AEBG Field Teams

In order to clarify key data elements required for AEBG accountability reporting, and to ensure that metrics help to illuminate student progress in adult education programs, a series of practitioner committees was convened between May-July 2017.

Data and Accountability Committee

This committee--made up of representatives from K-12 adult schools, community college credit programs, community college noncredit programs, CDE, and the Chancellor’s Office--met four times to make recommendations regarding data definitions, tracking, and reporting. Before each meeting, WestEd prepared a white paper that outlines possible approaches, the pros and cons of each option, and how each option relates to both legislative priorities and student pathways. The recommendations of the committee culminated in the report titled Measuring Our Success: Data and Accountability Systems and Common Assessment in the California Adult Education Block Grant Program.

Meeting 1 - May 25, 2017

Meeting 2 - June 16, 2017

Meeting 3 - June 26, 2017

Meeting 4 - Oct. 31, 2017

Madelyn Arballo (CCD)
Dean, School of Continuing Education
Mt. San Antonio College
Kathleen Porter (K12)
Executive Director, Career Technical, Adult, and Alternative Education
Poway Unified School District

Lanzi Asturias (K12)
Specialist Adult and Career Education
Los Angeles Unified School District
Lanzi's Bio

Lanzi Asturias
Specialist, Adult and Career Education
Los Angeles Unified School District

Lanzi Asturias

Lanzi Asturias has 21 years of experience in Adult Education instruction and administration. Since 2002, he has worked managing Specially Funded Programs and grants in collaboration with multiple Community Based Organizations, governmental offices, and private industry. Currently, Lanzi serves as the Project Manager of the Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium leading the implementation and activities of the consortium’s Regional Comprehensive Plan. Under the direction of the Executive Board, he coordinates the efforts of Burbank, Culver City, Los Angeles and Montebello School Districts and the Los Angeles Community College District to align assessment and curriculum, accelerate student learning, provide comprehensive guidance, implement career pathways, and leverage resources for the benefit of all students in the Los Angeles Region. Lanzi holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Educational Leadership from The California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

Valentina Purtell (CCD)
North Orange County Community College
District (NOCCCD) School of Continuing Education
Laura Chardiet (K12)
Coordinator, Program and Policy Development
Los Angeles Unified School District
Sofia Ramirez Gelpi (CCD)
Allan Hancock College

Steve Curiel (K12)
Huntington Beach Adult School
Steve's Bio

Steve Curiel
Principal, Huntington Beach Adult School

Steve Curiel

Steve Curiel has been involved in Adult Education administration for 16 years and has managed and lead each Adult Education program area at various times in his tenure. For the last seven years he has been the principal for Huntington Beach Adult School which serves over 7000 students annually. He has lead professional development activities for Adult Education administrators and staff on topics such as budgeting and accounting, strategic planning, and marketing. Steve is the President-Elect of the California Consortium on Adult Education, sits on the board of the California Consortium for Independent Study, and is the Orange County representative on the ACSA Adult Education Council. He has earned a BA in Social Sciences, a teaching credential in physical sciences, a K-12 administrative credential and an MBA.

Kelly Schelin (CCD)
Dean, Economic and Workforce Development
Contra Costa College
Kelly's Bio

Kelly Schelin
Dean, Economic and Workforce Development
Contra Costa College

Kelly Schelin

Kelly Schelin has over nine years of experience operating workforce development programs in the community college setting. As Dean of Workforce and Economic Development, Kelly works with faculty and employers to create and enhance training programs and pathways that address local workforce needs. In her former role as Director of Grants at Piedmont Community College in North Carolina, Kelly coordinated grant development efforts among educational partners, local businesses, and workforce development agencies to enhance the economic vitality of the region. Prior to serving in this capacity, she was the Associate Director of Workforce Development at Piedmont Community College, where she developed learning communities and integrated pathways designed to serve long-term unemployed and underemployed students.

Kelly holds a Master’s of Divinity from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Westmont College.

