2015/2016 Executive Board

Name Position Contact via Email
Mary Jo Wainwright President
Kathy Rodriguez Vice President
Dolores Diaz Recording Secretary
Ed Wells Treasurer
Beatriz Avila 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.


Kathy Rodriguez

Kathy has taught Administration of Justice courses at IVC since 2008. She was an adjunct instructor from 2008 to 2013, and she was hired as full-time faculty in 2013. She teaches Administration of Justice and Correctional Science courses. She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in Forensic Science from National University. She served as a probation officer for the U.S. Federal Probation Office. She resides in El Centro with her husband, Ralph Kastner, and their son, Jonathan.

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.


Beatriz Avila

Beatriz works as an academic counselor of the Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) where she assists students in achieving their academic goals. Beatriz has been at IVC since 1996 when she began working as a Talent Search instructional specialist at Calipatria High School. In summer of 1997, she joined the Student Support Services Program as a part-time academic counselor, and in January 2000, she was hired as a full-time tenure track evening academic counselor. Beatriz, a native of Brawley, enjoys baking and collecting Precious Moments figurines.


Kathleen Dorantes

Kathleen Dorantes is an English professor 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 senior at the University of California, Davis.

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