Evan joined FACCC in July of 2012 as the Membership Director and was promoted to Associate Director in 2016. In this role, Evan is responsible for recruiting and retaining membership, engaging community college faculty in legislative and political advocacy, and assisting with overall management of the association.
Evan was born in Los Angeles but grew up in the small town of Auburn, which is about 45 minutes from Sacramento. After enrolling in his first community college course at the age of 15, he continued on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Social Science from Sierra Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.
Before joining FACCC, Evan worked for Brian Augusta & Associates where he directed field operations and advocacy for multiple statewide coalitions and associations. In addition, he has worked on numerous legislative and local political campaigns and is very active in political clubs and organizations in Sacramento.
Evan is a proud supporter and superfan of the California Golden Bears.
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Richard Hansen is a Faculty Emeritus in the Mathematics Department at De Anza College where he was the president of the Foothill De Anza Faculty Association (FA) for close to 20 years. He was president of the California Community College Independents (CCCI) for 10 years and served as a FACCC Board member or officer for 19 years. At the request of the FACCC Board following past executive director Jonathan Lightman’s departure, Evan and Richard will share director responsibilities during the Board’s hiring process and transition to a new executive director.
Director of Program and Development
Lidia joined FACCC in April 2014 as the Director of Program and Development for the FACCC Education Institute. With significant experience in conference development and fundraising, Lidia’s enthusiasm for the work of FACCC and the FACCC Education Institute is unmistakable.“I credit my community college experience for helping me achieve my goals. It’s amazing to be in a position to serve not only the talented faculty, but also – by extension — the millions of students who attend these institutions.”
Prior to joining FACCC, Lidia served as the Meeting Manager for California Society of Health-System Pharmacists where she led the annual Seminar for over 2,500 pharmacists.
An alumna of Sacramento City College, Lidia benefited from the community college experience which she credits for helping launch her professional career. Also, as an immigrant from Romania, Lidia believes the community colleges are essential in serving our diverse populations.
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Stephanie Goldman joined FACCC in March 2018 as the External Affairs Director, responsible for legislative and communications.
Prior to FACCC, she worked in project management in the field of telecommunications where she gained substantial experience in appearing before local regulatory boards. Throughout her career, Stephanie has applied her legal background to affect change in local, state, and federal settings.
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Humboldt State University where she participated in women’s rugby, speech and debate, and Model United Nations. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where she focused on public policy and earned the Capital Certificate in Public Law and Policy. She also received the Capital Commendation for Public Service.
In her free time, Stephanie is an avid golfer, equestrian, snowboarder, and canine enthusiast. She has twice successfully participated in the American River 50 Mile Endurance Run and hopes to complete a 100 mile race in the near future.
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Cynthia Castillo joined FACCC in January 2017 to assist in all aspects of direct and grassroots advocacy. In this role, she is eager to engage faculty members in legislative and political advocacy, rising to the challenges of our state and federal dynamics. Cynthia has outstanding presentation and social media skills, and is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Before FACCC, Cynthia served as a field organizer for the California Democratic Party in one of the country’s most competitive congressional elections, and had worked in administration for the state’s largest visual care insurance provider.
Cynthia attended Sierra College prior to transferring to California State University Sacramento, where she studied Mass Communications. A first generation American, she now resides in Midtown Sacramento where she can often be found at the latest movie premier, music festival, or art show.
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Assistant to the Director
Janet Oropeza joined FACCC in 1992 as the executive secretary after moving to the Sacramento area from the Bay Area. She changed some of her job duties as she assumed some bookkeeping duties when FACCC’s bookkeeper retired. She also serves as FACCC’s meeting planner.
She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked as a secretary for 18 years. Janet attended Skyline College for two years before embarking on her secretarial career.
Janet makes her home in Lincoln along with her husband, Alex and son, Josh.
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Soni joined FACCC in 1996 and serves as the Secretary/Receptionist.
She was born in Vietnam, lived in San Francisco and moved to Sacramento in 1986. She attended Cosumnes River and Sacramento City Colleges prior to transferring to California State University Sacramento.
Soni now resides in Elk Grove with her husband Vinny and her two doggies, Goldie and Nala. In her spare time, she likes to watch movies, try new restaurants and travel.
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