Board of Directors, 2009

Carol Schaafsma, Board President
Carol Schaafsma is currently Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development at Linn-Benton Community College. She started this position July 1, 2006. In addition to her duties at Linn-Benton, Schaafsma has served as adjunct faculty in the Community College Leadership Program, a doctoral program at Oregon State University.

Carol received a Bachelor of Arts from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. She began her career in community colleges at Chemeketa Community College in Oregon working in the Child Development Center and later teaching part-time in the Early Childhood Education program. After ten years at Chemeketa, she returned to school to get her Masters of Science degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Oregon. She worked for Weyerhaeuser Paper Company in training and development for two years before coming to Linn-Benton Community College.

Carol joined LBCC in 1994 as a Training Specialist in the Training and Business Development Center. She designed and assessed curriculum and training for business and industry, and implemented a computer-based basic skills education program for local manufacturing businesses. She became Director of Professional and Business Development in 1997 and served in that capacity until 2001, when she was promoted to Director of Curriculum and Instructional Programs. In this capacity, Carol worked with faculty to develop new programs, promote the use of technology, and provide staff development opportunities, including the development of a new Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. She also facilitated the development of a new five-year strategic plan and an accompanying vision, core values, and mission statement for the college.

Schaafsma is an Accreditation Evaluator for the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities. She is president of the Oregon Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges and past president of the LBCC chapter of that organization.

Karin Magnuson, President Elect
Karin has worked at Linn Benton Community College for 10 years as a Training Specialist in the
Business and Employer Services Department and now serves as Department
Chair. She is a talented and creative teacher, facilitator and
instructional designer. Karin has been active in LBCC’s local chapter
of AAWCC, serving as co-President twice and holding a variety of other
offices as well. She has been a regular presenter at the AAWCC Annual
Fall Conference. Karin looks forward to the opportunity to grow and
learn with other women committed to the AAWCC mission. In her time away
from work, Karin plays the bassoon in community music groups, loves arts
and crafts and spends more time in her garden than she does doing work
in the house which, as she sees it, is at it should be!

Jan Woodcock, Past President
Jan Woodcock has been a full time faculty member at Umpqua Community College since 1994. She teaches psychology and human services. Jan directs the Pacific Northwest Great Teaching Seminar for community college faculty. She is a co-director of OILD (Oregon Institute for Leadership Development).

Jan has a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Harvard University and a BA in English and Secondary Education from Westminster College. Her past jobs include junior high English teacher, elementary school counselor, hospital chaplain, and YMCA Camp Program Director. She has also worked on a tall ship in the Mediterranean, a horse ranch in Molalla, and a youth camp in Kentucky.

“I love teaching in this small southern Oregon community where I can see the deer and the river from my classroom, yet staying in touch with a broader view of reality is essential to my well being. For this reason and many others, AAWCC has been a wonderful resource to me. I always get new ideas and a better perspective on best practices and current issues.”

Cherie Maas-Anderson, VP of Finance
Cherie Maas-Anderson has worked for Portland Community College for the past 21 years. At PCC, she has been a Service District Liaison, a Employee Relations Specialist, a Budget Operations assistant and currently employed in the English/World Languages Division. In the past, she has served as the Union VP of Membership, Grievance officer and served on numerous bargaining teams.

Cherie is currently the President for the PCC chapter of AAWCC and the receipt of this year’s Carol DesJardins award. “I believe that AAWCC is a wonderful opportunity to meet people and build lasting relationships that inspire a network of professional colleagues.”

When Cherie is not at work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, gardening, cooking and fly-fishing on the Deschutes River.sU

Dawn McNannay, VP of Membership
Dawn has worked at LBCC since 1997 and is currently the Regional Director – Linn County. She joined AAWCC early on as a new LBCC employee. She served on LBCC’s AAWCC board for several years, including serving as secretary and Vice-President of programming. She has helped with numerous AAWCC fund-raising and social events to support student scholarships. Dawn looks forward to serving as a state board member. She writes, “It will provide me with the opportunity to “give back” to this outstanding organization. I would like to help continue the strength, passion, vitality and fun of AAWCC.” Dawn’s hobbies include boating, reading and a newly acquired interest in fishing. She has been active in a variety of volunteer organizations including school board chair, school site council, AAUW, and Salem Junior Women’s Service Club.
Siv Serene Barnum, VP of Communications
Siv has worked at Lane since March, 2001 and is currently a Degree and Transcript Evaluator. Beginning this year, she is the President of Lane’s AAWCC chapter. Siv believes in the AAWCC mission: to inspire, champion, and celebrate the talents within each of us. She says, “OILD and AAWCC have done this very thing for me – what an awesome reaffirming impact on my life and my career. This experience of both personal and professional development is exciting and can only push me to greater satisfaction and triumphs. I am ready for new challenges and know I can bring a positive element to the board.” Siv was raised in Malawi and South Africa and knew all about guerrilla warfare before she ever saw a television. On a full music scholarship she went to a College in South Carolina and was shocked by the racism. She graduated with a BA in History from the University of Oregon. She is currently College
Council Chair of Lane Community College governance system. She likes to ride her bike to work and enjoys her two cats.
Holly Nelson, VP of Fall Conference
Holly Nelson has worked at Chemeketa Community College for 9 years. She
began her career after graduating from a community college in Idaho,
College of Southern Idaho, then Western Oregon University with a BA in
Health and Biology, and a MA in Education. Holly has taught health
education for both Chemeketa and WOU since receiving her Master’s degree
in face to face, hybrid, and distance education formats. In 2003, she
was hired to work in Chemeketa’s Short Term Training Department where
she helped develop and coordinate training programs. She then worked on
the Career Pathways team, working to streamline career paths in the
college departments and programs to better assist students with the
career planning and education. Holly’s latest opportunity at the
college has been a site coordinator for a new outreach center in
McMinnville that is focused on Healthcare and career and technical
education. She also is a member of the college’s wellness committee for
staff and faculty to help provide health related education and events
pertaining to personal health. In 2005, Holly received Chemeketa’s
scholarship to attend the Oregon Institute for Leadership Development,
and also had the opportunity to attend the National Institute for
Leadership Development this past June in Phoenix, Arizona. She has
valued the many friends and relationships she has gained by being part
of AAWCC and looks forward to the opportunities this organization will
continue to provide in the future!

