Board of Directors
District A: Shaaron Vogel
Represents: Butte, College of the Siskiyous, Lassen,
Los Rios (At-large), Napa Valley, Shasta
Shaaron Vogel is a registered nurse with 43 years of practice. She has been teaching nursing at Butte College, first as a part timer, for 28 years. Shaaron has served on many committees on her campus, such as Curriculum, Academic Senate, Professional Development, Instructional Skills Workshop and Great Teachers, to name a few. Shaaron served on her local part time union board and now on her full time union board as a CTE, Treasure, Vice President and Grievance. She believes knowledge of how things work and who really has the power gives one the ability 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: Patrick Mitchell
Represents: Gavilan, Hartnell, Mendocino Part-time, Merced, Monterey Peninsula
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’s union activism began in utero. His pregnant mother, a community college English professor, was directed by her administration to take maternity leave for the whole semester, even though Patrick was not due until April. She threatened to sue the college, they backed off, and Patrick arrived in May, perhaps out of spite. Patrick worked at this same college early in his career, and with a colleague, won a precedent-setting decision in New Jersey Superior Court that forced colleges to provide reasons when declining to renew tenure-track faculty contracts. Patrick now serves as the President of the Merced College Faculty Association, where he fights for justice for his full-time and part-time colleagues alike. In CCA, he is a graduate of the Building Strong Locals Academy (class 7) and the inaugural class of the California Leadership Academy. He also serves on the Membership Committee.
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.
District C(1): Michelle Macfarlane
Represents: Lake Tahoe, San Joaquin Delta, and Sierra College
As a professor of Agriculture at Sierra College, Michelle Macfarlane teaches animal science, relationships between food, society and the environment, and sustainable agriculture. Since 2002 when she was hired full time she has served as Department Chair and has served in many shared governance and leadership roles. Currently Michelle is on the negotiation team for her local union and serves on the Distance Learning and Instructional Technology, Career and Technical Education and Educational Effectiveness Academic Senate standing committees. She also is the District’s Open Educational Resource coordinator and one of the Student Learning Outcome coordinators. Michelle is passionate about equitably meeting the needs of students in the on ground and online classroom.
In 2006, she was awarded the Gerald C. Hayward Excellence in Education Award. She earned her BS from California State University, Chico in Agriculture and her MS degree from University of California, Davis in Animal Science. She serves on the CCA Budget Committee.
District C(2): Johnnie Terry
Represents: Lake Tahoe, San Joaquin Delta, Sierra, and Solano College
Johnnie Terry has taught full time at Sierra College since 1998. He earned his BA and MA from San Diego State University in Philosophy and his Master’s thesis was focused on the philosophical roots of Queer Theory. Though hired to teach Philosophy and Humanities, he has created an LGBT Studies Department with an AA Degree in LGBT Studies. He created an Academic Senate Standing Committee focused on the Success and Retention of LGBT Students and Staff and initiated a three day, Pride Days event that includes 15 Academic Presentations, a GSA Consortium and a Key Note Address followed by a Faculty, Staff and Student Drag Show. Johnnie has served as the Sierra College Faculty Association President, the Academic Senate President, Curriculum Committee Chair, and Spectrum Committee Chair. At Sierra College, Johnnie has won the Faculty Member of the Year Award, the Instructor of the Year Award, the Diversity Champion Award as well as a NISOD Award. Johnnie’s union roots extend back to his youth when his father, a machine repairman at General Electric with an 8th-grade education, took him to union meetings. He proudly represents full- and part- time faculty at Sierra College.
District D: Vincent Devlahovich
College of the Canyons
Represents: College of the Canyons, College of the Sequoias, Kern, Taft (West Kern), West Hills
Dr. Vincent Devlahovich has been a public school educator for 21 years. He is past president of the College of the Canyons Faculty Association in Santa Clarita, California, a large community college with over 20,000 students in northern Los Angeles County. Vincent is a Professor of Geology and in the Earth, Space, and Environmental Science department at the college and holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He is a 2011 graduate of the California Community College Association (CTA/NEA) Building Strong Locals Academy and a 2012 graduate of the NEA Emerging Leaders Academy. He serves on CTA State Council and is a primary investigator for the NEA GPS grant, It Takes a Barrio (ITaB), which mentors minority/underrepresented students into college and the teaching profession. He has committed his professional career to teaching and mentoring, union organizing and advocacy, as well as fighting for human and civil rights.
District E: John Sullivan
San Bernardino College
Represents: College of the Desert FT, College of the Desert AF, Palo Verde College, San Bernardino College
John Sullivan has been teaching English in the California community college system since 1996. He served in a one-year temporary full-time position at Riverside City College in the 2007/08 Academic Year, and returned to part-time work that summer. He continues to teach at two community colleges and a private university.
John has served as the part-time faculty representative on the Riverside Community College Faculty Association Executive Board from 1998 to 2005. He has also been chair of RCCDFA’s Governance committee, served on the Bargaining Team, was a part-time Faculty Academic Senator, and has been semi-active in the San Bernardino College Association.
