Through their leadership the Board of Directors provides a framework for policy development assuring professional competencies and advocacy for student enrichment. The Board of Directors consists of one representative from each member college and meets monthly with The Academy's President.


Chairman of the BoardDr. Walter Tribley, Superintendent/President, Monterey Peninsula College

Dr. Walter Tribley, Ph.D, Superintendent / President, Monterey Peninsula College

Dr. Walter Tribley was selected as the Superintendent / President of Monterey Peninsula College in December 2012. Dr. Tribley has previously served as the Vice President of Instruction at Wenatchee Valley College and Chief Administrative Officer at Wenatchee Valley College - Omak Campus in central Washington. He earned a Ph.D from Washington State University in Biochemistry and Biophysics and has over fifteen years of experience in higher education. He also holds a Bachelor in Science in Secondary Science Education and Biological Sciences and a MS in Biological Sciences from the University of Idaho.

Monterey Peninsula College


Vice Chairman of the Board

Gari Browning, Ph.D., President / Superintendent, Ohlone Community College District

Gari Browning, Ph.D., President / Superintendent, Ohlone Community College District

Dr. Gari Browning has been President/Superintendent of the Ohlone 
Community College District since July 2008. During that time her leadership of the college has
 resulted in sound fiscal management in the midst of statewide budget cuts over the course of five years; resolved issues threatening the college’s accreditation that she encountered on the first day she began her tenure as president; and a successfully passed bond for $349 million. The college is now in the first phases of new construction on core academic buildings of its Fremont campus.
Dr. Browning has an exceptionally wide range of professional experience, including teaching nearly every educational level, especially as a community college professor at Orange Coast College. Dr. Browning was the Associate Director at the ACCJC WASC, the accrediting commission for California Community Colleges. Before coming to Ohlone College, she served as Vice President of Instruction at College of the Desert.
She is fluent in Spanish and has served as president and in other leadership positions for California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL). She led a group of ESL experts to author California Pathways: The Second Language Student in Public High Schools, Colleges, and Universities.
Gari Browning grew up in the greater Los Angeles area, attended Cypress College, earned a baccalaureate degree from UC Irvine, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA. She lived in the Dominican Republic and Hawaii, where she taught at the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra and University of Hawaii, respectively.

Ohlone College


Director of the Board

Mr. Rick Bennett, M.B.A., B.A., Vice President, Administrative Services, Mission College Mr. Rick Bennett, M.B.A., B.A., Vice President of Administrative Services, Mission College

Mr. Bennett was appointed the Vice President of Administrative Services at Mission College in July 2012 providing budgetary structure and guidance to further the success of the college and its students. Mr. Bennett's duties include supervising Mission College's Auxiliary Services, Facilities, Contraction and Design Activities, and Emergency Preparedness. He has previously worked at the San Mateo County Community College District for 12 years as General Services Director and Executive Director of Construction Planning. Mr. Bennett holds a B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary, and a M.B.A. from San Francisco State University.

Mission College



Director of the BoardChairman Dr. Kathleen Rose, Superintendent / President Gavilan College

Dr. Kathleen Rose, Superintendent / President, Gavilan College

Dr. Kathleen Rose has been serving the California Community College system since 2002, with the past seven years as the Executive Vice President and Chief Instruction Officer at Gavilan College. Prior to coming to Gavilan Dr. Rose was the Vice President of Instruction and the Dean of Fine Arts, Language Arts and Social Sciences at Hartnell College in Salinas. Before returning to service with the community colleges, Dr. Rose was the Associate Dean and Campus Director at Chapman University for twenty years, where she administered undergraduate and graduate programs in Arizona and California at military and community locations. In addition, Dr. Rose has taught as a part time faculty member for the past thirty years at the undergraduate and graduate level in psychology and organizational leadership at a number of colleges and universities.
Dr. Rose has a BA in English and Elementary Education from SUNY Geneseo, a M.Ed in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Arizona and an Ed.D. with a major in Educational Leadership and a minor in Higher Education from the University of Arizona. Dr. Rose also has a National Counselor Certification and has worked as an agency counselor and as a private therapist. She has spoken at national conferences on topics in higher education, particularly leadership development for women and has served on a number of doctoral dissertation committees.

Gavilan College 


Director of the Board

Jeff DeFranco, M.A., Superintendent / President, Lake Tahoe Community College

A native Californian, Jeff DeFranco started at Lake Tahoe Community College in 2012. Before accepting the position as superintendent/president, he served as the college’s Vice President of Administrative Services. Jeff brings a unique array of experience, having worked in K-12, community colleges, and at four-year institutions. He earned his undergraduate degree from California State University, Chico and his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon. He is currently a doctoral student in Pepperdine University’s nationally-ranked Global Leadership and Change Ph.D.  program. Jeff is an active member of the South Lake Tahoe community with his wife, Kasey, and their two sons. He is an enthusiastic believer in life-long learning and consistently strives to broaden his thinking, especially in the areas of leadership and driving positive change

Lake Tahoe Community College 

Director of the Board

Mr. Ben Figueroa, Vice President of Administrative Services, Hartnell Community College

Hartnell College

Director of the Board

Gerlinde Brady, M.A., Dean of CTE and Workforce Development, Cabrillo College

Director of the Board

Michelle Schneider, Program Services Coordinator - Administration of Justice, College of San Mateo

College of San Mateo

Gavilan CollegeMonterey Peninsula CollegeCollege of San MateoLake Tahoe Community CollegeCabrillo CollegeMission CollegeHartnell CollegeOhlone College