Board of Directors

District A: Shaaron Vogel

CCA - Headshot - Web Ready-17Butte College
Term: 2020-2022
Represents: Butte College EA, College of the Siskiyous CHEA CHPT, Lassen Community College Certified TA,
Los Rios (At-large), Mendocino CC P/T, Shasta Colleg FA
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Shaaron Vogel is a registered nurse with 45 years of practice.  She has been teaching nursing at Butte College for 30 years with six of those years as a part timer.  Shaaron has served on many committees on her campus: Curriculum, Academic Senate, Professional Development, Instructional Skills Workshop, budget, enrollment management and Great Teachers, to name a few.  Shaaron served on her local part time union board first.  Now as a full timer she has served her union board as a CTE representative, Treasure, Vice President, Grievance and is now the president of BCEA.  She believes knowledge of how things work and knowing who really “has the power” allows a person to create change.

Statewide Shaaron has served on the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and FACCC.  In both these organizations she served in multiple positions and on multiple committees.  She served on statewide committees in the areas of CTE, curriculum, policy, professional development, and legislation to name a few.  She is past President of FACCC.  At the Chancellor’s Office she represented faculty on CTE Workforce committees, Professional Development and CoFO and consultation Council.

In her spare time Shaaron like to read, kayak, and travel by train and trailer.  She is supported in all her endeavors by her husband, dog, cat, chickens and 2 geese.  Thank goodness her husband does all the cooking and gardening!


District B Director: Vacant

Merced College
District B Term: 2020-2022
Represents: Gavilan College FA, Hartnell College FA , Merced College FA, Monterey Peninsula College FA
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District C(1): Kristie Iwamoto

Kristie Iwamoto2Napa Valley College
Term: 2021-2023
Represents: Lake Tahoe Community College FA, Napa Valley College FA, San Joaquin Delta College TA, Sierra College FA, Solano College CTA Chapter
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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 President of the Napa Valley College Faculty Association.
In her spare time, Kristie likes long distance running, yoga, and volunteer work, particularly therapy dog visits.


District C(2): Ricardo Aguilar


San Joaquin Delta College
Term: Complete Unexpired Term 2020-2022
Represents: Lake Tahoe Community College FA, Napa Valley College FA, San Joaquin Delta College TA, Sierra College FA, Solano College CTA Chapter
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District D: Chris Cruz-Boone

Chris Cruz-BooneTerm: Complete Unexpired 2020-2022
Represents: College of the Canyons FA, College of the Sequoias TA, Kern Community College Chapter, Taft College FA, West Hills College FA
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Dr. Chris Cruz-Boone is an assistant professor in the Department of Communications at Bakersfield Community College.  She has been teaching in higher education since 2005 and has been a speaker at dozens of professional education conferences. She spend over a decade as an adjunct activist and was involved with COCAL between 2006-2016. In the 2019-2020 school year, she was accepted as a Stanford University Community College EPIC fellow. Dr. Cruz-Boone served on the statewide Board of Directors of the California Faculty Association from 2012-2017.  In 2013, she was elected as a delegate to the California Teachers Association general assembly and was elected five more consecutive years and was appointed to the CTA Early Childhood committee.  In 2016, she was an appointed delegate to both the International Convention for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and National Education Association (NEA).  Chris is excited to continue to serve the central valley.


