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CAEL Announces 2023 Advisory Council of Education and Workforce Innovators

Council brings diverse and distinguished leadership perspectives from throughout the education and employment ecosystem  

INDIANAPOLIS – CAEL today announced the 2023 members of its Advisory Council. The Advisory Council helps guide CAEL’s strategy and accelerate the advancement of its work to ensure that every adult can navigate lifelong learning and career pathways that fuel equitable economic mobility and community prosperity. 

“As a mission-driven, nonprofit organization, we measure our success in terms of our social impact,” said Earl Buford, CAEL president. “And with such a diverse – and growing – set of stakeholders comprising the CAEL community, it is critical to ensure their interests remain aligned as we scale that impact. The Council’s broad set of knowledge and experience will help ensure we continue to grow in both quality and quantity.”

"It’s a pleasure and a privilege to continue supporting CAEL’s critical mission through the Advisory Council,” said Dr. Annette Parker, continuing chairperson. “I look forward to what the Council will accomplish together in 2023 and the years to come as we focus on helping expand CAEL’s impact to more adult learners and the communities that prosper through their success.”

CAEL’s 2023 Advisory Council includes:

Gina Breukelman, senior manager, Boeing Global Engagement
Lewis Brown, vice president, talent management, talent acquisition and DEI, Comcast 
Dr. Chris Bustamante, executive director, Arizona Community College Coordinating Council
Dr. Tamara Clunis, vice president, academic affairs, Amarillo College
Dr. Alan Davis, president and vice chancellor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Mike D’Ausilio, managing director, head of new joiner experience, JPMorgan Chase
Dr. Deborah L. Ford, chancellor, Indiana University Southeast
Dr. Kathi Hiyane-Brown, president, Whatcom Community College
Dr. Christine Johnson, chancellor, Community Colleges of Spokane (retired)
Kimo Kippen, president, Aloha Learning Advisors
Karen Kocher, general manager, talent and learning experiences, Microsoft
Chris Lowery, commissioner, Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Dr. William J. McKinney, advisor for regional campus affairs, Indiana University
Todd McLees, managing director, Innovation Outpost 
Dr. Mark D. Milliron, president, National University
Dr. Annette Parker (Chair), president, South Central College
Dr. Rich Pattenaude, president emeritus, Ashford University
David Polk, director, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
Lisa Schumacher, director of education strategies, McDonald's Corporation 
Amanda Wagner, chief operating officer, Employ Prince George's, Inc.
Elicia Wilson, director of operations, GitLab Foundation

About CAEL
Recognizing that adult learners are the backbone of the U.S. economy, CAEL helps forge a clear, viable connection between education and career success, providing solutions that promote sustainable and equitable economic growth. CAEL opens doors to opportunity in collaboration with workforce and economic developers; postsecondary educators; employers and industry groups; and foundations and other mission-aligned organizations. By engaging with these stakeholders, CAEL fosters a culture of innovative, lifelong learning that helps individuals and their communities thrive. A national membership organization established in 1974, CAEL is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workplace™ certified and is a part of Strada Collaborative, a mission-driven nonprofit. Learn more at cael.org and stradacollaborative.org.