ALO/CIO Discussion Board

Commission Members

This page presents a list of the members of the Accrediting Commission.
 

Ms. Susan Kazama | Chair

  • Ms. Kazama, Chair of the Commission, serves as an academic member (faculty representative). 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.

Dr. Raul Rodriguez  | Vice Chair

  • Dr. Rodriguez, Vice Chair of the Commission, 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. Joseph Bielanski, Jr. 

  • 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. Kevin Bontenbal

  • Dr. Bontenbal serves as a faculty member on the Commission. 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 Bachelor of Arts 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. His first term began on November 1, 2015.

Dr. Timothy Brown

  • 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. Sonya Christian

  • Dr. Christian serves as an administrative member on the Commission. Dr. Christian is the President of Bakersfield College. She has served on two comprehensive evaluation teams and chaired a team in 2015. Dr. Christian also 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 Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Kerala in India; a Master of Science from the University of Southern California; and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her first term began on November 1, 2015.

Mr. Chris Constantin

  • 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.

Dr. Karolyn R. Hanna

  • Dr. Hanna serves as a public member on the Commission. Dr. Hanna 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 Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Mankato State University in Minnesota; two Masters of Science 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. Her first term began on November 1, 2015.

Dr. Richard Mahon

  • 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 City College, with 34 years’ experience teaching humanities.  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 was formerly Academic Preceptor (General Advisor) at University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to coming to Riverside City College, he taught at Cabrillo College, West Valley College, Deep Springs College, and the University for California, Santa Cruz.  He holds a Ph.D. and Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Mr. Charles Meng

  • 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.

Dr. John Morton

  • 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. Mary A. Y. Okada | Secretary/Treasurer

  • Dr. Okada, Secretary/Treasurer, represents the Pacific Postsecondary Education Council on the Commission. Her service on the Commission began July 1, 2014. 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 BA in Business Administration and a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Guam, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Eleanor Siebert

  • Dr. Siebert represents four-year colleges and universities accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of WASC. Dr. Siebert began her service on the Commission 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.

     

Mr. Erik Skinner

  • Mr. Skinner represents the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s office (CCCCO) on the Commission. He began his service on July 1, 2014. 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 Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Grinnel College and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dr. Ian Walton

  • 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.

Mr. John Zimmerman

  • 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.