We're shining a spotlight on dedicated faculty members hailing from various corners of California! Get to know these outstanding educators and their contributions to the academic community.


Ian Walton

Ian Walton is a retired math educator with an illustrious career spanning over 20 years. Holding a Ph.D. from UC Santa Cruz, Ian's passion for teaching has left an indelible mark on the community college landscape. Ian's inspiration stems from his time as a graduate Teaching Assistant during a one-year Fulbright Scholarship at UC Santa Cruz.

Currently serving as a FACCC Board Member, Ian occupies the "Governor for Retired Faculty" seat and actively contributes to the FACCC Retirement Committee and Policy Committee. 

Beyond academia, Ian is an avid outdoors enthusiast with hobbies that include hiking, skiing, and travel. A skilled musician, he enjoys playing the guitar and singing in his free time. If given the chance to master any skill, Ian's choice would be snowboarding, showcasing his adventurous spirit.



  Daniel Judge
East Los Angeles College

Daniel Judge is a dedicated educator and the current Region B Governor on the FACCC Board of Governors, where he also serves as a valued member of the Legislation & Budget Committee.

Holding a Master's Degree in Mathematics from California State University Los Angeles and an impressive 20+ years experience, he is currently instructing Mathematics at East Los Angeles College. 

One of his guiding principles in life is encapsulated in the quote, "He who controls the data, controls the narrative," which he finds particularly relevant in today's world.

Daniel's journey in higher education was sparked by a unique revelation. He stumbled into the world of teaching Mathematics during graduate school and found himself in disbelief that they paid people for such an incredible job. Since then, working with community college students has been an enriching experience. Daniel sees them as treasures, acknowledging that he learns just as much from them as they do from him.



 Trav Williams
Hartnell College & Gavilan College

Introducing Trav Williams, an esteemed educator with experience in Business Administration, spanning over two decades. Currently, he holds positions at both Hartnell College and Gavilan College. Driven by a passion for learning and a desire to inspire others, he earned his Ph.D. in Business Management from Capella University.

Trav's favorite motto hails from Bahá’u’lláh: "Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom."

For Trav, the most rewarding aspect of working with community college students is the satisfaction of knowing he has equipped them with valuable skills and knowledge. Among his memorable experiences, a heartfelt conversation with a student who overcame a personal crisis stands out.



 Dr. Anthony Barcellos
American River College

Dr. Anthony Barcellos is a highly experienced mathematics professor with more than two decades of teaching in the field. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis, and currently teaches at American River College, where he shapes the mathematical minds of students.

Dr. Barcellos was initially inspired to pursue a career in higher education by his desire to emulate the educators who had a profound impact on his life. His admiration for their meaningful careers motivated him to follow in their footsteps.

What Dr. Barcellos finds most rewarding in working with community college students is their self-motivation and dedication. Students within higher education are not constrained by family expectations or social pressures, making their pursuit of knowledge a genuinely inspiring journey.



Francis Howard
Laney College, Merritt College, and San José State University 

Francis Howardis a dedicated educator with a strong background in higher education. As a former member of the FACCC Legislation & Advocacy Committee and a current member of the FACCC BIPOC Committee, Francis brings a wealth of experience to the field. 

With over 20 years of teaching experience at institutions like Laney College, Merritt College, and San José State University, Francis has established a remarkable career. Holding a Ph.D. from Walden University, the journey to higher education was always a dream for Francis, even during a stint in the entertainment industry involving singing, acting, and filmmaking. 

One motto that resonates with Francis is "It never hurts to try," reflecting a positive and determined outlook on life. If given the opportunity to time travel, Francis would venture to the year 3500 to catch a glimpse of the future.

Eve-Marie Andrews
College of the Desert

Eve-Marie Andrews, an esteemed member of the Department of Counseling & Advising at the College of the Desert, is a true veteran of higher education. She holds an MS in College Counseling from San Francisco State University, with a notable internship at Stanford University marking her journey to excellence.

Despite her impressive career, this month (October, 2023) marks Eve-Marie's 90th birthday, and she shows no signs of slowing down. Happy Birthday, Eve-Marie! Her unwavering dedication to her students and her passion for her work are truly inspirational.

In a hypothetical world where she could master any skill, Eve-Marie dreams of designing clothes, a testament to her creative spirit and desire for continuous learning. Moreover, her enthusiasm for life extends to tap dancing, a skill she would gladly attempt as a world record.  




 Kelley Vandecoevering
College of the Desert

Introducing Kelley Vandecoevering, a dedicated history professor with 5-10 years of teaching experience. Kelley holds a dual concentration doctorate from the University of Memphis and lives by the motto, "Learn from the people who lived history rather than those who wrote it."

If she had a time machine, Kelley would zoom back to the WWII Pacific Theatre. Her unique talent lies in her ability to articulate herself on multiple emotional, developmental, and socioeconomic planes.

Outside of academia, Kelley enjoys crocheting, visiting historical sites, and indulging in naps.

She aspires to master cake decorating and photography. In her higher education journey, Kelley has learned that the students you least expect often shine the brightest. 



 Rudy Ramirez
College of San Mateo

Allow us to introduce Rudy Ramirez, a dedicated educator who has spent over two decades as an Ethnic Studies professor. With an M.A. from San Francisco State University, he is deeply committed to student-centered teaching.

Rudy's journey into higher education was sparked by a fortuitous encounter with a retired teacher who offered a candid glimpse into the teaching profession's realities. 

Despite his extensive experience, Rudy humbly admits that his penmanship on whiteboards is far from perfect, but he excels on paper. Outside the classroom, he envisions himself as a social worker, continuing his mission of helping others.



 Emily Haraldson 
Glendale Community College

Meet Emily Haraldson, an accomplished Art History professor at Glendale Community College. Her educational journey led her to earn an M.A. from California State University, Northridge, where her natural teaching talent was recognized by her graduate advisor. This recognition propelled her teaching career, with her first position at Mt. San Antonio College.

Emily is deeply committed to higher education and actively contributes to the community. She currently serves on FACCC's Legislation & Advocacy Committee, having previously chaired the Communications Committee. Beyond her academic pursuits, Emily finds joy in cooking, baking, and practicing meditation. 

If given the opportunity to dine with a historical figure, Emily would choose the multi-talented Leonardo da Vinci, sharing his extroverted nature and love for entertainment. 



  Dr. Katie Berryhill 
Los Medanos College & Solano Community College

Let us introduce you all to Dr. Katie Berryhill, a distinguished astronomy educator with more than twenty years of educational proficiency, holding an Ed.D. from the University of Wyoming. 

Katie holds a full-time position at Los Medanos College and contributes her expertise part-time at Solano Community College. Her journey into higher education was inspired by her parents' illustrious careers in academia; her father served as a college president, while her mother was the founding chair of a department of education. 

Beyond the classroom, Katie enjoys indulging in escape rooms with her family and capturing the world through the lens of her photography. Her favorite motto is, "I touch the future—I teach," coined by Christa McAuliffe. 



Dr. Cirian Villavicencio
San Joaquin Delta College 

Meet Dr. Cirian Villavicencio, a friendly and experienced Political Science professor at San Joaquin Delta College. As a first-generation Filipino American, he's passionate about boba, traveling, mountain biking, scuba diving, hiking, photography, and advocacy. If he could dine with anyone from history, it would be Mahatma Gandhi. He dreams of mastering the guitar and would time travel to Ancient Greece to witness the birth of Athenian democracy. If not a professor, he'd be a college football coach. His motto: "If you're not at the table, bring your own chair."