The Evaluation Team

Dr. Erlinda Martinez (Chair)
President, Santa Ana College

Dr. Erlinda Martinez was named president of Santa Ana College in March 2005. As leader of the 97-year-old institution, she guides its development as a flagship community college in Southern California. Prior to her presidency with Santa Ana College, Dr. Martinez served as vice president for student services/assistant superintendent for Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. Before joining Cerritos College, Dr. Martinez was administrative dean and dean of students for Mission College in Santa Clara for nine years. Prior to this, she served as director of student affairs for El Camino College in Torrance, California. Earning a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California, Dr. Martinez’ master’s degree in counselor education was awarded by California State University, Los Angeles. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California at Riverside. Among her professional activities are memberships on the Santa Ana Workforce Investment Board, the Kidworks Board of Directors, the Advisory Committee for the Economic & Workforce Development Program, as well as a member and mentor for the Association of California Community College Administrators. She has been recognized for her professional and civic contributions by the National Council on Student Development, the Greater Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, the National Hispanic Business Women’s Association and the Santa Ana Kiwanis. Previously, Dr. Martinez served as a member of the Board of Governors for City University of Seattle.


Ms. Kennethia Vega (Assistant)
Assistant to the President, Santa Ana College

Kennethia Vega currently serves as the assistant to the president, Dr. Erlinda J. Martinez, at Santa Ana College (SAC).  Ms. Vega joined the SAC family in January 2006.  In 2009, Ms. Vega served as the assistant to Dr. Martinez, the chair of the accreditation visiting team at American River College in Sacramento, California.  Prior to SAC, Kennethia held various administrative assistant/clerical support positions at Cerritos College from February 1983 through January 2006.  In these various positions, she provided assistance to the Vice President of Instruction, the Faculty Senate President, Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of Personnel Services, President/Superintendent and the Board of Trustees respectively. 


Mr. Carl Bengston
Dean of the Library and Special Programs, Cerritos College

Carl Bengston currently serves as Dean of the Library and Special Programs at Cerritos College, which is a large community college located southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Carl’s responsibilities there include the library and its 140-seat computer lab, distance education and the college’s Sakai course management system, the Perkins/CTE fund and its related programs, and staff development activities for the college’s employees. Before joining the management team at Cerritos College, he served for ten years as Dean of Library Services at California State University, Stanislaus. He also has substantial experience in library services and information technology gained in previous positions with Dominican University of California, UC Berkeley, and OCLC. Carl is delighted to be returning to Hawaii for his second accreditation visit, the first having been to Chaminade University on behalf of the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.


Dr. Benjamin Duran
Superintendent/President (Retired), Merced College

Dr. Benjamin T. Duran serves as the Superintendent/President of Merced Community College District. He was appointed to this position in January 1998. Prior to his present position he served as Vice President of Administrative Services and Vice President of Human Resources with the District During his tenure at Merced College the District has grown from 6,000 full-time equivalent students to over 11,000. He has overseen the passage of two bond measures that have provided new state of the art facilities for the main campus located in Merced and the construction of a new center in the city of Los Banos.

Dr. Duran is a product of California Community Colleges, having earned his Associate of Arts degree from Merced Community College in 1969.  He took his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Stanislaus and his Masters degree from Chapman University. Dr. Duran completed his doctoral studies at the University of Southern California where he was awarded a Doctor of Education degree in educational administration.

Dr. Duran has served on the State CEO Board for which he also served as chair. He has been involved in economic development at the local and state levels and has served on the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Advisory committee for ten years. During his tenure on this committee he has served as chair on two different occasions. He most recently served as co-chair for the Community College League of California’s 2020 Vision for Student Success – Commission on the Future. He was recently appointed by Chancellor Jack Scott to the California Community College Student Success Task Force. He is also a board member of the San Joaquin Valley Partnership and serves as the chair of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium.

Dr. Duran is involved in numerous community and philanthropic organizations. He sits on the University of California, Merced, Board of Trustees and the California State University Community Advisory Board. He is especially interested in those organizations that provide guidance and leadership opportunities for youth.

Dr. Charles Duffy
Director of Institutional Research, Mendocino College

Charles A. Duffy, PhD is Director of Institutional Research at Mendocino College in Ukiah, CA. He received his PhD in Political Science in 1982 from the University of New Orleans. He has taught at both the undergraduate (Political Science and Sociology) and graduate levels (Statistics, Educational Research); developed and provided computer training for government agencies as well as conducting institutional research. As a consultant he has also developed web-based database management systems for non-profits.


Mr. Bart Hoffman
Dean, Human Services and Technology, Santa Ana College

Bart Hoffman is Dean of Human Services and Technology at Santa Ana College. As Dean, Mr. Hoffman leads and administers all aspects of the division including the support, supervision and evaluation of 14 career and technical education (CTE) programs, academic faculty and administrative support staff.

Mr. Hoffman is also the Dean of Career Education and Workforce Development.He oversees CTE federal grant fund distribution and contract compliance, and CTE articulation with local high schools. He works with faculty and staff to strengthen all 28 Santa Ana College CTE programs and promote them throughout the community and surrounding region. Mr. Hoffman represents the College at local and regional workforce-related committees and events.

Mr. Daniel Petersen
English Instructor, Hartnell College

Dan Petersen is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and San Francisco State, and has been teaching English at the college level since 1984 at S.F. State, Santa Rosa Junior College, The College of San Mateo, and Golden Gate University, and at Hartnell College in Salinas since 1991. Dan enjoys working at a smaller college because it allows him to teach a diverse array of subjects within the discipline—developmental writing, critical thinking, American and English literature, and film. Dan’s visit to Leeward Community College is his ninth stint as a member of an Accreditation Visiting Team.


