The 3CSN Team

3CSN Executive Director

Deborah L. Harrington (deborah@3csn.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 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.  You may contact her at jessica@3csn.org

3CSN Area Network Coordinators

Northern California Network Coordinator

Coming soon!

Southern California Network Coordinator

Rebecca Moon-Stone, MPA, Southern California Network Rebecca-Moon-Stone-Profile-PicCoordinator, 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.  You may contact her at rebecca@3csn.org

3CSN Communities of Practice

Equity Project 

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.  You may contact her at paula@3csn.org

 

Reading Apprenticeship Project/Threshold Project

Nika HoganNika 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.  You may contact her at nika@3csn.org

Habits of Mind/Growth Mindset 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.  You may contact her at jan@3csn.org 

Learning Assistance Project

Crystal Kiekel, Ed.D., Co-Coordinator of the  Learning Assistance Project,  Crystal Kiekelis 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.  You may contact her at crystal@3csn.org

Mark Manasse is Co-Coordinator and co-founder of the Learning Mark Manasse Bio PicAssistance 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.  His pugs do not join him while he trains.  You may contact him at mark@3csn.org

Regional Network Coordinators

Far Northern California Regional Network 

Jennifer McCandlessFar North Regional Coordinator, is the Dean of Pathways and Learning Echo LakeSupport 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.  You may contact her at jennifer@3csn.org

Nicole Bryant Lescher, Far North Regional Coordinator, nik pikis an English professor at College of the Redwoods. Originally from Flint, Michigan, she began teaching in Detroit and spent several years teaching and serving in administrative roles within community colleges in Casper and Cheyenne, Wyoming. In both Wyoming and California, she has served as a faculty coordinator for Dual Enrollment and worked closely on curricular innovation, with a focus on revising developmental education. She currently serves on the California Community College’s AB 705 Implementation Committee. Nicole is dedicated to community college students and believes deeply in their capacity. She never stops being amazed at the transformative nature of community college experiences and by what is possible when hopeful students connect with dynamic, passionate, faculty and staff. Nicole loves to hike, read books, and look for banana slugs with her toddler.  You may contact her at nicole@3csn.org

Northern California Learning Network (NCLN)

 
Jordan Giannoni HarlessNorthern IMG_1460 (1)California Learning Network Coordinator, is an Associate Professor of Business and English and serves as the Learning Centers Coordinator at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA.  A native of California’s Central Valley, Jordan loves teaching at Delta because it is where she began her own higher education journey.  After experiencing success in community college, she received her B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and started her career working in higher education publishing with industry leaders Pearson Education and McGraw-Hill.  After a few years in corporate America, Jordan knew she wanted to return to the more organic side of education, so she returned to school to earn her MBA from UC Davis and later, an MA in English from Arizona State University.  At Delta, she serves on a number of shared governance committees, and special project teams, including Student Success & Equity, Employee Diversity & Professional Development, Distance Education and a Leading From the Middle team that is working with the RP Group to build a comprehensive first-year experience program.  Jordan is passionate about quality online education.  Her favorite subject to teach is Personal Finance because she understands that money is one of the biggest barriers to success, and she believes that students deserve the skills and tools to make sound financial decisions as they navigate the college landscape.  You may contact her at jordan@3csn.org
 
Kyle Hull, Northern California Learning Network Coordinator, teaches Reading, English, and Journalism atKyle Hull Bio Pic 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.  You may contact him at kyle@3csn.org
 
Vanson Nguyen, Ed.D., Northern California Learning Professional PictureNetwork Coordinator, is a child of immigrant parents who fled a war-torn country. He grew up low-income in San Francisco and now teaches Math at the College of Alameda. He has focused his work on serving the most marginalized populations through innovative curriculum, student service integration and mentorship. He completed his dissertation at San Francisco State University in 2018 researching equitable teaching practices in community college mathematics and hopes to transform classrooms to better serve underrepresented students in mathematics. A former community college student, Vanson strives to remove barriers and inspire students to become productive global citizens.  You may contact him at vanson@3csn.org

 

