District A: Chris Vancil
College of the Siskiyous
800 College Ave.
Weed CA 96094
Represents: Butte, College of the Siskiyous, Lassen, Los Rios (At-large), Napa Valley, Shasta
Chris is a full-time History and Humanities faculty member at the College of the Siskiyous, where over the years he has served the COS Faculty Association as a negotiator, Vice-President and President. At COS he teaches a range of history and humanities courses including U.S. History surveys, American Environmental History, Introduction to Humanities and U.S. Women's History. His research interests include Cold War culture and political conservatism in the United States.
One of his most enjoyable activities is sponsoring the history club where his students get together and converse about historical topics of interest. He is husband to a beautiful, brilliant and talented partner named Sonya, father to three wonderful children and grandfather to Alix. During his free time he likes antiquing with his wife and playing board/card games of all types.
District B: Patrick Mitchell
3600 M Street
Merced, CA 95348
Represents: Gavilan, Hartnell, Mendocino Part-time, Merced, Monterey Peninsula
Patrick Mitchell has been teaching mathematics at the college level for over 20 years. Originally from New Jersey, he spent the first decade of his career at colleges in Delaware and New Jersey before relocating to California in 2006. He has taught full-time at Merced College since 2008, and also teaches part-time at California State University, Stanislaus.
Patrick’s union activism began in utero. His pregnant mother, a community college English professor, was directed by her administration to take maternity leave for the whole semester, even though Patrick was not due until April. She threatened to sue the college, they backed off, and Patrick arrived in May, perhaps out of spite. Patrick worked at this same college early in his career, and with a colleague, won a precedent-setting decision in New Jersey Superior Court that forced colleges to provide reasons when declining to renew tenure-track faculty contracts. Patrick now serves as the President of the Merced College Faculty Association, where he fights for justice for his full-time and part-time colleagues alike. In CCA, he is a graduate of the Building Strong Locals Academy (class 7) and the inaugural class of the California Leadership Academy. He also serves on the Membership Committee.
Patrick and his partner live in Turlock with their menagerie of animals. He enjoys singing, traveling, politics, everything 1980s, and spending time with family and friends.
District C(1): Josie Malik
San Joaquin Delta College
5151 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95207
Represents: Lake Tahoe, San Joaquin Delta, Sierra, Solano
Josie has been a part-time School Psychologist, Learning Disability Specialist and Associate Professor at San Joaquin Delta College since 1989. At the same time Josie was employed as a School Psychologist by Lincoln Unified School District for 25 years and as classroom teacher for 18 years with Stockton Unified.
Josie received her BA and MA from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California where she also obtained her life Elementary and Secondary teaching credentials. Josie received her Pupil Personnel Credential form CSU Turlock and her School Psychologist Credential from CSU Sacramento. Josie also received her AA degree in 1968 from San Joaquin Delta College and is honored to have returned as an Associate Professor.
Josie is currently serving her third CTA State Council term, is VicePresident of Adjuncts at San Joaquin Delta College and works diligently to improve the plight of all part-time Community College Instructors.
District C(2): Johnnie Terry
500 Rocklin Road
Rocklin CA 95677
Represents: Lake Tahoe, San Joaquin, Delta, Sierra, Solano
Johnnie Terry has taught full time at Sierra College since 1998. He earned his BA and MA from San Diego State University in Philosophy and his Master's thesis was focused on the philosophical roots of Queer Theory. Though hired to teach Philosophy and Humanities, he has created an LGBT Studies Department with an AA Degree in LGBT Studies. He created an Academic Senate Standing Committee focused on the Success and Retention of LGBT Students and Staff and initiated a three day, Pride Days event that includes 15 Academic Presentations, a GSA Consortium and a Key Note Address followed by a Faculty, Staff and Student Drag Show. Johnnie has served as the Sierra College Faculty Association President, the Academic Senate President, Curriculum Committee Chair, and Spectrum Committee Chair. At Sierra College, Johnnie has won the Faculty Member of the Year Award, the Instructor of the Year Award, the Diversity Champion Award as well as a NISOD Award. Johnnie's union roots extend back to his youth when his father, a machine repairman at General Electric with an 8th-grade education, took him to union meetings. He proudly represents full- and part- time faculty at Sierra College.
