Participate in Open Public Forums

A series of public forums are being planned by the Yuba Community College District as its Board of Trustees narrows the search for the Woodland College’s next president.

College officials announced Tuesday, there are five Woodland College president finalists being considered to replace Dr. Michael White who is retiring at the end of June.

Each President finalist will participate in a public forum hosted at Woodland Community College and people — including the general public, administration, faculty, staff and students — are being invited to attend the open public forums being held at the college campus, 2300 E. Gibson Road.

The public is invited to join the following forums:

Tuesday, May 14: 3-4 p.m. with Dr. Art Pimentel; 4-5 p.m. with Dr. Rafe Trickey; and 5 to 6 p.m. with Dr. Lisa Wilkins.

Wednesday, May 15: 3-4 p.m. with Dr. Theresa Fleischer-Rowland; and 4-5 p.m. with Dr. Lena Tran.

Candidate Bios

Art PimentelDr. Art Pimentel

Dr. Art Pimentel has over 16 years of experience in higher education. His experience includes leadership of student and instructional services, fiscal management, marketing, community outreach, enrollment management, information technology, facilities management, government relations as well as institutional and strategic planning.


Bachelors 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. He graduated from Woodland High School in 1997.

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 was hired as the Director of TRiO Programs at WCC.  In 2012, Art was appointed Executive Dean for the Lake County Campus for Woodland Community College.

In July 2014, Art accepted the position of Campus Dean for the West Sacramento Center for Sacramento City College in the Los Rios Community College District and in January of this year, he was appointed as the District Director of Educational Services and Student Success. A position he currently holds.

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 in 2004, Mayor of Woodland in 2008, 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.

Dr. Pimentel resides in the City of Woodland along with his daughter, Isabella.

Cooper WilkinsDr. Cooper Wilkins

Dr. Cooper Wilkins is the Assistant Superintendent / Vice President of Student Services at San Joaquin Delta College with administrative oversight for Enrollment Services and Student Development (Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Veterans Resource Center, the Assessment Center, Foster Youth Educational and Support Programs, International Students, Student Activities, Student Clubs and Organizations and Student Government and the Pride Center); Counseling and Special Services (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, Disability Support Programs and Services, AFFIRM, Puente and EPIC Learning Communities, Career and Transfer Center as well as academic Guidance courses); the District Police Department, the Office of Student Equity and Diversity, the CalWORKs Program, and the Hazel Hill Child Development Center. She joined the District in 2014 as the Dean of Enrollment Services and Student Development in 2014.

At University of the Pacific, she served as the Associate Vice President for Student Life (2010-2014), the Interim Assist Provost for Diversity (2007-2008) and the Director of the Educational Resource Center (2005-2008) and Coordinator of Disability Services (2002-2005). In Philadelphia, she was the Dean of the Educational Support Services Division at the Community College of Philadelphia (2008-2010). Lisa has spent her career in roles that foster access, equity, inclusion and opportunity for underrepresented and under-served students.

Honors that she has received include the NAACP Medgar Evers Freedom Fighter Award in 2017, the Friends of TRiO Award in 2016, the Susan B. Anthony Woman of Achievement Award in 2012, induction into the Delta Kappa Gamma International Education Honor Society – Tau Chapter in 2008 as well as the Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award in 2014 and the Woman of Distinction Award in 2007 both recognitions from the University of the Pacific.

Dr. Cooper Wilkins completed her doctoral studies at the George Washington University in Higher Education Administration Program; her dissertation was entitled Disability as Diversity: Assessing the Perceptions of Students with Physical Disabilities Regarding Access and Equal Opportunity in Postsecondary Education. She possesses a Master of Arts in Psychological Services and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Counseling from Marymount University; a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and International Relations from Goucher College.

She currently serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of San Joaquin, Delta Health Care, and NASPA’s James E. Scott Academy. Dr. Cooper Wilkins remains actively engaged in public service with a focus on education including early literacy initiatives as well as scholarship and mentoring programs for local high school students.

Lena TransDr. Lena Tran

Dr. Lena Tran currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Innovation at San Jose City College.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Montclair State University, an MBA from Seton Hall University, and a Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership from University of San Francisco.

