About President's Cabinet


The President's Cabinet members work closely with the College President to support the comprehensive delivery of the college's services and implementation of the college's strategic plan and strategic priorities identified to move the college to its next level of excellence.

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Dr. Quintin B. Bullock is the ninth president of the Community College of Allegheny County, a multi-campus institution serving approximately 40,000 credit and noncredit students. He is a consummate professional, an experienced educator, an effective community leader, an empathetic mentor, and a positive role model for students and aspiring leaders, with an extensive, diverse professional background in higher education. He is a proven and results-oriented community college president who is recognized for his exemplary leadership and for being a powerful advocate for the students and communities he serves.

During his tenure at CCAC, Dr. Bullock has led several large capital projects, including the construction of a new workforce center and the renovation of Chalfant Hall, which will soon house the new Teaching and Learning Center; launched new academic and career programs; secured new state and federal grants; spearheaded the college's largest campaign totaling $65 million; stabilized the college's finances; developed a new strategic plan; led the college to a one-college operating model; oversaw a successful Middle States Commission for Higher Education accreditation review, resulting in CCAC's full accreditation for another eight years; and worked collaboratively with faculty and college leaders to develop and implement a comprehensive assessment plan.

Before joining CCAC, Dr. Bullock served as president of Schenectady County Community College in New York; provost of the Virginia Beach and Norfolk campuses of Tidewater Community College; and executive dean of Monroe Community College Damon City Campus.

Dr. Bullock holds BS and MEd degrees from Prairie View A&M University and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center: Dental Branch. He completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. His leadership training includes the League for Innovation in the Community College Executive Leadership Institute; the American Association for Community Colleges Future Leaders Program; the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership; the Wharton/RHE Program in Higher Education; and the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents.

Dr. Bullock's community and professional affiliations are many. He is on the boards of Vibrant Pittsburgh, Caring Place Foundation, Partners 4 Work, Youth Places, the Buhl Foundation, Pittsburgh Public Theater and the Allegheny Conference for Community Development. In addition, he serves on numerous local committees and special projects. For his work and advocacy on behalf of education and the community, President Bullock has received numerous awards and honors. 

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Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.

These moments described by Dr. King are extraordinary. I have found that the journey to becoming a highly educated person affords many such moments. As Provost and Executive Vice President at CCAC, I see my job as placing in the hands of our faculty and staff, the time, the tools, and the inspiration needed to create opportunities for "unutterable fulfillment."

Plutarch wrote, "The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled." What our students find at CCAC is a place to lay the foundation of a career, a life, and a community. Whether you come for a degree, a course, a class, or even an event, I hope you find a spark that will light your passion for learning and speak to you in the inaudible language of the heart.

Stuart T. Blacklaw, PhD assumed the role of Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs on August 3, 2015. Dr. Blacklaw previously served as Provost and Vice President for Instruction and Student Development at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona; as Vice President for Instruction at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and as the Dean of Curriculum at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. He taught Communication and Media Studies on the faculty of Olivet College for 12 years before moving into administration.

He holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Capella University, a Master of Arts in Telecommunication Arts from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Olivet College. 

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As Vice President and General Counsel, Tony DiTommaso serves as the College's in-house counsel and Anthony L. DiTommaso, Esq. provides legal advice to the President and College officers and employees across all campuses. He is responsible for managing the legal affairs of the College in the areas of business law, employment law, labor relations, real estate, contract drafting, negotiation and review, intellectual property, governance, compliance, policy development and risk management, and represents the College in legal matters involving outside agencies and complainants.

Prior to joining CCAC, Mr. DiTommaso served as the Director of Administrative & Legal Services for the Pine-Richland School District, where he was responsible for managing all administrative operations and legal services for a large, suburban school district, and as Senior Counsel for the H.J. Heinz Company, where he served as legal counsel to the company's human resources and foodservice business divisions. Mr. DiTommaso began his legal career as an attorney with the Pittsburgh law firm of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP, where his practice focused on employment law and commercial law and litigation.

Mr. DiTommaso received his undergraduate degree in English from Point Park University (B.A., magna cum laude) and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor for the University of Pittsburgh Law Review and was a Law Alumni Scholarship recipient. 

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Charles Graham is the Vice President and CIO of Community College of Allegheny and serves on the Presidents leadership council.

Before joining CCAC in July 2018, Chuck was Senior Director of Data Management and Performance Analytics for PPG industries and was responsible for all of the company's operational and executive reporting analytics worldwide, including end-to-end management of the corporate data management strategy.

Prior to PPG, Chuck held various director level management positions across several diverse industries including manufacturing, retail, financial services and healthcare. His experience as a leader spans over 18 years and has him recognized as an accomplished leader who inspires and motivates others to think creatively and understands the importance of having exceptional leadership.

Chuck earned an MBA from Point Park University in 2005 and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science as well in 1996. He is also certified in project management (PMP), ITIL, Data Management (DAMA), Lean Six Sigma, and Data Warehousing & Data Analytics (TDWI).

After 30 years of service in the business arena, Chuck has established himself as a leadership presence and influencer to others in the industry. He is happiest with sharing experiences and guiding others to achieve their own personal leadership success. Most recently, Chuck was an award finalist for 2021 CIO of the year in the category of large colleges and universities, nominated by his industry priors and honored by the Pittsburgh Technology Group and the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group.

Elizabeth Johnston serves as the Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic and overall direction of the college's marketing communications. Under her leadership, the department has enhanced the college's image in the marketplace, won myriad marketing and advertising awards, and led the effort to create CCAC's popular college mascot, a wildcat named Ace. She serves on numerous committees, including the Commencement Committee and College Council, and is a member of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.

Before joining CCAC, Johnston served as marketing director for Animal Friends, where she directed the marketing and branding efforts of the nation's oldest continuously operating no-kill animal shelter in the United States. A member of the senior leadership team, she was part of a core team charged with the development of a new multipurpose animal resource center, which was instrumental in moving the organization from a regional animal shelter to a nationally renowned and respected companion animal resource center.

Prior to her tenure with Animal Friends, Johnston served as managing editor for Monitor Press, Ltd., in the U.K., overseeing the company's startup Special Reports division - a portfolio that included hard and soft cover books, special reports and auxiliary products commissioned from experts in the areas of science and technology, health care administration, IT and consumer law, and business management. While overseas, she also served as the director of a startup educational trust, where she led the charity's overall business operations, and secured a support base of donors, members, volunteers and celebrity patrons.

Johnston holds a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Michigan State University. Active in the wider community, she volunteers for a number of charities and causes, and currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Beaver County Humane Society. 

Dr. McCloskey served as executive director for Financial and Accounting Services at Mercer County Community College. Prior to his tenure with MCCC, he served as the controller for LaSalle University and previously held the positions of chief financial officer for Lower Makefield Township, controller for Saint Joseph's University, and controller for Beaver College. Additionally, he has taught as an adjunct professor at Delaware County Community College, Bucks County Community College, LaSalle University, and Saint Joseph's University. Dr. McCloskey is currently an adjunct in the doctorial program at the University of Notre Dame in Maryland, and also teaches in the graduate accounting program at Southern New Hapmshire University.

Dr. McCloskey holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting from Jefferson University and an MBA from Saint Joseph's University and his doctorate in Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus.

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James R. McMahon (Jamie), CFRE serves as the chief executive officer of the CCAC Educational Foundation. He was formerly advancement director for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, where he worked with the Board of Trustees on annual and major gift fundraising projects, as well as for both Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Carnegie Museum of Art during his tenure. Prior to that, Mr. McMahon was a director of development with the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation of the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC. He also spent a number of years as a fundraising consultant for Ketchum (now Pursuant Ketchum), where his clients included leading nonprofit organizations throughout the United States whose fundraising goals ranged from $3 million to upwards of $550 million. Additionally, he is an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University where he teaches fundraising in the Master of Arts Management program.