At the state level, John has served on the Part-time Issues Committee since 1999, including stints as the committee chair; on the CCA Governance Committee; on the CCA Budget Committee; and on the CCA Elections Committee.
In his “spare” time, John is active at his church overseeing the Visual Presentation Ministry, and he is active in both Single’s and Men’s ministries. His basic philosophy for teaching is “always put students first; they must be our first priority.” To that end, in Spring 2005, he was recognized by the Latino Educators of Tomorrow and Student CTA organizations for his service to students at Riverside City College and as a recipient of the prestigious statewide Hayward Award in 2014. Always looking forward, he hopes to continue engaging his students and colleagues for many more years.
District F: Jill Pfeiffer
Rio Hondo College
Represents: Barstow, Copper Mountain, Rio Hondo, and Victor Valley
Jill Pfeiffer has been a full-time Anthropology Professor at Rio Hondo College for over 12 years. 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 Online Exchange Initiative (OEI) through the pilot program at Rio offering her Cultural Anthropology class through the exchange. She has served on the curriculum and online education committees as well as an advisor for AGS Honor Society students on campus. Her involvement with the faculty association began over 10 years ago and she has helped with board of trustee elections and held positions as secretary, treasurer, negotiations team member, VP, and is currently serving as president. Jill graduated from the CCA’s Building Strong Locals Academy in 2015 and recently graduated from the California Leadership Academy in 2018.
Prior to landing her full-time position at Rio, Jill was part-time at several community college districts in the Los Angeles area and remembers what it was like to be a freeway flyer. Jill grew up on the pool deck of Citrus College where her father was a health science professor and water polo coach for 40 years. She later attended Citrus for a year prior to transferring to UCLA where she earned her B.A. in cultural anthropology. After working as a vocational counselor in the Worker’s Compensation system in LA and Orange for several years she went on to CSULA for master’s degrees in anthropology and psychology. In her spare time, Jill plays beach volleyball, swims, hikes, and loves to travel the world.
District G(1): Jonathan Ausubel
Represents: Cerritos (At Large), Chaffey, Long Beach CC FT, Long Beach CC PT, UF North Orange CCD
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, and chief negotiator, and continues to serve as grievance officer and president. 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 as Umpire-in-Chief for 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
District G(2): Phyllis Hall
Long Beach City College
Represents: Long Beach CC (FT), Long Beach (PT), UF North Orange CCD
Currently a counselor at Long Beach City College, Phyllis has taught and coached in K-12, has an M.S. degree in Physical Education (sport psychology emphasis), an M.S. degree in Counseling (marriage and family therapy), and a Ph.D. in Psychology.
She is a committed and respected member of her local board. Faculty leadership respects her integrity and compassion for faculty rights and seeks her out for her gifted advice. Phyllis has been active with her local, holding the offices of Pacific Coast Faculty Representative (two terms) on their Executive Board. Membership in CCA is important to Phyllis, “because if you don’t stand for something important, you may fall for something that’s less worthy.”
In addition to her work with CCA and at Long Beach City College, Phyllis is a writer, artist, student of Ancient Mysticism, History, Culture, Race and Human behavior. She is also an active Racquetball player and seeking eternal life.
District H: Justina Rivadeneyra
Represents: Citrus College FA, Coast CC Assn, Mt. San Jacinto College FA
Justina is the past president for her local at Citrus College and is a Career Counselor. Justina currently serves on the Conference Committee and Faculty Equity and Diversity Committee for CCA. She also serves as the Higher Ed representative for CTA. Justina is honored to serve as the District H Director and looks forward to continue advocating for higher education.
District I(1): Susan Pynes
Represents:Imperial Valley FT, Imperial Valley PT, MiraCosta, Rancho Santiago CEFA, Southwestern College
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 I(2): Krista Warren
Represents: Imperial Valley FT, Imperial Valley PT, MiraCosta, Rancho Santiago CEFA, Southwestern College
Krista has taught and worked in various capacities at MiraCosta College for the past 25 years. Currently, as the interim Project Manager for the Coastal North County Adult Education Consortium(CNCAEC) /Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG), Krista works closely with the consortium leadership team assisting in planning the coordination of programs and services to be delivered to adult education students in the region. Krista also works as the Coordinator for Other Noncredit Programs, teaches a section of the Basic Skills class for learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities, represents Associate Faculty on the MiraCosta College Academic Senate and serves as the President of the MiraCosta College Academic Associate Faculty (MCCAAF)/CTA/NEA. Krista has a Master’s Degree in Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and is married and a mom of three children.
District J: Eric Kaljumagi
Mt. San Antonio College
Represents: Mt. San Antonio College
Eric is a full-time learning assistance and 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 is now the president of his local, after previously serving as vice-president, treasurer, and as a member of the negotiations team. He is also a past president of his college’s Academic Senate. Eric has a strong interest in the collective power of the faculty voice and in obtaining quality working conditions. His current work within CCA includes being a member of the Governance Committee and being involved with the CCA Leadership Academy.”
