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What We Do

ACE is a privately funded, non-profit organization that helps selected San Francisco Bay Area continuing education organizations and accredited school partners meet today’s adult learning and teaching opportunities.

For 50 years, ACE has delivered curriculum over its network to classrooms and workplace learning spaces. Originally, it broadcast distance-learning classes originating from Bay Area schools and universities to student’s worksite locations. Classes were delivered using closed circuit television over radio spectrum assigned to ACE by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as part of the Educational Broadband Services (EBS.) The FCC has licensed broadband spectrum to ACE since 1968.

With the explosive move to the Internet as an educational tool, ACE transitioned the delivery of educational curriculum from closed-circuit television to today’s use of wireless Internet data delivery. In an FCC approved agreement, ACE leases a portion of its licensed radio spectrum to Sprint and, in return, has access to Sprint’s wireless network. This agreement provides ACE Partner Schools and Learning Centers both on-site and mobile Internet connectivity, helping to expand the availability and flexibility to meet today’s educational requirements.

The result: ACE Learning Centers have the teachers, tools and curriculum that help ensure that adults and college-bound students receive the knowledge and expertise necessary to express themselves, interpret the world around them, deepen their understanding of academic content or learn English to get their job done.

Who We Are

Martha Sessums, President
Philip M. Mustain, General Manager

Board of Directors

Martha Sessums, President
Philip M. Mustain, General Manager
Dr. Paul D. Krivonos, Secretary
Robert M. Gerhardt, Esq., Director
Chip Maloney, Director

Martha Sessums – President
Martha has built a resumé in high technology public relations managing external and internal communications, positioning and marketing. She has held management positions at Covad Communications, Hill and Knowlton Inc., Brodeur & Partners Public Relations, Network Equipment Technologies, Western Digital Corporation, Apple Computer and Regis McKenna Public Relations. Martha served for six years on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society Silicon Valley. She earned an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Philip M. Mustain – General Manager
Philip has shaped a career managing the operations, sales and marketing for companies in the Internet, wireless, cable and video markets. Currently he is Chairman and CEO of Mobolize, a mobile data management company that provides apps for improving the mobile data experience. Philip has held management positions at FrontBridge Technologies, Inc., Wireless Holdings, Inc., Bay Area Cablevision. Inc., and Four-Phase Systems, Inc. He earned a B.S. in Marketing at California State University, Long Beach.

Dr. Paul D. Krivonos – Secretary
Paul is Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge (CSUN); from 1991-1999 he was Chair of the Communication Studies Department; from 1999-2002 he was Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Media, and Communication; and from 2002-2005 was the Director of the Public Sector Management program in the Tseng College at CSUN. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in Communication. He served as a Board member and President of the Alliance for Distance Education in California.

Robert M. Gerhardt, Esq. – Director
Robert is presently Of Counsel with Ericksen Arbuthnot, an Insurance Defense Litigation Firm, where he practiced for the past 32 years. An AV rated attorney, he has represented numerous individuals and corporations in matters ranging from personal injury, employment and professional liability. He has also acted as a mediator and has volunteered with the Santa Clara Bar Association working with the courts and judging Moot Court competitions at local schools. He received his BS from UC Berkeley and JD from the Santa Clara University School of Law.

Chip Maloney – Director
Chip has over 45 years experience in high technology industries including positions in senior sales management, senior marketing management, and general management. His most recent position was as General Manager of the Imaging Group at Caere Corporation, prior to the company’s merger with Xerox Imaging Systems (now Nuance). He has also held management positions at Four Phase Systems, Grabyan Corporation, Xerox Imaging Systems, Network Intelligence, and Traakan. In addition, Chip has served on the National Board for Catholic Engaged Encounter.

Contact Us
The Association for Continuing Education (ACE)
164 Main Street, Suite 110
Los Altos, CA 94022
P: 650.948.5583

Equal Opportunity At ACE
It is the policy of ACE to afford equal employment opportunity to all individuals, regardless of race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, medical condition, gender identity or sexual orientation. Our employees, as well as applicants and others with whom we do business, will not be subjected to sexual, racial, religious, ethnic, or any other form of unlawful harassment and/or discrimination. In addition, ACE adheres to the equal employment opportunity requirements of Federal and State governments and all localities in which it does business. We are completely committed to these principles—not only because of the various laws which address these subjects—but because it is the right thing to do.

ACE’s commitment to equal opportunity is applied through every aspect of the employment relationship, including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, placement, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, termination, and all other matters of employment.

A Board of Directors leads ACE with all of the powers of governing, directing and overseeing the management and affairs of the organization. The corporate governance principles of ACE are composed of a series of documents adopted by the Board of Directors and reviewed periodically to ensure they continue to meet the needs of the organization and reflect current industry best practices. Membership requirements for the Board are uniform and follow best practices for corporate boards. Governance procedures provide clear guidance about expectations and enhance Board and individual Board member performance and include:

  • Board Responsibilities – Approved 12/11/2004
  • Code of Conduct: Board of Directors – Approved 12/11/2004
  • Board Meeting Rules – Approved 12/11/2004
  • Board Member Conflict of Interest Questionnaire – Approved 12/11/2004
  • Document Retention and Destruction Policy – Approved 3/28/2009
  • Whistleblower Policy and Procedures – Approved 3/28/2009

Financials and Reporting
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, ACE relies solely on private funding. ACE does not accept funding from any Federal, State or other governmental organization.

Copies of the organization’s annual financial reporting and tax reports are available at the organization’s business offices during regular business hours or can be viewed online at the California State Attorney General’s website.