Karen Engel (CCD)
Interim Dean, Research, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness
College of Alameda
Karen's Bio

Karen Engel, Ph. D.
Interim Dean, Research, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness
College of Alameda

Karen Engel

As Interim Dean of Research, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. Engel is responsible for all of the research and planning for College functions, programs, services and activities through the continuous assessment and analysis of student needs.

Previously, as the Director of Economic & Workforce Development for the Peralta Community College District, Dr. Engel provided vision and leadership for the development and coordination of the District's career technical education (CTE) and workforce programs.  She developed partnerships and linkages between the four Peralta Colleges and business and industry, coordinates programs with secondary schools and four-year colleges and universities, raised over $35 million in state, federal and private workforce development resources for the District and on behalf of the East Bay region.

Dr. Engel has over 20 years of experience leading regional economic and workforce development initiatives. She holds a B.A. in history and economics at Brown University and earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in international relations and economics from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.  She has been named one the Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times.

John Werner (K12)
Executive Director
Sequoias Adult Education Consortium
Bob Harper (K12)
Director Adult Education
Campbell Adult and Community Education

CTE Assessment Committee and ABE/ASE/ESL Assessment Committee: These two committees, made up of representatives from K-12 adult schools, community college credit programs, and community college noncredit programs, examined issues pertaining to how each program area should be assessed for AEBG. Each program area group met twice. In the first set of meetings, the groups reviewed possible options detailed in a white paper and develop a proposal for review. Both groups met after receiving feedback on their proposals and craft a final recommendation, which informed the summary reports and documentation to the state and the field.

CTE Assessment Committee Meeting 1 - June 1, 2017

CTE Assessment Committee Meeting 2 - July 11, 2017

CTE Assessment Committee Members

Kate Alder (CDD)
Vice President, Instruction
San Diego Continuing Education
Kate's Bio

Kate Alder
Vice President of Instruction, San Diego Continuing Education

Kate Alderr

I am a passionate, informed higher education practitioner with extensive experience including administration, supervision and employee development. I believe that the goal of education is to provide students of all ages with the tools and skills necessary to be productive members of our society--empowered and willing to inquire, explore and participate.

I received my PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from UW Madison in 2013 where my dissertation, "Invisible Value of Postsecondary Career Technical Education," examined the ways in which postsecondary CTE students define and construct their successes. My earlier research focused on obstacles to adult participation in continuing and higher education, particularly concerning issues of self-efficacy and social capital.

Frank Gerdeman (CCD)
Director of Adult Education
Lake Tahoe Community College

Stephen Baiter (Workforce)
Executive Director Oakland Workforce Development Board
City of Oakland Economic & Workforce Development Department
Stephen's Bio

Stephen Baiter
Executive Director Oakland Workforce Development Board
City of Oakland Economic & Workforce Development Department

Stephen Baiter

Stephen is currently the Executive Director of the City of Oakland Workforce Development Board (OWDB). The OWDB is an advisory body appointed whose members are appointed by the Mayor and is comprised of more than twenty leaders from business, economic development, education, labor, and select public agencies whose goal is to align a variety of networks and resources to support high-quality jobs and a vibrant economy in the City of Oakland and the East Bay. In this role, Stephen is responsible for working with regional leaders and a diverse set of stakeholders to design strategies and policies that enhance the local talent pipeline to benefit the businesses and workers in our region’s communities.

Prior to assuming his current position, Stephen held a variety of leadership positions in the public and nonprofit sectors working in partnership with business, economic development, education, and other organizations. He is currently the Chair of the California Workforce Association, a statewide membership organization representing the local workforce system in California and also serves on the board of directors of a few East Bay nonprofit organizations focused on education and economic development. He has a BA in Political Science from Boston College and a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University-East Bay.

Connie Lee (K12)
CAERC Director
Sacramento COE

Rocky Bettar (K12)
Director of Adult Education
Rowland Unified School District
Rocky's Bio

Rocky Bettar
Director of Adult Education, Rowland Unified School District

Rocky Bettar

Rocky started in education in 1976 after graduating from Long Beach State with a BA in Industrial Technology. He earned a Master Degree in PE and Administrative Credential from Azusa Pacific in 1983 and 1986 respectively.

