2019 CCAE State Award Winners

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Congratulations to our 2019 CCAE State Award Winners!

The George C. Mann Award, Donald C. McCune Award, Robert W. Rupert Award, Partner in Adult Education, Excellence in Teaching Awards, Excellence in Support Services Awards, and Life Membership Awards will be presented at the 2019 CCAE State Conference on April 25-27, 2019 in San Diego, California at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

Darlene Neilsen


Ms. Darlene Neilsen entered the world of adult education in 1999 as an Office Clerk for Banning Community Adult School. In 2001, she promoted to an Office Manager position and worked closely with numerous administrators to operate the school. Darlene started teaching Computer Operations and Office Occupations classes at Harbor Occupational Center in 2005. After a year working for HOC, it was difficult for Darlene not to shine because of her efficacy therefore, she was given additional responsibilities of coordinating the Perkins grant, ITRAIN contracts, and operating the Career Center. Darlene also worked part-time at the Division of Adult and Career Education’s Central Office to help develop the CTE Curriculum and Facility Health and Safety compliance. She fully transitioned to work for DACE Central Office as the CalWORKs Advisor. Darlene coordinated with 34 adult schools to fulfill the federal and state obligations for that program. Then in 2009-2013 she took on the duties and responsibilities of administering the Perkins grant. She ensured that DACE and all its schools were in compliance for the grant. Due to her eye for detail, Darlene was appointed as the Adult Programs Compliance Advisor in 2013. Since then, the Division of Adult and Career Education has benefited greatly through Darlene’s organization skills, institutional memory, and ability to work with different personalities. With her help, DACE has thrived despite the many changes adult education has gone through these past few years.

Susan Lytle Gilmore, Ph.D.


Dr. Gilmore's work experience in Adult Basic Education includes coordinating and administering three different adult schools within the Sacramento City Unified School District. She ensures that staff is well trained in the most relevant methodologies and that they are also kept up to date with the most recent accountability requirements to ensure that programs match industry needs. She is a hands on administrator. Dr. Gilmore has extensive experience working with adult students, not only in the field of Adult Basic Education but also in developing programs and training teachers and therapists to work with adults with special needs. Over 26 years as an Adult Education Administrator, she is an active participant in professional organizations, she is the Coordinator, TOPSpro MIS, she is the Chair of Computerized Attendance Systems Recommendations Committee, she has been President, Past President, Secretary, Member-at-Large, California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) -Vice President, Legislative Action, Board of Directors, Adult Education Council Chair, Workshop Planning Chair for Association of California School Administrators.

kathleen porter


Locally, Kathleen Porter has been involved with adult education and workforce development in the San Diego area since 1987. A former teacher, resource teacher and career guidance specialist, Kathleen was previously the manager of the East County Career Center, part of the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s One-Stop Career Center network. From 1998 to 2006, Kathleen taught through UCSD Extension the required coursework for Adult Education and Career Technical Education teachers to clear their designated subject teaching credentials. During this time, she also served as a mentor for Level III Supervision and Coordination credential candidates.

Kathleen is currently the Executive Director of Career Technical, Adult, and Alternative Education with Poway Unified School District, a large suburban school district in north San Diego County. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing all adult and career technical education projects and funds in the pre-K – adult district, including Poway Adult School’s consortium membership in the Education to Career Network of North San Diego County where Kathleen, now immediate past chair, served two-year terms as the Chair of the Consortium’s Leadership Council. Her district oversight also includes CalWORKs, Perkins, Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, Career Technical Education Incentive Grant, California Career Pathways Trust Grant, Agricultural Education Incentive Act, and Work Experience Education. Additionally, Kathleen is responsible for overseeing the District’s Partners in Education Program and serves as the Executive Director of the Poway Unified School District’s Foundation.

Partner in Adult Education
Proteus, Inc., Robert Alcazar

Proteus, Inc. has taken an active role in and around the area we serve and at the local and state level. These efforts include serving on the State Center AB86 Adult Ed Consortium, Sequoia Adult Ed Consortium, as well as partnering in various ways with the surrounding local adult schools, high schools, community colleges, Workforce Investment Boards, local employers, other training providers, and community partners to address the needs in and around the counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare.

Proteus, Inc. was founded over 50 years ago as a provider of educational services in the area of English as a Second Language to Farmworkers. Over the years Proteus has expanded and grown to offer classes in Vocational Training, High School Equivalency, and Adult Basic Education. Proteus has been able to secure resources needed to continue providing immigration information, citizenship instruction and English acquisition classes in the Central Valley.

Excellence in Teaching Award

  • Northern–Geno Malkiewicz

  • South Coast–Jessica Bayardo

  • South Coast–Manuela Meza

  • South Coast–Yvette Barrios

  • Southern–Charles Campbell

  • Southern–Michelle Dullea

  • Bay–Patricia Brown

  • Bay–Yelena Zimon

  • Central–Celeste Travis

  • Central–Karyn Ruiz

  • LA Metro–Carlos Palma

  • LA Metro–Julie Singer

  • LA Metro–Marjorie Schneider

Excellence in Support Services Award

  • Northern–Martha Gomez

  • South Coast–Susan Perez

  • South Coast–Andrea Aragoza

  • Bay–Stefanie Wright

  • Central–Henrietta Bermudez

  • LA Metro–Jackie Morales

Lifetime Membership

  • LA Metro–Darlene Neilsen

  • Southern–Lorrie Christie-Bentley

  • Bay–Lynne Nicodemus

  • LA Metro–Candace Lee