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Dr. Susan LedlowDR. SUSAN LEDLOW is the Vice President of Academic Affairs & Planning.

Dr. Ledlow oversees curriculum, articulation, assessment, career and workforce education, faculty and instructional development, institutional research, resource development, accreditation, strategic planning, and Valencia’s Teaching Learning Academy.

Prior to joining Valencia, Dr. Ledlow was at Arizona State University (ASU) for 25 years, where she held a variety of positions related to faculty, professional, and instructional development. She was also involved in the development of the curriculum for ASU's new School of Sustainability, the first of its kind in the nation.

Dr. Ledlow is a graduate of Pensacola Junior College. She holds master's degrees in anthropology and social psychology, and a Ph.D. in social psychology. Her research interests include social/resource dilemmas, quality of life, and the psychology of conservation and sustainability. Her applied interests include group dynamics, team development in the workplace and classroom, and the ethical use of social influence. Her personal interests include reading, walking and playing with her dog Lucy.

 

Kari Makepeace KARI MAKEPEACE is the Coordinator of Academic Planning & Support.

Kari holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Management from Strayer University. She joined Valencia College in 2003 as a work study student in the Answer Center. Since that time she has worked in the Office for Students with Disabilities, in the Admissions & Records Department at East Campus, and as Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs & Planning at the District Office. In September, 2014 Kari took over the role of Coordinator of Academic Planning & Support. This includes coordination of the College Governance Councils, the Operations Leadership Team, and working on special projects for the VP of Academic Affairs & Planning.

In her free time, Kari enjoys spending time with her daughter, family, and friends.

 

Mary LeppeMARY LEPPE is the Executive Assistant to Dr. Susan Ledlow in Academic Affairs & Planning.

Mary joined Valencia as an Administrative Assistant within in the Institutional Effectiveness and Planning department in 2013 and took over the role of Executive Assistant to the VP of Academic Affairs & Planning in September, 2014.

After moving from New York to Florida with her husband in 1985, Mary went to work for the Walt Disney World Company where she worked for 25 years in various areas including, Convention Sales, Special Events, Operations, Entertainment, and Catered Events.  In 2010 Mary went to work at the Central Florida Urban League and enjoyed her work in the non-profit sector providing services such as youth development, economic services, and workforce development for their clients.

Mary’s love for animals has kept her very busy for over 10 years by volunteering hundreds of hours fostering and finding homes for countless orphaned canine and feline friends.

 

Dr. Nasser HedayatDR. NASSER HEDAYAT is the Assistant Vice President of Career & Workforce Education.

Dr. Hedayat holds a Master in Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership from NOVA Southeastern University. He joined Valencia College in 1992 as a faculty member of the Electronics Engineering Technology program and assumed the Program Chair responsibilities for Engineering, Computer Engineering Technology, and Electronics Engineering Technology programs. In 2007, Dr. Hedayat became the Division Dean of Architecture, Engineering, and Technology at Valencia’s West Campus and since July 2011 he has assumed the role of Assistant Vice President for Career and Workforce Education at Valencia College.

Dr. Hedayat enjoys building relationships with both internal and external community leaders; building on current strengths, creating pathways for growth, and many other opportunities. He also enjoys golfing.

 

Dr. Karen BorglumDR. KAREN BORGLUM is the Assistant Vice President of Curriculum and Assessment.

Prior to this position, she was the Dean of Communications at Valencia’s West Campus, and she also served as the Director of a Title III grant. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing, a Masters of Arts degree in Communication, and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Florida, in Orlando. Her professional development activities have included selection in the Management Development Program (MDP) at Harvard University, the 2002 Florida Community College System Chancellor’s Leadership Program in Tampa, Florida, the Leadership Academy in Toronto, the Leadership Orlando series.

Dr. Borglum has presented at state and national conferences in the areas of curriculum, instructional enhancement, and communities of practice. As part of her professional practice, Dr. Borglum has won a Bronze certificate for School-to-Work Best Teaching Practice, and designed a national communities of practice group through the American Association for Higher Education. She served as a lead QEP evaluator and as an onsite reaffirmation reviewer for SACS-COC, and she has also served, for two years, on the SACS-COC Annual Meeting Planning Committee. Additionally, she co-authored and article in The Community College Journal of Research and Practice entitled, “Academic and Social Integration of Community College Students: A case Study (August 2000),” and in 1996 she authored an article entitled, “What About Academic Standards?” for Community College Week and Community College Times.

 

Daryl DavisDARYL DAVIS is the Director of Institutional Research.

Prior to this positon, he served the college for a number of years as a research analyst, were he successfully collaborated with Valencia staff, faculty members and administrators to develop a wide range of reports and data analysis, used throughout the college to make data-informed decision on some of the college’s biggest initiatives, including the Aspen Prize, Achieving the Dream, DEI and the QEP Core Team . While working in this role, Daryl played a lead role in collaborating with the Office of Information Technology to launch the college into a new era of reporting by rolling out the use of tools like SAS Visual Analytics.

