The California Mathematics Council Community Colleges (CMC3) was founded in 1972 to provide a forum through which Community College mathematics faculty in Northern and Central California shall express themselves professionally at a local, state and national level and to support mathematical activity by students and faculty.
CMC3 as an organization is committed to engaging in anti-racist practices, and engaging in discourse to address systemic issues of racism and exclusion in STEM education. We continue to dedicate ourselves to the empowerment of marginalized mathematics students from Northern California Community Colleges.
CMC3 Board Meetings
The CMC3 board meets three times a year, once in fall, once in winter, and once in spring. Our meetings are open to all members. Please contact any board member for information about our meetings. Feel free to peruse CMC3's by-laws and constitution.
|President||Jennifer Carling-Goldberg||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|Past President||Katia Fuchs||City College of San Francisco|
|President-Elect||James Sullivan||Sierra College|
|Secretary||Tracey Jackson||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|Treasurer||Leslie Banta||Mendocino College|
|Conference AV Specialist||Steve Blasberg, Larry Green||West Valley College, Lake Tahoe Community College|
|Articulation Breakfast Rep||Steve Blasberg||West Valley College|
|Campus Reps. Coordinator||Leslie Banta, Chantal Cimmiyotti||Mendocino College|
|Membership Chair||Kevin Brewer||Solano Community College|
|Business Liaison||Jennifer Carling-Goldberg||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|Adjunct Advocate||Chantal Cimmiyotti||Mendocino College|
|Student Poster Session Chair||Katia Fuchs||City College of City College|
|AMATYC Liaison||Leslie Banta||Mendocino College|
|CMC Liaison||James Sullivan||Sierra College|
|MAA Liaison||Wade Ellis||West Valley College|
|Newsletter Coordinator||Jay Lehmann||College of San Mateo|
|Awards Coordinator||Cortney Schultz||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|Website Coordinator||Darryl Allen||Solano Community College|
|Foundation President||Katia Fuchs||City College of San Francisco|
|Fall Conference Chair||James Sullivan||Sierra College|
|Spring Conference Chair||Larry Green||Lake Tahoe Community College|
|Spring Speaker Chair||Katia Fuchs||City College of San Francisco|
|Member at Large||Steve Blasberg||West Valley College|
|Member at Large||Cortney Schultz||Santa Rosa Junior College|
CMC3 Past Presidents
|2018-2019||Katia Fuchs||City College of San Francisco|
|2016-2017||Joe Conrad||Solano College|
|2014-2015||Mark Harbison||Sacramento City College|
|2012-2013||Susanna Gunther||Solano College|
|2010-2011||Barbara Illowsky||De Anza College|
|2008-2009||Larry Green||Lake Tahoe College|
|2006-2007||Rob Knight||Evergreen Valley College|
|2004-2005||Rick Hough||Skyline College|
|2002-2003||Randy Taylor||Las Positas College|
|2000-2001||Lois Yamakoshi||Los Medanos College|
|1998-1999||Michael Eurgubian||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|1996-1997||Chris Burditt||Napa Valley College|
|1994-1995||Debra Landre||San Joaquin Delta College|
|1992-1993||Barry Wood||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|1990-1991||Denny Burzynski||West Valley College|
|1988-1989||Wade Ellis, Jr.||West Valley College|
|1986-1987||Shirley Trembley||Bakersfield College|
|1984-1985||Pat Boyle||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|1982-1983||Art Dull||Diablo Valley College|
|1980-1981||Hal Anderson||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|1978-1979||Brandon Wheeler||Sacramento City College|
|1974-1977||Raymond Wuco||San Joaquin Delta College|
|1973-1974||James Curl||Modesto Junior College|
CMC3 Distinguished Service Awards
This annual award is given to a past board member who has dedicated years of service in the CMC3 organization.
