R. Lennon Audrain has a PhD in educational policy and evaluation from Arizona State University. He is a former Latin and Spanish teacher, having taught in both Arizona and Massachusetts. Lennon is a community college teacher education program graduate; he earned his Associate of Arts in Elementary Education degree in January 2017 from Rio Salado College at age 17 - five months before he graduated from high school. He earned his undergraduate degree in Latin and his first Master's degree at age 19 from Arizona State University. Lennon earned his second Master's degree in technology, innovation, and education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education at age 21. He is the former 2017-18 National Student President of Educators Rising, a division of Phi Delta Kappa International - an organization composed of 44,000 high school and collegiate students interested in pursuing careers in the education profession. His personal and professional experiences drive his research interests in high-school based grow-your-own teacher programs, community college teacher education, and incorporating technology and high-quality clinical experiences in both.
Dr. Cecelia Monto - Vice President
Dr. Cecelia Monto serves as Dean of Education, Languages and Social Sciences at Chemeketa Community College. She has been instrumental in building a community college/ university pathway into teacher education in the State of Oregon, which was approved in June, 2020. Monto's leadership experience in strategic program development, policy formation, articulation work, curriculum development, assessment and accreditation, and budget/grant development as well as her teaching in Education, Humanities, and Student Success courses ground her administration work in a faculty perspective. Monto has demonstrated ongoing commitment to equity work in her college and in her state. She sits on the Governor's committee for Educator Equity and is actively working to diversify the teaching workforce by initiating a pathway into teacher education for bilingual/ bicultural students at Chemeketa. She also received a grant as the first college in the state to bring the Oregon Seal of Biliteracy opportunity to Heritage Spanish speakers at Chemeketa, which gives students a valuable state recognized credential that honors their linguistic assets. Monto see the community college option as a critical opportunity to create equitable access to education. She presents regularly at conferences and has authored articles on the topics of increasing diversity and improving access in the community college venue.
Dr. Jennifer Gresko - Treasurer
Jennifer Gresko brings more than 25 years of experience in education and education leadership, beginning as a second- and third-grade teacher in Phoenix. Always eager to learn, she says, she began mentoring other teachers on campus in the use of technology in education, and eventually took a position at the district level working with teachers and technology. This experience opened up a new path at the college level, which led to her current position as Faculty Chair of Educator Preparation Programs at Rio Salado College. The Educator Preparation Programs at Rio Salado College are designed for working adults who want to enter the teaching profession or continue their professional development in preK-12 education. She previously held positions as a school district technology trainer K – 3, and as a program specialist in curriculum and assessment. Jennifer holds a BS in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University, and M.Ed in Elementary Education – Specialization in Educational Media and Computing and an Ed.D in Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University.
Dr. Linda Gronberg-Quinn - Past President
Dr. Linda Gronberg-Quinn completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership for Changing Populations through Notre Dame University of Maryland and serves as the Director of Teacher Education at the Community College of Baltimore County where she has worked for 19 years. Linda has served on the NACCTEP Executive Board for the past seven years, starting as Member-at-Large through Secretary and Vice President to her current second year as President. As a first-generation college student who grew up in the area where she currently teaches, Linda feels she can reach those students on a more personal level.
