Accreditation Steering Committee

Co-Chair: Jill Bauer
Co-Chair Contact:
Co-Chair: Bryan Ventura
Co-Chair Contact:
Meeting Dates: 3rd Wednesday of the month, during the self-study; Post-commission action, the ASC will meet as needed
Meeting Time: 3–4:30 p.m.
Meeting Location: Zoom/In-Person


The purpose of the ASC is to guide all matters of accreditation, ensuring alignment with the ACCJC standards, eligibility requirements, and commission policies, for the ongoing improvement of the College. This includes but is not limited to coordinating the self-study, addressing compliance requirements, and completing ACCJC reporting.

Reporting Relationships

  • The Accreditation Steering Committee is a Shared Governance Committee. The Committee makes regular reports to the Academic Senate, Planning and Budget Committee (PBC), and President’s Advisory Council (PAC).
  • The ASC has one sub-committee, The Accreditation SLO Sub-committee.
  • The ASC has one workgroup, the Shared Governance Workgroup.

Membership Composition

  • Co-Chair, Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO)
  • Co-Chair, Accreditation Faculty Chair
  • Past Accreditation Faculty Chair
  • College President
  • Academic Senate President
  • Academic Senate President Elect/Past President
  • Vice President of Administrative Services
  • Vice President of Instruction
  • Vice President of Student Services
  • Classified Professional Representative
  • Confidential Professional Representative
  • Student Representative
  • Standard I Representative
  • Standard II Representative
  • Standard III Representative
  • Standard IV Representative

Current Membership

Bryan VenturaAccreditation Liaison Officer
Jill BauerAccreditation Faculty Chair
Liana KoeppelFormer Accreditation Faculty Chair
Scott ThayerPresident
Kathleen McAlisterAcademic Senate President
Damon de la CruzAcademic Senate Past President
Kathleen ReilandVP of Instruction
Paul de DiosVP of Student Services
Stephen Schoonmaker (Acting)VP of Administrative Services
Ashlynn Smith AshariStudent Representative
Belinda AllanClassified Representative
Kristi ValdezConfidential Representative
Annette LetcherStandard I Representative
Celeste PhelpsStandard II Representative
Jose SanchezStandard III Representative
Damon de la CruzStandard IV Representative

Accreditation Standard Leads

Accreditation Sub-Standards Faculty Co-Lead Co-Lead 
I.A. MissionAnnette Letcher, Language ArtsKristina Oganesian, Senior Research and Planning Analyst
I.B. Assuring Academic Quality & Institutional EffectivenessTaylor Anderson-McGill, Science, Engineering & MathEileen Haddad, Senior Research and Planning Analyst
I.C. Institutional IntegrityCraig Goralski, Social ScienceMarc Posner, Director, Campus Communications
II.A. Instructional ProgramKathy Wada, Language Arts  and Sarah Jones, Language ArtsJanet Vera, Dean of Language Arts
II.B Library and Learning Support ServicesLeslie Palmer, Library & Learning Support ServicesTreisa Cassens, Dean of Library & Learning Support Services
II.C. Student Support ServicesKelly Carter, CounselingCeleste Phelps, Director, DSS
III.A. Human ResourcesJacqueline Aguet, CTEColin Preston, Dean of Kinesiology & Athletics
III.B. Physical ResourcesMaha Afra, Fine ArtsAllison Colburn, Manager of Campus Capital Projects
III.C. Technology ResourcesPeter Molnar, Business/CISJose Sanchez, Director of Academic Computing
III.D. Financial ResourcesMargaret Mohr, Kinesiology & AthleticsStephen Schoonmaker, Acting VPAS
IV.A. Decision-making Roles and ProcessesThu Pham, Health ScienceBryan C. Ventura, Director of Institutional Research & Planning
IV.B. Chief Executive Officer

Damon de La Cruz, Mortuary ScienceScott Thayer, President
IV.C. Governing BoardTony Maher, Fine ArtsHoward Kummerman, Executive Director Foundation & Community Relations
IV.D. Multi-College Systems or DistrictsJane Jepson, CounselingScott Thayer, President and Marc Posner, Director, Campus Communications

Terms of Membership

Per AP 3200, the President shall appoint the co-chairs (ALO and Accreditation Faculty Chair) for each accreditation cycle.

Committee representatives are selected at the beginning of the 7-year accreditation cycle by the ASC co-chairs. ASC representatives will serve throughout the self-evaluation and team visit. Following the Commission action, representatives may continue serving throughout the remainder of the accreditation cycle or decide to step down, in which case the co-chairs will select a new representative.

To request copies of archived agendas and minutes, please contact the committee chair.