3CSN Executive Director
Deborah L. Harrington (email@example.com), 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 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 Network Director
Jessica Cristo, 3CSN Network Director, is Associate Dean of Student Success for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). She is also 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 Area Network Coordinators
Northern California Network Coordinator
Kyle Hull, Northern California Network Coordinator, teaches Reading, English, and Journalism at Gavilan College in Gilroy. He brings a wealth of experience with many educational reform projects such as First Year Experience and Acceleration learning communities, Supplemental Instruction, and facilitating numerous professional learning efforts. Kyle spent two years as Gavilan’s Professional Development Faculty Liaison, and in Spring of 2016 worked with 3CSN’s Learning Assistance Project to bring Tutor Expo to Northern California. Currently, Kyle is leading an interdisciplinary Reading Apprenticeship Community of Practice at Gavilan and co-pilots Gavilan’s Ukulele Newbie Equity Funk-o-mittee comprised of students, staff, faculty, and administrators. He holds an A.A. in English from De Anza College, B.A. in English from U.C. Davis, M.A. in English from San Jose State, and Post-Secondary Reading Certificate from San Francisco State.
Southern California Network Coordinator
Rebecca Moon-Stone, MPA, Southern California Network Coordinator, has worked as an SI Coordinator for the past seven years at Riverside City College. Working as an SI Coordinator, she has worked with multiple state and federal grants that are focused on placing SI Leaders into Basic Skills, STEM, and college level courses that focus on student success. In her time as a SI Coordinator, she implemented along with the assistance of other colleges the 1st Annual SI Conference. She also implemented the first Leadership Development training for Student Employees at her college. Rebecca received her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in Communications and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from California Baptist University.
3CSN Communities of Practice
Paula Brown, Co-Coordinator of the Equity Project, is a faculty member 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 Project 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/Threshold Project
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 Devon Werble) 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/Growth Mindset 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.
Learning Assistance Project
Crystal Kiekel, Ed.D., Co-Coordinator of the Learning Assistance Project, is 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.
Mark Manasse is Co-Coordinator and co-founder of the Learning Assistance Project (LAP), a statewide CA community of practice focused on the professionalization of Higher Ed tutoring. He has been teaching English and ESL since 1999. He is a full professor at San Diego Mesa College and serves as their Instructional Learning Assistance “Tutoring” Coordinator. He also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of San Diego, teaching in their TESOL graduate program. He received his BA in English from UC Berkeley, an MA in TESOL from The Monterey Institute, and a Ph.D. in Leadership from The University of San Diego. His dissertation focused on the link between student success and supporting faculty across the curriculum within the California Community College system via TESOL training. In leadership roles, he has served as a CalADE and an ACTLA board member, a California Community College Success Network (3CSN) Regional Coordinator. He was the ACCE 2010 Continuing Education Person of the Year as well as a 2012 League for Innovation award winner. He was also a keynote speaker at the 2016 IESI Conference, and has served as an expert panelist for numerous CA statewide conferences, including (1) Beyond the Classroom: Strengthening Ties between Classroom Teaching and Academic Support Services as well as (2) Basic Skills Noncredit to Credit Awareness Building and (3) Writing for College & Career Readiness – Fostering Partnerships Among High School, College, and University Instructors. He has published his views on Basic Skills assessment, “Grading Grading,”in California English and co-authored “Mentor texts squared: Helping students explore voice through readings that promote critical consciousness” in the CATESOL Journal. Lastly, he owns two pugs and loves triathlons. He is a three-time Ironman, completing Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 2012, Ironman Boulder in 2014, and Ironman Arizona in 2015. Hispugs do not join him while he trains.
Regional Network Coordinators
Far Northern California Regional Network
Jennifer McCandless, Far North Regional Coordinator, recently became the Dean of Pathways and Learning Support at Shasta College, where she has worked for the past twenty years as a math instructor. She received her AA from Diablo Valley College, her BA in Mathematics from California State University, Sacramento, and her MS in Mathematics from Oregon State University. She has served as the District’s Math Department Coordinator and Math Tutoring and Learning Center Instructor as well as serving two years as Academic Senate President. Jennifer is passionate about learning assistance, and has worked closely with Shasta College’s Tutoring and Learning Center staff to develop an embedded tutoring program and recruit and train learning assistance professionals. She enjoys hiking and taking in the beauty of the outdoors.
Northern California Regional Network (NCLN)
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, Co-Coordinator of 3CSN’s Los Angeles Regional Network (LARN) as well as the Equity Project, 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. 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.
San Diego Imperial Valley Network (SDIVN)
Eddie Tchertchian, 3CSN Technology Coordinator, 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 University, 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.
Betina Vallin, 3CSN Network Specialist, is a SFP -Technician 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. Betina received her BS at CSU-Dominguez Hills in Applied Studies/Public Administration in 2015 and is currently in the MBA program at CSU Northridge.