Peer Review Visiting Team Members

Dr. Claudia Habib, President, Porterville College – Team Chair

Claudia Habib

Dr. Claudia Habib currently serves as the President of Porterville College. Prior to this assignment, she served as the Vice President of Madera and Oakhurst College Centers. In addition, her administrative positions included Vice President of Student Affairs at Reedley College, Interim Dean of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, at Fresno City College and Interim Dean of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Manufacturing and Business at Reedley College. Dr. Habib taught for 10 years in the Architecture and Computer Drafting Departments at Fresno City College before becoming Academic Senate President. Dr. Habib attended community college before transferring to CSU Fresno where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. She pursued a Master of Science in Instructional Technology from National University. Dr. Habib earned her Doctorate Degree in Education and Leadership with emphasis in community colleges from CSU Fresno.

Dr. Michelle Miller-Galaz, Dean of Instruction, Porterville College -Team Assistant

Michelle Miller-Galaz, Ed.D. currently serves as the Interim Dean of Instruction at Porterville College. She joined Porterville College in January 2020 from the Kern Community College District where she was the Director of Grants and Resources. Prior to KCCD, she was the Director of Grants and Resources and Adjunct Faculty at Pierce College District, Washington. At Pierce College she served as an Assistant Editor for the Accreditation Report. She earned her Doctorate Degree in Education from Northeastern University, Boston MA, with an emphasis in Teaching, Education, Leadership and Learning.

Dr. Stephanie Droker, President, ACCJC – ACCJC Staff Liaison

Stephanie Droker

Stephanie Droker, Ed.D, joined the ACCJC staff in 2016. Dr. Droker was the Vice President of Educational Services and Accreditation Liaison Officer at West Hills College Coalinga from 2012 – 2016. Prior to her administrative experience, she served as faculty of political science and work-based learning at West Hills College Lemoore. In that role, she also served as Academic Senate President, Strategic Planning Committee Chair, and Curriculum Committee Member. During her tenure at the West Hills Community College District, Dr. Droker was an active volunteer with ACCJC, participating on several peer review teams. Dr. Droker is present during the site visit to ensure consistency in the peer review process and serves as a resource to Contra Costa College and the peer review

Dr. Kevin Bontenbal, Vice President, ACCJC – ACCJC Staff Liaison

Kevin Bontenbal

Kevin Bontenbal, Ed.D., joined the Commission staff in August 2020. He brings with him 23 years of accreditation and college leadership experience, and a strong commitment to the higher education community college system. For the past five years, Dr. Bontenbal has served as an academic Commissioner chairing the Substantive Change and Policy Committees and as a peer reviewer on many external site visits. Most recently, he was the Instructional Technology Librarian/Faculty at Cuesta College. Kevin has a strong background in college governance and leadership having served in many roles, including Academic Senate President, Curriculum Chair, Accreditation Co-Chair, and Faculty Professional Development Coordinator. Dr. Bontenbal is present during the site visit to ensure consistency in the peer review process and serves as a resource to Contra Costa College and the peer review.

Academic Representatives

Dr. Bernadette Anayah, Professor of English as a Second Language, Folsom Lake College

Bernadetter Anayah, Ph.D., has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and French from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, a Master’s in English (TESOL) from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership and Human Resource Management from Colorado State University. She teaches English as a Second Language at Folsom Lake College, is an Academic Senator, and Faculty Chair of Accreditation. She earned her Ph.D. in Community College Leadership with a focus on international education and global citizenry. She has participated on two evaluation team site visits.

Dr. Hayley Ashby, Professor, Library Services, Riverside City College

Hayley Ashby

Hayley Ashby, Ed.D., has been a professor at Riverside City College (RCC) in Riverside, California for 19 years and teaches in the disciplines of library science and computer information systems. In addition to teaching, she oversees the library’s physical and streaming media collections, collaborates on technology projects, and provides guidance on multimedia use and copyright. She earned her Doctorate of Education from Brandman University where her dissertation focused on implementation of Guided Pathways at scale at California Community Colleges. Since 2017, she has been the faculty accreditation lead at RCC and serves on the College’s Academic Senate and primary strategic planning body, the Educational Planning and Oversight Committee / Accreditation Steering Committee (EPOC/ASC).

Dr. Michael Cawdery, Associate Professor, Leeward Community College

Michael Cawdery

Michael Cawdery, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Leeward Community College, Hawaii where he is the Chair of the Faculty Senate. He has participated in and led Committees for his campus accreditation and self-study processes as well as led institutional response to ACCJC recommendations. He received his Ph.D. in Education from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Ms. Denise Schulmeyer. Communication Professor, Grossmont College

Denise Schulmeyer has served as a Communication Professor at Grossmont College for 15 years where she is currently the Academic Senate President. She earned a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology and a Master of Arts in Human Communication Studies from California State University, Fullerton. She has served as Accreditation faculty co-chair and served on the peer review team.

Dr. Kelly Cooper Vice Chancellor, Education and Technology, West Hills Community College District

Kelly Cooper

Kelly Cooper, Ed.D. serves as the West Hills CCD CIO and CTO. She collaborates on and oversees the coordination of curriculum, catalogs, schedules, and academic services between colleges for compliance.  She has served on three college accreditation visits and two follow-up visits. She earned her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership and Development with an emphasis on Pacific Rim studies.

Administrative Representatives

Dr. Kelly Hall, Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Southwestern College

Kelly Hall

Kelly Hall, PhD., serves as the Assistant Superintendent / Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs, Southwestern Community College District. Prior to her current assignment, she served 17 years at College of the Desert where she began as an adjunct professor. During her tenure at the Riverside County Community College, she was a tenured faculty member in business and accounting, the first faculty chair to lead the college’s business academic programs, Academic Senate President and the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Arts and Media.

Dr. Tracy Huang, Director of Districtwide Research and Institutional Effectiveness, San Mateo County Community College District

Tracy Huang

Tracy Huang, Ed.D., currently is serving as the Interim Director of Districtwide Research and Institutional Effectiveness at San Mateo County Community College District. She oversees and coordinates districtwide research, including areas such as assessment, student matriculation, student course success and completion, key performance indicators, and districtwide strategic metrics. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at Chabot College where she teaches courses in Psychology and Statistics for Social Sciences. This is her second team visit. She earned her Doctor in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Cynthia Olivo, Vice President Student Services, Pasadena City College

Cynthia Olivo, Ph.D., is Vice President of Student Services at Pasadena City College. She is President-elect for the Statewide Chief Student Services Officers of California Community Colleges. Dr. Olivo is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education Doctoral Program. She completed the Harvard Institute for Management & Leadership in Education and the American Council on Education Advancing to the Presidency Program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Counseling from California State University, San Bernardino. She earned a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Urban Leadership from Claremont Graduate University in 2009.

Dr. Tre’Shawn Hall-Baker, Dean of Human Resources, Santa Monica College

Tre'Shawn Hall-Baker

Tre’Shawn Hall-Baker, Ph.D., has served for the past five years as the Dean of Human Resources, Santa Monica College. Prior to that, she worked in California public schools for more than 20 years, holding positions in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Classified School Employees Association (CSEA), and the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD).

She holds an Associate degree in Liberal Studies, a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Labor Studies, a Master’s degree in Behavioral Science – Negotiations, Conflict Resolution, and Peace Building, and a Doctorate degree where her research interest was in Conflict and Knowledge Management in California public education. In addition, she serves as a part of several professional organizations, including serving as the Chair of the EEO, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the Association of Chief Human Resources Officers/Equal Employment Opportunity organization. She has previously served on review teams where she was the lead for Standard III.