Council Members

President

Samantha Ackers

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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.


VP/President Elect

Christina Michura

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Secretary

Allyson Whipple 

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Allyson Whipple is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of Business, Government, and Technical Communications. Before being elected to secretary, Allyson served the AFAEC as the representative for Elgin campus. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso, an M.A. in English from Case Western Reserve University, and a B.A. in English from Kenyon College. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, most recently Come Into the World Like That (Five Oaks Press, 2016).


Treasurer

Amber Luttig-Buonodono

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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

Communication 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.  She also worked on the AFAEC Compensation Committee last year.


Immediate Past President

Mathew Pappas

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CYP Campus Rep

Chris De La Ronde

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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 second year on the AFAEC.


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EGN Campus/Centers Rep

Bill Cheek

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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.


EVC Campus Rep

Phil Fagan 

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I was born in Ft. Worth, Texas but grew up in Teheran, Iran.  I travel extensively throughout the US, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.  I spent time riding the rails as a young hobo, working in carnivals, and attending punk gigs. I have also worked as a bartender, day laborer, public school teacher, travel agency manager, and as a Texas State-Certified Private Investigator. I served in the U.S. Navy for four years. I received various service awards including three Battle Efficiency ribbons and the NATO medal for Defense of the Former Yugoslavia. I was discharged in 1997.

I received my B.A. degree from the University of North Texas, where I studied film, literature and theater and received the President’s Screenwriting Award. I received my M.A. degree in film and Irish studies from Northern Illinois University in 2006. I returned to Austin, Texas in 2007.

My first film was the feature length UNCLE FRED, a collaborative effort with Chris Connolly based on a short story I wrote at sea. The film was screened at the 2000 Fort Worth Film Festival. Since then, I have written, directed, shot and edited a number of short films in addition to frequently collaborating with musicians and theater folks on performance films and music videos. I completed a second feature-length drama called WELLDIGGER in 2007. My work has been featured around the country and as far away as Trencin, Slovakia.

I am currently working on a biographical film and book project about my uncle Philip Norman Fagan, a little-known 1960s counterculture figure.

I’ve been teaching at ACC since 2009 and have also been involved in film programming for Experimental Response Cinema, Alamo Drafthouse, the Austin Film Society, the Contemporary Austin, and New York’s MoMA.


EVC Campus Rep

Aimee Irene Finney

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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.


HLC Campus Rep

Elizabeth Hanson Smith

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After a lifetime of freedom and play, Elizabeth got ‘serious’ and decided to finish her education, completing her Bachelors (’10), Masters (’12), and Ph. D. (’16) in Communication Studies.  Her philosophy revolves around autonomy, believing that we each have the power to transform the world around us into an IDEAL place, building relationships, bridges, and strength by collaborating with and validating one another.

Spread Sunshine and Joy, a non-profit that Elizabeth conceptualized, focuses on building skills in communication, using health-based behaviors such as tennis, healthy eating, and dancing to empower citizens to contribute to long-term solutions to benefit mankind and Make the World a Better Place.

Elizabeth practices positivity, active listening, healthy behaviors, and JOY in life!  Find her to share your view of the world.  If she can help, she will!


HLC Campus Rep

Desiree L. Ward

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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.


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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.


NRG Campus Rep

Herbert 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.


NRG Campus Rep

Kathryn Statos

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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

Patrick Collins

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Patrick Collins graduated with a B.A. from the University of the Incarnate Word and an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona. I’ve taught English at A.C.C. for 25 years and am an I.A., tutoring English at the RGC Learning Lab.


RGC Campus Rep

Luke Garza

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RRC Campus Rep

Christina Johansson

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RRC Campus Rep

Shih-Ting Lee

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I am an adjunct faculty at the Student Development department and is the current Round Rock campus representative. I have taught all of the Student Development courses at the developmental, one-credit-hour and the three-credit-hour levels. I have also taught these courses in online, hybrid and classroom format. During the day, I serve as an Instructional Designer at the Faculty Development Division. I have been working at ACC for over five years. Through the instructional Design position and the courses I teach, I have the good fortune to work with many adjunct faculty members from different disciplines. I am touched by your passion to teach and your devotion to our student success. I am proud to be a member of the adjunct faculty group. With the one year experience to serve the Round Rock campus, I will be more confident and more sure about what other areas I can advocate for you in the following year. Through the years, we have accomplished a lot to bridge the communication gap between our group and the administration. ACC is in the process of launching a pathway initiative to help more adjunct faculty members achieve their career goals, such as the initiative to open more Instructional Associates positions. It was an honor to serve you in the past year and I am looking forward to continue serving you in the following year.


RVS 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 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

Skye Howell

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Skye Howell is an Adjunct Professor in the Student Development and Human Services departments for Austin Community College. Skye is also an Equity and Inclusion Associate with the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Skye received her graduate degree in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado- Boulder and her undergraduate degree in Recreation Therapy at Texas State University. Her teaching philosophy is to prioritize equitable student opportunities, implement a culturally responsive pedagogy and encourage student development through self-efficacy using a servant leadership approach.


SAC Campus Rep

Amy Velchoff

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SAC Campus Rep

Vacant

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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 Learning Rep

Don Morris

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Dual Credit Rep

Jill Bosche

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Jill Bosché began her relationship with the Dual Credit program in the English department at ACC after a failed career in plumbing. Although she never got the hang of pipes, she continually develops her knowledge and skills in order to serve the Dual Credit constituency as their representative in the AFA. You can find her on the high school campuses of our ISD partners, and occasionally shouting couplets at broken sinks. She welcomes all Dual Credit adjuncts to contact her with their concerns and questions, but urges them to consult Yelp for any plumbing-related issues.


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