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:

AFC Retirees Journal Editorial Committee Credentials and Tellers Committee Speakers Bureau 

 

Standing Committee Chairs (Ex officio)

Awards - Carol Quinn, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32504
PH: 850-484-1722, Email: cquinn@pensacolastate.edu 

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

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

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

Legislative - Sandy Cesaretti Ray,  Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32504 
PH: 850-484-1213, Email: scesaretti@pensacolastate.edu 

Membership Development - Tracy Glidden, Eastern Florida State College, 3865 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935, PH: 321-433-5548, Email: gliddent@easternflorida.ed

Member Services - Dana Livesay, Hillsborough Community College, PO Box 31127., Tampa, FL 33619, 
PH: 813-253-6530, Email: dlivesay@hccfl.edu  

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

Planning and Development - Glenn Little, South Florida State College, 600 West College Drive, Avon Park, FL 33825, PH: 863-784-7218, Email: littleg@southflorida.edu 

Policy & Advocacy Committee - Tom LoBasso, Daytona State College, PO Box 2811, Daytona Beach, FL 32120, PH: 386-506-4408, Email: thomas.lobasso@daytonastate.edu 

Service Project Committee -George Urbano, Polk State College, 999 Avenue H NE, Winter Haven, FL 33881, PH: 863-297-1086, Email: gurbano@polk.edu 

Special Committee Chairs (Ex officio)

AFC Retirees - Sheryl Peterson, St. Petersburg College (retired), 113 East College Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301, PH: 850-222-3222, Email: swanee4@yahoo.com

Credentials and Tellers - TBA

Journal Editorial - Gary Sligh,  Lake-Sumter State College (retired), 267 E. Lady Lake Blvd, Lady Lake, FL 32159, PH: 352-205-1126, Email: gsligh@myafchome.org

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

Awards Committee

DUTIES: 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 

Carol Quinn
Pensacola State College
1000 College Boulevard
Pensacola, FL 32504
PH: 850-484-1722
Email: cquinn@pensacolastate.edu  

Region I

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

 
Region II

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

Region III

Angela Madison
Valencia College
190 South Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32801
PH: 407-582-3327
Email: amadison1@valenciacollege.edu

Region IV

Jaimie Pagels
Pasco-Hernando State College
10230 Ridge Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654-5199
PH: 727-816-3197
Email: pagelsj@phsc.edu

Region V

Coleen Farinelli
Palm Beach State College
4200 Congress Avenue, MS #12
Lake Worth, FL 33461
PH: 561-868-3574
Email: farinelc@palmbeachstate.edu


Bylaws Committee

DUTIES: 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 the Bylaws and Standing Rules.

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
Email: bmullowney@valenciacollege.edu

Certified College Professional

DUTIES: The Certified College Professional Program Committee works closely with AFC Staff and serves to provide oversight and make policy recommendations for the on-going offering, maintenance, and operation of the Certified College Professional Program.

Chair

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

Finance and Human Resources Committee

DUTIES: The Finance and Retirement Issues Committee assists the AFC Executive Director and Board of Directors to 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

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

Legislative Committee  

DUTIES: 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

Sandy Cessaretti-Ray
Pensacola State College
1000 College Blvd., pensacola, FL 32504
PH: 850-484-1212
Email: scesaretti@pensacolastate.edu

Member Services Committee

DUTIES: The Member Services Committee reviews the Association's benefit packages and the AFC Insurance Programs and recommend 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.

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES: The Committee is comprised of seven (7) members - a Chair, one member from each of the Association's five (5) 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

Dana Livesay
Hillsborough Community College
1602 North 15th Street
Tampa, FL 33605 
PH: 813-259-6530
Email: dlivesay@hccfl.edu

Region I

April Leake
Northwest Florida State College
100 E. College Blvd.
Niceville, FL 32578
PH: 850-729-5279
Email: leakea@nwfsc.edu.edu

Region II

Deb McElroy
Santa Fe College
3000 NW 83rd St. F-256
Gainesville, FL 32606
PH: 321-433-7576
Email: debi.mcelroy@sfcollege.edu

 

Region III

Cara Bennett
College of Central Florida
3001 SW College Road
Ocala, FL 34474
PH: 352-854-2322
Email: bennettc@cf.edu

Region IV

Vicki Westergard
St. Petersburg College
6605 5th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
PH: 727-394-6280
Email: westergard.vicki@spcollege.edu

Region V

Mark Johnson
Miami Dade College
300 NE 2nd. Ave.
Miami, FL 333132
PH: 305-237-1649
Email: mjohnson2@mdc.edu

Membership Development Committee

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

The Committee assists in the development of an annual membership conference 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 Chief Executive Officer, members of the Executive Committee, and representatives of commissions, regions, chapters and committees as deemed appropriate.

