I am a higher education leader focused on ensuring high quality learning programs and institutional vitality. I have deep knowledge and 20+ years of impact, centered primarily on leadership for academic and co-curricular programming, with an emphasis on innovative, high impact curricular development, student learning, assessment and evaluation, faculty development, student support and engagement, and quality assurance and accreditation. My expertise has been developed across a variety of organizations and institutions primarily serving post-traditional learners (working adults, first-generation, and new-majority students) with a focus on experiential and community-based learning; employability development; prior learning assessment and competency-based models; and institutional innovation, improvement, effectiveness, and quality.  


  • CURRENT ROLE: I lead educational programs and communications at the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA’s mission is to provide broad access to postsecondary education opportunities to students across the country, to increase the quality and value of higher learning credentials earned via distance education, and to assure students are well served in a rapidly changing education landscape.
    • Interim Associate Vice President / Strategic Initiatives & Accreditation Liaison Officer – Dominican University of California (2019-2020)
    • Founding Executive Director – The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher & Postsecondary Education  / National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) (2016-2018)
    • Vice President for Educational Programming – WASC Senior College & University Commission (WSCUC) (2013-2016)
    • Special Assistant to the President – Special Projects / Grant-Funded Programs – WASC Senior College & University Commission (WSCUC) (2013)
    • Dean of Learning & Assessment – Marylhurst University (2009-2013)
    • Director / Faculty, Center for Experiential Learning & Assessment (CELA); Prior Learning Assessment -Marylhurst University (2005-2013)
    • Director, Learning Resource Program Saint Mary’s College of California, School of Extended Education (2001-2005)
    • Manager, Education & Professional Development Department – SCORE! Education Corporation (2000-2001)
    • Faculty Development Coordinator, Education Department – Heald Colleges’ Central Administrative Office (1997-2000)
    • Faculty:  Developmental and College English – Grays Harbor Community College (1995-1997)


  • American Council on Education (ACE) – External partner on the development of an evaluation of employer-based learning programs. Houston, TX. (2017).
  • Connecting Credentials – Co-Leader of national task group on quality credentialing (2017), resulting in the report Building Trust in Credentials.
  • American Council on Education (ACE) – Stackable Credentials Framework Task Group (2015), resulting in the report Quality Dimensions for Connected Credentials.
  • Association of General and Liberal Studies (AGLS) – Award for the Improvement of General Education Selection Committee. (2015)
  • Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) – Student Learning Outcomes Institutional Award Selection Committee. (2014)
  • Adult Higher Education Alliance (AHEA) – Board of Directors (past board member 2008 – 2010)
  • Heutagogy Community of Practice – co-founder/co-curator
  • Peer reviewer: The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning



Media Outreach for the Essential Employability Qualities Initiative:



In addition to being a Vice President, I have the following WASC Senior College & University Commission (WSCUC) Experience:

  • Upcoming Fall 2020 – Assistant Chair: Comprehensive Visit Review Team. Loma Linda University
  • Fall 2019 – Assistant Chair: Comprehensive Visit Review Team. CSU Bakersfield
  • Fall 2018 – Assistant Chair: Seeking Accreditation Review Team. Universidad Europa de Madrid
  • 2013 – Assistant Chair: Comprehensive Visit Review Team. Chapman University
  • 2012 – Assistant Chair: Special Visit Team. Brigham Young University, Hawaii

Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities (NWCCU) Experience: 

  • 2012 – Evaluation Team Member, Year Three Visit: Gonzaga University
  • 2011  – Evaluation Team Panel, Year One Reports: Salish Kootenai College, Whitman College, Whitworth University, Saint Martin’s University, Walla Walla University
  • 2006 – 2013 – Institutional liaison with NWCCU: Marylhurst University 

Specialized Accreditation Support (multiple specialized accreditors; various forms of support provided to programs).


  • Ed.D. – Educational Leadership & Change – Higher Educational Systems. Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA: July 2007
  • M.A. – English– Rhetoric & Writing Studies. San Diego State University, San Diego, CA: May 1995
  • B.A. – English. Emphasis: English Teacher Preparation / Minor: Speech and Language Pathology. Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA: May 1992 with Honors
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics/English as a Second Language. San Diego State University, San Diego, CA: 1995
  • Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching & Learning. California State University East Bay, Hayward, CA: 2000
  • WASC Senior College & University Commission Assessment Leadership Academy Alameda, CA: 2011-2012