District E(1): Jill Pfeiffer

mepic TA AdjustRio Hondo College
Term: 2020-2022
Represents: Barstow College FA, College of the Desert FA, College of the Desert AF, Copper Mountain CCD, Rio Hondo College FA, San Bernardino Community College District, Victor Valley College FA
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Jill Pfeiffer is the current Communications Committee Chair and is serving her second term as E1 Area Director for Rio Hondo College, Barstow CC, and San Bernardino FT/PT chapters. She has been a full-time Anthropology Professor at Rio Hondo College for over 16 years and was a freeway flier in the Los Angeles area for 6 years prior.  She teaches a variety of courses both online and face to face including Medical and Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Religion.  Online education is a passion of hers and she is currently involved with the Chancellor’s Office Online Exchange Initiative (OEI) and is Peer Online Course Certified. She has served on curriculum, senate, and online education committees and is the Distance Education Coordinator for the 2019-2023 terms. She also served as advisor to the AGS honor society on campus for 5 years from 2007-2012. Her involvement with the faculty association began over 12 years ago and she has helped with board of trustee elections and held positions as secretary, treasurer, negotiations team member, VP, President, and grievance chair.  Jill graduated from the CCA’s Building Strong Locals Academy in 2015 and graduated from the California Leadership Academy in 2018.


District E(2): Michael Butros

Michael ButrosTerm: 2021-2023
Represents: Barstow College FA, College of the Desert FA, College of the Desert AF, Copper Mountain CCD, Rio Hondo College FA, San Bernardino Community College District, Victor Valley College FA
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A product of the California Community College System, Michael completed an Associated degree in Math/Science from Victor Valley College in 1991.  He completed his undergraduate degree in applied mathematics from the University of California, Irvine in 1994, and his graduate degree in mathematics from Northern Arizona University in 2000.

Michael began teaching mathematics at Victor Valley College in 2000, and began teaching physics in 2008.  Michael served as the department chair of both the mathematics department and the physical sciences department.  Michael is an Area Representative on the Academic Senate and is the Faculty Representative on the Victor Valley College Foundation Board. Michael served as a Visiting Professor at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center between 2014 and 2019, and will return for another five years between 2020 and 2024.

Michael served his local chapter as the secretary, vice president, and president since 2004. Michael is serving as the President of his local chapter for the term (2019-2021). Statewide Michael was a member of the CCA Board, acted as the Board Parliamentarian, and was elected as CCA Secretary.  Michael is a graduate of the CCA Building Strong Locals Academy (Third Class).


District F(1): Kashara Moore

Term: Complete Unexpired 2021-2023
Represents: Chaffey College FA, Chaffey Child Development, CHI Long Beach City College(part-time), Long Beach City College FA(full-time), UF North Orange County CCD

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District F(2): Jackie Boboye  

Cypress College
Term: 2021-2023
Represents: Chaffey College FA, Chaffey Child Development, CHI Long Beach City College(part-time), Long Beach City College FA(full-time), UF North Orange County CCD
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District G: Jesus Gutierrez

JGCitrus College
Term: Complete Unexpired Term 2021-2023
Represents: Citrus College FA, FA Rancho Santiago CCD, Rancho Santiago CEFA
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After completing his four-year active-duty obligation with the U.S. Marines, Jesus enrolled full-time at Rio Hondo College.  His first math class at Rio was Geometry!  While at Rio he participated in the Student University Bound Program (SUBE) which prepared him to transfer to UCLA and major in Applied Mathematics with a Minor in Statistics.  Jesus benefitted from multiple National Science Foundation programs: Research Experience for Undergraduates at Loyola-Marymount University, The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation – Bridges to the Doctorate at CSU Los Angeles, and The Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate program at UC Irvine.  Jesus earned the prestigious Eugene-Cota Robles Fellowship at UC Riverside where he attended the Ph.D. program in Pure Mathematics.  Jesus states his three-best decision in life were joining the Marines, getting out of the Marines, and dropping out of the Ph.D. program.

Jesus was a “road scholar” at every community college near Baldwin Park where he grew-up.  He began teaching full-time mathematics at Citrus College in 2008. Two years later, he was working with 3rd grade to high school teachers in two local school district, Glendora USD and Duarte USD as a content expert for the California Math and Science Project (CaMSP).  Jesus found working with local school teachers personally rewarding that he continued working for three more years.  During that time, Jesus served on multiple grant writing teams, which resulted in successful awards that empowered students studying at Citrus. He is also a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award given by UC Irvine.  Jesus is currently the PI on an NSF-S-STEM grant proposal which will be submitted in early 2021. 

