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Who We Are

The Community College Association Executives (CCAE) is comprised of the Executive Directors of community college state associations and includes approximately 25 active members.

The organization exists under the umbrella of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and is also affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

CCAE meets twice annually in conjunction with the ACCT/AACC National Legislative Summit and the ACCT Congress to receive updates from experts and members on issues, operations, and applicable state and national topics of interest.



Layla Merrifield - Chair

Executive Director, Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association

Layla Merrifield is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association, a non-profit association representing Wisconsin’s 144 local technical college trustees. Prior to joining the Association, Merrifield was a policy advisor and legislative advocate for two years with the Wisconsin Technical College System, and spent 13 years...

Elizabeth Bolden - Vice-Chair

President and CEO, Pennsylvania Commission for Community College

Elizabeth Bolden is President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, where she serves a chief spokesperson and advocate for the state’s 14 community colleges. In this role, Bolden collaborates with education leaders from all sectors to improve and promote postsecondary education in Pennsylvania. Bolden has extensive experience...

Brian Millner - Secretary

President and CEO, Missouri Community College Association

Brian Millner is the current President and CEO of the Missouri Community College Association. Formerly serving as Chief of Staff at the University of Missouri-Columbia and as the legislative director for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Millner began his tenure in September 2017. Brian holds a master’s degree in...

Larry Galizio, Ph.D. - Past Chair

President & CEO, Community College League of California

Larry Galizio has served as the President & CEO of the Community College League of California since 2015. Dr. Galizio earned his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, a Masters from San Francisco State, and his doctorate from the School of Urban & Public Affairs at Portland State University. Prior to...

Jacob Fraire

President & CEO, Texas Association of Community Colleges

As President and CEO, Jacob Fraire provides leadership to the association’s core mission and strategies to advance equity and sustainability among the state’s 50 independently-governed public community college districts. Together, Texas community colleges serve more than 730,000 students. Before joining TACC, Mr. Fraire served as Vice President of philanthropy at...

Andrea Henderson

Executive Director, Arkansas Community Colleges

Andrea Henderson serves as the Executive Director of the Arkansas Community Colleges which provides leadership, strategic planning, policy, and professional development for the 22 community colleges in Arkansas. Prior to this, Andrea was the Executive Director of the Oregon Community College Association for 17 years. Andrea is a frequent presenter...

Jack Hershey

President & CEO, Ohio Association of Community Colleges

Jack Hershey is the President & CEO of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, which represents the presidents and trustees of the state’s 23 community colleges. Hershey came to the OACC in 2014 after spending 10 years at The Ohio State University, where he most recently was the university’s Associate...

Brandy Johnson

President, Michigan Community College Association

Johnson was selected as the President of MCCA in December 2021. Prior to this role, she served in the Governor’s administration, first as Governor Whitmer's education policy advisor and most recently served as a manager of the Office of Sixty by 30 within the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic...

Nate Mackinnon

Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges

Nate Mackinnon was appointed Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC) in May of 2021. In his role, Nate works on behalf of the fifteen community college presidents and their local Boards of Trustees to strengthen community colleges for the benefit of students, communities, and the Commonwealth....

Heather Morgan

Executive Director, Kansas Association of Community College Trustees

Heather Morgan is the Executive Director of the Kansas Community College Association. She is a native of Pratt, Kansas, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an Emphasis in Athletic Administration from Kansas State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary History Education from Kansas Wesleyan University. Professionally,...

Camille Preus

Executive Director, Oregon Community College Association

Camille is executive director of the Oregon Community College Association, where she represents the seventeen Oregon community colleges as the primary voice on legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal level, advocates for state-level leadership for student success efforts, and fosters partnerships to further community college interests. Before...

Jim Reed

Executive Director

James "Jim" Reed, Jr. became the Illinois Community College Trustees Association's sixth executive director on July 15, 2019. His appointment was made after an extensive national search supported by The Pauly Group. Reed most recently served as Director of Government Relations for the Illinois Education Association, which represents 131,000 teachers...

Emily Shields

Executive Director, Iowa Association of Community College Trustees

Emily J. Shields has served as executive director of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees since January 2021, leading advocacy for Iowa's 15 Community Colleges. Prior to that, she served as executive director of Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact. She received a B.A. degree in journalism and political science...

Kim Tanaka

Director, Washington State Association of College Trustee

Kim Tanaka joined the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges as Director of the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) in August 2012. Prior to her work with ACT she was an Executive Analyst for Boards and Commission with former Governor Chris Gregoire working with a variety of...

Erin Taylor

Executive Director, Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees

Erin Taylor, of Taylor Strategies & Consulting, LLC, Cheyenne, serves as the Executive Director of the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees (WACCT). Erin has more than twenty-five years of experience working in the public policy arena at the federal, state and local level. Taylor earned an undergraduate in economics...

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