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Majd Askar

Majd Askar is the Business Services Director for the Riverside Community College District (RCCD). RCCD is a three-college system, serving over 50,000 students, faculty, and staff with a general fund budget of over $422 million. As Director of Business Services, Majd oversees the Budget and Purchasing Departments and has over 20 years’ experience in procurement. Majd is a graduate of CSU San Bernardino, where she earned her degree in business administration. She is also certified by the Association of California School Administrators in School Business Managers Academy. Majd has co-chaired for the Southern California Community Purchasing Association and currently serves on the Foundation for California Community Colleges Advisory Group.

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Rebekah Cearley

Rebekah Cearley is a partner at Murdoch, Walrath & Holmes and a legislative advocate for education entities including the Coalition for Adequate School Housing, the Community College Facility Coalition, and the County School Facilities Consortium. She has over 10 years of experience in the state advocacy sector, helping clients from small associations to large companies navigate the state budget, legislative, and regulatory processes. She previously served as a consultant to school districts participating in the State School Facility Program, assisting them with accessing state grant dollars for facility projects. Rebekah has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Dr. Bonnie Ann Dowd

Dr. Dowd has spent 31 years in the California community college system as a tenure track faculty and as an executive administrator. Bonnie is a member and past president of the Association of Chief Business Officials board. She is also on the board of the Association of California Community College Administrators and assumes its presidency in June 2020. Bonnie chairs the Chancellor’s Office Advisory Workgroup on Fiscal Affairs and was appointed by the California Senate as one of twelve members of the Student Centered Funding Formula (SCFF) Oversight Committee. Dr. Dowd possesses a doctorate of education degree in leadership from the University of San Diego, a master’s degree in financial management, a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and an associate’s in business.She is a licensed Certified Management Accountant, holds a lifetime Community College Teaching Credential in several areas of instruction, and is in her sixth year as an adjunct professor in the E.D. Leadership program at San Diego State University, which has an emphasis on training community college leaders.

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Joe Fullerton

Joe Fullerton applies his passion for accessible, inclusive, high-quality education as Energy and Sustainability Manager at San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD). He has modeled a comprehensive suite of programs that generate synergistic academic and operational benefits by using the campus as a living laboratory. In addition to his role at SMCCCD, Joe is helping accelerate Education for Sustainable Development efforts throughout the California community college system, is an advisor for Peninsula Clean Energy, and is Faculty Associate of Communications for the Master in Sustainability Leadership program at Arizona State University.

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John Geraghty

John Geraghty is a CPA with over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance. He has worked in multiple industries and recently has concentrated in the higher education sector for the past 12 years. John has worked in both private nonprofit and public higher education.




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Mina Hernandez

Mina Hernandez is the Executive Director of General Services for West Valley-Mission Community College District. She provides innovative leadership at this multi-college district in the activities of the General Services division which include: contracts administration, risk management, and overseeing the purchasing and warehouse/mailroom operations. Thriving on collaboration and streamlining processes with her peers, Mina actively serves as: Member of CollegeBuys in its Legislative, Advisory, and Facilities committees; Treasurer for the Northern CCC Pool JPA, Vice President of the Statewide Educational Wrap Up Program and SWACC Claims & Coverage group; and Board member of the Student and Athlete Insurance Network Program. She is known for leading the development of the CCD Facilities-Procurement Guide released in fall 2019, and led the development of the CCCD Purchasing Guidebook in 2016. Mina graduated with a master’s degree in administration from Northern Arizona University in 2012. She has a multifaceted background, having worked in higher education administration for 13 years and in the private sector as a legal professional for over a decade.

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Aris Hovasapian

Aris Hovasapian attended local community colleges and graduated from UCLA. He served as the Energy Program Manager for Los Angeles Unified School District before taking on the role of Utility Program Manager for the Los Angeles Community College District. Aris serves in an advisory and support role for all utility services for LACCD’s nine colleges and managed the Proposition 39 Program for LACCD. Aris also manages the district’s utility data, solar PV contracts, relationships with utility providers, incentive/rebate programs, operational best practices, and related sustainability efforts. Aris represents LACCD at the recently formed statewide Sustainability and Climate Change Steering Committee for the community college system.

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Priya Jerome

Priya Jerome joined the South Orange County Community College District in January 2018 as the Executive Director of Procurement, Central Services and Risk Management, overseeing the district's purchasing, contracting, central services, and risk management programs. She has over 20 years of private and public sector experience in managing and administering complex supply chain activities globally. Over the past 10 years, her professional career has been focused in education and specifically in two California community college districts. At both districts she implemented several fully integrated and online procurement and contracting systems, drove lean processes, and focused on fostering a customer-centered service culture. She enjoys serving as a board member of the Protected Insurance Program for Schools and Community Colleges JPA and as an advisory board member for the Foundation for California Community Colleges CollegeBuys program. As a relatively new member of the SWACC underwriting committee she is excited about the work performed by this group. Priya holds a master’s degree in business administration from Queensland Institute of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

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Beth Kay

Beth Kay’s 20 years redesigning and starting public high schools and nonprofits positions her well to lead the statewide professional development work of the Success Center. Ms. Kay has been with the Foundation for California Community Colleges since 2014 and currently directs the implementation of the Vision Resource Center on behalf of the Chancellor’s Office, to support all 90,000 employees of the California Community Colleges.

