Ron Norton Reel
Mt. San Antonio
Ron Norton Reel has been teaching college for the past 35 years. During that time, he has been a CTA member each and every year.
He said, “I felt from my first teaching assignment in Bakersfield, California, that the faculty union has been responsible for making a difference for not only the teachers, but most importantly, the students we teach.”
He has held many local and statewide offices. He is a past CCA Vice President and District F Director, sat on the Chancellor’s Consultation Committee, and served as a Board of Governors Liaison. At his local chapter he served as grievance chair, membership chair, negotiator, Vice President, and President for five years.
Ron was the US Public Speaking Champion in persuasive speaking. He was awarded the Mt. San Antonio College Outstanding Educator award. He has been a local and CCA State WHO Recipient. He has also been awarded the Theodore Bass Political Advocate Award from CTA twice.
One of the things he is most proud of is the fact he is a Native American. “My father took my mother off the Indian Reservation in Oklahoma, and they came to California to get rich working in the labor fields of the Central Valley.” He was born in the government camp John Steinbeck writes about in The Grapes of Wrath.
He has an identical twin brother along with 10 other brothers and sisters. He is an uncle, great uncle, and great, great uncle 165 times.
Rio Hondo College
Lynette has taught for over 25 years at a variety of educational institutions: CSU Fullerton, bilingual kindergarten in Long Beach, the University of Nairobi in Kenya, Cerritos College as a part time faculty member, and Rio Hondo College.
Lynette earned her B.A. in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics at UCLA, where she specialized in African languages.
She has served as CCA Board member, CCA Treasurer, and is currently CCA Vice President.
A 21-year veteran French instructor in the community college system, David has taught in four of the five college districts in San Diego county and is currently teaching a 66% assignment at Grossmont College. David has long been acutely aware of the human needs, professional obligations and academic and financial issues facing all community college faculty and students.
In addition to his duties as Secretary for CCA, he has served as Vice President and lead negotiator in the MiraCosta CCA local, as well as the SCEA Part-time Representative and negotiation team member at Southwestern College where he helped achieve excellent hourly salaries, health benefits, part-time office hours and job security.
David is dedicated to helping CCA improve the working conditions of both full and part-time faculty colleagues and the learning conditions of our CCC students, through local negotiations, legislation and advocacy in Sacramento and through education of his colleagues and communities about issues concerning community colleges.
Please contact David if you have any questions or information you would like to share.
Jim has been teaching in the California Community College system since 1971, first at Miramar College in the Aircraft Inspection and Maintenance department, and since 1981 in the Electronics and Mechatronics (CTE) program at Sierra College in Rocklin. He is currently the Vice President and Membership Chair for the Sierra College Faculty Association.
Jim was a charter member of the Part Time SCFA division and a co-author of the constitution and bylaws that reunited Sierra's Full and Part time faculty into a single entity.
He attended Grossmont Community College and graduated from San Diego State University (then San Diego State College) in 1967 with a degree in Physics, Mathematics, and Aerospace Studies--those were the days of the "designer major."
When not teaching, he finds time to run his aviation electronics manufacturing company, write a monthly column for a national aviation magazine, teach student pilots to fly, inspect aircraft for airworthiness, keep the orchard trimmed, plant the garden, and take the airplane up for the occasional pleasure flight for fun. He also spent 1986-1994 as the County of Nevada Supervisor, District III.
Prior to his academic career, he worked on the space program (Apollo, Surveyor, and Viking) and put himself through school as a mechanic for Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA).
Jim lives in Grass Valley on a couple of acres of garden and orchard with Gail (also a flight instructor and consummate web guru), Katie (the Sheltie), Ollie (the Lhasa Apso), and Charly and Grady (the pound kitties and world-class ratters).
Mt. San Antonio College
Carolyn served as President of the Community College Association from 2005 to 2007.
Although she retired from full-time teaching at Mt. San Antonio College in June of 2008, she continues to serve the students of this region as a part-time instructor of Public Speaking in the college's Communication Studies Department. She also serves as a Consultant to Mt. San Antonio's Honors Program, where she was Honors Director for five of the last 7 years.
Throughout her career, Carolyn has always held that the most important group within any educational institution is its students, and that the needs of those students must always come first.
At the same time, providing the best and highest-quality education cannot be accomplished without having the best and most highly-qualified instructors, who must in turn rely on the good will and support of the academic institution in order to serve the interests of their students to the greatest extent possible.
This long-held conviction underscores Carolyn's deep commitment to the community college, its students, and its faculty.
Carolyn’s favorite hobbies are reading, swimming and listening to all kinds of music from country to classical. Her many travels abroad have taken her to locations around the globe, including the near east and Africa.