|2020||Joseph Conrad||Solano Community College|
|2019||Marcella Laddon||Carrillo College|
|2018||Rebecca Fouquette||DeAnza College|
|2017||Susanna Gunther||Solano Community College|
|2016||Debbie Van Sickle||Sacramento City College|
|2015||Noelle Eckley||Lassen College|
|2014||Barbara Illowsky||De Anza College|
|2013||Rob Knight||Evergreen Valley College|
|2012||Cynthia Speed||Mendocino College|
|2011||Randy Taylor||Las Positas College|
|2010||Jim Spencer||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|2009||Rick Hough||Skyline College|
|2008||Chris Barker||De Anza College|
|2007||Dave Johnson||Diablo Valley College|
|2006||Debra Landre||San Joaquin Delta College|
|2005||Lois Yamakoshi||Los Medanos College|
|2004||Michael Eurgubian||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|2003||Marlyn McBride||Skyline College|
|2002||Wei Jen Harrison||American River College|
|2001||Chris Burditt||Napa Valley College|
|2000||Denny Burzynski||West Valley College|
|1999||Barry Wood||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|1998||Allen Utterback||Cabrillo College|
|1997||Guy De Primo||City College of San Francisco|
|1996||James Curl||Modesto Junior College|
|1995||Hal Andersen||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|1995||Sister Clarice Sparkman||San Jose City College|
|1994||Patrick Boyle||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|1994||Arthur Dull||Diablo Valley College|
|1993||Frank Denney||Chabot College|
|1993||Wade Ellis Jr.||West Valley College|
|1993||Brandon Wheeler||Sacramento City College|
|1992||Ray Wuco||San Joaquin Delta College|
CMC3 President's Award
This annual award is given by the president to a current board member who has been particularly helpful over the past year.
|2020||Tracey Jackson||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|2019||Darryl Allen||Solano Community College|
|2018||James Sullivan||Sierra College|
|2017||Larry Green||Lake Tahoe Community College|
|2016||Leslie Banta||Mendocino College|
|2015||Jay Lehmann||San Mateo College|
|2014||Rebecca Fouquette||De Anza College|
|2013||Ken Seydel||Skyline College|
|2011||Larry Green||Lake Tahoe Community College|
|2012||Michael Eurgubian||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|2010||Rob Knight||Evergreen Valley College|
|2009||Jim Spencer||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|2008||Mark Harbison||Sacramento City College|
|2007||Randy Taylor||Las Positas College|
|2006||Sandi Nieto||Santa Rosa Junior College|
|2005||Barbara Illowsky||De Anza College|
|2005||Zwi Reznik||Fresno City College|
|2004||Noelle Eckley||Lassen College|
|2003||Chris Barker||De Anza College|
|2002||Barry Wood||Santa Rosa Junior College|
CMC3 Teaching Excellence Awards
- Linda Huang, Cosumnes River College
The Cosumnes River College math department is proud to nominate Linda Hoang for the CMC3 Teaching Excellence Award. This award is particularly appropriate for Linda, as she has been an integral and valuable colleague throughout her time with us as an adjunct, and even more so as a full time instructor (since 2017). A few of Linda's skills and talents include a high level of proficiency with technology, notable creativity in developing student supports inside and outside of her classes, and generating original innovative ideas to department. Most recently, for many of our colleagues, Linda has been the go-to person as we transitioned to remote teaching. We couldn't have done it as seamlessly without her! Linda is always willing to help a colleague, contribute to department undertakings (e.g., Math Awareness Week and Math Boot Camp) and is an exemplary instructor when it comes to being available to her students.
- Zoya Kravets, Mission College
The math department at Mission College would like to nominate Zoya Kravets for the teaching excellence award. Zoya is a very active member in the department. Along with teaching a variety of classes from developmental math to more advanced classes like differential equations and linear algebra, Zoya regularly teaches face-to-face classes as well as asynchronous online classes. Zoya is passionate about making sure our students are prepared for transfer or wherever they intend to take their educational journey. Zoya was involved in the creation of the MATLAB class and STATWAY program. During the AB705 transition, Zoya served on the curriculum committee to help the department create new corequisite courses. Recently during the online transition due to COVID 19, Zoya hosted online teaching workshops to help faculty adjust to teaching online. Her students enjoy having her as instructor and her math colleagues enjoy having her as a member of the department.
