The ACHE West Region includes members in the following locations:
Our next West Regional Meeting
The 2017 ACHE West Regional Conference will be held at the San Francisco State University, Downtown Campus located at 835 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94103. The conference will begin at 12 pm on Wednesday, February 22nd and end at 12 pm on Friday, February 24th.
Meet our Officers
Regina Cash is Interim Director of Academic and Professional Programs for the College of Continuing and Professional Education at California State University, Long Beach. Ms. Cash oversees all the credit and noncredit programming for the college, as well as business development and corporate education. Ms. Cash is a Certified Workforce Development Professional through the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals and has over 20 years of experience in this field. She holds an undergraduate degree in Human Services, a mediation certificate and a graduate degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding. She is currently in a post graduate degree program, with a focus on higher education and adult learning.
At Oregon State University, Melanie develops and delivers self-paced custom e-learning and custom employee training for businesses of every size with her team of writers, programmers, instructional designers, videographers, graphic designers, project managers, enrollment specialists and marketing professionals. Oregon State’s employee training solutions address the most pressing challenges facing organizations. Whether the company’s goal is to build a leadership program or prepare new managers for future roles, Melanie works closely with the company to bring the appropriate mix of courses or instructional services to help further the education of their employees.
Prior to joining Oregon State University, Melanie was the director of management, marketing and business programs at UC Irvine Extension, the continuing education arm of University of California, Irvine. Melanie developed and managed a large portfolio of diverse certificate programs in areas of Internet Marketing, Social Media, Marketing, Project Management and Agile Project Management. Melanie holds a bachelor’s degree in educational foundations from the University of Oregon, a master’s degree in special education from Chapman University, and a Project Management Certificate from UC Irvine Extension.
Tom Pokladowski, JD
Director of the Law & Finance Unit, University Extension
University of California, Irvine
Thomas provides strategic leadership and direction for academic and professional programs offered by the College of Professional and Global Education. He manages staff who support campus faculty in developing and implementing degree and post-baccalaureate certificate programs, as well as staff who work with subject matter experts and practitioners to develop and implement professional extension-credit certificate programs. Thomas earned a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and a Juris Doctor degree. Prior to his role in higher education, he was a practicing attorneyDeirdre Thomas
Assistant Dean of Professional and Continuing Education
California State University, San Bernardino
Deirdre Thomas is the Assistant Dean of Professional and Continuing Education at California State University, San Bernardino. In this role, Deirdre provides strategic leadership in the development and implementation of various programs, including degrees, credit and non-credit certificates, summer session, personal enrichment, middle and high school programs, customized training and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the Palm Desert Campus. Prior to joining CSUSB, Deirdre was a Senior Vice President for Cambridge Integrated Services and had served in the insurance industry for more than 26 years with oversight of multiple operations in multi-jurisdictions performing risk management and claims administration for large employers.
A native of San Bernardino, she is passionate about reducing income inequality and increasing educational and economic opportunities within San Bernardino County. Deirdre’s professional accomplishments are complemented by her dedication to community service. She currently serves as a Commissioner for the County of San Bernardino Equal Opportunity Commission, is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster youth, is Past President of Lion’s Club, and is a member and past 1 st Vice President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Deirdre holds a Masters’ in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific and a Bachelors’ in Business Administration and Management from the University of Redlands.