Dr. Michael A. Baston is the 7th President of Rockland Community College. A national leader who helps develop comprehensive supports that foster college completion, Dr. Baston’s work has been featured on MSNBC, and in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Atlantic, The Community College Times, and Black Enterprise Magazine. Additionally, he is a contributing author to Race, Education, and Reintegrating Formerly Incarcerated Citizens and The Handbook for Student Affairs in Community Colleges. Dr. Baston was a member of the inaugural class of Aspen Institute Presidential Fellows for Community College Excellence where he explored systemic issues affecting the educational access pipeline and student success. As a national Guided Pathways coach for American Association of Community Colleges, he is noted for his work with college leadership teams around the nation, helping them integrate student success initiatives to advance college completion. Dr. Baston is the incoming Co-Chair of Jobs For The Future’s Policy Leadership Trust, a Commissioner of American Association of Community College’s Commission on Institutional Infrastructure and Transformation and member of the National Advisory Board of Center for Community College Student Engagement. Dr. Baston began his career as a public interest lawyer representing various educational institutions and social justice organizations. His work with academic clients led him to pursue a second career in academia as both a professor of legal studies and business and a student affairs administrator. Dr. Baston holds a BA from Iona College, a JD from Brooklyn Law School, and an EdD from St. John Fisher College.
Tomitha Blake serves as the Assistant Vice Provost for Academic & Student Affairs at the University of Washington, connecting with investors and advocates who see education as the source of change they want to see in the world. For 25 years, she has championed access to higher education as an antidote to inequities and a pathway to opportunities.
Debra Bragg is Director of Community College Research Initiatives at the University of Washington in Seattle and President of Bragg & Associates, Inc. She is also the Founding Director of the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she worked for many years and was also received an endowed university professorship. Dr. Bragg’s research and evaluation work centers on the critical role that equity plays in shaping college students’ experiences and outcomes. Her career includes leading national and state studies on the impact of policy changes to technical and transfer education in the community college, including the potential of high-performing transfer partnerships to close baccalaureate attainment for students of color and low-income student. Dr. Bragg is also well known for her research on the national research on the conferral of baccalaureate degrees by community and technical colleges. Dr. Bragg’s work also extends beyond the U.S. where she co-founded the International Pathways Collaborative. In 2015 Dr. Bragg was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and in November 2016, she received the Distinguished Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). In February 2018, Dr. Bragg received the national transfer champion award from the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS).
Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the potential of digitalization as an enabling capability in pursuit of promoting inquiry-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation into our education policies and practices.
In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on learning, skill development, and the future of work. He is the coauthor of “Our First Talk About Poverty,” as a way to talk to children about poverty. Jaime helped launch the Phoenix Coding Academy, a public high school in Phoenix, AZ, focused on computer science as part of an inquiry-based learning model. He teaches a 10th grade communication classes at the school. He also guest lectures at Arizona State University.
He speaks on education, digitalization, innovation, generation z, and the future of work at events around the world. You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap and watch his YouTube career advice videos at www.youtube.com/jaimecasap.
Jim Clements became Clemson University’s 15th president on Dec. 31, 2013 after serving as president of West Virginia University. Since his arrival, the value of the Tiger Paw has never been higher, driven by the university’s elevated academic reputation and the exposure from Clemson’s athletic success on the national stage.
Under Clements’ leadership, Clemson has raised the bar in admissions, enrollment, research, graduation and retention rates, and fundraising, including the successful completion of the $1 billion Will to Lead capital campaign in 2016. In addition, the campus is currently undergoing the largest construction boom in the history of the university.
Clements is a nationally recognized leader in higher education who has served as president of a university in three different athletic conferences – the Big East, the Big 12, and the ACC, where he served as the 2016-17 chair of the ACC Council of Presidents. He currently serves on the board of directors of the American Council on Education and on the executive committees for the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities, the Council on Competitiveness and the Business Higher Education Forum.
Clements holds a B.S. degree in computer science as well as an M.S. degree and Ph.D. in operations analysis from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. He also holds an M.S. degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and was awarded an honorary degree as doctor of public education from his alma mater, UMBC.
His “Successful Project Management” book is now in its seventh edition, and has been published in multiple languages and used in numerous countries.
Clements was born in Arlington, Va., but spent the majority of his life in Maryland before relocating to West Virginia and then Clemson. He and his wife, Beth, have been married for 27 years and have four children, Tyler, Hannah, Maggie and Grace, and two sons-in-law, Tanner Coombs and Max Kinser. He and Beth are expecting their first grandchild in September 2019.
