- Karin Magnuson, President
- 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!
- Cherie Maas-Anderson, President Elect
- 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
- Carol Schaafsma, Past 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.
- Sue Caldera, VP of Finance
- 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.
- Kate Chester, VP of Communications
- Kate Chester was recently elected to the position of Vice President of Communications for the State Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC).
Kate currently serves as the Community Relations/Public Relations manager for the Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College. She has nearly 20 years of experience as a public relations specialist – after obtaining her Master of Arts degree in Public Relations from USC’s School of Journalism she began her career with Pacific/West Communications Group, an environmental marketing firm in Los Angeles, where she focused on media relations. From there she joined The Lippin Group, a leading entertainment public relations agency in Los Angeles, where she worked for 10 years and served as a vice president for several years prior to moving to Portland in 2000.
A native of Portland, Kate joined Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in 2001, overseeing media relations and public relations for the hospital as well as regional programs such as the Providence Heart & Vascular Institute, Oregon Medical Laser Center and Providence Brain Institute. She joined PCC in February 2008, loves her role there and continues to freelance on the side as time allows, writing for a variety of local publications – the Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers chain, among others.
New to higher education, Kate was introduced to AAWCC by attending the OILD conference this past summer. She was impressed by the organization and its commitment to encouraging professional growth of women in the community college system. In her new role with AAWCC, Kate looks forward to networking and learning from other educational professionals throughout the state.
- 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.
- Becky Washington, Member at Large/Archivist
- Becky works at PCC as a Career Services Coordinator at the Cascade 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 and networking needs. Victoria also is a Part-Time Instructor for the Limited Energy Electrical Apprenticeship program at Clackamas Community College (low voltage). She is the Past President for the MHCC chapter of AAWCC and the advisor for MHCC’s student Queer Straight Alliance. She can also be found bird-watching, knitting, gardening, taking photographs, making greeting cards from scrapbook materials and rubber stamps, working out at the gym, and playing computer games on her Xbox 360 and Wii.
- 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.
- Jan Woodcock, Ex-Officio Member
- 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.”
- 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.