Commission Staff


    Dr. Barbara A. Beno | President

  • Dr. Beno, Ph.D., joined the Commission as President in August 2001. Prior to her appointment, she served as Commissioner for both the ACCJC and the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Dr. Beno served as president of Berkeley City College (formerly Vista Community College) for twelve years, Assistant Chancellor of the San Mateo Community College District, Research and Planning Director for the Peralta Community College District, and a university faculty member in Sociology. Dr. Beno was Chair of the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions from 2006 to 2009.


    Dr. Stephanie Droker | Vice President, Policy and Research

  • Dr. Stephanie M. Droker joined the Commission in August 2016 as the Vice President for Policy and Research. Prior to joining the Commission, Dr. Droker was the Vice President of Educational Services and Accreditation Liaison Officer at West Hills College Coalinga from 2012-2016. Previous to her administrative experience,  Dr. Droker served as Faculty of Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies at West Hills College Lemoore. She brings a strong background in student learning and assessment, research design and implementation, and using data to develop programmatic improvements.


    Mr. Garman “Jack” Pond | Vice President, Team Operations

  • Mr. Pond, MA., joined the Commission in July 2004.  Prior to joining the Commission staff, Mr. Pond was Professor of English from 1972 to 2003 and Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences from 2003 to 2004 at Leeward Community College in Pearl City, Hawai'i.  Mr. Pond also served as a Commissioner from 1998 to 2004.


    Dr. Norv Wellsfry | Vice President, Substantive Change

  • Dr. Wellsfry, Ed.D., joined the Commission staff in February 2011. He provides support for Substantive Change reviews as well as guiding the Annual Financial review process. He held administrative and faculty roles at Sacramento City College and Antelope Valley College in California and at Tidewater Community College in Virginia and had leadership positions in several State and National organizations.  He was a Commissioner from 2004 to 2010.


    Dr. Richard Winn | Vice President, ACCJC Operations

  • Dr. Richard Winn, Ed.D., joined the Commission in June 2016. He provides support in areas including trainings, annual conferences and educational programming, team and Commission decision processes, and dissemination of Commission information to stakeholders. In the 12 years prior to joining the Commission, Dr. Winn worked with the WASC Senior Colleges and University Commission, retiring in 2015 as Senior Vice President.

    Ms. Cheri M. Sixbey | Executive Assistant to the President and Business Officer

  • Ms. Sixbey, M.A., joined the Commission in July 2012. She provides high-level executive support to the President, conducts all ACCJC financial operations, and with the President, develops and manages the ACCJC budget; she also provides office management and human resources services. Prior to joining the ACCJC, Cheri served for 12 years as Executive Director of a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and training of mental health professionals, and the expansion of quality mental health services, worldwide. She holds a Master's degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Michigan, and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.


    Jennifer Franco | Events Manager

  • Ms. Franco joined the staff in September 2016. Jeni's responsibilities include planning and managing various Commission events, including the annual conference, educational trainings and workshops, biannual Commission meetings, and Commission committee meetings. Jeni brings 20 years of experience in handling complicated logistics for events of all sizes. She has a B.A. in Communications from CSU, Chico and a Certified Meeting Professional certification from the Convention Industry Council. 


    Tom Lane | Senior Administrative Support Specialist

  • Mr. Lane joined the Commission staff in 1996. Tom provides reception and general information to the public, and administrative support for evaluation team operations, institutional reports to the Commission, and communications to the field.


    Laura Langston | Communications Coordinator

  • Ms. Langston joined the staff in September 2016. Laura manages the website, coordinates all publications, and provides miscellaneous communications and graphic design support. Laura has over a decade of experience in communications, editorial, and marketing positions for a variety of nonprofit organizations. She earned her B.A. in English from the Univeristy of South Florida.


    Jared Spring | Administrative Support Specialist

  • Mr. Spring joined the staff in August 2016 as an Administrative Support Specialist. Jared provides a variety of general office administrative and complex clerical support and assistance in support of ACCJC operations and staff. Jared previously worked for a small nonprofit, where his responsibilities included training facilitation, I.T. support, and organizational management. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from Humboldt State University.