Dr. Melissa Deadmond serves as the Associate Dean of Assessment and Planning and Accreditation Liaison Officer at Truckee Meadows Community College. Melissa has been at TMCC for the past 14 years, having spent the first 10 years as a biology instructor and later tenured professor and department chair before accepting her current position 4 years ago. She works closely with faculty on academic standards and assessment, and with other college divisions and the Nevada System of Higher Education on issues of transfer and articulation among other initiatives. Melissa is dedicated to the use of data and meaningful assessment towards continuous improvement, both in student learning and institutional outcomes achievement. She still loves teaching and continues to teach part time. She serves on the Education Alliance Board and in this capacity works towards bringing resources and connecting business and community organizations to K-12 schools within the local district.
Melissa is proud to be an educational product of NWCCU schools. She holds a B.S. in Biology and French from the College of Idaho, and both a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology and MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Melissa lives in Reno with her husband and two children and is an avid soccer fan.
Growing up in Los Angeles, José Enriquez began to recognize in high school that very few of his Latino peers participated in rigorous coursework, extracurricular activities, and community service. With the support of his mother, whom he credits for his passion and drive, José received a wrestling scholarship to Brigham Young University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Spanish, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and finally a PhD in Educational Leadership.
As a teacher, and later an administrator, José saw again what he’d started to notice as a student in Los Angeles: Latino youth were disengaged and disenfranchised at school. In addition, they often shunned their cultural heritage, which he believes is at the heart of every Latino youth’s drive to excel. This gap kept students, who could offer the classroom and community a wealth of knowledge, experience, and unique perspectives, from graduating high school and college. In effect, this phenomenon kept students from reaching their potential.
José recognized the barriers these young Latinos faced within their own homes and communities. He saw himself in these students and reflected on the opportunities, experiences, and mentors that had allowed him— a low-income, non-English-speaking immigrant— to succeed. The combination of these experiences and reflections led José to begin the Latinos in Action program.
Roger Goodman is a partner of The Yuba Group, an independent financial advisory and consulting firm focused on the higher education and not-for-profit institution sector. Yuba provides objective and informed advice with a customized and analytic approach to financing for its clients. At the Yuba Group, Roger works with virtually every client on their rating and credit strategies and also leads our relationships with Bentley University, Boston University, Northeastern University, Olin College, Simmons University, Suffolk University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Tulane University, Valparaiso University and Whitehead Institute.
Prior to joining the Yuba Group, Roger was the team leader for the Higher Education Group at Moody’s Investors Service, leading a team of analysts responsible for credit analysis and credit ratings. He was a senior member of rating committee for the public finance group and a key driver of analytic enhancements to Moody’s rating process, especially surrounding variable rate debt, liquidity, debt-related derivatives and investment policies. Roger oversaw Moody’s revised methodologies related to third-party financing and authored several research pieces focused on public-private partnerships. With this background, Roger brings unique insight on the credit rating process and issues surrounding the optimal presentation of financial information, as well as public-private structures and their implications on institutional credit. Over his eight years at Moody’s, Roger worked as the lead analyst for a diverse portfolio of institutions, including ivy league universities, large public university systems, complex academic medical centers, leading cultural institutions and small private colleges. His credit rating agency work took him around the world as Roger also led outreach efforts globally, including with universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore and Mexico.
Roger is originally from the San Francisco area and received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Brandeis University and his M.P.A in Public and Non-Profit Finance from New York University.
Ed Harri serves as the vice president for instruction at Whatcom Community College. Ed has worked at WCC for over 20 years, previously serving as a math faculty, department chair, division chair, and dean for instruction. As WCC’s accreditation liaison officer, he has worked with college leadership, faculty, and students to identify meaningful assessment plans, institutional performance indicators, and planning processes to realize institutional goals.
Ed holds a doctorate in educational leadership in which he examined factors contributing to math success for pre-college level community college students. Ed and his family live in Bellingham, WA, where they enjoy running and biking in their beautiful community.
Kelly Hogan is the Associate Dean of Instructional Innovation for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences, The University’s Quality Enhancement Plan Director, and a Teaching Professor in the College’s Biology Department. Since 2004, she has been teaching 400-seat classes on campus using interactive teaching methods and technologies. Hogan’s approach centers on the philosophy that, with the right practice, everyone is capable of learning. By demonstrating the effectiveness of her methods in large lecture classes, her work has received national attention in publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Hogan works with many of Carolina’s faculty and others around the country to help them re-imagine their own teaching. Her teaching has impacted a student audience far beyond those in her UNC-Chapel Hill classes. As the co-author of several biology textbooks (Campbell Biology’s Concepts and Connections and Essential Biology), Hogan has reached hundreds of thousands of students globally. She has also been recognized through nine different campus, state, and national awards for teaching, mentoring and advising. Hogan was the commencement speaker for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. Recently, she teamed up with her colleague, Dr. Viji Sathy, doing workshops around the country and writing about inclusive pedagogy (inclusifiED.com). Hogan completed her undergraduate degree in biology at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey (B.S. 1996) and earned her doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill (Ph.D. 2001).
