Board of Directors

Lena Spencer

President: 2024-2025

Teri Olsen

Past President: 2024-2025

Teri has worked for Clackamas Community College for 24 years. She has worked in the Business Office, the Small Business Development Center and the last 21 years in the Customized Training & Development Services department. That experience has allowed her to work with many different organizations and industries, and she strives to turn every customer engagement into a continuing long-term customer relationship. Teri has an Associate’s degree in Accounting and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.

Teri has been part of the AAWCC board for six years, and a member for over 19 years. “I was very fortunate to work with an AAWCC board member when I was new to the college and that introduction to the organization has stayed with me throughout my years at CCC. It is my pleasure to be a part of this great organization!

Kasena Dailey

Kasena Dailey

President-Elect: 2024-2025

Joy Yori

Joy Yori

Vice President – Communications: 2024-2025

Joy Yori currently serves as the Purchasing Manager at Umpqua Community College. Prior to this role she served Academic Services as a Dean’s Assistant, curriculum compliance specialist, and faculty support. Before entering higher education, she worked in workforce development as part of the CCWD’s regional workforce board and in the private sector. A lifelong learner Joy has served as a UCC Alumni President, process renovator, public speaker and AAWCC Campus Ambassador.

After attending OILD in 2017, she was inspired to continue her education and obtained a Master of Art – Leadership specialized in Higher Education degree. Being a member of AAWCC has ignited her passion to inspire and champion others to be the best they can be, wherever they are on the organization chart or in their personal journey. Joy is a wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, friend, co-worker, leader, encourager, believer, and lifelong learner.
Amber Fultz

Amber Fultz

Vice President – Summer Conference: 2023-2024

Amber Fultz works at Portland Community College as a Facilities Scheduling Coordinator. She has worked for PCC since 2006 when she started as a student. Amber graduated from Portland State University with her Bachelors of Social Science. She was introduced to the AAWCC early on in her career and has been an advocate ever since. Amber has served on the Board of her local Chapter for the last several years and has served a 3 year term as President. She has attended many local conferences and even a few national conferences. Amber says that she loves to inspire and motivate people, especially women. That is what AAWCC has done and continues to do for her. She believes that leading from where you are is done in small and large acts and anyone can do it.

Elizabeth Facanha

Elizabeth Facanha

Vice President – Annual Conference: 2024-2025

Elizabeth Facanha has worked at Chemeketa Community College (CCC) for three years as the Events & Food Services Manager. Prior to her joining CCC she worked at Brandman University in California as a recruiting manager for eight years. Elizabeth graduated from Brandman University with a Master’s in Human Resources. She was introduced to AAWCC by a long-standing and well know member in her local chapter and has been a member ever since. Elizabeth currently serves as the CCC chapter President where she is busy collaborating and exploring new ideas to bring more women into this incredible organization. Elizabeth stated that one of the most touching and memorable moments she has experienced to date in AAWCC was listening to a scholarship recipient story about how the money she received helped change her path in life. She believes that AAWCC allows women to be authentic and adaptable and in turn inspires others to lead. Elizabeth hopes that AAWCC can create a place and sense of belonging for all women to be successful, especially in the upcoming 2025 Annual Conference.

Lisa Fletcher-Gordon

Vice President – Finance: 2024-2025

Lisa Fletcher Gordon has worked in numerous positions for the last twenty one years at Southwestern Oregon Community College.  She worked at the Small Business Community Center, The Office of Instruction, The Outreach Office and the Coos County Library Services before settling in Human Resources where she has been for the last fifteen years.  One of her favorite things about working in Human Resources is getting to know all of the great employees at Southwestern.  Coming from a large family, Lisa enjoys being around a lot of people and keeping busy.  Lisa has been a member of the Core Committee, the Wellness Committee, AAWCC as well as the local Coos County Health and Wellness Committee. 

In her spare time, Lisa likes to camp and enjoy the great outdoors and loves spending time with her four kids and five grandchildren which keep her very busy.

Selena Niles

Selena Niles

Vice President – Membership and Registration: 2024-2025

Sandra Joseph

Saundra Joseph

Vice President – Records: 2024-2025

Saundra Joseph currently serves as a TRIO Peer Mentor Coordinator and Advisor at Portland Community College, bringing six years of dedicated service to the institution. With prior experience at Clark College in various roles within Student Affairs, Saundra has cultivated valuable skills within higher education for nearly three decades.