- Hardev Dhillon, Modesto Junior College
Hardev Dhillon has been a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics Department at Modesto Junior College for the past 24 years. She attended CMC3 for the first time in 1994 and currently serves as the Modesto Junior College campus representative to CMC3. Hardev is an extremely dedicated educator who is committed to the success of her students. She is a dear colleague who goes above and beyond the call of duty at all times. Hardev has served as the chair of the Statistics committee, the Algebra committee, the Distance Education committee and has served as department chair several times. College wide, Hardev has served on various committees including Academic Senate, Transfer Committee, Hiring Committees, and evaluation committees. She currently serves as the Math representative and as an Executive Board member on the Yosemite Faculty Association. Within the community, Hardev is one of the administrators for the annual Central Valley Regional Science Bowl Competition which brings some of the most academically talented high school students from all over the Central Valley to compete in science and math topics. It is an amazing Saturday each year, and her coordination with other community members makes it possible. In addition, she participates in the Stanislaus Council Math contest in which students from grades six to twelve arrive at Modesto Junior College to compete in a problem solving competition. Hardev's interests outside of education include her faith, her family, hiking, playing tennis, running, and baking.
- Rick Woodmansee, Sacramento City College
Sacramento City College is proud to nominate Rick Woodmansee. Rick has been a mathematics instructor at Sacramento City College for 14 years, serving as department chair for two years, and has experience teaching courses at all levels. He produced extensive videos for his online courses in algebra and statistics and achieved high success rates in these online courses. Recently, Rick has devoted much time to teaching statistics and helping the department adjust to the requirements of AB 705. He attended the USC CUE Equity-Minded Practitioner Institute and multiple workshops on pedagogy presented by CAP. He joined the College's Guided Pathways team to foster collaboration and professional development across disciplines to create contextualized student learning experiences. He has extensively researched Learning Science, Habits of Mind, and Culturally Responsive Teaching techniques and he applies those ideas in his teaching. Rick is currently writing an open statistics textbook involving case studies and simulation-based inference.
- Lena Feinman, College of San Mateo
Lena Feinman has been a math instructor at the College of San Mateo for almost 20 years. During this time, she has taught a wide range of math courses from Arithmetic Review to Differential Equations, including Introductory Statistics and Pre-Statistics. Lena has been focusing on creating a welcoming, student-centered, productive learning environment for students of all levels and backgrounds, by setting high but achievable goals and expectations. She is a hard-working, energetic, creative, and caring instructor. She is dependable and goes above and beyond to help her students, colleagues, and the college. Several of her students have decided to pursue mathematics as their majors and become mathematics instructors. Lena's approach shows others how a positive attitude and diligent work produce a proper mindset to do great things.
- Dave Ohlsen, Santa Rosa Junior College
Dave Ohlsen, recently retired, has been the "go-to" instructor in the SRJC math department for over 30 years. Few have seen a more consummate professional dedicated to student success. Dave embraces and encourages academic curiosity in his students and displays compassion for their needs while maintaining a high standard of academic rigor. Dave truly dignifies our profession. In addition to being there for his students, he has always been there for his colleagues. You want to know how to prove any calculus theorem? Go to Dave. You want a few ideas for a particular lecture? Go see Dave. You want a super duper hard to solve math problem for an upcoming midterm? Ask Dave. Are you now wondering where you’d go to ask Dave these questions? Easy. He’d be in his office Monday through Friday, 7 AM to well past dark. And if it's Thursday night, he'd be with colleagues at dinner and movies. And if it is Saturday night at CMC3 Monterey, he'd be of course dancing with his SRJC colleagues at Sly McFly's on Cannery Row. Dave hasn't just been an amazing, dedicated math instructor and colleague. He's a friend, a constant support, and a hell of a lot of fun. And he's still the "go-to" guy. We'll just have to go to New Mexico.
