3CSN Executive Director
Deborah L. Harrington (firstname.lastname@example.org), Executive Director & Project Administrator, is the Dean of Student Success for the Los Angeles Community College District and the Founding Director of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Academy (FTLA). She is also a member of the Leadership Team for LearningWorks, a new center designed to link policy and practice in California’s community colleges. LearningWorks is a collaborative organization led by the Career Ladders Project, the RP Group, and 3CSN and is funded by the Hewlett Foundation under the fiscal agency of the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Dean Harrington has extensive experience working in California’s community colleges; first and foremost she served as a full-time English professor for the first twenty years of her career and holds a professorship at Los Angeles Valley College. She has additionally served in management roles at several colleges in the past eight years, including Director of the Writing Center and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
As Dean of Student Success at the Los Angeles Community College District, Deborah brings together faculty and administrative staff in order to initiate the design and implementation of programs that effectively support student equity, access, persistence, and success across the nine colleges; these successful efforts in turn led to the envisioning and funding of the California Community Colleges’ Success Network (3CSN), the professional development grant of the Basic Skills Initiative.
3CSN Area Network Coordinators
Northern California Network Coordinator
Ann Foster teaches English at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) and serves as 3CSN’s Northern California Area Coordinator. From 1995-2008, Ann was a part-time English instructor at SRJC, focusing on pre-transfer classes; during that same time period, Ann taught Literacy Across the Curriculum in the Teaching Credential program at Sonoma State University. In addition to her teaching, Ann has been an active participant and leader in several of SRJC’s student success programs: College Success Learning Communities, First-Year Experience Learning Communities, Common Reading Experience, New Faculty Development Program, Navigating SRJC Day 2012, and Basic Skills Ad Hoc and Standing Committees. Ann earned her B.A. in French from San Diego State University, her secondary teaching credential from San Jose State University, and her M.A. in Reading, Language, and Thinking from Sonoma State University.
Southern California Network Coordinator
3CSN Communities of Practice
California Acceleration Project (CAP)
Katie Hern, EdD, is an English Instructor at Chabot College and Director of the California Acceleration Project (CAP). Since Fall 2010, CAP has partnered with 3CSN to mobilize faculty across the state to shorten and redesign their basic skills curricula in math and English. The author of two influential articles “Exponential Attrition and the Promise of Acceleration in Developmental English and Math” (June/July 2010, Perspectives) and “Acceleration across California” (April/May 2012, Change) – Hern speaks nationally on the subject of remediation reform. Hern’s past roles have included serving as CoDirector of the Faculty Inquiry Network, a three-year professional Development project for California community colleges; Basic Skills Coordinator for Chabot College; and Dean of Academic Affairs for John F. Kennedy University.
Myra Snell is a Professor of Mathematics at Los Medanos College and serves as Math Lead for the California Acceleration Project, supporting faculty across the state to develop and teach redesigned remedial math pathways. Snell is the creator of Path2Stats, the first preStatistics course in the country to provide a one-semester alternative to the traditional multilevel developmental algebra sequence. Her past professional development roles include leading student outcomes assessment on her own campus and serving as a coach for the Faculty Inquiry Network, a statewide initiative that used classroom-based research as a catalyst for redesigning basic skills instruction. A nationally recognized expert in remedial math reform, Snell has worked with CarnegieMellon’s Open Learning Initiative in Statistics, consulted with the Carnegie Foundation’s Statway project, and spoken about accelerated developmental education to faculty in multiple states.
Reading Apprenticeship Project
Nika Hogan, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of English at Pasadena City and serves as the coordinator of the Reading Apprenticeship Project, teaching California Community College faculty across the disciplines and levels to support their students’ academic literacy acquisition in disciplinary-specific contexts. Dr. Hogan is Reading Apprenticeship Community College Coordinator for WestEd’s Strategic Literacy Initiative and as such coordinates Reading Apprenticeship professional development at the college level nationally. Dr. Hogan’s work at PCC and with Reading Apprenticeship is focused on developing pedagogical, curricular, and institutional approaches and structures that will maximize the retention and success of all students, especially those entering college at the so-called “basic skills” level. She has been awarded the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office Award for a Student Success Initiative for her work as part of the team at Pasadena City College using a Title V grant to scale up and institutionalize a first-year experience program that integrates both reading across the curriculum and reading across the community.
