Welcome to the APC

Welcome to Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) blog. The APC is a representative voice for administrative and professional employees to provide leadership, counsel and advice to the College community. We are collectively dedicated to promoting a collegial community focused on teaching and learning.

The APC represents and reports back to the administrative and professional employees of the College and, as appropriate, to the College President. The APC also has the authority to make recommendations on behalf of its members on any matter of concern to its membership. All affairs of the APC are to be governed in accordance with the Bylaws of the Collaborative and Robert’s Rules of Order.

The blog serves as an additional communication platform where A&Ps can learn about upcoming networking opportunities, become more familiar with fellow A&Ps and identify vital resources that support professional development.

February 2020 Spotlight: Deborah Fontaine, Associate Vice President of Strategic Priorities

February’s Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) Spotlight shines on Deborah Fontaine. As Associate Vice President of Strategic Priorities, Deb provides Collegewide leadership focused on strategic planning to ensure the College’s effectiveness in fulfilling its mission. In addition, she oversees the College’s current Title III grant, BRIDGES, and works to infuse the Achieving the Dream principles into College initiatives and activities.

Deb holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education from Stetson University, a Master’s of Education and Master’s of English from Eastern New Mexico University, and a Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University.

Deb has volunteered in a variety of community and volunteer organizations throughout her career, holding leadership roles in K-12 organizations, military support organizations, and Rotary, to name a few.

Prior to joining the ranks of higher education, Deb taught middle school English in addition to American government and history at the high school level. She began her post-secondary career as an adjunct English instructor before joining Northwest Florida State College as a full-time instructor. There, she served as lead instructor for developmental English, Chair of the English/Communications and Social Sciences Departments, Interim Dean of General Education and Grants, and Assistant to the President for Accreditation. She has also served on and chaired numerous committees, including General Education, Curriculum, Institutional Effectiveness, Assessment and Student Success.

At the state-level, Deb has worked with groups to redesign developmental English, revise the PERT and FCAT, and develop the Florida College Prep: English IV course for high school seniors.

Her research interests include leadership development, assessment, institutional effectiveness, composition and technical communication pedagogy, writing program development, transfer theory, and data and text mining.

Excited to be a part of the FSCJ team, Deb is appreciative of the collegiality and warm reception of her new colleagues and embraces opportunities to contribute to the institution’s success.

 

December 2019 Spotlight: Eric Zoller, eLearning Multimedia Designer

This month’s spotlight shines on eLearning Multimedia Designer Eric Zoller. Eric began working at the College seven years ago as a program coordinator for Open Campus. He then joined the Center for eLearning (CeL) Multimedia Team, working with instructional and multimedia design professionals to improve the quality and accessibility of FSCJ Online course development. Eric provides creative direction for a variety of CeL multimedia projects. He has experience with broadcast writing, graphic design, web design and video production.

Prior to FSCJ, Eric worked as a graphic production designer, freelance web designer and served as an IT administrator in the Air Force for eight years.

He has an Associate in Science degree in Multimedia Production from FSCJ and received his bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of North Florida.

Eric likes spending time with close friends and family. He is passionate about typography, video production and music. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, video games and reading books with his son.

 

November 2019 Spotlight: Talani Torres, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Humanities

This month’s spotlight shines on Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Humanities Talani Torres. Talani provides academic leadership, guidance and administrative services in support of teaching and learning within the disciplines of English for Academic Purposes, Fine Arts, Humanities, and World Languages. She has been with FSCJ since 2011, serving as professor and director of dance. Prior to her deanship, she had been teaching in higher education for 18 years, and owned her own studio in Miami for 10 years, where she founded a non-profit modern dance company for children.

Talani earned an MFA in Dance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, a BA in Psychology from Florida International University, and an AA from Miami Dade College. Her choreography has been presented internationally and her recent research interests include the intersections of art and technology, real and virtual means. She has been awarded a NC Dance Alliance Choreography Fellowship and her co-authored work on dance pedagogy in higher education has earned her a Top Paper Citation award from National Dance Education Organization. Inspired to keep learning, Talani plans to pursue a doctoral degree when the time is right.

A commitment to the values of the College is the underpinning of her work as a dean and she looks forward to continually growing into the role. She loves the daily rewards of her job and is humbled, every day, by the people she works with, for and on behalf of.

When she is home, she heads to the beach with her golden retriever, who is training to be a therapy dog for her wife’s second grade class.

September 2019 Spotlight – Ginny Alexander, Director of Athetics

This month’s spotlight shines on Director of Athletics Ginny Alexander. Ginny provides leadership and oversight for six head coaches and seven athletic teams consisting of approximately 120 student athletes. In addition, she and her staff provide Collegewide oversite for the five fitness centers, intramural sports and the Nassau Outdoor Education Center. Ginny also serves as the Chair of the Mid-Florida Conference (through the FCSAA), Chair of FCSAA (State of Florida) Volleyball Committee and member of the Executive CAA (state Athletic Directors) Board.

