Martha Lamkin

Monday, February 02, 2015
Martha Lamkin, JD, served as the founding president, CEO and member of the board of directors of Lumina Foundation for Education, Inc. from 2000-2007. Ms. Lamkin helped develop the concept of Lumina Foundation while serving as executive vice president of USA Group, Inc., which she joined in 1991 and on whose board she served. She previously served as president of the Cummins Engine Foundation, executive director of corporate responsibility and government affairs of Cummins, and manager for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Indiana office. 

Additionally, Ms. Lamkin chairs the Indiana Symphony Society board of directors. She was appointed to the board of the Indiana Education Savings Authority by Governor Mitch Daniels and is a member of the Boards of Directors of Christel House International, Inc.; Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana Region Advisory Board; and Tourism Tomorrow, Inc. (TTI), the 501c3 subsidiary of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association (ICVA), chairing its Music Crossroads Initiative. 

After 22 years of service on the board of directors of Citizens Energy Group, a charitable trust which operates utilities serving residents of the Indianapolis area, Ms. Lamkin retired as its chair in 2012. In a career of dedicated service to the public good, Ms. Lamkin served as a trustee of a wide array number of corporate, non-profit and higher education boards and is a member of The Indiana Academy. Ms. Lamkin holds a BA in English & American Literature from California Baptist University, a MA in English & American Literature from Vanderbilt University and a law degree from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University-Indianapolis.

Cindy Skirvin

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ms. Cindy Skirvin is a Partner in Consulting with Deloitte Consulting LLP. Based in Portland, Oregon, and working out of Deloitte’s Seattle office, Ms. Skirvin serves as a business advisor and the national leader for the Technology Adoption Practice and is a lead partner for one of Deloitte’s core Life Science clients. Previously, Ms. Skirvin was a consultant with Price Waterhouse and IBM working in the areas of workforce transformation, change management, human capital management, and business process re-engineering.


Ms. Skirvin holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting and a Masters Certificate in International Business from Portland State University, and served on the faculty of American University in its MBA program. “Serving on Gateway to College National Network’s Board is a great opportunity to bring together both my personal interests and professional experience in developing learning and talent programs to help improve education opportunities for young people.”

Jill Nguyen

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Jill Nguyen, MBA, is retired from BP Marine after 25 years as managing director. She worked internationally and was responsible for a division with revenues over $1 billion with over 80 staff in 15 countries. She has a B.S. in engineering from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University. Ms. Nguyen is a Vietnamese immigrant who came to America under difficult circumstances at age 11. She credits her success to having several mentors along the way, and has a strong desire to give back by helping young people to succeed.

Eduardo Marti

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Eduardo Marti, PhD, served as Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges of the City University of New York and is president emeritus Queensborough Community College. Prior to his experience in NYC, he served as President of Corning Community College of the State University of New York (SUNY), and as President of SUNY’s Tompkins Cortland Community College. Dr. Martí also served as Executive Dean of Tunxis Community College (Campus CEO, CAO) and Acting President of Middlesex Community College, both located in Connecticut.


An advocate for high standards and the traditional values of education, Dr. Martí serves on the Board of Trustees of Teachers College at Columbia University, as a member of the Board of Governors of the Council for Aid to Education, and as a member of NYS Governor’s Commission on Educational Reform. Previously, he served on The College Board’s Advisory Board on Community Colleges as well

as the Community College Research Center Advisory Board of Teachers College at Columbia University. Additionally, he served as Chair of the Board for the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS).


Having previously served on the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), he was elected once again in March 2009-11. He was elected as a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in October 2010. In 2011 he was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve on the Panel for Educational Policy of the NYC Department of Education.


Three times a graduate of New York University, Dr. Martí holds the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, and PhD degrees in biology from the institution.

Barbara Lombardo

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Barbara Lombardo, PhD, received her MBA and PhD degrees from the Haas School of Business, the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on business and public policy, and wrote her dissertation on corporate philanthropy. She has been an adjunct professor of not-for-profit management at Lewis & Clark College and Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. She has chaired the Board of Trustees of Montgomery School in Chester Springs, PA, and has served on the Board of Trustees of Lafayette College, her undergraduate alma mater. “Gateway to College is a cause that resonates deeply with me as a first generation college student – improving access to education is crucial for our country,” says Ms. Lombardo, who lives in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.

