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Meet Our Experts

RSSC provides elite-tier strategic consulting services by equity-minded professionals.

 
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Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud

Chief Executive Officer

Former Chancellor, President, Vice President and Faculty member, Dr. Regina Stanback is a scholar – practitioner of racial equity and literacy.  She served President Barack Obama on  the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.  She is recognized for her work by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges’  Regina Stanback- Stroud Diversity Award and the Western Regional Council on Black American Affairs’ Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud Leadership Achievement Award. She holds a Doctorate and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Mills College, a Master’s Degree in Human Relations from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Sciences from Howard University.

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Pcyeta Stroud

Director of Strategic Career and Program Development

Pcyeta Stroud is the former Director of the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center of Skyline College (BAEC).  Pcyeta is an innovative leader, committed to empowering members of her community throughout the Bay Area, with resources through the lens of entrepreneurship.  She has over ten years of economic and workforce development experience with an emphasis on mentorship, cultivating entrepreneurship and equity in career readiness practices.  Pcyeta co-founded the Student Internship & Job Shadow Program, providing students with opportunities to gain real-world professional experience, career exploration and access to mentors to help them gain skills for engaging in the workforce.  Pcyeta founded the Student Business Pitch Competition at Skyline College, mentoring learners in the development of their business ideas. Under her leadership, the program engaged the business community to serve as mentors, resulting in the launch of new businesses.  Pcyeta serves a co-chair the Skyline College Business Advisory Board, comprised of business owners and strategic partners from around the Bay Area.

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Sandy Bennett

Consultant

Sandy Bennett is the Manager of Professional Development, Onboarding, and Employee Engagement at Ohlone College in Fremont, CA. Before assuming that role, she served as the Extended Opportunity Program and Service (EOP&S) and Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) Coordinator for 25 years at Ohlone. Also, she supported CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility for Kids (CalWORKs) students for two years. Sandy passionately walked alongside students guiding them through pathways that lead to academic success. 

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Michelle Batista

Consultant

Michelle Batista has been an educator for over 18 years at the middle school, high school, community college, and 4-year college level. She currently serves as the Director of Student Support and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Skyline College. She has had the great privilege of being a facilitator for multiple Equity Academies, guiding conversations with colleagues on interrogating how to ground their work in being a student ready, equity minded, transformative educator within our California Community Colleges.

Dr. Siri Brown

Consultant

Dr. Siri Brown, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs & Student Affairs for the Peralta Community College District, was raised in the Fruitvale area and came from a family that is strong-willed, determined, and that promoted pride in their African heritage. Her family history is rich. For instance, Dr. Brown’s great-grandmother founded the first black elderly home in San Jose, and her family helped introduce Juneteenth to the San Jose area, a holiday which is still being celebrated there to this day.

Alexandra M. Burrel, PhD, NCC, LPC

Consultant

Dr. Alexandra M. Burrel completed her Doctor of Philosophy (2019) in Higher Education Administration from Morgan State University, Bachelor of Arts (2006) in Sociology and her Master of Arts (2008) in Counselor Education: College Counseling both from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. For the past 14 years, her professional career has been focused on student development, diversity & inclusion, recruiting, institutional event planning, and administration while working for institutions such as Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, Morgan State University, Howard University, Monmouth University and currently as the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at the University of La Verne.

Brandon Christian

Director of Operations and Communications

Brandon Christian, an Oakland native, holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology from Merritt College, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from California State University, East Bay. With over five years of experience providing executive-level administrative support services for chief executive officers, Brandon excels at planning and organizing intricate work for organizations. Brandon is skilled at using his cultural competence and strategic planning skills to enhance a CEO's leadership efficacy and improve relationships across the organization.

Brianna Clay

Consultant

Brianna Clay  was born and raised in East Palo Alto, CA. She holds a BA in Sociology from Saint Mary’s College of California; and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Holy Names University. Brianna had the privilege of becoming a Counselor at Skyline College in a variety of departments at Skyline since fall 2013 and she is now the full-time Counselor for Skyline's TRiO program which serves first-generation, low-income students who may have a learning difference.  Brianna's counseling philosophy consists of my students leaving Skyline College with a mindset of how to “G.R.I.N.D (Growth.Resilent.Identity.Network.Determination)” and accomplish their educational journey.  

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Safiyyah Forbes, Ph.D.

