Committee Members

Committee Members

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Ernie

Ernesto Rios

Member-At-Large, East Valley

Ernie Rios serves as the Vice President of College Success at OneFuture Coachella Valley.  He is a graduate of Coachella Valley High School, College of the Desert and the University of California at Los Angeles.  After completing his undergraduate degrees he worked in the entertainment industry where he gained valuable management experience.  Passionate about business and education, he returned to the Coachella Valley and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard J. Heckmann International Center for Entrepreneurial Management at the University of California at Riverside, Palm Desert Campus.  In 2008 he joined the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and helped co-found the Pathways to Success Scholarship and Leadership program (now OneFuture Coachella Valley), which has awared more than $16 million in scholarships and helped Coachella Valley students access more than $100 million in state and federal financial aid.  He is a former president of the COD Alumni Association and serves on the Thermal/Oasis Community Council.  Over the past decade he has worked with business, education and civic leaders to improve the quality of life of local students and residents through postsecondary attainment and workforce readiness supports. 

Andrew Harker

Andrew Harker, Ed.D

Member-At-Large, West Valley

Andrew Harker, Ed.D. worked at Stanford University for 25 years, from which he retired as Director of Budget Management in the University Budget Office in 2014. He had responsibility for oversight of, reporting on, and management of the institution's 5.5 billion consolidated budget, encompassing teaching, research, administration, auxiliary enterprises, and interaction with the two teaching hospitals.

Using Stanford's suite of Oracle systems, Dr. Harker led the effort at Stanford to improve budgeting, financial management, reporting, and analysis, and collaboration across the university on financial issues. Andrew is Principal with Ralph Harker Associates, a consulting company specializing in the implementation and use of financial information systems in higher education, with a focus on budgeting, forecasting, and management reporting systems, processes, and procedures. Engagements include the National University of Singapore, Indiana University, Princeton University, the University of Vermont, and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota,Colombia.

Dr. Harker received his BA in Social Sciences from SwarthmoreCollege, his MA in Higher Education Administration from New YorkUniversity, and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the Executive Doctorate program in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. In his dissertation, he studied the presentation of university financial information to board members and senior administrators, and how the organization and form of presentation influences their decision processes, a topic of great concern to Stanford. He also has a Certificate in Professional Fiduciary Management from UC Riverside and is pursuing state licensure as a professional fiduciary.

A resident of Palm Springs since June 2014, Andrew serves as Treasurer of the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, and previously served as Finance Committee Chair of the Stanford Historical Society and as Secretary/Treasurer of Friends For Youth, Inc. in Redwood City. 

Becky Broughton

Becky Broughton

Business​ Representative

 Becky Broughton served as a Trustee on the Desert Community College District Board between 2006 and 2018. A strong advocate for education, Ms. Broughton is a firm believer in catching stude​nts as early as possible to show them that they CAN go to college – even if no one in their family has done it before.

As a partner in a small family farm since 1975, her expertise was essential to the start of the College’s Roadrunner Farms.

In addition to her work at College of the Desert, Ms. Broughton:

  • Has served as president of the Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District for more than 20 years;

  • Is a member of the Coachella Valley Chapter of California Women in Agriculture;

  • Was appointed to the California Grape Administrative Committee by the Secretary of Agriculture;

  • Serves as a representative for the County of Riverside on the Imperial Irrigation District Energy Consumers Advisory Committee; and

  • Served as a member of the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival for the last 20+ years.

Ms. Broughton started her own higher eductation journey with a community college degree and completed graduate work in biology.  As a scientist herself, she has passionately supported STEM education and workded tirelessly to ensure that those opportunities were available at the College's Mecca/Thermal campus.

Ariana Muniz

Student​ Representative

Ariana returned to College of the Desert in Spring 2020 after a twenty-year break, when she decided it was time to return and finish her degree in Business Administration.  Ariana is an advocate for learning, as she believes it is never too late for self-improvement, creating personal opportunities and learning something new.  Ariana joined ASCOD in the fall of 2021 and currently acts as Officer of Fiscal Affairs.  She believes that the opportunity to serve on the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee will expand her understanding of civic engagement and, in turn, help her community.  She will be transferring to CSUSB Palm Desert campus in the fall of 2022.   

