Dean, Student Success/Student Life and Development
Andrea Ramirez is an experienced Student Affairs professional, currently working on her dissertation towards completing a Doctorate in Education focusing on Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University. Andrea holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Idaho State University (ISU). As a first-generation college student, Andrea was inspired to immediately enter the field of Student Affairs after transformational college experiences as a peer health educator, domestic violence and sexual assault advocate, and Chair of the ISU Program Board. At ISU, Andrea began her professional career after graduation supporting the Pond Student Union and Division of Student Affairs, and directly contributing to the development of New Student Orientation programs. Andrea has also served in a private university setting as the Director and Assistant Director of Student Activities at Whitman College, where she was instrumental in overseeing multiple programs including the campus art gallery, coffeehouse program, public speakers, large-scale events and concerts, sound and lights, student organizations, and student government. Andrea has held numerous roles at the fast-growing University of Washington Bothell and most recently served as founding Director of the Department of Student Engagement and Activities, where this year her department received the ACPA College Student Educators International 2016 Voice of Inclusion Medallion Award for the team’s work on student social justice programs and the Identity, Dialogue, Expression, Action (IDEA) Project. During her time at UW Bothell, Andrea played a critical leadership role in the development and growth of funding, professional staffing, student facilities, student organizations, student government, event planning, policy creation and implementation, social justice programs, and large-scale institutional planning in support of a newly formed Division of Student Affairs. Additionally, Andrea built an evolutionary and exciting partnership with the Office of Student Life at Cascadia College, co-located with UW Bothell. Andrea is an experienced, dynamic Student Affairs professional who is truly dedicated to the holistic development of all students.
Jorge de la Torre
Jorge de la Torre has worked in higher education for 17 years. He has been the Athletic Director at Edmonds Community College since moving up to the Pacific Northwest in August of 2012. During that time Jorge has overseen substantial increases in student grade point averages; participation, retention, and graduation rates; department fundraising; community involvement; and team success. In 2014-15, Edmonds claimed the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) Director’s Cup (ranked by postseason success), and for the last two seasons the program ranked in the top 5 of the President’s Cup (determined by department grade point average, retention, and graduation rates). The athletic department has also exhibited marked improvement in game management, facilities upkeep, customer service, and branding.
A native of Mexico, Jorge was the first in his family to attend college and he feels a connection with many college students who struggle to balance education and other obligations. He earned an Associate of Arts from Grossmont College, a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Diego State University, and a Master in Arts in Sport Administration from the University of San Francisco. He is 16 months into a doctorate in education program at Concordia University, Portland.
Jorge is an advocate of life-long learning, professional development, and community involvement. He has modeled this at EdCC by being a member of several college and community groups, including: Logo/ Mascot Rebranding, Resource Allocation and Capacity (RAC), Council 5, Leadership Snohomish, the Snohomish County Sports Commission, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), and the NWAC Executive Board. He encourages others to further their education and to participate in leadership opportunities as well.
Background aside, Jorge believes he is a perfect fit for the Dean for Student Success/Student Life and Development position because he is dedicated to the College, to students, and to creating a positive, diverse, and inclusive working environment. A resident of Edmonds, he is also sure that he has the energy, availability, and vision that the position demands.
Jorge enjoys spending time with his three daughters and playing bass guitar in a rock and roll cover band.
James Ramirez was born in San Antonio, Texas. After high school, James attended Colorado State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Minor in Human Development. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves becoming a Combat Medic and Licensed Vocational Nurse. James was recognized for his hard work, dedication, and ability to motivate soldiers. James moved to California and worked at Mission Community College as the TRIO Student Coordinator. James served low-income, first generation, and different-abled students. This experience affirmed his chosen career path and dedication to helping others. Afterwards, James returned to school completing a Master of Arts in Educational Policy & Leadership from Ohio State University. While attending graduate school, James worked as an Assistant Hall Director where he collaborated with student leaders and staff to create innovative and high impact success programs. James has a unique combination of professional experiences in business, military, and college settings. In his last employment, James worked at Tarrant County College District (TCCD), a multi-campus community college serving over 100K students annually, for over three years as a Director in the Student Success Division in Community Outreach/Achieving the Dream. James managed new and existing success programs laser-focused on student retention, persistence, and completion. In addition, James and his team provided success seminars to local students, K-8th grade, promoting a college-going culture. James is passionate about student success and embraces a “leadership through service” philosophy. James is dedicated to promoting initiatives focused on equity, equality, and diversity.
Lisa Neumann is a native of Washington State and has 23 years of leadership and supervisory experience in higher education advocating for student access with the expressed goal of each student having a positive experience and resources to fulfill their goals. She is currently the Director of the Center for Families at Edmonds Community College. During her twelve years at Edmonds CC she strategically led the Center for Families through two national accreditations, received two federal grants to support students with children to attend college, and was the recipient of the Work Opportunities Small Business Award for the advocacy and employment of persons with differing abilities. Lisa Neumann’s work includes creating partnerships with instruction programs at Edmonds Community College and local universities; and community agencies including the Edmonds School District, Snohomish County Refugee Forum, Foster Grandparents of Snohomish County, and Snohomish Health District. Her work before coming to Edmonds Community College included faculty and interim department head and Early Childhood Program Specialist 3/Program Supervisor at Everett Community College. Lisa earned a Masters in Education from the University of Washington-Bothell and a B.A. in Communication Disorders from Eastern Washington University.
Lisa actively volunteers and has held several leadership positions, including President and Conference Coordinator of the Washington Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers. She is currently the Co-President of the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children and Past President of the Snohomish County Association for the Education of Young Children. Lisa loves to garden, travel, finding ways to make people laugh, dabbles at amateur photography and has hiked in 17 national parks.