Three new hires in three administrative positions will help move Shoreline Community College forward. “I’m very excited that these three individuals are bringing their talents and experience to benefit the students at Shoreline Community College,” President Lee Lambert said today.
Tonya M. Drake, Ph.D. – Vice President for Student Success
Dr. Drake is presently District Director, Student Affairs for the Maricopa County Community College District, in Phoenix, Ariz., serving in that position since 2003.
“I am excited to join the dynamic and engaging team at Shoreline Community College,” Drake said. “While I have enjoyed my experiences in Arizona, I am very excited to return to the Northwest. I believe that student learning and student success can be achieved both inside and outside the classroom through collaboration, intentional actions, and by focusing on things that 'matter.'
“Shoreline Community College is a vibrant campus that continuously strives for excellence. I look forward to contributing to that excellence in my work with staff, faculty, fellow administrators, and most importantly, students.”
From 2000-03, Drake was Assistant Executive Director, Academic and Student Affairs for the Arizona Board of Regents. Drake spent a year as the Director of the Upward Bound (a federal Trio program) at Gateway Community College, in Phoenix. At Arizona State University, from 1997-99, Drake served as Program Coordinator, Scholar Recruitment. And, from 1994-97, Drake was Counselor Coordinator, Educational Talent Search at the University of Washington.
Drake is a product of the Washington community college system with an AA from Lower Columbia College, in Longview. She received a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington, an M.Ed from Arizona State University. Drake’s doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy Studies is also from ASU.
Drake will start July 1 at SCC.
Bill Sperling – Director of ABE/ESL/GED
Sperling is presently Workforce Education Manager at Cascadia Community College, in Bothell, where he oversees the school’s Worker Retraining and WorkFirst programs. At Shoreline Community College, Sperling will be in charge of the Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language classes and the General Education Development program.
“Bill brings a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge of the local challenges facing students in these important programs,” SCC President Lee Lambert said. “The students are fortunate to have Bill coming to SCC.”
Before going to Cascadia in 2006, Sperling spent eight years at Everett Community College as Dean for Learning Services where he supervised that school’s ABE, ESL and high-school completion programs. Sperling also served at Seattle Central Community College from 1994-98 as Associate Dean, Basic Studies Division. Sperling has experience at the state level, serving one year as Interim Director of Adult Education for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and nine years with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges as Director, ABLE Network/Northwest Literacy Resource Center. Sperling began his career in 1976 at Grays Harbor College as Coordinator of the Basic Education Program.
“Much of my experience has been serving the more under-prepared population and increasing access,” Sperling said. “Just providing basic skills is not enough unless those skills can be used as a springboard for transfer or job programs or whatever path they choose.”
Sperling holds a Master’s in Higher Education from the University of Washington, where he also earned a BA in English. He has done work toward a doctorate at Seattle University and attended Harvard University.
Sperling will start July 1 at SCC
Ritva Manchester – Director of Annual Giving, Community and Alumni Relations
Although the title is new, Manchester doesn’t have far to move, currently holding the title of Interim Director of the Shoreline Community College Foundation. The direct appointment by SCC President Lee Lambert is part of an organizational restructuring puts the Foundation and the Public Information Office into the newly formed Office of College Advancement.
“The restructuring and filling of this position puts us in position to have a close working relationship between the Foundation and the Public Information Office,” Lambert said. “This is the model many institutions use to great success. Ritva has shown her skills and commitment in the interim foundation position and I’m confident Ritva is the right person for this new role.”
Manchester is a Shoreline resident, an SCC alumnus and graduated from Western Washington University. She is a longtime community and schools activist, serving as chief of staff for a former King County Council member and is a three-time Golden Acorn Award recipient from the Shoreline School District.
“I’m excited to help bring the needed resources to the Foundation and Shoreline Community College to support the scholarships and many wonderful programs that serve students,” Manchester said.
Manchester will continue to serve as Interim Foundation Director until leadership for the Office of College Advancement is finalized.