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES: The Committee may be comprised of eleven (11) members: Chairs (1); one member from each of the Association's five (5) regions; an at-large member; ex-officio members (3) - one each from 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.

Chair

Tracy Glidden
Eastern Florida State College
3865 N. Wickham Rd
Melbourne, FL 32935
PH: 321-433-5548
Email: gliddent@easternflorida.edu 

Region I

Wendy Dover
Gulf Coast State College
5230 West Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
PH: 850-769-1551
Email: wdover@gulfcoast.edu

Region II

Carol Pugh
Santa Fe College
3000 NW 83rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32606 
PH: 352-395-5365
Email: carol.pugh@sfcollege.edu

Region III
 
Alton Austin
Eastern Florida State College
250 Community College Pkwy
Palm Bay, FL 32909
PH: 321-433-5176
Email: austina@easternflorida.edu

Region IV

Cheryl Arpasi
South Florida State College
600 West College Drive
Avon Park, FL 33825
PH: 863-784-7099
Email:
arpasic@southflorida.edu

Region V

Marcos Nunez
Broward College
111 East Las Olas Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
PH: 954-201-6667
Email: mnunez@broward.edu


Ex Officio: Planning and Development Committee and Member Services Committee

Nominating Committee

DUTIES: 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 AFC Annual Meeting and Conference. The Chair (past president) will present a slate of officers for approval to the Board of Directors.

The dates for submitting materials to the AFC office will vary due to changing dates of the AFC Annual Meeting and Conference.

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

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

Region I 
David Del Rossi
Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32333
PH: 850-201-8255
Email: delrossd@tcc.fl.edu

Region II
Christy Vint Griswald
Florida State College at Jacksonville
601 State St West
Jacksonville, FL 32202
PH: 904-632-5153
Email: cvint@fscj.edu

Region III 
Christine Warner
Eastern Florida State College
3865 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32935
PH: 321-433-5921
Email: warnerc@easternflorida.edu

Region IV 
Francine Fuentes
St. Petersburg College
PO Box 13489
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
PH: 727-341-3550
Email: fuentes.francine@spcollege.edu

Region V 
Sandra Barrett
Palm Beach State College
4200 Congress Ave. MS#60
Lake Worth, FL 33461
PH: 561-868-3885
Email: barretts@palmbeachstate.edu

Planning and Development Committee

DUTIES: 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.

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES: The Committee is comprised of ten (10) members - a Chair, the immediate past-chair, one member from each of the Association's five (5) 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

Glenn Little
South Florida State College
600 W. College Drive
Avon Park, FL 33825
PH: 863-784-7218
Email: littleg@southflorida.edu

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

Tom LoBasso
PO Box 2811
Daytona Beach, FL 32120-2811
E-Mail: lobasst@daytonastate.edu
 

Service Project Committee

DUTIES: The Service Project Committee plans and coordinates all statewide service projects, which may include Leadership Conference and the AFC Annual Meeting and Conference. 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

George Urbano
Polk State College
999 Avenue H, NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881
PH: 863-297-1086
Email: gurbano@polk.edu

AFC Retirees

Chair

Sheryl Peterson (retired)
St. Petersburg College
113 East College Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32301
PH: 727-397-0547
Email: swanee4@yahoo.com

Credentials and Tellers

DUTIES: The Credentials and Tellers Committee is responsible for verifying the AFC Annual Meeting and Conference Attendance Report and for ensuring the credentials of all voting delegates at the Annual Meeting.

CREDENTIALS and TELLERS COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES

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

Chair

TBA

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

Gary Sligh (retired)
Lake-Sumter State College
9501 U.S. Highway 441
Leesburg, FL 4981
PH: 352-205-1126
Email: gsligh@myafchome.org