About the Advisory Board

The President's Advisory Board brings together a distinguished group of community leaders, innovators, scientists, and entrepreneurs who are deeply interested in and committed to RCC and the students we serve. Through in-depth discussions and creative problem-solving, they make recommendations to the administration on how to improve the partnerships it forms to serve people in Riverside.

While not a governing body, the purpose of the President’s Advisory Board is to advance the mission of the institution by using the talent, expertise, and influence of each member who serves as a resource and connection to the local and regional community. These recognized leaders represent private, non-profit, and public sectors, offer input on long-range strategic plans, provide influence and endorsement to the institution, and assist the President in resource development.

Dr. Carlos Ayala
, a longtime educator, administrator and former dean of California State University, Sonoma’s College of Education, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Growing Inland Achievement (GIA), an education collaborative focused on improving the economic outlook of the Inland Empire by raising the region’s educational attainment rates.

President and CEO
Growing Inland Achievement 

Rusty Bailey
is a Riverside native who served as mayor from 2012-2021, having previously been a member of the city council. His family came to Riverside in 1914 and has a long history of service to the community. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a degree in political science in 1994, Bailey worked in a variety of public service positions locally and in Washington, D.C.

Teacher - Poly High School
Former Mayor - City of Riverside

Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds is the publisher of Black Voice News and founder of Voice Media Ventures, a strategic media and content creation firm. She has over thirty years’ experience in media, communications, and community engagement and has served as the lead Black Media strategist for a number of statewide government and political campaigns. She has won statewide and national awards for her column Rants & Raves.

Voice Media Ventures & Black Voice News

Shirley Coates is a passionate leader, business strategist, and community educator who is dedication to empowering the lives of women and young girls through education and training for leadership in their respective field of choice. As president and founder of the Riverside, CA based, Society of Extraordinary Women Inc (SOEW), she is the Executive Director of this non-profit organization.  

President and CEO
Society of Extraordinary Women

Dwight Cromie has been involved in the marketing, advertising, video, and multimedia production industry for over thirty-nine years, creating advertising, marketing, and public relations media tools for thousands of clients. His understanding of the advertising, marketing, and video production industry has positioned his company as one of the largest and most successful firms in the Inland Empire.

President and CEO
Alteck Media Group

Ms. Cherie Crutcher-Russell is Assistant Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations at Riverside Community Hospital. She is an expert in building collaborative relationships to support revenue growth through local, civic, and state political leaders to leverage resources and support. A seasoned professional skilled in advertising, development, implementation of a broad range of marketing and public relations.

Director of Marketing
Riverside Community Hospital

Celia Cudiamat is vice president for programs and donor services at The Community Foundation. She provides leadership and primary oversight for all grants and scholarship programs including restricted and unrestricted funds, endowed, non-endowed, and donor advised funds, field of interest programs, program initiatives, convening activities and other related special projects. 

Senior Vice President
Inland Community Foundation

Ninfa Delgado is vice president and chief operating officer at the Riverside Community Health Foundation (RCHF), providing day-to-day leadership and support to the over 20 health education and clinical programs in the Riverside area and facilitating community engagement for the Eastside Riverside HEAL Zone. Since 2003, she has designed and implemented numerous community health programs.

Vice President of Operations
Riverside Community Health Foundation

Rafael Guzman is the Assistant City Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Riverside where he oversees the Community & Economic Development Department, Human Resources Department, Library Department, the Office of Sustainability and the Office of Communications. Guzman has 21 years of municipal government experience with 6 plus years of service at the City of Riverside.

Assistant City Manager
City of Riverside

In his first 12 years with Tilden-Coil, Brian Jaramillo managed hundreds of millions of dollars in construction projects and emerged a leader in production growth and service. He spent 15 years as president of the company, and under his leadership is based on example, high standards and accountability.