Outside of work, Saundra finds joy in spending time with her family and beloved cats, and by participating in Zumba classes. Additionally, she has held a position on a non-profit organization’s Board of Directors involved in the prevention of human trafficking. Having attended the Oregon Institute for Leadership Development in June 2023, Saundra joined AAWCC and now serves as the VP of Records on the Board, where she continues her mission of empowering women and making a positive impact in their lives.
Alyson

Alyson Lighthart

Vice President of Special Projects: 2024-2025

Alyson Lighthart currently serves as the Pathways Dean for Sciences, Computing, and Engineering at Portland Community College (PCC). Before coming to PCC in 2011, she supported STEM transfer and student success programs for the San Diego Community College District, San Diego State University (SDSU), and the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), and taught geology at colleges in Texas, Colorado, and California.

Alyson joined the PCC chapter of AAWCC in 2011, as a way to get to know all PCC’s campuses and to build relationships across silos. She is currently finishing out her second term as PCC AAWCC president, during which we had a global pandemic and a collegewide reorg. She is excited to take on this unlooked-for role supporting our statewide mentoring program for AAWCC. There is so much potential and opportunity within AAWCC that we can harness through mentoring.

By way of entertainment outside of PCC and AAWCC, Alyson enjoys solo travel adventures, camping with her kids, strategy board games, and stamp collecting (Mcmenamins-style).

Kristina Holton

Vice President – OILD

Kristina Holton is the Dean of Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Linn-Benton Community College. She worked previously at Lane Community College and taught math at both the middle and high school levels. She has great enthusiasm and passion for the work we do within community colleges and a strong drive to help students succeed in achieving their goals and dreams. Kristina’s involvement with AAWCC has grown over the past few years, starting with her attendance at OILD and now serving on her local chapter board and the state board. She credits AAWCC for helping her make and maintain many awesome friendships!

Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and friends. When she’s not running kids to activities, she makes time to indulge in her hobby of baking. Kristina has an affinity towards watches, even though she won’t tell anyone just how many she has in her collection!

Lydia Rediske

Vice President – Web Development

Lydia is a Web Development Specialist at Portland Community College, where she started working in 2008. Lydia has a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and an Associate degree in Applied Computer Science. She was raised in Clackamas and Multnomah counties, and likes to spend time exploring the PNW by foot, bicycle, train, van, jeep, and boat.

Dr. Adrienne Ochs

Member-At-Large

Dr. Adrienne Ochs works for the State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) and serves as the Oregon GED Administrator™. In that role she oversees all aspects of GED® testing in the state. She is passionate about teachers, students, and making a difference. Adrienne was raised in Delaware, spent many years at Penn State, then a decade in Iowa, and has called Oregon home since 2007. She and her husband Ben are proud parents of 3 adult children. If you know Adrienne, you’d agree she loves making connections with people, hanging out with family and friends, eating good food, and traveling the world.

Adrienne attended the Oregon Institute for Leadership Development in 2018, and has had a positive, encouraging, gutsy view of women in community colleges ever since.

Cam Preus

Cam Preus

Ex-Officio Member

Dr. Camille (Cam) Preus is the Executive Director of the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA). Cam was appointed September 2019 by the OCCA Board of Directors. The association represents and advocates for the 17 community colleges.

Prior to her OCCA appointment, she was the President of Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) serving Morrow, Umatilla and Baker counties in Oregon. With service centers in Pendleton, Milton-Freewater, Boardman, Hermiston and Baker City, the BMCC district covers primarily rural and frontier Oregon, serving over 8,000 students.

Dr. Preus serves on numerous regional/national boards that champion and advocate for increasing opportunity for postsecondary education, a few of note include: American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Presidents Academy Executive Committee, the AACC Advocacy Advisory Committee, Eastern Oregon Women’s Coalition, Eastern Oregon Regional Solutions, and the Eastern Oregon Workforce Board.

Prior to her appointment as President in 2013, Cam held leadership roles in Oregon in community colleges & workforce development at both state and local levels. She also has private sector experience as a chemist and quality control manager with United States Steel. Cam graduated from Cumberland College (TN), Middle Tennessee State University, earned an MSBA from Indiana University and received her doctorate in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University.

Mary Spilde

Ex-Officio Member

Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, August 2001 to present. Mary joined Lane in 1995 as Vice President for Instructional Services. In 1997, she became Vice President for Instruction and Student Services. Prior to that, she served 15 years at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon, in a variety of positions including dean of business, health, and training. Mary served on the Oregon Workforce Quality Council for six years and the Oregon Workforce Investment Board for three years as well as serving on numerous local boards.

Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in business and social systems and a law degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She completed a master’s in adult education and a doctorate in post-secondary education at Oregon State University.

Presently, Mary is past chair of the American Association of Community Colleges board of directors and serves on their Sustainability Task Force.  Lane Community College is a League for Innovation in the Community College board college, and Mary currently serves as a board member and was co-editor of the League publication The Sustainable Community College: Holistic Approaches to Sustainability. She is also a board member of the American Association of Colleges and Universities and recently served on the steering committee for the American Presidents Commitment to Climate Control.