Visiting Accreditation Team
Moorpark College Accreditation Team Chair
Dr. Kathleen F. Burke
President of Los Angeles Pierce College
Dr. Kathleen F. Burke has been the president of Los Angeles Pierce College since August 1, 2010. The College serves over 22,000 students and currently offers 112 degrees and certificates. There are 250 full-time faculty, 520 adjunct faculty, over 260 classified staff, and 20 managers and academic administrators. The current annual operating budget is over $70 million.
From 2006-2010 prior to arriving at Pierce College, Dr. Burke served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at three of the Los Angeles Community College District campuses, including Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Angeles City College, and Los Angeles Mission College. Kathleen’s first position in the LACCD was from 2001-2006 as Dean of Academic Affairs at East Los Angeles College.
In addition to employment in the 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.
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
Los Angeles Pierce College
Sheri Berger has served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles Pierce College for two 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. Prior to that, she was a Professor of Mathematics at Los Angeles Valley College and also 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 26 years with 17 at the Community College Level. She holds her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Mathematics from California State University, Northridge.
Dr. Michael Bagley
Professor of Mathematics
Feather River College
Michael Bagley obtained his Ph.D. in engineering from UC Davis. At Davis, he won a teaching award in engineering and environmental studies. He later was hired to implement engineering at South Texas College. Discovering an interest in academic leadership, Dr. Bagley pursued another degree at Texas A&M University at Kingsville in Education with an emphasis on adult learning. He has several peer-reviewed, published papers, including a paper on the use of technology in education in the Journal of College Teaching. Dr. Bagley served nine years as the Chief Instructional Officer at Feather River College prior to returning to the classroom in 2011. Currently, Michael is the chair of the mathematics department for Feather River College teaching courses from correspondence statistics to calculus 3. In addition to being a full-time faculty member, Dr. Bagley is serving as the chair for the Division of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Joseph Bielanski, Jr
Berkeley City College
Dr. Joseph J. Bielanski, Jr. is Articulation Officer at Berkeley City College and a Past President of the Peralta Community College District Academic Senate. In his role as a Past President of the District Academic Senate, he assists with district institutional effectiveness projects, including facilitating the updating of district Board policies and administrative procedures. He served as District Academic Senate President from 2004-2009 and President of the Berkeley City College Academic Senate from 2003-2009. He has served and continues to serve on various college and district committees, including the college curriculum committee and the district Planning and Budgeting Council.
In 2013, he was appointed by the ASCCC to the CSU General Education Advisory Committee in his role as a community college articulation officer. He also has served on the CSU Steering Committee of the “Give Students a Compass” initiative. He has worked in the Peralta Community College district for over 25 years, where he began as a Counselor in Disabled Student Programs and Services. Dr. Bielanski received his doctorate in education from St. Mary’s College of California.
Ms. Dawne Bost
Assessment and Professional Development Coordinator
University of Hawai‘i - West O‘ahu
Dawne Bost is currently the Assessment and Professional Development Coordinator at the University of Hawai‘i - West O‘ahu. Prior to this appointment she was the Institutional Assessment Coordinator at Kapi‘olani Community College and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s General Education Office and Mānoa Writing Program’s Assessment and Professional Development Coordinator. Before moving to Hawai‘i in 2011, she enjoyed 20 years as an English Instructor at community colleges in North Carolina, South Carolina, and New York and worked in Compliance and Research for the Departments of Social Services and Behavioral Health in Charlotte, NC. She obtained a Master’s Degree in English from Winthrop University and is attending the University of Southern California’s Ed.D program with a concentration in Urban Education Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness. She is a 2014 graduate of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Assessment Leadership Academy which enhanced her work in assessing Mission Statement commitments to serve special populations and embody specific values. Since 2012, she has enjoyed the good fortune to present at several assessment conferences on “the Mainland” as she enjoys traveling and talking with colleagues about assessment and student success.
Dr. Marsha Gable
Vice President of Student Services
Dr. Marsha Gable currently serves as the Vice President of Student Services at Grossmont College, located in East County San Diego. Dr. Gable has a breadth of experiences with over 15 years in Student Services including Dean of Counseling Services at Cuyamaca College, Associate Dean of EOPS/CARE at Santa Ana College, Associate Director of University Outreach Programs for CSU San Marcos, and Supervisor for TRIO Programs at Palomar College. She has also served as Associate Faculty in Behavioral Sciences at MiraCosta College. With a deep interest in student success, Dr. Gable is committed to the California Community Colleges’ mission to provide access and opportunity for all students. Dr. Gable obtained her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Community College Leadership from San Diego State University. She possesses a Master of Arts in Sociological Practice and Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, both from CSU San Marcos. Dr. Gable has experience serving on institutional accreditation teams focused on Standard II. During her free time, Dr. Gable enjoys reading and spending time with her pup, Mr. Miles.