Ginny holds a bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral sciences with an emphasis in criminal justice from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and a master’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University. She attended and participated for one year on the volleyball and softball team at Lake City Community College (now Florida Gateway) before transferring and playing three years of collegiate volleyball at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Her experience as a student athlete inspired her to become a collegiate coach and eventually an athletic administrator. That combined with the fact that there are not very many female athletic directors in the state of Florida or even nationally, motivates her every day to be a role model for all students wishing to go into athletics as a career.

Ginny first came to FSCJ in 2011, stepping into the assistant volleyball coaching role while working for a local not-for-profit club organization. Her decision to work at FSCJ came out of a desire to build community and pride within the department. Ginny has just started her fourth year at FSCJ. She began her college career in 1988 as a graduate assistant coach and eventually worked her way to becoming an NCAA Division 1 Head Volleyball Coach. She spent 20 years in higher education and another ten in not-for-profit work and teaching before arriving at FSCJ. Her college coaching experience includes head volleyball coaching stints at Utah State University, Temple University, Drexel University, Bowling Green State University (Men), Michigan State University and Converse College.

Alexander fell in love and made the transition to athletic administration in 1999 by creating and implementing an NCAA CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success) Life Skills Program at San Diego State University for over 500 student athletes. She went on to create two more NCAA CHAMPS Life Skills Programs at Converse College (first women’s college to receive an NCAA CHAMPS program) and Brevard College (NC). She duplicated these efforts at FSCJ in 2016 by adding the BlueWave Life Skills program partnering across campus organizations in order to enhance the wholistic approach to serving student athletes. She finds constant reward in the success of student athletes as they grow in their academics and athletic careers. Meanwhile, she looks for ways to continue collaborating across campuses and in the community while building relationships that support the greater good of the FSCJ students.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends at the beach (her hometown), biking, swimming, golfing and watching sports. For more information on FSCJ athletics, intramurals, fitness centers and the Outdoor Education Center please visit GoBlueWave.com.

 

 

 

 

August 2019 Spotlight – Robyn Reese, Learning Management System Administrator

This month’s spotlight shines on the 2019 winner of the Administrative and Professional Collaborative Exceptional Service and Initiative Award, Robyn Reese. As the Learning Management System Administrator at FSCJ, Robyn works each day to make sure that the College community maintains consistent and fair access to online courses in both Blackboard and Canvas. She loves the fact that her job gives her to opportunity to work on huge projects with big impacts on the College as a whole (like the Canvas roll-out) and that she also gets to meet and help individual faculty and students to solve problems that can make their College experience a better one!

Robyn holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Art History from the University of Florida. She taught art AND history for seven years at Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts, a local dedicated magnet school. As a classroom teacher, she began to recognize the benefits of using technology to supplement excellent teaching practices, and this became her secondary professional passion. After completing three years as Testing, Activities and Recruitment Director at Darnell-Cookman, she came to FSCJ as an Educational Technology Specialist in the fall of 2016.

In her free time, Robyn is an advanced yoga practitioner, an enthusiastic gardener and a curator of pictures of her cat (just ask her). She loves to travel with family and friends and to convince them to visit art museums.

 

June 2019 Spotlight – Deana Waite, Interim Director of Institutional Research

 

This month’s spotlight shines on Deana M. Waite. Deana began her tenure with FSCJ’s Adult Education program in 2011, quickly acquiring the knowledge to successfully create a career path from project coordinator to program coordinator to instructional program manager within a seven-year timespan. In her current role as Interim Director of Institutional Research (State and Federal Reporting), Deana provides Collegewide leadership through collaborative efforts with various departments to ensure the College meets compliance for state and federal reporting.

Deana overcame many obstacles in life and created a pathway out of poverty through education. Through rigorous courses of study, she earned her high school equivalency diploma (GED), an Associate in Arts, a bachelor’s degree in public administration, and a master’s in educational leadership, all from Rhode Island College. Deana’s next big goal is to complete her doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of North Florida in 2020.

Deana received numerous accolades from the Rhode Island Legislature, including citations for her excellence in community service. Her selfless dedication and timeless effort to local community agencies continues as she has consistently been active within the social sector: Literacy Pros, Operation New Hope Life Coach and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Deana aspires to the creed, “Knowledge is power but what you do with that knowledge is what makes you powerful!”

 

May 2019 – Ujjwal Chakraborty, Interim Dean of FSCJ Online

This month’s APC spotlight shines on Interim Dean of FSCJ Online Ujjwal Chakraborty. As the Interim Dean, Ujjwal provides leadership to the College when it comes to online education. He also oversees the development of all online courses at the Center for eLearning and serves the Deerwood Center as the campus ambassador.