Jesus served his local chapter by participating in union led events and he is currently an area representative.  He graduated from CCA Building Strong Locals Academy in 2019 and he is a graduate of the California Leadership Academy class of 2020.  He is also a recent W.H.O awardee from Citrus College.  Jesus looks forward to meeting you and working with all of you to advocate for higher education. 


District H(1): Susan Pynes

IMG_3305MiraCosta College
Term: 2020-2022
Represents: Coast Community College Assn, Imperial Valley College CCA/CTA/NEA, Imperial Valley College Part Time CCA/CTA/NEA, MiraCosta College TA, Mt. San Jacinto College FA, Palo Verde Community College Assn, Southwestern College EA
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Susan Griffiths Pynes teaches a variety of English classes (from reading/study strategies to composition and information literacy) at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California for the Adult High School Diploma Program.  Her students range between 17 and 70 years old and have the same wide range of life experiences and backgrounds.  She delights in watching the bonds that form between diverse students as they learn together.  On the MiraCosta College Academic Associate Faculty, her local CCA/CTA unit, Susan has served as secretary and negotiator. She is a graduate of CCA’s California Leadership Academy and attended the CTA Summer Institute Essential Bargaining strand.  She has advocated for part-time faculty for over twenty years.  Presently, she is one of the representatives on the MiraCosta College Academic Senate for over 600 part-time faculty members.

Susan is also an arts education advocate and spent ten years as a Commissioner on the City of Carlsbad’s Arts Commission, which included chairing the Arts Education Committee for the city and five school districts’ arts educators.  In “spare” time, she attempts to write poetry and enjoys sailing with her family.  She believes that every person deserves an opportunity for education which is the ultimate path to world peace.


District H(2): Karen Cranney

Mt. San Jacinto College FA
Term: 2021-2023
Represents: Coast Community College Assn, Imperial Valley College CCA/CTA/NEA, Imperial Valley College Part Time CCA/CTA/NEA, MiraCosta College TA, Mt. San Jacinto College FA, Palo Verde Community College Assn, Southwestern College EA
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Karen Cranney, Ed.D has been a facilitator for personality types for 20 years.  She regularly teachers career life planning and college success classes at Mt. San Jacinto College, using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory to help students select the right career path.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rider University, a master’s degree in counseling form the University of Colorado, and a doctorate degree from University of Souther CA.  She gets really inspired by her students’ stories about how knowing their personality type changed their lives.  She was even featured on the CBS morning show as one of her returning adult students most inspirational teacher.  Dr. Cranney is also a licensed Franklin Covey facilitator for the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which she also teaches at Mt. San Jacinto College.  Her love for teaching expands over 40 years, and she hopes to keep inspiring others to do what they love and make it into a career.  Finding one’s passion is the key to happiness and success.


District I: Rick Boone

Irvine Valley College
Term: Complete Unexpired 2021-2023
Represents: Cerritos (At-Large), Palomar (At-Large), South Orange County CCD FA
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District J: Luisa Howell

Luisa HowellMt. San Antonio College
Term: 2020-2022
Represents: Mt. San Antonio College FA
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Luisa is originally from Panama, where she grew up in a bilingual environment that was very diverse. She is a product of the community college, having attended the Canal Zone College prior to continuing her college and university education in the United States.  Although Luisa started her career working for 10 years as an engineer with Pacific Bell, alongside her teaching career she also worked part time as an interpreter in the U.S. Immigration Court for 17 years.  She has also been teaching Spanish for 33 years, the last 18 of which have been at Mt. San Antonio College. She started her teaching career as a college student at St. Francis high school and has taught at U.C. Davis & the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

At Mt. San Antonio College she has been active in both the Academic Senate and the Faculty Association for more than 15 years, where she has been a member of many campus committees. As a Representative of the FA, Full Time Director and Vice President, she has been a member of the following committees: Faculty Professional Development Committee, Insurance Committee, Lab Parity Committee, Professional Development Council & the President’s Advisory Council. As Vice President, she was responsible for grievances & membership, receiving CCA awards every year of her vice presidency for increase in membership, and established the Faculty Appreciation Day at Mt. SAC.

