CCGI Team

Executive Staff

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Tessa Carmen De Roy, Ed.D.
Executive Director
T: 916.241.3099
E: tderoy@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Ms. De Roy serves as Executive Director responsible for strategy, partnership, and fundraising, as well as all core executive management functions that allow the CCGI team to thrive. She brings two decades of experience to this role, with an emphasis on complex, multi-sector initiatives.

Prior to starting CCGI, Ms. De Roy spent the last decade focused on issues related to college access and success. Ms. De Roy received her Educational Doctorate from University of California, Los Angeles, where she focused on systemic approaches to college readiness and success in the K-16 educational pipeline.


Technology and Communications Staff


Leigh S. Ranck
Director of Technology and Communications
T: 424.272.6714
E: lranck@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Ms. Ranck serves as Director of Technology and Communications responsible for managing branding and messaging for the Initiative.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Ranck managed communications for the Connected Learning Alliance, an education nonprofit mobilizing new technology in the service of equity, access, and opportunity for young people. She received her B.A. in Journalism and Politics from New York University.


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Laurel Sunderman, M.A.
Communications Manager
T: 916.750.0602
E: lsunderman@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Ms. Sunderman serves as Communications Manager and is responsible for producing a variety of strategic communications for CCGI and supporting the development of content for CaliforniaColleges.edu.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Sunderman served as Marketing and Communications Manager for the Sacramento Children's Home, the oldest and most comprehensive child and family service agency in Sacramento county. She received her M.A. in English, as well as Certificates of Advanced Study in Teaching College Composition and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, from California State University, Sacramento.


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Maribel Chonhim, M.A., P.P.S.
Platform Specialist
T: 626.594.5309
E: mchonhim@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Ms. Chonhim serves as Platform Specialist, responsible for supporting the Director of Technology on the design, development, testing, documentation and maintenance and troubleshooting of functionality on CaliforniaColleges.edu.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Chonhim was a Student Services Coordinator at College Made Easy, a private college-planning agency in the San Fernando Valley. Ms. Chonhim earned her M.A. in Educational Counseling along with her PPS credential from Azusa Pacific University and her B.S. in Sociology from the University of La Verne.


Data Staff

Ben Baird

Ben Baird, M.S.
Director of Data Management
T: 916.758.1643
E: bbaird@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Mr. Baird serves as Director of Data Management responsible for data sharing relationships with K-12 school districts as well as higher education institutions across the state.

Prior to joining CCGI, Mr. Baird supervised the enrollment services functions at American River College, part of the Los Rios Community College District, and served on various statewide committees, including as chair of the California Community College Chancellor's Office Open CCCApply project. Mr. Baird received his B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara, and M.S. in Information Systems from Drexel University.


David Medina

David Medina, Ph.D
Deputy Director of Data and Evaluation
T: 831.320.4758
E: dmedina@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Mr. Medina serves as Deputy Director of Data and Evaluation responsible for evaluating the impact of CCGI’s work and supporting organizational learning, as well as supporting the functional work of CCGI’s data team.

Prior to joining CCGI, Mr. Medina supervised and led the research and assessment needs of both schools and Leadership at Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, where he had previously set up and managed student information systems. He also led data analysis and evaluation initiatives at the Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access at UCLA. Mr. Medina received his PhD and Master’s in Sociology from UCLA, where he specialized in research, evaluation, and statistical modeling.


Raj Kaur

Raj Kaur
Data Analyst
T: 916.706.6753
E: rkaur@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Ms. Kaur serves as Data Analyst responsible for supporting data-sharing relationships with CCGI partner districts, including data and protocol management for the Data Team.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Kaur was the registrar at an institution of higher education in the Sacramento area. She received her B.A. from Brandman University in Organizational Leadership.


Heather Miller

Heather Miller
Data Analyst
T: 916.662.5490
E: hmiller@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Ms. Miller serves as Data Analyst responsible for supporting data-sharing relationships with partner districts, including data and protocol management for the Data Team.
 
Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Miller worked in the education sector as an analyst in state reporting at California School Information Services (CSIS) and Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD). She additionally brings a wealth of experience in project management, corporate training, and end-user software documentation. Ms. Miller received her B.A. in Organizational Communication from California State University – Sacramento and earned an International Quality Management Standards certification from the British Standards Institute.


Operations Staff

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Meredith Curry, M.B.A. 
Director of Operations
T: 408.901.0290
E: mcurry@CaliforniaColleges.org

Ms. Curry serves as Director of Operations responsible for the alignment of CCGI’s technology platforms, implementation strategies and operational protocols.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Curry served as the Executive Director of South Central Scholars, a highly successful college access and success program in South Los Angeles. Ms. Curry received her B.A. in English from University of California, Los Angeles and her M.B.A. from California State University, Long Beach.


Chris Gardiner

Christine Gardiner
Operations Manager
T: 916.720.9178
E: cgardiner@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Ms. Gardiner serves as Operations Manager responsible for operational protocols, project management, and administrative and internal operations.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Gardiner served as the Vice President, Operations for a Fortune 500 global workforce solutions firm. Ms. Gardiner received her B.S. in Social Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.


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Laurel Papke
Operations Specialist
T: 408.676.9420
E: lpapke@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Ms. Papke serves as Operations Specialist responsible for day-to-day internal operations and user support for all non-partner school districts.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Papke was the Business Development Coordinator for a full‐service international law firm in Silicon Valley. She received her B.A. in Communication from Arizona State University.


David Silva

David Silva
Operations Specialist
T: 916.768.8844
E: dsilva@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Mr. Silva serves as Operations Specialist providing operational and administrative support to both internal CCGI staff and their work with external partners.

Prior to joining CCGI, Mr. Silva spent the past several years as an Operations Supervisor for a global workforce solutions firm supporting business across North America and Puerto Rico. Mr. Silva has over 15 years of experience in office management and leadership over dynamic virtually based teams.


Implementation Staff

Maya Clayton

Maya Ramos Clayton, M.S.
Director of Statewide Implementation
T: 323.902.7319
E: mclayton@CaliforniaColleges.org

Ms. Clayton serves as Director of Statewide Implementation responsible for overseeing CCGI partnerships across the state.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Clayton was Program Director at The Posse Foundation, Inc., Los Angeles, a leading national college access and youth leadership development program. Ms. Clayton earned her M.S. in Professional Writing from New York University and her B.A. from Smith College.



Antoinette N. Magee, M.A.
Implementation Manager
T: 562.285.3857
E: amagee@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Ms. Magee serves as Implementation Manager responsible for CCGI partnerships in the South Los Angeles and North Orange County regions.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Magee worked as an admissions counselor and outreach professional in academic and student affairs at San Francisco State, San Diego State, and Cal State Fullerton, as well as a program manager at Young Black Scholars and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Ms. Magee earned her M.A. in Multicultural Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills and her B.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University.



Hannah Smith, M.Ed.
Implementation Manager
T: 510.698.9341
E: hsmith@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Ms. Smith serves as Implementation Manager responsible for CCGI partnerships in the Bay Area.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Smith worked as a program manager for Jobs for the Future, where she worked on the support of sustainable, high-functioning regional networks aimed at expanding and scaling Linked Learning pathways. She also has experience as a counselor in both Boston and Oakland public schools, supporting college and career readiness and offering general student support services. Ms. Smith earned her A.A. in Social and Behavioral Science from City College of San Francisco, her B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Education from the University of California Berkeley, and her M.Ed. in Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.



Frances Suderman, M.A.
Implementation Manager
T: 909.454.6945
E: fsuderman@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Ms. Suderman serves as Implementation Manager responsible for CCGI partnerships in the San Bernardino and Riverside County regions.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Suderman was an English Lecturer as well as Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction and Coyote First STEP, a nationally recognized student transition enrichment program, for Undergraduate Studies at California State University, San Bernardino. Ms. Suderman earned her M.A. in English Composition from California State University, San Bernardino and her B.A. from the same institution.



