Commission Members


Dr. Raúl Rodríguez | Administrative Member, Chair

  • Dr. Rodríguez began his service on July 1, 2011. He has nine years’ teaching experience at Cabrillo College and University of California, Santa Cruz, in the field of Psychology; and 25 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 M.A. in School and Applied Psychology from Fairfield University, and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Kevin Bontenbal | Academic Member

  • Dr. Bontenbal began his service November 1, 2015. Dr. Bontenbal is the Instructional Technology Librarian at Cuesta College. He has served on five comprehensive evaluation teams since 2006 and has been involved in accreditation at Cuesta College where he also serves as President of the Academic Senate. Dr. Bontenbal holds two B.A. degrees in Philosophy and in Religious Studies from California State University, Chico; a Master of Library Science from Syracuse University; a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and a Certificate in Online Teaching from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Timothy Brown | Academic Member

  • Dr. Brown began his service 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 M.S. in Education, Critical Thinking and Adult Literacy from California State University, Fullerton. He earned his Master’s of Education in Physical Education from Pan American University, Edinburg, Texas, and B.A. in Secondary Education, Physical Education and Reading at Arizona State University. Dr. Brown serves on the Substantive Change Committee.

Dr. Sonya Christian | Administrative Member

  • Dr. Christian began her service November 1, 2015. She is the President of Bakersfield College. She has served on two comprehensive evaluation teams and chaired a team in 2015. Dr. Christian has extensive experience on the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities as team member and team chair while serving in various leadership roles at Lane Community College in Oregon. Dr. Christian holds a B.S. from the University of Kerala in India; an M.S. from the University of Southern California; and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Ned Doffoney | Public Member

  • Dr. Doffoney holds an Ed.D. in Institutional Management from Pepperdine University, an M.S. in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Dr. Doffoney is the Chancellor Emeritus of the North Orange County Community College District, a position he held from 2008 until 2015. He served as the President of Fresno City College for six years, the founding President/Chancellor of South Louisiana Community College for four years, and as the President of Saddleback College for four years. Dr. Doffoney has extensive experience in institutional effectiveness and accountability, college and district-wide facilities planning, budgeting, research, and institutional assessment strategic and master planning. He has served as chair and member of external evaluation teams for the ACCJC and also worked closely with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools while in Louisiana.

Dr. Lori Gaskin | Public Member

  • Dr. Gaskin holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, and an M.A. in Geography and a B.A. in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Gaskin retired in August, 2016 as Superintendent/President of Santa Barbara City College after four years. She previously served as the President of West Valley College for three years, and as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services, Acting Superintendent/President, and Dean of Instruction at Lake Tahoe Community College for 17 years. She began her career in higher education as a faculty member at Barstow College. Dr. Gaskin has experience in institutional planning, fiscal oversight, bond oversight, educational policies and practices, participatory governance, and institutional accountability. She has served on a total of six comprehensive evaluation and follow-up teams as chair and as a member.

Dr. Karolyn R. Hanna | Public Member

  • Dr. Hanna began her service November 1, 2015. She is a retired Professor of Nursing at Santa Barbara City College. She has been active in nursing accreditation with the State Board of Registered Nursing Accreditation and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission in addition to her work on several evaluation teams for nursing accreditation. Dr. Hanna holds a B.S. in Nursing from Mankato State University in Minnesota; two M.S. degrees: one in Guidance from Creighton University in Nebraska and another in Nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from University of California, Santa Barbara. She has held faculty positions in nursing at colleges in Missouri, Nebraska, and California and has served as a Staff Nurse and Medical Education and Nursing Director in Minnesota and California.

Mr. Robert T. Jones | Public Member

  • Mr. Jones is a graduate of the University of Redlands and attended Santa Barbara City College where he served as Student Body President. Mr. Jones is President of the Education and Workforce Policy, a policy consulting firm with a focus on the advancement of education, training, and workforce policy. He also serves as the President of the MTC Institute, a policy and research arm of the Management and Training Corporation, and as the co-director of the Lumina-funded Credential Transparency Initiative. Mr. Jones has also served as the President of the National Alliance of Business for 10 years, on the U.S. Department of Labor for 20 years (six years as Assistant Secretary), and as Chief of Staff for two congressional members for five years. He has also served seven years on the WASC Senior College Commission.

Ms. Susan Kazama | Academic Member

  • Ms. (Murata) Kazama began her service on the Commission July 1, 2010. She 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 B.A. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Ms. Kazama serves on the ACCJC’s Substantive Change Committee, and has served on the Commission ad hoc Lumina Grant Advising Committee.

