R. Edward Bowling (Ed)
Executive Director, Completion by Design – North Carolina
Guilford Technical Community College
601 East Main Street
Jamestown, NC 27282
336-334-4822 X50057 (office)
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Ed Bowling is the Executive Director for Completion by Design in North Carolina at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) in Jamestown. Ed held a senior management position at a large bank before joining GTCC in 2006. He was an adjunct and instructor at GTCC, where he co-developed two developmental education learning communities and piloted web-enhanced developmental reading courses. He received GTCC’s Claire Hunter Award for Excellence in Developmental Education in 2007. In 2010, he became the Developmental Education Initiative grant director, overseeing the scaling of three core programs and two smaller projects under that grant.
Ed assumed his current role in 2011, providing initiative leadership and support for North Carolina’s five community colleges engaged in Completion by Design. That work provided the framework for planning and implementing guided pathways at over 40 additional colleges through North Carolina’s Student Success Learning Institute. He promotes the work of Completion by Design at many state and national conferences, including American Association of Community Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges, Jobs for the Future, and Achieving the Dream. He was awarded the BB&T Staff of the Year Award for the North Carolina Community College System in 2014.
Ed is the father to three, the husband to one, and the human to a dog named Lucy.
Jo-Carol Fabianke, Ed. D.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Success
Alamo Colleges District
201 W. Sheridan
San Antonio, Texas 78204
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Dr. Jo-Carol Fabianke has served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Success for the Alamo Colleges since 2012, working with the five colleges in the Alamo Colleges District on academic initiatives focused on increasing student success. Her leadership roles include building collaboration among the faculty across the colleges since the District joined Achieving the Dream in the first cohort in 2004. She serves as the Alamo Colleges District lead in the Texas Completes Cadre and the AACC Pathways Program, contributing to the pathways movement at the local, state, and national levels.
Her initial assignment with Alamo Colleges was as professor at San Antonio College where she taught for 24 years and received the Texas Excellence Award before advancing her career to leadership roles including serving as the first Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Co-director of the Reaffirmation of Accreditation and District Policy Liaison. During her tenure with Alamo Colleges, Dr. Fabianke has held several senior-level administrative positions including Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, Vice President of Academics at Northwest Vista College, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Partnerships and Initiatives before assuming her current role as Vice Chancellor of Academic Success. Through these roles, Dr. Fabianke has demonstrated her ability to work with disparate groups toward consensus through clarification of options, resolving issues, and understanding the needs of various stakeholders.
Dr. Fabianke earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from Baylor University and her Master’s in Business Education from the University of North Texas, where she also was awarded a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Dr. Fabianke serves as a Baldrige Examiner and Texas Assessment of Performance Excellence examiner. She has also served as a Pacesetter Examiner through the Continuous Quality Improvement Network. In 2017, Dr. Fabianke received the Ray Williams Outstanding Leadership Award from the Texas Community Colleges Instructional Administrators Association.
Assistant Director of College Relations
Center for Community College Student Engagement
3316 Grandview Street
Austin, TX, 78705
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Dr. Linda L. García is Assistant Director of College Relations at the Center. She oversees the Center’s community college relations and serves as a point of contact for state leaders, funders and national higher education organizations. Linda previously served as the Vice President of Community College Relations at National American University. She has also worked at Lone Star College, Maricopa Community Colleges and The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. Linda’s experience includes student development, instructional support and teaching. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a concentration in broadcast and a Doctorate in higher education administration with a specialization in community college leadership from The University of Texas at Austin. Her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree is from The University of Texas at Brownsville. Linda also serves on the board of the National Council on Student Development, an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges.
Engaging You LLC
7701 West Shore Drive
Sacramento, CA 95831
Michael Poindexter served as Interim President at Sacramento City College and recently returned to the Office of Vice President of Student Services.
Michael Poindexter served as Consultant to the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of City College of San Francisco. This position assisted the Chancellor with the College transformation and coordination of Student Services.
As Vice President of Student Services at Sacramento City College, Mr. Poindexter has more than 25 years of administrative experience. Mr. Poindexter has led an exceptional career, serving in both two-year and four-year institutional environments.
At Drexel University, Sacramento, California, Mr. Poindexter has been an adjunct professor since 2009 in the Graduate Educational Leadership Program.
At Sacramento City College, he provided leadership to increased enrollment over 24% after his arrival to the college. As Vice President of Student Affairs at the Community College of Rhode Island, a new campus was opened and exceeded projected enrollment. During his tenure at Kingsborough Community College (KBCC), the Student Affairs Division held the highest student satisfaction and retention rate of all community colleges in CUNY. The students of KBCC presented him with a “Pursuit of Excellence Award” in recognition of his achievements. At the Community College of Denver (CCD) where he was Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment, he helped to lead an enrollment shift that has seen high school graduate and minority student enrollment climb to 50 percent of the total population. When he left CCD, minority student retention was on par with the retention of the student population overall. Previously, Mr. Poindexter served as Admissions Director at the University of Colorado and was an administrator at University of Texas, Iowa State University, and University of Northern Iowa.
