The staff manages the program on behalf of the Passport Review Board and the members of the Interstate Passport Network, communicating with and overseeing all activities of the many committees, teams, consultants and others.
Vice President, Programs and Services
Ray Burgman began serving as the Vice President, Programs and Services in October 2021. In this role, she increases student access to high-quality postsecondary education and fosters collaborations between institutions. The Programs and Services unit has four regional student access programs, which include the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), the Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP), and the Online Course Exchange (OCE). It also manages the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders, the Western Academic Leadership Forum, and Interstate Passport ®. The unit also partners with Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) to provide institutions cost savings through four programs—the Master Property Program, MHECare Student Insurance Solutions, MHECtech, and Cyber Insurance. Previously, Burgman served as director of programs and research at HERS (Higher Education Resource Services), a non-profit leadership development organization focused on women who work in postsecondary settings, for eight years. She also served as an administrator at DePauw University, located in Greencastle, IN, in Academic Affairs and the Office of the President and at New College of Florida, located in Sarasota, FL. Burgman was also a tenured professor in economics and management at DePauw University. She also taught at two other institutions in Florida, Santa Fe College and the University of South Florida-St. Peterburg. She received a B.A. in Economics from New College of Florida and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Florida, located in Gainesville, FL.
Associate Director of Operations and Leadership Initiatives, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
Kay Hulstrom serves as the associate director of operations and leadership initiatives at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). She works on a variety of projects including Interstate Passport®, Internet Course Exchange, the Western Academic Leadership Forum, and the Western Alliance for Community College Academic Leaders. The latter two are membership organizations for the chief academic officers of the two and four-year institutions and system offices in the 15 western states plus the U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States. She holds a B.S. in finance from Colorado State University.
Director, Academic Leadership Initiatives
Sarah Leibrandt, Ph.D. is the director of Academic Leadership Initiatives at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. In this role, she oversees two membership networks, the Western Academic Leadership Forum (Forum) and the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders (Alliance), which enable provosts, vice presidents of academic affairs, and chief academic officers throughout the West to network and collaborate on initiatives supporting key higher education issues. Leibrandt also leads the Western Academic Leadership Academy for aspiring provosts and the Interstate Passport program, a nationwide network of institutions working to improve student transfer through the block transfer of lower division general education. Leibrandt has been with WICHE since 2013. Prior to joining WICHE, Leibrandt worked for the Colorado Department of Education and Red Rocks Community College. Leibrandt earned a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Administrative Assistant III
Jenn Raby is the administrative assistant for Interstate Passport. In this position, she supports institutions by scheduling meetings, sharing documents and serving as the first point of contact for anyone with questions or concerns regarding the program. Prior to joining the WICHE team, she spent six years in tax resolution, representing business and individual taxpayers in front of the federal and state taxing authorities. Raby joined WICHE in June 2021.
Senior Advisor, Interstate Passport
Patricia (Pat) Shea retired as the director of academic leadership initiatives for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) in June 2019. In that role, she oversaw two membership organizations of chief academic leaders in the 16-state region–the Western Academic Leadership Forum and the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders—and their related projects. Shea also managed the Interstate Passport®, a program designed to facilitate nationwide block transfer of lower-division general education based on learning outcomes for institutions participating in the Interstate Passport Network. Prior to holding this position, Shea was assistant director of WCET (also based at WICHE), project manager for the National School Boards Association, and executive director of the Alexandria Bar Association in VA. She holds a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in art and English education.
Senior Advisor, Interstate Passport
Jane Sherman retired as the vice provost for academic policy and evaluation at Washington State University (WSU), as well as the associate director for academic policy at the state of Washington’s Council of Presidents (COP). At WSU she directed institutional planning for internal and external accountability, accreditation, and assessment activities, and transfer policy, among other areas of academic policy and planning. At COP she coordinated statewide initiatives in transfer, dual credit, reverse articulation, and higher education’s response to the Common Core, among others. Prior to her work at WSU, Sherman was the deputy director for academic affairs with the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. She has held faculty positions in counseling and counselor education at Idaho State University and at the College of Idaho.
Assistant Registrar, Salt Lake Community College
LaDawn Miera is assistant registrar at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). She has spent fourteen years managing the incoming transfer and articulation process at SLCC. During a brief hiatus from higher education, LaDawn utilized her bachelor’s in marketing and management by dabbling in hotel management. She had the pleasure of experiencing the 2002 Winter Olympics during that time as an event planner and liaison to several corporate partners. LaDawn has served on various academic committees and boards; including UACRAO, PACRAO, Utah NASPA and has been involved in Interstate Passport since its inception.
Director of Analysis, Assessment and Accreditation (AAA), Utah State University
Michael Torrens is director of Analysis, Assessment and Accreditation (AAA) at Utah State University, a premier student-centered, land-grant and space-grant university. He leads institutional research, assessment, and accreditation efforts. The AAA office is a resource for data-driven decisions, serving USU’s students, faculty, staff, administration, and the wider community. Previously, Torrens served as director of applied research and innovation at the Corporation for Enterprise Development in Washington, D.C., where he managed the Local Capital Market Investment Fund and led asset-building research, program development and policy work for six years. Prior to his work in Washington, he served as executive director of New Jersey Community Capital. His international work encompasses Zimbabwe, Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University.