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Nicole Sabino Coker is an experienced people-centered educator with over 25 years of experience working with and supporting at-risk populations. She takes pride in the positive steps her students and colleagues make on their goal paths.
Currently Nicole is an Instructional Services Supervisor with Rio Salado College’s adult education program. Previously, she has served as an instructor, faculty member, student services coordinator, academic coordinator and director in both the public and private educational realms. She has also worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and a youth corrections officer working in partnership with K-12 schools.
Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Master of Education in Counseling, post grad practicum in counseling and extensive coursework and credentialing in Adult Education. Additionally, Nicole has been honored with an Outstanding Faculty Award for Sociology from Rio Salado College.
Nicole Sabino Coker
Laura Porfirio is an adult educator in Tucson at Pima Community College. She has spent her 25-year career fostering ways to help students take charge of their learning, break down the walls of the classroom, and promote student engagement in social justice oriented education. She earned an MA in Education focused on participatory practice in teacher and student learning. Her current “day job” is overseeing daily operations at a large urban learning center.
Arcelia Zamora is the Workplace and Site Coordinator of the Main Lab at Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County in Phoenix, Arizona. She has worked in the field of adult education for 24 years in the areas of Family Literacy, Adult Basic Reading instruction, English language acquisition and ABE instruction. Arcelia holds a B.A from Arizona State University. Arcelia served two years on the Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Board of Directors as an Acting Executive Director for Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County and to represent and support adult education and regional workforce goals.
Donovan Wiedmann is the Senior Program Manager for the Coconino Community College Adult Education program. He has worked in adult education for the past 6 years as both an educator and administrator. Before that, he taught English in Japan for 9 years. Donovan graduated from Fairfield University in 2001 with a BA in English and Environmental Studies. In 2003, he received his Master’s of Public Administration from Northern Arizona University. He is currently serving as AALL Treasurer and is the Title II Representative on the Coconino County Workforce Development Board.
Gail Campbell currently serves as the Associate Dean for Education and College and Career Preparation for Northland Pioneer College, serving Navajo and Apache counties in eastern Arizona. She has been with NPC for six years. Previously, for nearly 20 years Gail worked in Indian Education and with Indian organizations as an educator, evaluator and grant writer. She has provided guidance in the development of programs under the BIE, US DOL, DOE, DOEd, and other agencies. She also has provided in-house evaluation and ongoing monitoring for these projects. Additionally, as a private consultant she has worked with Indian Organizations across the country on a number of educational and workforce issues.
Craig Lefever is currently the Program Director for the Yavapai College Adult Basic Education Program. He has been involved with adult education in Northern Arizona for the past eighteen years as both an educator and administrator, but says that his two favorite jobs have been Professor of Classical Latin and dynamiter. He graduated with honors from NAU in 2002 with a B.A. in Humanities/Classics and again with distinction in 2004 with an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. He is currently serving on the AALL Board and is the Title II Representative on the Yavapai County Workforce Development Board. He resides in Prescott with his three children.
Cathy Turley is the Adult Education Department Manager for Friendly House, Inc. She began serving as an ELAA and ABE Instructor in 2016. Cathy transitioned to Lead Instructor and then ABE Program Supervisor in 2018. In addition to her background in Workforce Development, Cathy has taught Special Education, K-12 and Higher Education learners. Cathy holds a Master of Arts Degree in Education/Guidance Counseling from Ottawa University. In her “free time,” she is pursuing a second master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University.
Kelly Stewart serves as Associate Dean for the Rio Salado College adult education program offered at community-based locations and partner locations in Maricopa County. Kelly received her master’s degree from Arizona State University in English, Rhetoric and Composition, her bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University, and is a Certified Manager of Program Improvement (CMPI). Kelly has experience teaching adult education, managing grant programs, and is an AmeriCorps VISTA Alumni.
Philip Suriano started in adult education in 2007 teaching GED classes at Rio Salado College in Phoenix Arizona. Philip has also had the opportunity to contribute to several state and national projects in support of adult education and literacy. Philip has been a part of AALL as a Board Member for 7 years and was President from 2015 to 2017. In 2018, Philip began his term as president of the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association and is currently serving a second term. True to the profession, Philip continues to be a lifelong learner and hopes to continue supporting adult education.