Silvestre Vallejo
Implementation Manager
T: 323.591.4694
E: svallejo@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Mr. Vallejo serves as Implementation Manager responsible for CCGI partnerships in the Los Angeles County region.

Prior to joining CCGI, Mr. Vallejo was the Site Director at i.am College Track in Boyle Heights. Mr. Vallejo has a long history of working in the college access field supporting underrepresented students through his work at After-School All-Stars, The Posse Foundation, and Project GEAR UP. Prior to discovering his passion for college access and youth development work, Mr. Vallejo worked in the entertainment industry. Mr. Vallejo earned his B.A. in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California.


Ying Lo-Khang

Ying Lo-Khang, M.S.W.
Implementation Manager
T: 916.827.0509
E: ylo-khang@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Ms. Lo-Khang serves as Implementation Manager responsible for CCGI partnerships in the Sacramento region.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Lo-Khang was the program director at Breakthrough Sacramento, a college-preparatory program for academically motivated middle and high school students from underserved communities. Ms. Lo-Khang earned her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University and her B.A. in Social Work and Education from the University of California, Berkeley.


Anna Lorena Garcia

Anna Lorena Garcia
Implementation Manager
T: 661.438.1144
E: agarcia@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Ms. Garcia serves as Implementation Manager responsible for CCGI Partnerships in the Central Valley Region.

Prior to joining CCGI, Mrs. Garcia worked as a Whole School Services Coach for California GEAR UP at University of California, Office of the President. Mrs. Garcia has a long history of working in the college access field supporting under represented students and families through her prior work at University of California Merced, Center for Educational Partnerships, UC Scholars, Educational Talent Search and Parent Empowerment Programs. Mrs. Garcia earned her B.A in Liberal Studies from University of LaVerne.


Maria Segura Kwon

Maria "Joey" Segura Kwon, M.S.W.
Implementation Specialist
T: 626.214.8553
E: jkwon@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Ms. Segura Kwon serves as Implementation Specialist responsible for CCGI partnerships in the San Gabriel Valley region.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Segura Kwon worked as program director at a community based non-profit organization that focused on helping students from low income families navigate the college application process. Ms. Segura Kwon earned her M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work and her B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles.


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Jossie Muñoz, M.A.
Implementation Specialist
T: 626.214.8553
E: jmunoz@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Ms. Muñoz serves as Implementation Specialist responsible for CCGI partnerships in the Riverside County region.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Muñoz served as an Assistant Manager of Academics and Alumni Affairs for a community outreach program at New York University, Abu Dhabi. Ms. Muñoz earned her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University and her B.A. from Dickinson College.


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Kristina Acevedo, M.A.
Implementation Specialist
T: 858.371.3115
E: kacevedo@californiacolleges.edu

Ms. Acevedo serves as Implementation Specialist responsible for CCGI partnerships in the Riverside and San Diego County regions.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Acevedo worked as an Education Program Coordinator at the Delhi Center, a community-based organization in Santa Ana, a 5th Grade English Language Learners teacher, and a district-level program evaluator. Ms. Acevedo earned her M.A. in Urban Education Policy from Brown University and her B.A. from the same institution.


John Carmichael

John Carmichael
Implementation Specialist
T: 562.373.5273
E: jcarmichael@CaliforniaColleges.edu

Mr. Carmichael serves as Implementation Specialist responsible for CCGI partnerships in the South Los Angeles and North Orange County regions.

Prior to joining CCGI, Mr. Carmichael worked as the Educational Technology Program Manager for Youth Policy Institute, a Los Angeles based non-profit. His previous work has concentrated on providing access and empowerment to underserved youth in urban communities. Mr. Carmichael earned his B.A. in Psychology at Biola University.


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Tessa Carmen De Roy, Ed.D.
Executive Director of California College Guidance Initiative
T: 916.241.3099
E: tderoy@CaliforniaColleges.edu

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