2011 Evaluation Team Bios
Raúl Rodríguez, Ph.D., Team Chair
Raúl Rodríguez is chancellor of the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD), which includes Santa Ana College, Santiago Canyon College and six additional major facilities. Prior to joining RSCCD in August 2010, Rodríguez held leadership positions in both single- and multi-community college districts throughout California. His 16 years of experience includes serving as superintendent/president, San Joaquin Delta College; president, Los Medanos College; vice president of Instruction and interim president, San José City College; and dean of Instruction, Cabrillo College. He taught psychology at Cabrillo College and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
A board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana, Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Taxpayers Association, National Community College Hispanic Council, Community Colleges for International Development, and the International Consortium for Educational and Economic Development, Rodríguez also serves on the Orange Rotary and the League of United Latin American Citizens, Santa Ana Chapter.
Rodríguez recently was elected to serve as a commissioner on the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). He has extensive accreditation experience and has chaired Evaluation Team visits to College of Alameda, Columbia College, Golden West College, the Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health, Saddleback College, and Santa Monica College.
Rodríguez earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a master’s degree in school and applied psychology from Fairfield University and a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Bowling Green State University.
Loretta P. Adrian, Ph.D.
Loretta “Lori” Adrian became president of Coastline Community College, located in Fountain Valley, in July 2010. Over the past year her accomplishments include the completion of an educational master plan in collaboration with faculty, staff, students and external stakeholders, and the promotion of leadership development.
Prior to joining Coastline, Adrian was the vice president of Student Services at Skyline College in San Bruno and dean of Student Affairs at San Diego Mesa College. She has an extensive background in Student Services and a history of collaboration with Instruction. She has worked in several community colleges in California as well as at a private university, and served for six years as an intercultural trainer/project director for the U.S. Peace Corps in the Philippines.
Adrian has served as a member of several accreditation site visit teams. She earned a doctorate in education from the Claremont Graduate University in a joint program with San Diego State University and a master’s degree in communication theory from the University of the Pacific.
Tania Beliz, Ph.D.
Tania Beliz is professor of biology at College of San Mateo. She has been a full-time faculty member at the college since 1990 and teaches online and regular sections of Introductory Biology, Plant Biology, and other science courses. She serves as co-chair of the San Mateo Community College District Distance Education Advisory Committee and has served as president of the college and district Academic Senate and as program coordinator for the Middle College program. Beliz has been a member of the budget subcommittee of College Council and numerous colleges and district screening committees. She has participated in classroom assessment and Student Learning Outcomes training sessions at the national and state level.
Beliz has served on several Evaluation Teams. She earned a doctorate in plant biology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Lawrence L. Bradford, Ph.D.
Lawrence L. Bradford is vice president of Student Services at Los Angeles City College. Over the past 20 years, he has worked at two- and four-year institutions, including serving as coordinator of Admissions and Outreach, California State University, Los Angeles; senior assistant director of Admissions and Financial Aid, University of Southern California; director of EOP&S/CARE, Compton Community College; associate dean of Admissions and Records, dean of Enrollment Services, and dean of Academic Affairs, Los Angeles City College; and vice president of Academic Affairs, Los Angeles Trade Technical College.
At Los Angeles City College, Bradford served as co-chair of then-Standard V of the 2003 Self-Study and contributed to Standard IV of the 2009 Self-Study. He also served as Accreditation Liaison Officer at Los Angeles Trade Technical College and has previously served as an ACCJC Comprehensive Evaluation Team member.
Bradford holds a doctorate in education with emphasis on administration, leadership, and policy from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, both from California State University, Los Angeles. He was a summer fellow at Harvard University in 2001.
Alma Johnson-Hawkins serves as vice president of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC) in Sylmar. She has more than 30 years of administrative and teaching experience, including as associate dean of the CalWORKs program, East Los Angeles College (ELAC); dean of Workforce Education and Economic Development, also at ELAC; and dean of Academic Affairs, LAMC.
Her previous accreditation activities include involvement in the preparation of Self-Study reports at East Los Angeles College and Los Angeles Mission College and participation in several accreditation workshops and seminars. In her current position, she serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer as LAMC prepares for its comprehensive evaluation visit in the spring of 2013.
Johnson-Hawkins earned a master’s degree in education and administration from Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, a master’s degree in divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a bachelor’s degree in health/PE from California State University, Northridge.
Linda Melendez, Team Assistant
Linda Melendez is the assistant to the vice chancellor of Business Operations and Fiscal Services at Rancho Santiago Community College District in Santa Ana. Her previous experience includes 18 years at the Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, N.J. She worked in a variety of positions, including as coordinator in the areas of recruitment, judicial clerkship, reciprocal services and career services. She attended Rutgers University and in the past several years has studied business management. She is a notary public in the state of California.
Adam M. O’Connor
Adam M. O’Connor is assistant vice chancellor of Fiscal Services for the Rancho Santiago Community College District in Santa Ana. For more than 20 years, he served as Fullerton College’s business officer. He worked with college governance groups, chaired the college Planning and Budget Steering Committee, and recently helped create a new strategic plan and allocation model linking budget to action plans.
O’Connor has taught a variety of accounting courses and serves on the board of a large school employees’ credit union. He previously participated on an Evaluation Team and has twice co-chaired the Resources standard (III) for Fullerton College Self-Sudy reports.
O’Connor earned a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University Long Beach and an associate degree from Orange Coast College. He is a certified public accountant.
Frank Pinkerton has worked at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga since 1971. Currently the dean of PE/Athletics, he has served in a variety of roles at the college, including as a librarian, dean of the Library, and dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The college committees on which Pinkerton serves include Distance Education, Technology, Professional Development, Academic Calendar, President's Cabinet, Budget Development, and Labor/Management. For many years, he has been chair of the Instructional Equipment Allocation Committee. For 15 years as a faculty member he was negotiator and chief negotiator for the Faculty Association.
Pinkerton participated in the development of seven Self-Study reports at Chaffey and two previous Evaluation Team visits. A graduate of Chaffey College, Pinkerton transferred to University of California, Riverside. He subsequently earned a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Redlands and a master’s degree in library science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Lisa Putnam is coordinator of Institutional Research at Moorpark College in Moorpark. In this full-time faculty position, she serves as the campus resource for Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment, assists with annual program review and planning, and provides data on institutional effectiveness, student access, success and completion and performs ARCC reporting. Putnam, who teaches two courses each semester in business communications, is secretary of the Academic Senate. Putnam began her career at Moorpark in 1988, working as a staff member in Student Services and instructional division offices, and later in curriculum.
Putnam served on two previous Evaluation Teams. She holds a master’s degree in business from California Lutheran University.
Gil Rodriguez has served as dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg since 2002 and was a mathematics instructor at the college for more than 20 years. He was the college’s research coordinator for four years and served as division chair of Math & Sciences for four years. He has been a member of six previous Evaluation Teams.
Rodriguez served in the U.S. Army Infantry. He earned a master’s degree in mathematics from CSU East Bay, a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley, and an associate degree in mathematics from Napa Valley College.
Daniel Sanidad is the Educational Dean for Instruction and Student Support Services at Mission College in Santa Clara. His responsibilities include the Career-Transfer Center and the CalWORKs and Middle College programs. He serves as the college’s Matriculation Coordinator. Previously he served in the roles of evening and weekend services manager, interim dean of Instruction and dean of Student Support Services. At San José State University, Dan served as director of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and as a counselor in the university’s Upward Bound and Summer Bridge programs. He has taught reading, study skills and leadership courses.
Sanidad earned a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a standard elementary teaching credential, all from San José State University.