CCA Board of Directors 2017-18
District A: Chris Vancil
College of the Siskiyous
800 College Ave.
Weed CA 96094

Term: 2016-2018
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

Merced College
3600 M Street
Merced, CA 95348
Campus: 209-384-6130
Term: 2016-18
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): Michelle MacFarlane
Sierra College
5000 Rocklin Road
Campus: 916- 660-7906

Term: 1st (2017-19)
Represents Lake Tahoe, San Joaquin Delta and Sierra Colleges
District C(2): Johnnie Terry
Sierra College
500 Rocklin Road
Rocklin CA 95677
Campus: 916-660-8055

Term: 2016-18
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
Campus: 805-584-2431

Term: 2016-2018
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 

Term: 2015-2017 
Represents: College of the Desert FT, College of the Desert AF, Palo Verde, San Bernardino
John 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
Campus: 562-463-7463

Term: 2016-2018
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

Chaffey College
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

District G(2): Phyllis Hall
Long Beach City College
4901 East Carson Street
Long Beach, CA 90808
Campus: 562-938-3923

Term: 2015-2017
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: Vanessa Sheldon
Vanessa Sheldon has been a community college music professor since 2005. A native Southern Californian, she holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music from California State University Los Angeles and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, where she was the youngest doctoral graduate, receiving her degree at age 19. A professional harpist for over 17 years, highlights of her concert tours include performances in China, South Korea, Spain, and the Kennedy Center. She plays for such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Tippi Hedren, and Florence Henderson, has made several television appearances, and recently concertized with Barry Manilow, John Bayless and Il Divo. With a solid background in Classical masterworks, Dr. Sheldon's technical skill and artistic vision allows for interpretations of a variety of music spanning Celtic, Latin, pop, jazz, and rock genres on the harp.
Vanessa has taught part-time for the College of the Desert, where she was vice-president of their Adjunct Association (CODAA), Norco College, California State University, San Bernardino and University of California, Riverside. She is now an Assistant Professor at Mt. San Jacinto College, where she teaches music history, piano, theory, musicianship and harp. In addition to serving on CCA’s Membership and Part-Time Faculty Issues Committees, she is a CTA State Council representative. She has been recognized for her dedication to education and harp performance through awards from the California State Assembly and the American Harp Society and has been named as a Medici Scholar and in Who's Who Among American Women.
District I(1): VACANT

District I(2): Krista Warren
MiraCosta College
1 Barnard Dr
Oceanside CA 92056
Campus: 760-757-2121
Term: 2016-2018 
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
Campus: 909-594-5611x5751

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 K: Jan Muto
As an associate professor of Communication Studies at Norco College, Dr. Muto teaches interpersonal communication, public speaking, gender and communication, and mass media. Along with other institutional commitments, she leads the volunteer Ally program in support of LGBTQ faculty, staff, and student; and is faculty adviser to the Gender Sexuality Awareness student club. Dr. Muto was honored in 2015 with the David A. Sanchez GLBT Award for Diversity by the CCA Faculty Equity and Diversity Committee, and named the RCCD Distinguished Faculty Lecturer in 2016. Jan Muto holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in communication from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. from University of Utah with emphases in organizational communication and instructional media. She has held faculty positions in communication at Ithaca College (New York), and two community colleges in Kentucky. Other positions held were Instructional Technologist at the University of Delaware, administrative positions at Northwest College in Wyoming, Madisonville Community College in Kentucky, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System central office. She was Interim President at Maysville (Kentucky) Community and Technical College, and President of Riverside City College. She has served on accrediting teams for three regional agencies; conducted communication training workshops for private and public sector organizations; and presented at regional, national, and international conferences on communication, faculty professional development, and institutional planning.
District L: Sherry Miller-White
Saddleback College
28000 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Term: 2015-2017
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): Josie Malik
San Joaquin Delta College
5151 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95207
Campus: 209-954-5561

Term: 2017-2019

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 where she also obtained her life Elementary and Secondary teaching credentials. She received her Pupil Personnel Credential from CSU Stanislaus 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. She is currently serving her first term as CCA Northern Director Part-Time. In addition, she is Vice-President of Adjuncts at San Joaquin Delta College and serves as CTA Liaison to the California Association of School Psychologists. Josie strives to be the best advocate for Community College Part-Time Instructors.Josie was previously C-1 CCA Director and a State Council representative. 
Part-Time Faculty Director Southern Region (At Large): Josue Arredondo

Southwestern College 
900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista CA 91910
Campus: 619-421-6700
Term: 2016-2018
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
Cell: 909-520-1094
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
Term: 2015-2017
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

CSU Chico
History Department,Trinity Hall
Chico CA 95928-0735
CTA cell: 530-720-6231
Term: 2015-2016
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
Cell: 909-645-2315
Term: 2014-2016
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.
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