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Committees

AFC has standing and special committees.  Standing committees are mandated by Bylaw and function to facilitate carrying out the AFC annual program of work.  Special Committees serve at the pleasure of the President annually and conduct specific tasks as needed. Any member may request to serve on a committee if interested.

Standing Committees:

Awards Committee Bylaws Committee Certified College Professional Finance and Human Resources Committee
Legislative Committee Membership Development Committee Member Services Committee Nominating Committee
Planning and Development Committee Policy and Advocacy Committee Service Project Committee  

Special Committees:

Credentials Committee Journal Editorial Committee Tellers/Elections Committee  

 

Standing Committee Chairs (Ex officio)

Awards - Lena Phelps, South Florida State College, 600 West College Drive, Avon Park, FL 33825, PH: 863-784-7303, Email: Lena.Phelps@southflorida.edu

Bylaws - Bill Mullowney, Valencia College, 190 S Orange Aveune, Orlando, FL 32801, PH: 407-582-3411, Email: bmullowney@valenciacollege.edu

Certified College Professional - Will Benedicks, Tallahassee Community College, 444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304, PH: 850-201-8170, Email: benedicw@tcc.fl.edu

Certified College Professional - Isanita Suárez, Polk State College, 310 Technology Drive, Bartow, FL 33830, PH: 863-669-2934, Email: isuarez@polk.edu

Finance and  Retirement Issues -Jeff Schembera, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401, PH: 904-612-3589, Email: schembej@aol.com 

Legislative-Matthew Holliday, Edison State College, 8099 College Parkway, Ft. Myers, FL 33919 PH: 239-489-9052, Email: matthew.holliday@edison.edu

Membership Development-Charlene Latimer, Daytona State College,1200 W. International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, PH: 386-506-3142, Email: latimec@daytonastate.edu

Membership Development-Stephanie Campbell, Polk State College, 3515 Aviation Way, Lakeland, FL 33811, PH: 863-669-2951, Email: stcampbell@polk.edu 

Member Services - Juanita Scott, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd. Pensacola, FL 32504, PH: 850-484-1953, Email: jscott@pensacolastate.edu

Nominating - Byron Todd, Tallahassee Community College, 444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304, PH: 850-201-8280, Email: toddb@tcc.fl.edu

Planning and Development - Tina Hart, Indian River State College, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Ft. Pierce, FL 34981, PH: 772-462-4703, Email: chart@irsc.edu

Policy & Advocacy Committee - Jim Henningsen, College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala, FL 34474, PH: 352-873-5835, Email: jim.henningsen@cf.edu

Service Project Committee - Gary Sligh, Lake-Sumter State College, 9501 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg, FL 34788-8751, PH: 352-323-3670, Email: slighg@lssc.edu

Special Committee Chairs (Ex officio)

Credentials-Alice Pendergrass, Chipola College, 3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, FL 32446, PH: 850-526-2370, Email: pendergrassa@chipola.edu

Journal Editorial-Will Benedicks, Tallahassee Community College, 444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304, PH: 850-201-8170, Email: benedicw@tcc.fl.edu

Tellers/Elections-Patricia Harrell, Florida State College at Jacksonville, 11901 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32216, PH: 904-646-2031. Email: pharrell@fscj.edu 

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee selects recipients for the following Association awards: Honorary Life Membership; Distinguished Service Member; Outstanding Commission of the Year; Outstanding Region of the Year; and Outstanding Chapter of the Year.

For more information on specific Association awards see the Bylaws and Standing Rules

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES: The Committee is comprised of a minimum of six (6) members - a Chair and one member from each of the Association's five (5) regions.

Members serve a one-year term beginning January 1.

Chair 

Lena Phelps
South Florida State College
600 West College Drive
Avon Park, FL 33825
PH: 863-784-7303
Email: Lena.Phelps@southflorida.edu 

Region I

Katrina Porter
Gulf Coast State College
5230 West US Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
PH: 850-872-3864
kporter@gulfcoast.edu
 

Region II

Debi McElroy
Santa Fe College
3000 NW 83rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32606 
PH: 352-395-5843
debi.mcelroy@sfcollege.edu


Region III

Anjela Madison
Valencia College
190 South Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32801
PH: 407-582-3327
amadison@valenciacollege.edu

Region IV

Beth Taylor
Hillsborough Community College
551 24th Street NE
Ruskin, FL 33570
PH: 813-253-7000 x5725
btaylor20@hccfl.edu

Region V

Sarah Warren
Palm Beach State College
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33461
PH: 561-868-4046
warrens@palmbeachstate.edu 

Bylaws Committee


The Bylaws Committee reviews the Association's Bylaws and Standing Rules annually. It interprets the bylaws and makes recommendations to the AFC Board of Directors regarding potential changes to the bylaws and/or standing rules.