Ms. Janet Houlihan
Vice President of Student Life and Administrative Services
Golden West College
Ms. Janet Houlihan is the Vice President, Administrative Services at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California. Ms. Houlihan has over 30 years of experience in the community college system. In these 30 years, Ms. Houlihan has also been responsible for portions of Student Services when her College went to a two Vice President model. Prior to being the Vice President, Ms. Houlihan served as the college Director, Fiscal Services. Ms. Houlihan is currently responsible for all aspects of facilities and construction, fiscal services, public safety, community education, bookstore and food service operations, a swap meet corporation, student health, emergency operations and the campus behavioral assessment team. Ms. Houlihan has her Bachelor’s in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration. She has served on previous accreditation teams and enjoys the experience. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and crocheting.
Mr. Howard Kummerman
Dean, Institutional Research and Planning
Executive Director, Rio Hondo College Foundation
Rio Hondo College
Howard Kummerman is the Dean of Institutional Research and Planning and the Executive Director of the Foundation at Rio Hondo College. After attending San Diego State University, Howard began a career that spans more than 25 years working with non-profit organizations and Community Colleges. He holds a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from the Business School at the University of San Diego.
Howard is involved in many roles and activities on campus including: President’s Cabinet; Accreditation Liaison Officer; Co-Chair, Institutional Effectiveness Committee, Co-Chair Program Review Committee; Co-Chair Accreditation Standard I Committee; Rio Hondo College Leadership Academy Committee & Faculty; Planning & Fiscal Council; Rio Hondo College Foundation Board of Directors; and many others.
Mr. John Means
Associate Chancellor, Economic and Workforce Development
Kern Community College District
John Means is the Associate Chancellor, Economic and Workforce Development for the Kern Community College District with over 20 years’ experience in education, training, and administration. His current responsibilities include strategic planning, student success initiatives, oversight, and implementation for all of the Career and Technical Education programs, economic development programs, grants, and community education programs for all three colleges in the district. John started teaching at the community college as an adjunct faculty and then full time in psychology and child development and holds a lifetime community college teaching credential and an Adult Education Multiple Subjects credential. John has also served as the interim Vice Chancellor of Educational Services.
Mr. Kenley Neufeld
Dean, Library ESL, Languages, PE, and Distance Education
Santa Barbara City College
Kenley Neufeld serves as the Dean, Educational Programs at Santa Barbara City College. As Dean, he is responsible for Physical Education and Health, the Library, and serves as the lead administrator for Faculty Professional Development, Distance Education, Scheduling Office, Curriculum and Student Learning Outcomes. He began his tenure at Santa Barbara City College as a faculty member in 2005 and subsequently served as the Library Director and President of the Academic Senate. He has been a chair or member of most campus committees. Kenley transitioned to administrative leadership in 2014.
Kenley holds a Master of Library Science degree from San Jose State University and a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of California, San Diego. Kenley has been on the coordinating committee for three self-evaluations, and this will be his third time on the ACCJC external evaluation visiting team.
Dr. Monica Pactol
Vice President of Instruction
Folsom Lake College
Monica Pactol has 25 years of experience in community colleges. She was a full time faculty member in Communication Studies at West Valley College. She has served as Director of Instructional Outreach at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton CO, and as Dean of Instruction at Folsom Lake College (FLC). She currently serves as Vice President of Instruction and Accreditation Liaison Officer at FLC. Her experiences have given her the breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of the culture, values, policies, and practices related to community colleges. She has served on six accreditations site visits.
She possesses a BA and MA in Communication Studies from New Mexico State University and a Ph.D in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University. Her professional interests include organizational change and development, organizational commitment, and multi-generational communication. Her hobbies include lots of family, good food, a good book, and travel.
Mr. Rajinder Samra
Director, Institutional Research and Planning
Las Positas College
Mr. Rajinder Samra is the Director of Research and Planning at Las Positas College and has 15 years of experience in the California community college system. In addition, Mr. Samra is the chair of the College’s Institutional Planning and Effectiveness Committee and has been involved in numerous campus initiatives, including taking a lead role in the creation and implementation of the College’s Educational Master Plan. Prior to joining Las Positas College, Mr. Samra worked at Chabot College’s Office of Institutional Research and Grants and was a part-time psychology instructor. With regard to his educational background, Mr. Samra earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San José State University.