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BETHANY GIZZI

President

Bethany began her career at MCC as an adjunct in 1997 and is now a Professor of Sociology in her 25th year at MCC. She has been in a leadership role in the union since 1999 and is currently serving in her 11th year as the FA President. She also serves as a member of the AFT Higher Education Program and Policy Council, the NYSUT Higher Education Policy Council, and the NYSUT Women’s and LGBTQ Committees. Her academic areas of expertise include gender & sexuality studies, sociology of the family, social movements and environmental sociology.  Bethany developed the Gender & Sexuality studies degree at MCC and serves as the faculty advisor for students in that program. She also serves as the faculty advisor for the student LGBTQ co-curricular club, the Pride Alliance and is a certified Safe-Zone trainer and Implicit Bias/Anti-racism trainer. Bethany and her family live in a rural town outside of Monroe County where they have a small family farm with chickens, goats, 3 dogs and 4 cats. You can find pictures of her goats on Instagram at Three Goat Acres (@threegoatacres).

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PHIL OETTINGER

Vice President for 

Professional Staff

Phil started at MCC in 2008 as an Audio Visual Specialist in the Learning Resources Department.  He is now is the Assistant Director of Academic Learning Environments.  Before coming to MCC, Phil worked at the Brighton Central School District providing technology support for the district.  

As Assistant Director of Academic Learning Environments, Phil gets to work with a variety of people across many departments assisting them in achieving MCC’s main goal of student success.  In the role of VP of Professional Staff, he would like to bring all concerns and innovative ideas to those who need to hear it.  

Outside of MCC, Phil manages his daughter Addy’s 12u Girls Hockey team, coaches his daughter Elise’s 10u girls hockey team, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Rochester Edge Girls Hockey Organization as the Registrar. 

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JENNIFER HILL

Vice President for Teaching Faculty

Jennifer has been teaching in the Biology Department at Monroe Community College since 2006 and has been involved in the Faculty Association since 2008.  She has held a variety of positions including Secretary, Acting Contract Chair, Institutional Chair and currently serves as the Vice President for Teaching Faculty.  Additionally, she has served on the Executive Committee, Labor-Management Committee and several Negotiation Teams. Jennifer’s commitment to providing an outstanding, affordable and transformative learning experience for our students is the foundation of her work as an educator at MCC.  As a union leader, she strives to represent our members fully and fairly and help maintain a high-quality workplace and institution for students and all employees.  We are “stronger together”.

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JIM McKENNA

Secretary/ Treasurer

Jim teaches Drugs & Behavior classes in the Health & Physical Education department and serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Men's Basketball program and an advisor/mentor to student athletes. He regularly brings guest speakers to campus to present on Narcan training and the C.A.R.E. program (Credit Abuse Resistance Education). Jim has served on Faculty Council as the Teaching Director since  2016 and has also served as a member of the FA negotiating team. Jim is an outspoken advocate for students and faculty.

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GORDON DUTTER

Grievance Chair

Gordon has been teaching history at MCC since 2004.  He has yet more teaching experience, including K-12 experience.  His main qualification for grievance chair is that he grew up complaining about his mother’s cooking.  He is currently holed up with a wife, two recently rescued dogs, and a more recently rescued cat, dreaming of the day when he can say, “Never again will I have to speak with a computer.”​

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JULIE SLATE

Membership Chair

Julie is the Interim Director of Admissions at MCC. She has been working for the college in the Admissions Office since 2009 & has 15 years of Admissions experience including extensive experience in recruitment and sales. Julie has been involved in numerous college-wide committees, as well as in local, state and national leadership positions including serving as President of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), Region 1 Director of AAWCC through the National Board, Chair of the Rochester Area College Committee, and SUNY College Admissions Professionals E-Board Community College Representatives.  In 2019, Julie was named SUNYCAP Professional of the Year. Julie holds a B.S. in Marketing from SUNY Oswego and an MBA from Medaille College.  She is currently enrolled in the Educational Doctorate of Higher Education leadership program at American College of Education. She has been working with the Faculty Association more within the last year and is so happy to serve as your Membership Chair

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APRIL DANIELS

Diversity & Inclusion Chair

April has been teaching in the ESOL/TRS department since 2014. Teaching courses that support predominately underserved students, the faculty in this department strive to carry out the very mission of diversity, equity, and inclusion, despite the systemic barriers within higher education. She is proud to be a part of this dedicated team of equity-minded, compassionate, and innovative educators. As a proud alumna of MCC and now a proud faculty member, April is intimately acquainted with the necessity for the entire college community to experience the benefit of a robust historically underrepresented faculty. Promoting and protecting diversity, equity, and inclusion is a primary motivation for her service at a community college.​ In addition to serving on Faculty Council, April is beginning her first term as a senator, serving on the SCAA committee.

April lives on a small-but-tranquil bit of nature, and when not working, she cherishes her quiet time with her books, her 3 cats, the wild animals on her property, and her close loved-ones.

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DINA GIOVANELLI

Communications Chair

 

Dina started in the AHPS department in the Spring 2010 semester. She is the urban sociologist at the downtown campus. She is a 3rd generation union officer. She has been the advisor to the Downtown Pride Alliance and has Safe Zone trained many members of our faculty and staff.

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DAVID LEDERHOUSE

Health & Safety Chair

David is a Network Specialist in Communications and Network Services.  He has worked at MCC since 2010 and has over 20 years’ experience in the technology field. As a network specialist, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of MCC's Campus Network – keeping all of the technology that MCC employees and student rely on running smoothly. You may have seen David on a ladder installing WIFI Access points or out and about on campus activating network ports.  In his field there is always something new to learn or a problem to solve and teamwork is key. David is looking forward to working in a different role now that he has joined Faculty Council and looks forward to working to ensure that working at MCC is rewarding and safe for all employees. 