- David Mitchell, Taft College
Throughout his time at Taft College, David has shown himself to be an excellent teacher, mentor, collaborator, and an asset to the TC Math Department. His commitment to academic excellence and student success is unwavering. In addition to teaching classes ranging from Algebra to Differential Equations, David works with students in the Taft College Learning Center to provide them with individualized mathematics support. He is developing Taft College's first Linear Algebra course in order to better serve our students looking to attain careers and higher degrees in STEM-related fields of study. He has also invested into our campus as a whole and co-chairs the College's Access Committee.
- Elena Dachkova, Gavilan College
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- Sarah Donovan, Solano Community College
Sarah Donovan has been an instructor at Solano Community College for close to 30 years. During that time, she has been a champion for our students, especially our non-STEM students. In the 1990's, she led a major Title III grant addressing success in Intermediate Algebra. More recently, she has been our lead on the college's Equity and Student Success Committee. She developed both our quantitative reasoning course ("Math Ideas") and its co-requisite course. She is well-liked and respected by colleagues and students alike, and we are happy to recognize her with the CMC3 Excellence in Teaching Award.
- Dr. Chris Burditt, Napa Valley College
Dr. Burditt has been teaching at Napa Valley College for over 40 years. He has always given 110 percent to his student and was a past recipient of our McPherson Distinguished Teacher Award. Dr. Burditt was a full time instructor for over 30 years and for the past 10 years has been an adjunct.
Dr. Burditt has bailed our department out numerous times by taking additional course loads due to unexpected emergencies. He is always here for the NVC Math Department and his students.
- Doli Bambhania, De Anza College
Doli is an enthusiastic and energetic instructor. She is well-liked by her students at all levels of classes, and students hurry to enroll in her classes. She has introduced alternative low-cost learning materials for her students, adapting and expanding open-source materials to use with her algebra students.
Doli has been very active in our department and division and the college. She has been on the DARE committee, committed to helping our developmental students.
Last year, Doli started up an inter-divisional group of faculty to support of STEM students. Inspired by programs for STEM students at Foothill College that are supported by grant money, Doli initiated a group at De Anza with no financial support and led the group through a successful first program in which De Anza alumni working or attending graduate or professional school in STEM fields spoke to and fielded questions from De Anza students planning a future in STEM fields.
Because of the efforts and talents that Doli brings to our department from so many perspectives, she is well-deserving of the CMC3 Teaching Excellence award.
- Sara Decelle, Cabrillo College
Sara Decelle has been an adjunct instructor at Cabrillo College for over ten years. She brought with her a strong mathematical background with an emphasis in mathematical education. She has been consistently bringing those skills into her classrooms and has become an expert in using group work as a teaching pedagogy.She is passionate about what she does, bringing her knowledge to the department and to the college. She has been an active member of the union as well and has been willing to serve as our division representative, tirelessly keeping us informed of union activities. She also promises and coordinates department giving to various campus organizations during the Holidays.
The College recognized her efforts this Fall by awarding her the John Hurd Award for Teaching Excellence, given to an outstanding adjunct instructor each year.
- Frederick Teti, City College of San Francisco
Mr. Teti has a B. S. in Mathematics from Yale University, and a PhD from UC Berkeley. He was first hired as a long-term substitute for the Fall of 1995, and made the transition to a tenure track position starting in the Fall of 1996. Throughout Fred's career, students at all levels have found his teaching to be awesome and inspiring. Several of Fred's former students have gone on to become community college math instructors!
Fred has also spent countless hours tirelessly working on committees in and outside of the Math department. Most notably, Fred has worked on the CCSF Academic Senate Executive Council (where he has been Senate President in the past), and as the adviser for the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society.