Dr. Tran has held administrative positions at Seton Hall University, UC Santa Cruz, and Evergreen Valley College where she led successful program development, community partnership, outreach, and student success initiatives.  During her career in education she has also served as Director of Student Life at Seton Hall University, Director of Business, Education and Allied Health at UC Santa Cruz Extension, and Dean of Business and Workforce Development at Evergreen Valley College.

Dr. Tran’s professional background includes established technology firms in New York City and startup enterprises in Silicon Valley. She is the author of Compassionate Vietnamese American CEOs – How six entrepreneurs achieved bottom line success by leading with their heart. Her presentations have included: Cultural Intelligence, Perfect Micro Manager, National Culture and Leadership Practices, Ethnic Marketing, Transitioning from the Classroom to the Boardroom, and Emotional Intelligence for Ethnically Based Organizations.

While serving in leadership positions in education, Dr. Tran has been aware of the importance of being engaged in the broader community. She has served on the boards of organizations whose goal is to a promote a community free of bias, bigotry, and violence by transforming youths into leaders, and opening educational opportunities for the poorest of the poor in Asia. She has an extensive background working in leadership positions with programs aimed at creating strategic partnerships in the community to meet the needs of students who’ve been traditionally underrepresented in higher education, e.g., Southeast Asians, African Americans, and Latinos, or who are the first in their families to attend college.

Dr. Tran has received the following awards: Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative and California Forward 2018 Awards; Honoree of the John & Roueche Excellence Award, 2018; Honoree for Fulbright Scholar College Administrators Seminar to Russia, 2016; awarded to 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley, 2015; and named to Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal “Top 40 under 40” list, 2012. Dr. Tran serves on the Board of Directors of the Eastside Union High School District Career Technical Education Advisory Board.

Rafe TrickeryDr. Rafe Edward “Ed” Trickey, Jr.

Dr. Rafe Edward Trickey, Jr. currently serves as President of the Greater Pacific Planning and Effectiveness Group, an institutional effectiveness consulting business he launched in 1988, and as the Board Treasurer, an Executive Committee member and an Advisory Group member for the Oceanside Promise, a community-wide, collective-action partnership united by a shared vision of every child and student reaching her and his fullest potential in college, career, and life.

Dr. Trickey has enjoyed a 30-year leadership career in education, public-benefit corporations and public service.  He has held the elected office of City Treasurer in the City of Oceanside, California, and served as President of Comanche Nation College in Oklahoma, President of Sisseton Wahpeton College in South Dakota, Vice President of Planning and Institutional Development and Vice President of Student Services at the College of the Marshall Islands, Executive Director of Development and External Relations at Citrus College in California, and President and CEO of the California-wide CHP 11-99 Foundation.

Over the course of his leadership career, Dr. Trickey has cultivated a robust record specializing in institutional effectiveness, assessment, innovation, institutional development, service population success support services, and improving outcomes.  During his leadership tenures, the institutions he has served secured new resources and realized measurable improvements in institutional efficiency, effectiveness and service population success.  Dr. Trickey maintains particular research and service focuses on promoting and mentoring more women into top leadership positions (including superintendent positions, chancellorships, presidencies, executive directorships and public office), and the impacts evaluator attitudes, the role congruity biases many people consciously and unconsciously maintain, and evaluation practices have on perceptions of leader efficacy and leader success and persistence.  He also is committed to closing opportunity gaps for students and creating and delivering success-support pathways to individuals experiencing homelessness and food insecurity, as well as developing and implementing programs that uplift indigenous and other underrepresented people.

Dr. Trickey, the first in his family to attend and graduate college, holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California, San Diego, a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University in the City of New York, a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an Associate of Arts degree from Modesto Junior College, and a Certificate in Fund Raising with a Specialization in the Institutional Development Process from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Dr. Trickey has been happily and successfully married to Barbara L. Hamilton, Esq. for over three decades.  Dr. Trickey and Ms. Hamilton are the proud parents of three (two of whom are California Community College alumni) and the delighted grandparents of two.