Margie Eklund

Margie Eklund

Senior Citizen Group​ Representative

Ms. Eklund has always believed that education is the stepping stone to achievement in life and that College of the Desert is the gem of the Coachella Valley, providing educational opportunities for its residents. During Ms. Eklund's career she has worked at Marist College, a small private college in New York, and Dutchess Community College of the State University of New York. Prior to moving to California she worked for Astor Services for Children and Families, an organization that had a three times designated Blue Ribbon school. She also had the opportunity to work in the Office of Instruction at College of the Desert for several years. In her retirement she would like to contribute and give back to the community.​

 Diane Rubin

Diane M. Rubin, CPA

College Support Organization Representative

Diane M. Rubin, CPA, is a retired audit partner with the firm of Novogradac & Company LLP, a national public accounting firm headquartered in San Francisco, California with offices throughout the United States. Diane began her career at Price Waterhouse in New York after obtaining an MBA in Accounting from the University of Washington. She currently is an independent director of the Board of Directors of First Foundation Inc. and serves as Chair of its Audit Committee. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation and is a member of the board of the College of the Desert Foundation. She was a member of the Board and Chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and served as a member and President of the California Board of Accountancy. Diane has also served on the Rancho Mirage Parks and Trails Commission, the Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert.​ 

Rick Seeley

Richard D. "Rick" Seeley

Taxpayers' Association​ Representative

Rick is a community champion and philanthropist.  He holds a bachelor's degree in business mangement from the Univerisity of Redlands and has done post-graduate work at the University of Michigan and University of Southern California.  Early in his long career he proudly attended California's Chaffey and Long Beach community colleges to complete his lower division studies.  He firmly believes in the vital role community colleges play in the field of education.  

In 2016 Rick retired from Southern California Gas Company after a 33-year career of increasing responsibilities culminating in his tenure as the Director of Procurement and Supplier Diversity.  With his professional career grounded in a heavily regulated business environment, his detail orientation was finely tuned.  In many of his assignments he was required to oversee regulatory filings which involve review of past expenditures and projection of future costs.  

Today, Rick also serves as the president of the Palm Springs Cultural Center.  The cultural center incubates, produces and encourages arts and cultural programs to leverage the unique power of creativity to open minds, bridge what devides us and discover what connects us.  In this capacity, Rick has an avid interest in developing exposure to the arts for residents of all ages, experiences and backgrounds in the community.

Rick is also the treasurer of the LA Philharmonic Affiliates in the Desert, another group providing opportunities for Coachella Valley students to be exposed to classical music at Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  This role, as well as his work at the cultural center is the perfect progression in the common thread of his career of promoting economic and cultural diversity equality in all aspects of business and the arts.

As a fourth generation Southern Californian Rick is founding and continuing director of the Long Beach Heritage Foundation.  He is also a founder and board member of BuildOut California, the world's first LGBT trade organization focused on leveling the playing field in construction industry procurement opportunities for LGBT suppliers.  He lives in south Palm Springs with his husband, Bradley. 

Ernie

Ernesto Rios

Member-At-Large, East Valley

Ernie Rios serves as the Vice President of College Success at OneFuture Coachella Valley.  He is a graduate of Coachella Valley High School, College of the Desert and the University of California at Los Angeles.  After completing his undergraduate degrees he worked in the entertainment industry where he gained valuable management experience.  Passionate about business and education, he returned to the Coachella Valley and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard J. Heckmann International Center for Entrepreneurial Management at the University of California at Riverside, Palm Desert Campus.  In 2008 he joined the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and helped co-found the Pathways to Success Scholarship and Leadership program (now OneFuture Coachella Valley), which has awared more than $16 million in scholarships and helped Coachella Valley students access more than $100 million in state and federal financial aid.  He is a former president of the COD Alumni Association and serves on the Thermal/Oasis Community Council.  Over the past decade he has worked with business, education and civic leaders to improve the quality of life of local students and residents through postsecondary attainment and workforce readiness supports. 

Andrew Harker

Andrew Harker, Ed.D

Member-At-Large, West Valley

Andrew Harker, Ed.D. worked at Stanford University for 25 years, from which he retired as Director of Budget Management in the University Budget Office in 2014. He had responsibility for oversight of, reporting on, and management of the institution's 5.5 billion consolidated budget, encompassing teaching, research, administration, auxiliary enterprises, and interaction with the two teaching hospitals.

Using Stanford's suite of Oracle systems, Dr. Harker led the effort at Stanford to improve budgeting, financial management, reporting, and analysis, and collaboration across the university on financial issues. Andrew is Principal with Ralph Harker Associates, a consulting company specializing in the implementation and use of financial information systems in higher education, with a focus on budgeting, forecasting, and management reporting systems, processes, and procedures. Engagements include the National University of Singapore, Indiana University, Princeton University, the University of Vermont, and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota,Colombia.

Dr. Harker received his BA in Social Sciences from SwarthmoreCollege, his MA in Higher Education Administration from New YorkUniversity, and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the Executive Doctorate program in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. In his dissertation, he studied the presentation of university financial information to board members and senior administrators, and how the organization and form of presentation influences their decision processes, a topic of great concern to Stanford. He also has a Certificate in Professional Fiduciary Management from UC Riverside and is pursuing state licensure as a professional fiduciary.

