Aspen Presidential Fellowship Alumni 

Nearly 160 leaders—one-quarter of whom have become community college presidents—have completed the Aspen Rising Presidential Fellowship. Cohort 1 (RPF 1) started the program in 2016, and Cohort 4 is in progress.

Together with Aspen's New Presidents Fellows, these forward-thinking leaders comprise a cadre of change-makers supporting each other, advancing student success at their institutions, and influencing the entire sector.
42
Number of Aspen Rising Presidential Fellows who are now sitting community college presidents
549,850
Number of students served

Fellowship Alumni

ALABAMA

Ashli Wilkins, RPF 2
Vice President and Dean of Institutional Services and Community Development
Wallace Community College

ARIZONA

David Doré, RPF 2
President of Campuses and Executive Vice Chancellor
Pima Community College

Dolores Duran-Cerda, RPF 3
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Excellence
Pima Community College

Karla Fisher, RPF 2
Provost
Maricopa Community Colleges

Felicia Ganther, RPF 2
Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
Maricopa Community Colleges

Eric Leshinskie, RPF 4
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Paradise Valley Community College

Morgan Phillips, RPF 1
Vice Chancellor for Academic Excellence
Pima Community College

Lisa Rhine, RPF 1
President
Yavapai College

Rey Rivera, RPF 4
President
Estrella Mountain Community College

Ian Roark, RPF 4
Vice President of Workforce Development and Strategic Partnerships
Pima Community College

Teresa Leyba Ruiz, RPF 3
President
Glendale Community College

CALIFORNIA

Ryan Cornner, RPF 3
Vice Chancellor of Educational Programs and Institutional Effectiveness
Los Angeles Community College District

Daisy Gonzales, RPF 4
Deputy Chancellor
California Community Colleges

Michael Gutierrez, RPF 1
President
Sacramento City College

Sean Hancock, RPF 3
Vice Chancellor of Student and Institutional Success
Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

Cynthia Olivo, RPF 2
Vice President of Student Services
Pasadena City College

Meridith Randall, RPF 2
Associate Superintendent, Instruction
Chaffey College

Michele Siqueiros, RPF 2
President
The Campaign for College Opportunity

Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza, RPF 4
Vice President of Instruction
Skyline College

Brenda Thames, RPF 1
President
West Hills College Coalinga

James Todd, RPF 3
Assistant Superintendent and Vice President of Instruction and Planning
San Joaquin Delta College

William Watson, RPF 1
Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Innovation
San José-Evergreen Community College District

Matthew Wetstein, RPF 1
Superintendent/President
Cabrillo College

Denise Whisenhunt, RPF 4
Vice President of Student Services
San Diego City College

Lisa Cooper Wilkins, RPF 3
Assistant Superintendent and Vice President of Student Services
San Joaquin Delta College

COLORADO

Joshua Baker, RPF 4
Vice President of Instruction
Pikes Peak Community College

Lisa Matye Edwards, RPF 4
Vice President of Student Affairs
Arapahoe Community College

Rhonda Epper, RPF 2
President
Trinidad State Junior College

Matthew Gianneschi, RPF 1
Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff
Colorado Mountain College

Landon Pirius, RPF 3
Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
Colorado Community College System

Kathryn Regjo, RPF 3
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Colorado Mountain College

CONNECTICUT

Gregory DeSantis, RPF 4
Associate Vice President of Student Success and Academic Initiatives
Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

WASHINGTON D.C.

Michelle Asha Cooper, RPF 1
President
Institute for Higher Education Policy

Casey Sacks, RPF 1
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges
U.S. Department of Education

DELAWARE

Paula Pitcher, RPF 2
Senior Consultant
Llanes Consulting Group

FLORIDA

Lisa Armour, RPF 1
Vice President for Assessment, Research, and Technology
Santa Fe College

Edward Bonahue, RPF 1
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Santa Fe College

Amy Bosley, RPF 3
Vice President of Organizational Development and Human Resources
Valencia College

Pascale Charlot, RPF 4
President, Kendall Campus
Miami Dade College

Marielena DeSanctis, RPF 4
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services
Broward College

Jesse Coraggio, RPF 1
Vice President, Community Impact
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay

Christina Hart
, RPF 2
Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services
Indian River State College

Georgia Lorenz, RPF 2
President
Seminole State College

Kathleen Plinske, RPF 1
Executive Vice President and Provost
Valencia College

Sheri Rowland, RPF 4
Vice President for Student Affairs
Tallahassee Community College

Jean Wihbey, RPF 2
Provost-Campus President and Vice President of Workforce Development
Palm Beach State College

