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Comprehensive Evaluation Team Members

The Comprehensive Evaluation Team will visit College of Marin Tuesday, October 26, 2010 through Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dr. Jose Ortiz, Team Chair
Ms. Nancy Meddings, Team Assistant
Dr. Kevin Bontenbal
Dr. Kathleen Burke-Kelly
Mr. Robert Isomoto
Dr. Richard Mahon
Dr. Tanya Renner
Ms. Rhea Riegel
Mr. Gilbert Rodriguez
Dr. Rachel Rosenthal
Dr. Martin Spring

Chair

Dr. Jose Ortiz, Team Chair

Dr. Jose Ortiz
Superintendent/President
Allan Hancock College

Biography

Dr. José M. Ortiz was appointed superintendent/president of Allan Hancock College in July 2005. He is responsible for a community college serving more than 12,000 credit students and 5,500 noncredit students. The College is located on the beautiful central coast and includes campuses or centers in Santa Maria, Lompoc, Solvang, and at Vandenberg AFB.

Dr. Ortiz holds a doctorate in education policy, planning and administration from  the University of Maryland College Park; a master of arts in teaching English as a second language from West Chester State University (PA); and a bachelor of arts in English from Catholic University of Puerto Rico.

Before coming to Allan Hancock College, Dr, Ortiz served as an educational administrator in institutions of higher learning including Laney College in Oakland; Solano Community College in Fairfield; Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland; the University of Maryland, University College; and the University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon.

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Assistant

Nancy Meddings, Team Assistant

Ms. Nancy Meddings
Interim Dean, Library and Learning Resources
Allan Hancock College

Biography

Nancy Meddings has been at Allan Hancock College for eleven years, five of them as a faculty librarian, and currently oversees distance education, the library, tutorial and media services, the writing center, and community and noncredit education. Mrs. Meddings is the college accreditation liaison officer and has authored two successful substantive change proposals for distance learning.

 Prior to her time at the College, she managed media collections for San Luis Obispo County libraries and the Santa Maria Public Library, as well as working for Warner Brothers Research in Burbank for eight years. Mrs. Meddings holds a master of science degree in library and information science from UCLA, a bachelor of arts in English from Cal State Northridge, and an associate of arts in theater from Phoenix Community College in Arizona.

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Member

Dr. Kevin Bontenbal, Team Member

Dr. Kevin Bontenbal
Instructional Technology Librarian
Cuesta College

Biography

Dr. Kevin Bontenbal is currently in his fourteenth year as instructional technology librarian at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. He has been teaching library/information technology courses both online and face-to-face for twelve years. Dr. Bontenbal is also the college curriculum chair, a position he has held for the past three years, and has served as the professional development coordinator, secretary/treasurer of the academic senate, distance education mentor and accreditation faculty co-chair. Most recently, he was elected as the at-large representative to the executive committee of the CCC academic senate.

Dr. Bontenbal received his doctorate in education from UCSB and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He also has a master’s degree in library science from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s in philosophy and religious studies from Cal State Chico.

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Member


Dr. Tanya Renner, Team Member

Dr. Tanya Renner
Professor of Psychology
Kapiolani Community College

Biography

Dr. Tanya Renner has been an assessment consultant for several projects, including Hawaii and Pacific Islands Campus Compact and an HUD grant to assist resident development in Palolo Valley in Honolulu. She has delivered workshops over the past fifteen years on student learning outcomes assessment, development of rubrics, and implementation strategies for problem-based learning and authentic assessment.

Dr. Renner is the co-author of a textbook on program evaluation, and is lead contributor for a McGraw-Hill introductory psychology textbook due in 2011.  She was a subcommittee member for Kapiolani CC’s self-study in 1999, co-chair of standard II for the College’s 2006 self-study, and assessment consultant for World Medicine Institute’s self-study in 2008.

Dr. Renner holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cal State Long Beach, and a master’s degree and doctorate in developmental psychology from UC Berkeley.

