Nominations are Open for the 2017 CCA W.H.O. Awards
Many faculty go above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of their local CCA chapter. Please consider nominating an outstanding CCA member in your chapter or at the state level for the 2017 CCA W.H.O. (We Honor Ours) Awards. 
 
CCA Chapter WHO Award: Any CCA/CTA member or staff person who has made significant contributions to the local Association and the teaching profession may be nominated.
CCA State WHO Awards
State WHO Award: Any CCA member who has made significant contributions to CCA at the state level may be nominated. The nominee should have a distinguished record of leadership.
2016 CCA W.H.O. (We Honor Ours) Awards
Fourteen campus activists received CCA’s annual WHO (We Honor Ours) Awards for their work in strengthening their local chapters. Whether they served as presidents, on the negotiating team, or as someone who built bridges between campus groups, the local leaders received honors and accolades from their peers during a special ceremony at the annual CCA Spring Conference.
 
Kathy Pudelko, Rio Hondo College FA; Claire Cesario, South Orange Co. CCD; Richard McGowan, Mt. SAC Faculty Association; Krista Warren, MiraCosta College EA, and her daughter, Anna; Ed Wells, Imperial Valley College CCA/CTA NEA FT; Geoff Johnson, Southwestern College EA; Richard Bodie, Coast Community College Association; Fred Sangiorgio, College of the Desert FA; Queen Peterson, United Faculty North Orange Co. CCD; Justina Rivadeneyra, Citrus College FA. Not able to attend were: Lewis Goldstein, Barstow College Faculty Association; Matt Crow, Kern Community College Chapter, Brian Koenig, College of the Desert Adjunct Association; David Ellington, Napa Valley College Faculty Association. 
2016 Jerry Brown Advocacy Award
Frank Post, a union activist with the Southwestern College Education Association in Chula Vista since 2003, is the recipient of the 2016 CCA Jerry Brown Award. Named after the current governor who signed California’s collective bargaining bill into law in 1975, the award embraces the spirt of activism and organizing for union rights.
Post’s activism, sense of social justice and belief in the values of unionism goes back to his childhood, when he witnessed his father’s work as a Teamster and in local democratic politics. An adapted Computer Technology specialist at Southwestern, Post has held numerous positions in his local chapter as a member of the negotiations team and lead negotiator, treasurer, vice president, president, grievance chair and elections chair. He is currently past president of his chapter and is a member of the CCA Board of Directors as well. Post also serves on the board of directors for the Students for Economic Justice helped strengthen the bond between his chapter and the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council.
He has said, “The values we hold most dear – strength and unity, collective bargaining and job protection are more than just words; these values require action and strong people willing to take such action.”
Post was honored during CCA’s Spring Conference in Manhattan Beach.
2016 CCA David Milroy Part-Time Faculty Award
Long Beach City College art history professor Karen Roberts is the recipient of the 2016 David B. Milroy Part-time Faculty Award. The award, named for another longtime retired faculty activist, honors faculty who have worked to improve working conditions for part-time faculty.
Roberts, who teaches primarily at Long Beach City and El Camino Colleges has taken an active role in her association since 2008. Currently the president of CHI Long Beach City College, which represents part-time faculty, Roberts previously served as Member at Large, lead negotiator and grievance chair in her association. She and her leadership team rebuilt her chapter by organizing from scratch, calling all 600 bargaining unit members to personally invite them to join the union, holding workshops and social events, visiting faculty on campus and making strides at the bargaining table. As a result, the membership of the union has increased more than ten-fold over the last eight years.
Roberts worked to strengthen her skills by attending CCA’s Academy for Building Strong Locals and NEA’s Emerging Leaders Academy. Along with her Emerging Leaders colleagues, she took a major role in organizing the NEA Higher Education Conference.
2016 Mary Ann Pacheco Ethnic Minority Award
Al Nyman, a criminal justice instructor at MiraCosta College, received the 2016 Mary Ann Pacheco Ethnic Minority Award during a ceremony at the CCA Spring Conference. The Pacheco Award, named for a retired professor at Rio Hondo College, is given to faculty who promote equal access and treatment for minorities on campus.
Nyman was instrumental in building the MiraCosta College Criminal Justice Program and has taught and encouraged hundreds of students to complete their education and training along the way. He is also the current vice president of the MiraCosta College Teacher’s Association and has been active in the union for a dozen years.
Nyman has worked with youth in his community who have committed relatively minor offenses and has helped them in changing their outlook and behavior. He was a founding member of the Carlsbad Police Department’s Juvenile Justice Program and received the Volunteer of the Year in 2013 from the Carlsbad Police Department. He is also a volunteer at the Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside since 2006.
It's Time to Register for CCA's Spring Conference

Mark your calendars for CCA’s Spring Conference and WHO Awards April 21-23 at the Marriott Hotel in Manhattan Beach. Online registration is now available. Conference highlights include the annual WHO Award Banquet as well as outstanding speakers, discussions and trainings that will help you become a better advocate for your members. Download the conference brochure to view and share with other members.

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