Well known within Pittsburgh's philanthropic community, Mr. McMahon has presented several times at fundraising conferences in Western Pennsylvania as well as at the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference. From 2009-2015, he served on the national Standing Commission on Stewardship and Development of the Episcopal Church USA, with three years as its chair, and from 2010-2013 he served on the board of directors of the Western PA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, with two years as treasurer. Additionally, from 2011-2013 he served as vice-chair of the board of directors of the Tracing Center on the Histories and Legacies of Slavery. Mr. McMahon currently serves as the board chair at Calvary Episcopal Church in East Liberty, as well as a board member of Forward Movement.

Mr. McMahon holds an A.B. in English from Dartmouth College, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and is presently completing a doctorate in Higher Education Management at the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification from CFRE International, the only internationally recognized baseline professional credential for philanthropic fundraising executives. 

Kimberly Manigault serves as CCAC s vice president for Human Resources. She was formerly the director of Human Resources at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Prior to her higher education experience, Ms. Manigault worked for the Mahoning County Department of Job & Family Services as the human resources administrator in Youngstown, Ohio, and served in other administrative and legal capacities in public service.

Ms. Manigault is also an attorney, having begun her career representing indigent individuals at a legal aid agency. Throughout her varied career, she has developed expertise in many areas, including conflict resolution, professional development, labor and employee relations, cultural diversity and policy development. She is the author of Victory in the Workplace, a devotional workplace resource. As a leader, she strives to create a collaborative and inclusive work atmosphere that fosters innovation and continuous improvement.

She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Angelica Perez-Johnston (she/ella), Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Community College of Allegheny County, earned her Doctorate in Public Administration from West Chester University of Pennsylvania where her research focused on the holistic approach to interventions to support systemically marginalized students to increase retention and persistence to graduation. She has presented her findings at several national and local conferences including the NASPA First-Generation Student Success Conference where her work was a First-Gen Forward featured presentation.

Prior to her tenure at CCAC, Dr. APJ has held positions in diversity and intentional student support in both small private liberal arts institutions as well as within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Her most notable and recent accomplishments include creation and implementation of a strategic plan for the IDEAS Center at Allegheny College, creation and implementation of an umbrella advising model for affinity student organizations as well as design, implementation and advisement of the Intercultural Advocates, a student led peer to peer educational, support, and mentorship program.

Dr. APJ has facilitated workshops and trainings for faculty, staff and students on various DEI related topics including racial identity development, unconscious bias, white privilege and allyship. As evidenced by her most recent recognition from the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASPA), earning the Mena Valdez Latinx Inclusion Award, she takes pride in creating inclusive and expansive spaces where folks from intersecting identities can feel as though they belong.

Dr. APJ has also earned her Master of Arts in Counseling and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an Associates Degree in Business Management/Paralegal Studies from the Bradford School of Business. Her professional endeavors have brought her to a place of appreciation for her bi-cultural and intersecting identities and a greater understanding of the barriers to success for systemically marginalized populations. Through her passions for research and strategic planning, she engages in action oriented strategies to create a more inclusive campus community as well as partnering with local community organizations and bringing the spirit of intentional collaboration to life. 

Charlene Newkirk, JD, has served at CCAC since March 2009. She grew up in Pittsburgh, graduating from Westinghouse High School in 1969. In 1974, she received her BA in English from Oberlin College, and then received a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1978. She passed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bar Examination in 1978 and actively practiced law for several years.

Her experience of 30 years in progressively responsible roles as a college administrator at large public research institutions as well as small public and private colleges, combined with her experience in a community college, has made her a well respected and seasoned professional in higher-education administration.

In 2003, Newkirk became vice president and dean of the Prince Frederick Campus for the College of Southern Maryland, a regional community college serving St. Mary's, Charles and Calvert counties. She had served as a trustee of the newly formed college since August 2000. As vice president and dean, she was responsible for overseeing the planning and construction of the Prince Frederick Campus of the College of Southern Maryland. She oversaw the relocation of the faculty, staff and students of Prince Frederick to the new campus in 2005.