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Dr. Kathleen Burke-Kelly, Team Member

Dr. Kathleen Burke-Kelly
President
Los Angeles Pierce College

Biography

 Dr. Kathleen Burke-Kelly has served in many roles in the CCC system. She taught art history for twenty years, was a dean of academic affairs for five years, vice-president of academic affairs for four years, and accreditation liaison officer for four years. She was also a Glendale Community College Trustee for four years.  Dr. Burke-Kelly has participated in the preparation of six self-studies,  served on four comprehensive visit teams, prepared two follow-up reports, and  has been the primary writer on four accreditation standards.

Dr. Burke-Kelly holds an associate’s degree from Glendale Community College, bachelors’ degrees from UC Irvine in student art and art history, a master’s degree from Cal State Northridge in art history, and doctoral degree in education from Pepperdine.

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Rhea Riegel, Team Member

Ms. Rhea Riegel
Institutional Research Coordinator
Fresno City College

Biography

Ms. Rhea Riegel brings twenty years of research experience to her current position as the institutional research coordinator for Fresno City College, which enrolls over 26,000 students. Her responsibilities include reporting on student achievement and success, and supporting the College’s strategic planning efforts. Ms. Riegel is also an English faculty member at the University of Phoenix, where she teaches both face-to-face and online courses in written communication and literature.

Ms. Riegel holds a bachelor of arts degree in vocal music from Ball State University in Muncie Indiana, and a master of arts in English literature from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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Robert Isomoto, Team Member

Mr. Robert Isomoto
Vice President of Business & Administration
Santa Monica College

Biography

Robert G. Isomoto has been in the California Community College system for over thirty four years. He has been a counselor, dean, vice president of student services, and vice president of administration. Mr. Isomoto was the interim president for two years at East Los Angeles College. This will be his third accreditation visit, and he looks forward to an informative and collegial visit.

Mr. Isomoto holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree from Northern Arizona University.

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Member

Gilbert Rodriguez, Team Member

Mr. Gilbert Rodriguez
Dean, Liberal Arts & Sciences
Los Medanos College

Biography

Mr. Gilbert Rodriguez has been a dean at Los Medanos College for the past eight years. Prior to that, he taught mathematics for over 25 years, was college researcher for four years, and division chair for five years. He also chairs the research and planning committee, and had served on a variety of other college and district committees over the years. Mr. Gilbert is a veteran accreditation team member, having served on six visiting teams and  participated on five self-study committees.

Mr. Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree from Cal State Hayward.

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Member

Richard Mahon

Dr. Richard Mahon
Associate Professor, Humanities
Riverside City College

Biography

Dr. Richard Mahon has taught at a number of colleges including UC Santa Cruz,

Deep Springs College, Diablo Valley College, West Valley College and Cabrillo College before moving to Riverside City College. He has served as curriculum committee chair and academic senate president at RCC. He chaired standard IV and acted as self-study co-editor for his college’s last comprehensive self-study, and this will be his third accreditation team experience.

Dr. Mahon earned a Ph.D. in history of consciousness and a bachelor’s degree in history and religious studies, both from UC Santa Cruz. He is also a community college graduate from West Valley College.

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Member

Dr. Rachel Prsenthal, Team Member

Dr. Rachel Rosenthal
Vice President, Instruction
Sierra College

Biography

Dr. Rachel Rosenthal has been the vice president of instruction at Sierra College for three years. At American River College, she also was a math professor for six years, dean of math and engineering for three years, and dean of planning and research for four years.  Dr. Rosenthal’s accreditation background includes participating on the American River College self study and other reports, as well as a visiting team member.

Dr. Rosenthal holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, a master’s in applied mathematics, a second master’s in curriculum and instruction, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership.

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Dr. Martin Spring, Team Member

Dr. Martin Spring
Dean, Counseling & Special Services
Mira Costa College

Biography

Dr. Martin Spring has been at Mira Costa College since 1988, currently as the dean of counseling and special services. He served as the dean of the San Elijo campus for five years. He came to the College after serving as a teacher, counselor, school psychologist and administrator in the K-12 system. He has taught educational psychology at UC Riverside, CSU San Bernardino, and UC San Diego. 

Dr, Spring holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Santa Clara University, a master’s in marriage, family, child counseling from Chapman University, and a doctorate in educational psychology from UC Riverside. He has previously served on five accreditation visits.

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