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Meet the Visitation Team


Los Angeles Mission College Team ISER Review Roster 2022

Dr. Rowena Tomaneng, Chair

President
San Jose City College

Dr. Rowena M. Tomaneng, President of San Jose City College (SJCC) in the San Jose Evergreen Community College District in California (CA), has been a multicultural educator in the California Community Colleges for over 27 years. Prior to SJCC, Dr. Tomaneng was President of Berkeley City College in the Peralta Community College District, CA and served in multiple faculty and administrative roles at De Anza College in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, CA.

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Dr. Tomaneng serves on the boards of the Chief Executive Officers for the California Community Colleges, Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education, the National Asian Pacific Islander Council-American Association of Community Colleges, and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Tomaneng also teaches International Multicultural Education and Leadership Studies for both University of San Francisco’s School of Education and San Jose State University’s Lurie School of Education. A proud community college transfer student, Dr. Tomaneng received her B.A. in English from UC Irvine, M.A. in English from UC Santa Barbara, and Ed.D. in International Multicultural Education, Human Rights Concentration from University of San Francisco.


Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza, Vice Chair

President
College of San Mateo

Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza has served as the 10th president of College of San Mateo since 2021. The college was established in 1922 and Taylor-Mendoza is the third woman and first educator of color to lead the 100-year-old institution. Previously, she was the Vice President of Instruction at Skyline College in San Bruno and the founding Dean of Academic Support and Learning Technologies at College of San Mateo.

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With over two decades of higher education teaching and administrative experience in instruction and student services, Taylor-Mendoza has found inspiration in the brilliance, power, and endless potential of community college students.

Taylor-Mendoza’s areas of expertise include accreditation, dual enrollment, educational policy, enrollment management, global learning, online-learning, professional development, strategic planning, and workforce partnerships.

A proud community college alumna, Taylor-Mendoza holds a B.A. in Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles, an M.S. in Counseling, California State University, Northridge, and a Ph.D. in Education, Claremont Graduate University.

ACADEMIC REPRESENTATIVES

Ms. Matilda Chavez

Vice President of Instruction
San Diego City College

Matilda “Tillie” Chavez, is a higher education professional with over 20 years of leadership experience in community colleges. She has served as an administrator and faculty for the past twenty plus years at various community colleges. Her career interest has always involved student success, education, leadership, workforce development, healthcare, community and culture. 

A true champion that is dedicated to serve underserved students. Tillie is a first generation college student and graduate, originally from Phoenix, Arizona.

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She was first in her family to attend college and also earn a post-secondary education degree.

Tillie holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University (ASU) and Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). At CWRU, she traveled to Africa for a Community Health Internship. Tillie has served in various administrative capacities throughout her professional career at San Diego City College, Maricopa Community Colleges to include South Mountain Community College and Phoenix College. She is a visionary, resilient, and innovative leader.


Ms. Kherstin Khan

Instructor of Communication Arts/SLO Coordinator
Fresno City College

Ms. Kherstin Khan has been a Communication Arts Instructor for 16 years and have been full-time with Fresno City College for 11 years. When she was a part-time faculty member, she was involved in Fresno City’s Academic Senate and from there my interest in college processes blossomed. Eventually, she became the college’s Student Learning Outcomes Coordinator, then the Program Review Coordinator. She currently serves as the Faculty Chair of Accreditation.

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Ms. Andrea Niosi

Librarian & College SLO Coordinator
City College of San Francisco

Andrea Niosi is a librarian at City College of San Francisco (CCSF); she began her career at CCSF in 1999. Ms. Niosi runs the Alice Statler Library, a small campus library devoted to culinary arts and hospitality, teaches an online course in college research skills and coordinates library assessment. For the last seven years, Ms. Niosi has also served as a college SLO Coordinator; she works with a team that conducts institutional level outcome assessment and assists faculty with course and program assessment practices.

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She specializes in student service outcome assessment and co-chairs a workgroup that provides leadership and support for student service outcome assessment. 

She is a longstanding member of the college’s Accreditation Steering Committee and participates in the Curriculum Committee's Distance Education Addendum Subcommittee. Ms. Niosi holds a Master of Library & Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, a bachelor’s degrees from The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington and a Certificate of Online Teaching and Learning from California State University, East Bay.


Dr. Gregory Ramirez

Instructor, English
Madera Community College

Dr. Gregory Ramirez has taught English full-time at Madera Community College since 2008. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CSU Fresno, and he earned his Doctor of Arts in English Pedagogy from Murray State University (in Kentucky). He is currently serving as MCC Academic Senate President. Additionally, he has published poetry in journals and presented (in person and virtually) at conferences throughout the country.

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Dr. Yongmin Zhu

Professor of English
Los Medanos College

Dr. Yongmin Zhu has been Professor of English at Los Medanos College since 1991. He has served on his college curriculum committee and district shared governance committee. Dr. Zhu enjoys learning different languages, and he is an outdoor activity enthusiast.

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ADMINISTRATIVE REPRESENTATIVES

Dr. Vaniethia Hubbard

Vice President of Student Services
Santa Ana College

Dr. Vaniethia Hubbard has 18 years of experience leading instructional and student service programs for diverse student populations in continuing education and credit institutions. Currently, she serves as the Vice President of Student Services at Santa Ana College.

She provides leadership for the Student Services Division ensuring a welcoming and nurturing campus environment for a highly diverse student population. 

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She is responsible for the vision, leadership, and strategic direction to reporting areas such as Counseling and Academic Advising, Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOPS), CARE and CalWORKs, Disabled Students Program and Services (DSPS), TRiO Upward Bound Programs, Transfer Center, International Students, Career and Assessment, Veteran’s Resource Center, Admissions and Records, Student Financial Services, Health and Wellness Center, Outreach, Student Conduct and Discipline, Student Life and Associated Student Government. She has led several federally funded grants, including college-wide leadership for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds ($52M).


Mr. Jacob Kevari

Dean of Institutional Effectiveness
Moreno Valley College

Mr. Jacob Kevari has over 7 years’ experience in administrating, coordinating, and communicating an integrated college-wide planning and institutional research program that drives data informed decision making across the institution, having also served as an Accreditation Liaison Officer. 

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Additionally, Mr. Kevari has over 10 years of community college experience holding classified professional, faculty, and administrator positions at various institutions, with prior experience as a Chief Instructional Officer, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, and Economics Faculty Member. He is also the Vice President of Board Development for the RP Group


Mr. Davit Khachatryan

Vice President for College Administrative Services
Irvine Valley College

Mr. Davit Khachatryan has been Vice President for College Administrative Services, which includes Fiscal, police, facilities maintenance, grants and technology services, at Irvine Valley College since 2014. Prior to that served as Director of Fiscal Services at IVC (2006-2104) and Fiscal Analyst (204-2006) at the South Orange CCD. Prior to that worked as Finance Budget Analyst at California Department of Finance (2001 – 2004). Holds a Master of Art Degree in Economics and Finance from SUNY Binghamton.

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Contact Us

Please direct comments and suggestions to:

D'Art Phares, Faculty Accreditation Co-chair
Phone: 818-364-7681
pharesd@lamission.edu

Dr. Laura Cantu, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Accreditation Liaison Officer
Phone: 818-364-7635
cantulb@lamission.edu