Council Members


President

Don Morris

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Biography


President Elect/VP

Christie Carr

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(No bio submitted.)


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Secretary

Chris De La Ronde

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(No bio submitted.)


Treasurer

Amber Luttig-Buonodono

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Amber Luttig-Buonodono was born near Lansing, Michigan but spent much of her childhood in the United Kingdom.  She met her husband in fifth grade German class and married him much, much later in life.  She studied Creative Writing at Michigan State University’s Honors College before earning her Master of Fine Arts degree in Screenwriting at the University of Texas at Austin.  She has lived in Austin for sixteen years and taught at Austin Community College for the past eleven years and designed and led ACC’s study abroad program to the U.K. in 2014.  She currently resides in Austin with her husband and two daughters (ages nine and twelve) and spends her time teaching, writing, traveling, and reading. Currently she is practicing strict social distancing and only leaves her house to pick up groceries curbside.


Ping Chu

Communications Officer

Ping Chu

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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.


Immediate Past President

Christina Michura

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(No bio submitted.)


CYP Campus Rep

Michelle Iskra

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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.


EVC Campus Rep

Franklin Marciales

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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.
Education:
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

Mollie Nelson

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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

Vacant

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HYS Campus Rep

Jim Christianson

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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

Gaye Shook-Hughes

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Gaye Shook-Hughes (Hughes) started teaching for ACC as an early college start instructor in 2005. Gaye possesses two master’s degrees and numerous certifications, including one in forensics. Gaye, a licensed counselor, often works with foster children and Child Protective Services cases. Gaye enjoys her two grandchildren and loves to talk about serial killers.


NRG Campus Rep

Charity Benford

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Charity Benford is an AFA Committee Representative for the Northridge Campus. She has been an Adjunct Professor at ACC since 2019 but has taught as an Adjunct since 2013. Having earned two Master’s degrees and a dedicated career to higher education; Charity is excited to represent the voices of adjuncts this year.


NRG Campus Rep

Kevin Clark

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(No bio submitted.)


RGC Campus Rep

Vacant

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RRC Campus Rep

Herb Coleman

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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.


RRC Campus Rep

Qaiser Imam

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(No bio)


RVS Campus Rep

Sam Donaldson

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2020 is my first year serving on the executive council as a campus representative.  I have been teaching in the Psychology Department since Fall, 2016.  I am a licensed psychologist, and my doctorate was completed at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA


RVS Campus Rep

Marc Jimenez

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(No bio)


SAC Campus Rep

Adrián de la Rosa

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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 recently 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.


SAC Campus Rep

Aimee Irene Finney

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Aimee Irene Finney joined Austin Community College in the Communication Studies department in 2016.  Aimee taught high school in Austin for 23 years. Aimee has been a member of the AFAEC for four 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.


SGC Campus Rep

Marissa Burill

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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 Education Rep

Valeria Flint

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(No bio submitted.)


Distance Education Rep

Luke Garza

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(No bio submitted.)


Distance Education Rep

Desiree Leistiko

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I’ve been teaching in the Humanities since 2010, and this is my third year serving as a representative in the AFA. I’ve taught online since my first adjunct position in 2006, and I’ve worked through the Quality Matters certification process and would be happy to answer your questions. I believe this is important work and am grateful to have the opportunity to do it. I live with my husband, two cats, and a poodle mix. I enjoy reading, board games, and quality time with friends and family.


Dual Credit/ECHS Rep

Chris Parker

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(No bio submitted.)


Dual Credit/ECHS Rep

Alex Watkins

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(No bio submitted.)

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