Dr. Nicholas DelSordi has been an adult educator in Arizona for nearly twenty years and has taught sociology at eight different institutions of higher education, including in the correctional setting. He is currently a faculty member at Phoenix College in the Liberal Arts Department where he emphasizes service learning, community engagement and career readiness among his students. Nicholas previously worked at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) as an Adult Program and Workforce Development Specialist while also serving on the Nineteen Tribal Nations Workforce Development Board. At ADE, Nicholas implemented Integrated Education and Training (IET) programs in both rural and urban Arizona counties. Prior to his time with ADE, Nicholas spent over a decade as a Program Supervisor in correctional education, where he developed and oversaw academic, vocational and cognitive behavioral programs designed for adult male inmates seeking rehabilitation prior to reentry. Dr. DelSordi received a B.S. in Management, an M.A. in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Sociology---all from Arizona State University. Nicholas’ goal is to ensure that students not only develop their career potential, but that they find their passion and purpose through higher education.
Dr. Nicholas DelSordi
PIMA COUNTY PROBATION - PD Committee member
Vi Hawes found her love for teaching when she pursued a bachelor's in East Asian Studies with a minor in Linguistics. She spent a year teaching English in China. Afterwards, she came back, got married and got her foot in the door at Adult Basic Education for College & Career at Pima Community College. She now teaches ELAA and assists instructors in the implementation of blended learning and technology in the classroom as the Ed Tech Coach.
Amanda Whatley is the Assistant Director of Adult Education at Central Arizona College in Pinal County where she works to generate education and employment opportunities for students through creative partnerships. Prior to joining CAC she worked as a high school teacher and a program coordinator at GROW North Texas, a non-profit that endeavors to create a sustainable, secure regional food system that encourages economic growth and provides equitable access to healthy, nutritious food for all residents through education and collaboration. Amanda earned a B.A. from Texas A&M University (Whoop!), and a M.S. from the University of North Texas.
Beverly Wilson has been the Director of Professional Learning with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) -Adult Education Services since 2005. Prior to working for ADE, she was a program administrator for an Adult Education and Family Literacy Program. Before discovering adult education, Beverly taught special education students in grades K-8, and junior high students in the areas of reading, English, and social studies. Beverly holds a Bachelor in Elementary Education, with a minor in Special Education from Arizona State University, and a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University.
Tiana Crumbley is a Lead English Language Arts (ELA) and Student Achievement in Reading (STARS) Instructor at Adult Literacy Plus of Southwest Arizona (ALPS). Tiana’s passion for learning has been with her since her first childhood teetering steps. Tiana began her teaching quest working with developmentally disabled children at United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) which ultimately led to furthering her education in Psychology at Northern Arizona University. Tiana completed her B.S. in Psychology from Northern Arizona University in 2015. In Tiana’s free time she enjoys oil painting, crafting handmade soaps and candles and relaxing in a hammock reading . Tiana is the proud mother of three amazing children whom have taught her more than she could ever teach them.
Dr. Tasha Nelson has been educating adults and children for the past 20 years. For the past two years, she has served as the ELAA Instructor Senior at Rio Salado College - College Bridge Pathways Downtown team. In her role as ELAA Instructor Senior, Dr. Nelson has been a mentor and leader for ELAA instructors across the College Bridge Pathways program. Prior to holding her current position, she was the Curriculum Coach in which she supported both students’ and instructors’ success. Dr. Tasha has additional valuable experience in the private sector where she was a Phoenix based Training and Development Coordinator for an internationally based pharmaceutical company, and the public sector where she has been a classroom teacher, mentor teacher, academic coach, and educational leader in middle and high school settings. Dr. Tasha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Community Service, a Master of Arts in Education, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership for Higher Education Administration. The focus of her post-graduate studies was adult learning theory and freshman induction for adult learners.
Dr. Tasha Nelson
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