About Us

C.M. Brahmbhatt

Managing Director

Mr. Brahmbhatt has been serving the educational community for 27 years. Twenty-four of those years were spent with the Coast Community College District as the Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services. C.M. holds a Lifetime Community College Chief Administrator Office Credential as well as a Lifetime Community College Supervisor Credential. His career has granted him expertise in financial management, administrative services, cost savings, bond programs, State mandate compliance, capital construction/ facility planning, and finance resourcing.   

George Walters

Director of Operations

George Walters has served 17 plus years in California Community Colleges. During his career, he has served as a faculty member, Dean of Instruction and as Vice President of Administrative Services. As the Chief Business Officer of Barstow Community College District, Mr. Walters provided district wide leadership in risk management, capital projects, facilities, budget and finance, IT, maintenance and operations and auxiliary services. In addition to providing a campus-wide operational perspective to strategic planning projects, Mr. Walters brings over a decade of experience in industrial arts and career and technical education. 

Dr. Fred Trapp

Senior Associate 

Dr. Trapp has extensive experience in working with faculty and deans on curriculum design and development, orchestrating schedules of classes, completing unit plans, conducting program reviews and evaluating institutional effectiveness. Dr. Trapp has provided institutional research support in a variety of topics for faculty, deans and senior managers. He has provided leadership in a variety of roles pertaining to accreditation self-studies and has served on numerous campus visiting teams on behalf of the Accrediting Commission. He is a state leader in the assessment of student learning outcomes.  

Dr. Linda Lacy

Senior Associate

Dr. Lacy’s 40 years in education include 29 years in the California community college system as faculty, assistant dean of student activities, dean of student activities, associate vice president, vice president of student services and college president. 

Dr. Lacy’s education includes a Ph.D. in Education from Oklahoma State University; M.A. in Education from Central State University, Oklahoma; and B.A in Science from Oklahoma State University. Achievements include California State Assembly Distinguished Woman of the Year 2015, President California Community College Athletic Association, City of Riverside Hall of Fame, Riverside City College Hall of Fame, and YWCA Woman of the Year 2007.

Ardith Richey

Senior Associate

Ms. Richey has wide-ranging experience in facilities planning and organization of all functions related to construction projects, capital outlay projects, scheduled maintenance and master planning. Sixteen of the twenty-eight years spent at Coast Community College District were as the Director of Facilities & Planning. Ardith’s experience includes successful relationships with the State Chancellor’s Office, Division of State Architect, local cities and the college community. She was directly involved with the administration of Coast’s Measure C Bond including planning and implementation of site development, major modernizations, and new construction projects. Ms. Richey is a primary resource for planning, development, scheduling of new construction, infrastructure and scheduled maintenance projects. 

Austin Ross Kazuhiro Dike

Research Associate

Mr. Dike’s background includes education research, economics of education, international education, and teaching. He specializes in program evaluation, labor market analysis, survey design & implementation, institutional effectiveness, projection & simulation modeling, and data visualization. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Swarthmore College and Master’s Degree in International Comparative Education from Stanford University. Prior to joining Cambridge West Partnership as a Research Associate, Austin worked as a freelance research consultant in various fields including international education grantmaking and higher education. He also worked as a teacher in South Korea for three years. 

Pradip Brahmbhatt

Office Manager

Deborah Ludford

Director of Technology Services

Karen Cant


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Jim Austin


Hank Eggers

Technology Services Associate

Debbie DiThomas