2018 Accreditation Evaluation Visit Team Members

Dr. Gari Browning

Chair

Dr. Gari Browning

Superintendent/President
Ohlone College

Dr. Gari Browning has been President/Superintendent of the Ohlone Community College District since July 2008. With her leadership, the College has been able to reach ever more demanding student learning and achievement goals, boosting its reputation as a high performing institution. Internally, the College focus on inclusiveness has enhanced Ohlone's already welcoming feel. To help the Tri-City's students attend college, Dr. Browning started the Ohlone Promise Scholarship, which provides two years of tuition, fees, and books for students graduating from local high schools. In 2010, Dr. Browning assisted Ohlone in passing a $349 million bond to revitalize the Fremont campus, resulting in new buildings, a modern parking structure, and athletic facilities. And in the last three years, she tapped the community's wisdom by creating the popular President's Advisory Committee.

Dr. Browning grew up in the greater Los Angeles area, attended Cypress College, earned a baccalaureate degree from UC Irvine, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA. She lived in the Dominican Republic and Hawaiʻi , where she taught at the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra and the University of Hawaiʻi , Manoa, respectively.

Ms. Terry Exner

Assistant

Ms. Terry Exner

Faculty, Business Administration
Ohlone College

Terry Exner has been a Business Administration Faculty member at Ohlone College in Fremont, California for the past four and ½ years. She is in her second term as Co-Chair of the College Council.

Terry started her business career as a CPA at Price Waterhouse LLP (now known as PwC). Most of her career has been in the retail food industry, where she held corporate executive leadership positions in Planning, Merchandising, and Shopper Marketing.

Dr. Steven Reynolds

ACCJC Staff Liaison

Dr. Steven Reynolds

Vice President
ACCJC

Steven Reynolds, Ed.D., began his service in 2017. He holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration/Community College Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in English from California State University Stanislaus, a B.S. in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco, and an A.A. in Theater Arts from San Joaquin Delta College. Dr. Reynolds was an English Instructor at the College of the Siskiyous for eighteen years where he served as Accreditation Liaison Officer from 2001 to 2016. He has been an active volunteer with ACCJC since 2002, participating on eleven evaluation teams and serving as a Commissioner for one year before joining the team in the ACCJC office. Vice President Reynolds oversees the multiple training, workshops, and educational programming activities of the Commission.

Academic Representatives

Ms. Meghan Chen

Ms. Meghan Chen

Dean, Library & Learning Resources
Mt. San Antonio College

Dr. Meghan Chen has twenty-eight years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education. During her eighteen years at Mt. SAC, she held a number of administrative positions including ten years as dean of Library & Learning Resources, three years as director of Learning Assistance, and five years as principle investigator for a federal Title V grant. Her experience includes library, distance education, academic support centers, enrollment management, professional development, integrated planning, accreditation, outcomes assessment, and collective bargaining negotiations. Under Dr. Chen's leadership, the college participates in the California Online Education Initiative and Course Exchange and successfully implemented new technology tools across the college. Her division is known on campus for highly engaged faculty and staff as leaders across campus; the division has won campus awards for excellence for basic skills innovation, a series of division retreats focused on outcomes, research on the impact of math tutoring on student success, and for contributions in Student Equity projects and program review processes.

Ms. Meredith Plummer

Ms. Meredith Plummer

Chief Business Officer
Copper Mountain College

Meredith has been with Copper Mountain College since 2007, originally serving as the Director of Fiscal Services. She has a BA in Accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant in 2005. Her areas of oversight include finance, facilities, maintenance, and security.

Ms. Georgine Hodgkinson

Ms. Georgine Hodgkinson

Professor of Communication Studies
Cosumnes River College

Georgine Hodgkinson is a Professor of Communication Studies at Cosumnes River College. She also serves as the CRC Professional Development Coordinator. Georgine has been teaching courses on communication and relationships for more than 20 years. She has held multiple faculty leadership positions including President of the Academic Senate on her campus and President of the Academic Senate for the Los Rios Community College District. She received her BA in Organizational Communication and her MA in Rhetoric and Public Communication from California State University, Sacramento. During the past five presidential election cycles, Georgine has been a member of UVote, a national election research team focused on developing political programs and messages designed to enhance the interest and participation of young voters. Her published scholarship includes auto/ethnographic book chapters, journal articles, and essays that explore politics, gender, and spirituality. Her most recent article, Searching for Divine: Autoethnographic Reflections on Ashram Life, can be found in the journal, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research. In the field of political communication, Georgine is a contributing author to The Millennium Election: Communication in the 2000 Campaign and The Electronic Election: Perspectives on the 1996 Campaign Communication.