District D: Vincent Devlahovich
College of the Canyons
17200 Sierra Highway
Santa Clarita CA 91351
Represents: College of the Canyons, College of the Sequoias, Kern, Taft (West Kern), West Hills
Dr. Vincent Devlahovich has been a public school educator for 21 years. He is past president of the College of the Canyons Faculty Association in Santa Clarita, California, a large community college with over 20,000 students in northern Los Angeles County. Vincent is a Professor of Geology and in the Earth, Space, and Environmental Science department at the college and holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He is a 2011 graduate of the California Community College Association (CTA/NEA) Building Strong Locals Academy and a 2012 graduate of the NEA Emerging Leaders Academy. He serves on CTA State Council and is a primary investigator for the NEA GPS grant, It Takes a Barrio (ITaB), which mentors minority/underrepresented students into college and the teaching profession. He has committed his professional career to teaching and mentoring, union organizing and advocacy, as well as fighting for human and civil rights.
District E: John Sullivan
San Bernardino College
114 Del Rosa Dr
San Bernardino, CA 94208
Represents: College of the Desert FT, College of the Desert AF, Palo Verde, San Bernardino
Sullivan has been teaching English in the California community college
system since 1996. He served in a one-year temporary full-time position
at Riverside City College in the 2007/08 Academic Year, and returned to
part-time work that summer. He continues to teach at two community
colleges and a private university.
John has served as the part-time
faculty representative on the Riverside Community College Faculty
Association Executive Board from 1998 to 2005. He has also been chair of
RCCDFA's Governance committee, served on the Bargaining Team, was a
part-time Faculty Academic Senator, and has been semi-active in the San
Bernardino College Association.
At the state level, John has
served on the Part-time Issues Committee since 1999, including stints as
the committee chair; on the CCA Governance Committee; on the CCA Budget
Committee; and on the CCA Elections Committee.
In his "spare"
time, John is active at his church overseeing the Visual Presentation
Ministry, and he is active in both Single's and Men's ministries. His
basic philosophy for teaching is "always put students first; they must
be our first priority." To that end, in Spring 2005, he was recognized
by the Latino Educators of Tomorrow and Student CTA organizations for
his service to students at Riverside City College and as a recipient of the prestigious statewide Hayward Award in 2014. Always looking
forward, he hopes to continue engaging his students and colleagues for
many more years.
District F: Adam Wetsman
Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90802
Represents: Barstow, Copper Mountain, Rio Hondo, Victor Valley
Adam is a professor of anthropology at Rio Hondo College where he has been teaching since 2000. He earned his Ph.D. from UCLA and also has a Master's in sociology and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin. In 2016, he became a graduate of Rio Hondo College, earning an A.S. degree in Public Safety. Teaching both online and on campus, Adam has been concentrating on physical anthropology and human sexuality from a cross-cultural perspective. One of his best experiences was teaching through a study abroad program in London.
Adam served as the treasurer, vice-president, and president of his local. He also started a chapter newsletter and website. Currently serving as negotiations chairperson, Adam has continued to remain involved in his association. He was the faculty coordinator for Rio Hondo's inaugural local leadership academy. Adam also served as president of the Academic Senate and co-chair of the Accreditation Leadership Team at Rio Hondo.
In his spare time (as if there is any), Adam spends time with his wife and twin daughters. He has also been busy writing and helping others develop low-cost textbooks for students.