Tilden-Coil Constructors

Ronald O. Loveridge has 33 years of public service – as a Riverside Councilmember beginning in 1979 and as Mayor from 1994 to 2012. He is a highly regarded regional, state and national leader. At the national level, he was very involved on the Executive Committee and Board of the National League of Cities, making policy calls and decisions on behalf of some 19,000 cities and towns across the nation. Mayor Loveridge teaches an extremely popular political science course at UC Riverside. 

Former Mayor-City of Riverside
Professor Emeritus-UC Riverside

Ms. Rose Mayes has over 28 years of experience in Business Management, Civil Rights, and Fair Housing. Ms. Mayes is a community leader and serves on numerous boards and commissions at the local and regional levels. She was recently acknowledged at a HUD conference for her foresight in addressing the foreclosure crisis that still affects many families.

Executive Director
Fair Housing Council of Riverside County

Stan Morrison has achieved national recognition as a basketball coach and athletics administrator at four Division I universities -- San Jose State, the University of Southern California, the University of Pacific, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mr. Morrison has served the last 18 years as Chairman of the Board for High Five America, a San Diego-based organization, which uses basketball as a vehicle to combat gang violence, drug, and alcohol abuse issues. He currently serves as president of the board of trustees for Olive Crest, group homes for abused teenagers.

Stan Morrison Consulting

As a young professional at Black Roses, Justin Pardee is community leader with the Pick Group, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, and California Ave. Christian Fellowship. He is a proud of his accomplishments working on eliminating poverty in Riverside by growing the reach and impact of our local businesses.

Black Roses

Patricia Reynolds attended RCC and Cal State San Bernardino with a degree in public administration. Patricia retired in 2015 after more the 29 years with Riverside County Department of Public Social Service, where she served as assistant director for Administrative Services. She has been a member of the Latino Network for 20 years, dedicated to public service and currently serving on various community and non-profit boards.

Board Member/Treasurer-Latino Network
Retired Riverside County administrator

Cindy Roth serves as President & Chief Executive Officer at the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce.  

Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce

As a member on the Human Relations Commission and the Center Against Racism and Trauma, Janice Rooths is a champion for Riverside. In 2020 alone, Janice co-founded the Charles A. Bibbs African American Museum & Cultural Center and the group “Antiracist Riverside”. She has been one of the leading forces in establishing Trauma Informed Sensitivity Training for the City of Riverside. 

Owner/Founder-Janice Rooths Consulting
Charles Bibbs Museum

James Rush is a Manager, Business & Financial Secretary at IBEW Local 440 based in Riverside, California.

Business Manager
Local Union 440

Born “in an orange grove,” Dwight Tate has lived virtually his whole life in Riverside. He attended UC Riverside where he completed a teaching credential and eventually earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Professionally, Dwight worked for 20 years as a Social Work Administrator for people with developmental disabilities and their families. For the next 20 years, he was a Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed, Inc., here in the Riverside office.  He is currently enjoying retirement.

Chair, Board of Directors
Carolyn E Wylie Center for Children, Youth Families

Shelby Worthington Loomis is the Executive Board Chair of the Riverside Downtown Partnership, a group dedicated to furthering development and culture in downtown Riverside. She is on the Athletics Association Board of Directors at UC Riverside and is an active member of the community. In addition to owning and operating Worthington’s Tavern and Loft 84 in downtown Riverside, she is an active real estate investor, buying and leasing new properties, and assisting other entrepreneurs to bring business to the area. 

Business Owner
Loft 84, Wedding & Event Venue

Kathy Wright, a long time Riverside resident, graduated from John W. North High School, attended Riverside City College and earned degrees at San Diego State College, UC Riverside and University of La Verne. She spent 37 years in the K-12 public schools as a teacher and administrator. In 2008 she retired from Alvord Unified School District where she served her last year as superintendent. Kathy serves on numerous non-profit boards including Assistance League of Riverside, Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful, UC Riverside Foundation and Riverside Philharmonic. The recipient of many awards and honors Kathy was recently recognized along with her husband of 44 years, Dwight Tate by the Inland Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals as Philanthropists of the Year for 2021.

Owner - Wright Realty Group
Retired Educator, Alvord Unified School District