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CRC Officers and Committees

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EDPAC/WEDPAC Representative

Dr. Carole Goldsmith
Chancellor, State Center Community College District
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Benjamin T. Duran, Ed.D.
Central Valley Higher Education Consortium
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Steering Committee

This committee provides oversight of the strategic plan and the region’s overall efforts in building a strong workforce and leads program reviews.

Bakersfield College
1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield CA 93305
Anthony Cordova, Program Director CTE

Cerro Coso College
3000 College Heights Boulevard, Ridgecrest CA 93555
Nicole Griffin, Dean of CTE

Columbia College
11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora CA 95370
Steve Amador, Dean of CTE

Clovis Community College
10309 N. Willow Avenue, Fresno CA 93730
Pamm Ziefuss-Hubbard, Dean of CTE

College of the Sequoias
915 South Mooney Boulevard, Visalia CA 93277
Dr. Jonna Schengel, Dean of CTE

Fresno City College
1101 E. University Avenue, Fresno CA 93741
Dr. Becky Barabe, Dean of Applied Technology

Madera Community College
30277 Ave. 12, Madera CA 93638
Ganesan Srinivasan, Dean of Instruction

Merced College
3600 M Street, Merced CA 95348
Bryan Tassey, Dean of CTE

Modesto Junior College
435 College Avenue, Modesto CA 95350
Pedro Mendez, Dean of CTE, Community Education & Workforce Development

Porterville College
100 East College Avenue, Porterville CA 93257
Osvaldo Del Valle, Dean of Instruction

Reedley College
995 N. Reed Avenue, Reedley CA 93654
David Clark, Dean of CTE

San Joaquin Delta College
5151 Pacific Avenue, Stockton CA 95207
Danell Hepworth, Interim Dean of CTE
209-954-5151 ext. 5230

Taft College
29 Cougar Ct., Taft CA 93268

West Hills College Coalinga
300 Cherry Lane, Coalinga CA 93210
Justin Garcia, Interim Dean of Educational Services

West Hills College Lemoore
555 College Avenue, Lemoore CA 93245
Kris Costa, Dean-Career Technical Education

Chief Executive Officers

Noted below are the leaders of our regional colleges.

Bakersfield College
Sonya Christian, President

Cerro Coso Community College
Sean Hancock, President

Clovis Community College
Lori Bennett, President

Columbia College
G.H. Javaheripour, Interim President

College of Sequoias
Brent Calvin, President

Fresno City College
Carole Goldsmith, President

Madera Community College
Angel Reyna, President

Merced College
Chris Vitelli, President

Modesto Junior College
Dr. Santanu Bandyopadhyay, President

Porterville College
Claudia Habib, President

Reedley College
Jerry Buckley, President

San Joaquin Delta College
Lisa Aguilera-Lawrenson, President

Taft College
Debra Daniels, President

West Hills College Coalinga
Sam Aunai, President

West Hills College Lemoore
James Preston, Interim President

CRC Marketing Committee

Designs strategies to support regional colleges with student enrollment and stakeholder recruitment.

Committee Members

Becky Barabe, Dean of Applied Technology – Fresno City College

Jonna Schengel, Dean of CTE – College of the Sequoias

Justin Garcia, Dean of Educational Services – West Hills College Coalinga

Ganesan Srinivasan, Dean of Instruction –  Madera Community College

Bryan Tassey, Dean of CTE – Merced College

Danell Hepworth, Interim Dean of CTE – San Joaquin Delta College
209-954-5151 ext. 5230

Statewide Directors (SDs), Regional Directors-Employer Engagement (RDs) and Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs) are who to contact for workforce training needs. These industry specialists have their pulse on the demands of business and industry to inform community college stakeholders engaged in the curriculum development process and are subject matter experts in their field. The quick reference chart of the Key Talent in our state and region provides links to the sector websites along with SD, RD, and TAP contact information. To meet our region’s Key Talent please see below:

CCCCO Sectors / Statewide Directors:

Regional Directors:

Krista Vannest

Advanced Transportation & Logistics
Jannet Malig

Gary Potter


Business & Entrepreneurship
Charles (Chuck) Eason

Alese Campbell

Dave Teasdale

Global Trade
Leah Goold-Haws

John Cordova


Dennis Mohle

Life Sciences/Biotech
Terri Quenzer

Vince Roos

Centers of Excellence:

Centers of Excellence
Laura Coleman
Nora Seronello

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Krista Vannest, Regional Director



Background & Expertise

Krista has a long history both personally and professionally in agriculture. She earned a B.S. in Agriculture Science and a M.S. in Agriculture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her family has a tree nut and meat livestock farm in East Modesto where they raise walnuts, almonds, beef, sheep and hogs. Krista has served as a high school teacher in agriculture for 17 years at Gustine High School and Pitman High School in Turlock, California, as well as one year at Modesto Junior College teaching Ag Business, Plant Science and Environmental Science.

Focus on Students

“It’s wonderful to open up students to understanding the complex sector of agriculture as it represents the largest number of jobs in the nation and in California. I enjoy designing and facilitating creative projects that help connect students to colleges and future careers.”

— Krista Vannest

Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technologies Resources & Links

Nora Seronello, Technical Assistance Provider



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Background & Expertise

Nora is an experienced director with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in higher education research and analysis, labor market information research and analysis, policy analysis, nonprofit organizations, Microsoft Excel and other analytical software, grant writing and administration, program design, implementation and management, editing, and public speaking, Nora earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Business Administration and Management, General from University of the Pacific.

Focus on Students

“It is all about community/society. Whether it be our institutional or individual members, people are our most valuable resource. The more we invest in our community, the better off is our society.”
— Nora Seronello

Centers of Excellence Resources & Links
  • Centers of Excellence – visit our website and search for data, trends and publications on California’s high growth sectors

Diane Baeza, K-14 Technical Assistance Provider



Background & Expertise

Diane has a long history serving the Central Region in her roles at Kern Community College District, Bakersfield College, and Taft College overseeing various CTE grants and projects. In her most recent position as Director of the Pathways at KCCD, Diane facilitated K12 to Community College collaboration, working to ease transitions for students while aligning CTE programs, work-based learning experiences, and funding support. With her experience and passion for building relationships across systems, we are confident Diane will serve our region’s school districts and community colleges exceedingly well. This newly adapted Technical Assistance position will be a big lift with the size of our region and the large number of agencies to serve.

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”
– John F. Kennedy
Quote chosen by Diane Baeza

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Dave Teasdale, Prop 39 Energy Technical Assistance Provider



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Background & Expertise

Dave has a diverse professional background in Management, Marketing and Market Research positions with companies like Starbuck’s FedEx Kinko’s, Taco Bell and the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District. In 2009, Dave help found the Clean Energy Center at Kern Community College District which prepared individuals for jobs as Utility Workers, Wind Turbine Technicians and Solar Installers. In 2013, the Clean Energy Center changes its name to the 21st Century Energy Center as training for jobs in the Construction and Oil Industry was added. David served on the Kern County Green Employer Council ad has worked closely on projects with the California Energy Commission, regional workforce development boards and economic development councils, and employer’s such as Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, EDF Renewable Energy, Chevron and PCL Construction. In 2010, Dave was asked to present at the Governor’s Workshop on Workforce Needs for Large-Scale Solar Projects and The Governor’s Conference on Local Renewable Energy Resources. In 2012, made a presentation at the Southern California Energy Summit; Putting Southern California back to work with Green Jobs

Since taking on the role of Proposition 39 Project Director for the Energy, Construction and Utility sector for the California Community Colleges in the Central Region, Dave has worked to provide college faculty with the most up-to-date information regarding changes in the State’s energy policies and created communities of practice allowing faculty to share materials and learn from each other. Dave has also fostered a close relationship with the Kern, Inyo, Mono Building Trades and the Fresno Building Trades and has organized Women in Trades workshops in Bakersfield and Fresno.

