Visiting Team Biographies

Dr. Kimberlee Messina
Team Chair
Kimberlee Messina, Ed. D, is the Interim Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Planning at the San Mateo County Community College District. Dr. Messina previously worked at Foothill College for five years, serving as the Vice President of Instruction and Institutional Research, and Interim President. An educator who has served the California Community Colleges for more than 26 years, Dr. Messina’s career path includes service as a “freeway flyer” adjunct faculty, a tenured Spanish instructor, a two-term academic senate president, and an instructional dean at Santa Rosa Junior College. She has extensive experience with research, planning and assessment. Kimberlee has served on seven accreditation site teams and currently serves as the co-chair of the technical assistance committee for the statewide Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative, a member of the Board of the Association for California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) and the Committee for Legislative Advocacy.

Gohar Momjian
Team Assistant
Currently Interim Director of Operations at Cañada College, Gohar Momjian is responsible for coordinating and management of college guidelines and workflow processes related to finance, contracts, service agreements, grant development, communications, facility use, and strategic relations. Prior, she was the Associate Vice Chancellor of Institutional Development at City College of San Francisco (CCSF). She served as the Accreditation Liaison Officer at CCSF from 2012-2015. In that capacity, she led the College’s change process resulting in a revised and more focused mission statement; implementation of more effective and data informed planning process; centralized documentation and assessment of student learning outcomes; greater financial stability; implementation of a new Participatory Governance system; and professional development provisions for improving Board performance.

Dr. Carmen Dominguez
As Dean of Visual & Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, Dr. Carmen Dominguez manages administrates and provides leadership for the following academic areas: Art, Dance, Graphic Design, Media Entertainment Arts, Music, Theatre and Photography. Her duties include collaborating with faculty and staff to align all programs and curriculum to the college mission and institutional outcomes; implementing the program review processes to ensure continuous improvement of programs through assessment and ongoing dialogue, and promoting curriculum development and revision with faculty to ensure currency, responsiveness to student and community needs, and coordination with other departments on campus. She has recently served on external accreditation teams: in 2013, Feather River, and in 2015 Riverside City College.

Dr. David El Fattal
The Vice Chancellor, Business and Administrative Services, at the Ventura County Community College District, Dr. David El Fattal provides collaborative, executive leadership across all areas of the institution in support of three colleges and student success; direct oversight of finance, budget development, grant support, business operations, purchasing, risk management, information technology and police; and provides strategic and operational leadership on a wide range of essential issues such as organizational structure, participatory governance, public affairs, workforce/economic development, real estate, collective bargaining and legal matters. He served on the Fall 2014 Evaluation Visit of Rio Hondo College.

Dr. Tammy Kearn
A professor of English at Riverside City College, Dr. Tammy Kearn also serves as a senator on her College’s Academic Senate. She has over 23 years of teaching English, and has served as English Department Chair, and Interim Dean of Languages, Humanities, and Social Sciences. She has taught online and assessed online classes, and has extensive experience with assessment of SLOs, experience with transfer issues, and curriculum.

Dr. Michelle Oja
Tenured professor of psychology and department lead at Taft College, Dr. Michelle Oja has served as an instructor part-time for 10 years, full-time since 2012 including distance education courses. Her experience also includes service as a part research analyst (part-time) for 2 years, and full-time for 5 years. She participates in committee work in the following areas: SLOs; Planning; Professional Development; Diversity; Matriculation; Matriculation research; Supplemental Instruction and student success and persistence. She has served as an IEPI PRT member.

Dr. Louise Pagotto
As Interim Chancellor, Dr. Louise Pagotto oversees all aspects of Kapi‘olani Community College. Prior to being appointed as Interim Chancellor, she served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the College for over 10 years. The College offers programs in Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, Hawaiian Studies as well as CTE programs in business, technology, new media arts, hospitality, culinary arts, nursing, emergency medical services, and allied health. She was the Dean of Arts & Sciences for five years, and a faculty member teaching English and linguistics for nine years. She has served as team chair assistant for three accreditation visits.

Dr. Rosevonne Pato
President of the American Samoa Community Colleges, Dr. Rosevonne Pato has served in many capacities including: Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs responsible for the supervision of the divisions under the Dean of Academic Affairs and the Dean of Student Services; Vice President of Administrative Services, responsible for the supervision of all administrative support services including Human Resources, Physical Facilities Maintenance, Management Information Systems, Records, Admissions, and Financial Aid; Director of Institutional Effectiveness responsible for institutional strategic planning, accreditation reports, assessment and evaluation of student outcomes reporting; Faculty for the 4 year Bachelors of Education Program; Faculty for Health and Human Services Department; Adjunct faculty for Psychology and Social Science Department; Academic Counselor for Student Services Division; Adjunct faculty for Argosy University Hawaii; and Adjunct faculty for Northern Marianas College.

Dr. George Railey
Dr. George Railey has 34 years of experience working in education in Kentucky and California spanning K-12 to graduate school. He served as Associate Superintendent/Vice President of Academic Affairs at Allan Hancock College. Prior to Allan Hancock, he served as Acting President of Fresno City College and Vice Chancellor of Educational Services for the State Center Community College District in Fresno California, Vice President of Academic Services at Chabot College for the Las Positas Community College District, Yosemite Community College District Dean of Instructional Services at Modesto Junior College, Interim Vice Chancellor of Educational Services, and Dean of Instructional Services at Columbia College. In the Los Rios Community College District, he served as Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at Consumnes River College, Elk Grove, California.

Rebecca Tillberg
Currently Dean, Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Los Angeles City College, Rebecca Tillberg has extensive experience in institutional research, program review, integrating planning and budgeting, strategic planning. She served on the visiting team, including follow-up visit, for Pasadena City College.

Derrick Wydick
A general counselor, Derrick Wydick provides academic/personal/career counseling to the general student population, as well as to veterans, students with disabilities, previously-incarcerated students and currently incarcerated students. He also serves as an instructor for college success and career development classes; program coordinator for WorkAbility III program (career services for students with disabilities; and a consultant for the CCC Chancellor’s Office, providing program reviews and technical assistance for WorkAbility III and DSPS programs throughout California.