Dr. Willard Lewallen | Administrative Member

  • Dr. Lewallen holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services and an M.S. in Exercise Science from Purdue University, and a B.S. in Physical Education from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dr. Lewallen is the Superintendent/President of Hartnell Community College District, a position he has held since 2012. He previously served as the President of West Hills College Coalinga for five years, and the Vice President of Student Services at Victor Valley College for eight years. He has experience in research design, evaluation, measurement, and statistics. Dr. Lewallen has served on seven external evaluation teams, five times as chair, and on several follow-up teams.

Dr. Richard Mahon | Academic Member

  • Dr. Mahon began his service July 1, 2012. He serves as Dean of Academic Affairs at Allan Hancock College and as an adjunct professor in philosophy. Before coming to Allan Hancock College, he was a professor of humanities at Riverside City College, where he served as department chair, curriculum committee chair, and academic senate president. He has more than 10 years of experience designing, teaching, and evaluating distance education courses. He formerly served on the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and the Board of Governors of the Faculty Association for California Community Colleges. He has also taught at Cabrillo College, West Valley College, Deep Springs College, and served as lecturer and academic preceptor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He holds a B.A. and Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dr. John Morton | Administrative Member, University of Hawai’i Community Colleges

  • Dr. Morton began his service in 2013. Currently Vice President for Community Colleges at the University of Hawai’i, Dr. Morton has 38 years of administrative experience including Vice President, Chancellor, Dean, and Director. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and M.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of Illinois. He serves on the Commission Policy Committee, and has served on the Commission ad hoc Lumina Grant Advising Committee, and the WASC Board of Directors. Dr. Morton has served on seven comprehensive evaluation teams, six of those as Team Chair.

Dr. Mary A.Y. Okada | Administrative Member, PPEC, Secretary/Treasurer

  • Dr. Okada began her service July 1, 2014. She represents the Pacific Postsecondary Education Council on the Commission. She serves as chairperson of the PPEC, a council of presidents and chancellors of institutions of American Samoa, the Federated Stated of Micronesia, Guam, the Commonweath of Northern Marianas Islands, Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the State of Hawaii that addresses regional and post-secondary education issues. Dr. Okada has been the president at Guam Community College since 2007, and has served on several ACCJC accreditation teams. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Guam, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Steven J. Reynolds | Academic Member

  • Dr. Reynolds holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration/Community College Leadership Program from the University of Texas, Austin, an M.A. in English from California State University Stanislaus, a B.S. in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco, and an A.A. in Theater Arts from San Joaquin Delta College. Dr. Reynolds is an English Instructor at the College of the Siskiyous where he has served as Accreditation Liaison Officer from 2001 to 2016 and currently serves as Chair of the Program Review Committee. He has participated on eight comprehensive evaluation teams, three follow-up teams, and one show cause team.

Dr. Eleanor Siebert | Administrative Member, WASC/SCUC

  • Dr. Siebert began her service on the Commission July 1, 2011. She represents four-year colleges and universities accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of WASC. Dr. Siebert 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. from University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. from Duke University.

Mr. Erik Skinner | Administrative Member, CCCCO

  • Mr. Skinner began his service July 1, 2014. He represents the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) on the Commission. Mr. Skinner serves as Deputy Chancellor in the Chancellor’s Office where he oversees the office’s divisions including: Academic Affairs; Student Services and Special Programs; Economic Development and Workforce Preparation; and College Finance and Facilities Planning. Previously, Mr. Skinner served as Assistant Secretary for Fiscal Policy in California’s Office of the Secretary of Education and as a Fiscal and Policy Analyst in California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office. He holds a B.A. in History from Grinnel College and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dr. Ian Walton | Public Member

  • Dr. Walton has served since 2013. He 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 M.A. degrees from University of California, Santa Cruz, and a B.S. in Pure Mathematics from University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He serves on the Evaluation and Planning Committee, the ad hoc Eligibility Committee, and was a member of the Standards Review Committee during ACCJC’s recent review of Standards. He has served on 10 evaluation teams, seven of those comprehensive evaluations.

Dr. David Yoshihara | Administrative Member, Accrediting Commission for Schools

  • Dr. Yoshihara serves as the representative of the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association for Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC). He holds an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne, an M.A. in Education with Emphasis on Administration/Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Yoshihara is currently the Superintendent of Tamalpais Union High School District in Larkspur, California. He previously served as the Superintendent of the San Gabriel Unified School District for three years, the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services at the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District in San Diego for five years, and the Assistant Superintendent of the Escalon Unified School District in California’s Central Valley. He currently serves on the ACS WASC Board and on the Board of the Fiscal Crisis Management and Assistance Team (FCMAT). He has served as chair and member of numerous ACS WASC evaluation teams.

Mr. John Zimmerman | Administrative Member, Independent Institutions

  • Mr. Zimmerman began his service 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 B.S. in Business from California State University Sacramento. Mr. Zimmerman serves on the ACCJC’s Substantive Change Committee.