2023

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Liz Avila-Delgado

Liz Avila-Delgado

Engagement Specialist, Vision Resource Center - Foundation for California Community Colleges

Liz Avila-Delgado, who is passionate about creating equitable access to higher education, joined the Foundation for California Community Colleges in August 2021 as the Engagement Specialist for the Vision Resource Center. Through her support and coaching of systemwide event and community moderators, Liz ensures that the 140,000+ Vision Resource Center users have access to resources and professional development opportunities. Liz has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 8 years, having worked at a nonprofit healthcare clinic in North San Diego County prior to joining the Foundation. Liz is a San Diego native and earned her bachelor’s from Cal State San Marcos.

Majd Askar

Majd AskarKeynote Speaker

Vice President of Business Services at Moreno Valley College (MVC)

Majd Askar is the Vice President of Business Services at Moreno Valley College (MVC). At MVC, Askar leads various college operations, including facilities and grounds maintenance, safety ​operations, food services, bookstore, campus operations, building security systems, college technology services and initiatives, grant support, and assures compliance with financial/business and contractual obligations. Askar serves as a member of the senior leadership team, ensuring that the College achieves its strategic and operational goals, while maintaining the commitment to shared governance.

Marie Hampton

Marie Hampton

Purchasing Manager, Chabot-Las Positas CCD

Marie Hampton is a dedicated, results-driven, and proactive Procurement and Materials professional with more than 25 years of experience in the public sector. She is well-versed in the strategic planning, contract management, risk management, project management, supervision, and development of procurement activities. Marie has spent her entire career thriving in the public procurement space; creating and implementing programs, policies and procedures for strategic alignment with the organization’s values and goals.

Mark Logan

Mark Logan

Director of Purchasing and Contract Administration - Cerritos CCD

Mark B. Logan, Director of Purchasing and Contract Administration at Cerritos College, has over 20 years of experience and expertise in complex public procurement and contract management. In his current role, he is responsible for contracting, purchasing, public works, warehouse operations, mail, and telecommunications. Prior to joining Cerritos College, Mark worked at Chaffey College where he managed the purchasing services department for the college’s three-campus district; the Clark County Housing Authority, where he was fully responsible for the development of the agency’s contracts administration department; and Professional Community Management, administering a wide range of contracts for a private planned community.

Leadership contributions to the public procurement profession include serving on the FCCC CollegeBuys Advisory Group, Universal Public Procurement Certification Counsel (UPPCC) Board of Examiners (BOE) as a public procurement subject matter expert (SME), various board member roles for the National Institute for Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) California chapter, past co-chair for the Southern California Community College Purchasing Association (SCCCPA), delivering various public procurement presentations and workshops, and was awarded the inaugural 2015 Southern California Procurement Professional of the Year award.

Mark holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from CSU, Long Beach, Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration, and has also earned the professional designations of NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP), Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO), Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), and Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.).

Priya Jerome

Priya Jerome

Executive Director of Procurement, Central Services and Risk Management, South Orange County CCD

Priya Jerome has over 23 years of combined private and public sector experience in managing and overseeing complex supply chain activities globally. Working in the private sector, Priya honed valuable skills in business process improvements to drive overall efficacies and cost savings across the entire supply chain. Over the past 12 years, she has managed the Procurement, Contracting, Central Services and Risk Management activities at two California community college districts, where she successfully implemented web based, fully integrated e-procurement systems and contracts management systems. These implementations were widely recognized for delivering cost, time, process, and productivity efficiencies. Priya joined the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) team as the Executive Director of Procurement, Central Services, and Risk Management in 2018 where she continues to passionately focus her endeavors in providing the best possible educational experience to all students through the services her division provides. She leads a large, centralized division supporting two colleges and the District with a deep understanding of distinctive business needs in education, high currency in codes, statutes and regulations, and a unique private sector perspective for customer service and process improvements. In any given year she oversees an average of 1,500 contracts, 3,600 purchase orders, jointly valued over $210 million and over 25 large publicly procured bids and RFQ&Ps. Priya’s leadership and commitment to excellence has been recognized in the various personal and institutional awards/recognitions she has won. In 2019 she was recognized as the Administrator of the Year at SOCCCD and in 2020 she was recognized as the Southern California Procurement Professional of the Year. In 2021 her District won the much-coveted Orange County Turning Red Tape to Red Carpet Award for Incorporating Innovative Technology for converting SOCCCD into a Fully Online Bidding, Contracting and Public Procurement Organization an effort she spearheaded from start to successful completion. Priya is active in several state organizations in support of community college procurement and risk management initiatives. She is the Vice President of the board for the Protected Insurance Program for Schools and Community Colleges (PIPS), a joint powers authority which is responsible for workers’ compensation insurance claims. She is the Vice Chair of the Underwriting Committee for the Statewide Association of Community Colleges (SWACC), which is responsible for property and liability insurance. She is also a select member of the CollegeBuys program (Foundation for CA Community Colleges, an arm of the CA Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office) advisory group that contributes system-wide towards leveraging combined/streamlining purchasing powers, total cost of ownership, and shared best practices. Within the advisory group, she additionally contributes as a co-chair in the Legislative and Policy Workgroup. Priya holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Queensland Institute of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Rebekah Kalleen

