Council Members


President

Christie Carr

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Christie Carr is an Adjunct Professor in the Student Development Department, but has also taught in the English Department at ACC and at Huston-Tillotson University.  She considers herself a guide for her students in discussion-based learning.
Teaching at ACC since 2006, she created all the technology for her department and taught the first classes in online and hybrid formats.
A native Californian, she embraces the Texas lifestyle, great food, and the Austin all-inclusive culture. She and her long-time life partner (she/her) lived in San Francisco before her move to Austin, and today, she lives east of Austin in the country, embracing a different kind of life.
Before returning to school to complete her A.A. (ASL), her B.A. in English (Linguistics), and M.A. in Adult Education, she worked as a magazine photographer and a business owner.  Her passions include art, photography, graphic design, as well as Fashion Design and manufacturing.  She is a current member of the Lost Pines Art Center in Bastrop, Tx and a former board member of City Art Gallery in San Francisco, CA.


President Elect/VP

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.


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Secretary

Chris De La Ronde

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(No bio submitted.)


Treasurer

Charity Benford

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Charity Benford 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.


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.


Parliamentarian

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.


Immediate Past President

Don Morris

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Biography


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


HLC Campus Rep

Sharon Simpson

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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.


HLC Campus Rep

Amy Velchoff

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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

Kevin Clark

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(No bio submitted.)


RGC 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.


RRC Campus Rep

Lisa Marie “LMC” Coppoletto

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RRC Campus Rep

Qaiser Imam

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RVS Campus Rep

Vacant

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To be updated


RVS Campus Rep

Marc Jimenez

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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

Vacant

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To be updated


Distance Education Rep

John David Naranjo

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No bio submitted


Distance Education Rep

Christina Michura

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Distance Education Rep

Luke Garza

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(No bio submitted.)


Dual Credit/ECHS Rep

Greg Romero

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Dual Credit/ECHS 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.


Dual Credit/ECHS Rep

Alex Watkins

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Alex Watkins has taught dual credit courses in the Composition and Literary Studies program at ACC since 2020. She has been a member of the AFA Executive Council since 2021, and represents AFA on several committees, including the Information Technology Committee, Faculty Development and Evaluation Committee, and the Cross-College Communications Team.

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