Rocky taught in Metal Shop in junior high from 1976-1980; taught Machine Shop in high school from 1980-1992; was in charge of ROP at Rowland High School from 1983-1995; and became Director of Adult Education/Career Preparation for Rowland Unified in 1995.

Rocky is one of the longest tenured adult education administrators in the state. He is a strong advocate for adult education, believes that what K12 adult educators do in California is nothing short of a miracle.

Stephanie Lewis (CCD)
Director of Adult Education
Long Beach City College
Stephanie's Bio

Stephanie Lewis
Director of Adult Education, Long Beach City College

Stephanie Lewis

My name is Stephanie Lewis and I am currently the Program Director for Adult Education at Long Beach City College. Specifically, I am responsible for overseeing the AEBG program in the Long Beach Adult Education Consortium.  I have served in this position for the last year. Prior to LBCC I held the positions of Director of Career Technical Education and Academics for Los Angeles Job Corps and Principal in the Division of Adult and Career Education in Los Angeles Unified School District. I served in the adult division for over 23 years holding various positions including instructor in Career Technical Education, CASAS Coordinator, WIA Coordinator, Carl Perkins Advisor, GAIN and Cal Works Advisor and Supervisor of Community Outreach and Grants. I have a BA in Child Development from California State University Northridge and a Masters in Educational Management with an Administrative Credential from University of LA Verne. I also hold three Designated Subjects Credentials in Health Technology; Business and Office Careers; and Computer Services.  Additionally, I have completed administrative training through the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Program (CALPRO). I am a involved member of various organizations; California Regional Occupations Centers and Programs (CAROC/P); California Council Adult Education (CCAE); Women’s Educators (WE); Association Community and Continuing Education (ACCE) and California Community College Association Occupational Education (CCCAOE). I have also been involved in SkillsUSA which is a Career Technical organization and have judged at the regional, state and national levels. I currently am a part of the Deans Team at LBCC in addition to the Student Equity Committee and am a member of the Strong Workforce Group.

Bill Bettencourt (K12)
Placer School for Adults
Bill's Bio

Bill Bettencourt
Principal, Placer School for Adults

Bill Bettencourt

I started my career in adult education in 1986, working part-time in Adult Ed as a Vocational Education instructor (this was before we used the term CTE). Starting the journey as a part-time instructor and in 1988 moving to full-time status was my classroom experience with AE Vocational Ed/CTE. Eventually I moved from the classroom to administration, and my focus has continually been on Vocational Education/CTE. My story started in Tracy USD, then Sacramento City USD, then to San Juan USD, and now in Placer Union High School district. I have always been in Adult Education. In each district my time was directed toward support for Vocational Education/CTE. In each district we had a sizable CTE component, and currently we are building and expanding the CTE and Older Adults Workforce Reentry programs at Placer School for Adults. As you can see, I bring 30 years of commitment to California Adult Education with a concentration in Vocational Education/CTE. During these years I have served at local and state levels of CCAE and on Legislative Committees, and presented at Senate Hearings to represent the AEBG initiative. I currently serve on a Local Workforce Investment Board in my region, and have built many new partnerships and collaborations with agencies to support workforce development.

Teresa Matos (K12)
CTE Coordinator
Sweetwater Adult
Teresa's Bio

Teresa Matos
CTE Coordinator, Sweetwater Adult

Teresa Matos

Teresa Matos is a Teacher on Special Assignment with Sweetwater Union High School District, Division of Adult Education. For the past 25 years, Teresa Matos has worked in Adult Education as a Career Technical educator and coordinator.  She has worked on a variety of CTE initiatives; including CTE TEACH, CTE Model Curriculum Standards, and the development of programs of study within her region. She currently oversees the Workability program and pursues funding for workforce development education. Teresa believes adult education gives Purpose to People and teaches Persistence for Success.