Ujjwal received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Calcutta in India. He then earned his master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, specializing in inorganic chemistry. He then came to the U.S. to study medicinal chemistry, obtaining his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Kentucky in 2012. He presented his doctoral research work at several national and international conferences and was also awarded two patents for his research.

Ujjwal worked as a lecturer at the University of North Florida for three years before joining FSCJ as a chemistry professor from 2014-17, teaching a variety of chemistry and physical science courses. Working with the Center for eLearning, he also developed the online master course for chemistry for Liberal Arts. Ujjwal was selected to function as the Department Chair of Physical Sciences from 2017-18. In January of 2019, he was appointed as the Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences for FSCJ Online. Ujjwal’s current research interests revolve around advancement of higher education through online modality. He recently presented on the online course builder tool at the American Association of Community Colleges annual convention along with the director of the Center for eLearning.

In addition to serving on many Collegewide committees, teams and taskforces, Ujjwal also enjoys presenting new developments in science education and online education at college events and colloquiums.

In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies with his family and reading about new developments in the field of scientific research.

April 2019 – Andrew Pierce, Assessment and Certification Center Manager, South Campus

 

As the manager of the Assessment and Certification Center for South Campus, Andrew Pierce provides campus leadership in planning and implementing a comprehensive program for the delivery of assessment and certification services to prospective and matriculated students. He is also a member of the Florida Association of College Test Administrators (FACTA) and the National College Testing Association (NCTA).

Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in English and a master’s degree in business administration. Although Andrew envisioned a career in business, a student worker position at the University of North Florida revealed that he had an unparalleled passion for helping students achieve their educational goals. This passion has led him to a career in higher education where he has spent the past seven years.

Andrew will be celebrating five years of employment with FSCJ this year. During this time, he has served in various roles, including test examiner, distance learning assessment coordinator and project coordinator. He has also served on several committees and councils for the College with the most recent being the College’s Wellness Committee.

In his spare time, Andrew has founded a fitness group at the College that meets four times a week to work out and encourage each other to live healthier lives. The group currently consists of 30 employees and more are always welcome to join.

 

March 2019 – Kristine Hibbard, Director of Financial Aid

Director of Financial Aid Kristine Hibbard began her career in higher education almost 13 years ago. She started as a Financial Aid Representative at Everest University in Orange Park. Her passion for student success and desire to make the Financial Aid process easier to navigate has led her current role at FSCJ. Kristine began working with the College in August of 2018, and is grateful to lead such a hardworking team.

Kristine comes from a military family; her father retired from the Navy shortly after she graduated from high school. Her family was very fortunate to have three consecutive tours in Jacksonville, at all three bases (when Cecil was still a base), and having only two duty stations after that in Rota, Spain and Key West. Kristine graduated from Key West High School, and immediately began classes at Florida Keys Community College. Upon receiving her Associate in Arts, she then transferred to University of North Florida to complete her Bachelor of Business Administration. She later went on to obtain her MBA from Everest University.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four-year-old daughter, extended family and her friends. Although, with a four-year-old, there’s not much spare time on her hands!

 

 

 

February 2019 – Randi Brokvist, Executive Director of Purchasing

This month’s spotlight shines on Randi Brokvist, Executive Director of Purchasing. Randi performs a variety of duties to ensure the College obtains the goods and services it needs at the best possible value. She has been in the position since April of 2016.

Randi earned her A.A. degree at Winona State University in Minnesota and a B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University in Chicago.  Prior to transitioning her career to the public sector, she worked for American Airline’s Inflight Service Department for 10 ½ years. She started her  seventeen year public sector career working for the City of Chicago and the Chicago Transit Authority where she gained purchasing, supply chain operations, project management, process improvement, workforce development, and management supervisory skills. Randi is also a member of The Institute of Public Procurement (NIGP), Florida’s Council of Purchasing Professionals (COPP), and the North Florida Procurement Association (NFPA).  In addition, she also serves as a resource for FSCJ’s Employee Benefits Committee, providing advice and consult regarding strategies for benefits procurement/contracting activities.  

Randi is excited to celebrate three years at FSCJ.  During her three years, she is proud to have led the College on critical procurement committees for College services such as branding/marketing, insurance, and other benefits agreements. What she has enjoyed the most is collaborating closely with staff Collegewide, but in particular, working closely with staff from both finance and purchasing to embrace innovation, seek areas of process improvement and target opportunities to generate revenue on purchases all to better serve the needs of the College.

In her spare time, she takes pleasure in spending time with her family and close friends. She enjoys keeping active, walking her willful Boston Terrier rescue and taking advantage of the wonderful outdoor Florida lifestyle. When time allows, she also enjoys experiencing new cultures by traveling to all corners of the globe.