Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium - California Community Colleges, Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy

Excellence Awards Past Winners

Annual Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium Excellence Awards
Honoring individuals and organizations within the region for their excellence in leadership, excellence in partnership, and excellence in teaching.

2011 - 2012 | 2012 - 2013 | 2013 - 2014 | 2014 - 2015 | 2015 - 2016 | 2016 - 2017 | 2017 - 2018


2017 - 2018

Excellence in Leadership

Daniel Rojas III
Director of Clinical Education
Crafton Hills College

Michael Goss
Director, Center of Excellence
Center of Excellence

Sandy Baker
Dean, School of Nursing
Riverside City College

Excellence in Teaching

Abel Chen
Professor
Chaffey College

Brady Kerr
Commercial Music Instructor
Norco College

Dianne Russom
Director McCarthy Child Care Center
College of the Desert

Don Ajene Wilcoxson
Professor, Business Administration
Riverside City College

Janet Lehr
Professor, Computer Applications and Office Technology
Riverside City College

Jeff Azer
Assistant Professor Culinary
College of the Desert

Jeff Place
Professor Horticulture
College of the Desert

Excellence in Partnership

Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP)

Nathan Newsom
Vice President, Enterprise Sales
JLM Energy Inc.

Rosalinda Rivas
Industry Regional Collaborator / TAACCCT Work Skills Navigator
Chaffey College (InTech Center)


2016 - 2017

Excellence in Leadership

Larry McLaughlin
Deputy Sector Navigator Advanced Transportation & Renewable Energy
College of the Desert

Lori Benson
GFSF Regional Facilitator
Mt. San Jacinto College

Jesse Lopez
ACE Program Director
Norco College

Richard Bremen
Welding Instructor
Barstow Community College

Lisa Kiplinger-Kennedy
Deputy Sector Navigator Small Business
Victor Valley College

June Yamamoto
Dean, Career Education and Human Development
Crafton Hills College

George Brown
HVACR Assistant Professor
College of the Desert

Ramiro Galicia
Energy Systems Faculty
College of the Desert

Excellence in Teaching

Abel Chen
Professor
Chaffey College

David Karp
Coordinator/Professor, Business and Business Paralegal
Chaffey College

Todd Bartholow
Welding Instructor
Barstow Community College

Excellence in Partnership

Carol Tsushima
Assistant Superintendent Education Services
Colton Redlands Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program (CRYROP)

Meriel Anderson-McDade
Employment Placement Coordinator
Norco College

CalPortland Company
Jamie Ambrose, Human Resources Manager
CalPortland Company


2015 - 2016

Excellence in Leadership

Kevin J. Fleming
Dean of Instruction, Career and Technical Education
Norco College

Phong Nguyen
Medical Director
Redlands-Yucaipa Medical Group

Joy Haerens
Dean, Business and Applied Technology
Chaffey College

Sandi Thomas
Dean of Instruction - CTE/WED
Barstow Community College

Excellence in Teaching

Paul O'Connell
Director & Department Chair
Riverside City Collge

Mr. Kim Lytle
Adjunct Photography Instructor
Barstow Community College

James Banks
Department Chair, Health, Human and Public Services
Moreno Valley College

Andre Ramos
Adjunct Instructor
Moreno Valley College

Excellence in Partnership

Ken Eaves
Deputy Sector Navigator Advanced Manufacturing
Chaffey College

James Eder
Regional Sales Manager - Western USA
Draeger Safety, Inc.

Susanne Mata
K-14 Pathways - Regional Technical Assistance Provider (TAP)
Mt. San Jacinto College

Kathleen Steele
Curriculum Design - Professional Development
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools CTE Support Services - ROP

Rick Pettit
HR Specialist for Technical Recruiting and Training
Californai Steel Industries Inc

Albert Maniaol
Division Dean, Applied Technology and Culinary Arts
San Bernardino Valley College


2014 - 2015

Excellence in Leadership

Maggi Dunsmore
Professor
Victor Valley College

John Jaramillo
Dean, Applied Science and Business
College of the Desert

Nance Nunes-Gill
Child Development Instructor/SLO Coordinator
Barstow Community College

Debbie Smith
Community Training Coordinator
Chaffey College

Teri Safranek
Director (Interim), Continuing Education and Workplace Training
Mt. San Jacinto College

