Officers

2018-2020 Executive Board

Name Position Contact via Email
Mary Jo Wainwright President maryjo.wainwright@imperial.edu
Melani Guinn Vice President melani.guinn@imperial.edu
Dolores Diaz Recording Secretary dolores.diaz@imperial.edu
Ed Wells Treasurer edward.wells@imperial.edu
Jim Fisher Faculty Representative  jim.fisher@imperial.edu
Michael Heumann Corresponding Secretary michael.heumann@imperial.edu

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 37 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.

Melani Guinn

Melani teaches public speaking and debate with a PhD in rhetoric from U.C. Berkeley.  She was first hired by IVC in the spring of 2004, and taught one semester as a temporary full-time instructor in the English Department before being hired in the Humanities Division.  From 2004 to 2010, she also worked as a Humanities Division chair, Academic Senate representative,  Accreditation Steering Committee and the Educational Master Planning Committee member and editor, and was IVC’s institutional representative for the American Council on Education (ACE) Office of Women in Higher Education.  After spending six years in Washington rescuing numerous dogs and trying to turn their barn “house” into shelter, Melani and her husband Chris returned to the Valley with all their animals in 2016.  Melani applied for her vacated position, was hired and “replaced herself in a Twilight-Zone-esque move,” as she puts it.  Melani is really, really happy to be home working at IVC again!

Dolores Diaz

Dolores was born in Mexicali, and her family immigrated to California in 1969. She had to learn English as a Second Language in high school and IVC. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in English from San Diego State. Although she wanted to become a secondary school teacher, she got recruited first at IVC in 1988 as a part-time counselor for the Upward Bound program. After a year, she worked as the director of the Educational Talent Search Program for eleven years. Then, she became the Student Support Services Director, a position she has held for the past seventeen years. “I feel lucky I am working at IVC and helping students reach their educational goals,” she said. Dolores lives in El Centro with her husband, Rogelio, and their youngest daughter. Her older daughter is a sophomore at University of Arizona in Tucson.

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

An Imperial Valley College chemistry instructor since 2002, Dr. Jim (James) Fisher received his PhD from the University of Idaho.  For many years, Jim was the sole full-time chemistry instructor and has actively sought ways to increase the number of student in the department which now has four full-time chemists along with many modern instructional pieces of equipment.  He has been a member of many committees at IVC as well as leading many community outreach programs, sponsored by IVC, to bring chemistry demonstrations to the community.  He also started both the STEM and Chemistry clubs at IVC.  Jim spent three years on a Title V grant that brought distance education to IVC.  He has been a union faculty representative for many years; he first serving as IVC’s CCA/CTA/NEA faculty presentative from 2013 to 2015 and then reelected 2018.

Michael Heumann

Michael is an English professor and English Department Chair.  He has a PhD in English from UC Riverside.  He came to IVC in 2005 and has held numerous positions on campus, including DE Coordinator, College Council Chair, Curriculum Chair, Academic Senate President, and Department Chair.  He has been involved in two Title V federal grants at the college: as a project coordinator for ACCESO (a grant focused on developing our now flourishing DE program) and as Project Director for ATLAS (a technology improvement grant that is responsible, among other things, for bringing wifi to IVC).  Michael and his wife Caroline Krejci have been married for 20 years; Caroline also teaches English at IVC.  They have lots of cats.

 

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