In his personal life, Fred has been a co-chair of the S. F. Pride's Safety Subcommittee, and enjoys watching Dr. Who episodes with his friends.
- Richard Lopez, DeAnza College
Richard Lopez was one of the founding instructors of the MPS program, Math Performance Success. He has taught in the program many times over the years. Richard's students also love him — they enjoy his dedication and his humor. Richard always has students who come to see him during his office hours — a testament to his rapport with students.
- Debbie Lee, Foothill College
Debbie is an excellent classroom instructor. She runs a dynamic class, using lecture, discussion, and group work to engage students in their study of mathematics. By carefully selecting examples, she requires students to think critically…during class, on homework, and on exams. Debbie is committed to the education of all students who pass through the math department. She worked with colleagues Marc Knobel and Brian Stanley to develop a new precalculus sequence and materials, thoughtfully addressing the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in calculus. Through that new curriculum, every student moving on to study calculus has a better chance of succeeding. She is always willing to help new faculty and as part-time mentor, she shared her passion, high-standards, sound advice, and untold time with all of the part-time math faculty. She works tirelessly to help ensure that the Foothill College Math Department is a place where students get an excellent math education. We are delighted to honor her for her teaching excellence.
- Janet Handel, Sacramento City College
Sacramento City College is pleased to award the CMC3 Excellence in Teaching Award to the Chihuahua of the department – JanetHandel. Janet has been a compact but mighty part of the department since 1987 and this spunky teacher will be retiring next year. She has been a fierce and loyal advocate of students - - often going out of her way to counsel athletes and students with learning and psychological disabilities. Early in her tenure, she helped set up the SCC Mathematics Lab and continues to wander in there from time to time, volunteering her time with students. Janet has also served on the CMC3 Board and SCC Staff Development Committee and Academic Senate, where she often bravely confronted issues and dug to the bottom of the problem. We will miss her bark tremendously!
- Dr. Elzbieta Jarrett, Modesto Junion College
For the past 21 years Dr. Elzbieta Jarrett has taught, mentored and nurtured academic excellence in students at Modesto Junior College. She is extremely generous with her time and knowledge to our new faculty, mentoring them for a smooth transition to teaching at our college. Her work on the Math Personnel Committee, Petitions Committee, Math Assessment Test Committee and numerous other committees has made Elzbieta an incredible asset to our department that we greatly appreciate.
- Fred Bourgoin, Laney College
Fred Bourgoin&apos&s potential as an excellent instructor was recognized before he even earned his master’s degree. He was hired part-time at Laney College under the Faculty Diversity Internship Program. Then in short order, degree in hand, Fred joined the Laney College full-time faculty in 2005, where he has contributed to countless committees across campus, earning him a well-deserved reputation from his colleagues as a wise voice of reason, and complementing the high praise offered by his students evidenced by the instructor review process. Since January 2011, Fred, as Math Department Chair, has skillfully and masterfully guided the Math Department through the "challenges" created by the budget cuts that have threatened the quality of education throughout the state in recent years. Go Fred!
- Janet W. Tarjan, Bakersfield College
Janet is our candidate not only for her teaching but for her work with our Math Club and Future teacher club. Both of these clubs have been recent award winners as has Janet, who was the club advisor of the year. Janet is also on the Academic Senate representing the Mathematics department.
- Christine Keen, College of the Sequoias
Chris Keen has been a mathematics instructor at College of the Sequoias for 17 years. She has been an instrumental leader and strong visionary for our department, and teaches all levels of students from prealgebra to differential equations. She served as Division Chair from 2010-2013, has served on the Faculty Enrichment Committee, Essential Learning Initiative, and the Academic Senate, as well as numerous departmental committees. She is a strong voice for maintenance of standards, and has been instrumental in incorporating Wolfram Mathematica into her classes. She often teaches in the First Year Experience program and is well know by our stem major students in Mathematics, Engineering, Science Association (MESA). She was selected as MESA Mathematics Instructor of the Year in both 2011 and 2013.