A resident of Palm Springs since June 2014, Andrew serves as Treasurer of the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, and previously served as Finance Committee Chair of the Stanford Historical Society and as Secretary/Treasurer of Friends For Youth, Inc. in Redwood City. 

Becky Broughton

Becky Broughton

Business​ Representative

 Becky Broughton served as a Trustee on the Desert Community College District Board between 2006 and 2018. A strong advocate for education, Ms. Broughton is a firm believer in catching stude​nts as early as possible to show them that they CAN go to college – even if no one in their family has done it before.

As a partner in a small family farm since 1975, her expertise was essential to the start of the College’s Roadrunner Farms.

In addition to her work at College of the Desert, Ms. Broughton:

  • Has served as president of the Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District for more than 20 years;

  • Is a member of the Coachella Valley Chapter of California Women in Agriculture;

  • Was appointed to the California Grape Administrative Committee by the Secretary of Agriculture;

  • Serves as a representative for the County of Riverside on the Imperial Irrigation District Energy Consumers Advisory Committee; and

  • Served as a member of the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival for the last 20+ years.

Ms. Broughton started her own higher eductation journey with a community college degree and completed graduate work in biology.  As a scientist herself, she has passionately supported STEM education and workded tirelessly to ensure that those opportunities were available at the College's Mecca/Thermal campus.

Ariana Muniz

Student​ Representative

Ariana returned to College of the Desert in Spring 2020 after a twenty-year break, when she decided it was time to return and finish her degree in Business Administration.  Ariana is an advocate for learning, as she believes it is never too late for self-improvement, creating personal opportunities and learning something new.  Ariana joined ASCOD in the fall of 2021 and currently acts as Officer of Fiscal Affairs.  She believes that the opportunity to serve on the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee will expand her understanding of civic engagement and, in turn, help her community.  She will be transferring to CSUSB Palm Desert campus in the fall of 2022.   

Margie Eklund

Margie Eklund

Senior Citizen Group​ Representative

Ms. Eklund has always believed that education is the stepping stone to achievement in life and that College of the Desert is the gem of the Coachella Valley, providing educational opportunities for its residents. During Ms. Eklund's career she has worked at Marist College, a small private college in New York, and Dutchess Community College of the State University of New York. Prior to moving to California she worked for Astor Services for Children and Families, an organization that had a three times designated Blue Ribbon school. She also had the opportunity to work in the Office of Instruction at College of the Desert for several years. In her retirement she would like to contribute and give back to the community.​

 Diane Rubin

Diane M. Rubin, CPA

College Support Organization Representative

Diane M. Rubin, CPA, is a retired audit partner with the firm of Novogradac & Company LLP, a national public accounting firm headquartered in San Francisco, California with offices throughout the United States. Diane began her career at Price Waterhouse in New York after obtaining an MBA in Accounting from the University of Washington. She currently is an independent director of the Board of Directors of First Foundation Inc. and serves as Chair of its Audit Committee. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation and is a member of the board of the College of the Desert Foundation. She was a member of the Board and Chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and served as a member and President of the California Board of Accountancy. Diane has also served on the Rancho Mirage Parks and Trails Commission, the Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert.​ 

Rick Seeley

Richard D. "Rick" Seeley

Taxpayers' Association​ Representative

Rick is a community champion and philanthropist.  He holds a bachelor's degree in business mangement from the Univerisity of Redlands and has done post-graduate work at the University of Michigan and University of Southern California.  Early in his long career he proudly attended California's Chaffey and Long Beach community colleges to complete his lower division studies.  He firmly believes in the vital role community colleges play in the field of education.  

In 2016 Rick retired from Southern California Gas Company after a 33-year career of increasing responsibilities culminating in his tenure as the Director of Procurement and Supplier Diversity.  With his professional career grounded in a heavily regulated business environment, his detail orientation was finely tuned.  In many of his assignments he was required to oversee regulatory filings which involve review of past expenditures and projection of future costs.  

Today, Rick also serves as the president of the Palm Springs Cultural Center.  The cultural center incubates, produces and encourages arts and cultural programs to leverage the unique power of creativity to open minds, bridge what devides us and discover what connects us.  In this capacity, Rick has an avid interest in developing exposure to the arts for residents of all ages, experiences and backgrounds in the community.

Rick is also the treasurer of the LA Philharmonic Affiliates in the Desert, another group providing opportunities for Coachella Valley students to be exposed to classical music at Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  This role, as well as his work at the cultural center is the perfect progression in the common thread of his career of promoting economic and cultural diversity equality in all aspects of business and the arts.

As a fourth generation Southern Californian Rick is founding and continuing director of the Long Beach Heritage Foundation.  He is also a founder and board member of BuildOut California, the world's first LGBT trade organization focused on leveling the playing field in construction industry procurement opportunities for LGBT suppliers.  He lives in south Palm Springs with his husband, Bradley.