Dr. Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss

Dr. Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss

Art History Professor
West Valley College

Dr. Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss is an Art History Professor at West Valley College in Saratoga. She is a Commissioner for ACCJC, has served on three comprehensive evaluation teams since 2012, and has been involved in accreditation at West Valley. She serves as Vice-President of the Academic Senate and is active on Statewide Academic Senate (ASCCC) Committees. Dr. Napoli-Abella Reiss holds two B.A. degrees in Comparative Literature and in Art History from the University of California, Irvine; a Master's in Art History from San Francisco State University; a Doctorate in Art History from the University of California, Irvine; and a Certificate in Educational Leadership from Harvard University.

Ms. Susan Moses

Ms. Susan Moses

Professor of Education
College of Micronesia-FSM

Originally from the State of Illinois, Susan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts (Psychology) from the University of Illinois and a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education from the University of Oregon. Susan first came to Pohnpei, Micronesia, in 1972 and has worked with the College of Micronesia-FSM (formerly known as the Community College of Micronesia) for much of her time there. From 1993-2001, she served as the COM-FSM President, and from 2001-2006, she represented the Pacific colleges on the Commission. She is currently a professor with the COM-FSM Division of Education where she teaches courses in reading methods, education psychology, evaluation, classroom research, and classroom management.

Dr. Sandra Stefani Comerford

Dr. Sandra Stefani Comerford

Vice President of Instruction
College of San Mateo

Dr. Sandra Stefani Comerford is the Vice President of Instruction at the College of San Mateo. Prior to this position, Dr. Comerford was Dean of the Language Arts Division at CSM. Among the various duties as dean, she also coordinated the President's Lecture Series: Diverse Voices in Writing. She has tenure as an English instructor at CSM and taught composition and literature in traditional and computer-assisted classrooms. Among her responsibilities, she was the co-coordinator of the Writing Center, the coordinator of Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment, the faculty co-chair of the 2007 Accreditation Steering Committee, and Interim Faculty Advisor.

Administrative Representatives

Ms. Cheryl Vila

Ms. Cheryl Vila

Director of Institutional Research and Assessment
College of the Marshall Islands

Cheryl Vila is the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment (IRA) at the College of the Marshall Islands. She has also served as the institution's Accreditation Liaison Officer. Before assuming the position as Director of IRA, Cheryl has taught as a Mathematics and Computer instructor at CMI and other higher education institutions. While teaching, Cheryl has served in multiple capacities to support academic and administrative functions. She is a degree holder in the Computer Science, Mathematics, and Social Science fields.

Outside the academe, Cheryl has worked with national Demographic and Health Survey datasets for the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Cheryl is married, a mother of three, and considers Marshall Islands as her home.

Dr. Marsha Gable

Dr. Marsha Gable

Vice President Student Services
Grossmont College

Dr. Marsha Gable has a deep background and breadth of experiences within Student Services in higher education. Dr. Gable currently serves as the Vice President of Student Services at Grossmont College, and previously served as the Dean of Counseling Services at Cuyamaca College. Former positions in Student Services include Associate Dean of Student Services at Santa Ana College, Associate Director of Outreach Programs for CSU San Marcos, and Supervisor of TRIO Programs at Palomar College. Dr. Gable obtained her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Community College Leadership from San Diego State University, and holds both a bachelor's and master's degree from CSU San Marcos in Social Sciences and Sociological Practice. Currently, Dr. Gable also serves as a lecturer for the graduate program in Postsecondary Education Leadership in Student Affairs at San Diego State University. She has served on three previous Peer Review Teams with a focus on Standard II, and is actively involved in her own college's ISER preparation. In her free time, Dr. Gable enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring libraries and bookstores, and spoiling her dog, Mr. Miles.