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 2021 Spotlight: Karen Acevedo, Assessment Coordinator

As Assessment Coordinator, Karen Acevedo works collaboratively with faculty and staff in the development, reporting and analysis of outcomes assessment activities to enhance student learning and College operations. Her goal is to provide the support and resources needed to ensure all areas gather the appropriate data to focus on learning improvement.

Karen started her career in higher education 15 years ago and has held multiple roles over that time.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Everest University and her MBA at Walden University. She previously partnered with Year Up as a mentor and is part of the Parents Who Lead 2021 cohort.

In her spare time, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, kids and dogs. She has an appreciation for quiet weekends so that she can relax and enjoy a good book. As a new member of the FSCJ community, Karen is looking forward to partnering with faculty and administration on various committees and being fully immersed in the College culture.

January 2021 Spotlight: Danielle Thompson, FSCJ Foundation Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Campaigns

Danielle Thompson serves as the FSCJ Foundation Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Campaigns. Danielle’s main focus is to create relationships with our alumni, building their identity of pride and support for FSCJ and our current students. Danielle’s other responsibilities are building fundraising campaigns that invite the participation of all donors, no matter the amount of their gift. New to FSCJ, she has already become a member of AFC and serves on the Visionary Impact Plan Team.

Danielle’s professional life has always been dedicated to service. Danielle earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in English from Florida State University. She spent seven years working in politics, first as a field director and then as a fundraiser. She transitioned to nonprofit fundraising, bringing her talents to organizations such as Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity, Autism Speaks and Leadership Broward. In 2012, she began her career in higher education at the Broward College Foundation.

“That was it for me. I fell in love! I am so inspired by the students we serve and the work that we do, especially as state/community colleges,” said Danielle. Danielle’s passion led her to earn her master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida and her master’s in Higher Education Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Florida.

“I believe the role FSCJ serves with our students and our community is invaluable. I love, truly, sharing our story with donors. People tend to believe that fundraising is about money. It isn’t. It is about giving an opportunity to make a positive impact in someone else’s life,” she said.

Danielle lives in Fernandina Beach with her husband Richard. She is an avid college football fan and loves to spend time outdoors walking, paddle boarding and kayaking.

 

December 2020 Spotlight: Julie Sutton, Department Chair for Physical Science

December’s Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) Spotlight shines on Julie Sutton, the new Department Chair for Physical Science. She has worked at FSCJ since 2010 as a laboratory manager and academic coordinator.

Originally from Australia, Julie has worked in the U.S. since 2002. She has combined her love of science and management throughout her professional career, initially in the field of forensic science where she led the Forensic Biology Unit at the Australian Federal Police. After moving to the U.S., she was a trainer of forensic analysts throughout the nation and an auditor of forensic science laboratories specializing in DNA analysis, management systems and staff training.

Julie earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry from the University of Sydney and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Canberra.

She was awarded her permanent residency under the category of extraordinary in the Arts and Sciences and is now a proud citizen of the U.S.A.

 

November 2020 Spotlight: Karen Kelley, Instructional Program Manager for Medical Assisting Workforce and Pharmacy Technician Programs

As an instructional program manager (IPM) in the Workforce and Online department, Dr. Karen Kelley provides leadership by supporting the Medical Assisting and Pharmacy Technician Career Certificate programs. In addition, she also serves the workforce development and entrepreneurship efforts in various health care-centered programs.

Dr.  Kelley is an accomplished professional with 12 years of experience at various institutions including hospitals, urgent care facilities, and general and specialty physicians’ offices before transitioning to academia in 2007. Dr. Kelley obtained an associate degree in Radiology Technology in 1996. She was the Valedictorian of her bachelor’s degree program in Health Sciences, which she completed in 2012. She obtained her master’s degree is in Educational Leadership and Administration in 2013, and she earned her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Capella University in March 2020, with a 4.0 GPA.

Dr. Kelley has served FSCJ since 2015 in the role of full-time faculty, program director and currently IPM. As a full-time faculty of the Medical Assisting Career Certificate program, she has ensured and maintained a 100% RMA national exam pass rate and a 98% employment placement for graduates. As a subject matter expert, Dr. Kelley has been a strong advocate and collaborator with other internal divisions at FSCJ.

As director and now IPM, she secured a Medical Assisting contracted night cohort for training resulting in a 100% RMA pass rate and a 3% pay raise for each student. This collaboration with UFJPI, Career Source, and the FSCJ team is currently recruiting for a second cohort. The FSCJ team’s creative solutions consisted of contracting through Business Solutions, using a Continuing Workforce Education (CWE) platform for curriculum, and working with Workforce Operations to deploy the program.

