Board of Directors, 2013

Jan Woodcock, Co-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, Co-President
Cherie Maas-Anderson has worked for Portland Community College for the past 26 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 a recent receipt of the 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.

Julie Kopet, President-Elect
Julie has worked for Portland Community College for twenty-one years. She is experienced in administration, management and program development in the college. Her background includes part time teaching, a full-time faculty position, Education Manager and Director of Corrections Education. She became the Division Dean of Adult Basic skills and Career Technical Programs. Currently she is serving as the Interim Dean of Instruction and Student Services at the Southeast campus. Julie says, “Since I attended the OILD I have been attending the AAWCC conferences. I know of no better professional organization for women in our field. The organization is a positive productive force in bringing women together for the purpose of professional and personal growth, as well as the development and nurturing of relationships. I would be honored to become more involved and eventually lead the group.” Julie is currently a doctoral candidate in Community College Leadership at Oregon State University.

Karin Magnuson, Past President
Karin has worked at Linn Benton Community College for 17 years as a Workforce Training Specialist

in the Business and Employer Services Department. She is a dedicated 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 is currently serving

as LBCC-AAWCC Vice President for Program & Publicity. She has been a regular presenter at

the AAWCC Annual Fall Conference and always 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 housework which, as she sees it, is at it should be!

Carol McKiel, VP of Membership
Carol McKiel works at Linn Benton Community College as the director of the High School Partnerships program. Carol’s background is in elementary education. She worked as a 2nd and a 6th grade teacher, and had the opportunity to teach for two years in an international elementary school in China. In 2000, however, while teaching a reading strategies class at a community college, she found that she thoroughly enjoyed working with adult learners. “It felt rewarding to teach children, but working with adult students was energizing. I found that adults brought a different kind of enthusiasm for learning into the classroom that could be inspiring.” This new career focus led her to earn an MS in Student Personnel Services and then attend OSU to earn a PhD in Educational Leadership in 2011.

Carol has been a member of AAWCC since 2008. She was attracted to AAWCC because of its commitment to developing women’s capacities. She has assisted with fundraising activities and program planning.

Carol has a grandson, daughter and son-in-law living in Dallas, Texas and a son in Washington, D.C. She enjoys working out at the gym during the week and walking on the beach or bicycling with her husband during the weekend. She also enjoys attempts at gardening.

JoAnn Zahn, VP of Finance
JoAnn Zahn joined Clatsop Community College in August 2011. Her community college experience began at Mt. Hood Community College in 1990 where she served in various finance and budget positions including director of budget and auxiliary services and as vice president of administrative services in a one-year interim assignment prior to joining CCC.

As vice president of finance and operations, JoAnn’s responsibilities include acting as deputy clerk and budget officer. She also oversees the College’s business operations and budget, bookstore, computer services, human resources, and physical plant.

JoAnn holds a B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting from Eastern Oregon University, and holds a M.B.A. from North Park University. She is currently pursuing the CPA designation.

JoAnn is a member of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers and a past member on the Oregon Community College Association Finance Committee. Community involvement and volunteerism has been a life-long commitment. JoAnn is currently an American Red Cross volunteer certified as a first aid instructor and active in emergency preparedness and response.

Donna Lewelling, VP of Summer Conference
Donna Lewelling is an Education and Workforce Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD). As a member of the Research and Communication Team, Donna coordinates the Oregon Community College Student Success Initiative, FTE Audit and Credit for Prior Learning efforts. Before joining CCWD in 2006, Donna worked for the Department of Human Services and spent several years as a consultant for Head Start programs statewide.

Lynn Irvin, VP of Fall Conference

Lynn Irvin, Vice President for Summer Conference has worked at Chemeketa Community College since August 1998. Her current position is with the College Support Services Division as executive assistant to the Vice President/CFO, Julie Huckestein.