Consultant

Dr. Forbes is currently the Dean of Science & Math at Chabot College. Prior to her position at Chabot College, Safiyyah was both a Chemistry Professor and faculty coordinator for the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (CTTL) at Skyline College. During her tenure, she implemented the Chemistry Jam Program to help students improve and master key concepts within the chemistry series. She has authored/co-authored OER laboratory manuals for different Chemistry courses.

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Dr. Veronica Gerace

Consultant

Dr. Gerace is a faculty member in the Communication Studies Department at San Diego Mesa College (SDMC). Shehas a passion for guiding studentsto success by developing and implementing innovative and creative teaching strategies which often challenge the status quo. Dr. Gerace is a visionary leader who often challenges systems to ensure that traditionally marginalized and underserved students have rich opportunities to thrive as scholars. As one example, despite being“out-voted”by her department peers, Dr. Geracepersisted inchallengingher colleagues for over two yearsto “allow”her tooffer special communication coursesfor student athletes. She has also developed numerous programs to empower students to advocate for themselves and build self-efficacy.

Kyle Hill

Consultant

With more than a decade of experience working on eradicating academic and employment opportunity gaps in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kyle Hill demonstrates a commitment to creating spaces where people are able to have critical and productive conversations about the legacy and current impacts of systemic bias and discrimination on one's ability to succeed in the American context. Ultimately, the belief that all people deserve equitable access to opportunity and wealth is woven into everything I do as a professional.

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Soe T. Hlaing

Web Developer

Soe T. Hlaing holds Bachelor Degrees in both Computer Science and Social Science. Soe is a currently working as a Web Developer, specialized in UI/UX,  accessibility, and full-stack development. 

Soe is currently working in Skyline College as Web Developer, maintaining, redesigning, and supporting the College website. He involves highly in developing process of Virtual Campus. Emergency website, Covid-19 website and several District wide web projects during this remote learning situation.

Katrina King

Consultant

Katrina King is a Bay Area, CA native. She is currently the Regional Coordinator of Umoja Community Education Foundation and has oversight over 12 Bay Area community college campuses and her alma mater CSU East Bay. Katrina firmly believes in the words of Shirley Chisholm, "service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on earth". Out of homage to those shoulders on which she stands, Katrina makes time to mentor youth and to support causes that uplift the spirit and culture of Black people. She began her training in social justice, the arts, and community activism as a teenager through the East Bay Institute for Urban Arts and many faith-based organizations.

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Dr. Aaron McVean

Consultant

Dr. Aaron McVean is a lifelong educator committed to the role that community colleges play in improving the lives of students and the communities from which they come. As the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Planning for the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD), Dr. McVean is responsible for the development implementation of strategy and programs that are explicit in their purpose to promote student success, equity, and social justice.

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Zahra Mojtahedi

Consultant

Zahra Mojtahedi is the Planning and Research Analyst in the Office of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) at Skyline College. She engages in a diverse range of projects and responsibilities working directly with administrators, faculty, staff, and students across the College and the District. Some of her primary areas of focus include leading data report design and data integrity improvement projects, developing and coordinating college-wide surveys, and presenting on student outcomes data across the College. In her time at Skyline College, Zahra has also co-written and co-edited major grant applications, contributing to the College and the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) collectively having secured over $4 million in grant awards to support key student success initiatives.

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Janis Perry

Consultant

Janis Perry, a community college professor of counseling and teacher education for 36 years, is committed to increasing student opportunity and success through developing support programs and
curriculum steeped in equity and social justice mindedness. Formerly serving as Gender Equity and Title IX Coordinator as well as local Academic Senate President at Santa Ana College, she has also served at the state level as President of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, and President of
the Association of California Community College Teacher Education Programs.

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Mitra Sapienza

Consultant

Mitra Sapienza is committed to celebrating faculty obligation in dismantling institutional barriers that perpetuate disparity of opportunity among community college students. She has worked in higher education since 2000, as a classified staff member managing a community college Writing Center, as an adjunct faculty member at College of San Mateo and San Francisco State University, and since 2007 as a full-time tenured faculty at City College of San Francisco.

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Delisle Warden, J.D.

Consultant

Delisle Warden has worked in higher education for private universities and California community colleges. He served as the Interim Dean for the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College and subsequently the Interim General Counsel and Chief of Staff for the Peralta Community College District. Delisle is also an attorney, and licensed to practice law in California. After earning his BA in International Studies from Emory University, Delisle joined the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division where he worked as a paralegal.

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