CCA President: Eric Kaljumagi
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Eric is a full-time 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 has significant experience as a local leader, having served as his local’s president, vice-president, treasurer, grievance chair, and negotiations chair. He is also a past president of his college’s Academic Senate and a former member or chair of dozens of committees, including the CCA’s Governance Committee. In addition to his work as the CCA President, Eric is a State Council delegate for his local and is a current member of his college’s Campus Equity and Diversity Committee. Eric has a strong interest in the collective power of the faculty voice and in obtaining quality working and learning conditions for faculty and students.
CCA Vice President: Randa B. Wahbe
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Randa has been a proud union member her entire career— first as a part-time English instructor throughout LA and Orange counties and since 2001 as a full-time English professor at Cypress College in the North Orange CCCD. At Cypress, she has served as a coordinator for the Puente Program, a Senator on the Academic Senate, and coordinator of the English Department, as well as a member on various committees, such as Basic Skills and Distance Education. She has also served as United Faculty Secretary, Membership Coordinator, and website administrator, and represented UF as a liaison to the College’s Academic Senate, the Planning and Budget Committee, and the President’s Advisory Council. A first-generation, native Californian, Randa’s educational background includes BAs in Anthropology and English, an MA in Comparative Literature, with a focus on Arabic and French literature, and an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction.
Statewide, Randa has served community college faculty as CCA Secretary, Board member, and member of the Membership Development Committee and Conference Committee. She is also a proud graduate of CCA’s Building Strong Locals (BSL) Academy. Elected as a CTA Higher Education Delegate, Randa represents community college faculty at CTA State Council and Chairs the CTA Communications Committee. As a strong believer in the power CCA gives the faculty voice and the importance of achieving equity for part-time faculty, she advocates regularly in Sacramento to improve the working conditions for all faculty.
CCA Secretary: John Sullivan
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John Sullivan has been teaching English in the California community college system since 1997. He teaches at three community colleges and has served on his local Executive Boards in various roles and participated in shared governance activities, including accreditation, strategic planning, and senate. At the state level, John has been involved in CCA since 1999, including serving on committees, as committee chairs of PTFIC and the CCA Governance Committee. He has served in various positions on the CCA Board of Directors since 2005. He is a supporter of SCTA and remains active on his college campuses.
CCA Treasurer: Jonathan Ausubel
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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, Membership chair, chief negotiator, and President, and continues to serve as grievance officer. 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 with and traveling with his family, serving on the board of 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