technical degrees and gain valuable career skills through the completion of short-term career technical certificates. Prior to arriving at ELAC, Mr. Martinez served as President of Los Angeles Harbor College; Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development for the Los Angeles Community College District; Vice President of Planning and Development at Santa Monica College and Dean of Business and Industry; and Director of Economic Development and Coordinator of the Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act (VATEA) at Cerritos College.
President Martinez is a native of El Salvador. He immigrated to Brooklyn, New York and then moved to Long Beach, California where he graduated from Long Beach Wilson High. He holds a Master of Arts in Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA.  He is a father of four.

Ruben ArenasMr. Ruben Arenas 
Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Advancement
East Los Angeles College

Team Assistant

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Ruben Arenas is Dean of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Advancement at East Los Angeles College (ELAC), the largest campus in the Los Angeles Community College District. He currently oversees the areas of institutional research, enrollment management, professional development, learning assessment, accreditation, and planning. He started at ELAC in 2008 as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and assumed his current position in April 2015.  As a faculty member, Mr. Arenas was involved in a number of areas including supplemental instruction, the College's first-year experience, STEM education, Computer Science education, and improving outcomes in developmental mathematics.  He served on the College's Academic Senate for a number of years.

Mr. Arenas completed his undergraduate coursework in mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, and his master's degree at University of California, San Diego.

Ms. Elizabeth EstrellaElizabeth Estrella
General Counseling
Hartnell College

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Elizabeth Estrella is a community college graduate and the daughter of farm workers.  Ms. Estrella received her bachelor's degree from University California, Santa Barbara in Sociology and Religious Studies, and has a master's degree from San Diego State University.  She currently works as a general counselor and has experience with EOPS/CARE, Cal Works, and Gear-Up.

Ms. Estrella is active in basic skills education, and has assisted with the writing of her college's SSSP plan and SEP grant.  She enjoys innovation and technology, but could do without the cost of upkeep.

Ms. Cyndie LunaCyndie Luna
Communication Instructor, Faculty ALO
Fresno City College

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Ms. Luna currently teaches Communication at Fresno City College. She serves as the Faculty Accreditation Liaison and is department co-chair of Communication Arts. She has been with State Center Community College District since 1998 and has worked in institutional research, planning and program review. She has previously served on the board of the Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges and holds an MA in Speech Communication from California State University, Fresno.

Ms. Nancy JonesNancy Jones
Dean of Instruction - CTE
Coastline Community College

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Nancy S. Jones received her BS in Business/Education from Oral Roberts University, MA in Communications Advertising from CSU Fullerton, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership Program at CSU Fullerton.  Serving as the Dean of Instruction for Career and Technical Education at Coastline Community College, Ms. Jones also serves as the Co-PI for the CyberWatch West NSF grant and is responsible for curriculum development and alignment.  She has taught computer networking at Coastline both part time and full time for over 21 years and has served as the Academic Senate President for six years as well as department chair for 13 years before moving into administration.  On a statewide basis, as a faculty member Ms. Jones has served as the faculty facilitator for the Statewide Career Pathways Project, and discipline facilitator for the Computer Science/Computer Information Systems C-ID Project.  Research interests include Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Cohorts, student success strategies, and first year experience programs.

Ms. Maryanne MillsMaryanne Mills
Instruction and Outreach Librarian
West Valley College

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Maryanne Mills is currently the Outreach & Instruction Librarian at West Valley College in Saratoga, CA.  Prior to this position, she served as the Information Competency Librarian from 2004 - 2010 at West Valley.  She currently serves on the college's Distance Learning Committee and Student Success Team. Past committee work includes:  Information Competency Task Force, Curriculum Committee, Academic Senate and Global Citizenship Committee. She is a member of the American Library Association and the California Academic & Research Libraries Association.

