2022

Jorge Burwick

Jorge Burwick

Operations Manager of CollegeBuys, Foundation for California Community Colleges

Jorge Burwick serves as the Operations Manager, CollegeBuys where he oversees CollegeBuys contracts, vendor relationships, and contract support functions. Based on systemwide need, he works to develop new business lines by vetting prospective vendors and managing compliant requests for proposals. Jorge supports systemwide collaborative procurement initiatives.

Jorge has over 10 years of experience in higher education and has committed himself to working with projects that focus on equity and inclusion. Prior to joining the Foundation, he managed student programs at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities where he was responsible for corporate relations and campus outreach. Jorge is a native Texan and earned his bachelor’s from Trinity University and master’s from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Patty Samford

Patty Samford

Purchasing Supervisor, San Joaquin Delta Community College

Patty Samford has been the Purchasing Supervisor at San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton, CA since 2018. Patty has led her team through many initiatives, most notably the implementation of Oracle financial system and Planet Bids online bidding system. Although Patty’s term as co-chair for the Northern California Community College Purchasing group ends May 1, 2022, she plans to continue to be an active participant in the California Community College Purchasing community.

Nick Newkirk

Nick Newkirk

Purchasing and Contracts Manager, South Orange County CCD

Nick Newkirk is the Purchasing and Contracts Manager for the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), where he has served since 2018. Prior to his current position with SOCCCD, he served as the Director of Purchasing for Perris Union High School District for four years. Nick previously served as chair and co-founder of the Riverside County Purchasing Collaborative and received the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region XIX Business Services Administrator of the Year Award for 2016-17. At the age of 17, he started his career in school business as a student worker within the accounting apprenticeship program for Murrieta Valley Unified School District, where he stayed and worked as a classified staff member within the purchasing and payroll departments for 14 years.

Kim Simonds

Kim Simonds

Purchasing Supervisor, MiraCosta CCD

Kim Simonds is the Purchasing Supervisor at MiraCosta College. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University and a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. She has over 20 years of procurement experience in the California Community College System. In the 13 years she has been with MiraCosta College, she has specialized in Public Works/Construction including related professional services and Contract Administration.

BB Boynton

BB Boynton

Buyer, MiraCosta CCD

BB Boynton is a Buyer at MiraCosta College. He holds a Master of Science in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific and has almost 15 years of procurement experience in both private and public sectors. In his 7 years with at MiraCosta, he is responsible for Public Works/Construction, Contract Administration, and procurement of Instructional and Non-instructional Equipment.

Angelic Davis

Angelic Davis

Director of Purchasing, Printing and Mail Services, Mt. San Antonio CCD

Angelic Davis, Director of Purchasing, Printing and Mail Services at Mt. San Antonio College, has over 20 years of experience in procurement, 15 years of which have spent in public procurement. Angelic has gained valuable experience and knowledge working for diverse agencies, including the City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department, the City of Moreno Valley and most recently at Mt. San Antonio College. In addition to her vast experience, Angelic holds a Master’s of Public Administration and is a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and has also obtained NIGP-CPP certification.

Keetha Mills

Keetha Mills

President and Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for California Community Colleges

Keetha Mills is President and CEO of the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Under her leadership, the Foundation has expanded overall impact through the development and delivery of more than 40 mission-aligned programs and services across five areas of impact: student success, workforce development, equity, community impact, and system support. Since her appointment in 2012, the Foundation has significantly increased available resources to total over $50 million in annual support of the California Community Colleges and its students. Inspired to further this success, the Foundation has launched an ambitious goal to double its impact over the next decade, with Mills challenging her team to create innovative solutions and forge valuable partnerships that will continue to drive annual increases in resources brought in by the Foundation to benefit the California Community Colleges.

Mills’ professional background includes over 20 years of experience in executive leadership, finance, accounting, and operations, which she leverages to lead the nonprofit through a business-centric lens. Credited to her focus on operational discipline, the Foundation continues to achieve strategic year-after-year growth, resulting in an expanded portfolio of resources, services, and specialized programs that increase opportunity and improve outcomes for more than 2.1 million students across all 116 community colleges.

Jorge J.C. Sales

Jorge J.C. Sales

Vice President of Program Development, Foundation for California Community Colleges

J.C. Sales is the Vice President of Program Development for the Foundation for California Community Colleges. In this role, he supports ongoing efficiency and effectiveness for Foundation programs such as CollegeBuys, Workforce Development, Equity & Community Impact by serving as dot-connector to a vast network of relationships across the California Community Colleges system, state agencies, and public higher education system-partners. J.C. also works closely with the statewide Chancellor’s Office to provide support and ensure alignment with matters related to legislation, policy, and the state’s budget.

J.C. possesses nearly 20 years of experience in government and nonprofit sectors having worked for the Foundation for 12-years, and serving in the United States Army, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the administrations of Attorney General Edmund G. Brown and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He received his bachelor’s in economics, juris doctorate, and masters in public administration from the University of Southern California.

Joseph Quintana

Joseph Quintana

Chief Operating Officer, Foundation for California Community Colleges

Joseph Quintana is Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation for California Community Colleges and a key executive liaison to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. A recognized and well-respected expert of the California Community College system, Quintana’s strategic executive leadership, stalwart guidance, and programmatic initiative and oversight have directly contributed to the Foundation’s continued and significant year-over-year growth.

Quintana first served, proudly, as a Foundation student intern through the Career Pathway Program, where he worked for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office supporting the 17-member Board of Governors. He advanced to become Executive Director of CollegeBuys, the nation’s premiere community college focused procurement program. As Executive Director, Quintana developed and executed partnership agreements, public code complaint contracts, and cooperative purchasing programs that continue to provide significant discounts to California Community College students, faculty, staff, and the system. His system expertise, operational acumen, and strong ability to build and maintain key partnerships led to Quintana’s COO appointment in 2016.

Chanda Carpenter

Chanda Carpenter

Director of Content Research and Development, NIGP

Chanda Carpenter is the Director of Content Research and Development for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. Specializing in leading teams in instructional design and development, learning systems design and implementation, multimedia, and graphic design, Chanda has more than 20 years of experience developing online training and communications programs that focus on delivering an engaging experience to the user. Prior to NIGP, Chanda worked in the conservation, finance, and telecommunication industries.