The 3CSN Team

3CSN Executive Director

Deborah L. Harrington ( 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 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. 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, including Director of the Writing Center, Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences, 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. Deborah holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles; a Master’s Degree in English from California State University, Northridge; a B.A. in English from UCLA; and an A.A. in Humanities from College of the Canyons.

3CSN Area Network Coordinators

Northern California Network Coordinator

Lauren Servais serves as a Regional Coordinator of 3CSN’s Northern California Learning Network039717148cb7460aae9c64d36716d520, and is an English Instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College.  At SRJC, Lauren co-coordinates the Basic Skills Initiative and the New Faculty Professional Learning Program, and is the Faculty Coordinator of Student Equity.  Lauren’s varied professional interests include helping first-generation, linguistically and culturally diverse students acquire academic discourse, while developing the critical consciousness to engage in praxis.  Lauren is a member of SRJC’s Reading Apprenticeship and Meaningful Assessment FIGs, serves on the English Department’s Developmental Committee, and facilitates the  Multicultural Education Community of Practice.  Before moving to California, Lauren was founding faculty at Cascadia Community College, which was a Vanguard Learning College of the League for Innovation in the Community College.  Lauren earned her BA in English from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, MA in English Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and MEd. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington, Seattle.  Lauren is a Native of Oahu, Hawaii, and speaks Hawaiian Creole.  

Southern California Network Coordinator

Jessica Cristo is one of three Los Angeles Regional Network Coordinators, and the Southern California Regional Coordinator. She is also currently an adjunct English instructor at East Los Angeles College. As a faculty member, she has worked on state and federal grants that were focused on first year students’ transition into college, particularly enhancing students’ college knowledge and readiness.  In her time at ELAC, she worked on the BSI, Achieving the Dream, and high school initiatives.  Jessica received her Bachelor’s degree in journalism at Boston University, her Master’s degree in English literature from Cal State Los Angeles, and her Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She wrote her dissertation on Latino/a AB540 students accessing and navigating the California Dream Act on community college campuses.

3CSN Communities of Practice

Equity Community of Practice 

Paula Brown is a faculty at L.A. Harbor College in the Kinesiology and Health Education Department.  She is a Co-Coordinator for the California Community College Success Network’s (3CSN) Equity Community of Practice.  She is trained in Culturally Responsive Teaching & Learning (CRTL) and Intergroup Dialogue in Higher Education.   Through 3CSN, she participated in The Faculty Teaching Learning Academy (FTLA) in 2010 and was a Harbor College team member at BSILI in 2013.  She facilitated faculty training through the Teaching Learning Center at Harbor College for five years.  She has conducted CRTL training at Harbor College, throughout the LACCD, the Basic Skills Leadership Institute, and several other CCC’s with faculty, staff, and administrators.  She was the Co-Chair of the AtD Cultural Equity Initiative for three years at Harbor College.  She is recognized in this area because of her passion for this work and her ability to successfully facilitate important conversations.

Reading Apprenticeship Project 

Ann Foster teaches English at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) and serves asAnn Foster 3CSN’s Network and Reading Apprenticeship Co-Coordinator. From 1995-2008, Ann taught part-time in SRJC’s English Department while also teaching Literacy Across the Curriculum in the Teaching Credential program at Sonoma State University.  In addition to her teaching, Ann currently serves on SRJC’s Curriculum Review Committee, Basic Skills Committee, and co-coordinates SRJC’s New Faculty Professional Learning Program.  She has been an active participant and leader in several of SRJC’s student success programs: College Success Learning Communities, First-Year Experience Learning Communities, Acceleration Pilots, and SRJC Reads, 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.

Threshold Project

Nika Hogan

Nika Hogan, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of English at Pasadena City College (PCC) and the Reading Apprenticeship College Coordinator for the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd (SLI). She currently coordinates the Reading Apprenticeship Community College STEM Network, funded by the Helmsley Trust.  In addition, she co-directs two statewide Communities of Practice for the California Community College Success Initiative (3CSN): the Reading Apprenticeship Project (with Ann Foster) and the Threshold Project (with Kim Costino). Her work is focused on developing pedagogical, curricular, and institutional approaches and structures that will maximize the retention and success of all students. She has been involved in many learning communities through PCC’s Teaching and Learning Center and helped to develop the First Year Pathways program, which was awarded the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office Award for a Student Success Initiative. She has a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Multiethnic U.S. Literatures from the University of Massachusetts.

