2024 Faculty Elections Slate w/ Bios

Hi Folks,

Please see the finalized slate of candidates for the 2024 faculty elections.  We will be working with BallotPoint again this year and continue to use their electronic ballot system.  Please watch your college email on 2/12 for your ballots and be sure to vote by 5:00 p.m. on 2/20.    In the meantime, you can start mulling over the candidates who have put themselves forward to be included on the ballot.   If you do not receive a ballot on the 12th after 7:00 am, first check your junk/clutter, then please email us at bcahe@bache.org so that we can get you a ballot.

2024 Faculty Elections Slate: w/ brief descriptions, candidates, and eligible voter groups for each race

All elections are for a one year term unless specified otherwise.   Voting eligibility for each race is dependent on group membership.   Groups: Full-Time Member (FTM), Adjunct Member (AM), Full-Time Non-Member (FTNM), and Adjunct Non-Member (ANM)

BCAHE President

  • Lindsay Haney

I’m writing to ask for your vote, but more importantly, to ask for your support. After three years as vice president and the opportunity to work with Sue and with Chace during Sue’s sabbatical, I feel adequately prepared to assume the post of president if elected. With a strong and engaged officer team and EC and the assistance available from WEA staff, I’m confident we can get through whatever the year holds for us.

It is going to be an abrupt transition, though. The answer to so many of our problems over the last several years—big and small problems—has been to just call Sue. I intend to work very hard to protect your working conditions and to fight for you wherever necessary, but it ain’t going to be the same as when Sue was on the case.

What I am interested in doing is building our collective capacity, and that’s the part that will require a little more investment from you. We’re not going to have one Sue to fix our problems for us, but we can have 400 members who are familiar with our contract, comfortable with principles of unionism and being in an effective bargaining unit, and ready to stand in solidarity with one another and back each other up before problems get too far out of hand or management takes any more nibbles around the edges of our autonomy or free time. That’s the journey I would like to start with you in September, if I could please have your vote.

  • Eligible Voters (FTM, AM)

BCAHE Vice President

  • Sue Nightingale
    • I think there is a saying that nothing stays the same except change. BC has certainly had more than its share of change in the last few years. While I hate to add to the amount of change it is time that I begin the transition out of the President’s role for BCAHE. I would like your vote for the role of Vice President for next year. In this role I can support the new President as they take on the role I have been honored to serve in for so many years.
      • Eligible Voters (FTM, AM)

BCAHE Adjunct Affairs Officer

  • Nancy Lane
    • In my ten years as an Adjunct at Bellevue I have taught a number of introductory Biology and Earth Sciences courses-mostly to non-science majors.  I’ve been a Faculty Commons Mentor, developed supplemental instruction to support students be more successful in Biology, and been an advocate for Climate Justice. My interest in being the Adjunct Affairs Officer comes from hearing my colleagues speak of how they feel and the changes they would like to see. Our union has made great progress. Today, we are still in the paradigm shift that a worldwide pandemic, none of us ever imagined, has brought forth. I would be honored to work for you towards the metamorphosis we need.
  • Taylor Dalrymple
    • I have taught at Bellevue College for almost nine years in various programs, including BaTS, ELI, FYS, and Sociology. As the co-chair of the Positive Policies for Adjuncts (PPA) committee for more than two and a half years and as the Adjunct Support Lead at the Faculty Commons since 2022, I have worked hard to elevate the voice of adjuncts and our needs across campus. I take pride in supporting the improvement of my colleagues’ working conditions through my current position on the Labor Management Committee and via informational seminars at the Commons. You will find I am always eager to lend a hand or provide space for you to voice your concerns. If given the chance to serve as your Adjunct Affairs Officer, I aim to further the goals of transparency, fairness, and accountability at Bellevue College for the benefit of all adjunct faculty.
      • Eligible Voters (FTM, AM)

BCAHE Secretary

  • Alicia DeHart
    • Eligible Voters (FTM, AM)

BCAHE Treasurer

  • Chace Stiehl
    • I’ve been serving as Secretary/Treasurer for the past few years and modernized our budget around our values. I’ve also led the way in restructuring out internal operations and sought out efficiencies that have allowed us to reduce dues and add an Adjunct Affairs Officer.   As Treasurer I will continue to prioritize our fiscal stability, liquidity, and responsibility in our finances.     As for my broader credentials, I am a Full Professor in Economics, past BCAHE President, past BCAHE Vice President, and played a critical role in bargaining into existence the funding/commitment for our current promotional structures for both adjunct and tenure-track faculty.
      • Eligible Voters (FTM, AM)

