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.

Vice President, Administrative Services 

Russi Egan, Vice President of Administrative ServicesRussi Egan

Russi Egan has worked in the California community college system for over thirteen years where she demonstrated her dedication to higher education and her commitment to students. She holds a Master’s in Accounting from National University and a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Ashford University. 






Vice President, Academic Affairs  

Michelle Risdon, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Michelle Risdon
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 Languages (French) from the University of Puget Sound. Michelle also holds a Certificat d'Etudes in French Studies from the Universite de Bourgogne in Dijon, France. She had 15 years of California Community College experience as a faculty member in the English department at LTCC prior to serving in administrative roles.
Vice President of Student Services

Michelle BatistaMichelle Batista

Michelle joins LTCC in August 2021, coming from Skyline College in CA where she served as Student Crisis Support Manager, Director of Student Support, and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. She brings deep experience as both a counselor and an administrator, serving at K-12 and community colleges in California during her career. She earned her BA in Spanish and MA in School Counseling from Saint Mary's College. Michelle is currently working on her EdD in Educational Leadership with a focus on Equity & Social Justice from San Francisco State, with an expected completion in 2023. She is also one of the co-founders, volunteer executive board members, and communications officer for COLEGAS (California Community Colleges’ Organización de Latinx Empowerment, Guidance, Advocacy for Success), a statewide organization for Latina/o/x professionals who provide advocacy and groundwork leading to transformative change within California’s Community College system, including efforts around closing equity gaps and eradicating systemic oppression.


Dean, Instruction

Ali Bissonnette, Dean of Instruction

Ali Bissonnette

Ali began her career in education as a teacher in Los Angeles, and then went on to work at a non-profit that used community organizing to help parents transform their local schools. Most recently, Ali worked at the University of Southern California as the executive director of the Center for the Political Future. Despite Ali’s non-traditional career path, she has always grounded her work in education.  Ali is thrilled to now be a part of the South Lake Tahoe community, along with her husband, Adam, and her daughter. She is inspired by the trajectory of the California Community College system, and LTCC in particular, and believes in the system’s ability to provide a quality education for all students. Ali holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California, and a Master’s Degree in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University.


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.


Director, Institutional Effectiveness

Elizabeth BalintDr. Elizabeth Balint

Elizabeth has over 15 years of experience in institutional research and effectiveness in higher education. She also has extensive experience in strategic planning, accreditation, and human resources. Prior to her current field, she was an analytical chemist with concentrations in toxicology, blood-gas analysis, and molecular genetics. She holds a Ph.D. in Education and a M.S. in Molecular and Environmental Stress Plant Physiology from Texas A&M University. She also has a M.S in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Creighton University and a B.S. in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Connecticut.



Director, Human Resources

shelleyhansenShelley Hansen

Shelley (she, her) has worked for LTCC for almost 15 years, serving in areas including; Fiscal Services, the Instruction Office, and the Human Resources department. Concurrently, she has produced a live, local morning show in South Lake Tahoe for eight years.

She holds a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Technology from Pacific Union College.