  • The Committee reviews all proposed changes to the AFC bylaws and standing rules received from commissions, regions or chapters or members prior to action by the Board of Directors.

  • The Committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding commission, region and chapter bylaws and/or policies and procedures to ensure they are not in conflict with the AFC bylaws and/or standing rules.

  • The Committee reviews all resolutions submitted in accordance with Standing Rule X.


COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES: The Committee is comprised of six (6) members - a Chair and one member from each of the Association's five (5) regions. The Chair is selected by the Association President. The representatives from the regions are appointed by the President or his/her designee. Members serve a one-year term beginning January 1.

Chair

Bill Mullowney
Valencia College
190 S. Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
PH: 407-582-3450
bmullowney@valenciacollege.edu


Region I

Region II

Region III

Region IV

Steve Schroeder
Pasco-Hernando State College
10230 Ridge Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654
PH: 727-816-3403
schroes@phsc.edu

Region V

Victoria Hernandez
Miami Dade College
300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132-7563
PH: 305-237-7563
vhernand@mdc.edu

Certified College Professional

Chair

Will Benedicks
Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
PH: 850-201-8170
benedicw@tcc.fl.edu

Chair

Isanita Suárez
Polk State College
310 Technology Drive
Bartow, FL 33830
PH: 863-669-2934
Email: isuarez@polk.edu 

Finance and Human Resources Committee

The Finance and Human Resources Committee assists the AFC Executive Director and Board of Directors develop an annual budget. 

  • The Committee provides guidance on financial matters that affect the Association and assists with the development of Association personnel policies and procedures.
     
  • The Committee reviews current and proposed budgetary and personnel legislation and recommends action to the AFC Board of Directors.
     
  • The Committee Chair prepares periodic Association budget updates for review by the AFC Board of Directors and for the analysis of the Association's Annual Audit to include recommendations for changes in the Association's budgeting and record keeping process. 
     

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES: The Committee is comprised of a chair and the Association of Florida College’s Executive Committee 

Members serve a one-year term beginning January 1

Chair

Jeff Schembera
Gulf Coast State College
5230 West Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
PH: 904-612-3589
schembej@aol.com
 

Legislative Committee  

The Legislative Committee assists in the development of the Association's Annual Legislative Program in coordination with the Division of Florida Colleges, the Community and State Colleges Council of Presidents, and the AFC Chief Executive Officer. The Committee develops, disseminates, and tabulates the AFC Legislative Survey each biennium; reviews current legislative matters affecting community colleges and recommends changes and improvements; assists the Association staff in legislative communications; maintains a community college legislative network among commission, regions and chapters; provides information on legislation to commission, region and chapter legislative representatives; and assists commissions, regions and chapters in implementing programs that recognize legislators who have made significant contributions to the Florida College System. 

The Committee works closely with the AFC Retirement Issues Committee. 

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES: The Committee is comprised of seven (7) members - a Chair, Chair Designate, and one member from each of the Association's five (5) regions. The Chair is selected by the Association President. The Chair Designate is selected by the President-elect. The representatives from the regions are appointed by the President from nominees received from the Chapters and/or from the list of college liaisons. College liaisons not appointed to the Committee are non-voting, ex-officio members. 

Members serve a one-year term beginning July 1 with the exception of the Chair designate who serves for a minimum of two years.

Chair 

Matthew Holliday
Edison State College
8099 College Parkway SW
Fort Myers, FL 33929
PH: 239-489-9052
Email: matthew.holliday@edison.edu 

Member Services Committee

The Member Services Committee reviews the Association’s benefit packages and recommends action to the AFC Board of Directors to improve services to the membership, including institutional members.

  • The Committee initiates and/or investigates additional membership benefits and makes recommendations concerning new benefits to the AFC Board of Directors.

  • The Committee may not enter into any contract on behalf of the AFC.

  • The Committee is comprised of seven members – a Chair, one member from each of the Association’s five regions, and an at-large member. The Chair and the at-large member are selected by the Association President. The representatives from the regions are appointed by the President.


Members serve a one-year term beginning January 1.

Chair

Juanita Scott
Pensacola State College
1000 College Boulevard
Pensacola, FL 32504
PH: 850-484-1953
jscott@pensacolastate.edu

Membership Development Committee

The Membership Development Committee develops, recommends and implements AFC Board of Directors Membership Marketing Plan actions.