Excellence in Teaching

Jeff Drozd
Adjunct Faculty
Copper Mountain College

Roland O'Neal
Industrial Maintenance & Technology Instructor
Barstow Community College

Excellence in Partnership

International Rectifier Rick Glasmann
Vice President & General Manager Glenn Jones, Senior Manager, Human Resources Learning & Development
Americas International Rectifier

Premier Medical Transportation
Garfield Pennix, Manager
Premier Medical Transportation

Renova Solar
Vincent Battaglia, President
Renova Solar

Eric Blaine
Automotive Technology Instructor
Barstow Community College

Cristina Bradley
RTF Grant Administrator
San Bernardino Community College District

Alan Braggins
Deputy Sector Navigator for ICT/Digital
San Bernardino Community College District

Kelley Johnson
Program Director/Co-Chair
Victor Valley College

Lori Sanchez
Center of Excellence Director
Chaffey College

Melynie Schiel
Professor
Copper Mountain College

Wendy Zinn
CTE Project Manager
San Bernardino Community College District


2013 - 2014

Excellence in Leadership

Keith Shaner
Contract Education Coordinator
Victory Valley College

Kathy Dutton
Director, Employment Development & Community Education
Chaffey College

John Sweet
Department Chair-Industrial Technology
Victory Valley College

Anthony Bonato
Chair-Construction Technology
Victory Valley College

Susan Crowley
Business Development Assistant
Riverside Community College District

Patricia Carlson
Industry Liaison
Riverside Community College District

Excellence in Teaching

Thomas J. Kennedy
Department Chair-Chemistry
Victor Valley College

Berchman “Ken” Melancon
Diesel Program Instructor
San Bernardino Valley College

Betty Baluski
Assistant Professor of Nursing and Coordinator of the Nursing Simulation and Skills Lab
College of the Desert

Excellence in Partnership

Timothy F. Rayburn
Supervising Land Surveyor & Trig-Star Coordinator
Riverside/San Bernardino California Land Surveyors Association

Deanna (Trussell) Krehbiel
Assistant Manager Workforce Development
San Bernardino Community College District

Kingsbury Elementary School
Principal Todd Flowers/ Faculty & Staff Redlands Unified School District
Kingsbury Elementary School

Dunlap Elementary School
Principal Lindy Ward, Faculty & Staff Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District
Dunlap Elementary School

Sandy Harmsen
Executive Director of the SB County Workforce Investment Board & Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Dept.


2012 - 2013

Excellence in Leadership

Wallace Brithinee
Business Owner
Brithinee Electric

Robert Levesque
Workforce Development Manager
San Bernardino Community College District

Larry McLaughlin
Director of Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy Center
College of the Desert

Sherm Taylor
Automotive Technology Instructor
Chaffey College

George Walters
Project Director of National Center for Supply Chain Technology
Norco College

Excellence in Teaching

Bruce Painter
Solar Photovoltaic Technology
Victor Valley College

Diane Cline
Nursing Instructor
Victor Valley College

Douglas Redman
Automotive and Advanced Transportation (AAT) Instructor
College of the Desert

Elmano Alves
Industrial Electricity Instructor
Chaffey College

Excellence in Partnership

Rod Hoover
Human Resource Manager
Californai Steel Industries Inc

Robert Levesque
Workforce Development Manager
San Bernardino Community College District

Ashley Etchison
Employment Placement Coordinator
Norco College


2011 - 2012

Excellence in Leadership

Matthew K. Isaac
Executive Director, Economic Development and Corporate Training Division
San Bernardino Community College District

Judy Perry
Associate Professor, Simulation and Game Development
Norco College

Battalion Chief Steven Shaw and Battalion Chief Jeff Veik
Battalion Chief
CalFire

Excellence in Teaching

Kelly Hall
Professor of Business
College of the Desert

Excellence in Partnership

Dave Molloy
Operations Manager
American Medical Response

Hassan Halati
Chair, Technology and Operations Management Department
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Paul VanHulle
Associate Professor, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Technology
Norco College

Brenda Lussier
Chief Deputy of Human Resources
Riverside County Superior Courts

Jorge Tostado
Vice President of Human Resources
Mission Inn Hotel & Spa


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