Luisa represented Mt. SAC before CCA as Director J for 6 years, and worked with the Conference Committee, Governance Committee, Elections Committee, and for all 6 years was Chair of the Faculty Equity and Diversity Committee, where she and her committee established the GBLT Award, the Ethnic Minority Award & the Part-time Faculty Award. She was recognized by Mt. SAC’s FA with the WHO Award and was also awarded with the Ethnic Minority Award by CCA.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, her 6 children, four (4) grandchildren and her daughters-in-law in addition to traveling. Luisa is honored to have the opportunity to work with CCA advocating for Higher Ed and looks forward to working and collaborating with fellow faculty.


District K: Dorothy Reina

CCA - Headshot - Web Ready-8Norco College
Term: 2021-2023
Represents: Riverside CCD FA
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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 addition to teaching at Norco College, Dorothy teaches at Victor Valley College where she also serves as a member of the AFT Part Time Executive Board.

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.

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 networking on Social Media,  attending the theater, travelling, photography, and advocating for the rights of animals.

Resources of import:

Link to The Campaign for College Opportunity:  where you will find several publications that might be of interest, including the following:

The State of Higher Education for Black Californians

The State of Higher Education for Latinx in California

Higher Education Affordability for Undocumented Students in California

Link to the HRC Publication:

2019 Black & African American LGBTQ Youth Report                      

2019 LATINX LGBTQ Youth Report

CSUSB LEAD SUMMIT X INFORMATION:


Northern Racial / Ethnic Minority At-large Director: Kim Kirkwood

Term: 2021-2023
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Kim Kirkwood started teaching in Waynesville, Missouri as a high school teacher in secondary and post-secondary education at the Waynesville Career Center.  Later, in 2018 she relocated to California. After joining the Butte Community College family, she continued as a Cosmetology Instructor and is now Department Chair of the Cosmetology Program. She is a licensed industry professional of 30 years and started teaching in public education ten years ago.

At Butte College, Kim currently serves on the Academic Senate as the Career Education Representative, a liaison for the Diversity Equity & Inclusion on the Curriculum Committee, and a member of the Hiring Equivalency Board. In addition, she is active on the (FCCC) Faculty Staff of Color Council, an active participant on BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color), a former member of campus Presidents DEI Task Force,  and a participant on the development team for the UMOJA Community Chapter at Butte College.

She holds a Bachelor in CTE (Career and Technology Education) and a Masters in Administrative Leadership from the University of Central Missouri “Go Mules.” Kim is a single mother of a teenager and knows a mother’s job is never done. However, she believes that “opportunity and chance happen to us all,” and working together to create opportunity within each community to be a voice, be present, and be active in all areas that support the success for students of color is a must.

It is with great honor to serve as the Northern Racial / Ethnic Minority Director and a personal goal to ensure all are seen, heard, and have an opportunity to advance beyond limits.


Southern Racial / Ethnic Minority At-large Director: Noushin Seddighzadeh

Term: 2020-2022
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Northern Women’s Rights/Issues At-large Director: Kathleen Brantley-Gutierrez

Term: 2021-2023
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Kathleen Brantley-Gutierrez has been a Reference Librarian at Merced Community College since 2008. She received her B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at UC Berkeley in 2005 and her MLIS degree in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University in 2008. Kathleen has served as the Part-time Faculty Representative of the Merced College Faculty Association (MCFA) since 2012, in addition to serving as the Part-time Faculty Action Committee Chair since 2013. She has also served as the Secretary of MCFA since 2017. In CCA, she is a graduate of the Building Strong Locals Academy 8 (2014-15), the Bargaining Academy (2015), and the California Leadership Academy (2018). She has served on the CCA Part-time Faculty Committee, Legislation & Advocacy Committee, and the Policy Committee. Kathleen is a 5 th generation Californian born in Mariposa. She lives with her husband of 28 years in Merced and has 5 children and 2 grandchildren. She enjoys oil painting, genealogy, writing and research. In her spare time, she conducts genealogical research on her family history and foster’s kittens.


