Campus Leadership


Jeff DeFranco

  Jeff DeFranco

A native Californian, Jeff DeFranco started at LTCC in 2012. Before accepting the position as superintendent/president, he served as the college’s Vice President of Administrative Services. Jeff brings a unique array of experience, having worked in K-12, community colleges, and at four-year institutions. He earned his undergraduate degree from California State University, Chico and his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon. He is currently a doctoral student in Pepperdine University’s nationally-ranked Global Leadership and Change Ph.D.  program. Jeff is an active member of the South Lake Tahoe community with his wife, Kasey, and their two sons. He is an enthusiastic believer in life-long learning and consistently strives to broaden his thinking, especially in the areas of leadership and driving positive change.

Interim Vice President, Administrative Services and Accreditation Specialist

Mark Zacovic, Interim Vice President of Administrative Services & Accreditation Specialist

 Mark Zacovic

Dr. Mark J. Zacovic is serving as Interim Vice President of Administrative Services and Accreditation Specialist until June 30, 2017. Dr. Zacovic retired in July 2015 after three decades in the California Community College system. His last full-time position was as president of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, where he had been since July 2011. After retiring, he filled in for six months as Interim Vice Chancellor of Finance & Administration for the San Francisco Community College District until December 2015.

During his career, Dr. Zacovic served in various administrative positions at nine different community colleges and districts throughout California. Before Cuyamaca College, Dr. Zacovic was the Executive Vice President of Instruction & Student Services at Victor Valley College (2010-2011); Vice President of Administrative Services at Pasadena City College (2008-2009); Vice Chancellor of District-wide Administrative Services at the Contra Costa Community College District (2007-2008); Superintendent/President of Mt. San Jacinto College (2006-2007); Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services at the Rancho Santiago Community College District (1998-2006); Vice President of Business Services at LTCC (1990-1998); and Director of Administrative Services at Santa Barbara City College (1985-1990). Dr. Zacovic earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received a master’s in business administration from Whittier College. He received his doctorate in educational leadership in higher education from the University of Nevada, Reno

Vice President, Academic Affairs

Michelle Risdon, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

Michelle Risdon, Ph.D.
Michelle Risdon holds a Ph.D. in Languages and Literature and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Romance Sciences (French) from the University of Puget Sound. Michelle also holds a Certificat d'Etudes, Universite de Bourgogne in French Studies from Mention Bien in Dijon, France.  
Executive Dean, Student Success

Sue Gochis, Executive Dean Student Services

Sue Gochis

Sue Gochis holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Southwestern College. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Education is from Pittsburg State University. 






Dean, Instruction

Michelle Sower, Dean of Instruction

Michelle Sower

Michelle Sower holds a Master's of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development with a minor in Psychology from California State University, Chico.






Dean, Workforce Development and Instruction

Brad Deeds

Brad Deeds

As State Director of Adult Education for the state of Nevada for the past six years, Brad has managed programs in Adult Education, High School Equivalency, Distance Education, Alternative Education, and Corrections Education for Nevada’s Department of Education. Prior to that, Brad managed the Workforce Development and Continuing Education divisions at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno for six years, where he also served as an English as a Second Language adjunct faculty member and program coordinator. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in English and Journalism from University of Southern California, and a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from University of Nevada, Reno.