Falecia Williams, RPF 2
President, West and Downtown Campuses
Valencia College

Tonjua Williams, RPF 1
President
St. Petersburg College

NEW MEXICO

Rebecca Estrada, RPF 3
Community Outreach Specialist
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Yash Morimoto, RPF 3
Associate Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
Santa Fe Community College


GEORGIA

Melissa Frank-Alston, RPF 2
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Institutional Effectiveness and Research
Augusta Technical College

Kimberly Lee, RPF 2
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness
Albany Technical College

Dana Nichols, RPF 3
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Georgia Highland College

ILLINOIS

Terri Berryman, RPF 2
Associate Vice President
McHenry County College

Diana Del Rosario, RPF 1
Assistant Provost of Student Affairs
College of DuPage

Stacia Edwards, RPF 2
Deputy Provost
City College of Chicago

Claudia Mercado, RPF 4
Interim Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Harper College

Mark Mrozinski, RPF 1
Assistant Vice President of Workforce Development and Executive Dean of Community Education
Harper College

Avis Proctor, RPF 3
President
Harper College

Michelé Smith, RPF 3
Vice President of Workforce Solutions
Harper College

Lori Suddick, RPF 1
President
College of Lake County

INDIANA

Andy Bowne, RPF 2
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Ivy Tech Community College

Chris Cathcart, RPF 4
Vice Chancellor for Student Success
Ivy Tech Community College

KANSAS

Randy Weber, RPF 2
Vice President of Student Success and Engagement
Johnson County Community College

LOUISIANA

DeDe Griffith, RPF 2
Vice Chancellor of Academics and Student Affairs
Northwest Louisiana Technical College

MASSACHUSETTS

Jennifer Berne, RPF 2
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Berkshire Community College

William Heineman, RPF 4
Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
Northern Essex Community College

MARYLAND

Mary Way Bolt, RPF 2
President
Cecil College

Ryan Kelsey, RPF 3
Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Achieving the Dream

Stephen Cain, RPF 3
Chief of Staff and Chief Strategy Officer
Montgomery College

MINNESOTA

Annesa Cheek, RPF 1
President
St. Cloud Technical & Community College

Michelle Saboo, RPF 3
Dean of Students
Leech Lake Tribal College

Lisa Stich, RPF 3
Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
St. Cloud Technical & Community College

MICHIGAN

Lisa Freiburger, RPF 1
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Grand Rapids Community College

Amy Fugate, RPF 1
Interim Vice President of Instructional Services
Kirtland Community College

Brian Knetl, RPF 3
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
Grand Rapids Community College

Bill Pink, RPF 1
President
Grand Rapids Community College

John Selmon, RPF 4
Provost and Executive Vice President
Muskegon Community College

Kate Thirolf, RPF 4
Vice President for Instruction
Jackson College

Thomas A. Walker Jr., RPF 1
President
Wayne Community College

NORTH CAROLINA

David Brand, RPF 2
Training Specialist
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Porter Brannon, RPF 3
Vice President of Student Services
Mitchell Community College

Susan Burleson, RPF 3
Vice President of Davie Campus and Institutional Effectiveness
Davidson County Community College

Jeff Cox, RPF 2
President
Wilkes Community College

Rachel Desmarais, RPF 2
President
Vance-Granville Community College

John Enamait, RPF 4
President
Stanly Community College

Gayle Greene, RPF 1
Executive Vice President
Wake Technical Community College

Darrin Hartness, RPF 4
President
Davidson County Community College

Kimberly Sepich, RPF 1
Program Manager
Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research

Janet Spriggs, RPF 3, NPF 1
President
Forsyth Technical Community College

NORTH DAKOTA

Jane Vangsness Frisch, RPF 4
Vice President for Student Affairs
North Dakota State College of Science

NEW JERSEY

Lisa Dougherty, RPF 4
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment
Hudson County Community College

Matthew Reed, RPF 1
Vice President for Learning
Brookdale Community College

NEW YORK

Michael Baston, RPF 1
President
Rockland Community College

Paulette Dalpes, RPF 1
Deputy to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
City University of New York

Ellen Gambino, RPF 2
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services
Dutchess Community College

Christine Mangino, RPF 3
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Hostos Community College

Karrin Wilks, RPF 1
Interim President
Borough of Manhattan Community College

Jermaine Williams, RPF 3
President
Nassau Community College

OHIO

Marcia Ballinger, RPF 1
President
Lorain County Community College

Rebecca Butler, RPF 4
Executive Vice President
Columbus State Community College

Theresa Felder, RPF 4
Senior Vice President, Student Success
Clark State Community College

Steve Robinson, RPF 2
President
Owens Community College

Vicky Lynn Wood, RPF 2
President
Washington State Community College 
OKLAHOMA

Kevin David, RPF 2
Portfolio Executive Leader
CampusWorks Inc.