In his field, Mr. Poindexter is internationally respected and recognized. He is sought after as a valued consultant, keynote speaker, conference presenter and convener. He served as a panelist/consultant for several PBS videoconferences on retention. He also serves as a consultant for California Guided Pathways, ACC Pathways, Community College Survey of Student Engagement, Achieving the Dream and was a previous Senior Consultant for Noel Levitz.
Mr. Poindexter is a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Outstanding Young Men of America, as well as a previous board member of the Community College Survey for Student Engagement. He has been honored twice by the College Board for the coveted Outstanding Service Award. In addition, The United Negro College Fund acknowledged and awarded Mr. Poindexter the Excellence Award.
Mr. Poindexter’s motto is: “The Learner Comes First.”
Vice President for Learning
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
2740 West Mason, PO Box 19042
Green Bay, WI 54307
920-498-5401 – work
920-366-0682 – cell
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Dr. Lori Suddick is Vice President of Learning and Chief Academic Officer for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). She has worked in higher education for 18 years in leadership and a faculty role. Lori values the opportunity to work with the innovative, collaborative, and talented team of NWTC, an Achieve the Dream Leader College. She serves as lead for the College’s AACC Guided Pathways and iPASS2 projects, as well as co-lead for the Frontier Set Network. Lori was a 2016-2017 Aspen Presidential Fellow and is currently engaged in multiple external strategic partnerships, internal committees, and grant projects at the College.
Diane K. Troyer, Ph.D.
1737 Harbor Ave. SW #S-206
Seattle, WA 98126
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Dr. Troyer began her community college career at El Paso Community College as the founding faculty member in Dental Hygiene and held several associate dean and dean positions at EPCC in workforce and educational program administration including allied health, occupational programs, continuing education and business and technology. She also served as the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Harford Community College, in Bel Air, Maryland.
She joined the Lone Star College system as President of Tomball College and was selected to be the founding president of Lone Star College-CyFair, in Cypress Texas. In that role, she was responsible for the vision, planning, design, construction, program development, and hiring and community partnerships for the launch of the first college or university to open in the 21st Century.
In 2008, Troyer joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a Senior Program Officer to support the foundation’s goals to improve credential completion for low-income students. Dr. Troyer currently serves as an educational consultant through her firm (DKT Solutions) specializing on access and completion in public community colleges. She also provides consulting services to the Collaborative Brain Trust in Strategic, Academic and Enrollment Planning. She serves as Leadership Coach for Achieving the Dream and a consultant for the New Mathways Project.
Dr. Troyer has been honored as a Distinguished Graduate of the University of Texas, Community College Leadership Program. She has served in numerous community and professional leadership positions including service on the board and executive committee of the American Association of Community Colleges, Board member and President of the National Council of Workforce Education, Chairman of the Board of the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Community College Research Center Advisory Board (CCRC, Columbia University Teachers College), Board member of the El Paso and Baltimore YWCA’s and executive committee of the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.
Educational Background: Dr. Troyer received her B.S. in Dental Hygiene from the University of Nebraska, M.Ed. in Health Education at the University of Texas at El Paso and Ph.D. in the Community College Leadership Program from the University of Texas at Austin.
Associate Profession of Business Administration
7200 Pines Blvd
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
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Dr. Joyce Walsh-Portillo, Associate Professor of Business Administration, at Broward College has been involved in the Pathways project work for a number of years. As Broward College’s Associate Vice-President of Academic Affairs, she collaborated with colleagues in all academic areas of the college developing and designing academic maps for all programs including Bachelor’s, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Certificate Programs. The color-coded octagon and pathway guides in the Broward catalog are a product of a strong partnership among Academic, Student Affairs, and Career and Technical Education professionals. She has worked closely with the College’s two main transfer partners, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Florida International University (FIU) to ensure successful upper-division transfers for Broward’s AA graduates.
Dr. Walsh-Portillo was selected as a national coach for the AACC Pathways project in 2015 and has had the privilege of working with six community colleges in California, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland during the last two years. Prior to her work at AACC, Dr. Walsh-Portillo represented Broward College and participated in Pathways workshops and panels in several states including Florida, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Indiana, Michigan, and Texas.
During her tenure as AVP of Academic Affairs, Dr. Walsh-Portillo oversaw Curriculum Management including the annual catalog publication; The Honors College, Academic Outcomes and Assessment, Baccalaureate development, Articulation and Transfer, Credit for Prior Learning, and the Dual Enrollment program. She has served as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board, on a number of search committees, the calendar committee, the Endowed Teaching Chair Committee, the textbook committee and as Chair of the Academic Standards committee. She is an Endowed Teaching Chair recipient and a NISOD award winner. She is currently teaching Business Administration full time and serving in a number of national Pathway initiatives.
Dr. Walsh-Portillo holds a BA from the University of South Florida, an MBA from the University of the Americas (Mexico) and an Ed. D. from Florida International University. She is married; and she and her husband have one adult son.