Dr. Larry Johnson, Jr. - Presidential Representative
Dr. Larry D. Johnson, Jr. is an equity-minded student advocate with nearly 20 years of higher education experience. Selected by the CUNY Board of Trustees on February 1, 2021, to be the College’s second president, he assumed the presidency on July 1, 2021. Johnson is a bold, creative, and experienced academic leader. In July 2018, he was appointed the sixth president of Phoenix College (a Maricopa Community College) and the first African-American in its 100-year history. The college served more than 20,000 credit and non-credit students. As President, he launched the President’s Promise, a comprehensive plan to reengage community and workforce leaders; improve employee satisfaction and engagement; implement best practices that will lead to an increase in student retention, completion, and transfer; and cultivate an environment that embraces diverse perspectives. Under Johnson’s leadership, Phoenix College increased enrollment by establishing the Neighborhood College, a partnership with the City of Phoenix that provides incumbent workers onsite educational opportunities that lead to associate degrees. The College has also received approximately $5M from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a Title V Department of Education (DOE) grant to support initiatives that center on experiential learning programs and undergraduate research in STEM. Johnson began his teaching career at Tallahassee Community College (2005-2007) where he taught developmental English and reading. During the period from 2007-2014, Johnson served as a humanities instructor and division chair at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Under his leadership, the college increased student success by implementing developmental education redesign programs, which was supported by a $2.5M Title III Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) grant from the Department of Education. Additionally, Johnson led the department in creating an inaugural conference that centered on pedagogical and high impact practices for faculty, staff, and administrators to increase student persistence and success in Gatekeeper math and English courses. In addition to serving as faculty and chair, Johnson served as Associate Dean for English and Journalism at Broward College (2014-2016). During his tenure, the department implemented a first-ever festival entitled: “Music, Film, Literature, Art.” He also championed innovative strategies that increased student success in Gatekeeper English courses. As Broward was an Achieving the Dream (ATD) Leader College, Johnson contributed strategies that increased access and success for men of color. After service to Broward College, Johnson was tapped to serve as Campus Provost & Chief Academic Officer (2016-2018) at St. Louis Community College Forest-Park campus. His most noteworthy accomplishment was the development of Social Justice Week, Early College Academies, and overseeing the construction of the $41M Center for Healthcare Excellence. Dr. Johnson is committed to amplifying the mission of community colleges, as represented by his participation on local and national boards and commissions. Johnson is one of 25 Fellows selected for the inaugural College Excellence Program, sponsored by the Aspen Institute. Additionally, he recently completed a three-year appointment on the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Commission on College Readiness. On July 1, 2021, he was appointed to serve a three-year term as a representative for the Northern Region to the Presidents Academy Executive Committee (PAEC) of the AACC. Johnson is continuing his service on the board of the Phoenix Symphony. Dr. Johnson is a proud alumnus of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). He attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), where he earned his BA in English literature. He earned his MA in Humanities and a graduate certificate from Florida State University. Johnson holds a doctorate degree in Humanities, with an emphasis in English literature, from Clark Atlanta University.
Member-at-Large, Partnerships & Collaborations
Dr. Marvin Lynn - 4-Year University Representative
Dr. Marvin Lynn, Dean of the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) at the University of Colorado Denver, has enjoyed a robust career as a teacher, equity scholar, and public university administrator. SEHD is a statewide and national leader for education quality, access and equity across the education and human development lifespan. It is the largest graduate school of its kind in Colorado and is highly regarded for its high-quality academic programs that demonstrate evidence of a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Before his arrival at CU Denver in June of 2022, he served as dean and professor of education at Portland State University as well as Dean and associate dean at public universities in the Midwest. In these leadership roles, Dean Lynn has worked to solidify and strengthen relationships with community colleges to advance teacher education. Dean Lynn’s His research focuses on race, education, the work and lives of Black male educators, and best practices for advancing teacher diversity in the United States. He is one of the most highly cited researchers in the area of educational equity. His research has been recognized by the American Educational Research Association, the Critical Race Studies in Education Association, and the University of the Free State in South Africa. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Carnegie Project for the Education Doctorate (AACTE) and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) where he also serves as a member of the Executive Board in the role of Secretary. Contact Marvin at Marvin.Lynn@ucdenver.edu
Dr. Floyd H. Hardin, III
Dr. Floyd H. Hardin, III serves as the Executive Officer of Equity and College Relations. In this role Dr. Hardin’s duties encompass the responsibilities of the organization’s Chief of Staff and Chief Diversity Officer. Preceding his current role, Dr. Hardin served as Rio Salado College’s Senior Officer of Outreach, Inclusion, and Strategic Partnerships. He operated as the institution’s primary contact, triaging national partnership opportunities, vetting and implementing educational transfer partners to support college-university transfer pathways and augmenting college revenue streams by standing-up B2B partnerships to support development goals and financial growth targets. With a proven track record in partnership development, financial management, operations and programming, instruction and curriculum design, and more than 15 years as a social justice scholar and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) practitioner, Dr. Hardin is a well-rounded executive leader, who leads from a people-first perspective. Hardin fervently advocates for students and employees alike, and consistently challenges the status quo, leads from the heart, and models the way with intentionality, mindfulness, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Dr. Hardin earned his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University; Master's Degree in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University; and holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Humanities Studies from Morehouse College. Dr. Hardin is proud to be an educational service provider, and works every day to personify the quote by Marian Wright Edelman, “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not merely something you do in your spare time.”