Partnership efforts with CWE have also resulted in a phlebotomy program, RMA Certification review course, and a basic health care course in response to employer and community demand. Dr. Kelley partnered with the ESOL and Adult Education Departments to create an iBest program within the Medical Assisting Career Certificate program. The first MA-ESOL cohort will complete in September 2021.

Currently, Dr. Kelley is working on an upcoming project and may be developing a hybrid Pharmacy Technician program specifically for hospital incumbent workers in collaboration with UF Health (Shands), Career Source, and the Workforce Operations team. Other projects planned will be to update and streamline both the Medical Assisting and Pharmacy Technician Career Certificate programs.

Dr. Kelley has served and continues to serve on various committees to fulfill the community college’s mission.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, including her ducks. She enjoys shows such as “The Good Doctor,” “Law and Order,” “Criminal Minds” and “CSI.” She has also been focusing her attention on her family heritage in Cuba and Poland. Fun fact: her great, great, great, grandfather, Perucho Figueredo, wrote the Cuban National Anthem in 1868.

October 2020 Spotlight: Dr. Kip Strasma, Executive Director of Project Development and Management in the Office of the President

October’s Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) Spotlight shines on Dr. Kip Strasma. As Executive Director of Project Development and Management in the Office of the President, Dr. Strasma provides Collegewide leadership in Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Six Sigma Process Improvement Methodologies. He also leads project teams and serves as a collaborator with other Six Sigma project team leaders. Currently, there are seven all-college teams improving Application, Document Workflow, Drop for Non-Payment, Financial Aid, Hiring and Workload Entry.

Kip holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Philosophy from Saint Louis University. His Masters and PhD are in Rhetoric and Composition and English Studies respectively from Illinois State University. While at Illinois State, he received graduate school and national awards for his dissertation research on literacy in hypertextual environments as the Internet was being invented. Kip has formerly held diverse positions at former Illinois and Florida two-year, four-year, graduate colleges: adjunct faculty member, full-time faculty member, Chair, Associate Dean, Associate Provost, and Six Sigma Black Belt.

As a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Kip was hired in March this year to help FSCJ better serve students by making processes more effective, efficient, and simplified. It is likely that you will hear him ask questions like:

  • What’s the student experience of this process?
  • What is the data showing us?
  • Is there a way to simplify?

In his spare time, Kip enjoys spending time swimming, biking, and running with his wife, Ann. He is a 12-time Ironman finisher and Kona World Championships qualifier and has completed six Ironman races with his wife. He loves the fine arts, jazz music, and community service–having recently been elected to his homeowner’s association as Board President.

Kip believes there is value in contributions that come from including diverse voices from across all of FSCJ, and he welcomes the opportunity to help make the college a top-performing institution in Florida and the US.

September 2020 Spotlight: Lisa Moore, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer/Executive Director Employee Relations

September’s Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) Spotlight shines on Lisa Moore. As Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer/Executive Director Employee Relations, Lisa provides Collegewide leadership as a part of the President’s Cabinet. Her primary responsibilities include institutional human resource policies and practices, community outreach commitments, and overall student success and recruitment strategies. In her new role as chief DEI officer, she is tasked with leading efforts to demonstrate the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive college environment and actively engage students, faculty and staff to further behaviors, attitudes and policies that support diversity, equity and inclusion

Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia State College and earned her Juris Doctor from Mercer University School of Law. Lisa served in varying capacities both inside and outside of academia. She has served as circuit director for the County Court mediations program as well as the Guardian ad Litem Program in the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Lisa also served as Director of Policy and Compliance for Duval County Public Schools before coming to FSCJ.

Lisa has served at FSCJ for 13 years. She was first the Director of Policy and Compliance in the Office of General Counsel and then moved to Executive Director for Employee Relations and then became College Equity Officer. Most recently, Lisa served as the executive director for talent acquisition and management.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Lisa loves to travel and enjoys watching sports, especially baseball and softball. She also enjoys reading, binging Netflix documentaries and docudramas and anything on HGTV. Lisa considers herself a foodie and loves discovering new restaurants and foods.

July 2020 Spotlight: Billy Thomas, Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences

July’s APC spotlight shines on Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences Billy Thomas. As Dean, Billy Thomas provides Collegewide leadership by supporting the faculty in Social & Behavioral Sciences, to include opportunities for professional development, academic and community engagement. Dean Thomas helps faculty find a balance between work and life, and he is particularly concerned about faculty well-being as well as managing the administrative duties that come with budgeting, class scheduling and strategic planning.

He has served FSCJ as an advisor, counselor and faculty member since 1988. A believer that education is a lifelong endeavor, he graduated from Sandalwood High School, Florida Junior College (as FSCJ was named at the time) with an Associate in Arts, Stetson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Christian Education, has post graduate hours in Education Psychology from the University of North Florida, and is currently a doctoral student at the University of South Florida.