Habits of Mind Project
Jan Connal, Ph.D. has a depth of knowledge about improving student success and extensive experience coordinating projects and providing professional development. For the last three years, she has participated with 3CSN as the Orange County Learning Network (OCLN) regional coordinators and, more recently, as its Habits of Mind Project Coordinator. Prior to this, she also served on the Steering Committee for the Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) in California’s community colleges for three years, with responsibility for faculty development in effective practices. At Cerritos College, Jan is an Academic Counselor; she also works across her campus to coordinate SLO assessment activities and has chaired the Developmental Education Committee (promoting assessment and evidence-based effective practices). Previously, Jan also contributed to the success of the Faculty Inquiry Network, funded for three years by the Hewlett Foundation, as an inquiry coach to support the professional development of faculty engaged in action research. Jan also co-facilitated her college’s Carnegie SPECC Project and engaged the Visible Knowledge Project, both of which were Scholarship of Teaching and Learning initiatives at Cerritos College. Previous to assuming her current position she served a variety of administrative posts, including Dean for Institutional Advancement and Planning, Dean of Educational Support Services, Director of Research, Development and Planning. Jan earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Research Methods and Evaluation) from UCLA.
Regional Network Coordinators
Central Valley Regional Coordinators (CVRN)
Donna Cooper has been the Basic Skills Coordinator at Fresno City College since 2009 and currently also serves as the Basic Skills Coordinator for the TTACCT grant for State Center Community College District. In addition she works as the Professional Development Coordinator for the Central Valley Career Advancement Academies. Donna has served as a 3CSN Regional Coordinator for the Central Valley for the past three years. She has experience as an adjunct instructor and counselor and helped launch the Career Advancement Academy at the Madera and Willow International Centers. She holds a B.S. degree in Sociology from Judson College; a M.A. in Educational Counseling from California State University Fresno and is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership. For 10 years she owned her own counseling and consulting firm working with K-12 schools to improve student success. She has broad experience in public education, community based organizations and business.
Erik Armstrong is currently an adjunct English Instructor at the College of Sequoias. He has been teaching in the Central Valley since 2008, at Modesto Junior College and Fresno City College, focusing on Basic Skills instruction. Erik is also a new 3CSN Regional Coordinator for the Central Valley, and he is working with the TTACCT / C6 grant as a Basic Skills Team consultant. For the TTACCT / C6 grant, he is consulting with the College of Sequoias’ Physical Therapy department to help develop a new Physical Therapy Aide program, focusing on Open Educational Resources, Basic Skills instruction, and embedded remediation. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from California State University, Chico.
Far North Regional Coordinator
Miya Squires has been Student Success Coordinator (formerly BSI Coordinator) at Butte College since 2006. Her current assignments include coordinating the Center for Academic Success (CAS), serving as faculty co-chair of the Student Success Committee, managing grant-funded Student Success Projects, and network coordination for 3CSN in the Far North Region (Butte, Feather River, Lassen, Redwoods, Shasta, and Siskiyous Colleges). Miya and her team built the CAS from The Learning Center (TLC) where she was hired as a student tutor for Logic in 1993. Several effective practices developed in CAS appear in the Poppy Copy and have been successfully reproduced and adapted at a number of other California community colleges. Miya spends much of her spare time collecting data for her doctoral dissertation focusing on professional development strategies in support of high-risk student success. Other areas of research include tutor training in support of ESL student writers and alignment of K-14 pathways.
Los Angeles Regional Coordinator (LARN)
Roza Ekimyan, Ed.D. began her career as a 6th grade English/Social Studies teacher at Thomas Starr King Middle School. After five years of teaching, she was ready to make a leap and decided to become a counselor at Milliken Middle School and soon after also got an adjunct instructor position to teach Personal Development 40 at Pierce College. Roza has enjoyed and was challenged in teaching Personal Development 40 and was lucky enough have another college adjunct post at Santa Monica College. In the Fall of 2009, Roza accepted the Basic Skills Initiative Coordinator position at LAMC. Since August 2011, Roza has been coordinating the activities of colleges in the Los Angeles Region. In addition, Roza has been working on Los Angeles Community College District’s (LACCD) Math Faculty Inquiry Team and is one of the facilitators for the LACCD Faculty Teaching and Learning Academy (FTLA) and the Persistence Inquiry Project (PIP). All of these projects have added depth of knowledge about student success and providing faculty with effective professional development skills, strategies and activities to improve the lives of our students. Roza Ekimyan earned her degrees, a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) degree in Education with an emphasis in Community College Administration, a Master’s of Science (M.S.) in Counseling Psychology, and Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) in General Education-Teacher Program and a minor in American & British Literature from the University of Southern California.
