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2015-17 BOARD MEMBERS

KENT STEVENSON

President

I was appointed Interim Treasurer in the Fall 2012 after Adfac's Treasurer resigned.  I will continue to work to improve financial control, implement monthly budget-to-actual comparison reports, and advocate for equal pay for equal work and increasing the number of adjunct faculty salary steps.  I have taught English at Fullerton College since 2007.  I hold an MA in English from the California State University, Fullerton.

 

JUDI MCDUFF

Executive Director

Judi 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.

JUSTIN RICHARDSON

Treasurer

Justin Richardson is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Fullerton Collegeís Business and CIS Department.  He has been teaching at the community college level since 2014 with a focus on business courses rooted in new media marketing and internet-driven technology.

Justin has spent over a decade in the real estate finance and business banking industries and is currently the Vice President of the Corporate Banking Group at California Bank & Trust

TONYA COBB

VP Cypress

I graduated from CSU, Dominguez Hills, with a masterís in English. Iíve been an educator for 18 years. Nearly all of my career has been spent in adult education where I train and mentor teachers, implement new programs, and coordinate accreditation processes. Iím keenly aware of the successes and challenges that contingent faculty face. I am a longstanding member of that districtís union and have also been a site rep. I also taught at CSU, Fullerton. Iím headed into my third year of teaching credit ESL at Cypress College. I was recently elected as one of three adjuncts to the Cypress Academic Senate. We are continuing to reach out to adjuncts to represent them and affect positive change for students.

ZAHRA AHMED

VP Fullerton

Zahra Ahmed has over twenty yearsí experience in community development, political mobilization, and policy advocacy evaluation.   She received her Masterís degree in Social Work from Georgia State University and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.  She is committed to community building in all of its forms and her professional projects serve to advance this objective.  She has taught several university-level courses including Intro to American Government, Minority Politics, Reproducing & Resisting Gender Inequality, and Intercultural Communication.  She teaches political science at Fullerton College and started with the District in 2010.

 

MANJIT GREWALL

VP School of Continuing Education

I am an adjunct instructor in the high school lab at the School of Continuing Education and have been in this position for the past 13 years. Iím also a senator on the SCE Academic Senate. I have a  Ph.D. in biology from India where I taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. I have also taught biology at Chapman University, Cerritos College, Santa Ana College, Golden West College and El Camino College. Part-time faculty in this District should have job stability; they deserve a decent salary and seniority; and their qualifications and experience should be considered in critical situations.

MIRIAM HENAN

Secretary

Miriam 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.  

CATHERINE WHITSETT

Chief Negotiator

As a student, Catherine has taken classes through all three schools at NOCCCD.  Since 1992, she has taught part-time for the School of Continuing Education and still teaches at Cypress College.  She was here before the union came, and she appreciates the substantial increases that have been brought through negotiations. She served two years as Secretary of the union and became Chief Negotiator in Fall 2009.  She enjoys serving on the board and would like to help improve conditions for our union members

DENNY KONSHAK

Grievance/Negotiations Consultant

Denny 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 AdFacís first contract.

PETE CHRISTENSON

COPE Chair

Pete Christenson became AdFacís new COPE chair, replacing retiree Tony Jordan, in spring 2010. After becoming interested in our local, Pete volunteered to make phone calls for our COPE campaign last winter. He served as an official delegate to the CFT Convention in March. And he supported our efforts on AB 1807 at the District Board meeting in May 2010. Pete asks lots of questions and is really interested in the issues part-timers face in the current economic climate. He taught at Cypress and Golden West Colleges in the early í80s. He has been teaching mathematics at Cypress College since 2002. He has also been a financial advisor since 1996 and is currently with Ameriprise Financial Services. Pete and his wife, Terry, live in Brea.

SAM RUSSO

Past President

Sam has taught at Cypress College for the past twenty-five years. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Pomona Pitzer, and an M.A. in Philosophy from USC.  He was also one of the core group which helped establish Adjunct Faculty United.  He has been President of our local for five terms, and  served on the negatiations team .  He also served for the last ten  years on the Executive Council of the CFT.  On the Executive Council, he has served on the Legal Defense Fund Committee.  For four  years, he was Chair of the CFT Part-Time Faculty Committee.  He also served for two years on the AFT Higher Education Program and Policy Council as well as the Academic Staffing Crisis Committee of the PPC.  Prior to his work with AdFac, he served on the negotiating team of the El Camino College Federation of Teachers and was a Vice President of the ECCFT. He has also been an official delegate to the last eleven CFT Conventions.

"Our first Contract was one of the best in the state, and we have made significant progress in terms of compensation, health benefits, rehire rights, grievance process, etc., but we still have a long way to go."

FRANK OPPEDISANO

CFT Field Representative

Frank 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. Heís also on the Board of Trustees for the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation.

 

 
 
 
 

 

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2016 Executive Board Meetings

 

January 20

February 24

March 24

April 21

May 19

 

Meetings begin at 12:30pm in the ADFAC office @ 305 N. Harbor Blvd., Suite 313, Fullerton