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ACHE West Region

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The ACHE West Region includes members in the following locations:

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New Mexico
Alberta and British Columbia

Our next West Regional Meeting

February 26-28, 2020

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Meet our Officers

Alex Read, Chair
Sacramento State University

Alex Read develops, designs, implements, and delivers professional development programs for the College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State. He is responsible for a portfolio of certificate and customized contract training programs. In a leadership role with the organization, Alex creates a team environment that fosters collaboration and growth of the department. In addition to these responsibilities, Alex assists in operationalizing our strategic plans to meet the goals and objectives of the university.

Michael Patton, Vice Chair
Pacific Oaks University

Michael Patton has several years’ experience in sales operations, leadership, management, and measurable success in increase of employee performance and professional employee development.

Steve Christensen, Treasurer
Brigham Young University

Steven S. Christensen started as a financial manager for Brigham Young University Division of Continuing Education in August 2010.  Four five years prior, he worked as a tax accountant for various public accounting firms.  Steve received his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Utah University and his Master’s degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix, online.  He is also currently working on a second Master’s degree in Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University.  Steve was born in Blanding, Utah and has lived in Madison, Indiana; Lexington, Kentucky; and Cedar City, Utah.  He is married to Mandy Jo Welsh from Madison, Indiana.  They have four children and currently live in Orem, Utah.

Melanie Mitchell, Past Chair
Oregon State University

Melanie is the Director of Executive and Professional Education at Oregon State University's College of Business. Melanie works to engage businesses with the college and specifically with companies to develop and deliver custom employee training solutions that address their most pressing challenges.

Suzanne Williams
Mount Saint Mary's University

Valerie Delleville
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Regina Cash
California State University, Long Beach

Deirdre Thomas
California State University, San Bernardino

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