Habits of Mind Project

jconnalJan 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.

Learning Assistance Project

Crystal Kiekel, Ed.D. is one of three Learning Assistance Project CCrystal Kiekeloordinators for 3CSN. She is also a full time faculty member at Los Angeles Pierce College, where she teaches a Freshman Success Seminar, and directs the Center for Academic Success, which provides course embedded tutoring, general tutoring, workshops, and internships to currently enrolled students. She also serves as the faculty coordinator for Achieving the Dream and the Basic Skills Initiative, as the co-chair of the Student Success Committee, and as member of the Los Angeles Community College District Student Success Initiative. 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.

Daniel (Danny) Pittaway is a regional co-coordinator for the greater dannyOrange County area and co-coordinator of the Learning Assistance Project, is a tenured faculty member of Coastline Community College where he serves as the Student Success Coordinator. He holds a master’s in education from Cal State Fullerton, a bachelor’s in history from Pitzer College, and a certificate in postsecondary reading and learning from Cal State Fullerton. He has been published inCritical Inquiry in Language Studies and authored components of two adult ESL textbook series, Center Stage (2007) and Future (2009). He also created Tutor Expo, an annual conference by and for postsecondary tutors and other educators within the California Community College system. 

Mark Manasse has been teaching English and ESL since 1999. He is currently a fulmarkl professor at San Diego Mesa College serving as their Instructional Learning Assistance (Tutoring) Coordinator. He is the San Diego Imperial Valley 3CSN Regional Basic Skills Co-Coordinator and Learning Assistance Project (LAP) Co-Coordinator. He was the ACCE 2010 Continuing Education Person of the Year as well as a 2012 League for Innovation award winner. He has founded a NADE Certified embedded tutoring program, and has been on the board of both ACTLA and CalADE.  Mark received his BA in English from UC Berkeley and his MATESOL from the Monterey Institute.  He is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Leadership from The University of San Diego, which he expects to complete in spring 2017.  He loves triathlons and his two pugs: Maggie and Morrie.

Career Technical Education Community of Practice

Donna Cooper is a Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) Coordinator at Fresno City College (FCC) and is co-coordinator of 3CSN’s Central Valley Regional Network and the Coordinator for the Career Technical Education Community of Practice. She also teaches Sociology courses for West Hills Coalinga. On her campus, Donna coordinates the Network Scholars, a three semester learning community that integrates student services and instruction and provides leadership and support for the redesign work in English, Math and ESL. She worked as the Basic Skills Redesign Team Lead for the regional TAACCCT grant, providing leadership and coaching for 10 colleges as they redesigned CTE programs to integrate and embed reading, writing and math into CTE courses. She is the co-editor of the Open Educational Resource (OER) book titled, “Integrating Basic Skills Remediation in Career Technical Education: A Community College Resource Guide.” She is the Board President of CalADE and is actively involved in committee work on her college campus. She holds a BS in Sociology from Judson College, an MA in Educational Counseling from CSU Fresno and a doctorate in Educational Leadership also from CSU Fresno. 

Regional Network Coordinators

Central Valley Regional Network (CVRN)

Erik Armstrong is one of the Regional Coordinators for the Central Valley Regional Network. In addition to his role as a Coordinator, he is currently an Assistant English Professor at College of the Sequoias. He has been teaching in the Central Valley since 2008, with stints at both at Modesto Junior College and Fresno City College, with a focus on Basic Skills instruction. He was an integral part of the C6/TAACCCT basic skills redesign for CTE and authored an Open Education Resource (OER) textbook titled, The Essential Guide to the Physical Therapy Aide that embeds basic skills instruction into the content of the CTE course. He is currently working on his college’s Basic Skills Students Outcome Transformation (BSSOT) grant, focusing on acceleration and placement. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from California State University, Chico.