With 10 years of experience in federal education policy, Michael Itzkowitz has served in senior roles inside and outside of government. His work and expertise has been cited by national news outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, US News, and NBC. His experience includes serving as a Senior Fellow for the think tank Third Way, where he’s worked with Capitol Hill, the Administration, and other postsecondary-focused organizations to develop and implement policies to help ensure that more low- and moderate-income students are earning degrees from quality higher education programs. Prior to this role, Michael worked as a Presidential Appointee in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Education for six years. Most notably, he was the Director of the Administration’s College Scorecard, an initiative focused on higher education transparency and accountability. The Scorecard, announced by the President in September 2015, is the largest release of higher education data ever by the Federal government. He also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Postsecondary Education. Michael received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida.
David Iyall is the Senior Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations for the UW College of Engineering. Prior to this role, he served as Assistant Vice President for Advancement for the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, where he led fundraising for the organization’s priorities, including the fundraising campaign for UW’s Intellectual House. David is an enrolled member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, and serves on the tribe’s Education Committee and Education and Arts Fund Advisory Committee.
Diane Auer Jones is the senior policy advisor to the assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education. Diane has a diverse background in higher education, having spent the first 10 years of her career serving as a biology professor at the Community College of Baltimore County, and later working at Princeton University and Career Education Corporation. Diane also has an extensive background in science and education policy having worked at the National Science Foundation, for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, and for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She served as the assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the Department of Education during the George W. Bush administration. Prior to rejoining the Department of Education, she served as a senior policy advisor to the Secretary of Labor and focused on workforce development issues, including the expansion of apprenticeships in the United States.
Mehmood Khan, M.D., is Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Life Biosciences. In his role as CEO, Dr. Khan provides strategic direction and operational oversight across Life Biosciences and its five daughter companies. Dr. Khan began his career as a practicing Endocrinologist and served as Director of Diabetes, Endocrine, and Nutritional Trials unit for Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School. He has since held senior executive roles in some of the largest Global Research & Development organizations in the world. Dr. Khan was Chief Scientific Officer and Vice Chairman of PepsiCo. As head of global R&D, he oversaw the development of novel technologies and breakthrough innovations including the incorporation of healthier and more nutritious offerings across its portfolio. Prior to PepsiCo, Dr. Khan led as President of Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company’s worldwide research and development efforts.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Reckitt Benckiser, Indigo Agriculture, US Dept of Agriculture and serves as Chairman, US Council on Competitiveness in Washington DC. Dr. Khan earned his medical degree from the University of Liverpool Medical School, England, and completed a fellowship in clinical endocrinology and nutrition in the Department of Medicine and Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London and a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology.
Andrew Ko is the Managing Director of Global Education at Amazon Web Services. His focus is driving innovation with cloud-based programs and solutions for EdTechs, Learning Companies, Higher Education Institutions, and K-12 systems improving student outcomes while enabling the workforce.
Prior to joining Amazon, Andrew was the Corporate Vice President of Samsung Global Education and the European B2B division, based in South Korea, where he launched mobile learning solutions for Education in Croatia, India, Italy and the U.S.
Prior to Samsung, Andrew was the General Manager for Microsoft Corporation’s U.S. Education business where he led the Partners in Learning team creating new and innovative ways for teaching and learning. He also led the White House ConnectED initiative shaping a public/private partnership model to provide technology and internet access to millions in school.
Andrew has several political appointments – in January 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Andrew as a member of the Virginia State Board of Education and in 2016, he was appointed to the Virginia’s School Readiness Committee for improving the early childhood education workforce in the Commonwealth. In 2018, Governor Ralph Northam appointed Andrew to the Online Virginia Network Authority for the purpose of providing a means for individuals to earn degrees and postsecondary education credentials to online degree and credential programs.
Andrew also serves on several boards including the Northern Virginia Community College Foundation board and the Fairfax County Public Schools Foundation.
Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the TRHT Campus Centers at Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact educational practices, and student success, including AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal series of yearly working conferences. McNair also directs AAC&U’s Summer Institute on High-Impact Educational Practices and Student Success. McNair serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives: “Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation,” “Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students are Learning,” and “Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence.” She is the lead author of the book Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016). McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English at James Madison University and holds an M.A. in English from Radford University and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.
Dan Peterson is the Vice President for Development, University Advancement, and President, UW Foundation. He is the executive leader of a best-in-class fully integrated advancement program, with direct responsibilities for overseeing high-performing fundraising teams. UW generates over $550M annually and is in a $5 Billion campaign. Dan lead and managed the Chief Advancement Officers of all university units (27), as well as Corporate and Foundation Relations, and Regional Advancement.
Timothy Renick is Senior Vice President for Student Success and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University. At Georgia State, he has served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Honors Program. Since 2008, he has directed the student success and enrollment efforts of the university, overseeing among the fastest improving graduation rates in the nation and the elimination of all achievement gaps based on students’ race, ethnicity or income level. Dr. Renick has testified on strategies for helping university students succeed before the United States Senate and has twice been invited to speak at the White House. His work has been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, and CNN and cited by former President Obama. He was named one of 2016’s Most Innovative People in Higher Education by Washington Monthly, was the recipient of the 2015-16 Award for National Leadership in Student Success Innovation, and was awarded the 2018 McGraw Prize in Higher Education. He currently is principal investigator for a $9 million U.S. Department of Education grant to study the impact of predictive-analytics-based advisement on ten-thousand low-income and first-generation students nationally. A summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Renick holds his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.
Maria Spies is a Founder and Managing Director of HolonIQ, the leading provider of global education market intelligence. Through a machine learning platform and global network of partners and analysts, HolonIQ helps governments, institutions, firms and investors answer strategic questions across four key areas – global trends, risks and opportunities; market landscape; emerging models and advanced technologies; competitor intelligence.
Prior to HolonIQ, Maria led digital learning futures for a $40m corporate venture fund investing in education innovation and EdTech. In this role, Maria worked with EdTech start-ups and founders around the world to support their growth and led research projects about the future of learning, such as Global EdTech Landscape and Higher Education Digital Transformation.
Maria has worked in public and private higher education for over 20 years in Asia and Australia specializing in technology-led transformation of education business models and approaches to teaching and learning. Maria has built and led global teams, driving innovation in curriculum, teaching and the student experience in over 50 countries.
Jess Stahl, DBH is the Dean of Academic Effectiveness & ALO at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. She was previously the Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Quality Advancement & Clinical Assistant Professor, Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Arizona where she focused on commercializing academic research and led a prominent public-private collaboration to establish a “first-of-its-kind” community health clinic. She was a frequent lecturer on the Future of Healthcare and co-led annual interprofessional training events for graduate medical, nursing, and pharmacy students. As an Assistant Dean at Southern New Hampshire University, she directed exponential enrollment growth driven by innovative technology and effective data science. Early in her career, she received a Fulbright award, worked for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and was a Duke University Global Health Fellow. Her passion is data science and helping academic institutions benefit from innovations in technology, data science, and artificial intelligence (AI).
Jessica Lynn Taylor Ph.D. has dedicated her life to personal growth and developing others. She is passionate about the transformation of people and organizations through simple and proven methods. She works at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon as the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusive Development. Jessica is also an Executive Coach specializing in Organizational Development and Leadership. For over a decade Jessica has been changing lives using a heart centered approach and strategic vision casting to turn dreamers into doers with personal and cultural humility.
Evelyn Waiwaiole is the Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement (the Center) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT).
Prior to this role, she served as the Executive Director at the Center for five years. She has spent the majority of her career at The University of Texas, serving as the Suanne Davis Roueche NISOD Director and Lecturer in the College of Education at UT and leading grant funded initiatives including the Bridges to Opportunity initiative and the MetLife Foundation Initiative on Student Success. She has also served as associate director of NISOD, college relations coordinator for the Center, and policy analyst for the Center for Community College Policy at the Education Commission of the States (ECS).
Evelyn earned a Doctorate from UT in higher education administration, with a specialization in community college leadership; a master’s in economics from The University of Oklahoma; and a bachelor’s in psychology from Texas A&M University.
Kristi Wellington-Baker currently serves as the Executive Director of the Student Success Center at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges focused on evidence based large scale reforms designed to close equity gaps and improve the educational attainment levels of all Washington state community college students. Previously, she served as Dean of Student Success and Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives at Walla Walla Community College and provided consultations on retention and completion strategies across the nation. She is a 2018 alumnus of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship program focused on developing the next generation of executive leaders in the community college sector.