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Conference at a Glance

ACT Spring Conference: May 2-3, 2024

Yakima Valley College Conference Center
1704 W Nob Hill Bvd.
Yakima, WA 98902

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Woman smiling wearing a red blazer jacket and beautiful necklace.Dr. Kindred Murillo retired from the California Community College System (CCC) after 26 years in the fall of 2023. Over the last 13 years, Dr. Murillo served as the superintendent/president of Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC), Southwestern College (SWC), and Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). Beginning her career as an adjunct faculty member, she moved into a full-time faculty, and later she served 11 years as a chief business officer for three districts (Copper Mountain Community College District, Pasadena Area Community College District, and Contra Costa Community College District).

Before her work in higher education, Dr. Murillo was a regional manager for Southern California Edison and served as a council member and the first mayor for the newly incorporated Town of Yucca Valley.

Since the early 1990s, Dr. Murillo has worked independently as a consultant facilitating college and school boards; water districts; nonprofits; and healthcare companies through strategic change processes and equitable compensation systems. As a regional manager, public servant, and college administrator/president, Dr. Murillo served on many boards and facilitated board evaluations, collaboration, and goal processes.

She is recognized for working collaboratively with boards, growing leaders, advancing equity, and student success. She is also the architect of an intensive repositioning of Lake Tahoe Community College through facilitating visioning and setting a strategic plan that has transformed the college. She also led successful facilities bond programs that modernized and expanded colleges, and college centers to ensure inclusive, modern spaces and technology for student learning.

Dr. Murillo holds a master’s degree in organization development, a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Redlands. She is a proud alumna of Barstow Community College where she earned an associate degree in liberal arts.

Smiling man with hair neatly styled and parted to the side wearing a whight button up dress shirtDavid McKinney is a dedicated professional with a passion for community service and educational advancement. With a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management from Yakima Valley College, he has honed his skills across diverse fields, from operations management to finance and project management.

McKinney's professional journey includes notable roles such as Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Investor Relations at Wilkinson, a national private equity fund management platform, where he contributes to the firm's success by overseeing client experiences and leading initiatives to enhance communication and asset management protocols. Prior to this, he gained valuable insights into capital markets and financial advisory as a risk manager and financial advisor at Morgan Stanley as well as a long tenure as a senior project manager for international disaster recovery firm, Belfor.

Beyond his professional endeavors, McKinney is deeply engaged in community service. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Bachelor of Applied Science Business Management Programs at YVC, where he leverages his expertise to shape the educational landscape and empower students for success in the business world. Additionally, he volunteers with Project Mercy, demonstrating his commitment to humanitarian efforts aimed at improving the lives of underserved communities in Yetebon, Ethiopia.

A fifth generation Yakima native, and as an active member of the Yakima Rotary Downtown Club, McKinney contributes to various community service projects and networking opportunities. and as served as a member of the board of directors for a variety of local organizations ranging from the American Red Cross to the United Way of Central Washington.

At home, David’s family includes his wife Amanda, a county commissioner,  daughter Caitlin, a sophomore at University of Arizona studying business management, Duke, a fifth grader who is squarely focused on Fortnite, Minecraft and soccer, as well as their fourth Rotary Youth Exchange student, Emma who is visiting from Frankfurt Germany. Lovers of the wide variety of outdoor activities the Yakima valley has to offer, the family enjoys snow and watersports, hiking bilking and international travel.

With a blend of professional excellence, community engagement, and a strong dedication to family and education, David McKinney embodies a well-rounded individual who strives to make a positive impact in both professional and personal spheres of life.


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