Van Ton-Quinlivan is a nationally recognized thought leader in workforce development with a proven record for guiding and implementing large organizational change while fostering a culture of experimentation, innovation and collaboration.
Van Ton-Quinlivan is a nationally recognized thought leader in workforce development with a proven record for guiding and implementing large organizational change while fostering a culture of experimentation, innovation and collaboration. Her distinguished career spans the public, private and non-profit sectors.
Most recently, Van served as the executive vice chancellor of Workforce and Digital Futures of the California Community Colleges, the largest higher education system in the nation with 115 institutions. As an appointee of Governor Brown, she grew public investments from $100 million to more than $1 billion during her tenure by establishing workforce as a state policy priority.
Prior to her higher education role, Van oversaw workforce development for Pacific Gas & Electric. In 2013, she was named a White House Champion of Change in recognition of her notable career in industry and education, as well as for her service as a community leader. She received the California Steward Leader Award in 2017. Van is a frequent speaker on workforce development and has been quoted in numerous publications including The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Van earned her master’s degrees from the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She serves on the boards of the National Skills Coalition, Western Governors University, and California Forward, and advises education-focused venture fund Achieve Partners.
Chief Operating Officer
Denise Brosseau is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in both for-profit and non-profit settings.
Denise Brosseau is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in both for-profit and non-profit settings. Previously, Denise was the founding CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, a trade association for women founded and led companies that she grew to seven offices and 1,200 members across the U.S. She is also the co-founder of Springboard, the start-up launchpad that has helped over 700 women entrepreneurs raise more than $10B in financing for their businesses.
A Wellesley graduate with an MBA from Stanford, Denise started her career in the technology industry with leadership roles at Motorola, Broderbund Software and Kensington. A longtime keynote speaker, she is also the author of Ready to Be a Thought Leader? and was honored as a Champion of Change by the White House.
Chief Data & Technology Officer
Anthony Dalton has more than 20 years of data, IT, and business systems management experience in various industries.
Anthony Dalton has more than 20 years of data, IT, and business systems management experience in various industries. He served as both chief operating officer and chief data scientist at Educational Results Partnership (ERP). During his tenure at ERP, he was responsible for the development and operation of the Cal-PASS Plus system and creation of the LaunchBoard, a data system that serves more than 2 million students and practitioners. Anthony serves as an education researcher with the University of Texas at Austin and built out a statewide linked relational database that leverages 100% of student-level and worker-level data for Texas.
Anthony is a Microsoft-certified database administrator and Microsoft-certified systems engineer. He earned both his master’s degree in data science and bachelor’s degree in computer science from Southern Methodist University.
Grant Goold, Ed.D.
Director of Pathway Development
Dr. Grant Goold has more than 25 years of experience teaching career technical education (CTE) at the Los Rios Community College District and serves as the program director and …
Dr. Grant Goold has more than 25 years of experience teaching career technical education (CTE) at the Los Rios Community College District and serves as the program director and department chair of Emergency Medical Services Education at American River College. Most recently he was the visiting CTE faculty technical assistance provider in the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges where he oversaw a variety of projects within the Workforce and Economic Development division.
Grant served on the executive committee of the Statewide Academic Senate (ASCCC) from 2015 to 2017, and during his tenure was the inaugural chair of the career technical education committee and chair of the part-time faculty committee. He has also served as a board member for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, a publicly elected position, for more than 22 years. Grant has written several books related to public safety, and his most recent textbook focuses on student success in career technical education.
Grant earned his Doctor of Education and master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, and received his bachelor’s degree from California State University at Sacramento. He is on loan from the Los Rios Community College District.
Director of Special Projects & Board Logistics
Tessa Miley has more than 12 years of experience in workforce and career education development.
Tessa Miley has more than 12 years of experience in workforce and career education development. She has a strong commitment to community and social services and is proficient in grant writing, facilitation, project management, and public speaking.
Most recently, Tessa was the Chair of the North Far North Regional Consortium for the California Community Colleges system, hosted at Butte College, where she supported the work of career education programs at 15 community colleges. During her tenure, she partnered with key stakeholders to incubate, sustain, and spin-off partnerships between industry and higher education. She collaborated with regional workforce and economic development networks and developed opportunities to engage community colleges in advancing the region’s prosperity.
Tessa earned her master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University, and received her bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Recreation Therapy from California State University, Chico.
Director of Administration
Nita Patel has more than 20 years of experience in project management, and federal and state fiscal, budget, grants and contracts monitoring and oversight in both private and public sectors.
Nita Patel has more than 20 years of experience in project management, and federal and state fiscal, budget, grants and contracts monitoring and oversight in both private and public sectors. She is a strategic and analytic thinker who is adept at reviewing processes and creating system-wide efficiencies to improve operations.
Most recently Nita was manager, for the Workforce and Economic Development Division at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. During her tenure she was responsible for the management and oversight of $1.2 billion in funding annually and reporting aspects of the state and federal funding sources. In addition, Nita provided a clear and concise audit trail to support state and federal grants totaling more than $200 million. She was project manager for the NOVA platform since its inception in 2016, which allows the California Community College System to plan and invest over $3.2 billion in projects and provides transparency to all stakeholders. She was also instrumental in the implementation of e-signature technology for the agency, and managed the day-to-day division operations and the grants and contracts administration team.
Nita has also worked in the semiconductor and healthcare industries at the California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB), a nonprofit organization enhancing the delivery of quality comprehensive health related services for Indians. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with honors from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. She will be joining Futuro Health on Jan 20, 2020.
Lynn Shaw, Ph.D.
Director of Special Programs
Dr. Lynn Shaw is an expert on career technical education, apprenticeship, and women in non-traditional careers.
Dr. Lynn Shaw is an expert on career technical education, apprenticeship, and women in non-traditional careers. She has been invited to the White House, worked for the Department of Labor as a subject-matter expert, and has won multiple awards for her advocacy on behalf of youth, women and community college students.
Lynn has had an unusual work history, having worked as a miner, steelworker, longshore worker and journeylevel electrician. She has held multiple leadership roles in the California Community College system and was the first woman to teach in the electrical apprenticeship program in Los Angeles. Lynn is also the founder of WINTER, Women in Non-Traditional Employment Roles, a non-profit organization that educates and trains women for construction and high-skill, high-wage careers.
Lynn earned her Ph.D. in Educational Policy from Claremont University and San Diego State.
Debbie Yaddow, RN, BSN, MSN
Director of Pathway Development
Debbie Yaddow has 37 years of nursing experience, in both the clinical setting and in higher education and administration.
Debbie Yaddow has 37 years of nursing experience, in both the clinical setting and in higher education and administration. She served as the dean of Allied Health and Nursing at Grossmont College in the San Diego area for 10 years, and prior to that taught in the nursing program for 15 years. During her career, Debbie has managed two nursing programs and multiple allied health programs where she was responsible for managing faculty and guiding these programs through the accreditation process.
Debbie earned her master’s degree in Nursing Administration and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of San Diego.