John Brauer (Labor)
Executive Director Workforce and Economic Development
California Labor Federation

Adrienne Ann Mullen (CCD)
Dean of Adult Education
Los Angeles CCD
Adrienne Ann's Bio

Adrienne Ann Mullen
Dean of Adult Education, Los Angeles CCD

Adrienne Ann Mullen

Dr. Adrienne Ann Mullen has over 28 years experience working in both public and private education. For the past 15 years, she has worked in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) where she is the Dean of Adult Education Programs and Services. She coordinates the delivery of the adult education program across the nine LACCD colleges in the Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium. As a dean at East Los Angeles College (ELAC) for nine years, she worked with a number of programs including Liberal Arts, Career Technical Education, Noncredit, and specially-funded grants like the CAHSEE Program, Basic Skills, and Adult Education. Prior to her position as a dean, she started as the Regional Coordinator for Foster and Kinship Education (FKCE) at ELAC coordinating FKCE programs at 17 colleges within Los Angeles County. Dr. Mullen has an Ed.D. from UCLA in Educational Leadership, a M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina in Counseling and Student Development, and BS in Education from Concord University in Athens, WV, with a specialization in Early Childhood Special Education.

Andrew Carter (CCD)
CTE Research Analyst
College of the Sequoias

Steve Thompson (K12)
Assistant Principal
Ventura Adult & Continuing Education


ABE/ASE/ESL Assessment Committee Meeting 1 - June 6, 2017

ABE/ASE/ESL Assessment Committee Meeting 2 - June 6, 2017

ABE/ASE/ESL Committee Members

Emma Diaz (CCD)
AEBG Administrator
San Bernardino Valley College

Gabriella Nuttall (CCD)
ESL Professor
Sacramento City College
Gabriella's Bio

Gabriella Nuttall
ESL Professor, Sacramento City College

Gabriella Nuttal

Gabriella Nuttall is a professor of English as a Second Language at Sacramento City College and has a Master’s Degree in English with TESOL Concentration from California State University, Sacramento. She has over twenty years of experience in teaching ESL grammar, listening, reading, and writing courses in university and community college credit programs. Her current research focuses on multiple measure models for the successful placement of students in community college ESL programs. In addition to serving on the AEBG Basic Skills Committee, she is on the Assessment Advisory Committee and on the Common Assessment Initiative ESL, MMAP, and Reports Work Groups.

Wayne Diulio
Director of Adult and Alternative Education
Torrance Adult School
Wayne Diulio's Bio

Wayne Diulio
Director of Adult and Alternative Education
Torrance Adult School

Wayne Diulio

I will begin my 15th year in Adult Education. I have been the Director for Torrance Adult School for the past 9 years. Before moving to Torrance, I was at Downey Adult School. During these years, I had the pleasure to serve as the ACSA Region XIV President, CCAE board for my local charter, member of CAEAA and COABE and participated on WASC Accreditation Teams. I have been a conference presenter and collaborated with various consortium regarding the Block Grant. Presently, I am the Chair for the South Bay Adult Education Consortium.

Sonya Ramirez (K12)
Principal Harbor Occupational Center
Los Angeles Unified School District

Diane Edwards (CCD)
Southwestern Community College
Diane's Bio

Diane Edwards
Counselor, Southwestern Community College

Diane Edwards

Diane Edwards is a professor and member of the counseling faculty at Southwestern Community College. She has an extensive background in intersegmental public higher education instruction and student services, in community mental health services, and in collaborative program coordination. She is currently serving as the AEBG Coordinator for Southwestern, and has a split assignment between the School of Counseling and Personal Development, and the School of Continuing Education, Economic and Workforce Development. Diane serves on her her local Academic Senate and numerous standing and ad hoc committees, including: BSI, Business and Workforce Development, Curriculum, Council of Chairs, CTE/Strong Workforce, Education Planning and Enrollment Management, Professional Development, Flexible Calendar, and SSSP. She is also active in Region 10 collaborative work, and serves/served on the statewide Academic Senate's Transfer, Articulation, and Student Services Committee (TASSC) and the Noncredit Subcommittee.