District G(1): Jonathan Ausubel
5885 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
Interim Term July-Oct 2016
Represents: Cerritos (At-large), Chaffey, Long Beach CC FT, Long Beach CC PT, UF No Orange CCD
Jonathan has been a full-time English instructor at Chaffey College since 1998 teaching all levels of composition. He has served as Distance Education Coordinator for the district and as director of the Milliken Planetarium. For the Chaffey College Faculty Association, he has served as school rep, PAC chair, and chief negotiator, and continues to serve as grievance officer and membership chair. A 2013 graduate of NEA’s Emerging Leaders Academy, Jonathan is keenly interested in part-time issues and is devoting the latter part of his career to improving the working conditions of part-time faculty at Chaffey and state-wide.
Born and raised on Long Island, Jonathan is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, and earned the following degrees: Honors BA in English with minors in philosophy and astrophysics (U of Toronto 1987); MA in English (U or Toronto 1989); & Ph.D. in American Literature and Semiotics (U of Delaware 1996). When not teaching nor advocating, Jonathan enjoys being and traveling with his family, serving as Umpire-in-Chief for the Alta Loma Little League, and looking through his telescope, even from horribly light-polluted Rancho Cucamonga. A “public” bio is online at http://www.cucamongau.us/bio.html
District G(2): Phyllis Hall
Long Beach City College
4901 East Carson Street
Long Beach, CA 90808
Represents: Long Beach CC (FT), Long Beach (PT), UF North Orange CCD
Currently a counselor at Long Beach City College, Phyllis has taught and coached in K-12, has an M.S. degree in Physical Education (sport psychology emphasis), an M.S. degree in Counseling (marriage and family therapy), and a Ph.D. in Psychology.
She is a committed and respected member of her local board. Faculty leadership respects her integrity and compassion for faculty rights and seeks her out for her gifted advice. Phyllis has been active with her local, holding the offices of Pacific Coast Faculty Representative (two terms) on their Executive Board. Membership in CCA is important to Phyllis, “because if you don’t stand for something important, you may fall for something that’s less worthy.”
In addition to her work with CCA and at Long Beach City College, Phyllis is a writer, artist, student of Ancient Mysticism, History, Culture, Race and Human behavior. She is also an active Racquetball player and seeking eternal life.
District H: Elias Escamilla
Mt. San Jacinto Community College
1499 N. State St.
San Jacinto, Ca 92583
Represents: Citrus College, Coast, Mt. San Jacinto
Elias is a full-time Counselor who has worked at Mt. San Jacinto Community College for ten years. He completed his undergraduate work in Sociology at the University of California, Riverside, and earned his Masters in Educational Guidance and Counseling at California State University, San Bernardino.
At his local, he has served as Vice President, a member of the bargaining team, and he is currently serving as an At Large Rep for the Temecula area of his District. Elias graduated from the Community College Association’s (CCA) Building Strong Locals (BSL) Academy, is currently involved in the CCA’s Leadership Academy, and serves as a member of the Conference Committee and the Membership Committee.
In his spare time, Elias likes to watch his favorite reality shows – Custom Kars and Discovery Channel’s Bear Grylls. He also likes to work on his Ford 65 Mustang.
Elias is committed to faculty rights and student equity.
District I(1): Frank Post
900 Otay Lake Road
Chula Vista CA 91910
Campus 619-421-6700 x5275
Represents: Imperial Valley FT, Imperial Valley PT, MiraCosta, Rancho Santiago CEFA, Southwestern
Frank has a passion for the values that unions espouse. He is the current President of his local chapter at Southwestern College. Frank has also served as Vice-President, Treasurer, Lead Negotiator and Grievance Chair since becoming involved in his local in 2003. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University.
Frank is the full-time High Tech Center Specialist in Disability Support Services and enjoys connecting students with the right technology in effort in helping them become successful during and after their time at the college.
Frank often finds himself busy monitoring the financial news channels and enjoys learning more about investing. His other downtime activity is perfecting his skills in the art of smoked BBQ.