Ms. Kay has previously led NAF’s statewide work as their California Director. Ms Kay also served Sacramento City Unified School District as the founding principal of The Met Sacramento, an innovative small school, part of the Big Picture Learning network. Prior to 2002, Ms Kay was a high school science teacher and administrator in Massachusetts for nine years. She is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Benin, West Africa.

Ms. Kay is a graduate of The University of Chicago and Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

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Jennifer Keiper

Jennifer Keiper serves as Director of CollegeBuys, overseeing the program’s business operations. She works closely with purchasing and facilities departments across the 72 districts to ensure their needs are being reflected in the program’s piggybackable agreements, and with corporate and intersegmental partners to increase access and cost-savings for the community colleges.

Jennifer has over six years of experience in public higher education contracting within the CCC and UC systems. Jennifer earned her bachelor’s in political science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a concentration in pre-law, and her juris doctor in public interest from UC Davis School of Law.

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Hugh Lee

Hugh Lee’s areas of practice include representing community college districts and school districts related to public works construction law and construction disputes and litigation, including construction contract administration, bidding and bid disputes, and architectural malpractice. Mr. Lee handles claims by contractors, subcontractors, and sureties against public agencies and labor compliance and enforcement. He advises community college districts, school districts, contractors, subcontractors, and developers on all construction-related matters.

Mr. Lee also focuses on transactional matters, including developing and negotiating architect, construction management, and consultant agreements, and assisting clients in preparing bid documents and general conditions for public works projects. Mr. Lee received his bachelor’s degree in design from the University of Florida, his master’s degree in architecture from UCLA, and his juris doctor from Southwestern University School of Law.

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Gilda Izad-Pinahi

Gilda Izad-Pnahi is currently consulting manager at Huron Consulting Group. Gilda is a collaborative leader and critical problem solver with over 20 years of progressive global experience in areas of project management, business transformation, and process reengineering. Gilda has a successful record of identifying and implementing systems and operational best practices to support global clients and organizational growth.



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Lenny Riley

Lenny is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in information technology, supporting operational, tactical, and strategic business goals. Lenny’s expertise includes software implementation, technical support, website management, analysis, process improvement, and project management.




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Todd Slater

Todd Slater, PhD. is the Chief Content Officer for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. He has over 20 years of experience transforming global learning programs using technology and innovative instructional methods. Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in instructional design from the University of Central Florida, and a doctorate in adult education from Capella University. He also sits on several industry boards and speaks in both domestic and international settings.



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Ronnie Slimp

Ronnie Slimp is a specialist with the Facilities Planning and Utilization (FPU) team at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. He’s also the co-chair of the newly formed California Community Colleges Climate Change and Sustainability Steering Community. On behalf of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, Ronnie has served on a variety of statewide committees and workgroups, including the ACBO Facilities Task Force. Ronnie has nearly a decade of management and budget experience with nonprofits. Ronnie has earned a bachelor of arts, master of arts, and a master of public administration.

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Aprilyn Tulod

Aprilyn Tulod is a purchasing specialist at Riverside Community College District. Since she started working for the district office, Aprilyn has held different positions with increasing level of responsibility. She completed her undergrad at California State University San Bernardino and recently got her master’s in business administration at University of Redlands. 



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Sherman Wong

Sherman Wong is a principal of Public Agency Law Group, a law firm dedicated to providing legal services for California public education institutions. Sherman has been a member of the California State Bar for 39 years, having first been admitted to the California Bar in 1980. Sherman is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and is admitted to practice in all California state courts, all United States District Courts in California and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA and obtained his juris doctor degree at the UC Davis School of Law in 1980, where he was a member of the U.C. Davis Law Review. Sherman’s practice has been devoted to construction, facilities, real estate, and business matters. Sherman is currently an emeritus member of the Community College Facility Coalition Board of Directors.

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Alex Wrigley

Alex Wrigley is a Customer Success Manager supporting Adobe Sign’s strategic higher education customers on the west coast. He is focused on advising higher education organizations on best practices as they go paperless with their digital transformation initiatives, specifically around document workflows. Alex has worked in both the manufacturing and technology sectors, most recently serving state and local government and higher education customers for the past four years. Alex is a graduate of West Valley College.


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