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.
Chris De La Ronde
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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 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
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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
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.
EGN Campus Rep
Kristy Birch has been a History Adjunct at the Elgin Campus for six years, working with both our traditional and Elgin ECHS students. Before coming to ACC she taught in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at Texas Woman’s University, Tarrant County College, and Dallas County College. In addition to work with ACC she also teaches full time at Elgin High School, providing her the opportunity to work with and speak on behalf of the Elgin community. This is her first year serving on the AFA and she is very excited to be doing so.
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
Mary holds a MEd in Mathematics from TSU, with a minor in Developmental Education. She has been teaching at ACC for 25 years in Mathematics, and recently began teaching in the Student Development department as well. Mary has served on many college committees and works hard to support ACC. She has served on the AFAEC over the years as a representative, VP/president Elect, President, Past president, and is currently a representative at HLC.
HLC Campus Rep
Greg Romero is originally from Louisiana. He is a playwright and theater-maker whose plays, site-specific projects, devised works, and sound-art collaborations have been presented in performance spaces, found spaces, and through the airwaves of the United States as well as Switzerland, Canada, The United Kingdom, and Jamaica. Romero was selected as the first-ever ArtsEdge Resident and is one of three playwrights to inaugurate the Philadelphia Dramatists Center/Plays & Players Playwriting Residency. He was recently selected as one of the pilot members of the Hyde Park Theatre Playwrights Group in Austin, Texas. He is an alum of the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, The Last Frontier Theater Conference, The William Inge Theater Festival, The Midwest Dramatists Conference, and his works are published by Heinemann Press, YouthPLAYS, and Playscripts, Inc. He received an MFA in Playwriting from The University of Texas at Austin where he held the James A. Michener Fellowship. You are welcome to learn more about his Playwriting at the New Play Exchange.
He has been teaching at Austin Community College since Fall 2017 and has also taught at Drexel University, University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph’s University, University of Texas-Austin, the William Inge Center for the Arts, and the National Theater Institute.
In addition to the theater, he also loves mountains, trees, wildlife, rivers, and hiking.
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
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
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NRG Campus Rep
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RGC 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.
RRC Campus Rep
RRC Campus Rep
Sharon Simpson has a doctorate in higher education leadership and master’s degrees in both TESOL and nutrition. She has taught in three universities, including one in South Korea where she lived for nearly six years. She has also taught at five Texas community colleges, including ACC. In addition, Dr. Simpson works as a freelance English language trainer for individuals and corporations. She has conducted, presented, and published research in South Korea and the United States. Dr. Simpson is a native English speaker with basic Spanish and Korean language proficiency. She enjoys getting to know her students, streamlining tasks, and improving her teaching skills. She is most thankful for her son and her faith.
RVS Campus Rep
RVS Campus Rep
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
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
In 2017 I was secretary for AFA, and I have been a campus representative off and on, primarily for the Eastview campus. Now I represent the South Austin Campus after being encouraged to run for the AFA Executive Council again. I have always been impressed with AFA’s active and effective leadership.
I have been teaching both psychology and developmental math at ACC since 1999. In 2009 I became what is now called a Math Instructional Associate, first at Riverside and now at SAC. It is a half-time position with benefits that involves helping students pass their math courses. I also have provided tutoring in the Eastview, Pinnacle, and Riverside Learning Labs. I love helping students.
In the 1980s, I was chairperson of the Austin Group of the Sierra Club. In the 1990s, I spearheaded and edited the 3rd edition of the book, Outdoors Austin: A Sierra Club Guide (when my last name was Fuentes). I have been on the board of the Society for Animal Rescue and Adoption (SARA) for many years. In the past I was secretary for the Travis County Children’s Protective Services Board for several years, and I also served on the boards of Prevent Child Abuse Texas (PCAT) and Ecology Action.
I have a B.A. in math, a master’s in mathematical psychology, and a Ph.D. in social psychology, all from the University of Michigan. My son served in Iraq, and I also provide financial support to a young man who survived the Rwanda genocide when he was 5 years old. He calls me his guardian.
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/ECHS Rep
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.
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