Newkirk has served as a member of various Middle States re-accreditation teams, as a Baldrige-trained examiner team member for the Maryland Performance Excellence Awards Program and as a grant reviewer for the US Department of Education. Her value as an administrator is demonstrated by her many appointments to boards and committees in her local community as both a member and leader, and by the number of awards she has received.

Assistant to the Southeast Regional President: Heather Cox 
Regional Facilities Manager: Martin Palma 

Bonita L. Richardson has served students in a variety of roles since joining CCAC in 1990. She began working at CCAC, Homewood-Brushton Center and later moved to CCAC, Allegheny Campus before working in the executive offices at CCAC, Boyce Campus. She joined the Office of the President in 2004, when she became assistant to the president and liaison to the board of trustees. She currently serves as executive assistant to the president and the board of trustees.

Ms. Richardson is primarily responsible for managing the Offices of the President and the CCAC Board of Trustees. She is responsible for the planning and logistics for meetings of the board and its committees. She works closely with the president and trustees regarding college policies and procedures. She also serves as the liaison to individual trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, students and external constituents, handling confidential matters and issues directed to the executive offices. She also reviews items requiring the approval of the president or board; manages projects and college events such as commencement, dedications, groundbreakings and receptions. 

Dr. Debra Roach served as the director for Workforce Development and Continuing Education at The Pennsylvania State University, a position she had held for six years. In this capacity, she oversaw all aspects of workforce development and continuing education training for multiple counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Prior to her tenure with Penn State, she served as the director for Graduate Enrollment at Robert Morris University and as the training program developer for SAE International.

Dr. Roach began her studies at CCAC's Boyce Campus before transferring to Geneva College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management. In addition, she holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from California University of Pennsylvania and a Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Management and Leadership from Robert Morris University. She also possesses a certificate in Excellence in Executive Management from The Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business, is certified as both a Human Centered Design Strategic Planning Practitioner from the LUMA Institute and as a program planner from the Learning Education Resources Network (LERN), and has earned a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification.

Dr. Roach's community and professional affiliations are many. Besides serving on the executive board of directors of the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce and as the former chair of the Quality Education Council of the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, she is involved with Partner 4 Work, the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board, PA CareerLink Beaver County, Tristate Energy and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Consortium, University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education (PAACE) and LERN. She also serves on numerous related committees and is involved with many other special projects. 

Frank Sargent, Ed.D., J.D. serves as Vice President and Chief of Staff for the Community College of Allegheny County. As a senior member of the president's College Leadership Team, Dr. Sargent has broad and comprehensive responsibilities for the success of College operations with regard to administrative and strategic planning.

Dr. Sargent joined the Community College of Allegheny County from Newbury College in Brookline, Mass. Among many of his accomplishments as chief academic officer, Dr. Sargent led the development of numerous academic programs to include a FAA-approved aviation flight training program. Dr. Sargent developed many institutional partnerships and study abroad opportunities that greatly enhanced the student learning experience. Throughout his career in higher education Dr. Sargent skillfully shaped and spearheaded strategic initiatives, guided large-scale program expansion efforts, and partnered with business, community, and civic organizations to achieve mission goals with strong and sustainable results. His experiences bring creative and dynamic leadership and policy direction for institutional and strategic planning.

A first-generation college student, Dr. Sargent obtained an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Mass., and a B.S. from Salem State College. His teaching interests include leadership, higher education leadership, and higher education administration theory and organizational culture.

Dr. Sargent is an attorney and academic scholar whose research is aimed at helping higher education leaders better understand the law and its role in higher education. He has been active in a number of professional organizations, including the Association of Chief Academic Officers, Northeastern Educational Research Association, the Council of Independent Colleges, and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Dr. Sargent is a former military officer and aviator who volunteers much of his time to assisting veterans and disabled veterans of the armed services that seek educational and transitional assistance.

