Peer Review Visit Team

Dr. Linda Rose, President, Santa Ana College – Team Chair

Dr. Linda Rose was appointed president of Santa Ana College in July 2016. She began her career at Cerritos College as a part-time English instructor. While there, she earned a tenured faculty position and served as the college’s Puente Program co-coordinator and coordinated the college’s Program for Adult College Education. She also served as English Department chair and later was named dean of the Liberal Arts Division. She went on to become vice president of academic affairs at Santa Ana College and president of Los Angeles Southwest College, before returning to SAC as president. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles; master’s degree in English literature, certificate of completion in rhetoric and composition, and bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies all from California State University, Dominguez Hills; and her associate degree in liberal arts from West Los Angeles College. Dr. Rose is a board member of the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and Santa Ana Workforce Development Board, and serves on their Economic Development Board and Youth Council.

Ms. Kennethia Vega, Assistant to the President, Santa Ana College – Team Assistant

Kennethia Vega currently serves as the assistant to the president, Dr. Linda D. Rose, at Santa Ana College (SAC). She joined SAC in January 2006 and has served on three previous accreditation teams as the assistant to the chair: American River College (Sacramento, CA) in 2009, Leeward College (Honolulu, Hawaii) in 2012 and Foothill College (Los Altos, CA) in 2017. She has also served as the coordinator when visiting teams have come to Santa Ana College. Prior to Santa Ana College, Ms. Vega held various administrative assistant positions at Cerritos College from July 1983 through January 2006. In these positions, she supported the Vice President of Instruction, Faculty Senate President, Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of Personnel Services, President/Superintendent, and the Board of Trustees, respectively.

Dr. Stephanie Droker, Vice President, ACCJC – ACCJC Staff Liaison

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. Dr. Droker is present during the site visit to ensure consistency in the peer review process and serves as a resource to Yuba College and the peer review team.

Academic Representatives

Dr. April Ching, Instructor, Honolulu Community College

Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, April went to college in Texas before becoming an exchange student in Helsinki, Finland. Despite the shockingly cold temperatures, she stayed to get her Master’s degree in English from the University of Helsinki. In total she spent nine years in Scandinavia but was unable to see the northern lights. In a dramatic switch, she came to the tropical islands of Hawai‘i to get her PhD from the University of Hawai‘i. She currently teaches composition at Honolulu Community College.

Dr. Katie Desmond, Political Science and History Instructor, Feather River College

For the past ten years I have taught in and have served as lead faculty for the Political Science and Sociology programs at Feather River College. My teaching areas include American government and politics, international relations, globalization, race and ethnicity, sex and gender, and more. In addition to teaching full-time, I am the chair of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Division, the faculty Flex coordinator, and the Guided Pathways faculty liaison. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Northern Arizona University and my B.A. in Political Science from CSU, Chico. I’ve had many professional development opportunities that have strengthened my investment in and commitment to the California Community College system. These have included training in student learning assessment, student success, online teaching and learning, EEO training, and I recently completed ACCA’s ADMIN 101 course. I recently served as the faculty accreditation liaison for FRC’s ISER and this is my third accreditation team.

Dr. Celia Huston, Professor of Library and Learning Resources, San Bernardino Valley College

Celia Huston has been a full-time faculty member at San Bernardino Valley College since 1998. She holds a Master’s in Library Science and a Ph.D. in Education. During her time at SBVC, she has served students at an active library reference desk and taught courses in the Library Technology degree and certificate program. She is currently faculty chair of Library Technology and Academic Advancement. Over the years, she has served the campus and the district by actively participating on collegial consultation committees, including Academic Senate, District Assembly, and five years as the Faculty Co-Chair of Program Review. She currently serves as Faculty Co-Chair of Accreditation and SLO Committee, and the Academic Senate President.

Ms. Nickawanna Shaw, Faculty of Health, Citrus College

Ms. Nickawanna Shaw has 12 years of professional experience at Citrus College and currently serves as a tenured faculty member in the Kinesiology department and the incoming Academic Senate President. She has served as an Accreditation co-chair, Curriculum chair, and has extensive experience in Distance Education and curriculum design. Additionally, she has worked in Student Affairs at UC Irvine and Columbia University.


Ms. Lorraine Smith, Dean of Allied Health, Physical Education, & Athletics, Fresno City College

Lorraine Smith has over 15 years of professional experience at Fresno City College and currently serves as the Dean of Allied Health, Physical Education and Athletics and the Title IX Coordinator. She began teaching in the Business Division. She joined the Academic Senate and served on the Distance Education, Shared Governance and Instructional Technology Committees. She was a department chair before accepting the role of Outcomes and Assessment Coordinator. She was has worked previously as an ACCJC evaluator, and was also a co-chair of the Accreditation Steering Committee at Fresno City College for the 2010 and 2017 reports. Additionally, she served on the State Center Community College District Response Team to accreditation findings.

Administrative Representatives

Dr. Claudia Habib, Vice President of Madera and Oakhurst Community College Centers, Reedley College

Dr. Claudia Lourido-Habib has served as the Vice President of Madera and Oakhurst College Centers since January 2017. Prior to this assignment, her administrative positions included Vice President of Student Affairs at Reedley College, Interim Dean of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, at Fresno City College and Interim Dean of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Manufacturing and Business at Reedley College. Dr. Habib taught for 10 years in the Architecture and Computer Drafting Departments at Fresno City College before becoming Academic Senate President. Dr. Habib attended community college before transferring to CSU Fresno where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. She pursued a Master of Science in Instructional Technology from National University. Dr. Habib earned her Doctorate degree in Education and Leadership with emphasis in community colleges from C.S.U. Fresno.

Ms. Brianna Hays, Senior Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Success, and Equity, Cuyamaca College

Brianna (“Bri”) Hays currently serves as the Senior Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Success, and Equity at Cuyamaca College. In this capacity, she facilitates and coordinates various institutional effectiveness-related processes, including campus-based institutional research, program review, college-wide planning and evaluation, and accreditation activities. Bri also serves as Cuyamaca College’s Accreditation Liaison Officer and works closely with faculty, staff, and administrators on campus-wide assessment and improvement activities. Bri has over a decade of experience in research, planning, and institutional effectiveness in the California Community College system and is currently leading institutional self-evaluation efforts at Cuyamaca College. She also currently serves on the RP Group Board of Directors as Vice President for Membership and Professional Development. This is her first assignment to an ACCJC peer evaluation team.

Dr. Richard Pagel, Vice President of Administrative Services, Orange Coast College

Dr. Pagel is the Vice President of Administrative Services at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. His responsibilities include leadership of the Administrative Service Wing: Accounting, Bursar’s Office, Maintenance and Operations, New Construction, Information Technology, and Public Safety. Dr. Pagel is a part time instructor in the Doctoral Program – Higher Education Leadership at California State University, Long Beach focusing on Higher Education Human Resources, Facilities, Technology, and Finances. Prior to 2004, Dr. Pagel was the Director of Internal Audit for the Coast Community College District and also served as an Internal Auditor in the California State University Chancellor’s System. Prior to his higher education roles he worked 8 years as an Examiner for some of the world’s largest banks. Dr. Pagel received his bachelors from the San Diego State University, MBA from the University of Phoenix, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from California State University, Long Beach.