- This page presents a list of the members of the Accrediting Commission and the Commission staff.
Sherrill Amador, Chair of the Commission, is a public member of the Commission. Dr. Amador began her service on the Commission July 1, 2004 after retiring from a 32-year career in community college education wherein she worked as an instructor in career and technical education, a dean, a vice president, and a president. Dr. Amador last worked at Palomar College as President. She holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from University of San Diego, a Master of Arts Degree in Education from Azusa Pacific College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from San Diego State University. She has served in leadership roles in the Association of California Community College Administrators, Community College League of California, Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges, California Community College Chief Instructional Officers, and Southern California Chief Executive Officers of Community Colleges. She has served on many evaluation teams for the ACCJC and as team chair. Dr. Amador serves on the ACCJC's Substantive Change Committee of the Commission.
Dr. Sherrill Amador | Chair
Dr. Steven Kinsella, Vice Chair of the Commission, is an administrative member of the Commission, and has been President/Superintendent at Gavilan College for the last eleven years. Dr. Kinsella began his service on the Commission July 1, 2010. Dr. Kinsella has worked in community college higher education for 23 years, and his former positions include Auditor, Director, Chief Business Officer, and Vice Chancellor for Los Angeles Community College District and Gavilan Community College. Dr. Kinsella holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Golden Gate University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University. Dr. Kinsella is also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Chartered Global Management Accountant, and Certified Quality Analyst. He is experienced as an evaluator and team chair for the ACCJC. Dr. Kinsella serves as Chair of the ACCJC's Substantive Change Committee.
Dr. Steven Kinsella | Vice Chair
Dr. Joseph Bielanski is an academic member (faculty representative) of the Commission, and is a faculty member at Berkeley City College. Dr. Bielanski began his service on the Commission in July 1, 2010. Dr. Bielanski holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from St. Mary's College of California, Moraga; a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Francisco State University; a Master of Science degree in English from Miami University; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Ohio University. Dr. Bielanski works with Disabled Program Students and Services (DSPS), has served as college and district Academic Senate President, and has chaired many campus committees, including the Curriculum Committee. Dr. Bielanski has also served on the Statewide Academic Senate, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. Dr. Bielanski serves on the ACCJC's Substantive Change Committee.
Dr. Joseph Bielanski, Jr.
- Dr. Timothy Brown serves as an academic member (faculty representative) of the Commission. Dr. Brown began his service on July 1, 2011. He is a Professor and Department Chair of English and Speech Communication at Riverside City College. Dr. Brown has developed and implemented curriculum for community college courses, and those leading to Bachelor's and Master's degrees, including distance education classes and tutoring. Dr. Brown has served as Accreditation Liaison Officer and Assessment Coordinator at Riverside, and is a member of the International Council for Distance Education, the United States Distance Learning Association, and the Society for Applied Learning Technology. Dr. Brown holds a Doctorate of Education in Institutional Management with emphasis in evaluation, distance education, and the adult learner, from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. He also has a Master of Science in Education, Critical Thinking and Adult Literacy from California State University, Fullerton. He earned his Masters of Education in Physical Education from Pan American University, Edinburg, Texas, and Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Physical Education and Reading at Arizona State University. Dr. Brown serves on the ACCJC's Substantive Change Committee.
Dr. Timothy Brown
- Mr. Constantin serves as a public member of the Commission. He began his service on the Commission July 1, 2010. Currently he is the Administrative Services Director for the City of Chico, California. Mr. Constantin is performing in the areas of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Human Resources/Risk Management Director. He is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Law Enforcement Auditor, and Certified Internal Controls Auditor, with 12 years' experience as a government auditor, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Human Resources Director. He served as a community college district trustee for 13 years, and holds a Master of Public Administration, from Syracuse University, New York. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering, from San Jose State University, and is a certificate holder of Peace Officer Standards and Training Basic Academy, from Evergreen Valley College.