Administrative Assistant to the Vice President and Chief of Staff: Linda Friedrich 

Carlo Enrique Vazquez Hernandez as the college's vice president and chief facilities officer. Mr. Vazquez served as assistant director for Research Support and Operations at the University of Texas at El Paso, a position he held for a decade. Prior to his tenure with UTEP, he served as the facilities services general manager at the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM) in Nuevo León, Mexico. In addition to his considerable experience working with higher education institutions, Mr. Vazquez has served as the plant engineer for ACEREX, a joint venture with Worthington Industries, Inc., and Hylsamex, Mexico's second-largest steel manufacturer. Mr. Vazquez has served in various leadership positions at the maintenance and operations departments for private companies like CEMEX, the second-largest Cement company worldwide, ACEREX, a joint venture with Worthington Industries, Inc., and Hylsamex, Mexico's second-largest steel manufacturer.

Mr. Vazquez holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Automation Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma De Nuevo León, a master's degree in business administration from UTEP, and a graduate certificate in Quality and Innovation in Services from UDEM. Additionally, he possesses a certified energy manager license from the Association of Energy Engineers. 

Dr. Evon Walters brings a diverse background of over 25 years of combined experience in research, teaching & executive leadership within Higher Education. His alma mater is the University of Massachusetts, where he completed his Doctorate, Master's and Bachelor's degrees. In 2003, he was nominated and selected as a Fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE).His previous roles included President of Robert B. Miller College and Campus CEO and Executive Dean of the Eastern campus of Suffolk County Community College. Previous to Suffolk County Community College, he served as Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania and as Vice President of Student Services at Onondaga Community College (OCC) in Syracuse, New York. Additionally, Dr. Walters served as faculty and chairperson of the education department at Olivet College in Michigan.

While at Olivet College, he was recognized and awarded with the Faculty Riethmiller Award, for "Excellence in Scholarship". He began his professional career at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he was the Dean of Multicultural Affairs. During his career, he served eight years as a systems appraiser and evaluator for the Academic Quality Improvement program (AQIP) for the Higher Learning Commission accrediting body and was appointed by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) board as a Commissioner on their College Readiness Commission. He is currently serving a three year term on the AACC Commission on Student Success.

A devoted teacher, Walters taught within the Higher Education program at Stony Brook University during his tenure at Suffolk County Community College. His research activities and leadership on issues associated with institutional transformation, student success, and diversity issues within higher education, have led to over 100 citations of his work, as well as book chapters and publications in national journals such as: Journal of College Student Retention, Research, Theory & Practice, League of Innovation, EDUCAUSE, Community College Review, Student Affairs Journal, Trustee Quarterly, Community College Week, Excellence and Equity in Education and About Campus and AACRAO's Strategic Enrollment Management Source. He currently serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory and Practice.

Recognized for his entrepreneurial and collaborative leadership approach, he is credited with spearheading the conceptualizing and construction of high tech, data driven "One Stop" Student Success Centers at three community colleges. In addition to guiding, facilitating and implementing these planning processes, he was successful in securing institutional and external funding support that aided in the construction of the Centers. Many of the Centers have been recognized nationally for the process he used and the creative integration of data and technology by the Community College Review, Campus Technology and EDUCASE journals.

In 2013, he was awarded the New York Suffolk County, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission award and the New York Governor's certificate of recognition for his public service and contributions to diversity in Suffolk county.

Assistant to the Northwest Region President: Suzanne McHenry 
Facilities Manager: Brian Richards 

Business & Administration Officers

Executive Director of Business & Administration: Elena Manges 
Student Accounts Coordinator, Business Assistant: Natalie Dougherty

Director of Braddock Hills Center & Community Training and Development: Mary Jo Guercio 

Executive Director of Business & Administration: Rebekah Jenkins 
Student Accounts Coordinator, Business Assistant: Sara Graham

Director of Homewood Brushton Center: Sharmyn Straughters

Executive Director of Business & Administration: John Boehm

Executive Director of Business & Administration: Patricia Martier

Executive Director of West Hills Center: Jennifer Cowans