Welcome Dr. Werle, Vice President for Instruction and Roxanne Metz, Grants and Contract Manager

Dear Saddleback College Family:

I am very pleased to officially announce that after a nation-wide search, Saddleback College has selected our new vice president for instruction to replace Dr. Don Busche upon his retirement.  Dr. Kathleen H. Werle is known to many of us already as Irvine Valley College’s dean of academic affairs, where she has worked since 2011 and was quickly recognized as a hardworking administrator who works collaboratively with faculty, staff, administration, and community.  We are very fortunate to have Dr. Werle join our Saddleback College family as we move forward on some very  important efforts over the coming years including integrated strategic planning, enrollment management, accreditation, and implementing the state’s student success task force recommendations and related legislative regulations.

Dr. Werle’s accomplishments as dean of academic programs at IVC are significant.  She co-chaired two successful accreditation follow-up report committees, initiated and helped plan two successful student success summits for the district, participated in the development of the district strategic plan and serves on the district-wide planning council, participated in the workgroup that updated the IVC strategic plan and aligned it with the district planning cycle, created an online toolkit to post documents and resources of use to faculty, and won the president’s award for administrative excellence.  In addition to these accomplishments, she worked closely with the vice presidents for instruction and student services, faculty, and administrators to provide optimum quality instructional, student learning and support services, coordinated and evaluated performance outcomes of the instructional programs and departments assigned to the schools of the college, worked closely with the deans to coordinate offsite, contract, and Emeritus educational offerings, oversaw the ATEP site and programming, and engaged in and provided support for program review, academic planning, accreditation, institutional effectiveness, strategic planning, and budget development processes.

Prior to joining IVC, Dr. Werle was vice president of instruction at San Diego Miramar College, where she planned, organized, administered, and evaluated the college’s curriculum, instructional programs, and learning resources, initiated and led the college’s work in institutional effectiveness assessment, program planning, review and evaluation, and established goals and objectives for the instructional division.  She also led the development and implementation of student learning outcomes assessment, provided leadership in developing the enrollment management plan and instructional facilities plan for the college, and developed annual budget recommendations.

Her previous positions include dean of applied science, technology, and physical education at San Jose City College, dean of applied arts and sciences at Evergreen Valley College, and interim dean of humanities and social sciences at Victory Valley College.  Before serving in administrative roles, Dr. Werle was a nursing instructor, assistant director, and department chair at Victor Valley College, an associate coordinator of the statewide nursing program at CSU Dominguez Hills, and an instructor in the psychiatric technician program at San Bernardino Valley College.  She also was a nurse and nursing supervisor at St. Bernardine Medical Center for 15 years.  Dr. Werle holds a Ph.D. in gerontology and public policy from USC, M.S.N. in nursing administration from CSU Los Angeles, B.S.N. in nursing form CSU San Bernardino, and Diploma in Nursing from Lutheran Medical Center School of Nursing.

Of her appointment, Dr. Werle says, “I was initially attracted to Saddleback College because of the number and diversity of career preparation programs offered, but there are many additional strengths that I’m aware of.  I look forward to working with faculty and staff to make the vision articulated by Dr. Burnett, that Saddleback College will be the first choice of students who seek a dynamic, innovative, and student-centered postsecondary education, a reality.”

In addition to Dr. Werle, I am very pleased to announce that we have hired Roxanne Metz as our new grants and contract manager.  Roxanne worked at College of the Redwoods for the last six years, where she served as the director of planning, grants, and institutional effectiveness.  Roxanne has extensive experience with grant scoping, grant writing, grant and contract management, planning, and accreditation.  Roxanne is currently studying for her doctorate of management in community college policy and administration at the University of Maryland University College.  Roxanne and her family moved to Orange County from Eureka, California and we are thrilled she has joined Saddleback.

We are very fortunate to have Dr. Werle and Roxanne join our college’s management team, so please join me in welcoming them to Saddleback!

Saddleback Hires New Faculty and Staff

At this year’s In-Service presentations, President Burnett introduced the 27 new tenure track faculty and 15 new classified staff who will support the new student completion goals.

Please join me in welcoming the newest members of the Saddleback College community!

New Tenure Track Faculty

The newest faculty members pose with President Burnett and Academic Senate President Bob Cosgrove

  • Amara Aguilar, Journalism
  • Ariel Ann Alexander, Music
  • Shellie Banga, English Composition
  • Jack Beckham, English Composition
  • Christina Bowles, Nursing
  • Donald P. Bowman, Accounting
  • Todd Brei, Physics
  • Deidre Cavazzi, Dance
  • Sarah Chang, Counselor
  • Kathryn Damm, Psychology
  • Stevie Daniels, English as a Second Language
  • David Charles Dixon, Physics
  • Michelle M. Duffy, Reading
  • Michael Engels, Counselor
  • Monica Friedrich, Biology
  • Esther Gravis, Nursing
  • Yorgos (Georgios) Kouritas, Music
  • Kenneth Lee, Horticulture
  • Laura Leedahl, Nursing
  • William Francis McGuire, Theater
  • Bouchra Nadeau, French
  • Orlantha Nin, Transfer Center Coordinator/Counselor
  • James “Patrick” Quigley II, Mathematics
  • John Richard Reese, Art
  • Kia Shafe, Mathematics
  • Jeff Vogel, Reading
  • Lydia Welhan, Librarian