Mr. Chris Constantin
- Dr. Gornick serves as an administrative member of the Commission. Dr. Gornick began his service on the Commission July 1, 2009. Currently Chancellor of the West Hills Community College District (WHCCD) since 2001, Dr. Gornick has a 40-plus year career in community college education. His more recent previous experience includes Superintendent/President of WHCCD (1994-2001), and Dean of Student Services at Bakersfield College (1984-1993), Board member of the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges, and Committee Chair of the Degree Completion Summit Steering Committee. Dr. Gornick holds a Ph. D. in Philosophy from St. Louis University, a Master of Science in Counseling, and a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, both from California State University, Sacramento.
Dr. Frank Gornick
- Dr. Loucks represents the Accrediting Commission for Schools of WASC. Dr. Loucks began her service to the ACCJC Commission on July 1, 2013. A retired high school teacher and administrator, Dr. Loucks is currently an Administrator of Special Education for a small private school and teaches part time at Sierra Community College. Her 26 years of administrative experience includes service as assistant superintendent, director of curriculum, staff development, and special education, and 12 years of experience as an English instructor. Dr. Loucks has extensive experience with accreditation including chairing more than 25 visiting teams. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration, and an Administrative Services Credential, from University of the Pacific, Stockton. Her Masters degree and Specialist Credential were earned at Fresno Pacific College, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts Secondary Teaching Credential from California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Loucks serves on the ACCJC's Substantive Change Committee.
Dr. Sharon Loucks
- Dr. Mahon serves as an academic member (faculty representative) of the Commission. Dr. Mahon began his service on the Commission July 1, 2012. Dr. Mahon is on the faculty at Riverside Community College, with 32 years' experience teaching humanities. He formerly served on the Executive Committee of the Statewide Academic Senate and is currently Academic Preceptor (General Advisor) at University of California, Santa Cruz. He has 12 years of experience designing, teaching, and evaluating distance education courses, and was the 2013 recipient of the Gerald C. Hayward Award for Excellence in Education, an award sponsored by the Foundation for California Community Colleges and given to community college faculty members who are selected by their peers for demonstrating the highest level of commitment to their students, college and profession. He holds a Ph.D. and Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Santa Cruz.
Dr. Richard Mahon
- Ms. May serves as an academic member (faculty representative) on the Commission. Ms. May began her service on July 1, 2009. Ms. May has 25 years' experience as a professor of mathematics and statistics at Sacramento City College. A member of the California Mathematics Council for Community Colleges and the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Ms. May has served as Sacramento City College Academic Senate President and Curriculum Committee Chair. Her service there has included the Standards and Practices Committee, Accreditation and Assessment Committee, Organizational Oversight Committee, and the Noncredit Course Taskforce. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from California State University, Sacramento.
Ms. Virginia May
- Mr. Meng serves as a public member of the Commission. Mr. Meng began his service on the Commission January 1, 2011. Mr. Meng's career includes 29 years as a director of quality assurance at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Naval Nuclear Submarine construction and overhaul. He has 8 years' experience teaching Engineering Technology and Environmental Technology as an adjunct faculty member with University of Southern Illinois' Engineering Outreach program which included writing curriculum for the Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology. He served as a trustee at Napa Valley College for 20 years and was elected to the California Community College Trustee Board, serving from 2004 to 2010. He has served on thirteen evaluation teams at California community colleges. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point New York, and a Master of Science from University of San Francisco.
Mr. Charles Meng
- Dr. Morton represents the six community colleges of the University of Hawai`i. Dr. Morton began his service on the Commission July 1, 2013. Currently Vice President for Community Colleges at the University of Hawaii, Dr. Morton has 38 years of administrative experience including Vice President, Chancellor, Dean, and Director. He has a Ph. D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Illinois.
