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 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
Vice President of Student Services
Dr. Jonathan King
Jonathan King brings 25 years of administrative and instructional experience with colleges and educational institutions, large and small, rural and urban, private and public, within the California Community College system and in Colorado and Texas.
Jonathan earned his doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, his Masters’ degree from the Harvard School of Education in Educational Administration, and his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He also earned a Master’s in International Relations from the International University of Japan.
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
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
Dr. 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
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.