Federico Zaragoza

Vice Chancellor of Economic & WorkForce Development, Alamo Community College District, San Antonio, TX

Dr. Federico Zaragoza has been the Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development at the Alamo Community College District (ACCD) since 2004. Under his leadership, ACCD received the prestigious American Association of Community College Trustees’ 2005 National Workforce Excellence Award.

Heide Spruck Wrigley

Senior Researcher for Language, Literacy, and Learning, Literacywork International, Las Cruces, NM

Heide Spruck Wrigley is a highly respected literacy practitioner and researcher from the US, well known for her work on English language as well as literacy. Dr. Wrigley is Senior Researcher for Language, Literacy and Learning with Literacywork International.

Jeff Wagnitz

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Highline College

For the prior eight years, he served as Highline’s dean of instruction for transfer and pre-college education. To serve its large immigrant community, Highline enrolls over 5,000 adults annually in English as a Second Language — the largest cohort of any community college in Washington.

Melissa Sadler-Nitu

Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST) and Adult Education Director, Alamo Colleges, San Antonio, TX

Alamo I-BEST is an initiative that provides training and employment assistance to workers and students who require basic skill development in order to succeed in technical training. Through grant writing and braided funding, based on the Accelerate Texas model, Melissa has created the system of program delivery.

Julie Pitts

Director, Intercultural Center, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS

Julie Pitts has worked with international and immigrant issues in residential life, counseling, academic advising, programming and immigration advising in both two and four year institutions. She is currently the Director of the Intercultural Center at Johnson County Community College, an office she was responsible for developing and implementing.

Regina Suitt

Vice President for Adult Basic Education for College & Career, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ

Regina has dedicated her career to adult basic education. She currently leads multiple district-wide programs including all Arizona Department of Education funded Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary, and English Language Acquisition for Adults.

Israel David Mendoza

Independent Consultant

Israel Mendoza is a native of Washington, born in Yakima, and the third oldest of eleven children in a farm worker family. He worked for Cesar Chavez and the United Farm workers Union in Seattle, Washington and Dallas, Texas. 

Margie McHugh

Co-Director, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, Migration Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.

Ms. McHugh served for 15 years as the executive director of The New York Immigration Coalition, an umbrella organization for over 150 groups in New York that uses research, policy development, and community mobilization efforts to achieve landmark integration policy and program initiatives.

Jeanett Manzanero

Director of the Dr. Kathryn W. Davis Global Education Center, City Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL

For the past 10 years has been an adjunct professor of Sociology Center at Palm Beach State College. In the 1990s she established the “Amigos de por Vida-Friends for Life” Pk-5 public charter school in Houston.

Donna Kinerney

Instructional Dean for Adult ESOL & Literacy Programs, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

Dr. Kinerney provides administrative and instructional leadership for grant-funded adult education programs, including the Adult ESOL & Literacy – GED Program and Refugee Training Programs, which provide approximately 12,000 seats to learners in need of English language and/or literacy skills development.