Dr. John Morton
- Ms. Murata serves as an academic member (faculty representative) of the Commission. Ms. Murata began her service on the Commission July 1, 2010. Ms. Murata is Head Librarian at Kapi´olani Community College in Honolulu, which encompasses facilities management, including technology services, and creating student learning outcome standards. She holds a Master in Library Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Ms. Murata serves on the ACCJC's Substantive Change Committee and is a member of the Ad Hoc Task Force for the Lumina grant, Degree Qualification Profile for two year colleges in the Western region.
Ms. Susan Murata
- Dr. Rodriguez serves as an administrative member of the Commission. Dr. Rodriguez began his service on July 1, 2011. Dr. Rodriguez has nine years' teaching experience at Cabrillo College and University of California, Santa Cruz, in the field of Psychology; and twenty-five years' administrative experience at Cabrillo, San Jose, Los Medanos, and San Joaquin Delta Colleges. He is currently Chancellor of the Rancho Santiago Community College District with well over two decades of accreditation experience. He is a Board member of Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges, and many other community service organizations. He holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Master of Arts in School and Applied Psychology from Fairfield University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Bowling Green State University.
Dr. Raul Rodriguez
- Dr. Russell represents the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) on the Commission. Dr. Russell began his service on July 1, 2011. Dr. Russell is currently Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the CCCCO having formerly performed in the capacity of Director, Dean, and Vice President, totaling 25 years of administrative experience, with emphasis in distance education, correspondence education, career and technical education, and Baccalaureate education. Winner of the Carter Doran Leadership Award from the National Council of Instructional Administrators, Dr. Russell holds a Ph.D from the University of Texas, Masters of Music and Bachelors of Music degrees from East Texas State University. He serves on the ACCJC's Substantive Change Committee.
Dr. Barry Russell
- Dr. Siebert represents the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of WASC on the Commission. Dr. Siebert began her service on July 1, 2011. She has 32 years of teaching experience in the Physical Sciences and 35 years administrative experience as department chairperson, Provost, and Academic Vice President at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, California, where she also served as Accreditation Liaison Officer. She holds a Ph.D. degree from University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.
Dr. Eleanor Siebert
- Dr. Tellei began his service on the Commission July 1, 2008 and represents the Pacific Postsecondary Education Council on the Commission. Dr. Tellei has been president of Palau Community College since 1999 and is a member of the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Vocational & Technical Education Consortium. He holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of San Diego, and Masters of Education and Bachelors of Education degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Dr. Patrick Tellei
- Dr. Walton serves as a public member of the Commission. Dr. Walton began his service on the Commission July 1, 2013, having served on eight visiting teams to public and private colleges in California, Guam, and Hawaii. Dr. Walton has 33 years' teaching experience and is a Faculty Emeritus in Mathematics from Mission College with experience in faculty staff development, educational technology, and distance education. A former Fulbright Scholar and winner of the California Community College Chancellor's Office Excellence in Technology Leadership Award, Dr. Walton holds Ph.D. and Master of Arts degrees from University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Bachelor in Science from University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
Dr. Ian Walton
- Dr. Whitehurst-Payne serves as a public member of the Commission. Dr. Whitehurst-Payne began her service on the Commission on July 1, 2008. She is a retired faculty member from California State University, San Marcos, School of Education. Dr. Whitehurst-Payne's career includes 12 years' mathematics instruction and 19 years of administrative experience at San Diego City Schools. She has a Ph. D from University of California, Los Angeles, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching, and a Bachelor of Arts degree, from Duke University.
Dr. Sharon Whitehurst-Payne
- Mr. Zimmerman serves as a representative of independent institutions. Mr. Zimmerman began his service on the Commission on July 1, 2011. He has 15 years of experience as a Trustee and 37 years' administrative experience at MTI College, a vocational school in Sacramento, California, where he has served as President since 1987. A long time Board Member of the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools, he was awarded their CAPP's Hall of Fame STAR award in 2013 which honors exemplary service to the association's mission of representing the interests of Private Postsecondary schools and their students in California. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business from California State University Sacramento. Mr. Zimmerman serves on the ACCJC's Substantive Change Committee.