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 Government Relations Advisory Group 

AACC Advocacy Advisory Group

The American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Board of Directors has established the AACC Advocacy Advisory Group, to be made up of member presidents and other senior campus representatives. Members of the group will provide input on AACC’s policy development and assist in its advocacy efforts in a formal ongoing fashion.

The new Advocacy Advisory Group derives from ongoing board discussions as well as the successful work of AACC’s task force on the Higher Education Act (HEA) Reauthorization, culminating in an updated position statement and a June Capitol Hill briefing. The new Congress and new administration make greater AACC member engagement essential.

Membership and Scheduled Meetings

Advocacy Advisory Group members are:

J. David Armstrong, President, Broward College, FL

Neil Aspinwall, Chancellor, SOWELA Technical Community College, LA

Ken Atwater, President, Hillsborough Community College, FL

Jon Bauer, President, East Central College, MO

Leah Bornstein, President, Aims Community College, CO

Karen A. Bowyer, President, Dyersburg State Community College, TN

Lynette Brown-Sow, VP Marketing & Gov’t Relations, Community College of Philadelphia, PA

Nancilee Burzachechi, Exec. Dir., Gov’t & External Affairs, Community College of Allegheny County, PA

Chris A. Bustamante, President, Rio Salado College, AZ

Bradley Ebersole, President, Washington State Community College, OH

Kenneth L. Ender, President, William Rainey Harper College, IL

Morna Foy, President, Wisconsin Technical College System, WI

Annette Funderburk, Director of External Affairs, Alabama Community College System, AL

Natalie Harder, Chancellor, Southwest Louisiana Community College, LA

Alicia Harvey-Smith, Exec. Vice Chancellor, Lone Star College System, TX

Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College District, TX

Kate Hetherington, President, Howard Community College, MD

Jim Jacobs, President, Macomb Community College, MI

Steve Johnson, President, Sinclair Community College, OH

Jane Karas, President, Flathead Valley Community College, MT

Jim Kersten, VP of Government Affairs, Iowa Central Community College, IA

Anne Kress, President, Monroe Community College, NY

Sandra Kurtinitis, President, Community College of Baltimore County, MD

Doreen Larson, President, Edison State Community College, OH

John Lederer, Executive Dean, Career/Workforce Education, North Seattle College, WA

Susan Madden, Government Relations Officer, Montgomery College, MD

Joe May, Chancellor, Dallas Community College District, TX

Amos McDonald, Vice Chancellor, External Affairs, Lone Star College, TX

Mary Jane Michalak, VP for Government Relations, Ivy Tech Community College, IN

Johnny Moore, President, Pierpont Community and Technical College, WV

Bill Mullowney, VP for Policy & General Counsel, Valencia College, FL

Rick Neal, Government Relations Officer, Tulsa Community College, OK

Cam Preus, President, Blue Mountain Community College, OR

Madeline Pumariega, Chancellor, Florida Community College System, FL

Scott Ralls, President, Northern Virginia Community College, VA

Mary Rittling, President, Davidson County Community College, NC

Steve Rose, President, Passaic County Community College, NJ

Jackson Sasser, President, Santa Fe College, FL

Tim Sheehan, VP for Gov’t & Community Relations, Salt Lake Community College, UT

Christine Sobek, President, Waubonsee Community College, IL

Kristine Strickland, Chancellor, L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College, LA

Joan Truesdell, President, Clackamas Community College, OR

Frank Woodbeck, Executive Director, Nevada College Collaborative, NV

The Advocacy Advisory Group participates in three meetings each year. The dates of the upcoming in-person meetings will be: 

  • April 25, 2017, in New Orleans, LA
  • June 12-13, 2017 in Washington, DC


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