New Classified Employees

President Burnett stands with the newest classified employees

  • Yvonne Belardes, Office Assistant, Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Susan Cook, Administrative Assistant, Math, Science and Engineering
  • Edward De La O, Grants Analyst, Administrative Services
  • Ileana Grecu, Night Custodian, Facilities
  • Linda Hall, Senior Administrative Assistant, Business Science and Economic and Workforce Development
  • Rania Hamad, Career Services Technician, Counseling Services and Special Programs
  • Natalie Hart, Office Assistant, Student Development
  • Bonnie Minnis, Office Assistant, Community Education
  • Karen Kelley, Sr. Lab Technician, Math, Science and Engineering
  • Hochin Moon, Articulation Specialist, Counseling Services and Special Programs
  • Mason Roset, Photography/Art Lab Technician, Fine Arts and Media Technology
  • Ashley SanFilippo, Office Assistant, Online Education and Learning Resources
  • Randy Van Dyke, Cinema and TV Lab Technician, Fine Arts and Media Technology
  • Sheri Wenzel, Senior Accounting Specialist, Administrative Services
  • Karen Yang, Administrative Assistant, Liberal Arts

Announcing Saddleback College’s New Dean of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering: Dr. Christopher McDonald

After a nation-wide search, Saddleback is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Christopher McDonald as the new dean of mathematics, science, and engineering. Dr. McDonald is sure to be an excellent successor to Dr. Jim Wright and serve the college and students very well.

Dr. McDonald began his tenure at Mt. San Antonio College in 2002 as a mathematics professor and was chair of the department beginning in 2008.  In this capacity, he provided leadership and oversight of the operations, services, and instructional programs for a department serving more than 8,500 students each semester and includes 40 full-time faculty, 44 adjunct faculty, and four full-time classified personnel.  Also as department chair, he managed the strategic planning, budget, scheduling, student learning outcomes assessment, program review, associate degree, course articulation, student petition, and curriculum development processes for the department.

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Announcing Saddleback College’s New Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences: Dr. Cadence Wynter

Saddleback College is thrilled to announce that Dr. Cadence Wynter has been hired as the new dean of social and behavioral sciences.  Dr. Wynter started in her new position on June 11th and Saddleback is very lucky to be welcoming such an impressive educator to the college. The hiring committee and second-level interviewers were struck by Dr. Wynter’s extraordinary qualifications and everyone is very much looking forward to working with her.

Dr. Wynter comes to Saddleback from Columbia College in Chicago, where she has held several positions of increasing responsibility over the past 16 years, including history coordinator, associate chair, acting chair, and most recently interim chair of the college’s department of humanities, history, and social sciences, which is a large multi-discipline department serving nearly 6,000 students each semester.  Also at Columbia College, Dr. Wynter was an associate professor of history and African Diaspora studies and has taught courses in Caribbean, Latin American, and African American history.

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Announcing Saddleback College’s New Director of Planning, Research and Accreditation: Dr. Caroline Durdella

Saddleback College is delighted to announce and introduce Dr. Caroline Durdella as the new director of research, planning and accreditation.  Dr. Durdella is no stranger to community colleges; she has 13 years of director level experience and substantive teaching experience in the California Community College system.  Most recently, she served as the assistant dean of institutional effectiveness and assessment at Santiago Canyon College where she provided leadership in student learning outcomes assessment, accreditation standards compliance, and accreditation annual reports.  Dr. Durdella also led the college’s educational master planning committee.

From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Durdella served as the dean of institutional research at Santa Monica City College.  There, she served on and co-chaired several shared governance committees, including the student and institutional learning outcome committee, basic skills initiative, career and technical education committee, district planning and advisory committee, and accreditation standards and steering committees.  Dr. Durdella contributed to the development of new educational programs through grant applications and annual reporting for federally funded grants.

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Announcing Saddleback College’s New Transfer Center Coordinator: Orlantha Nin

It is with great pleasure that Saddleback College announces that Orlantha Nin has been selected as the new transfer center coordinator.  If her name sounds familiar, it is likely because you have seen her on campus over the past 12 years.  A part-time counselor and associate professor, Ms. Nin worked in the transfer center from 2000 to 2003, and has worked in EOPS/CARE since 2006.  She has also served as the counselor representative on the careers with children grant, and was a member of the child development program advisory board, faculty association, and associate faculty support committee.  After her years of committed service as part-time faculty, it is wonderful to welcome Ms. Nin as full-time, tenure-track faculty.

From 2007 to 2010, Ms. Nin was a lecturer at CSU Long Beach’s educational opportunity program, where she developed curriculum and taught three sections of the program’s student success, orientation, and study skills class.  She also offered instruction on study skills, goal setting, learning styles, term paper development, and writing and research skills.

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