Leigh B. Goodson, RPF 1
President and CEO
Tulsa Community College

OREGON

Katy Ho, RPF 2
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Portland Community College

Brian Kelly, RPF 1
President
Clinton Community College

PENNSYLVANIA

David Thomas, RPF 4
Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Dean of Access and Community Engagement
Community College of Philadelphia

RHODE ISLAND

Meghan Hughes, RPF 1
President
Community College of Rhode Island

SOUTH CAROLINA

Catharine Almquist, RPF 3
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Trident Technical College

Galen DeHay, RPF 4
President
Tri-County Technical College

Monique Perry, RPF 3
Campus Operating Officer and Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management
York Technical College

Yolanda Wilson, RPF 4
Associate Vice President of Business, Computers, Arts, and Sciences and Dean of Learning Commons
York Technical College

TENNESSEE

Shanna Jackson, RPF 3, NPF 1
President
Nashville State Community College

TEXAS

Zarina Blankenbaker, RPF 2
President, Northwest Campus
Tarrant County College

Virginia Fraire, RPF 3
Associate Provost
University of Texas at El Paso

Mary Harris, RPF 3
Vice President of Institutional Planning, Development & Evaluation
Austin Community College

Jenna Cullinane Hege, RPF 4
Vice President for Institutional Research and Analytics
Austin Community College

Beatriz Joseph, RPF 3
President
Mountain View College

Dorado Kinney, RPF 4
Executive Dean of Student Affairs
Austin Community College

Russell Lowery-Hart, RPF 1
President
Amarillo College

S. Sean Madison, RPF 4
President, Trinity River Campus
Tarrant County College

Greg Morris, RPF 3
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dallas County Community College District

Catherine O'Brien, RPF 3
Associate Vice Chancellor of College Readiness
Houston Community College

Christina Ponce, RPF 1
President
Temple College

Gaye Lynn Scott, RPF 4
Associate Vice President of Academic Transfer
Austin Community College

Deana Sheppard, RPF 4
Vice President of Instruction, CyFair Campus
Lone Star College

Steven Smith, RPF 2
Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Education
El Paso Community College

Diane Snyder, RPF 1
Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
Alamo Colleges

Scott Stallman, RPF 4
Vice President of Instruction, Tomball Campus
Lone Star College

Veronique Tran, RPF 4
Vice President of Instruction
Lee College

Monique Umphrey, RPF 1
President, Northeast Campus
Houston Community College

Lynda Villanueva, RPF 1
President
Lee College

UTAH

Eric Heiser, RPF 3
Provost
Central Ohio Technical College

VIRGINIA

Kimberly Britt, RPF 4
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs
Reynolds Community College

Julie Leidig, RPF 4
Provost, Loudoun Campus
Northern Virginia Community College

Paula Pando, RPF 2
President
Reynolds Community College

Kristen Westover, RPF 1
President
Mountain Empire Community College

WASHINGTON

John Bonner, RPF 3
Interim Executive Vice President of Instruction and Student Services and Vice President of Corporate and Workforce Training
Everett Community College

Matthew Campbell, RPF 4
Vice President for Learning and Student Success
Pierce College Puyallup

Suzanne M. Johnson, RPF 1, NPF 1
President
Green River College

Kenneth Lawson, RPF 4
Vice President for Instruction
Skagit Valley College

John Mosby, RPF 2
President
Highline College

Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap, RPF 4
President
South Seattle College

Marissa Schlesinger, RPF 3
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Tacoma Community College

Amit Singh, RPF 2
President
Edmonds Community College

Kristi Wellington-Baker, RPF 2
Student Success Center and Guided Pathways Director
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Julie White, RPF 3
President
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Rebecca Williamson, RPF 3
Administrator
Washington State Employment Security Department

Rebekah Woods, RPF 2
President
Columbia Basin College

WEST VIRGINIA

Patrick Murphy, RPF 3
Superintendent
Berkeley County Schools

WISCONSIN

Aliesha Crowe, RPF 4
Vice President of College Advancement
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Sue Cui, RPF 3
Senior Program Officer, Education Philanthropy
Ascendium Education Group

Mark Weber, RPF 2
Vice President of Product Industrialization
EMT International

Tim Casper, RPF 3
Vice President of Institutional Learning and Effectiveness
Madison Area Technical College
The Aspen Presidential Fellowship is made possible by generous support from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the College Futures Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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Monica Clark, Senior Program Manager