Ryan Davidson has been teaching English at ACC since 2011. He graduated from the University of Texas with a double major in English and Psychology and completed a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His PhD in English Literature was completed at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Chris De La Ronde
Amber Luttig-Buonodono is the current AFAEC Treasurer who has served in the past as Secretary, Elgin Campus Representative, and Centers Representative. She has taught English at ACC for over nine years.
Ping Chu has been teaching in the department of Psychology since 2010. She received both her master and doctoral degrees from University of Texas at Austin. She has served as a campus representative (RGC, NRG, and HLC) since September, 2012. She has also represented AFA on ACC shared governance committees such as the Academic and Student Affairs Council, Faculty Development and Evaluation Committee. She also worked on the AFAEC Compensation Committee last year.
Immediate Past President
Samantha R. Ackers, J.D. is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana.
She joined ACC in 2015, and shortly thereafter became a Campus Representive on the AFAEC. For over 25 years, she has worked as a Professor of Literature and Adult Educational Studies. As an Adjunct Professor, she serves the community through outreach and education sessions geared toward Student Success.
Also, working as an ACC Ascender Mentor and ACC Digital Faculty Scholar keep Samantha engaged in researching innovative methods to help Students enjoy Life while Working towards reaching their Goals.
CYP Campus Rep
Michelle Iskra is an AFA Executive Committee Representative for Cypress Creek Campus. She has been an adjunct professor at ACC for over 15 years, simultaneously teaching English Literature at Cedar Park High School. This is her third year on the AFAEC.
CYP Campus Rep
Talisia McHugh has worked for ACC for 9 years and has been teaching in Student Development for four years. She graduated from St. Edward’s University with a Masters of Arts in College Student Development and is currently working on her doctorate in Education and Social Justice.
EGN Campus Rep
Prof. Lisa Gebhardt has been serving as an adjunct for ACC in the Communication Studies Dept. for 18 years. Her background includes a B.A. in Communication and Psychology, with a M.A. in Communication, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is also ABD from Arizona State University where she taught for 4 years before moving to Texas. She has also recently joined the Student Development Dept. teaching as an adjunct when possible for the last 4 years. In addition, she is an adjunct for Temple College, teaching Speech for the last 9 years. She has been involved with TCCTA in the past as a dual credit facilitator and is familiar with challenges involved with dual credit issues. She looks forward to getting more involved with college committees and serving ACC in the future.
EVC Campus Rep
Franklin is a native of Colombia, South America, where he began his career in the hospitality and travel industry. He has traveled extensively throughout the world as well as throughout most of the United States; he has a substantial knowledge of global tourism and geography. Franklin move to Venezuela after he completed his Associate’s degree in Airlines Services Management and worked as a travel agent in the city of Valencia. He later moved to Houston, TX where he completed his Associate’s degree in Hospitality Management. He has also lived in Seattle, WA and Chicago, IL where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. In 2016 he completed his Master’s degree in Sustainable Tourism and developed his thesis on the behaviors of tourists towards sustainability in Austin. In his free time Franklin loves to read, cook, travel and watch different television shows, especially those focused on geography, travel and tourism. He is married and has two “spoiled” cats.
MBA in Sustainable Tourism. University of Salamanca. Salamanca, Spain
Bachelor’s in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Purdue University Calumet. Hammond, Indiana
Associate’s Degree in Airlines Services Management. Politecnico Grancolombiano. Bogota, Colombia
Associate’s Degree in Hospitality Management. Houston Community College. Houston, Texas
EVC Campus Rep
Dr Mollie Nelson has twenty years of healthcare and education experience that has focused on international health, cross-cultural healthcare communication and nursing. Formerly a Captain in the Air Force, she has taught as an adjunct in higher education for the past ten years She completed her graduate studies in the UK, and at ACC teaches in the Allied Health Department. Recently she has participated in the Globalizing Curriculum FLC, is currently taking part in the Teaching and Learning Academy and is now starting her first year on the AFA.
HLC Campus Rep
HLC Campus Rep
Samantha (Sam) Soebbing is a chemist originally from Illinois. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Iowa in 2008 and earned a post-doctoral fellowship with the Cancer Biology and Radiology Departments at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). While living in Nashville, Sam started teaching at Nashville State Community College (NSCC) and earned a full time position in 2012. At NSCC, she taught introductory, general, and organic chemistry, and she served on the Curriculum Committee.
