CAPPS - Avocacy and Communication Professional Development

California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools

2014 Legislative Policy Confer...

April 29-30, 2014
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    Advocacy

    Providing legislative representation, PAC fundraising and events, and resources and training, CAPPS empowers California’s private postsecondary schools. About CAPPS >

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    Communication

    Keeping schools up-to-date on the most important news and developments affecting our sector and businesses across the state of California. See all news >

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    Professional Development

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Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson has been the Executive Director of the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) since 1998. Robert’s responsibilities include representing the CAPPS membership specifically; and generally, the private, for-profit higher education sector in working with the Governor, State Legislature and various regulatory bodies such as the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). He administers the Independent Coalition of Educators Political Action Committee (ICEPAC) and supervises the contract lobbyist employed by CAPPS. He is the principal CAPPS liaison to such agencies as EdFund and the Student Aid Commission. Robert is also responsible for implementing sector capacity building programs, and spends much of his time advising member schools on business, regulatory, accrediting, and legal matters that may effect their institutional readiness.

Before assuming his position as Executive Director of CAPPS, Robert managed public sector economic development and job training programs in California. He worked extensively with local, State and Federal officials on crafting the Job Training Partnership Act and its successor legislation.

Robert has been an active member of the California State Bar Association since 1980 and has practiced law in a number of areas.

  • Robert JohnsonRobert W. Johnson
    555 Capitol Mall, Suite 705
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 447-5500
    (888) 92-CAPPS - CA Only
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CAPPS Board of Directors

Executive Members

  • John HansenPresident
    John Hansen 
    Campus Director 
    Pima Medical Institute 
    780 Bay Blvd., Suite 101 
    Chula Vista, CA 91910 
    (619) 425-3200 
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  • David ViceImmediate Past President 
    David Vice 
    President 
    Asher College 
    1215 Howe Ave., Ste. 101 
    Sacramento, CA 95825 
    (916) 649-9600 
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  • Dan LevinsonVice President
    Dan Levinson 
    Chief Executive Officer 
    Ex’pression College for Digital Arts 
    6601 Shellmound Street 
    Emeryville, CA 94608 
    (510) 654-2934 
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  • Yasith WeerasurlyaSecretary
    Yasith Weerasuriya 
    President/CEO 
    Stanbridge College, Inc. 
    2041 Business Center Drive, Suite 107 
    Irvine, CA 92612 
    (949) 794-9090  
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  • Matt JohnstonTreasurer
    Matthew Johnston
    President 
    Santa Barbara Business College 
    5777 Olivas Park Drive, Suite 9 
    Ventura, CA 93003 
    (805) 339-6370 
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Members

  • Jeff AkensJeff Akens
    President
    Carrington College California
    7801 Folsom Blvd., Suite 210
    Sacramento, CA 95826
    (916) 388-2800
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  • Kate CareyKate Carey
    Vice President and General Counsel
    American Career College / West Coast University
    151 Innovation Drive
    Irvine, CA 92617
    (949) 783-4017
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  • Al MedroAl Medro
    Vice President
    Platt College San Diego
    6250 El Cajon Blvd.
    San Diego, CA 92115
    (619) 265-0107
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  • Charles MugrdechianCharles Mugrdechian
    Director of Operations & Compliance
    National Polytechnic College
    6630 Telegraph Road
    Los Angeles, CA 90040
    (323) 728-0952
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  • Jeff PainterJeff Painter
    Director
    DeHart Technical School
    311 Bitritto Way
    Modesto, CA 95356
    (209) 523-4578
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  • Mike PerryMike Perry 
    CEO
    San Joaqin Valley College 
    3828 W. Caldwell Ave
    Visalia, CA 93277
    (559) 734-9000  
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  • Susie ReedSusie Reed
    Vice President of Compliance
    CollegeAmerica Services, Inc.
    4021 South 700 East, Suite 400
    Salt Lake City, UT 84107
    (801) 290-3282 
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  • Rick WoodRick Wood
    Vice President/Compliance
    BrightStar Education Group 
    6870 W. 52nd Avenue, Suite 207 
    Arvada, CO  80002
    (559) 392-0987  
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  • Sai YounisSal Younis
    President
    Pinnacle College-Alhambra
    1000 South Fremont Avenue, Unit 14
    Alhambra, CA 91803
    (626) 284-0050
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  • Michael ZimmermanMichael Zimmerman
    Director of Operations
    MTI College
    5221 Madison Avenue
    Sacramento, CA  95841
    (916) 339-4360
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Legislative Advocate

  • Matt BackMatt Back
    Matt Back Government Relations
    1215 K Street, Suite 1010
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    P: (916) 947-7880
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General Counsel

  • Keith ZakarinKeith Zakarin
    Duane Morris LLP
    750 B Street, Suite 2900
    San Diego, CA 92101
    P: (619) 744-2200
    F: (619) 744-2201
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