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Board of Directors


  • President:
    Nicole Sabino Coker
  • President-Elect: 
  • Past-President: 
    Katy Brown
  • Secretary: 
  • Treasurer: 
    Donovan Wiedman


     AALL President   

 

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.  

Outside of the education world Nicole is an entrepreneur with rental property holdings and a construction company shared with her husband, Charlie.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends boating and exploring the roads less traveled in the family Jeep “Judy.”

Board Members


Nicole Sabino Coker
Katy Brown

Laura Porfirio
Donovan Wiedman
Craig Lefever
Kelly Stewart
Philip Suriano
Dr. Nicholas DelSordi
Lance Waring
Beverly Wilson
Tiana Crumbley
Dr. Tasha Nelson
Jesse Figueroa
Tania Hinojosa
Trish Udell
Tom Kho
Harshika Bhatt


Affiliation / Program

 
RIO SALADO COLLEGE - President
PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Past President
PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Awareness Committee
COCONINO COLLEGE - Treasurer
YAVAPAI COLLEGE BASIC ADULT ED - Awareness Committee
RIO SALADO COLLEGE - Finance Chair
RIO SALADO COLLEGE - Membership Chair
PHOENIX COLLEGE - PD Committee Chair

PIMA COUNTY PROBATION - PD Committee member

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (ADE) -Adult Education Services
ADULT LITERACY PLUS
RIO SALADO COLLEGE
ADULT LITERACY PLUS
PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
FRIENDLY HOUSE
LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF MARICOPA COUNTY
NORTHLAND PIONEER COLLEGE


Katy Brown has been a GED instructor with Pima Community College (PCC) ABECC in Tucson, Arizona since 1997. She has been on the Board of AALL since 2009 where she is currently a member of the professional development committee.  Past roles include Professional Development Chair, and Treasurer. Her passion for education, civic engagement and the environment led her to compliment her Biology degree from Stanford University with a Masters of Science in Science Education from Montana State University.  In addition to teaching, Katy likes to volunteer as a wildlife tracker and environmental restoration worker.


Katy Brown



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.




Laura Porfirio


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.

Donovan Wiedmann

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.


Craig Lefever

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.




Kelly Stewart

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 since 2012 and was President from 2015 to 2017. From 2018 to 2020, Philip served as president of the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association and is currently continuing his service there as the Arizona representative to the Board.  True to the profession, Philip continues to be a lifelong learner and hopes to continue supporting adult education and AALL's mission.


Philip Suriano

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


Lance V. Waring, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, is a 30-year veteran of the USAF.  Shortly after retiring, he earned a Master of Arts Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) degree from USC.  He has since served as an ELAA instructor for Pima Community College’s Adult Ed program, has taught various English courses as an adjunct for the Tucson satellite campus of Wayland Baptist University, and currently manages a teaching site for the Pima County Adult Probation’s adult Ed program.


Lance Waring


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.


Beverly Wilson

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. 

Tiana Crumbley

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

Jesse Figueroa is Program Director at Adult Literacy Plus of Southwest Arizona (ALPS). He opens the lines of communication between students, teachers and community partners to provide adult education services in Yuma County. With over 20 years in both private and public sectors, Jesse has experience in program improvement, team building, professional development, curriculum implementation, and partner collaboration.

His previous program manager and instructor roles with ALPS, Yuma School District I, Crane Schools, and the South Yuma County Consortium have earned him the trust, respect, and credibility of policymakers and educational leaders in the community. He represents Adult Education for Yuma County’s Local Workforce Development Board, the Educational Opportunity Center’s Charter High School Board, and Goodwill’s Business & Advisory Council.

Jesse holds a Master of Science in Human Relations degree from Northern Arizona University and a Certified Manager of Program Improvement certificate from the Arizona Department of Education’s Adult Education Services department.


Jesse Figueroa



Tania Hinojosa is currently a Refugee Education Program Instructor at Pima Community College and the Bilingual Learning Engineer at Make Way for Books in Tucson, Az.

Tania has been in the education field for 26 years, dedicated to the professional development of adults and committed to promote high quality education possibilities for children of all ages. Her professional experiences include Spanish immersion preschool teacher, ESL instructor, Quality First Coach, professional development design and implementation and literacy specialist. Tania is a self-identified children’s book nerd. 

She earned a bachelor’s in Educational Sciences at University of Monterrey and holds a master’s in Educational Technology and Leadership from Monterrey Institute of Technology, ITESM.

Tania Hinojosa


Trish was inspired to pursue a master’s degree in Education & ESL while living in the Middle East. She then taught for 15 years in the Intensive English Program at Missouri Southern State University, and three years as the Project Lead for Crowder College’s Resettlement Educational Assistance Program. In 2019, Trish moved to Phoenix where she has enjoyed working full time for Friendly House as an ELAA & ELT instructor.
“A good teacher makes learning a joy.” This is Trish’s goal as she creates a classroom environment where students are invited to have an unforgettable experience while engaging with one another and English. Trish has been invited to share her ideas at COABE’s National Conferences and at other state and area conferences.

Trish Udell

I have been working in Adult Education for 7 years.  I first started out with Rio Salado-Avondale and now with Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County.  I’m a facilitator (teacher) with both the ELAA and ABE Program.  This is the first time that I will be joining the AALL board as a member.  In my down time, I enjoy watching movies and spending time with my family!




Tom Kho

Educator Nutty Hershey (aka Harshika Bhatt) is currently serving as Integrated Education and Training (IET) Department Chair and Faculty in College & Career Preparation at Northland Pioneer College (NPC).  After completing an Associate of Business from NPC and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State University, she spent several years working in various industries including Banking, Hospitality & Tourism, Student Financial Aid, and Information Services.

After enhancing faculty development as an innovative Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Coordinator, she was inspired to earn her Master of Education in Educational Technology with a certification in Secondary Mathematics from Moreland University.  Passionate about empowering employees in her role of Faculty Mentoring Program Coordinator, she leveraged technology to enhance faculty collaboration and sharing of best practices. With her rising passion for professional learning, she obtained her Master Trainer Designation from the Association for Talent Development (ATD) while also achieving her Learning and Development Certification from Academy to Innovate HR (AIHR).  Learner success and professional development at the forefront, she believes “It is not our abilities that show our true selves, it is our choices.”


Harshika Bhatt

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