Billy served proudly in the United States Army as a Chaplains Assistant. He has three children, Matthew, Amelia and Teddy. He’s also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys kayaking, camping and hiking and has been a motorcyclist for 53 years.

 

August 2020 Spotlight: Beth McClain, Director of Project Budgeting and Accounting

The Administrative & Professional Collaborative (APC) is the representative voice for the Administrative & Professional employees of FSCJ. In an effort to build cohesiveness, awareness and collegiality, each month we put a “spotlight” on one of our members.

August’s Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) Spotlight shines on Beth McClain. Beth started her career at FSCJ just a few months ago as the director of project budgeting and accounting but will be transitioning to the bursar role this month.

Beth’s passion lies in student services, and she is constantly looking for ways to improve the student experience to ensure seamless onboarding of students as students try to navigate the sometimes foreign and overwhelming processes at a higher education institution. Trying to see things through the student lens and working for a school that takes that same approach is really important to her. She is very excited to co-lead her first process improvement team here at FSCJ focused on the financial aid awarding process.

Beth holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She worked at a community college in Illinois for the last 16 years, where she began her career as an accountant at the school, served as Six Sigma Black Belt leading process improvement initiatives, and ultimately served as the dean of enrollment management for the last five years.

In her spare time, Beth enjoys spending time with her son exploring everything the Northeast Florida area has to offer in outdoor activities. It has been a very unconventional beginning in a new location and a new job, but she is very excited to work with the FSCJ team and has already gotten the sense that everyone in the FSCJ family truly believes in the mission of the school and the work we do on a daily basis to ensure student success.

Our spotlight shines on each campus/center at least once a year. Nominations for the spotlight may be directed to your campus representative or any officer. Learn more about APC on their website, blogs.fscj.edu/apcollaborative.

 

June 2020 Spotlight: Elizabeth Chan, Department Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

June’s APC spotlight shines on Department Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Elizabeth Chan.

In her role, Elizabeth provides department leadership by assisting in the course schedule preparation process, reviewing of faculty workload and payment documents, and assisting both students and faculty with academic issues. She is also focused on recruiting, credentialing, evaluating and supporting adjunct instructors within the department.

Elizabeth holds both a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from N.C. State University. She earned her master’s degree in Biological Sciences from Clemson University. Elizabeth worked at Walt Disney World for three years before transitioning into education. After spending 10 years teaching Chemistry in public high school in North Carolina, Elizabeth married her husband and relocated to Jacksonville.

She began her career at FSCJ just over five years ago as an adjunct Biology instructor. In January of 2018, she joined the Social and Behavioral Sciences team as an academic department coordinator before accepting the role of acting department chair. Elizabeth is now looking forward to continuing this role on a permanent basis.

Elizabeth is an avid reader and lifelong learner. In her spare time, when her nose is not in a book, you will find her spending time with her husband and being a soccer mom to her two 5-year-old sons.

 

May 2020 Spotlight: Martina Perry, Associate Director of Training and Organizational Development

 

Martina Perry is the Associate Director of Training and Organizational Development. In this role, she assists with the management and implementation of professional development courses for FSCJ employees, special events such as the Collegewide Professional Development Day and the Student Services Professional Development Day, and certificate programs including the FSCJ Leadership Academy and Managing at FSCJ. Martina collaborates with numerous subject-matter experts across the College to develop and coordinate trainings for the Student Services division. She also serves as the HR NeoGov Perform Team leader as well as project leader for the newly implemented FSCJ Work-Share initiative.

Martina holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in higher education with an emphasis in Student Affairs, both from Florida State University. Martina also earned an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University in 2019. She is currently pursuing the Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership at Liberty University.

During her time as an undergraduate, Martina became eager to help students achieve their academic goals. She served as a peer advisor for the FSU College of Communication, and later became a Service Learning Graduate Assistant, where she fostered service learning partnerships between faculty and community organizations. Upon graduation, Martina began her professional career at the University of North Florida, where she served as the coordinator for Undergraduate Initiatives from 2007-13. In this role, she managed the University’s Transformational Learning Opportunities program, which funded experiential learning opportunities for students.

Martina joined FSCJ in 2013 and has provided professional development at the College in several capacities including Student Services Training Coordinator from 2013-16, Training and Development Coordinator from 2016-18, and Associate Director of Training and Organizational Development from 2018-present. Martina has also served on various committees and chaired several search committees at the College. She enjoys helping employees gain the tools that they need to better serve our students.

In her spare time, Martina loves serving at her church, Hope Chapel Ministries, and spending time with her family (several of whom have also worked at FSCJ including her mother, Emily Perry, who retired from FSCJ in 2011 after 30 years of service). Martina enjoys traveling, watching movies and playing board games with friends. She is also a songwriter and has written and directed several Christmas musicals for her church.