Leadership Experience

Santa Fe College

Dean of Access & Inclusion March 2018 to Present

This role encompasses the responsibilities of Dean of Educational Centers and adds the responsibility for establishing and leading the college’s Office of Access & Inclusion. Work directly with the college President and leadership team to guide equity and diversity efforts within the college and to represent the college’s outreach in the community.

My major accomplishments in this role include:

  • Established a campus wide Access & Inclusion Advisory Committee representing a diversity of college programs, staffing levels, demographics, and perspectives.
  • Conducted the first ever student racial climate survey and made recommendations for a faculty & staff climate survey to be conducted in 2019-2020.
  • Organized racial equity workshops for college faculty, staff, and the local community. Over 185 individuals participated in the first round of workshops.
  • Serve as Co-Leader for the National Association of Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Academic Alliance which brings together over 1,700 representatives from more than 550 colleges and universities nationwide to address issues of equity and diversity in computing disciplines.
  • Serve on the Academic Advisory Committee for Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, representing over 18,000 academic leaders, industry leaders and students annually.

Dean of Educational Centers, May 2015 – Present

Provide leadership for four educational centers whose primary focus is to provide educational access to rural and low socioeconomic populations. In this role, I work with all aspects of the college including academic affairs, student affairs, facilities management, human resources, finance, institutional research, IT, and community relations. I manage a current expense budget of 2.2 million dollars, including 17 full-time and 25 part-time staff and oversee the physical management of four independent facilities including nine buildings. I work with the Center Directors to ensure each of our centers supplies a robust schedule of academic offerings, student services, and related programs. Our centers currently serve over 2,694 students annually with an FTE of 590.

My major accomplishments in this role include:

  • Provide visionary guidance to the design of an 86,000 sq. ft. business and technology innovation center, including the development of technology enhanced learning environments for face-to-face and blended digital learning.
  • Work with the Center Directors to establish advisory committees at each of the centers specifically designed to bring a diversity of voices into the center oversight and provide collaboration with community resources.
  • Developed data driven metrics for course scheduling which align with the needs of our students, inform diversity efforts, and balance enrollment with classroom and faculty availabilities.
  • Redesigned the student services area at the Blount Center as a centralized learning common that provides one-stop access to admissions, advisement, student services, tutoring, and computer resources.
  • Coordinated a redesign of classrooms to be more inviting to underrepresented minorities and female students and to incorporate evidence-based theories of ambient belonging, inclusive pedagogy, and group learning with flexible learning environments.
  • Substantially increased the number minority hires at the college’s educational centers to ensure diverse representation in all areas of the college.
  • Principle Investigator on a $467,713 National Science Foundation grant “Guitar, Robotics, and Rocketry: Advanced Technological Education” to create and implement an inquiry-based course designed to recruit underrepresented rural, minority, and female students into STEM disciplines.
  • Coordinated the “Authentic Inclusion of Community Colleges in National Efforts to Broaden Participation in Computing” workshop, which was held at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA in January 2018. This workshop brought together community college faculty, administrators, and researchers from 59 institutions to develop a model for including community colleges in national Broadening Participation in Computing initiatives.

Coordinator, Networking Systems Technology, 1998-2005, 2012-2014

Responsible for providing leadership for curriculum development, faculty development, and student services including personnel management, program budgets, course scheduling, inventory, and other day-to-day operations. Managed four teaching labs including equipment management and server administration.

My major accomplishments in this role include:

  • Coordinated two complete curriculum revisions including the establishment of two A.S. degree programs and five certificate programs. Negotiated educational partner agreements including: Cisco Networking Academy, Novell Academic Training Partner, CompTIA Academic Partner, NDG NETLAB+, CIW Certification Partners and Microsoft Academic Training Partner.
  • Established an internship program which placed students with local employers to gain hands-on experience. This program helped to increase the number of students gaining successful employment as well as provided valuable feedback from employers about the effectiveness of our program.
  • Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation Advanced Technical Education grant “Cybersecurity Program Development at Santa Fe College in which we developed an innovative digital learning environment to support hands-on labs in an online accessible format.

American Red Cross, Northeast Florida Chapter

Manager Health & Safety, 1988 – 1992

Managed the Health & Safety program which was responsible for both corporate and community education programs impacting more than 40,000 individuals annually, $.5M annual budget and 40 employees. Coordinated fund raising initiatives including donor development and recruitment. Served as both government and media relations liaison. Established a corporate HIV/AIDS education program including both universal precautions as well as guiding principles for working effectively with individuals in the affected populations.