District K: Jan Muto
Represents: Riverside CCD
As an associate professor of Communication Studies at Norco College, Dr. Muto teaches interpersonal communication, public speaking, gender and communication, and mass media. Along with other institutional commitments, she leads the volunteer Ally program in support of LGBTQ faculty, staff, and student; and is faculty adviser to the Gender Sexuality Awareness student club. Dr. Muto was honored in 2015 with the David A. Sanchez GLBT Award for Diversity by the CCA Faculty Equity and Diversity Committee, and named the RCCD Distinguished Faculty Lecturer in 2016. Jan Muto holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in communication from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. from University of Utah with emphases in organizational communication and instructional media. She has held faculty positions in communication at Ithaca College (New York), and two community colleges in Kentucky. Other positions held were Instructional Technologist at the University of Delaware, administrative positions at Northwest College in Wyoming, Madisonville Community College in Kentucky, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System central office. She was Interim President at Maysville (Kentucky) Community and Technical College, and President of Riverside City College. She has served on accrediting teams for three regional agencies; conducted communication training workshops for private and public sector organizations; and presented at regional, national, and international conferences on communication, faculty professional development, and institutional planning.
District L: Evangeline Matthews
Irvine Valley College
Term: Comp Unexp 2017-19
Represents: South Orange County CCD
Evangeline Matthews was a full-time paralegal prior to discovering her love for teaching ESL. In addition to her Paralegal and Teaching English as a Second Language Certificates, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies and her Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
For several years, Evangeline has taught all core integrated and specialty ESL classes at three different community college districts in Orange County. Her passion to serve both her students and her colleagues is evident in her past and current leadership endeavors, including professional development presenter, AB 540 committee member, Safe Space Ally, and Academic Senate representative. For these and other contributions, Evangeline was nominated for the Faculty Excellence Award by her students and colleagues for four consecutive years.
Currently, Evangeline teaches an Advanced Adult ESL class at Irvine Valley College and serves as an at-large part-time faculty representative of the South Orange County Community College District Faculty Association. Her dedication to service is demonstrated by her active participation in her chapter’s monthly meetings and other professional activities: serving as the faculty association representative on a district-wide search committee, recruiting members, attending the Academic Senate and Board of Trustees meetings, and serving on the CCA’s Governance Committee, to name a few. Additionally, she has been a delegate at the various CCA/CTA conferences and has participated in the Building Strong Locals Academy. As a leader, be it in the classroom or the boardroom, Evangeline’s primary goal is to create strong communities.
Racial and Ethnic Minority Director : Dorothy Reina
Norco College – Riverside Community College District
Racial and Ethnic Minority Director
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 the Fall of 2016, Dorothy will also begin teaching at Victor Valley College.
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.
In addition to teaching, Dorothy is an active participant in the Norco College Ally Program, has served as a mentor for the Norco College Puente Program, and will begin serving as member of the Norco College Student Equity Work Group. 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 attending networking on Facebook, attending the theater, travelling, photography, and advocating for the rights of animals.
Part-Time Faculty Director Northern Region (At Large): Josie Malik
San Joaquin Delta College
Represents: Norhtern California Part-Time Faculty members of the Community College Association/CTA/NEA
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.
Part-Time Faculty Director Southern Region (At Large): Josue Arredondo
Represents: Southern California Part-Time Faculty members of the Community College Association/CTA/NEA
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’s 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.
Women’s Issues Director (At Large): Kristie A. Iwamoto
Napa Valley College
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 Membership Chair of the Napa Valley College Faculty Association.
In her spare time, Kristie likes long distance running, yoga, and volunteer work, particularly therapy dog visits.
CTA/ABC/PAC Director: Joan Sholars
Mt. San Antonio College
Joan Sholars teaches mathematics at Mt. San Antonio College. This is her second term as ABC Director representing Higher Education and her goal is to work hard to fund community college Board of Trustee elections. She is currently Vice President of her local chapter and serves on CTA’s State Council of Education.
CTA Director Q Higher Ed: Susan Green
Susan Green is an associate professor of Chicano Studies and History at California State University Chico. She works primarily with first-generation, liberal studies, and bilingual education students. Her work focuses on Chicano/a cultural history and nationalism.
She has been an active member of her local, the California Faculty Association since joining the faculty in 1999. She served as the CFA Chico President for eight years, Vice President for one, and membership chair for three. She has served as the CFA Statewide Treasurer for the past four years. As a delegate to the California Teachers Association State Council she served as Vice Chair of the Financing Public Education Committee. She currently serves as the CTA Board Liaison to Credentials and Professional Development and is doing work as part of the College and Career Readiness workgroup for CTA. She worked on the CTA Long Term Strategic Plan, focusing on organizing unorganized workers. This year CTA awarded her the Cesar Chavez Si Se Puede Human Rights Awards for my work with Latino/a students and communities.
Green is the newly elected voice of higher education on the CTA Board of Directors.