The Committee develops an annual membership workshop that promotes growth of the AFC membership goals. The Committee develops an agenda and secures motivational speakers and team building activities, and arranges for Association updates from the Executive Director, members of the Executive Committee and representatives of commissions, regions, chapters and committee as deemed appropriate.

The Committee is comprised of twelve members: co-chairs (2); one member from each of the Association's five regions; an at-large member; ex-officio members (3) - one each from the Retirees Commission, the Member Services Committee and the Planning and Development Committee; and an AFC staff representative. Committee chairs and members are appointed by the President.

All terms begin January 1.

Co-Chair 

Charlene Latimer
Daytona State College
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
PH: 386-506-3142
Email: latimec@daytonastate.edu


Co-Chair 

Stephanie Campbell
Polk State College
3515 Aviation Drive
Lakeland, FL 33811 
PH: 863-669-2951
stcampbell@polk.edu

Region I 

Renee Maples
Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304 
PH: 850-718-2311
maplesr@tcc.fl.edu

Region I

Katrina Porter
Gulf Coast State College
5230 West US Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
PH: 850-872-3864
kporter@gulfcoast.edu

Region II

Tonia Lawson
Florida Gateway College
149 SE College Place
Lake City, FL 32025
PH: 386-754-4226
tonia.lawson@fgc.edu

Region III
 
Sharon Ielfield
Daytona State College
1200 West International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
PH: 386-506-3343
ieflies@daytonastate.edu

Region IV
 
Kim Baker
Hillsborough Community College
PO Box 31127
Tampa, FL 33631 
PH: 813-253-7127
kbaker17@hccfl.edu

Region V

James Evans
Broward College
1000 Coconut Creek Blvd.
Coconut Creek, FL 33066
PH: 954-201-2301
jevans@broward.edu

Region V

Sonja Woodard
Palm Beach State College
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, FL 33461
PH: 561-868-3535
woodards@palmbeachstate.edu

Region V

Paul Felarca
Broward College
1000 Coconut Creek Blvd.
Coconut Creek, FL 33066
PH: 954-201-2934
tfelarca@broward.edu

Commission chair, Planning and Development Committee chair, Member Services Committee chair.

Nominating Committee

The Committee is responsible for ensuring that a slate of nominees for each AFC state office is presented to the general membership for consideration at each annual Convention. The Chair (past president) will present a slate of officers for approval to the Board of Directors at the September meeting. The Chair will also present the slate of officers at the Convention.

The Chair notifies the Committee members around May that it's time to start searching for a slate of candidates. The Committee should have two candidates for each office.

The dates for submitting materials to the AFC office will vary due to changing dates of the Convention.

For each person nominated, the Chair will contact and obtain approval from the nominee's supervisor and college president.

Any candidate who wishes to pursue an office and has the approval of their college is required to fill out the Application for Candidate for State Office form (attached) and return to the Nominating Committee Chair.

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES: The Committee consists of the past president and regional directors.

Members serve a one-year term beginning January 1.

Chair

Byron Todd
Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
PH: 850-201-8280
toddb@tcc.fl.edu

Region I

Kristen Last
Northwest Florida State College
100 College Blvd.
Niceville, FL 32578
PH: 850-729-4971
lastk@nwfsc.edu

Region II

Rebecca Van Hoek
Florida Gateway College
149 SE College Place
Lake City, FL 32025
PH: 386-754-4491
rebecca.vanhoek@fgc.edu

Region III

Mercedes Clement
Daytona State College
1200 West International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
PH: 386-506-3440
clemenm@daytonastate.edu

Region IV

Marcia Gilbert
Pasco-Hernando State College
10230 Ridge Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654
PH: 727-816-3429
gilberm@phsc.edu

Region V

Paul Lefavi
Indian River State College
3209 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
PH: 772-462-7739
plefavi@irsc.edu

Planning and Development Committee

The Planning and Development Committee reviews, monitors, and recommends updates to the AFC's "Strategic Long-Range Plan" to AFC Board of Directors. Particular emphasis is given to the Association's structure, functions, and effectiveness to determine if the needs of the membership are met.

The Committee recommends action to the AFC Board of Directors action required to meet the Association's short- and long-range goals and objectives.

The Committee is comprised of ten members - a chair, the immediate past-chair, one members from each of the Association's five regions, an at-large member, the chair of the Council of Presidents, and a representative of the Division of Florida Colleges. The Chair and the at-large member are selected by the Association President. The representatives from the regions are appointed by the President. The Division of Florida Colleges representative is selected by the Chancellor.

Members serve a one-year term beginning January 1.