Los Angeles Regional Network (LARN)

Diana Bonilla is a Professor of Counseling at Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC) where she works as a full-time Counselor in the General Counseling Department. She also teaches College Success courses and serves as a student success leader on her campus. Diana is currently serving as one of 3CSN’s Los Angeles Regional Network (LARN) Co-coordinator. From 2013- to 2016 Diana has been an active participant and leader in several of LAMC’s student success programs: Fall Kickoff, Summer Bridge- First-Year Experience program-METAS, Achieving the Dream, and Basic Skills Ad Hoc and Standing Committees.  Diana earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and her M.A. in Multicultural Counseling from The Community Base Block (CBB) Program at San Diego State University.

Orange County Learning Network – (OCLN)

Kristine Nikkhoo is the Director of Basic Skills and Support Programs at Fullerton College and serves as 3CSN’s regional co-coordinator for the Orange County Learning Network (OCLN). Kristine oversees the Basic Skills Initiative at FC and manages multiple student success programs such as the Entering Scholars Program, a first-year experience that integrates student services with instruction, and the Graduate Student Mentorship Program, which supports basic skills students and provides professional learning for future community college educators. As an active member of the thriving Habits of Minds Initiative at FC, Kristine also manages the Basic Skills Growth Mindset Program for adjunct faculty and helps other community colleges develop Habits of Mind Initiatives as a facilitator in the 3CSN Habits of Mind Leadership Community of Practice. She also serves as the Staff Development Chair of the North Orange County Community College District Management Association and teaches basic skills and transfer-level English classes. Kristine earned her M.A. in English from Cal State University, Fullerton and her B.A. in English from UCLA.

East Bay Regional Coordinator 

Kirsty Woods is a full-time instructor of mathematics at Las Positas College (LPC) in Livermore, CA and will be working with 3CSN as an East Bay Regional Coordinator. In addition to teaching math at LPC for 14 years, Kristy is the lead math faculty member for LPC’s Hispanic Serving Institution Grant, focusing on improving the STEM Pathway. She is also working with the LPC’s Transformation BaSk Grant, in an effort to improve student placement and accelerate the pathway through the math sequence while increasing student retention and success through the use of noncredit supports.  Kristy Woods is the coordinator for LPC’s holistic Math Jam, providing around 400 students per year with rigorous math preparation instruction and essential learning skills prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters to enable them to be successful in their upcoming courses. In the past, Kristy has served as the Math Department Coordinator, Curriculum and Basic Skills Committee member and curriculum support specialist.

San Diego Imperial Valley Regional Network – (SDIVRN)

Anna Rogers is an Assistant Professor of English at San Diego City College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History and Criticism from the University of California, San Diego and a master’s degree in American Literature from San Diego State University. She currently serves as San Diego City College’s Basic Skills Initiative Coordinator and Learning Community Program Coordinator and has been involved in the planning and development of these programs since 2009. She is currently working on integrating Basic Skills Math and English accelerated courses into the Learning Community Program. She has been involved in the planning and development of Learning Community trainings and conferences, and has been a member of the California Learning Communities Consortium (CLCC) Leadership Council since 2012.

Technology Director

Eddie Tchertchian is a full-time instructor of mathematics at Los Angeles Pierce College and serves as the Technology Director for 3CSN. Eddie earned a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from University of
California, Los Angeles and a Master’s in mathematics from California State Universith, Northridge. In addition to his involvement with 3CSN, Eddie is currently the vice chair of the mathematics department at Pierce College. He also acts as the Math Specialist for the Center of Academic Success on campus, where he facilitates all course embedded math tutoring, general math tutoring, math workshops, and special projects involving tutors and math faculty. Eddie is also serving as the co-chair of the Technology Committee on campus, and is a proud member of the Student Success Committee, Academic Senate, Enrollment Management Committee, and Student Equity Team. Eddie’s work for 3CSN focuses around maintenance of 3CSN’s online presence and technical support for its coordinators.

 Project Assistant

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.