Christopher Fallon is a partner at Liebert Cassidy Whitmore and provides representation and legal counsel to community college districts, special districts, public and independent schools, and non-profit entities. His practice focuses on matters pertaining to business and facilities including general vendor contracts, construction contracts, property issues, and various business issues. Christopher has substantial experience assisting clients in all manners of their business, transactional, contract, and property needs. He prepares, reviews, and negotiates contracts on behalf of clients in numerous fields, including vendor, services, purchasing, construction-related, lease, and employment agreements.
Dr. Joel Peterson is currently Vice Chancellor and Executive Operations Officer at the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). He oversees all operations, enterprise services, and facilities for one of California’s largest community college districts with four colleges, 10 campuses, and over 100,000 students. Dr. Peterson’s responsibilities include oversight of the SDCCD Police Department, public safety, and parking services; food and retail services; warehousing and inventory services; purchasing and contracts; property management and acquisitions; risk management and occupational safety and health; special events and conference services; sustainability and energy management, and all maintenance, repair, and renovations of all buildings, grounds, and equipment; as well as all planning, design, and construction including completion of the SDCCD’s current $1.6 billion bond construction program and a pending new $3.5 billion bond construction program.
Dr. Peterson is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he studied nuclear engineering and economics as a Rodman Scholar and an Echols Scholar. He earned his PhD in Higher Education Leadership and Master of Arts in Education Finance from Claremont Graduate University and his MBA in Finance and Management Information Systems from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. Dr. Peterson is a decorated, former Lieutenant Commander, having served seven years active duty in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Office
Lauren McAnelly is a Buyer at Long Beach City College and manages numerous procurement categories, primarily focusing on technology and facilities management. She has 12 years of experience working in various roles in higher education and is currently serving her first year as co-chair of the Southern California Community College Purchasing Association (SCCCPA). Originally from the Sacramento Valley, she earned her Associates degree in Social Science at Woodland Community College and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development at Cal State East Bay.
Teresa Campagna Bryant serves as the District Director of Procurement and Contracts for State Center Community College District with over 20 years of experience, both in procurement and construction services. Her role involves directing and integrating the District-wide procurement and contract management process, including goods, services, construction, real estate, and directs contracting of revenue-generating leases. She currently acts as Co-Chair for the Northern California Community College’s Purchasing Group (“NCCCPG”) and is an NIGP-Certified Procurement Professional (“NIGP-CPP”).
Darin is chief procurement officer for Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, where he brings over 25 years of procurement experience. He is past president of NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement, and a recipient of their lifetime achievement award. Darin is the author of several books and articles on procurement and speaks throughout the world on leading procurement practices. He is also a columnist for the NAEP Educational Procurement Journal, focusing on sustainable procurement.
In 2020 and 2021, he served as host of the podcast, The Evolution of Procurement. Darin has served as a faculty member for many leading institutions, including Portland Community College, Florida Atlantic University, and Cal Berkeley. Darin holds a bachelor’s degree in Business & Political Science, and master’s degrees in Acquisition Management and Educational Technology, but his academic journey began many years ago as a struggling student at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA.
Paul Butler is a Client Partner with Newleaf Training and Development, based in Santa Clarita in Southern California. He is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA), having qualified with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Prior to starting Newleaf Training and Development in 2005, he served as a Regional Finance Director for Marriott International Hotels and Hilton International Hotels. Paul also served as the Director of Finance for Hilton Honors. Newleaf has served 23 of the California Community Colleges with Classified Professional Development and in 2016 opened a second office, based in Orlando, Florida. In addition, Paul is a published author and a faculty member of The Master’s University in Santa Clarita. Originally from Staffordshire, England Paul has been married to his wife Gaynor since 1994 and they have two adult children.
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.
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.
April Marin is the Executive Director, Contract, Procurement, and Risk Management Services for the Santa Clarita Community College District. She has over seventeen years of hands-on contract experience, including education, healthcare, and medical laboratory agreements. April is highly regarded by her colleagues for her can-do approach and takes special pride in helping others, especially when they have unique purchasing or contract needs. She oversees over $50 million in Purchase Orders each year, and her department was recently awarded the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute for the second year in a row. Her District was 1 of only 14 higher education organizations in the United States and Canada to receive the award. She currently serves as an alternate Board member on the Statewide Association of Community Colleges (SWACC). She is the Vice Chair of the SWACC Claims & Coverage Committee, and she represents California community colleges on the Schools Association for Excess Risk (“SAFER”) Board of Directors. She earned her Associate’s degree in Social Science at College of the Canyons, and then went on to graduate with honors from California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Studies, with a minor in Public Administration.
Jorge Burwick serves as the Senior Program Manager of 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.