Sunita “Sunny” Cooke, Ph.D.
Dr. Sunita “Sunny” Cooke began her tenure as the superintendent/ president of MiraCosta Community College District on January 2, 2015. A recognized community college leader, Dr. Cooke came to MiraCosta from Grossmont College, located in El Cajon, California, where she served as president from 2007 to 2014.
Dr. Cooke has worked at local and state levels in economic and workforce development in Texas and California. She has chaired the Statewide Task Force on Workforce and a Strong Economy, ensuring the state and community college systems remain vital leaders in this work.
Dr. Cooke is an active member of the greater San Diego community, including the San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego Economic Development Council, Biocom, and the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.
Chris Hill, Ph.D.
During her community college career, Dr. Chris Hill has been a full-time faculty member in Earth Sciences, served in faculty leadership (i.e., curriculum co-chair and Academic Senate president) and held administrative positions spanning both instruction and student services, all of which helps her bring a broad, student-focused perspective to her work. She has led initiatives and facilitated college-wide work (such as guided pathways, Achieving the Dream, and integrated planning) that has resulted in transformational approaches to student success and institutional effectiveness. Chris currently serves as the Dean of Research, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation Liaison Officer at MiraCosta College.
Gohar Momjian joined the ACCJC staff in September 2017. Accreditation is the cornerstone of her 20+ years’ experience in higher education. As Associate Vice Chancellor of Institutional Development, and Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) for City College of San Francisco from July 2012 until June 2015, she helped to lead the College’s improvement processes.
Most recently, she served as Interim Director of Operations at Cañada College. Prior to that, Momjian gained in-depth knowledge working with the WASC Senior College and University Commission as the ALO for the American University of Armenia. She holds a B.A. in Psychology with a specialization in Business Administration from UCLA, and an M.A. in International Education, Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University.
David Newnham, Ph.D.
Dr. David A. Newnham received his Ph.D. in Music Education at the College of Music at Florida State University, where he was a Clayton Krehbiel fellow and was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society. From tenured professor to conductor and executive administrator, this September marks 40 years of service in education, including 27 years in the California Community College System.
Professor Lucy Kluckhohn Jones taught microbiology at Santa Monica College from 1986 until December 2017. Her recent teaching involved presenting lecture materials online. Other teaching assignments have included general and human biology. She served as one of the Campus Ombudspersons for more than twenty years. She served as a member of the Santa Monica College Academic Senate for many years.
Professor Kluckhohn Jones received her MS in biology with an emphasis in microbiology from CSU Northridge (1986) and holds an AB in anthropology and sociology from Bryn Mawr College. Professor Kluckhohn Jones is an American Society for Microbiology Biology Scholar, having compared the delivery of lecture material both online and in the classroom.
She has served on several accreditation site visiting teams.
I have worked in the Academic Development Department at Bakersfield College for 29 years. Ten of those years as a full time faculty member. I am currently the coordinator of the Student Success Lab, and in my fourth year as faculty chair of Program Review and serve on the Budget Committee and Accreditation and Institutional Quality Committee. I’ve served on two of Bakersfield’s accreditation self study cycles. I’ve also served on one ACCJC visiting team and an IEPI team.
Andrew LaManque, Ph.D.
Andrew LaManque joined Ohlone College on August 1, 2018. He previously worked at Foothill College as the Associate Vice President of Instruction. At Foothill, Andrew was responsible for curriculum processing, scheduling, program review, and accreditation. In 2016-17 he chaired the accreditation self-evaluation team. Prior to joining Foothill in 2014, most of Andrew’s experience was in institutional research and planning, having held positions at the Foothill-De Anza district office, De Anza College, UC Office of the President, the University of Maryland, and Mohawk Valley Community College. He has taught economics as well as education courses. Andrew’s state-wide service included previous terms as President of the Research Planning Group, Co-Chair of the Common Assessment Steering Committee, and as a member of the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative Executive Committee. Andrew received his Bachelor's in Finance from SUNY Geneseo, Master's degrees in Public Sector Economics and in School Finance from SUNY Albany and his Ph.D. in Education Policy, Politics, and Law also from SUNY Albany.
Ryan Cornner, Ed.D.
Ryan Cornner received his M.S.W. from USC in 2006 and his Ed.D. in 2010. Dr. Cornner currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Educational Programs and Institutional Effectiveness for the Los Angeles Community College District. The District is comprised of nine community colleges serving nearly 250,000 students a year. In his position, Dr. Cornner oversees the District functions related to curriculum development, academic and student support services, research, planning, accreditation and information technology. Dr. Cornner was responsible for the development of the District’s new Strategic Plan and for the ongoing efforts to implement its goals across the District. Over the past decade, he has served as Dean of Institutional Effectiveness at East Los Angeles College, Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning and Innovation at Pasadena City College and as a part-time instructor with Los Angeles Pierce College and East Los Angeles College. He serves as a faculty member and advisory committee member for the Master’s Program in Higher Education Counseling Program at the USC Rossier School of Education.
Richard Mahon, Ph.D.
Richard Mahon is a dean of academic affairs at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria California, where he works with departments of Life & Physical Science, Mathematics, and Public Safety. Prior to going to Allan Hancock, he was Profesor of Humanities at Riverside City College for eighteen years, where he also served as academic senate president, curriculum chair, and department chair. He served on the ACCJC for six years and this will be his eighth
Theresa Koroivulaono, Ph.D.
Fijian by birth and descent, and a New Zealand national, Dr. Koroivulaono received her university education in Auckland New Zealand. After completing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English (1998), she returned to Fiji and worked as an Instructional Designer at the University of the South Pacific, (USP), Laucala campus, Suva. She graduated with her Ph.D (2010) in English from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Dr. Koroivulaono was appointed as the President of the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) in December, 2014 and took office in April, 2015. Her vision for the College continues to focus on transforming educational opportunities and scaling resources through collaboration between small islands’ developing states and selected international partners.
Since April 2015, notable initiatives that have marked CMI’s transformation include:
the first Strategic Plan 2016-2018;
the new Performance Management System;
the first bachelor’s program (Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education);
the opening of a new distance education center on an outer island (CMI Jaluit Distance Education Center);
the new Accelerated Program for enhancing college readiness; and
the first Education Master Plan.
As an Instructional designer Dr. Koroivulaono also led a number of collaborative research projects at regional and international levels that focused on areas that include Distance Learning methodologies and best practices, Open Education Resources and leveraging technology for education. She has presented at conferences world-wide and published in the aforementioned areas.
Janet M. Houlihan is the Vice President of Administrative Services at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA. As such, her responsibilities and expertise includes all aspects of administrative services: maintenance and operations, budget planning and management, fiscal services, facilities, auxiliary operations, community services, technology support services, food services, public safety, emergency preparedness, and bond management. She is a dedicated visionary leader and college administrator with over 30 years of experience as a successful problem solver, school administrator, and a strategic planner for school improvement at the school and district level. Mrs. Houlihan also has extensive experience in professional development and in the supervision of diverse learning groups. She is an active member and holds a senior management level role on a number of College and District-wide committees and is the founder and chair of Golden West College’s Behavioral Assessment Team. Mrs. Houlihan earned a MBA and Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and is a member of the Association of Chief Business Officials (ACBO). She has served on several college accreditation review teams contributing her knowledge of procedures, standards, compliance, and goals, as well as using data collected to inform institutional decision making, planning, and improvement.