2019-2021 Executive Board
PresidentI served as Interim Treasurer from 2012 to 2013 and then was elected President in 2014. As President, I will continue to work toward parity with full-time instructors, especially regarding salary increases, adding more steps, and rehire rights. I hold an MA in English from CSU, Fullerton, and have taught English at Fullerton College since 2009.
Executive DirectorJudi was elected Executive Director in January, 2008, and is the only executive director of a part-time only local in California. Judi is a former part-timer in the NOCCCD who taught beginning computer classes. She also served as Editor of the SCE Class Schedule for 9 years. In 2000, Judi began working for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in the Fullerton College Organizing Project office where she helped organize Adjunct Faculty United. She was a professional Staff Person from 2006-2008, and served six years on the negotiations team. Judi holds a California community college teaching credential and a Masters degree in Journalism from Penn State University.
TreasurerI became AdFac’s COPE chair in 2010 and then Treasurer in 2017. I ask lots of questions and am really interested in the issues part-timers face in the current economic climate. I taught at Cypress and Golden West Colleges in the early ’80s and I have been teaching mathematics at Cypress College since 2002. I also have been a financial advisor since 1996. I have served as a treasurer for two non-profit organizations in the past. I believe in our union and think my financial background makes me continue to be a viable candidate for Treasurer.
VP CypressI’ve been your rep for Cypress College for four years and will continue for another term. During my tenure, I managed our social media, served on the negotiations team, and was a delegate to the CFT. I’ve also served on several committees for shared governance and was an elected senator for two terms. I’m in my seventh year of teaching credit ESL at Cypress. I hold a master’s in English from CSU, Dominguez Hills and have been an educator for 22 years. Most of my career was in adult education where I trained and mentored teachers, implemented new programs, and coordinated accreditation processes. I’m keenly aware of the challenges that contingent faculty face.
VP FullertonFor the past 10 years, since I retired from 25 years on the full-time English staff at Fullerton College, I have been an Adjunct Faculty United member. Our union is crucial in obtaining and improving equitable pay, workplace protections, and working conditions for all part-time faculty in the NOCCCD. Since I joined the Executive Board two years ago, I have seen how important the work is and gained a lot of insight related to the contract, the laws, the issues, the personalities, the politics, and the needs of our members. Securing rehire rights, ensuring fair treatment, and serving our unit members are the union’s most important projects for the near future.
VP North Orange Continuing EducationI have a Ph.D. in biological sciences from India where I taught for four years. I have taught at different US colleges as an adjunct instructor and I have been an adjunct instructor in NOCE since 2000. I served on the NOCE Academic Senate for two years. As Vice President of adjuncts at NOCE, I fought and will continue to fight for our rights. I am on the Negotiations team and have gained very good experience, but we have lots more to do so that we are treated like full-time instructors. We are still fighting for our rehire rights. I will continue to fight for my fellow part-time instructors in North Orange Continuing Education.
Membership ChairMiriam Henan received her BA in Interpersonal Communication and a BS in Business Marketing from California State University, Long Beach. She then earned an MA in Organizational Communication from Abilene Christian University in Texas. Miriam recently obtained an MS in Gerontology from CSULB and is using the knowledge she acquired to instruct in the Older Adult Program through the School of Continuing Education. Miriam is a Gerontologist and advocates for older adults in all capacities. She believes people of all ages should have equal rights.
Secretary of the AdFac Executive BoardI am currently serving Fullerton College students in my 13th year as an adjunct instructor, and I’m happy to serve as Secretary of the AdFac Executive Board. After attending Fullerton College, I earned my Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from CSULB. While participating in recent NOCCCD workshops about protecting oppressed classes of people, I realized that the District failed to mention the oppression of one group: adjunct instructors. As the backbone of the District’s workforce, we deserve the same pledge of equity that we give our students. Together, we can fight for health insurance, paid office hours, rehire rights, and a living wage.
Greivance / Negotiations ConsultantDenny taught English at Fullerton College. He is retired, having previously taught at Yakima Valley College in Washington State, University of Hawaii, Maui, and Seattle University. Always happy to discuss foreign films, Denny has also taught (and published on) classic Japanese cinema and taught Latin American cinema, having done research in Brazil with a Fullbright fellowship. Denny was part of the union’s Negotiation team during the entire 15-month creation of AdFac’s first contract.
COPE ChairI am a part-time anthropology instructor at Fullerton College. In March, 2019, I attended the CFT Annual Convention as a delegate for AdFac where I gained perspective on the policies, procedures, and practices of our union and unions across the state. Through this experience, I have taken a deeper interest in union work and am looking to extend my involvement with AdFac by serving as COPE Chair of the Executive Board. As a board member, I will advocate for part-time faculty rights and work to ensure our interests are protected and promoted. Thank you.
Frank R. Oppedisano
CFT Field RepresentativeFrank R. Oppedisano, who replaced Mary Millet as CFT Field Representative to our local union in 2010. Frank has served as Executive Director in the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers (certificated employees), Local 1794, Costa Mesa, since 2006. He began working for AFT in 1999. Originally from Syracuse, he interned for AFT in Washington, DC, organized in California for AFT/CFT until 2001, served as Executive Director of Coast Federation of Educators from 2002 to 2004, and then as Executive Director with Newport-Mesa. He’s also on the Board of Trustees for the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation.
Chief NegotiatorPosition is open.