BCAHE Executive Council – Adjunct Members  (Vote for three; all members vote for both Adjunct and FT members, three in each race)

  • Cara Diaconoff
    • Cara Diaconoff has been an adjunct in the English department since 2017, teaching creative writing, literature, and English composition and, currently, serving as English faculty coordinator for the College in the High School program. She previously served on the BCAHE executive council from 2018 to 2021 and is serving this year on the Positive Policies for Adjuncts committee. As a union and executive council member, she has participated in lobbying days in Olympia and regularly attended meetings of the statewide WEA/AFT Adjunct Issues group. She has also continued to work with the BCAHE-EC’s communications committee, helping to edit Hoo’s News and writing the regular “New Member Spotlight” feature. In adjunct advocacy, she is especially interested in making sure that adjunct faculty have an equitable chance to contribute their talents to the community through co-curricular and extracurricular activities as well as through teaching. Adjuncts, and full-time faculty members’ solidarity with adjuncts, are a great part of the vibrancy of the teaching culture at BC.
  • Carol Whitaker (Leffall)
    • Carol Whittaker (Leffall) is a Senior Adjunct Professor with the Business and Technology division, where she has been since 2011. She maintains a passion for teaching and greatly values the opportunity of learning from her students and advocating their success as well as her colleagues. Carol has served on several committees across the BC campus, facilitated workshops, and is a current Executive Council Member of Bellevue College Association of Higher Education (BCAHE). Carol is devoted to contributing to the work of creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus and the varying perspectives of faculty. Carol will serve an instrumental role in furthering this work as a member of BCAHE as well as other efforts and representing the voices of faculty.
  • Sue Cox
    • As a long-time adjunct at Bellevue College, I have seen many changes and developments at BC.  I value the opportunities I have had over the years to work with others toward positive change here, and would like to continue my role with the BCAHE Executive Council as one of the avenues for doing so at this time.
      • Eligible Voters (FTM, AM)

BCAHE Executive Council – Full-Time Members  (Vote for three; all members vote for both Adjunct and FT members, three in each race)

  • Elena Maans-Lorincz
    • Elena has only had a taste so far of all the delicious and spicy notes that being involved with the union offers. In her first year with the Executive Council she feels she has learned the basics of this messy (but still very clean) commercial kitchen of contracts, bargaining, and labor related issues.  She would appreciate your vote to be on the Executive Council so she can continue to develop her skills and knowledge further.  She would like to continue to serve the faculty of Bellevue College for another year in this capacity.  When it comes to governance, this is where the bones of our rights, roles, and work lives lie, and she would like to keep tending to those bones. Your vote is much appreciated!
  • Heidi Richter
    • This year I am choosing to run for BCAHE positions that allow me to use my knowledge and experiences to be an informed voice for BC adjunct and full-time faculty. I started teaching at Bellevue College as an adjunct and have taught at three other colleges and universities in two countries as adjunct or contract faculty. Although I am now tenured, I remember very well the worries of job insecurity and underpayment that I faced for a decade. I would appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Executive Council and Dismissal Review Committee to support all faculty at BC. Thank you!
  • Jennifer Parada
  • Tyler Saxon
    • I’m in my fifth year of teaching economics at Bellevue College. My courses at BC all emphasize the importance of unions, labor history, and helping students build skills to organize their workplaces. I want to bring this approach to the BCAHE to build up the organizing skills of our members and to build a more democratic and participatory union. A union’s greatest power comes from its rank-and-file members, and I believe it’s the role of union leadership to engage and empower ALL members to take ownership of our union so that we can build the greatest collective power to advance our demands. As part of this process, I’ve been a dedicated member of the Positive Policies for Adjuncts committee for over two years, and during this time I’ve led book groups on how to organize adjunct faculty and how to jump start your union. I also served on the Faculty Council for 3 years (Fall 2020-Spring 2023), and I served as an interim member of the BCAHE Executive Council during Spring 2023.
      • Eligible Voters (FTM, AM)

BCAHE Political Action Committee  (Vote for three, two year term)

    • Eligible Voters (FTM, AM)

 

WEA-Representative Assembly Delegate (Vote for five)

  • Carol Whitaker (Leffall)
    • [see EC above for bio]
  • Ty Saxon
    • [see EC above for bio]
    • Eligible Voters (FTM, AM)

 

Sabbatical Leave Committee (Vote for two, 2 year term)