Chair
Tina Hart
Indian River State College
3209 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
PH: 772-462-4703
chart@irsc.edu


Region I

Juanita Scott
Pensacola State College
1000 College Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32501
PH: 850-484-1953
jscott@pjc.edu


Region II

Dixie Yeager
St. Johns River State College
283 College Drive
Orange Park, FL 32065-7650
PH: 904-276-6840
dixieyeager@sjrstate.edu


Region III

Mike Bosley
Valencia College
1800 Denn John Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744
PH: 407-582-4877
mbosley@valenciaccollege.edu


Region IV

Steve Schroeder
Pasco-Hernando State College
10230 Ridge Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654
PH: 727-816-3403
schroes@phsc.edu


Region V


Members at large: President's Council chair, Trustees Commission chair, AFC Foundation chair, Division of Florida Colleges representative.

Policy and Advocacy Committee

This committee shall be comprised of the 28 Florida Community College Presidents. The AFC Legislative Committee Chair, AFC President, and AFC Trustee Commission Chair will serve ex-officio, as non-voting representatives to aid the committee in fulfilling its responsibilities. The committee is based on the work of the Council of Presidents and its sub-groups, and with input from AFC and others, develop and affect public policy for the achievement of the mission and goals of Florida’s community colleges. The Policy and Advocacy Committee will strive to impact policymaking by promoting the near and long-term community college policy agenda and the community college legislative agendas.”

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES:

The membership of the Policy and Advocacy will include all twenty-eight college presidents. The President of AFC, the Chair of the AFC Legislative Committee, and the Chair of the Trustees’ Commission shall serve as ex-officio members of the committee. Members serve a one-year term beginning January 1.

Chair

Jim Henningsen
College of Central Florida
3001 SW College Road
Ocala, FL 34474
PH: 352-873-5835
Email: jim.henningsen@cf.edu

 

Service Project Committee

The Service Project Committee plans and coordinates all statewide service projects, which may include Leadership Conference, Joint Commission Spring Conference, Membership Conference, and the Annual Convention. Members may be appointed to this Committee by the AFC President. 

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES:This committee shall be appointed by the President on an annual basis to be responsible for determining and implementing state-wide service projects.

All terms begin January 1

Chair

Gary Sligh
Lake-Sumter State College
9501 U.S. Highway 441
Leesburg, FL 34788-8751
PH: 352-323-3670
Email: slighg@lssc.edu 

Credentials

The Credentials Committee is responsible for verifying the Convention Attendance Report and for ensuring the credentials of all voting delegates at the Annual Convention.

CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES

The Credentials Committee includes Eileen Johnson, AFC’s Director of Administration and Finance, and two additional members

Chair

Alice Pendergrass
Chipola College
3094 Indian Circle
Marianna, FL 32446
PH: 850-526-2370
pendergrassa@chipola.edu

Journal Editorial Committee

The AFC Ad Hoc Journal Editorial Committee solicits, reviews and selects articles for publication in the Association's JOURNAL: VISIONS.

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES: There are no specific guidelines in the AFC Bylaws or Standing Rules regarding appointment to this committee; however, it is customary for the Association President to appoint the Journal Editorial Committee in consultation with the Committee Chair (Journal Editor).

There is no set term for members of this ad hoc committee.

Chair

Will Benedicks
Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
PH: 850-201-8170
benedicw@tcc.fl.edu 

Tellers and Elections Committee

The Tellers/Elections Committee has the specific purpose of counting ballots cast by the Assembly of Delegates during the annual elections held at the AFC Annual Convention and assisting the AFC Executive Committee oversee the campaigning and balloting process at the Convention.

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES: The Committee is comprised of a minimum of six (6) members - a Chair and one member from each of the Association's five (5) regions.

Members serve a one-year term beginning January 1.

Chair

Pat Harrell
Florida State College at Jacksonville
11901 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32216
PH: 904-646-2031
pharrell@fscj.edu

Region I

Randey Burnette
Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304
PH: 850-201-8194
burnettr@tcc.fl.edu

Region II

Carol Wilson
Santa Fe College
3000 NW 83rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32606
PH: 352-395-5188
carol.wilson@sfcollege.edu

Region III

Cara Bennett
College of Central Florida
3001 SW College Road
Ocala, FL 34474
PH: 352-873-5848
bennettc@cf.edu 

Region IV

Lena Phelps
South Florida State College
600 West College Drive
Avon Park, FL 33825
PH: 863-784-7303
phelpsl@southflorida.edu

Region V

James Evans
Broward College
1000 Coconut Creek Blvd.
Coconut, FL 33066
PH: 954-201-2301
jevans@broward.edu 
 

 
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