Lakecia Gunter

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Lakecia Gunter, M.S., holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of South Florida and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to her technical expertise in software and process engineering and microprocessor validation, she serves in volunteer leadership roles with the United Way in Oregon, the Urban League of Portland, and the National Society of Black Engineers. 

“I had the good fortune of having mentors, coaches, teachers, uncles, aunts—a complete village of people who always encouraged me and provided doorways for me to walk through. Because a few people believed in me, it made a difference in my life. I, too, want to make a difference in the lives of others,” says Ms. Gunter.

Nan Poppe

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Nan Poppe, EdD, has been dedicated to improving workforce education and expanding academic opportunities for underserved students. Dr. Poppe currently serves as a consultant specializing in workforce development, designing career pathways, and improving completion rates for community college students and serves as a coach for the Accelerating Opportunity National Initiative. In 2010 she retired from her post as campus president at Portland Community College (PCC) and held various positions there prior to that, including Dean of Adult and Continuing Education, Dean of Instruction, and District Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.


After retiring from PCC, Nan worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to design the national initiative, Completion By Design. During the planning phase of the initiative she coordinated the technical assistance to the 21 participating colleges.


Dr. Poppe has served on a number of community-level and national boards of directors to advance the status of continuing education, workforce development, sectoral programs, and community-based intermediaries. She is highly regarded for her expertise in understanding and influencing local, state and federal public policy. As a sought-after education policy expert, she has presented on and written about a wide range of subjects from increasing literacy skills for low-income adults, to creating pre-college courses for students not ready for post-secondary coursework. Dr. Poppe holds a BA in Social Work from San Diego State University and a MSW from Fresno State University. She holds an EdD in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University.

Andrew Dorsey

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Andy Dorsey, MBA, joined Front Range Community College (FRCC) in Colorado in 1993 at the Boulder campus and became college president in 2009. Before becoming president, he was an instructor and faculty member teaching psychology and economics, and was named Boulder County Master Teacher of the Year in 1999. Mr. Dorsey was also vice president of the Westminster Campus/North Metro Area and chief academic officer. He served as chair of the Arts and Communications department, associate dean of instruction and director of online learning, dean of instruction, and associate vice president for advancement.


Among his key accomplishments at FRCC is his launch of the Gateway to College program in 2008. Mr. Dorsey also helped create two other high school partnerships in Colorado and helped found the Adams County Education Consortium, a partnership between Adams County school districts, community organizations, community colleges, and the business community designed to teach skills in school that better prepare Adams County students for the workforce. Prior to his work with FRCC, Mr. Dorsey served as interim executive director of the YWCA of Boulder County. He has also been a legislative director for an Ohio congressman and worked in research and development in the recycling and energy field.


Mr. Dorsey holds a BA in economics and an MBA from Harvard University. He also earned a MA in counseling psychology from Lesley College in Denver. In addition to serving as Treasurer for Gateway to College National Network, he serves on the boards of the Metro North Chamber of Commerce, the St. Anthony's Hospital and the Colorado Campus Compact.

Rob Denson

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Rob Denson, JD, has served Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) as president since 2003. In addition to serving on the Gateway to College National Network board, he is a member of the National Leadership Council of Opportunity Nation. He is an active sponsor of STEM Connector, and serves on the Iowa Governor STEM Council Executive Committee. Prior to coming to DMACC, Mr. Denson served as president of Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa. He has also worked as Assistant Dean of Students for Iowa State University and the University of Florida. 

Mr. Denson is a board certified civil attorney who specialized in education law and patent licensing while operating his own civil trial law practice for 16 years. He was an Associate University Attorney for the University of Florida and also served as Legal Counsel and Dean for Institutional Advancement at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida. 

Mr. Denson believes that life is all about opportunity and is proud to be the first native-born Iowan to serve as President of Des Moines Area Community College. Born on a farm in eastern Iowa, he attended a 1-room country school for his first 3 grades and drove a semi-truck to help pay his way through college. He was the first member of his family to complete college. Mr. Denson holds a BS in Political Science and Economics and a MA in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University in addition to a law degree from the University of Florida.


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