Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven has served as president of CCA since July 2013 after coming to Aurora in 2011 as CCA’s Vice President of Student Affairs. She has worked in higher education for nearly 40 years including positions at four-year state universities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and upstate New York, and community colleges in the Chicago area. Immediately prior to joining CCA, Betsy was the Vice President of Student Development for Joliet Junior College, the nations’ first community college. She has an extensive background in residence life, counseling and advising, and administration. Betsy earned her Ph.D. in higher education from Loyola University Chicago, her M.A. in counseling from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and her B.S. in psychology from St. Lawrence University. Her doctoral dissertation focused on English language learning for Generation 1.5 Latino community college students. She married a Green Bay Packers fan (it rubbed off) and has two children. Betsy is a former college basketball player and a lifelong runner. She is now reminding herself what it is like to be a student by learning to play the guitar.
Vice President, Academic Affairs
In her role, Dr. Tricia Johnson provides leadership for planning, development, implementation, assessment, and administration of instructional programs and services offered by the college. Prior to joining the college in early 2017, Johnson led programs at the Colorado Department of Education and in postsecondary education and training institutions, focusing on high quality teaching and learning and connection with workforce. Over the last two decades, Johnson has worked in education teaching, promoting, designing, and administering programs in secondary, postsecondary, and career and technical education. During her tenure, Johnson has served as a classroom teacher, community college department chair, research analyst, and marketing manager. She is committed to issues of social justice and removing barriers for adult learners. Johnson earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Denver, a Master of Education in Secondary Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Vice President, Student Affairs
As Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Dalpes will provide leadership for several departments in the Student Affairs Division at CCA, including student life, advising, recruitment, and student success and retention. She has 30 years of experience as a Student Affairs professional, including 18 years working at community colleges. Her career in student affairs includes senior level and systems administration; facilitating federally funded TRiO grant programs; training and development on issues of diversity and inclusion; and work in residential life at large universities. She is the co-editor of The Handbook for Student Affairs in Community Colleges and a forthcoming Special Issue of the Community College Journal of Research and Practice titled Current Initiatives and Trends in Higher Education: The Role of Student Affairs in Advancing Community College Student Success. She has served as the Community College Division Director on the Board of Directors for NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators). Dr. Dalpes attended Colorado State University as a first-generation college student, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in college student personnel administration. She earned her doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts.
Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness
Ward is responsible for oversight of the executive leadership in Institutional Research, the Center for Workforce Development, Strategic Partnerships and Resource Development, Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, and College Communications. The VP of Institutional Effectiveness supports the mission of the college by overseeing institutional planning, research, grant development and reporting, external partnerships, communications and marketing, and contract-based workforce programs. The position also serves as the college's Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Higher Learning Commission, coordinates institution-level strategic planning, and serves as a member of the Cabinet. Since arriving at CCA in 2000 as director of grants and adjunct instructor of cultural anthropology, Chris Ward has worn many hats. He’s worked to bridge any gaps between CCA and the community by overseeing the workforce development staff while establishing strategic partnerships through his grants and resource development work with various community and state organizations. Ward’s also maintained a passion for the globalization of CCA and its curriculum that best serve the diverse community it serves, including providing entry and support for immigrants and refugees. He’s served on the globalization committee and the self-study group, chaired the emergency plan steering committee and assessment-working group and taken on various other tasks. Prior to coming to CCA, Ward earned his PhD in International and Development Education from the University of Pittsburgh and in 1985, did field work in China. He’s also authored several books and taught previously at Community College of Denver, the University of Pittsburgh, LaRoche College (Pittsburgh), Portland State University and National Taiwan University.
George "Skip" Noe
Vice President of Administration/CFO
Noe is responsible for college facilities, information technology, security, and budget. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and a brief stint as a high school social studies teacher, Noe began his public service career as an administrative assistant in the City Council Office in San Antonio. Over the next 32 years, he would hold management positions with the cities of San Antonio, Texas; Kingsville, Texas; Fort Collins, Colorado, College Station, Texas and Corpus Christi, Texas including the City Manager’s position in Kingsville, College Station and Corpus Christi. Noe served as Aurora’s City Manager from 2010-2017, where he was responsible for overseeing the city’s $703 million budget and its 2,979 full-time employees under the city council’s direction. During his career, Noe has been involved in a number of significant programs including budget management, economic development, performance measurement, application of information technology, development and implementation of significant capital improvements and public-private joint ventures.
Tamara D. White
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs
White’s primary responsibilities in her dean’s role include supervision of all offices provide student advocacy, including Student Life, Student Conduct, Accessibility Services, and Counseling. She also serves as a member of the Student Affairs leadership team White prior to joining CCA served as the Director of Admission and Access Policy for the Colorado Department of Higher Education, where she worked on statewide policies for admission standards and remedial education. Before joining the Department of Higher Education, White was the K-12 Education Policy Advisor to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. A CCA employee since 2014, White has spent most of her professional career in higher education, serving in roles such as Director of Student Life at the Community College of Denver. She is a Colorado native, graduating from the Cherry Creek School District near Denver and earning her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver. She earned her master’s degree in higher education from Western Illinois University and currently is working on her doctorate in higher education, specifically diversity and higher education, at the University of Denver.