District I(2): Krista Warren
1 Barnard Dr
Oceanside CA 92056
Represents: Imperial Valley FT, Imperial Valley PT, MiraCosta, Rancho Santiago CEFA, Southwestern College
Krista has taught and worked in various capacities at MiraCosta College for the past 25 years. Currently, as the interim Project Manager for the Coastal North County Adult Education Consortium(CNCAEC) /Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG), Krista works closely with the consortium leadership team assisting in planning the coordination of programs and services to be delivered to adult education students in the region. Krista also works as the Coordinator for Other Noncredit Programs, teaches a section of the Basic Skills class for learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities, represents Associate Faculty on the MiraCosta College Academic Senate and serves as the President of the MiraCosta College Academic Associate Faculty (MCCAAF)/CTA/NEA. Krista has a Master’s Degree in Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Krista Warren Liberal Studies and is married and a mom of three children.
District J: Eric Kaljumagi
Mt. San Antonio College
1100 North Grand Ave.
Walnut, CA 91789
Term: Unexp (2014-16)
Represents: Mt. San Antonio College
Eric is a full-time learning assistance and mathematics professor at Mt. San Antonio College where he has been teaching since 1999. Before coming to “Mt. SAC,” Eric earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mathematics from UC Davis and taught for seven years at the middle and high school levels in northern California. He also gained four years of experience as an adjunct professor for the Yuba and Mendocino College Districts during the late 90’s.
Eric is now the president of his local, after previously serving as vice-president, treasurer, and as a member of the negotiations team. He is also a past president of his college’s Academic Senate. Eric has a strong interest in the collective power of the faculty voice and in obtaining quality working conditions. His current work within CCA includes being a member of the Governance Committee and being involved with the CCA Leadership Academy."
District L: Sherry Miller-White
28000 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Represents: South Orange County CCD
Sherry has taught Sociology at Saddleback College for over 25 years. Sherry’s union involvement was stronger influenced by her mother. Her mother was a third grade elementary school teacher who strongly believed in the union as the protector for the rights of children, women and minorities. Sherry became active in the union in the South Orange County College District her first year on campus. She has held the positions of campus Union President, Vice President and Treasurer. She is now enjoying her second round of union involvement on the state level as a member of the CCA Board of Directors.
Part-Time Faculty Director Northern Region (At Large): John Martin
11555 Old Oregon Trail (P.O. Box 496006)
Redding, CA 96049-6006
Campus: (530) 242-7500
Represents: Northern California Part-time Faculty members of the Community College Association/CTA/NEA NEA
As a statewide activist for Higher Education, John Martin sees CCA and its Board of Directors as a vehicle and a force for dramatic change at the state level for the betterment of contingent faculty. He intends to use his commitment and experience to communicate his goals to all those who need to hear the message. "Equal pay for Equal work" is the foundation of his activism. John strongly believes that contingent faculty must have real job protection, as well as academic freedom and respect in all aspects of the profession in order to fulfill their potential as instructors and to better serve their students.
John began his activist career in higher education when he was hired at Shasta College in 1999 and began attending the Faculty Association meetings. His continued presence led to his being elected as one of Shasta’s part-time reps. John served in that position for a several years before getting involved with the CCA Board, where he is currently serving as its Northern Director for PT Faculty. He is a member of the CCA Part-time Issues Committee (PTIC), the Diversity Committee and the Budget Committee.
John teaches primarily U.S. History at both Shasta and Butte Colleges. He received his M.A. degree in history from CSU, Chico and is especially interested in 19th and 20th century history.
Part-Time Faculty Director Southern Region (At Large): Josue Arredondo
900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista CA 91910
Represents Southern California Part-time Faculty members of
the Community College Assocation/CTA/NEA
Josue Arredondo has taught English and Composition at Southwestern College since 2010. With the Southwestern College Education Association he has worked on the negotiation team. Through the CCA's he has had attended the California Leadership Academy, Building Strong Academy and Negotiation Training. In addition to his work with the union, he serves on the academic senate and the labor council as a delegate.