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DOUGLAS RIVERS

Legislative Chair

Doug is an alumnus of Monroe Community College, having graduated from the Automotive Technology Program. He continued his education at SUNY Oswego in Vocational Education and SUNY Brockport earning a Master of Public Administration degree. Doug began his employment at MCC in 2004. He is an Associate Professor at the Applied Technologies Center where he coordinates the GM ASEP program. In this leadership role, he is required to coordinate, teach and interact with General Motors, on a regional and national level. In addition, he has served as a Program Coordinator for T-TEN and ATAP, Adjunct Coordinator, Team Leader, Automotive Club Advisor, RTP Chair, Faculty Senator, NYSUT Member Organizing Institute (MOI) Member, and Faculty Council Site Director.

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LIZ ZION-STRATTON

Teaching Director

Liz has been teaching in the Nursing Department FT since 2006. She continues to work as a RN at URMC Strong Memorial Hospital, per diem. A proud union member since her first professional job in 2000, she looks forward to learning about her role on the FA and advocating for all union members.  Her husband, daughter, and crazy dog, Rudy, keep her busy when not at work.

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JUDI SALSBURG-TAYLOR

Teaching Director

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JILL MCPHEE

Professional Staff Director

Jill is a Senior Technical Assistant in the Biology Department, and has been at MCC since 1987.  She manages, coordinates and provides technical support for all laboratory sections in the Biotechnology and Clinical Lab Technology programs, plus some in the General Biology area. With 16 different courses and multiple sections of several of them, it can be a busy place on the third floor of building seven!  And no- we aren’t dissecting things up here in my area, just playing around with bacteria, fungi and DNA.  Outside of work, Jill enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and ShihTzu puppy, Bentley, reading, cooking and traveling when she can. She is also involved with Camp Good Days and Special Times, Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House, in several fundraising events linked to childhood cancer research and community support. 

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MELISSA SANTIAGO

Professional Staff Director

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DIANE DINKINS-LOURETTE
Adjunct Director

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JEFF BAKER

Adjunct Chair

Jeff is  an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and is in his 20th year at MCC. He has also taught at RIT and several other universities. Jeff has held the role of Adjunct Director (with some time off) for over six years. He is a past member of the FA negotiating team, has served on the adjunct and communication sub-teams, and has conducted FA training sessions for adjunct faculty. He has also been president of the New York State Conference of the American Association of University Professors, which is both a faculty union and a non-disciplinary professional advocacy group. Jeff is currently president of the Learning Disabilities Association of New York State. He has a M.S. in counseling and a Ph.D. in psychology with an educational specialization.

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CHRISTINE PLUMERI

Site Director

Christine is a Professor of Sociology in the Anthropology/History/Political Science/Sociology department, where she has been teaching Sociology, mainly Criminology, since coming to MCC in January 2003. She was born in Niagara Falls and grew up in a proud working-class union home, joining her first union at age 20 while working as a construction laborer in Houston, TX. She has an AAS in Criminal Justice from Niagara County Community College, a BS in Criminal Justice and Political Science from SUNY Brockport, and an MA in Sociology from University at Buffalo. Prior to coming to MCC, she taught fulltime in her alma mater’s Department of Criminal Justice at SUNY Brockport. 

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BILL HORTON

Site Director

Bill was born and raised in North Chili, NY, graduated from York Central, and is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He obtained an A.A.S. in Heating and Air-Conditioning Technology in 1992 and completed a 5 year apprenticeship in HVAC (Journeymen) with Sheet Metal Workers Local 46, May 1997; working for 15 years for the Leo J. Roth Corporation as an HVAC field technician and an apprentice instructor at the union hall. He became an HVAC Instructor at MCC in 2007. He continued his education, earning a B.S. in Vocational and Technical Education in 2016 from Empire State College and a Masters in Adult Education from Buffalo State College in 2017. He worked on a NYSERDA grant that allowed MCC to create a Solar Training Center and SUNY approved solar certificate within the HVAC/R program. He is pleased to have a chance to serve on Faculty Council as the site director for the Applied Technologies Center and hopes to become more involved in union leadership. Bill enjoys all outdoor activities including hiking, biking, camping, and fishing. He has two huge dogs that he loves to walk in all four seasons of weather and incredible beauty of New York State. He has enjoyed 28 years of marriage to his wonderful wife as they raised their son and daughter. 

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ELLEN MANCUSO

NYSUT PAC Representative

As your NYSUT rep to our local Political Action Committee, Ellen works on behalf of higher education. She is one of five local Political Action Coordinators (PAC) and serves as a liaison to our Regional Political Organizer, Anthony Plonczynski-Figueroa, and NYSUT’s Legislative Department. Our PAC team along with two Vote Cope Coordinators create strategic plans for regional political actions and for our lobbying efforts and interviews state legislative candidates to make recommendations to NYSUT. Ellen and the PAC team organize meetings and advocacy efforts on behalf of all NYSUT members, including taking part in labor walks, phone-banks, and local AFL-CIO Labor Councils. Ellen has been an activist for public education for over 28 years, serving as MCC’s Legislative Chair for 22 years. She continues to work with the MCCFA to improve educational funding in NYS.

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SONJA LENHARD

Office Manager

Sonja has been with the FA since January 1999. She started off as a part-time secretary then became full-time several years later and is now the FA Office Manager. She also serves on the FA Scholarship committee and coordinates all of the FA events & parties. Sonja received her Associates Degree from MCC in 2011. She has worked alongside FA Administrator Director, Marlene Goho, and past FA presidents Mike Goho and Charlie Clarke. Sonja enjoys camping in the Adirondacks and Thousand Islands with her husband and crazy dog Finn. She has two grown boys, Nick and Zack. 

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