Foothills and Inland Empire Regional Coordinator – (FIER)
Agnes Jose-Eguaras has been the Director of Basic Skills and Title V Activities and Projects, Co-Chair of the Basic Skills Committee and Operations Director of the Learning Center at Antelope Valley College since 2009. She collaborates with administrators, counselors, faculty in English, reading, ESL and math disciplines in developing, designing, coordinating, implementing and evaluating various student-focused and faculty-driven student success initiatives and projects including AVC Quest for Success, AVConnect Journal, Accelerated Semester for Academic Preparedness (ASAP), In-Class Tutoring, Learning Center tutoring services, Online Tutoring, Pre-Assessment Workshops (PAWs) for Math, Directed Learning Activities (DLAs), Senior High School Math Acceleration and Preparation Program (S-MAP), Faculty Inquiry Teams and more. She is currently working with counselors, faculty and administrators to develop AVC’s First Year Experience Program and College Success Day. Agnes has also worked as an adjunct English, ESL and Developmental Communications faculty at College of the Canyons and Los Angeles Mission College since 2005. Agnes earned her B.A. in Literature and Film from UC Santa Cruz, her teaching credential from UCLA and her M.S. in Education from USC. Agnes has been involved with 3CSN’s Foothills and Inland Empire Regional (FIER) Network since 2010. She has been the FIER Network Regional Coordinator since 2011.
Bradley Vaden, Ph.D. is a fulltime instructor of political science at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC) and serves as the Technology Director for 3CSN. Bradley earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Prior to his involvement with 3CSN, Bradley was the Dean of Research and Planning and then the Dean of Arts and Sciences at LATTC. He has served as Vice-Chair of the Behavior and Social Sciences department, LATTC Curriculum chair, Chairperson of the Student Success Committee, SLO and Program Review Coordinator,Chair/Co-Chair of the Planning and Budget Committee and Chair of the LATTC Accreditation Committee. Bradley’s work for 3CSN has included the creation and maintenance of 3CSN’s online presence and the training of faculty, staff and administrator’s at various workshops and conferences across the state.
Career and College Readiness Coordinator
Crystal Kiekel, Ed.D., is a College and Career Readiness Coordinator for 3CSN. She is also a full time faculty member at Pierce College, where she teaches a Freshman Success Seminar, directs the Center for Academic Success, and serves as the faculty coordinator for Achieving the Dream and the Basic Skills Initiative. She is also the co-chair of the Student Success Committee and the Accreditation Standard II Committee. She helps coordinate several student success programs and learning communities on campus that focus on blending student services and academics to help students develop the reading, writing, ESL, math, study, and learning skills that they need to be successful in college. She is also the faculty advisor for the Pierce College Gay/Straight Alliance, and serves as a faculty mentor for several graduate and undergraduate interns. Crystal earned a Master’s of Social Welfare (MSW) from UCLA with an emphasis on management and planning of nonprofit organizations, and a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) at Cal State Northridge with an emphasis on community college leadership and policy development.
Integrated Curriculum Specialist
Becky Rudd is an English professor at Citrus College, in Glendora. She first connected with 3CSN as a BSILI participant in 2010 and then served as part of the BSILI leadership team in 2012, sharing her experience with Citrus College’s English sequence redesign and integration of reading and writing. At Citrus, she serves as the co-chair of the College Success Advisory Committee (Citrus College’s BSI committee) and the director of the Bridges to Success Title V HSI grant. She has also served as a faculty lead, providing support and training for adjunct English faculty. She teaches in Citrus College’s learning community program, currently collaborating with math faculty to provide their students with integrated learning experiences. Becky is currently the president of the California Association for Developmental Education (CalADE), the California chapter of the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE). Prior to her work at Citrus College, Becky served as the director of the Early Assessment Program (EAP) at California State University, San Bernardino. She has a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Composition with an emphasis in teaching English as a second language, both from California State University, San Bernardino.
Betina Vallin is a SFP -Technician, or Project Assistant at the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), and helps keep things organized and flowing behind the scenes so that everyone else looks good. Betina first started working in the LACCD as a Student Assistant at East Los Angeles College in 1999, where she completed her AA in Office Administration. Upon graduation she took a position at the District office as a Senior Secretary for Workforce Development. In November 2011, she joined the 3CSN gang. Currently, Betina is working on her BS at CSU-Dominguez Hills in Applied Studies/Public Administration.