JoDee Slyter (K12)
Director of Adult Education
Corona-Norco USD
JoDee's Bio

JoDee Slyter
Director of Adult Education, Corona-Norco USD

Jodee Slyter has been a member of the adult education community for over 25 years as a teacher and administrator. Throughout her career, JoDee has served or is currently serving on various committees including the Adult Education Strategic Planning Committee, Field Partnership Team, CASAS Program Evaluation Team, ACSA Adult Education Council, CAEAA Executive Board, AEBG Implementation Focus Team and more. Ms. Slyter currently serves as the lead director for the About Students Regional Consortium for Adult Education.

Jodi Loeffler (K12)
Vice-Principal Adult Education
Bakersfield Adult School

Blaine Smith (CCD)
Work Experience Coordinator
College of the Siskiyous
Blaine's Bio

Blaine Smith
Assistant Program Grant Manager - Adult Education

Blaine Smith

As a compliment to my cumulative experience, education and prospective goals: I am happy to accept a role on the Adult Education Block Grant; Basic Skills Committee. I have been participating in the AEBG process for the past three years. This involved administrative support in the community college setting to help serve adult basic education, traditional and non-traditional K-12 entities. In doing so I have become familiar with data collection, analysis and reporting processes. With coordination between a nine member consortia, I have been the principle project management coordinator in supporting all research, data collection requirements and standard software application of local web-site and student information systems. In November 2016, I took it upon myself to coordinate and mobilize the region of North Far North (NFN) AEBG coordinators. With this coordination I wanted the region to come together to share best practices, and start developing regional collaboration efforts.  These efforts include student data and accountability, brand/marketing activities, federal pre/post testing requirements, curriculum development and the overall development of technical assistance for all the members of the NFN AEBG region.

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Judy McFadden (K12)
Montebello Community Adult School

Graciela Vasquez (CCD)
Associate Dean, Adult Education & Diversity Programs
Cerritos College

Wendy Miller (CCD)
Associate Dean of Adult Education Programs
City College of San Francisco
Wendy's Bio

Wendy Miller
Associate Dean of Adult Education Programs
City College of San Francisco

Wendy Miller

Wendy became fashion design faculty at City College of San Francisco in 2005, after 30 years as an entrepreneur in the fashion industry and in litigation management. From 2008 to 2013 she was a Program Coordinator for various grant-funded Economic & Workforce Development projects, and served as the CTE Perkins Coordinator from 2014-15.  After leading the Adult Education planning efforts, Wendy became the Associate Dean for Adult Education Programs and Director of the San Francisco Adult Education Consortium. She has been active on local committees and workgroups throughout her tenure at CCSF, including CCSF’s Curriculum Committee, Education Master Plan, Accreditation Self-Evaluation team, Academic Senate Executive Council, Assessment Planning Team, and SLO Committee. Her regional and statewide work includes participation in the Bay Area Community College Consortium, CCCAOE, and serving on VERATAC.

Philip Villamor (K12)
Coordinator - Adult Diploma & GED Programs
Huntington Beach Adult School
Philip's Bio

Philip Villamor
Coordinator - Adult Education Grants
Huntington Beach Adult School - Learning Center / Mall Campus

Philip Villamor

Philip Villamor is a product of the California Community, CSU, and UC post-secondary systems. After completing his general education work at Fresno City College, Philip received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara, his Teaching Credential from CSU San Marcos, and then his Master of Arts Degree – Educational Leadership and Administrative Credential from San Diego State University. His experiences in education include 9 years of classroom teaching at the middle and high school levels (English/Language Arts, Social Studies, and AVID), and over eleven years of experience in administration (site, district, and county level). Philip has managed state and federal programs for unified school districts. He has also successfully written for and managed grants for county-wide implementation by consortiums consisting of regional occupational programs, community colleges, and high school districts. Recently, Philip has joined Huntington Beach Union High School District’s Adult Education efforts as Coordinator – Adult Education Grants. Together with Huntington Beach Adult School’s Principal, he coordinates efforts related to AEBG and WIOA II funding, as well as serving as program administrator for the district’s Diploma and High School Equivalency efforts.

Community Input

The AEBG Office sought community input throughout this process. Community members were encouraged to provide comments throughout the process regarding priorities and concerns on data and accountability issues. WestEd attended adult education meetings and conferences and gathered input from the field.

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