Art Pimentel, President
Art has over 16 years of experience in higher education. His experience includes leadership of student and instructional services, public policy, fiscal management, marketing, community outreach, enrollment management, facilities management, government relations as well as institutional and strategic planning.
- Bachelor’s of Arts in Social Sciences from California State University, Sacramento (2002);
- Masters of Arts in Educational leadership from California State University, Sacramento (2010);
- Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from the University of California, Davis (2018).
Born in the City of Woodland, Art Pimentel is a proud product of the Woodland Joint Unified School District.
After working for a member of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, Art was hired as the Public Information Officer at Woodland Community College in the Yuba Community College District in 2006. In 2009, he became the Director of TRiO Programs at WCC and in 2012, Art was appointed to serve as the Executive Dean for the Lake County Campus for Woodland Community College.
On July 1, 2014, Art was hired as the Campus Dean for the West Sacramento Center for Sacramento City College in the Los Rios Community College District and in January 2019, he was appointed District Director of Educational Services and Student Success.
After five years in Los Rios District, Art was appointed President of Woodland Community College on July 1, 2019.
In addition to his career in higher education, Art has held several elected and regional leadership positions. He was elected to the Woodland City Council and served from 2004-2008, elected Mayor of Woodland in 2008-2012, and served on the Woodland Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees in 2014. Art also served as the Chairman for the Yolo County Transportation District, Yolo-Solano Air Quality District, and the Cleaner Air Partnership of Sacramento.
Art resides in the City of Woodland along with his daughter, Isabella.
Kasey Gardner, Vice President of Instruction
Kasey joined Woodland Community College as Vice President in November 2019, after serving as the Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Sacramento City College. Previous to his time in administration, Kasey was a Professor of Communication and Director of Forensics at Los Medanos College. When he’s not working on academic affairs, Kasey is an avid snowboarder and retro video game enthusiast. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Western Kentucky University, a Master’s in Communication from the University of the Pacific, and an MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Adela Esquivel-Swinson, Vice President of Student Services
Adela Esquivel-Swinson is a bilingual Latina who is a first-generation college student with more than twenty years of experience in higher education. Her career includes serving diverse community colleges in various capacities across California. Throughout her career, she has championed access and student success.
Prior to joining Woodland Community College in July 2020, she served as Vice President of Student Affairs at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, CA. Ms. Esquivel-Swinson holds a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Social Justice from Antioch University in Santa Barbara, CA, and a Human Services degree with an emphasis in Counseling from Notre Dame de Namuir University in Belmont, CA.
Her hobbies include gardening, reading, cooking, traveling, walking her dog Molly with her husband Paul, and attending gatherings with family and friends.
Dr. Cirilo Cortez, Dean, Lake County Campus
Email Cirilo Cortez — (707) 995-7900
Dr. Cirilo Cortez serves as the Dean of the Lake County Campus at Woodland Community College. Dr. Cortez was appointed as Dean in July of 2020. Raised in Kelseyville, CA Lake County, Dr. Cortez went to Kelseyville High School and graduated in 2002. In 2002, Dr. Cortez attended Sonoma State University to earn his bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Dr. Cortez attended UC Davis to complete his graduate studies in the School of Education. Dr. Cortez holds a master’s degree and doctorate of philosophy degree from UC Davis. Before becoming Dean of the Lake County Campus, Dr. Cortez worked for the TRiO Educational Talent Search Program at CSU, Chico and at UC Davis as the Founding Director of the Chicanx and Latinx Retention Initiative.