Road to Recovery: A Solutions-based Community College Event Series

On-Demand Webinar

April 30, 2020

ACCT’s Corporate Partners joined forces to present the first in a series of webinars designed to help community college leaders respond to, navigate, and resume college operations from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Did you miss the live show? You can watch a recording of the April 30 webinar here.

In this solutions-based conversation, experts from Edamerica, Edquity, Ellucian, Emsi, McGraw-Hill Education and Single Stop discussed resources freely available to community college leaders in the following areas:

  • Accessing Free Public Benefits for Food and Housing-Insecure Students
  • Anticipating Work Gaps
  • CARES Act Analysis
  • Ensuring Broadband & Tech Access for All Students
  • Protecting Student and Staff Mental Health
  • Transitioning to Online Teaching & Learning and Remote College Operations
  • Virtual Case Management

This free online event is designed for community college board members, CEOs and other high-level administrators, community college association and other national, regional, and state-level thought leaders and policy influencers. ACCT strongly encourages teams of college trustees and chief executives to participate together.

The ACCT Corporate Council represents a trusted network of higher education thought leaders, innovators, and trusted advisers serving colleges and their students with resources and solutions for better decision making.

This webinar event was co-hosted by ACCT Corporate Council Chair Brian Bailey from Emsi, and produced by Ellucian. The series is intended as a public service to community college leaders to facilitate a thriving future for community and technical colleges.

Did you miss the live show? You can watch a recording of the April 30 webinar here.


  Presenter Title Organization
J. Noah Brown President and CEO ACCT
Brian Bailey Corporate Council Chair; Manager of Higher Education Emsi
Jennifer Becker Vice President of Strategic Partnerships McGraw-Hill Education
Sarah Crawford National Director of Partnerships and Programs Single Stop
Marcia Daniel Associate Vice President for Executive Engagement Ellucian
David Helene Founder & Chief Executive Officer Edquity
Judith Witherspoon Senior Vice President Edamerica


About the Speakers

Brian Bailey is manager of higher education at Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl. (Emsi). This marks Brian's seventh year with Emsi supporting higher education leaders across North America in tackling the most pressing issues being faced around enrollment, program alignment and communicating economic impact.  In his current role, he leads the Community College Sales Team in delivering labor market data, software and consulting services that inform policy and program development decisions.   As both a community college and university graduate, he's passionate about helping colleges demonstrate to students the strong connection between their programs and great career opportunities.  A California native,  he and his family now proudly call North Idaho and the Pacific Northwest home.  

Jennifer Becker is McGraw-Hill’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. In her current role she oversees a team of professionals focused nationally on collaborations with Federal and State Policy Makers, Higher Education Industry Stakeholders, and Community College and University Administrators. These partnerships consist of developing and implementing innovative strategies to improve college readiness, course material access and affordability and overall student outcomes with the incorporation of McGraw Hill’s personalized learning solutions, based in evidence based research - accompanied by wraparound services and support for faculty, staff and students.  

J. Noah Brown is a widely recognized and award-winning higher education policy and governance expert, author, and educator whose experience spans more than three decades in the nation’s capital working in the nonprofit sector. Noah has served as president and chief executive officer of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) since 2005 and has worked for the association since 1996.  He also serves on the faculty for the Doctorate in Community College Leadership program at Ferris State University in Michigan.  Noah’s inaugural book, First in the World: Community Colleges and America's Future, won the 2013 Bellwether Book Award. 

Sarah Crawford serves as National Director for Partnerships & Programs for Single Stop, a national nonprofit that partners with colleges and nonprofit organizations to leverage technology and partnerships to connect families to existing resources all through a unique, one-stop shop, in order to help them achieve economic prosperity.

Marcia Daniel worked over thirty years as a senior-level administrator in community colleges. A proven mediator and experienced administrator, she served as Vice President for Student Services, Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Services, in addition to enjoying sixteen of those years in Workforce Development Training. In addition to twenty-five years on college campuses she was the Project Co-Manager for a large, Statewide 58 campus ERP implementation with 58 on-prem implementations. Marcia has over nine years with Ellucian working with the Senior Administration on college campuses. 

David Helene is the founder and CEO of Edquity (, the first provider of emergency aid and basic insecurity technology for college students. Under his leadership, Edquity has worked with innovative partners that include some of the largest districts in the country, including the Dallas County Community College District, where Edquity has helped the district successfully support students in the wake of the largest natural disaster in Dallas’ history.  For his work at Edquity, David was named to 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Social Entrepreneurship.

Judith B. Witherspoon, Senior Vice President, National Director of Sales and Marketing, holds an M. S. Degree in College Student Personnel and joined the company in 1993. Judith oversees the Edamerica sales and product development teams. For the past 30 years, she has focused on the areas of college access, financial aid awareness and student loan repayment