Focus on Students

“California’s Advanced Energy industry needs an additional 15,000 highly skilled workers every year, and Community Colleges are uniquely positioned to meet this need. It is my mission to connect industry with Colleges and to provide K-12 and Community College students with the information they need to determine if a career in the Energy, Construction and Utility sector might be right for them.”
— Dave Teasdale

ECU Resources & Links
  • ECU Videos – Competition for skilled workers will intensify as 40% of the energy efficiency workforce retires over the next five years. Learn more about this sector by watching these videos.
  • ECU Events – for industry, students and educators.
  • Student Successes in ECU – these videos showcase the wide range of occupations for student in this growing sector.
  • Energy Efficiency Policy & Regulations – get the latest on California’s policies about energy efficiency.

  • Global Trade Sector – The Global Trade Sector hosts up to date resources and provides insights for community colleges and faculty including content and materials to support college programs in global trade.
  • California International Trade Center – The California International Trade Center provides digital trade services to small and mid-size business engaged in cross-border ecommerce.
  • Nexus Edge – Earn Digital Badges aligned with the Global Trade sector and gain employable skills in digital trade including cross-border eCommerce. Earn advanced credentials to participate in the Virtual Internship Program (VIP) and work on real world projects on behalf of small and mid-size companies.
  • Global Virtual Internship Program (VIP) – Give students the advantage to gain real world experience through the Virtual Internship Program.
  • LERN (Learning Resource Network) – LERN Taeching Online Webinars.
  • Global Training Center – Faculty might use these workplace materials to apply job skills.
  • Retail, Hospitality and Tourism – Career Ready California

Health Care Resources & Links

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Dennis Mohle, Regional Director


559.442.4600 x8471

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Background & Expertise

Dennis works with 13 community colleges in the Central Valley and Mother Lode regions of California on collaboration projects that result in braided federal and state funding. As a Regional Director in California’s Central Valley, he works closely with the agriculture industry sector and is developing an industry-sector hybrid of agriculture and technology to bride the skills gaps of agriculture in the Central Valley. Duties and responsibilities of this new position include identifying entry-level skills in ag-technology that lead students to higher-paying jobs.

Focus on Students

“Raising the bar for students and their knowledge is an important focus of our work.”
— Dennis Mohle

ICT/Digital Media Resources & Links

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Vincent Roos, Regional Director



Background & Expertise

Vince’s early career focused on Agri-Business mostly in the production farming of fruits and nuts, dried fruit production and marketing – mail-order and retail outlets. After earning a doctorate degree in Organizational Development, Vince has consulted and worked with various organizations to help them achieve a higher impact. The last 5 ½ years have been dedicated to working in education at the college level. Vince has worked extensively with Fresno Pacific University in various capacities (teaching & administration) as well as Merced College and Fresno State as an adjunct in business.

Focus on Students

“My greatest satisfaction comes from participating in educational processes and linkages which provide students with appropriate pathways to become not only adept in particular skills, but provide a greater sense of purpose, achieving success, but fulfillment and impact as well.”
— Vince Roos

Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Resources & Links
  • Centers of Excellence – learn more about retail, hospitality & tourism through industry-specifc reports and data.

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Alese Campbell, DSN



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Background & Expertise

As a creative leader with a MBA, Alese strategically connects community partners with business and industry. She leverages more than 15 years of entrepreneurial experience to help some 300+ business owners and C-Level partners expand their businesses. She has managed non-profit and corporate centers from $200K to $2M budgets and led teams of 3-50 staff members. Her specialities include grant and program management, business and economic development, account management, client service and retention, marketing, sales, vendor relations, financial and budgeting management, training, building strategic relationships.

Focus on Students

“I’m in it for the students, to create and expand jobs and opportunities to solve problems and take action, share the entrepreneurial mindset.”
— Alese Campbell

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Resources & Links