Sam moved to Austin in 2015, and joined the ACC Chemistry Department as an adjunct associate professor in 2016. She earned her second role at ACC as an Instructional Associate with the HLC Learning Lab in 2017. At ACC, Sam has served on a variety of committees including: the Student Scholarship Selection Committee for the ACC Foundation, the ACC Assessment Task Force, the Green Energy at Texas (GREAT) Internship Committee, and the HLC Learning Lab Open House Committee. Sam was a scholarship recipient for the 2019 Lilly Conference in Austin, TX, and she presented at the League for Innovation in the Community College 2019 Conference in New York with two colleagues. She is also a member of the Texas Community College Teachers Association and the American Chemical Society. This is her first year serving as a member of the AFAEC.
When not teaching or tutoring, Sam serves on the board of directors for a local wildlife rescue organization called ANSWRR. She enjoys relaxing with her dogs, Bailey and Shorty, and exploring Austin with her husband, Don.
HYS Campus Rep
Jim Christianson is a retired attorney and CPA. He has taught as an adjunct for Austin Community College for 39 years teaching all sections of Accounting courses and Business Law in the Management Department. He has represented the Hays Campus on Adjunct Faculty Association Executive Committee (AFAEC ) for 4 years. During his time on the AFAEC he has served on the AFAEC Bylaw Committee and during the last year served on the AFAEC Compensation Committee. Presently he represents the AFAEC on the Austin Community College Curriculum Committee.
HYS Campus Rep
NRG Campus Rep
Dr. Herb Coleman is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Student Development as well as the former (now retired) Director of Campus Technology Services. A doctoral grad of the University of Texas College of Education Instructional Technology program, his dissertation was on gender role personality traits and the use of technology. He also frequently leads discussions on copyright and computer ethics. He is a member of the Consortium College and University Media Centers (CCUMC) and the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA). He has taught psychology at Austin Community College since 1989 including courses in Effective Learning, Introduction to Psychology, Human Growth and Development and Human Sexuality. He is an affiliate member of the APA, and prior member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapist (AASECT), a current member of the Southwest Psychological Association (SWPA) and the Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA). Fascinated with technology, teaching and gender Dr. Coleman never grows tired of exploring these topics separately and where they intersect.
NRG Campus Rep
For nine years Kathy Statos has served at Austin Community College as an adjunct professor of Psychology in Austin, Texas. Currently, Kathy is in the graduate program at National American University, where she is finishing her doctorate in Community College Leadership. In 2005 she earned a Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University, where she focused on leadership, and teams and organizations. She also has earned Bachelors in French from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. Currently, Kathy participates in the Adjunct Faculty Association at ACC on the executive council as a campus representative. Kathy is an active member in community affairs, local service organizations, and the arts. She volunteers for CASA, ECHO, and Brides against cancer. Kathy also volunteers as a job coach for autistic young adults. Since moving to Austin in 2009, she has given lectures within her community and is a strong advocate for children, citizens with disabilities, and education.
RGC Campus Rep
RRC Campus Rep
Marla Dean is a professor in Theatre as well as a novelist, short story author, and playwright. This is her tenth year as an adjunct at Austin Community College and her second involvement with the council. Dr. Dean is also an online professor in theatre at ACC and the University of Phoenix in Creative writing. She has a Masters of Arts degree in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctorate in Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, and Theory from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge. She is an award winning playwright and her newest novel, SIMPLE MACHINES was published in 2014 She and her writing partner are currently completing a three book series, Mahim and a television pilot, “MacKenzie”. Marla is also an adjudicator for UIL in film and theatre throughout the state of Texas. She is honored to serve for the adjuncts at ACC as a representative for the Round Rock Campus.
RRC Campus Rep
RVS Campus Rep
Adrián de la Rosa
Adrián de la Rosa is a mitigation specialist currently with the Office of Capital and Forensic Writs (OCFW), which is a Texas state public defender office located in Austin, Texas that represents individuals sentenced to death in state post-conviction proceedings. Before joining OCFW, Adrián led the community education efforts at the Texas Fair Defense Project (TFDP), a nonprofit legal advocacy organization in Austin, Texas. At TFDP, he worked with partners across the state to educate low-income communities about their rights in the criminal justice system. Adrián is an assistant adjunct professor in the Sociology Department at Austin Community College and previously worked as a community organizer on immigrant labor and community development issues. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, a Masters degree in Sociology, and a law degree from Texas Tech University. He is fluent in English and Spanish and actively volunteers with several nonprofits in the Austin community. Adrián was recenlty appointed by the Austin City Council to serve on the Commission on Immigrant Affairs which advises the city council on issues of common concern to immigrants, particularly in the areas of health and human services, education, and the demographic makeup of the Austin immigrant community.