Rebekah Kalleen

Vice President, Murdoch, Walrath & Holmes

Rebekah Kalleen is Vice President and partner at Murdoch, Walrath & Holmes and a legislative advocate for education entities including the Coalition for Adequate School Housing, the Community College Facility Coalition, and the County School Facilities Consortium. She has over fifteen years of experience in the State advocacy sector, helping clients from small associations to large companies navigate the State budget, legislative, and regulatory processes. She previously served as a consultant to school districts participating in the State School Facility Program, assisting them with accessing state grant dollars for facility projects. Rebekah has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Rebekah Kalleen

Rebekah Kalleen

Legislative Advocate, Murdoch, Walrath & Holmes

Rebekah Kalleen is a partner at Murdoch, Walrath & Holmes and a legislative advocate for education entities including the Coalition for Adequate School Housing, the Community College Facility Coalition, and the County School Facilities Consortium. She has over fifteen years of experience in the State advocacy sector, helping clients from small associations to large companies navigate the State budget, legislative, and regulatory processes. She previously served as a consultant to school districts participating in the State School Facility Program, assisting them with accessing state grant dollars for facility projects. Rebekah has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sherman Wong

Sherman Wong

Sherman is a principal of Public Agency Law Group. Sherman’s practice is devoted to representing public education institutions in construction, purchasing, facilities and general business matters. He has decades of experience assisting CCDs in navigating the confusing complexities of public procurement laws, rules and regulations. He is a member of the LA County Bar Association and is admitted to practice in all California state courts, all United States District Courts in California and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Stephanie O’Brien

Stephanie O’Brien

Managing Partner/CEO at Collegium

Evolving from the still thriving practice she launched in 2003, Stephanie
founded Collegium Strategies, LLC as a platform to extend her
knowledge and insight and to empower other specialists in the facility
planning-related field.
She founded her first company, Dovetail Decision Consultants, Inc.
following a 20-year career in Facilities, Furniture Planning and Sales
Management, specifically to assist publicly funded entities with crucial
aspects of FF&E planning, procurement and implementation as a client
representative.
Stephanie’s career journey began at Bechtel in Los Angeles where she
helped to shepherd a 500,000 square foot new headquarters building for
the LA Power Division. She went on to lead the systems planning team
for a Herman Miller dealership, and manage the interiors team of another.
She then focused on sales and sales leadership with furniture
manufacturers, culminating that portion of her career as a District
Manager for one of the industry’s largest manufacturers of educational
furniture.
She is formally educated in Interior Design (Foothill College and CSU Long Beach), Project Leadership (UC
Berkeley Extension) and a wide range of business-related leadership programs (Academy Leadership, Major
Account Management, etc.).
Stephanie is the proud parent of a recent community college and university graduate, and is a passionate
supporter of public education. She has spent 22 years serving her community institutions as an elected
official.

Teri Turner

Teri Turner

Purchasing Manager at Sierra-Joint CCD

Teri Turner currently serves as the Purchasing Manager for Sierra Joint Community College District (SJCCD), overseeing contracts, purchasing, warehouse, courier services, mail room, and auxiliary services. Teri has over 16 years of combined procurement experience in the public and private sectors. Currently, Teri is finishing up a two-year term as a Co-Chair for Northern California Community College Purchasing Group and a one-year term as a Co-Chair for the Advisory Committee for CollegeBuys. Teri also serves on the Professional Development workgroup. During her purchasing tenure, Teri has served on many solicitation committees with outside agencies, including janitorial supplies and equipment with CollegeBuys, elevator maintenance with UC, CSU, and CCCs, and copiers with the City of Sacramento. Teri believes it is vital as a procurement professional to continue training and be involved and connected with other purchasing professionals. Additionally, Teri has been a member of CAPPO and NIGP since 2016. In 2017, Teri obtained a Certificate of Recognition in Purchasing from Los Rios Community College.

Tina Nguyen Schwarz

Tina Nguyen Schwarz

Tina Nguyen Schwarz is a veteran in the world of SaaS based solutions across the supplier management, eSourcing, and Procue-to-Pay landscape. Tina brings a wealth of best practices from 20+ years of projects in both the private and public sectors with a focus on Higher Ed for the last 10 years as she helps colleges, universities and community colleges solve business problems and achieve measurable results with their eProcurement initiatives and transformation.