Benjamin T. Duran, Ed.D.
Executive Director

Benjamin T. Duran is a highly respected higher education leader, teacher and former president of Merced Community College in California. He recently retired as superintendent/president of the Merced Community College District…

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after serving 22 years in the district with the last 14 years as the CEO. He is a faculty member in the Education Doctoral program at California State University, Stanislaus.

During his tenure at Merced College, he served on various statewide committees and was appointed by Chancellor Jack Scott to serve on the California Community Colleges Student Success Task Force.  He also served as President of the Community College CEO Board and chaired the Community Colleges Economic Development Advisory Committee.

Virginia
Madrid-Salazar, J.D.

Strategies Lead

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Virginia Madrid-Salazar provides leadership to the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium as the Strategies Lead. She oversees the strategy efforts, development of the CVHEC Regional Data Dashboard, and oversees grant writing. Further, she will directly serve CVHEC members in the Fresno area, including West Hills Coalinga and West Hills Lemoore.

After a 17-year career in communications where she managed multi-faceted, regional and statewide campaigns, she obtained a juris doctorate degree from San Joaquin College of Law.

Angel Ramirez

Communications Manager

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Angel Ramirez first began working with the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium as a social media intern back in 2015. He now serves as the organization’s Communications Manager and oversees the administrative needs of the team.

Angel earned his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from CSU, Fresno.

D. Priscila Villanueva

Administrative Coordinator

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D. Pricila Villanueva oversees all of the CVHEC day to day activities.

Stan A. Carrizosa Sr.

Southern Regional Coordinator  

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A long-time native of California’s Central Valley, Stan recently culminated a 35-year career in public education. Over the course of Stan’s career, he has served as an instructor, site administrator, and district official. Most notable are Stan’s service as a K-12 Superintendent for Dinuba Unified (8 years) and Visalia Unified (10 years). The capstone to his career was Stan’s 7-year tenure as Superintendent/President for College of the Sequoias. He has been recognized state-wide for his contributions to the stunning transformation of COS following the most severe of accreditation sanctions. Stan also was selected to serve on a statewide Task Force for Accreditation and to serve as the administrative lead for Project Resource Teams assigned through the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) to assist colleges in self-assessment and improvement. He has served as Vice-Chair on the Executive Board of the California Community College Athletics Association (CCCA) and Chair of the Central Valley Athletics Conference.

Elaine Cash

K-12 Liaison 

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Elaine C. Cash retired as Superintendent from Riverdale Joint Unified School District after 27 years in education. Her education career included experience as a classroom teacher, elementary and high school principal, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and 9 years as superintendent. During her years as superintendent, all of Riverdale schools earned the California Distinguished Schools recognition, and Riverdale High School received the College Board National Inspiration Award in 2009. Her article, A Change in Beliefs Leads to A Change in Behavior and Student Achievement was published in the National Staff Development Council, Journal of Staff Development, June 2010. Elaine is the Executive Director of her own education consulting company, ECC Education Group LLC. Elaine also works as a project facilitator for the Fresno Compact, and serves as a K-12 Liaison for the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium. Elaine also serves as a Management Trustee for California’s Valued Trust’s Board of Directors. CVT is the largest health and welfare trust in California serving CA school employees. 

Marcus Johnson

K-12 Liaison 

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Marc Johnson retired in June 2013 after a 37-year career in public education where he served as a teacher and administrator.  Marc is currently serving as the Co-Director of the Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute at California State University Fresno, the Executive Director of the Fresno Compact, and is a member of the CVHEC team supporting the College Next pilot program. Marc retired from his position as the Superintendent of the Sanger Unified School District, where he had served for the last 14 years.  Sanger Unified is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley of California.  The District’s 12,000 students mirror the demographics of the region. The district serves a high minority, high poverty, and high second language learner population.  In 2004 the district was one of 98 school districts in California to be named a Program Improvement District due to the low performance of the English Language Learner population.  Two years later the District was one of the first districts in California to exit PI status due to the continued improvement in student achievement in all groups, but in particular with EL Learners.

 

Sanger Unified has seen dramatic improvements in all of its schools but most impressive has been the increase in student achievement at sites that had been traditionally underperforming.  The turnaround in the district is directly linked to the district becoming a Professional Learning Community.  That shift to becoming a collaborative culture where every adult in the organization understands that they are a part of a team that is responsible for ensuring learning for all and developing a results orientation. This transformation led the district from program improvement status, to being recognized as a high achieving district at the local, state and national levels. In addition to the site and district recognitions, in 2011, Marc was named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators.

Saundra McGlothlin, MSW

Central Regional Coordinator & ADT Program Evaluator  

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Saundra graduated from Fresno State in 1995 and began her career that year as a Counselor at West Hills College Coalinga.  There she served as the Matriculation/Student Success and Equity Coordinator and Transfer Center Director and was involved in the regional efforts as the college representative at the statewide level.  She retired in 2017 as the Vice President of Student Services for West Hills Coalinga where she coordinated the college’s multiple measures assessment strategies and played a key role in the initial planning and implementation of the prerequisite/corequisite acceleration program.  She currently serves as the southern regional coordinator.

Dmitri Rogulkin

Data Analyst and Program Evaluator 

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Dr. Dmitri Rogulkin is the executive director of research and institutional effectiveness at the State Center Community College District. He received his Bachelor’s in Business from Belarus State Economic University, M.B.A. from Fresno State University, and Ph.D. in General Psychology with an emphasis on Integrating Technology, Learning, and Psychology from Grand Canyon University. He has over 12 years of experience of institutional research and effectiveness in higher education, including work with 4-year universities and 2-year community colleges. Dmitri enjoys designing and developing data visualizations and dashboards that help end-users to understand and use data for effective decision-making. Dmitri serves as the data analyst for CVHEC.

John Spevak, Ph.D.

Northern Regional Coordinator & English Task Force Liaison 

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As the CVHEC Northern Regional Coordinator, John serves CVHEC member colleges in the Merced, Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Tuolumne Counties.

John Spevak is a retired Chief Instructional Officer with 23 years of experience as an instructional administrator – seven as dean of off-campus centers and 16 as vice president of instruction at the same institution (Merced College). He also spent 14 years at the same college as full-time English instructor and academic advisor, during which time he was an active member of his college’s faculty senate. He has also taught in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at California State University, Stanislaus. He worked with CVHEC when it was initially developed as an important Central Valley collaborative venture.

He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago.