2017-18 ACCT Board of Directors Election Results

October 3, 2017

Washington, D.C. - New officers and members of the ACCT Board of Directors were elected during the 2017 ACCT Leadership Congress in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Tuesday, September 26 and Wednesday, September 27.

As the event drew to a close on Thursday, incoming ACCT Chair Emily Yim said the association will focus throughout the coming year on partnerships that advance equity, completion, and workforce issues, as well as continue to foster partnerships with K-12 systems, industry, state and local governments, and community organizations.

“We cannot meet...complex needs by ourselves, which is why there is such promise and power in partnerships,” said Yim, a trustee at Edmonds Community College in Washington. “We are stronger together.”

2017 ACCT Election Results 

Following is a list of new ACCT Board of Directors Officers and Board Members elected or appointed during the 2017 ACCT Leadership Congress.

Executive Committee


Emily Yim
Edmonds Community College, Wash.


Connie Hornbeck
Iowa Western Community College, Iowa 

Vice Chair

Dawn Erlandson
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Minn. 


David Mathis
Mohawk Valley Community College, New York 

Immediate Past Chair

Bakari G. Lee
Hudson County Community College, N.J.

Regional Chairs

Central Regional Chair

Gregory Knott
Parkland College, Ill.

Northeast Regional Chair

Debra Borden
Frederick Community College, Md.

Pacific Regional Chair

Stephan Castellanos
San Joaquin Delta College, Calif.

Southern Regional Chair

Tamela Cullens
South Florida State College, Fla.

Western Regional Chair

Kent Miller
Mid-Plains Community College, Neb. 

Regional Directors

Central Region

James Cooksey
Moberly Area Community College, Mo.

Northeast Region

Hector Ortiz
Harrisburg Area Community College, Pa.

Pacific Region

John Leal
State Center Community College, Calif. 

Southern Region

Dennis Troy
Bladen Community College, N.C.

Western Region

Rose Benavidez
South Texas College, Texas 


John Lukas
Lakeshore Technical College, Wisc. 

Larry Meyer
Lansing Community College, Mich.

Gilbert Wong
Foothill-De Anza Community College District, Calif. 

Appointed Board Members

Diversity Committee Chair

Benjamin Wu
Montgomery College, Md. 

For more information about the ACCT Board of Directors, contact Karen Lomax at klomax@acct.org