Dr. Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss
Art History Professor, West Valley College

Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss is an Art History Professor at West Valley College. She received her PhD in Art History from the University of California, Irvine, an MA in Art History, a BA in Comparative Literature and a BA in Art History with an emphasis in Critical Theory. Before pursuing her MA, she attended the University of California Hastings Law School in San Francisco.

She has taught in the CCC and CSU system for over 12 years and has taught physical and online classes for about nine years. She is an Academic Senator at West Valley College and is also on the State Academic Senate Governance and Internal Policies Committee. She is the Chair of the Global Citizenship committee and has played a critical role in making global citizenship part of the West Valley College campus climate. She was given the task by former President Lori Gaskin to create transfer pathways between West Valley College and San Jose State University and has thus worked closely with the VP of Undergraduate Studies at SJSU, the Director of the Salzburg Program at SJSU, the Director of the Salzburg Global Seminar, as well as the grants director at the CSU Chancellor’s office, and a local high school to create seamless, aligned “globally-­‐themed” pathways between the local high school, WVC, and SJSU. She wrote/was awarded a COMPASS Pilot grant (between WVC and SJSU) and just recently submitted an NEH community college cooperative grant on Bridging Cultures. She is currently on the WVC self study accreditation committee and is also a member of the Student Equity, Access and Success committee. She is currently completing a book entitled Silenced Histories and Trauma in the Works of Three Latin American Artists.

Cynthia lives in the Bay Area with her wonderful husband, beautiful six and a half year old girl, and their puppy Delta.

Dr. Mary Kay Rudolph
Vice President, Academic Affairs/Assistant Superintendent, Santa Rosa Junior College

Dr. Mary Kay Rudolph has been the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Assistant Superintendent at Santa Rosa Junior College since June, 2005. Before coming to SRJC, she was the Vice President of Learning at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, Wisconsin serving as the chief academic and student services officer. She served in that capacity for over three years. Prior to her move to Wisconsin, Mary Kay worked for eleven years in the California Community College system in the Los Rios Community College District (Sacramento City College). While with Los Rios she was on the faculty, was the coordinator for corrections and law enforcement courses at the Los Rios Community College District’s Public Safety Center, and was the dean for technical and vocational programs at Sacramento City College. 

Dr. Rudolph serves on many local and state advisory committees and is President of the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers Association, representing 112 community college CIOs.  She is a licensed psychologist in both California and Wisconsin, with a BA from Florida State University, an MA from California State University Sacramento, and an Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. The Illinois native and her husband, Dr. John Kolhoven, have a 19 year old son named Colin who graduated from SRJC in May, 2011 and transferred to UC Santa Barbara.

Ms. Teresa Scott
Executive Vice Chancellor, Yosemite Community College District

Teresa M. Scott is the Executive Vice Chancellor of the Yosemite Community College District.  Ms. Scott began her career in accounting in 1979 as an Auditor, Audit Manager, and Tax Accountant with Grant Thornton Public Accounting. In 1985, Ms. Scott began her service with the Yosemite Community College District as an Accountant and has served in many roles including Controller, Assistant Chancellor for Fiscal Services, Vice Chancellor for Fiscal Services, and her current position as Executive Vice Chancellor. Ms. Scott was named Outstanding Business Officer for Region II by the Community College Business Officers. Region II includes all of California, Hawaii, Guam, and American Samoa.

Ms. Scott participates on many professional organizations, including the Funding Formula Task Force for the California Community College System and the Chief Business Officers Advisory Committee for the Community College League of California. She is past president of the California Community Colleges Association of Chief Business Officers (ACBO).  She has presented at an American Association of Community Colleges convention, the Asilomar Women’s’ Leadership Conference, Community College League of California’s Trustee Orientation Workshops, Association of Chief Business Officials Conference, and the Community College Facility Coalition Conference.  Ms. Scott serves on the Schools Excess Liability Fund Board, which is a state of California self-insurance risk pool, as well as chairs the Board of a regional college self-insurance pool for property, liability, employment practices, and workers compensation.

Ms. Scott has served on three accreditation teams. Ms. Scott holds an M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Educational Administration from Chapman University.  In 1983, Ms. Scott successfully passed the exam and is a Certified Public Accountant.  Ms. Scott earned her B.S. in Business Administration, Concentration in Finance and Economics, from California State University, Chico. 


Dr. Pamela Walker
Vice President, Student Services, American River College

Dr. Pam Walker is the Vice President for Student Services at American River College (ARC). She has also held positions at ARC as Associate Vice President for Instruction and Dean for Science/Allied Health. Before ARC, Dr. Walker was Dean of Physical Education/Athletics and Dean of Admissions at Cerritos College. Prior to her work in community colleges, Dr. Walker spent 15 years as a professor, and administrator at the four-year colleges. She currently sits on the Executive Board for the Chief Student Services Officers and the California Community College Athletics Association Board.


Dr. Ian Walton
Faculty (Mathematics Emeritus)
Mission College

Ian Walton retired in 2011 after 33 years full-time teaching mathematics at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA.  He received the system Hayward award for Excellence in Education in March 2011.  He currently works on a variety of state and national projects including several accreditation site visits, and the first ever Aspen Prize for community colleges.

Ian grew up in Scotland and has a bachelor's degree in Pure Mathematics from the University of St. Andrews. He came to California as a Fulbright scholar in 1973 and has a Ph.D. in Differential Equations from University of California at Santa Cruz. Ian served college leadership roles as division chair and in his local union and academic senate.  He also served ten years on the Executive Committee of the statewide Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) and was President for 2005 – 07.  Particular issues of significance included the graduation competencies in math and English and initiating the system Basic Skills Initiative.

In his spare time he sings depressing Celtic ballads and leads sea kayak trips to Alaska for the national Sierra Club.