National Community College Hispanic Council’s Hispanic Leadership Program Fellows half seated and half standing in a semi circle

SCC’s Lorena Jauregui Selected as Hispanic Leadership Program Fellow

Congratulations to Sac City College’s HSI Director Lorena Jauregui on her selection as a fellow in the National Community College Hispanic Council’s Hispanic Leadership Program!

Read more about the fellowship and Hispanic Leadership Program from the NCCHC Press Release below:


The National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) announces the selection of twenty-four Hispanic community college administrators from around the country as 2018 Hispanic Leadership Program Fellows.  The prestigious program is hosted by the University of San Diego (USD) School of Leadership and Education Sciences and is designed to develop a pool of highly qualified Latin(as)os whose career interest focuses on assuming increasingly responsible administrative positions, with the ultimate goal of becoming a community college president.

“Preparing strong leaders for the future is the primary purpose of the National Community College Hispanic Council’s Leadership Fellows Program,” said NCCHC President, Maria Harper Marinick. “A demographic shift is occurring in the United States and we are preparing new leaders who can model the way for the growing Hispanic population our community colleges serve. Through this program, Fellows gain the necessary knowledge and skills they need to lead higher education into the future and positively impact the economic and civic success of their respective communities.”

Components of the Leadership Fellows Program include two residential training seminars. The first begins this week as Fellows are in residence at USD.  Each Fellow prepares an individualized professional development plan and engages in a mentoring relationship with a Hispanic community college leader, as well as attending the second NCCHC residential session, and carrying out online activities in between sessions.

2018 Fellows include
Kathy Acosta, MEd
Exec Admin, West Campus
El Centro College, DCCCD (TX)
Rebecca Chavez, MA
Director, Adm and Outreach
Front Range Com College (CO)
Alessandro Anzalone, PhD
Dean, Assoc of Science Programs
Hillsborough CC (FL)
Patricia B. Dominguez, MS
Dean, Outreach and Enroll Svcs
Del Mar College (TX)
Augustine Erpelding, MEd
Int Vice President Adm Svcs
Glendale Comm College (AZ)
Kathleeen Perales, MEd
Assoc Dean, Com Outrch/Enrmt Dev
Mesa Community College (AZ)
Serafin Garcia, PhD
Director, Strat Plan and Effect
Tarrant County College (TX)
Armando Ponce, MS
Executive director, Student Life
Texas Southmost College (TX)
Vesta Martinez, EdD
Director, Stud Dev Svcs
Tarrant County College (TX)
Lester Rapalo, EdD
Int Dean, Elizabeth Campus
Union County College (NJ)
Juan Medrano, EdD
Director, Dev Educ Initiatives
Estrella Mountain CC (AZ)
Calendario Larry Resendez, PsyD
Dean, Student Services
LA Mission College (CA)
Omar Murillo, EdD
Director, AANAPISI
Mission College (CA)
Angel Reyna, MA
Vice President, Instruction
Renton Technical College (WA)
Javier Olguin, MS
Exec Dir, Pleasant Grove Campus
Eastfield College, DCCCD (TX)
Driada Rivas, MS
Int Director, Ctr for Career Dev
Borough of Manhattan CC (NY)
Indra Pelaez, MEd
Dean, Student Success
Houston Community College (TX)
Rochelle Rivas, MPH
Int Dist Director, Healthcare Edu
Maricopa Community Colleges (AZ)
Star Rivera Lacey, PhD
Vice President, Student Services
San Diego Com Coll District (CA)
Georgina Ruiz, MEd
Director, Early Outreach Prog
Glendale Com Coll, MCCCD (AZ)
Lorena Jauregui, EdD
Director, HSI Programs
Sacramento City Coll (CA)
Christina Seado Vasquez, MA
Asst Dean, Student Services
Palm Beach State College (FL)
Francisco E. Solis, JD
Dean, Performance Excellence
San Antonio College (TX)
Roberto C. Valadez, MBA
Director, Student Support Svcs
Harry S. Truman College (IL)

NCCHC is an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges, a national organization that has provided leadership to the community college movement for the past half-century. The Council, which was established 30 years ago, works to promote the educational interests and success of the Hispanic community and emphasizes access, equity and excellence for students and staff in community colleges. One of the first ventures was to offer a leadership development program, with support from the Ford Foundation.  Of the original 72 Fellows, more than 15 became community college presidents and many others have moved to positions of increased responsibility as executive level administrators. Since the program’s inception, more than 250 community college administrators have participated as Leadership Fellows.

Today, twelve of the 65 Latino community college CEOs nationwide are former NCCHC Fellows, and the program’s national impact on the leadership pipeline continues to grow.  During a recent 16-month program, at least 42 former Fellows were promoted, including three vice chancellors; eight presidents; seven vice presidents; 12 deans and 12 directors.  Additionally, two former Fellows now serve as vice chancellors at four-year institutions.

Program Contact:
Ted Martinez, Jr., PhD
Executive Director
NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program
619.260.7708 |


NCCHC was established as an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) over twenty-five years ago to prepare Hispanic leaders for America’s community and technical colleges. NCCHC is the premier organization for Hispanic leadership development in community college and our mission is to increase the number of successful Hispanic leaders in America’s community colleges through leadership development.