Accreditation Visiting Team
Dr. Roger W. Wagner, Superintendent/President of Copper Mountain College (Team Chair)
Roger has been the Superintendent/President of Copper Mountain College since 2008 after having served one year as the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior to his positions at Copper Mountain he held positions as Dean of Career and Technical Education, Dean of Economic Development, and Associate Dean of Instruction at Crowder College located in Southwest Missouri. Roger has served as part-time faculty in Administration of Justice, Management, and Sociology for Labette Community College in Kansas, Crowder College in Missouri, and Los Angeles Metropolitan College Overseas. He is retired from the U.S. Air Force and earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Nebraska, a Masters in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences from the University of the Philippines, and an Associate Degree from East L.A. College (Overseas).
Ms. Lisa Hinton, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Copper Mountain College (Assistant to the Team)
Lisa is the Administrative Assistant to the Dean/CIO for Academic Affairs and has worked at Copper Mountain College for 16 years. Lisa has lived in 29 Palms for 22 years and enjoys visiting her grandkids, horses and gardening. Lisa has her AA in Liberal Arts from Copper Mountain College. This is also Lisa’s 3rd accreditation team visit.
Dr. Baba Adam, Director of Institutional Research, Butte College, Oroville, CA.
Dr. Adam graduated from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma with a Doctorate in Education in 1995. Dr. Adam’s current professional assignment is being the District Director of Institutional Research for the Butte-Glenn Community College District / Butte College at Oroville California. In addition, Dr. Adam has taught graduate courses on Educational Research as Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University as well as worked for several years as a researcher for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s - Academic Planning and Resource Allocation (APRA / Research) Division.
Dr. Adam is an active member of the Association for Institutional Research, California Association for Institutional Research, The Research and Planning (RP) Group and Society for College and University Planners (SCUP). Dr. Adam has several years’ experience working as the Liaison Officer to the regional accreditation agencies and has been a member of several ACCJC-WASC evaluation team / self-study site visits.
Dr. Albert Taccone, Dean, School of Career and Technical Education, Mira Costa College, Oceanside, CA.
Dr. Al Taccone currently serves as Dean of Career and Technical Education at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, CA. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Education an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Management. In addition to his duties as Dean, Al continues to teach accounting. As an administrator Al is actively involved in planning, accreditation, operations, technology advancement and implementation, budgeting and curriculum development. Al has presented for CCLC on the topic of Change in Community Colleges, for TechED on the topic of distance education, and serves as a team member on ACCJC accreditation visits.
He was an instructor of business for Newbury College in Boston, MA. From 1987 to 1995 Al was assistant professor of business administration at Dean College in Franklin, MA where he taught classes in accounting, business administration, mathematics, economics, and computer science. In 1991 he became coordinator of business programs at Dean College. From 1995 to 1998, he held the position of Dean and Associate Professor of Humanities, Social Sciences and Business Technologies at Jefferson Community College in Steubenville, OH where he also continued to teach courses in accounting, statistics, and economics. From 1998 to 2001, Al held the position of Dean of the School of Business, Computer Studies, and Technologies at San Diego Mesa College. From 2001 to 2007 he served as Division Dean of Instruction at Cuyamaca College before joining Mira Costa College as Dean of Career and Technical Education in 2007.
Dr. Terri Long, Dean of Instructional Services, Mt. San Antonio College, Chino Hills, CA.
Dr. Long has been serving as the Dean of Instructional Services at Mt. San Antonio College for the past five years. She also serves as the lead negotiator for the District with the Faculty Association. She has served on five accreditation visiting teams. Prior to becoming a manager, she taught in the Earth Sciences and Astronomy Department and served as Faculty Association President, Academic Senate President, and Department Chair.
Ms. Jean Perry, Assistant Professor, Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA
Ms. Renee Martinez, President, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA.
Renée D. Martinez has worked in the community college field of education for over 36 years. In August of 2012, Ms. Martinez was appointed as interim President at L A City College by the Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District. In July 2013, Renee’ D. Martinez became LACC’s 16th permanent president. Renée states that she feels responsible to set an example as a leader to all students attending community colleges, especially female students. She also supports her staff and encourages them to be independent in their work environment, to further their education and to provide good customer service to all needing their help.
In Renee’s spare time, she enjoys walking with friends, reading for pleasure and most importantly, spending time with her daughter, son-in-law and her grandchildren.
Dr. Michael Bagley, Full-time Instructor & Chair Mathematics Department, Feather River College, Quincy, CA.
Michael Bagley obtained his Ph.D. in engineering from UC Davis. At Davis, he won a teaching award in engineering and environmental studies. He later was hired to implement engineering at South Texas College. Discovering an interest in academic leadership, Dr. Bagley pursued another degree at Texas A&M University at Kingsville in Education with an emphasis on adult learning. He has several peer-reviewed, published papers, including a paper on the use of technology in education in the Journal of College Teaching. Dr. Bagley served nine years as the Chief Instructional Officer at Feather River College prior to returning to the classroom in 2011. Currently, Michael is the chair of the mathematics department for Feather River College teaching courses from correspondence statistics to calculus. In addition to being a full-time faculty member, Dr. Bagley is serving as the chair for the Division of Arts and Sciences.
Ms. Lisa Foley, Director, Library &Media Services, Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe, CA.
Lisa Foley has worked as Library Director of Lake Tahoe Community College since 2005 and serves on the statewide executive board of the Council of Chief Librarians. Before this, Ms. Foley worked as a librarian for the University of Nevada’s Basque Studies Library, Truckee Meadows Community College Libraries, and as an adjunct computer studies instructor.
Mr. Wayne Yanda, CPA is the Director of Finance at Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, CA.
He holds an MBA from National University in San Diego and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance/Economics from the University of Wisconsin.
Mr. Stephen Eaton, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Barstow Community College in Barstow, CA.
Stephen has been the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Barstow Community College for approximately two years after serving as Dean of Instruction at Bakersfield College. Prior to those positions, he held various positions at Mid Michigan Community College ending as Dean of Occupational Studies. He also taught freshman composition as an adjunct, as well as various communication classes. Stephen also served in various student services positions after receiving his Masters in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He most recently received his Ed. S. degree from Central Michigan University and although this will be his first visit as an ACCJC team member, he is a veteran accreditation peer reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
Mr. Jeffrey Stephenson, Dean of Counseling & Student Services at American River College, Sacramento, CA.
Jeff Stephenson is currently the Dean of Counseling and Student Services at American River College. He has 16 years of higher education experience including three years as the Dean of Counseling and Student Services, eight years as the program director of the Funeral Service Education Program at ARC, and five years as a professor of mortuary science at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, IL. He is a former curriculum committee chair and currently serves on numerous committees on the campus. He has served on previous accreditation teams. Prior to entering in the field of higher education he was a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Jeff is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Capella University seeking his degree in Leadership in Higher Education.