Mary Kramer, VP of Summer Conference
Mary Kramer started at Columbia Gorge Community College in February 2008 and serves as their Career and Technical Education Director. She holds a Master’s in Education from Oregon State University and a Bachelor’s in Family and Consumer Studies. While new to community colleges, Mary has over 20 years experience in the K-12 education system where she worked for an Education Service District, primarily with high school teachers and administrators. Mary sees her involvement with AAWCC as a great way to network and learn more about the community college system, while at the same time supporting and promoting professional development for women. In her free time, Mary enjoys yoga, gardening, hiking, and baking.

Donna Zmolek, Secretary
Donna has worked at Lane Community College since 1990 and currently holds the position of Assistant to the President/Board of Education. She has been involved in AAWCC since 2000, serving on the board of Lane’s local chapter, attending activities hosted by the Oregon chapter, and participating as a national member. Donna has held the position of Secretary on the Oregon AAWCC Board since January 2007. AAWCC has had a positive impact on her life and career, and she finds it very gratifying to support the personal and professional development of women in community colleges.

Rebecca Washington, Member at Large/Archivist
Becky works at PCC as a Career Services Coordinator at the Sylvania Campus. She has been actively involved in PCC’s local chapter of AAWCC, and for the last two years, she has chaired the fall conference program committee. In this role, Becky has attended Board meetings during conference planning. Becky has done an excellent job of recruiting excellent presenters representing pertinent and interesting topics for our conference. Becky looks forward to working more closely with the state Board.
Victoria Flagg, Member at Large/Conference Registration
Victoria Flagg is the Telecommunications Technician at Mt. Hood Community College. She programs the phone system, installs and maintains the voice and data wiring, and assists the college community with their telecommunication needs. Victoria is the President of the MHCC chapter of AAWCC, co-advisor for QASO (Queers and Allies Student Organization), and co-chair of the Women’s Herstory Celebration. Victoria was a recipient of the President’s Diversity Award in 2007 and received the Advisor of the Year award for the 07-08 academic year. She recently became a part-time instructor for the Limited Energy Electrical Apprenticeship Program at Clackamas Community College. She can also be found bird-watching, gardening, taking photographs, making greeting cards from scrapbook materials and rubber stamps, playing computer games and knitting.

Karen Sorensen, Web Developer
Karen is a web developer at Portland Community College. AAWCC inspires her to be and do more. “There’s so much intelligence, laughter and support at the local and state events.” She’s pleased to be a part of this organization. In her spare time, she is going to graduate school, enjoys training and playing with her dog, and plays a mean game of ping pong.
Mary Spilde, Ex-Officio Member
Mary is from Lane Community College.
Nan Poppe, Ex-Officio Member
Nan is from Portland Community College.
Julie Huckestein, Ex-Officio Member
Julie Huckestein has over 22 years of experience in community colleges and is currently the Chief Administrative Officer (Business Services, Human Resources, Risk Management and Employee Development) at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. Prior to joining Chemeketa, Julie worked at Linn-Benton Community College. She earned an AS degree in Business Administration from Linn-Benton Community College, a BA degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University and a Master’s degree in Education: Policy, Foundations and Administration from Portland State University; all while pursuing her community college career. Other work experience includes seven years at an accounting firm and two years working for a non-profit. Julie has been active in the local AAWCC organization for 15 years and at the state level since 1997 where she is currently one of the Directors of the Oregon Institute for Leadership Development. She has presented at various conferences on the topics of budget and finance, computer software conversions and leadership and is an evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. She attended the National Institute for Leadership Development in 2007 and the Oregon Institute for Leadership Development in 1993. She and her husband Jim have three daughters, Rachel (26), Kelly (24) and Erika (20). She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling and camping.
Dawn DeWolf, Region X Coordinator
Dawn is from Lane Community College.