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AFA Members: VOTE !!! Ballots due noon Feb 23!


AFA Executive Council Candidates - CONTRACT FACULTY

Spring 2016 Elections

Fall 2016 thru Summer 2018 Term



     The election will be conducted online. Voting instructions will be sent via email to santarosa.edu accounts beginning Sunday, February 14. The deadline for casting a vote will be noon, Tuesday, February 23. Only current AFA members are eligible to vote in the election. Contract faculty members vote for the contract faculty representatives, and adjunct faculty members vote for the adjunct faculty representatives. Election results will be announced on the AFA website and via email. The Council will elect AFA officers and negotiators for the 2016-17 year at the Council meeting on March 9, 2016.

Alphabetical listing of candidates below.  Random listing will appear on ballots.

Five (5) Open Seats — Seven (7) Candidates    

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DEBBIE ALBERS, Mathematics

    I am in my 26th year as a full-time math instructor and my 21st year at SRJC.  I am also in my 3rd-and-final year as department chair and second-and-final year as co-chair of department chairs.  In my five years at Gavilan College I served 3 years as a negotiator for the faculty union.  As I move out of the role of department chair, I would like to return to serving faculty in a union capacity.

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JOSEPH ANDERSON, Administration of Justice

    This letter is to express my interest in becoming an AFA Executive Council member for the term, beginning in Fall 2016. 
    Throughout my time as an adjunct and full-time instructor in the California Community College system, I have developed a strong interest in faculty work-related issues that has prompted me to want to become more involved.  To this end, I have attended numerous AFA Executive Council meetings over the past two years.  I also went to FACCC's Advocacy and Policy Conference in Sacramento last March, where I had the distinct pleasure of attending informational sessions with members of the Council, and of lobbying state legislators for faculty-backed reforms.  I now wish to make a more significant difference by becoming a member of the Council.  If selected, I hope to expand my knowledge of the important work that AFA does on behalf of faculty, and to promote AFA's vision to the best of my ability.  Thank you for your consideration.

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MOLLY MATHESON, Learning Resources - Petaluma

    My desire to make SRJC a better place to work for all faculty drives my continued participation in the AFA council where I have served as a council member (sabbatical replacement) since Spring 2015.  Working towards improving the workplace safety of faculty, rank 10 salaries and quality health benefits are all components of a positive and productive work environment.  I currently serve as the faculty representative to the Friends of the Petaluma Campus Trust and work with these community volunteers and SRJC Foundation staff to raise community awareness and funds for the Petaluma campus.  I am co-chair of the Sabbatical Committee and will be Learning Resources Department Chair in the Fall 2016.  My prior work in public and private industry required I listen, ask questions, and remain flexible as I worked collaboratively with others.  I believe I bring a wealth of experience, a supportive demeanor and an inquiring mind to this position.

Photo Terry Mulcaire


    Dear Faculty colleagues and fellow AFA members,
    I hope you'll re-elect me to the Executive Council so that I can continue to defend and promote your interests as teachers, professionals, and employees.  I've come a long way up the learning curve towards being an informed and effective union representative.  I've been on the Executive Council since 2011.  In 2012-13 I served as Publications Coordinator.  Since 2013 I have been a member of the Negotiating Team.  I've also been department chair in English since 2013, gaining in that job some unique and detailed insights especially into the scheduling process for part-time faculty, and thus the union's role in pushing for part-time faculty rights.  I look forward to the chance to put this experience to work for you, and also to the opportunity to continue learning, and becoming a more effective representative for all the faculty at SRJC.

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KAREN STANLEY, Kinesiology, Athletics, & Dance

    My name is Karen Stanley, and I have been a full-time regular faculty at SRJC for 20 years in the Kinesiology, Athletics, and Dance Department.
    I am currently finishing the last semester of my two-year term on the AFA Executive Council. I have been actively involved in AFA as a member for the past 10 years, including attending both regular and General meetings, staying abreast of the various AFA issues and concerns that arise, continually learning and understanding the AFA contract, and attending some of AFA's sponsored events.
    I understand I am an advocate for both full-time and adjunct concerns, and have taught at the Petaluma campus for 8 years.
    I served on the Academic Senate for 8 years, the IEPC for 2 years, the Professional Ethics Committee for the past 8 years, the New Faculty Mentor Program for 2 years, the Faculty Fund for Advanced Studies Committee for 19 years, and have served on numerous hiring and Tenure Review Committees.
    I believe strongly in fairness, ethics, communication, professionalism, respect, kindness, humor when appropriate, good health, and transparency. I am also a strong advocate for the health and wellness of all staff.
    If elected to the AFA Council, I would strive to represent all faculty with these qualities in mind.

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    My name is Michelle Van Aalst, and I am seeking to be re-elected as your AFA Secretary/Treasurer.  I have been an instructor for more than eighteen years, including fifteen years at the community college level.  My experience in shared governance at my previous institution includes six years on Academic Senate, holding an officer position each of those years including senator-at-large and AS secretary.  In 2013, I joined the SRJC English department, and in the spring of 2015, I became an AFA council member, and in the fall of 2015, became your current secretary/treasurer.  I am particularly interested in and concerned with the issues being faced across the United States and in California regarding the protection and support of the rights of higher education faculty and of our participation in the direction of our individual disciplines.
    If I am elected, my dedication to this position will acknowledge the vital role of AFA in shared governance.  My goal is to advocate for and support the needs and interests of the SRJC faculty to the best of my ability.  I humbly ask for your vote to represent you in this capacity.

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ALBERT YU, Business Administration

    I began my career at SRJC in August 2013 as an instructor and hospitality program coordinator in the Business Administration Department. I started teaching in January 2008 as an adjunct faculty in the Hospitality Management Department at Mission College in Santa Clara. Before starting my fulltime teaching career, I worked in the hotel industry for over 10 years in Sales and Marketing. In the hotel industry, I have worked as a member of a union and have also been a manager overseeing union workers. I currently serve on the Institutional Planning Committee and have actively participated in departmental and college-wide service. I have also taught at the Petaluma campus for 2 semesters. I feel my background and experience will help me represent the faculty and their interests. I have negotiation skills from my sales career, I am fiscally responsible due to my business background, and my hospitality industry experience allows me to connect with people from diverse backgrounds. I feel I would be a good representative for the CTE faculty at SRJC. It would be an honor to serve as an AFA Executive Council Member and I humbly ask for your support.

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