Sarah Sullivan, Northern California Learning Network Coordinator, is a Professor of English at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA, where she also directs the Basic Skills and Student Outcomes Transformation Grant.  She has taught reading, composition and SSullivan Profile Piccritical thinking courses there since 2010. Before moving to the Bay area, Sarah taught for seven years in her home state of Massachusetts.  Sarah earned a Masters in Language and Literacy from Simmons College in Boston, MA and a Bachelors of Arts in English from Colgate University in New York. Sarah is passionate about professional learning and believes that all educators have a responsibility to engage in life-long scholarship in teaching and learning.  In addition to Reading Apprenticeship, Sarah has participated with Communities of Practice in Habits of Mind, Threshold Concepts, Equity Project and BSILI, the Leadership for Curricular and Transformation Institute. Along with an amazing team of equity-minded leaders, including students, Sarah has engaged in deep equity and transformation work, and has provided opportunities for over 100 full and part time faculty, staff, student tutors/leaders and administrators to participate in 3CSN professional learning opportunities.  Sarah lives joyfully, with her little house tiger, Fiona, deep in the redwoods of the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains!

 

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.  You may contact him at erik@3csn.org

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. Since 2013, 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.  You may contact her at diana@3csn.org

Gia Gambaro Blount, Co-Coordinator of 3CSN’s Los Angeles Regional Network (LARN), is an adjunct instructor in Child Development and Parent Education at Pasadena City College. She received her BA in Developmental Psychology from San Francisco State University and her MA in Early Childhood Education from Pacific Oaks College. At Pasadena City College she served on the Learning Assessment Committee for four years, as curriculum tutor for the Curriculum and Instruction Committee for two years, and as the faculty co-author and co- instructor for Integrated Education Basic Skills and Training (IBEST) certificate in Child Development and VESL. She believes that one of the most impactful differences in students’ lives is to give them ongoing support in and out of the classroom and to connect them to services and co-curricular experiences that will contribute to their social and navigational capital. Away from the classroom she spends time with her two boys and adorable dog.

 San Diego Imperial Valley Network (SDIVN)

Roy Ramon is the Regional Coordinator for the San Diego ImperialRoyR Valley Network. In addition to his role as a regional coordinator, he is currently the district-wide Basic Skills Coordinator at Mt. San Jacinto College and has been teaching English at Mt. San Jacinto since 2004. Along with his work as the Basic Skills Coordinator, he has been actively involved in other projects, including First Year Experience, Student Equity, SSSP, Guided Pathways and Title V.  He previously served as Project Director of the McNair Scholars Program at Cal State San Bernardino. He holds a B.A. from Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio and an M.A. in English from DePaul University, Chicago.  You may contact him at roy@3csn.org
 

Communications Coordinator

Kelan Koning, Communications Coordinator, is an adjunct instructor of English at California 0_IhPyYbG2-OJmncyA_State University, Northridge.  During her sixteen years working in the Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) Admissions office, she served as content writer as well as managing communications and in-house outreach and follow-up for over 24,000 interested applicants.  Having been a low-income, first generation student who spent part of high school in a legal guardianship, Kelan is deeply committed to serving historically underserved students.  Her higher ed journey began at community college where she found her voice and rebuilt confidence.  She graduated from University of Oregon with a BA in English and completed all coursework for a teaching credential at California State University, Northridge, ultimately earning an MA in English-Creative Writing.  She is part of the Reading Apprenticeship Leadership Community of Practice as well as 3CSN’s Integrated Reading and Writing Community and views this as social justice work.  In her free time she enjoys photography, travel, collage art, reading, writing poetry, and thrifting.  You may contact her at kelan@3csn.org 

Technology Coordinator

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.  You may contact him at eddie@3csn.org 

Network Specialist

Betina Vallin, 3CSN Network Specialist, is a SFP -Program Specialist 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 team.  Betina received her BS at CSU-Dominguez Hills in Applied Studies/Public Administration in 2015 and is currently in the MPA program at CSU Northridge.  You may contact her at betina@3csn.org

Faculty Coordinator, LA College Promise

Joanna Zimring Towne is the Faculty Coordinator for the LA College Promise.  She has served in a variety of campus and district leadership roles in the Los Angeles Community College District for the past nine years and has extensive experience in program development and management.  She was the Director of New Student Programs at Pierce College, and served as a campus leader for the implementation of the Student Success and Support Program at Pierce along with the creation of the office of New Student Programs. Joanna participated in all aspects of LA College Promise planning including serving as the point person for integrating LACP enrollment activities with LACCD’s new Student Information System. During her career, Joanna has additionally worked for the City of Los Angeles and a variety of non-profit organizations.  She is a certified professional coach for both public and private organizations in the areas of strategic planning, program implementation, and program management. In addition to her coaching credentials, she holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) and Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Southern California.  You may contact her at joanna@3csn.org