2014/2015 Executive Board

Name Position Contact via Email
Mary Jo Wainwright President
Eric Lehtonen Vice President
Dolores Diaz Recording Secretary
Ed Wells Treasurer
Jim Fisher Faculty Representative
Kathleen Dorantes Corresponding Secretary

Mary Jo Wainwright

Mary Jo is a history professor at IVC, and she has taught here since 2004. Before going into teaching, Mary Jo was a paralegal for an Oakland law firm for many years. She graduated with a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and shortly thereafter, she earned her master’s degree. She does historical consultation on public history projects, and she is currently writing a book on the history of the Peralta family. Her book, Images of America: Pleasanton, was published in 2007. Mary Jo lives with her husband of 33 years, Mark, a retired high school English teacher. Education runs deep in the family’s blood as their grown daughter is now a high school English teacher.

Ed Wells

Ed is the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Coordinator at IVC. He also administers all of the Administration of Justice (AJ) and Correctional Science (CSI) programs. His BA is from Marquette University in Milwaukee. He came to IVC after a 20-year career with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, and before that, Ed served in the Marine Corps. While In the Marine Corps, he quickly rose through the ranks and was selected for an Officer Commissioning Program which is how he was able to attend Marquette University. A few years after he was commissioned, he was selected for a graduate school program, where he earned two master’s degrees–one in Public Administration and the other in Business Administration. He completed both of these while on active duty. Ed grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, and he has three grown sons and three granddaughters.

Jim Fisher

Jim has taught chemistry at IVC since 2002. Before that, he worked as an adjunct chemistry professor at Sierra College and American River College. He earned his PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Idaho, and he holds a BA in chemistry with a minor in math from the University of Montana.

Kathleen Dorantes

Kathleen Dorantes is the English Department Chair at IVC. She started teaching English classes at IVC in 2000. She holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, and two master’s degrees, one in journalism from Columbia University and the other in English from California State University, Fullerton. Before beginning her teaching career, Kathleen was a journalist with several California newspapers. She lives in Alpine with her husband, Jimmy. Her daughter is currently a sophomore at the University of California, Davis.

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