RVS Campus Rep
SAC Campus Rep
Originally from Detroit Michigan, I have lived in Austin since the summer of 1984. I have a BS in Cellular Biology from the University of Michigan and an MA in Chemistry from the University of Texas.
I have worked for Austin Community College as an adjunct professor of chemistry since November, 1984. I recently retired my staff position as Learning Lab Manager at Riverside Campus but continue as an adjunct professor. Over the years, I have served my fellow employees and fellow adjuncts in a variety of ways. I served for several years as a campus representative for the Adjunct Faculty Association. While a Learning Lab Manager, I served on the Professional-Technical Employees Association. I am a member of ACCAFT Union and served previously as President of the local.
SAC Campus Rep
Aimee Irene Finney
Aimee Irene Finney joined Austin Community College in the Communication Studies department in 2016. Aimee teaches Introduction to Speech Communication with Austin High School as a dual credit class and various campuses for traditional credit. Aimee has been teaching full time at Austin High for 21 years. Aimee has been a member of the AFAEC for two years serving the South Austin and Eastview campuses. With ACC, Aimee has participated in The Celebration of Great Teaching Retreat, Faculty Intellectual Feasts, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence Division Riverboat cruise, TLED Social Media Takeover, National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development International on Teaching and Leadership Excellence Conference, ACC Summer Institute on Active & Engaged Teaching.
In her passion for learning and growing, Aimee has several interests, of them being peace and mindfulness. Recently, Aimee attended the Amala Foundation Facilitation Training 2018, Teaching for Peace- Trip to India- July 2015, Ahimsa Center Nonviolence in Thought and Action- Summer Institute Summer 2013.
In addition to her service at ACC, Aimee serves on the board for Leadership Austin, Library Commissioner for District 2, and a Sustaining member of the Junior League of Austin.
SGC Campus Rep
My current full-time position is serving as the Financial Aid Supervisor at the San Gabriel Campus. I started at ACC in 2003 and am celebrating my 15th year working in Student Services and my 2nd year of being an adjunct faculty member in the Student Development department.
I have a passion for learning and leading. I am a first generation college student and the only one of my siblings to graduate from high school. As a child, I either wanted to be the 1st woman president of the United States and even for a while (until I learned that women were not allowed) I wanted to be the Pope. As an undergraduate, I attended UT-Austin on almost a full scholarship. Although I am notorious for using all of my employee class vouchers every year, it took me 25 years before I went back to school to earn an MBA in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship in 2014.
As a former officer in other employee organizations both at ACC and at UT, I have experience working with a wide variety of issues and personalities and actively serving on several of our shared governance committees.
Outside of ACC, I am a partner in a small event rentals company, called Party on Texas. I am also a licensed financial services representative marketing insurance and other products. In my spare time, I serve in the community through Leander Independent School District’s Financial Transparency Committee, Girl Scouts as a parent volunteer, financial aid literacy outreach, homeowner’s association committees and in my church by organizing the Christmas Bazaar.
I am excited to learn more about the needs of our faculty and look forward to hearing from you, but most importantly also learning from you.
Distance Learning Rep
Desiree L. Ward
Desirée Ward focused her graduate studies in the Humanities, earning a PhD at the University of Texas in Dallas. She has been teaching at Austin Community College since she graduated in 2010. For years, she taught at two colleges teaching between 7 and 8 classes a semester. Dr. Ward has taught Composition and Literature classes at Dallas County Community College, and a variety of Humanities classes at ACC. In her free time, she can be found writing, editing, playing board games or video games, reading, and co-managing an indie board game publishing company. She hopes to be a published writer someday.
Dr. Ward lives in Pflugerville with her husband, three cats, a poodle mix. She is very happy to serve as a Campus Representative with the Adjunct Faculty Association.
Dual Credit Rep
Marc Jimenez is a full time Recruiting Specialist and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Student Development department. Prior to ACC, Marc was an Academic Advisor at Texas State University.
Marc loves literature, vintage Japanese motorcycles, the NFL and his four-year-old son. He was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He lived in San Diego for four years before moving to Austin in the summer of 2013.
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