Director Ethnic/Racial Minority: Dorothy Reina
Norco College – Riverside Community College District
2001 Third Street
Norco, CA 92860
Term: 2016 - 2018
Racial and Ethnic Minority Director
Once a “freeway flyer” who taught a variety of History courses at a number of Community Colleges, California State Universities and a private university in southern California, and as a professor of Sociology at Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma, Dorothy “landed” at the Riverside Community College District (RCCD) in 2000, when she was hired as an Associate Instructor of History at the Moreno Valley campus. She has subsequently taught at all three of the colleges in the Riverside Community College District (RCCD) but now considers Norco College her “home base.” In the Fall of 2016, Dorothy will also begin teaching at Victor Valley College.
Dorothy’s academic journey began at East Los Angeles College where she majored in Music. She eventually earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in American Studies and Women’s Studies at CSU Fullerton before Advancing to Candidacy in the Doctoral program in History at UC Riverside.
Prior to entering the teaching profession, Dorothy worked in the corporate and non-profit arenas in such capacities as a Circuit Designer for Pacific Bell and the Assistant Program Director of the Ombudsman Program of Riverside County.
In addition to teaching, Dorothy is an active participant in the Norco College Ally Program, has served as a mentor for the Norco College Puente Program, and will begin serving as member of the Norco College Student Equity Work Group. When she's not in the classroom, Dorothy is active on the local, state, and national level as a higher education representative on the CTA State Council of Education and as a delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly. In her spare time, Dorothy enjoys attending networking on Facebook, attending the theater, travelling, photography, and advocating for the rights of animals.
Women's Issues Director (At Large): Kristie A. Iwamoto
Napa Valley College
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway
Napa CA 94558
Kristie A. Iwamoto is an English teacher at Napa Valley College. she is a fourth-generation Northern Californian who was born in Berkeley. She got her Bachelors and Masters degrees in English from California State University, East Bay (in 2002 and 2006, respectively).
Kristie started teaching in 2007 at Solano Community College in Fairfield, where she served in her local as Part-Time Representative, Organizing Chair and Membership Chair. She worked part time there as well as at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg and Napa Valley College. She started teaching full-time at Napa Valley College in 2012. She is currently Membership Chair of the Napa Valley College Faculty Association.
In her spare time, Kristie likes long distance running, yoga, and volunteer work, particularly therapy dog visits.
CTA Director Q Higher Ed: Susan Green
History Department,Trinity Hall
Chico CA 95928-0735
CTA cell: 530-720-6231
Susan Green is an associate professor of Chicano Studies and History at California State University Chico. She works primarily with first-generation, liberal studies, and bilingual education students. Her work focuses on Chicano/a cultural history and nationalism.
She has been an active member of her local, the California Faculty Association since joining the faculty in 1999. She served as the CFA Chico President for eight years, Vice President for one, and membership chair for three. She has served as the CFA Statewide Treasurer for the past four years. As a delegate to the California Teachers Association State Council she served as Vice Chair of the Financing Public Education Committee. She currently serves as the CTA Board Liaison to Credentials and Professional Development and is doing work as part of the College and Career Readiness workgroup for CTA. She worked on the CTA Long Term Strategic Plan, focusing on organizing unorganized workers. This year CTA awarded her the Cesar Chavez Si Se Puede Human Rights Awards for my work with Latino/a students and communities.
Green is the newly elected voice of higher education on the CTA Board of Directors.
CTA/ABC/PAC Director: Joan Sholars
Mt. San Antonio College
1100 N. Grand Avenue
Walnut, CA 91789
Joan Sholars teaches mathematics at Mt. San Antonio College. This is her second term as ABC Director representing Higher Education and her goal is to work hard to fund community college Board of Trustee elections. She is currently Vice President of her local chapter and serves on CTA's State Council of Education.