An outgoing person, Lynn takes pride in the many college endeavors and activities she has been involved in at Chemeketa. She served for six years on the Wellness Committee, two years as the chair. She is very proud of creating the Wellness Health Fair held at Kickoff and the pedometer challenges held for employees every year. Lynn also coordinated the Kickoff and Wellness golf tournaments. She also serves on many committees including the President’s Advisory Council, the Insurance Task Force, the Holiday Social Committee and the Employee Recognition Event. Lynn was Chemeketa’s representative to AAWCC’s OILD in 2002 and attended the college’s LifeLong Leaders class. She participated on Chemeketa’s Portland to Coast relay team twice. This year she is serving as president of the Exempt Employees Association. Their projects this year include awarding 9 spring term scholarships to students and collect food for the food pantry and funds for the Student Relief Fund. A member of Phi Theta Kappa, she takes online and PE classes every term and loves the lifelong learning environment that is a part of the college. She was selected as the AAUW Outstanding Graduating Woman in June, 2009.

Lynn is a newlywed! She married her long-time boyfriend/fiancé, Bruce Irvin on July 7, 2012 and honeymooned in Hawaii. She is super proud of her two children. Her son, Ross graduated from Chemeketa’s automotive program in 2011. He is now owner-operator of his own business. Her daughter Sara, is a freshman at Elmira College in Elmira, New York attending on a valedictorian scholarship.

Lynn loves being a part of the state board and is really excited to put her energy and skills learned planning the summer conference into coordinating a great fall conference next year!

Deb Nicholls, VP of Records
Currently working her 27th year at Southwestern Oregon Community College, Deb has worked in various positions at the College, starting with Switchboard Operator. Commenting on her first position, Nicholls said “Starting at ground level was a blessing as it enabled me to feel the heartbeat of the institution – getting to know the facilities and the people firsthand.” Over the years she’s worked in various positions in the Office of Instruction, including Office Manager, before becoming the Executive Assistant to the President and Board of Education in 1999. The instructional background provided a breadth of knowledge that has proven beneficial throughout her career.

Earning her associate’s degree at Southwestern and a bachelor’s at Southern Oregon University while raising three children with husband Tom, Deb exemplifies the meaning of “lifelong learner” as she continues to take classes and explore new areas of interest.

Deb has been a member of her local chapter of AAWCC for many years and is a past participant of OILD. Regarding her position on the Oregon AAWCC Board she said, “I’m excited for the opportunity to work with such brilliant women and to assist in bringing development opportunities to others.”

When not working, Deb enjoys spending time with her family and friends doing anything outdoors and travelling when possible. She is an avid Duck fan!

Donna Zmolek, VP of Communications
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.

Melissa Aaberg, Web Developer
Melissa started her position as a web content specialist at PCC in 2011. She joined AAWCC shortly after, and is delighted to be surrounded by strong women doing such amazing work. She has a BA in English from PSU, and prior to joining PCC worked as an art teacher, PSU UNST Mentor, and web developer for a local kid’s clothing/shoe company. Melissa is currently the webmaster for the PCC chapter of AAWCC and chair of the PCC Sustainability Council’s Community Outreach subcommittee. She is a past participant in OILD, Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, and PCC’s Classified Lead Training. In her spare time, she likes to bake, practice yoga, play with her pets and make art.

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.

Julie Huckestein, Ex-Officio Member
Julie Huckestein has over 26 years of experience in community colleges and is currently the Vice-President/Chief Financial Officer at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon the second or third largest college with two campuses and five outreach centers serving 42,000 students per year (13,900 FTE). Her responsibilities include oversight of the Budget and Finance, Business Services, Human Resources/Payroll, Employee Development, Risk Management and Public Safety, Facilities and Capital Projects, Information Technology, Bookstore and Legal Resources departments of the college. She is also a member of the policy making Executive Team at Chemeketa.

Prior to joining Chemeketa, Julie worked at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon.  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 the VP for Finance for the National AAWCC organization since 2011. She has been active in the local AAWCC organization for over 20 years and at the state level since 1997 where she currently co-directs 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 adult daughters, Rachel, Kelly and Erika and two fabulous grandchildren (Hannah 3 1/2 and Holden 8 months).  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling and camping.

Dawn DeWolf, Vice President for Professional Development for the National AAWCC
Dawn is from Lane Community College.