Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, President, SCC
Mary Leland, Director, College Advancement
Mary Leland earned her master’s degree in Education Administration from a joint program with Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston. Her bachelor’s degree is in Teaching/Vocational Education. She began her career as a faculty member at North Harris County College in Texas and then served as Interim Director for Allied Dental programs at Houston Community College, and she managed private dental practices for ten years. At UC Davis, she was the Associate Director for California Center for Community-School Partnerships/Division of Education. She has extensive experience providing administrative and organizational support in higher education.
Currently, Mary is the Executive Director of College Advancement and Foundation for Sacramento City College. Her office provides private funding for all areas of study at the college and administers the SCC Foundation scholarship program. For more than 13 years, she managed the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at SCC, Beta Eta Psi, helping the advisers induct more than 2,000 students into PTK.
Mary is an elected school trustee for Washington Unified School District. She also serves as a trustee for Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California.
Candace Judson (Chair)
Candace Judson, RN, MSN, Vice President- Collections, joined BloodSource in 1998. She provides leadership support to an operations management team that oversees approximately 120 highly trained RN and Blood Donor Phlebotomists who collect whole blood, plasma, platelets, and granulocytes through a network of thirteen community donor centers and mobile operations throughout a 25 county area.
Candace serves on the Los Rios Nursing Advisory Committee, the California Action Coalition – RN Residency Workgroup. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Association of California Nurse Leaders and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Candace has a passion for teaching and mentoring nursing students. In collaboration with the Los Rios Community College District, Candace developed the first of its kind RN Residency Program in Blood Banking, funded in part by a $5 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Candace has held various leadership roles at BloodSource including Collections Supervisor, Director of Training & Education and Director of Operations. She has a master’s degree in Nursing from Samuel Merritt College and a bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from CSU, Chico.
Dr. Marilyn Perry (Co-Chair)
A resident of West Sacramento, Len Strickland has 41 years in the insurance field. As the owner of River Pointe Insurance Agency, he specializes in commercial business insurance. He is a graduate of Contra Costa College, CSU, Fresno and CSU, San Francisco.
Len has extensive volunteer experience for non-profit and other organizations. He served as West Sacramento Parks, Recreation & Community Services Commissioner, President of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce and President of the Rotary Club of West Sacramento. Len is currently Vice President/Treasurer of the West Sacramento Educational Foundation, member of the City’s Business Loan Fund Committee and Treasurer of the Margaret McDowell Manor Board. He received the Mayor’s Civic Leadership Community Award and the Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award in 2005.
As Vice President & Relationship Banker—California Bank & Trust, Northern California Division, Heddy Yep is responsible for the overall strategic market planning, implementation, administration and coordination of new and existing businesses in the targeted Bay Area. Previously, she served as Branch Manager at the Arden & Hayward Branches of CB&T.
Anthony Chee, ChFC, CLTC, M.S.W. has been helping people with financial planning since 1999. He is a frequent speaker for local non-profits, business groups, employee union groups and Christian college and universities on a variety of financial estate, retirement and life planning topics.
Anthony and his wife, Sue, enjoy traveling, practicing hospitality, and mentoring college and young adult leaders through their church in Davis, CA.
Originally from Seattle, WA, Edward J. McConnell has lived most of his life in California. After four years in the US Air Force, he moved to Sacramento and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sacramento State College.
Ed worked for the State of California, including 22 years at Teale Data Center as a project manager, which included work on the Y2K project. He retired in 2002 and attended classes at SCC and CRC. He has volunteered at the UCD Mind Institute for more than 8 years. Ed has funded scholarships at SCC, CRC and Sacramento State College.
Patricia B. Smith
Patricia B. Smith covered all areas of the Arts such as classical music, interior design and photography during her career as a journalist. Her career as an opera singer took her to Detroit, Indiana and Germany, where she sang in an original opera. She managed the Crocker Art Museum gift shop for more than four years and was the chairperson of the Crocker Antique Show for 30 years.
Patricia created props for the Sacramento Opera for nine years, making everything from swords to lights to furniture. Now retired, her hobbies are travel and taking care of her friends.
Carol Spurgeon grew up in Sacramento and graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in history. She served as a high school teacher/administrator, and is currently active is community organizations with a focus on youth, education, social justice and the arts. Advocacy has included public and governmental relations, development, programing and strategic planning. Carol also worked with a variety of universities. She has a master’s degree in Language Education from the University of Georgia, where she supervised and counseled student teachers.
In Sacramento, Carol serves on the Leadership Council at UCD Medical Center.