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ACHE West Board of Directors

Michael Patton
Pacific Oaks College

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Michael Patton has several years’ experience in sales operations, leadership, management, and measurable success in increase of employee performance and professional employee development.

Valerie Delleville

Vice Chair
Western Governors University 

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Dr. Valerie A. Delleville has 20 years of experience in higher education spanning across training, teaching, program development, enrollment management, strategic partnerships, student services, international education, and alternative learning forms for college credit. She has published and presented nationally on adult education, enrollment management, student retention, CBE, PLA, and optimizing military/veteran student success. 

Alex Read
Past Chair

California State University, Sacramento

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Alex Read develops, designs, implements, and delivers professional development programs for the College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State. He is responsible for a portfolio of certificate and customized contract training programs. In a leadership role with the organization, Alex creates a team environment that fosters collaboration and growth of the department. In addition to these responsibilities, Alex assists in operationalizing our strategic plans to meet the goals and objectives of the university.

Melanie Mitchell

Oregon State University

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Melanie Mitchell is the Director of Continuing and Professional Education at Oregon State University's College of Business. Melanie works to engage businesses with the college and specifically with companies to develop and deliver custom employee training solutions that address their most pressing challenges.

Richard Rush

University of Victoria

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Richard Rush's primary focus with the University of Victoria, Division of Continuing Studies is program and business development. His secondary focus is helping others to make sense of the data that they have and helping them to use it well.

Over the years Richard has spoken at conferences on synchronous e-learning technologies, learning management system implementations and technology adoption and education. He has also consulted for a number of organizations.

Regina Cash

Cal State LA

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Regina Cash is the Associate Dean of Programs and Academic Programs for the College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) at California State University, Los Angeles. Ms. Cash oversees all the credit and noncredit programming for the college, as well as corporate education and Semester in LA.

Ms. Cash is a Certified Workforce Development Professional through the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals and has over 25 years of experience in this field. 

LeSondra Jones

California State University, San Bernardino

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LeSondra Jones is the Senior Program Specialist of Workforce Development at the College of Extended and Global Education at California State University San Bernardino.

LeSondra has increased community partnerships and expanded Professional and Continuing Education course offerings that varies from; youth programs, customized training, professional development and career training programs.  She has presented at the California Workforce Association conference highlighting the growing need of Continuing Education through strategic partnerships. 

LeSondra continues to place student success at the forefront of all discussions as she leads from the integrative model encouraging those around her to push the boundaries of continuing education and training by collaborating with community and business organizations.

Ted Cross

Western Governors University

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Dr. Ted Cross is the Associate Dean of the Business School at Western Governors University where he leads Online MBA and Leadership programs.

Previously, Cross was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Leadership and Management, as well as the Director of Online Programs at the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. Ted has also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff at EdPlus at ASU and as a University Innovation Fellow in the Office of University initiatives (a Special Projects Unit of the Office of the ASU President). 
Before coming to ASU Ted worked in a variety of faculty and leadership positions at Grand Canyon University.


Cross holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, an MA from Arizona State University, an MSed from The University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate from Pepperdine University, and a Post Graduate Certificate from The Wharton School of Business

Jim Franklin

Western Governors University

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Jim Franklin's path to higher education leadership began with my Deloitte experience. In addition to Fortune 500 client service responsibilities, he is charged with recruiting a large volume of students from leading universities. These recruiting experiences helped me to develop an independent perspective on the effectiveness of university operations and student services.

Over the years, his energy and enthusiasm for student success grew. It ultimately led to a higher education position at the UT Austin McCombs School of Business.

During his 10 years at UT Austin, he gained a great understanding of the complex needs of key constituents in the university community. That knowledge and experience further drove his interest in maximizing potential educational outcomes for students.

In his current role with Western Governors University (WGU), he remain focused on student success.