Daryl attended the University of Central Florida, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management, with a focus on Hospitality Management. He also attended the University of Phoenix, earning a Master’s of Science in Computer Information Systems. His personal interests include exercise and basketball, in which he was inducted into the UCF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008, where he was a 4 year letterman in basketball.

 

Kris Christian KRIS CHRISTIAN is the Assistant Vice President of Resource Development.

A Wisconsin native, Kris joined the Valencia family in 2012 as Assistant Vice President of the Resource Development Office. Kris has experience in both public and private organizations. She is has been involved in all aspects of project development and grant closeout. Kris has led teams of people throughout her career and knows that the team process is the key component to development work. Kris has garnered millions of dollars from federal and private funds and promotes the key institutional strategic directions.

Kris attended Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI receiving a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education with certification P-8 and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee earning a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership and Supervision in Education.

Kris is happy to be in Florida where the air is normally warm and the skies are blue. Her hobbies include fishing, biking, eating healthy, spending time with family / friends and most recently going to the beach! Kris is happy to be part of this innovative, progressive College where work is student centered and those who work here know they make a difference!

 

Celine Kavalec-MillerWENDI DEW is the Assistant Vice President for Teaching and Learning.

Wendi is responsible for leading the college’s faculty and instructional development programs for full-time and part-time faculty members, the broad strategy for online/hybrid teaching and learning, and the development and implementation for strategic teaching and learning initiatives.  In this and previous roles at Valencia, she has been instrumental the development and expansion of Valencia’s comprehensive, competency-based faculty development programs; the advancement of outcomes-based practice and program learning outcomes assessment; and implementation of quality improvement and excellence initiatives for online teaching and learning. She also has extensive experience with the design and implementation of student learning outcomes, curriculum development for all instructional modalities, course and program assessment, and evidence-based improvement across two-year general education and career technical education programs.

As a tenured faculty member at Valencia for over ten years, her work and research interests included grant-funded projects for the development of career-technical programs, integration of learning technologies, and the use of high-fidelity simulation in allied health programs. Additionally, she has consulted with colleges across the country on issues related to faculty development, program learning outcomes assessment, strategic planning, and the improvement of teaching and learning.

 

Celine Kavalec-MillerCELINE KAVALEC is the Director of the Teaching/Learning Academy (TLA).

Celine Kavalec directs Valencia College’s Teaching/Learning Academy (TLA), a nationally recognized, innovative program that supports faculty in transforming their teaching to focus on improved student learning. With 28 years in higher education, Celine’s primary interest lies with promoting active and inclusive classroom practices that engage the whole student. She began her academic career in Indiana as a writing teacher, and currently leads a team of talented and dedicated faculty and staff in creating quality faculty development programming that reinforces the learning-centered mission of the College.

While Valencia has been Celine’s professional home for 25 years, she is a Jersey girl at heart and lives with her lovely daughter Jessica, two cats, Chootsie and Yodamae, and her faithful, but sometimes cranky, dog Sasha.

 

Christina HardinDR. CHRISTINA HARDIN is the Director of the New Student Experience (NSE).

Christina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Master’s degree in English Language Arts Education for Community College Teaching, and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Florida. Christina has worked at Valencia since 2006, primarily as an English Instructor at the Osceola Campus. Prior to becoming an educator, Christina worked in the field of human resources (HR) for 10 years. She gave up her HR career in 2003 to pursue a degree in education. After receiving her master’s degree in 2006, Christina began teaching at Valencia as an adjunct instructor, and after completing the three-year tenure process, she received tenure in 2011.

In her time at Valencia she has served the college in numerous leadership roles including Faculty Association President and Division Coordinator for Communications at Osceola Campus, the lead assessment representative for the college’s English assessment work, faculty leader for the Quality Enhancement Plan development work, and faculty leader of the PRESS for Completion Grant work. All of her work centers on the needs of Valencia students and works toward aligning learning outcomes to enhance student learning.

Dr. Hardin has presented at state and national conferences in the areas of Assessment and Epistemic Beliefs, Ability Beliefs, and Academic Achievement. Additionally, she co-authored an article which will be published in the International Handbook of Research on Teachers’ Beliefs entitled, “I Think Therefore I Feel? Understanding the Relation between Teachers’ Beliefs and Emotions (August 2014), and in 2010 she co-authored an article entitled, “Pathways of Influence: The Role of Parent Attachment, Age, and Ethnicity on Epistemic Beliefs, Ability Beliefs, and Academic Achievement”, which she presented at the American Psychological Association Conference in San Diego, California.

Her professional development activities have included completion of Valencia’s Academy of Learning Leadership in 2013 and participation in the 2013 Florida Community College System Chancellor’s Leadership Program. Her personal interests include studying and sharing information about the benefits of plant-based eating habits. In May 2012 Christina completed an online certificate program in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University.

 

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