  • Deepti Karkhanis
  • Stephanie Hurst
    • Stephanie is a full professor in Communication Studies. In her service to both the college and students, Stephanie is passionate about cultivating equity and compassion. Alongside her colleagues on the Tenure Review Committee (2016-2022), she helped advance equity in the tenure process by creating the TRC Repository. Stephanie also serves as a Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Advocate (2010-Present) and enjoys sharing her expertise in intercultural communication, conflict management, and mindful communication with her colleagues and students to enhance their lives. In her past term on the Sabbatical Committee (2022-2024), Stephanie helped make the process more transparent for applicants. She would like to continue providing her support to this committee.
      • Eligible Voters (FTM, FTNM)

Tenure Review Committee  (Vote for two, 3 year term) Continuing members are from A&H, Social Science and 2 from Science.  By contract, no more than two members from the same division can sit on the committee at the same time.

  • David Lopez-Kopp
    • I am excited for the opportunity to serve on the Tenure Review Committee (TRC). I am currently serving on the committee and finishing up the second year of an interim term. Over the years (approaching 14!), I have served on a variety of BCAHE governance committees including the All-College Council, Executive Council, Dismissal Review, and Sabbatical Leave. I rotated off the Sabbatical Leave Committee where I served for 4 years and as committee chair for 2 years. In terms of supporting faculty throughout the hiring and tenure process, I have served on selection advisory committees in Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences, and on a handful of Tenure Subcommittees (TES) both in an out of the English Department. I look forward to continuing to support faculty during their tenure candidacy if elected.
  • Tim Jones
    • I previously served on the TRC for three years and I have served on several TESs over the years. I also led the tenure mentoring program for four years. I think my experience and passion for mentoring would be useful in this position.
      • Eligible Voters (FTM, FTNM)

Dismissal Review Committee (Vote for one, 3 year term)

  • Ann Minks
  • Ann is a full professor who has been teaching in Health Sciences at BC for more than 20 years. Many of those years were as an adjunct or temporary employee, so she understands several points of view and has a heart for faculty success (which leads to student success). In an effort to contribute to faculty success, she’s served on several tenure faculty selection committees, tenure review committees, and has held a position in the Faculty Commons.

The faculty dismissal review committee serves as a kind of jury (reviewing evidence, hearing witnesses, and providing a recommendation), while the board of trustees makes the final decision. Dismissal committee members need to come to logical conclusions, which is regularly taught in healthcare. Ann takes this position seriously, as the livelihood, safety, and reputation of faculty is involved.

  • DeeDee Orcajo
  • Heidi Richter
    • [see EC above for bio]
  • Jennifer Laveglia
  • Michael Pulido
    • I have been teaching history at BC since 2018. Since then, my service to the college includes several hiring committees, five different Pathways committees, two TESs, and the Faculty PD Committee. Thank you for your consideration.
  • Winnie Li
    • Eligible Voters (FTM, FTNM)

Dismissal Review Committee – Replacement Position (Vote for one, 2.333 year term)

  • Ann Minks
  • DeeDee Orcajo
  • Heidi Richter
  • Winnie Li
    • Eligible Voters (FTM, FTNM)

Tenured Faculty Promotion Review Committee (Vote for two, 3 year term).  Continuing members are from Social Science, A&H, and Connected Learning.  By contract, preference will be given to nominated divisional representation first, then rank when determining winners.

  • Brian Casserly
  • Winnie Li
    • Eligible Voters (FTM, FTNM)

Chair — Student Academic Grievance Committee (Vote for one)

  • Suzanne Marks
    • Suzanne Marks is Full Professor in the BATECH (Business Analysis & Technology) program in the School of Business & Technology Division. The types of classes she teaches throughout the year include business communications, Excel, organizational behavior, and Business Math.  Suzanne recently worked on a team to create the BAS Business Management & Technology. Suzanne has 32 years with the college and has served in a variety of roles—adjunct faculty, full-time faculty, Program Chair, interim VP Workforce, and Project Manager for IT Skill Standards. Prior to entering the teaching field, Suzanne spent ten years working in corporate Human Resources at Burlington Northern and Coopers & Lybrand. Suzanne has a BA Business Education and MEd Instructional Design.
      • Eligible Voters (FTM,FTNM,AM,ANM)

Program Review Committee Seat 2 (Vote for one, 3 year term) By agreement this seat will be exclusively filled by a faculty member from  Science or Social Science

  • Brett Goldston
    • Eligible Voters (FTM,FTNM,AM,ANM)

FACTC Representative (Vote for one)

  • Cynthia Weintraub
  • Ethan Anderson
    • Eligible Voters (FTM,FTNM,AM,ANM)

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