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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

Please check back soon.

Meet Our Officers

LeSondra Jones, 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, Vice Chair

ACHE West is seeking its next Vice Chair 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.

L'Erin Carmode, Secretary

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 & DEIB 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.

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

Dr. Regina Cash has over 25 years of experience in education, training, and workforce development. Dr. Cash is the Associate Dean of Programs and Academic Innovation for the College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) at Cal State LA. She oversees all the degree, credit, non-credit, professional development, and corporate training programs. 

Dr. Cash holds an undergraduate degree in Human Services, a mediation certificate, a graduate degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education and Adult Learning.

Bryan Best, Board Member

University of La Verne

Kate White, EdD, Board Member

CSU East Bay

Dr. Kate White is the Director of Continuing Education at Cal State East Bay.  In this role she is responsible for the development and operation of East Bay’s mission-driving Professional and Continuing Education portfolio. This portfolio includes job-training courses and programs, community-based education, and customized training for business and industry.  These courses and programs are designed to align with workforce needs, and help people be eligible for new careers or promotions in their current field.  Dr. White is also responsible for overseeing the operations of Cal State East Bay’s satellite location, the Oakland Center and driving key strategic initiatives both internal and external to University Extension and Cal State East Bay.  

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