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Mordecai Ian Brownlee
Dr. Brownlee is an inclusive educator who is committed to the intellectual and economic empowerment of diverse communities, brings an impressive resume in advancing student access, expanding student support services, and empowering academic pathways at several public and private higher education institutions, including St. Philip’s College in Texas, the University of Charleston in West Virginia, Blinn College District in Texas, and Houston Baptist University. During his previous tenure at St. Philip’s College, Dr. Brownlee championed strategic enrollment and student success initiatives that led St. Philip’s to record enrollment and four of their largest degree and certificate awarding classes in the college’s 123-year history. Throughout his career in higher education, Dr. Brownlee raised millions for student scholarships and academic programs – some of which went to new programs designed to retool individuals to fill high-demand employment opportunities. He has also played an instrumental role in securing several multi-million-dollar capital construction projects. Dr. Brownlee’s has served on many community, state, and national boards including: the director of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Community College Institute; co-founder of the Rising Leaders Institute for the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE), member of the My Brother’s Keeper White House Initiative in San Antonio, Community College Chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), ApplyTX Advisory Council, and a member of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. He is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Vice President of Academic Success
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.
Vice President of Administration/CFO
Winchell comes to CCA from the History Colorado Center, where she was the museum’s chief administrative officer. Prior to her time at History Colorado, she served as deputy state controller with the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration for three and a half years and controller with the governor's office for over two years. In her role, Winchell oversees CCA’s Budget and Analysis, Facilities, Fiscal Affairs, Information Technology and Security departments, as well as the college’s bookstore and cafeteria operations. Winchell’s career has included a variety of fiscal-related roles, including business manager (Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons), controller/budget officer (Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative) and chief financial officer (Adams County School District 14). Winchell holds three degrees from Regis University—a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting. She enjoys traveling, kayaking, Zumba and running. She enjoys football, particularly the New Orleans Saints, and traveling to different baseball stadiums with her husband and two sons.
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Dr. Angela Marquez joined CCA in January 2020 as the Vice President of Student Affairs. Marquez came to CCA from Metropolitan State University of Denver where she was previously the Special Assistant to the President for Hispanic Serving Institution and Executive Director for Inclusion and HSI. At MSU Denver, she led a 60-member cross-functional HSI implementation team and co-chaired the President’s Council of Academic Excellence and Student Success. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher-education leadership, diversity and inclusivity, and enrollment and retention. Marquez holds a doctorate degree in education and human resources, with a specialization in higher education and educational leadership, from Colorado State University. She earned a master’s degree in psychology and a master’s certificate in adult learning, training and development from Regis University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Regis.
Vice President of Human Resources and Personnel Success
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.
Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management
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.
Dean of Student Success and Senior Student Affairs Officer
Dra. Reyna Anaya (she, her, hers) joined the Community College of Aurora (CCA) in July 2018 as the Dean of Students, and in November 2021 was promoted as the Senior Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Student Success reporting directly to the President. In her role, Dra. Anaya directly oversees student service programs, including: the Aspen Institute Accelerated Partnership Grant, CARE & Compliance Team, Colorado Scholarship Opportunity Initiative Grants, Mental Health & Counseling Services, Student Advocacy Services, Student Life, and the Truth Initiative Grant. Prior to her role at CCA, Dra. Anaya served as an Assistant Director of Community Standards & Conflict Resolution at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) from 2013 to 2018. Dra. Anaya also has served as a Faculty Fellow and Faculty Member for the Association for Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA) Gehring Academy, and currently sits on the ASCA Board as a Director At-Large for Community Colleges. In addition, Dra. Anaya is the Past-President for the Colorado Coalition for the Educational Advancement of Latinxs (COCEAL), a coalition of post-secondary and professional educators devoted to the educational success of the state’s Latinx population. Dra. Anaya received her PhD in Higher Education & Student Affairs Leadership program from UNC in 2019, Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from UNC in 2009, and Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Studies from Colorado State University in 2007. She is also a published scholar with works focused on intersectionality theory and graduate student mothers of color, self-care, and student conduct in higher education. Last and most importantly, Dra. Anaya is a mom of three to Aiyana, Mateo, and Antonio.
Dean of Assessment, Strategy, and Performance Excellence and Accreditation Liaison Officer
Dr. Kathryn Skulley (she, her, hers) is committed to helping students realize their educational, professional, and personal goals by focusing on accessibility, equity, student completion, accountability, resource development, and operational excellence. Dr, Skulley joined the Community College of Aurora (CCA) in April 2022. In her role, Dr. Skulley oversees college accreditation, institutional assessment, integrated strategic planning, grant development, and institutional research. Dr. Skulley has worked with and served students in for-profit institutions, 4-year public institutions, and the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). In her 29-years of higher education service, she has held various positions, such as Dean of Students; Student Services Director; both adjunct and faculty member teaching on campus, for Concurrent Enrollment, and online; program chair; and Academic Services Assistant Director. Dr. Skulley has worked in CCCS colleges for 22 years in adjunct, faculty, and administrator roles and continues to teach as an adjunct instructor in addition to her role at CCA. She has managed private businesses and worked in local government as a former elected Westminster City Councilor. Dr. Skulley is an alumna of University of Northern Colorado (UNC) with an earned Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Student Affairs Leadership, Master of Arts in Communication, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Executive Director of Strategic Communications & Alumni Engagement
Blair Lee joins the Community College of Aurora (CCA) as the Executive Director of Strategic Communications and Alumni Engagement. Within this capacity, he serves as the college's Public Information Officer and oversees CCA's community affairs, marketing, communications, and presidential messaging. Prior to joining the Community College of Aurora, Blair led communications and outreach initiatives at Texas Southern University (TSU), one of the largest historically black colleges and universities in the state of Texas. Blair brings compliance, communication management, and public policy experience to CCA's efforts. He has worked on a number of mayoral and congressional campaigns throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Additionally, he lectures as an adjunct professor within TSU's School of Public Affairs. Blair is a proud two-time alumnus of the University of Baltimore. Lee holds a bachelor's degree in Digital Communications (with a concentration in public and political PR), along with a master's degree in public administration and public policy. Blair is committed to removing educational barriers for those seeking social and economic mobility through the vehicle of education.