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Welcome to ACHE West

‚ÄčThe Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) West Region is a region with ACHE.  We are continuing higher education professionals who represent a large portion of the Western United States, Canada, Asia, and Mexico.  

ACHE West is the premier provider of professional development for continuing higher education professionals.  

Comprised of experts in the field, our membership prides itself upon connecting theory to practice, fostering an environment that supports sharing and learning, and focusing on the training, development and advocacy needs of the West Region.

ACHE West believes continuing higher education has a responsibility to meet the access and needs of our communities. We strive to understand and embrace the history and culture of our communities, and how this impacts experiences, approaches and access to education. We pledge to create a culture of belonging and community that values, recognizes, and honors differences so everyone feels welcome and empowered to be their authentic self.

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

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Meet Our Officers

Valerie A. Delleville, Ed.D., Chair
Higher Education Consultant

Dr. Valerie Delleville has 20 years of online higher education experience in academic affairs, program development, teaching, strategic partnerships, enrollment management, student retention, competency-based education (CBE), prior learning assessment (PLA), and sustainable change management. She has held leadership roles at Western Governors University, the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL), Laureate International Universities and Drexel University Online.

Dr. Delleville holds a dual Bachelor of Science in psychology and business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Through Semester at Sea, she studied abroad in Japan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, Kenya, South Africa, Brazil and Cuba. Valerie graduated with her MBA and graduate certificate in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, and both a Master of Science in Higher Education and Doctor of Education from Drexel University.

LeSondra Jones, Vice Chair
California State University, San Bernardino

LeSondra Jones is the Senior Program Specialist of Workforce Development at the College of Extended and Global Education at California State University San Bernardino.

LeSondra has increased community partnerships and expanded Professional and Continuing Education course offerings that varies from; youth programs, customized training, professional development and career training programs. She has presented at the California Workforce Association conference highlighting the growing need of Continuing Education through strategic partnerships.

LeSondra continues to place student success at the forefront of all discussions as she leads from the integrative model encouraging those around her to push the boundaries of continuing education and training by collaborating with community and business organizations.

Vacant, Secretary

ACHE West is seeking its next Secretary to join our regional board.
Please contact with a brief description of your interest, email and phone number, or name and contact information for nominations.

Melanie Mitchell, Treasurer
Oregon State University

Melanie Mitchell is the Director of Continuing 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.

Michael Lopez-Patton, Past Chair
Pacific Oaks College

Michael Lopez-Patton has over 10 years’ experience in operations and higher education leadership and management. In his role as Associate Vice President of Admissions for Pacific Oaks College, Michael serves on the college President's Executive Cabinet and contributes to the creation of and implementation of the College's strategic plan. Michael works with multiple departments to ensure student needs are met while providing an environment of professional development and growth for employees.

Alex Read, Director-at-Large
College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State

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.

Regina Cash, Director-at-Large
California State University, LA

Regina Cash is the Associate Dean of Programs and Academic Programs for the College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) at California State University, Los Angeles. Ms. Cash oversees all the credit and noncredit programming for the college, as well as corporate education and Semester in LA. Ms. Cash is a Certified Workforce Development Professional through the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals and has over 25 years of experience in this field.

Jim Franklin, Director-at-Large
Western Governors University

Jim Franklin's path to higher education leadership began with his Deloitte experience. In addition to Fortune 500 client service responsibilities, he was charged with recruiting a large volume of students from leading universities. These recruiting experiences helped him to develop an independent perspective on the effectiveness of university operations and student services.

Over the years, his energy and enthusiasm for student success grew. It ultimately led to a higher education position at the UT Austin McCombs School of Business.

During his 10 years at UT Austin, he gained a great understanding of the complex needs of key constituents in the university community. That knowledge and experience further drove his interest in maximizing potential educational outcomes for students.

In his current role with Western Governors University (WGU), he remains focused on student success.

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