Dr. Bobby Pace
Dean of Academic Affairs for Concurrent Enrollment
Dr. Pace was hired as part of full-time staff in the fall of 2012 after serving nearly four years as an adjunct instructor. He was appointed Chair of the Social Sciences Department in the summer of 2015, and managed the Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, History, Geography, Political Sciences and Women's Studies Departments. He developed CCA’s nationally-recognized Model United Nations program, which includes more than 300 students on CCA’s campus, as well as a delegation that competes at the international conference in New York. Dr. Pace also piloted an Institute for Civic Engagement at CCA, which includes Aurora’s first Great Decisions Discussion Group that is part of the Foreign Policy Association’s program. Prior to joining CCA, Dr. Pace taught at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia and was a lecturer at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His educational background includes three Political Science degrees: a doctorate from the University of Denver, a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and a bachelor of arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Dean, School of Professional Studies and Sciences
Combining possible connective areas between departments, identifying collaborative projects and morphing them into a streamlined vision has been one of Victor Vialpando¹s primary goals since joining CCA in August 2009. Under his organizational leadership, his division has managed to better integrate between departments through identification of crossover areas, then streamlined the coursework to better suit student needs. Narrower course offerings and a focus on a stair-step system that imbeds certificates throughout the degree process has allowed for programs to align more successfully with industry demand while also increasing graduation rates and retention. Computer Science, Mathematics and School of Business are more synchronized through that cross-collaborative process by targeting the development of core skill sets housed in those separate areas. Vialpando and staff are now intent on better assimilating the multimedia curriculum in the Art and Design department. Business applications are interspersed liberally throughout the programs in which he has oversight, as well. Attempting to build from solid foundational ground is familiar to Vialpando, given his undergraduate background in civil engineering. His career path eventually led to the higher-education route after earning his master's degree in business from the University of Colorado in 2005.
Dean of Academic Affairs
School of Liberal Arts (SLA)
Chris Tombari joined CCA in August of 2009 as the Chair for the English as a Second Language (ESL) Department. In March of 2016, Chris changed positions to become the Associate Dean, where he oversees such student achievement and success initiatives as SLA Concurrent Enrollment courses, the Achievement Coach’s Gatekeeper Course Interventions, and SLA Program Advising. His other responsibilities include serving as a member of the SLA leadership team, working with academic misconduct reports, and working with department chairs, faculty, and personnel across the college to support the pursuit of strategic objectives. Prior to working at CCA, Tombari worked for almost 12 years as an instructor and program director in the non-profit education and consulting organization, Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning in Denver. He started his career in education in 1993 with the Peace Corps in Mongolia. Tombari holds a B.A. in English from Texas A&M University, an M.A. in English (with a focus on Applied Linguistics) from the University of Colorado Denver, and is currently working on his doctorate in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership through the University of Northern Colorado.
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Professional Studies and Sciences
Juarez began teaching Math for Liberal Arts and Statistics at CCA in Fall 2014. He is a former student and faculty member at his hometown college, graduating with an associate degree from Garden City (Kansas) Community College and teaching a wide variety of courses there, ranging from Developmental Math to Calculus and Statistics. His educational background also includes a double major in Mathematics and Statistics at Kansas State, where he earned a master’s in Statistics and served as a student teaching assistant. He became associate dean in December 2017.
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Liberal Arts
Since joining CCA in Fall 2016, Martin-Mejia has been a Spanish instructor and faculty member and academic department chair for a large variety of World Languages and Liberal Arts programs. Her focus during those years was program development, curriculum redesign, implementation of innovative methodologies that support student success, and coaching and mentoring. As Associate Dean, she is particularly interested in developing and implementing systems that support the college efforts in the areas academic affairs personnel support and minority student success, retention, and completion. Prior to working at CCA, Martin-Mejia was part of the faculty at the University of Texas-Arlington, served as an adjunct at Metro State University and was an instructor at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas. She also simultaneously earned a master's degree in Latin American studies from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., while teaching Spanish as a graduate teaching assistant. Martin-Mejia has a second masters in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from Universidad Antonio De Nebrija (Madrid, Spain). She also earned a bachelor's in Spanish Literature from Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain).
Director, Human Resources
Hesse has been integral in numerous recruitment and hiring processes tied to presidential searches within the Colorado Community College System. Her part in facilitating those hires speaks to her deep roots within the statewide system, beginning in 1994 at Northeastern Junior College, continuing for a decade with the CCCS and, now, with CCA. Hesse and her staff currently handle thousands of applications annually for open positions. Her CCA tenure has involved the hiring of vice presidents, deans and a plethora of faculty to fill what has been an increase in hiring allowances. But Hesse not only has been deeply involved in finding and placing talent over the years but participated in duties that run the gamut of HR responsibilities. Those tasks have included benefits and employee relations, training, payroll support, and policy and compliance. Her overriding goal is to create a beneficial working culture while supplying managers, directors and deans with the necessary resources to efficiently handle their jobs. To that end, Hesse also gets directly involved in mediation when problems arise and regularly consults with staff to discuss personnel issues. Consulting and listening to people’s concerns and fixing pressing issues are arguably the most fundamental facets of her position.
Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusive Excellence
Quill Phillips joined CCA in September 2015 to support the college’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. She chairs the CCA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council, which was revamped to work with college leaders to create an equitable and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. Phillips is also responsible for implementing and overseeing CCA’s Inclusive Excellence initiative. This initiative includes educational awareness of implementing inclusive curriculum development and pedagogy, and assessing campus climate, policies, and services to address closing the opportunity gap between students of color and white students. Through training, best practices, and feedback loops, Quill is creating an inclusive campus for everyone. Prior to joining CCA, Phillips was a Career Counselor at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) where she was responsible for the career development of students and focused specifically on working with students from marginalized populations, helping them to navigate the job search process. In addition to her role as a Career Counselor at UNC, she also served as a Social Justice Educator and trained staff and students on how to incorporate social justice competencies into their everyday lives that would impact their experiences and the experiences of others on the campus. She earned a Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and her Master of Arts degree from Michigan State University.