AAHHE Community College Award

The AAHHE Community College Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in advocacy, teaching, or leadership and has provided significant contributions to the community college enterprise.

2022 Community College Award Recipients

Ángel Reyna, EdD

Madera Community College

Ángel Reyna, EdD officially took over as president of Madera and Oakhurst College Centers (now Madera Community College) on May 20, 2019, a little bit of history came with it, as he is the first on-campus president in school history. Reyna comes to the Central Valley from Renton (WA) Technical College, where he served as vice president of Instruction since December of 2015. Prior to that, he served as Dean of Workforce Education at Walla Walla Community College and Director for Workforce Education and ESL adjunct instructor at Yakima Valley Community College. Reyna has a very diverse resume, having served as mayor of the City of Mabton, Washington from 2010- 2013 and a city council member from 2006-2009. He also worked as a seasonal migrant farmworker in the state of Washington for 13 years. President Reyna recently completed his doctorate in organizational leadership at Northeastern University. He previously earned his MA in Educational Administration and BA in History and Education from Washington State University. Reyna was recently selected, through a highly competitive process, as one of the 25 leaders for the 2021-22 class of the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship.


Estela Gutierrez, MA
Vice President of Student Services and Diversity
Truckee Meadows Community College

Estela Gutierrez, MA lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband, Jesse. She enjoys traveling, camping, dancing, music and film.  Education is a passion for Gutierrez. She has been involved in education for over 32 years. Gutierrez is the vice president of Student Services and Diversity at Truckee Meadows Community College, with more than 29 years of experience, she is dedicated to student achievement. Gutierrez served on the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees and co-founded the Mariposa Dual Language Academy in Reno.  When she was elected as president of the WCSD Board of Trustees in 2010, she became the first minority to lead an elective entity in Washoe County.  Gutierrez currently serves on the Northern Nevada Medical Center Board of Governors, NASPA Latinx Task Force and United Way Board. Gutierrez has worked to promote educational reform at the state level.  In November 2010, she was named to Governor Brian Sandoval's transition team comprised of various leaders around the state to help the governor—this included a subcommittee on education. As a Latina in her leadership roles, she stresses strong collaboration between the community and the institutions of education. She promotes student success for all, with a specific lens for the Latinx population and their families.


List of past recipients of the AAHHE Community College Award:

  • 2021 William Serrata
  • 2020 Mona Aldana-Ramirez
  • 2019 Liz Ann Báez Aguilar
  • 2018 Marissa Vasquez
  • 2017 Cristina Alfaro
  • 2016 Cristina Villalobos
  • 2015 Louie F. Rodriguez
  • 2014 Sandra Trejos
  • 2013 Sylvia Garcia-Navarrete
  • 2012 Amaury Nora
  • 2011 Stephanie Alvarez
  • 2010 Maria del Carmen Martinez
  • 2009 José B. González
  • 2008 Elba Maldonado-Colón
  • 2007 Enrique Chavez
  • 2006 Arturo Hernandez
  • 2005 René Díaz Lefebvre
  • 2004 Eduardo E. Aguilar
  • 2003 Virginia González