2019-2021 Executive Board

Tonya Cobb

President

Judi McDuff

Executive Director

Pete Christenson

Treasurer

Jenifer Kalamian

Vice President

John Orr

VP Fullerton

Manjit Grewal

VP North Orange County Continuing Education

Chief Negotiator

Posiition Open

Frank R. Oppedisano

CFT Field Representative

Denny Konshak

Greivance / Negotiations Consultant

Melissa Medich

COPE Chair

Julie Zweig

Secretary of the AdFac Executive Board

Tonya Cobb

President

Happy New Year! 

 My name is Tonya Cobb and I am honored to be your new president. I have been very involved in the work of the union over the past several years and I look forward to continuing the work of advocating for part-timers in NOCCCD. 

 I’ve been married to my husband, Nigel, for more than 25 years. He is a manager at a flavor company. We have two children. Marcus is a senior at Northern Arizona University and Tyler (“Ty”) is a junior at Eastern New Mexico University. 

 I began my community college teaching career at Cypress College in 2012. I soon found that I wanted to get involved and support part-timers–somehow. In 2014, I was elected to two positions: vice president of the union and academic senator. I have also been a part of several shared governance committees, negotiations, and grievance work–all while working at least two (part-time) jobs. So, I am keenly aware of the academic, professional, and workplace matters that affect part-timers. Formerly, I was in adult education where I also advocated for part-timers. 

 Adjunct Faculty United is the largest part-time only union in the state. This brings certain inherent and unique challenges that cannot be discounted; however, those challenges can be overcome with your involvement and support. I hope to cultivate new leaders as we move our agenda forward. I also hope to close our contract during this negotiations cycle, and build our membership to at least 80%.

 Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events, communications, and how you can help us as we move our agenda forward. 

 Onward!

 Tonya Cobb

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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.

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Pete Christenson

Treasurer

I 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. 

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Jenifer Kalamian

VP Cypress

Jenifer is a first-generation American. She has a BA in Political Science and an MA in Philosophy, both from Long Beach State University. She has been an adjunct philosophy professor in Orange County and Long Beach for nine years and loves every minute of it. She serves on the Academic Senate as the adjunct representative. In Spring 2020 she was appointed AdFac VP of Cypress College. Jen looks forward to serving all the adjuncts at Cypress College in both capacities; to make sure they are paid fairly and given what was promised. If you see her on campus, please introduce yourself!

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John Orr

VP Fullerton

For 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.

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Manjit Grewal

VP North Orange Continuing Education

I 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.

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Frank R. 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. He’s also on the Board of Trustees for the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation.

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Denny Konshak

Greivance / 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 AdFac’s first contract.

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Melissa Medich

COPE Chair

I 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. 

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Julie Zweig

Secretary of the AdFac Executive Board

Julie holds a BA from UC Santa Cruz, an MA from Cal State Fullerton, credentials (including Bilingual Specialist) from UCI and JD Pacific West College of Law. She has taught high school (various subjects) and has been teaching at Cypress College for many years. She also taught Spanish and ESL at Cypress College for 20 years, and for the last two years advised the Muslim Students Association club. She was Secretary for AdFac in 2010-2011 and is back for a second round!

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