Southern Women’s Rights/Issues At-large Director: Conchi Sanford

Term: 2020-2022
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Northern LGBTQ+ At-large Director: Trevor Gatz 

Term: 2021-2023
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Trevor Gatz is a community college alumnus from San Joaquin Delta College and is very excited to be working as an Adjunct Associate Professor in Education at Delta College.   He completed both his undergraduate and Master’s degree from the University of Pacific.

In addition to working at the community college, he has served as the Director of a reading/literacy program which focuses on early literacy development and enrichment for PreK-3rd grade students.  Additionally, he is the coordinator of the Summer Academy Reaching for the Stars Program which prepares 7th – 12th grade students for careers in STEM enrichment related fields.   

Trevor has been the Communication Chair at his local chapter.   He has also been a member of the CCA Membership Development Committee and the CCA Elections Committee.    Trevor is delighted to serve the LGBTQ+ members and looks forward to sharing the ideas/programs from his numerous attendances at the Time to Thrive/Human Right Campaign conferences.   He is very interested in social justice issues related to the LGBTQ+ community and looks forward to representing and advocating on their behalf.


Southern LGBTQ+ & CTA/ABC/PAC At-large Director: Patrick Mitchell 

CCA - Headshot - Web Ready-32Term: 2020-2022
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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 served for four years as the President of the Merced College Faculty Association. In CCA, he is a graduate of the Building Strong Locals Academy (class 7) and the inaugural class of the California Leadership Academy. He has served on the CCA Membership, Legislation & Advocacy, and Policy Committees, and currently serves as the chair of the Governance Committee.  In 2019, Patrick was elected by CTA State Council to represent Higher Ed. on the CTA/ABC committee, which is CTA’s political action committee.  Please contact Patrick if your chapter has endorsed a candidate in your local Board of Trustees election and you’d like to get help funding them.

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.


Northern Part-Time Faculty At-large Director: Josie Malik

CCA - Headshot - Web Ready-11San Joaquin Delta College
Term: 2021-2023
Represents: Northern California Part-Time Faculty members of the Community College Association/CTA/NEA
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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 a classroom teacher for 18 years at 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.


Southern Part-Time Faculty At-large Director : Josue Arredondo

JosueSouthwestern College
Term: 2020-2022
Represents: Southern California Part-Time Faculty members of the Community College Association/CTA/NEA
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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 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.


CTA Director Q for Higher Ed: DeWayne Shaeffer

DeWayne ShaefferTerm: Complete Unexpired Term 2019-2021

DeWayne Sheaffer has worked in higher education for over 30 years. DeWayne started his career at California State University at Stanislaus where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing in the Business Office and Admission & Records area. He moved to California State University, Los Angeles working in the Admissions and Records Office processing students for graduation. He subsequently moved to California State University. Dominguez Hills serving as the Supervisor of the Graduation Unit in the Records Office while completing his Master of Science Degree in Counseling with an Emphasis in Higher Education. DeWayne is currently working at Long Beach City College since 1996 in the Counseling and Student Development Department. While at LBCC, DeWayne has served in several leadership capacities such as Department Chair, Transfer Coordinator, Career Services Coordinator, and Association President at the college. DeWayne’s strong sense of advocacy came into existence at an early age when he participated in picketing at his father’s work place of Chevron Oil Refinery during a strike. He thought that was awesome that employees would do all they could including striking to ensure their voice was heard during the negotiation process. To date that event continues to remain his motivation in supporting and protecting the collective bargaining process.