Angie Stratton -
Angie Stratton has proudly served Arizona’s students and teachers for over 30 years. After beginning her teaching career in the Tempe School District, Angie taught 2nd and 3rd grades at Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School. She rounded out her time at Sierra as a reading specialist and instructional coach before moving on to teaching teachers with Rio Salado College’s Educator Preparation Program. For the past thirteen years, Angie has managed and supervised the post-baccalaureate early childhood certification program at Rio Salado College. With a core focus on instructional best practices, Angie has leveraged the knowledge and skills she has acquired throughout her career to manage, update, and create course curriculum, train, supervise and evaluate adjunct faculty and program supervisors, as well as collaborate on the development of program policies and procedures. She believes it is imperative that students, of all ages, understand how the knowledge and skills they gain from what they are learning today will influence their everyday lives in the future. As the educational landscape shifts and changes, Angie is dedicated to providing new and experienced teachers with the tools and strategies they need to teach, mentor, and inspire future generations.
Carla Rhodes - Member-at-Large
In 2021, Carla was hired as a tenure track faculty at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Ohio. Carla facilitates the placement of student teachers and teaches the student teaching course. In 2016, Carla was the recipient of the Leaders for Tomorrow’s Children: Preparing Leadership Personnel in Early Childhood Education Fellowship, prompting her to leave her job of almost 15 years to focus on completion of her PhD. During this time, she also taught as an adjunct mostly remote courses at two and four-year colleges. She is a PhD candidate in Educational Studies, Developmental and Learning Sciences, hoping to complete her dissertation by this summer. Carla is also an Ohio approved trainer providing SUTQ professional development training opportunities for early childhood professionals. She has developed several Ohio-approved trainings, mostly related to language development. Carla has over 23 years of experience as a classroom preschool teacher and director, most of these years were in a lab preschool providing hands-on experience opportunities for early childhood education (ECE) students. Through Carla’s leadership, the preschool program earned the highest rating from Ohio’s quality rating initiative, Step Up to Quality (SUTQ), and offset much of the operating expenses funded by the college through grants, state and national opportunities, and strategic budgetary initiatives. During this time, Carla served on the board of a multi-county Head Start agency for several years.
Tricia McKay - Member-at-Large
Tricia McKay is the Program Director for the Child Development and Early Education Program at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Family Community Services from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies with a concentration in Teaching Adults from Walden University. Tricia has worked in the field of early childhood education for 30 years and in higher education for the past six years. She began her career teaching in a classroom with two-year-olds, and today she continues to enjoy teaching infant and toddler college courses. Tricia’s work is built on the foundation of building strong relationships, as well as advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Through collaboration and connection, Tricia supports students in achieving their educational goals, and partners with faculty to create meaningful, high quality learning opportunities for all students.
Laurette Scott - Member-at-Large
Laurette Scott began her career as a traditionally licensed secondary English teacher. She has spent the last 20 years at Clackamas Community College as Education faculty teaching and advising students as they begin their journey as professional educators. During that time she has served as department chair, president of the faculty association, lead professional learning communities among other activities. Laurette has had the opportunity to assist in the development of statewide transfer maps between community colleges and universities and develop the first community college Educator Prep Program in the state to be recognized by the licensing board. In Oregon, the 17 community colleges operate entirely independently. As the sole Education faculty member at her college, Laurette works entirely alone. She connected with NACCTEP early in her career and it was often the closest thing she had to a group of colleagues. Additionally, NACCTEP connected Laurette to like-minded colleagues in her state. She has gained much from her association with NACCTEP and would like to give back to the organization. She has witnessed the journey the organization has been on and would like to contribute to successful completion of the group's mission. Laurette can be reached at Laurette@clackamas.edu
Sariah Chabarria - Student Representative
Sariah Chabarria was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. Growing up my mother taught me the importance of treating your community as a family. She worked as an aide at my elementary school so during the summers we would spend time running around classrooms getting things done for teachers. In my family’s free time we would attend countless car shows where we would reconnect with and make new friends. I am now an elementary education major at Mesa Community College who still goes with my mother to my old school and attends car shows with my family. The main difference now is that I have been granted so many opportunities on my educational journey to shed light on my people. What I know to be true is that if we take care of the community the community will take care of us.