Dr. Leta StagnaroLeta Stagnaro
Vice President Academic Affairs/Deputy Superintendent
Ohlone College

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Dr. Leta Stagnaro serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Deputy Superintendent at Ohlone Community College District. Leta holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Master's Degree in Business Administration, and Master's Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Medicine.  Leta began her employment at Ohlone in 1998 as a faculty member in the Kinesiology and Athletics Department. She has served as an Academic Dean coordinating curriculum and program development for several academic programs. Also, she provided oversight for economic and workforce development and community education programs.  Leta developed the academic programming and operational plans for the Ohlone Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology. The campus that serves over 3000 students opened in 2008 and was the first community college campus to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the highest level awarded for green buildings from the United States Green Building Council.  Prior to taking on her current assignment, she served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Leslie Buckalew, B.S. M.P.H, Ed.D. Leslie Guy Buckalew
Vice President of Student Learning
Columbia College

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Currently Leslie serves as the Vice President of Student Learning at Columbia College, one of two colleges in the Yosemite Community College District.  She is responsible for all aspects of instruction. Leslie has held statewide leadership roles in the area of Economic Development and Career Technical Education. She is committed to excellence in education and data driven data decision making in the California Community Colleges. Her personal and professional interests include the impact of technology on teaching and learning.

Dr. Buckalew has also worked for some of the largest and most successful global companies in the world. She ran global markets for Siemens, Cisco, & Adobe. Additionally, she was recruited to serve as Executive VP for a high tech start-up. Her professional expertise includes sales & marketing for vertical industries such as finance, education, health care, government and defense. Her extensive background in both higher education and business equip her to uniquely assist and support students in their career and professional goals.

Mr. Richard KudlikRichard Kudlik
Manager, Fiscal Services
Rancho Santiago CCD

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After obtaining my master's degree in accounting, I started my career as an auditor in public accounting at Arthur Andersen LLP.  I worked with Andersen for four years and became a CPA in 2001. Subsequent to my time in the private sector, I took a position as the District Director of Internal Audit at Coast Community College District where I worked for 8 years, and also as an Interim Director of Fiscal Services at Coastline College within the Coast District for a year and a half where I was responsible for creating the budget for the college as well as the day-to-day accounting function. From Coast, I came to Rancho Santiago Community College District where I have been the Manager, Fiscal Services for over two years where I am responsible for the day-to-day accounting function.

Dr. Joe WyseJoe Wyse
Shasta College

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Dr. Joe Wyse is the Superintendent/President of the Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District.  He started in this position on August 1, 2011 after serving for the previous four years as Vice President of Administrative Services for Shasta College.  He completed his Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University in May 2014, and holds a Master's degree in New Testament Studies from Trinity International University, and a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Kenyon College.  Dr. Wyse's prior experience includes serving as Executive Director at the Trinity Law School and Graduate School, part of Trinity International University, California Regional Center, from 2004 - 2007.  Dr. Wyse served in several other administrative positions at Trinity International University, including Associate Dean of Administration from 1998 - 2004 and Director of Enrollment Services from 1996 -1998.

Dr. Wyse serves as the Area 1 Representative on the Community College League of California's CEO Board as well as serving on the boards of the California Community College Athletic Association and the Association of California Community College Administrators. 

Dr. David BugayDavid Bugay
Vice Chancellor Human Resources
South Orange County CCD

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Before he became the Vice Chancellor Human Resources for South Orange County Community College District, Dr. Bugay spent over a decade in other higher education positions as well as almost a decade in K-12 education as principal and administrator. An organizational behaviorist, he serves on the boards for Association of California Community College Administrators, Association of Chief Human Resource Officers and International Higher Education Teaching Learning. He is a frequent presenter on topics ranging from change, to hiring, to communication.

Dr. Kathleen ScottKathleen Scott
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
Pasadena City College

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Kathleen Scott, Ed.D. is the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Pasadena City College.  She oversees the instructional programs, enrollment management, distance education, basic skills, library, learning support services, and professional development.  She also serves as the institution's Accreditation Liaison Officer.  Before joining Pasadena City College in 2014, she served as an instructional dean and later as Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation Liaison Officer at Ventura College.  Her experience includes teaching basic skills English and literature at the community college.  She also served for several years as a Department Chair and an Academic Senate Officer.