2017 Classified Senate Council Election

Candidate Statements

kcoleman Kate Coleman - Senator
Student Services Specialist

Hello, My name is Kate Coleman, Student Services Specialist for the EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs programs. I started my career here at MiraCosta College as a student in 2008 when I began to work on my AA in Sociology. I have been working in the EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs office first as a student worker then as a temp-worker since 2008. In 2015 I was blessed with a full-time position in EOPS/CARE/CalWORKs. In 2015 I completed my BA in Sociology at CSUSM and am currently looking into Master’s programs. My passion is the Community College system where I would love to become an academic counselor in the EOPS program. I am a mother of 2 girls and a grandmother of both a girl and a boy. As an Oceanside native I consider MiraCosta College home, not just because of its location but because of the love and encouragement I have received since the first day I stepped on this campus.

dcummins Donney Cummins - Senator
Student Services Specialist

Hello, my name is Donney Cummins and I have worked for Miracosta for almost 6 years. Four-plus years in the Veteran’s Center and a little over a year as a fulltime classified employee in the counseling department. My primary duty station is at the San Elijo Campus. I served in the US armed forces and am very proud of that. I am a disabled veteran and work with in the community to help veterans and homeless Individuals/ families in achieving different goals they may have for themselves. I am a proud father of 2 sons Jaydon 21 who is currently in the United States Navy after giving up a scholarship to play football in order to serve our country. My youngest son Blake will be 16 soon so drivers beware! He currently lives in Texas with his mother and is excelling as a student athlete. Growing up in this community (Oceanside) gives me an even greater sense of pride when helping individuals in my community achieve their educational goals. I have had many people be a great influence on me: teachers, deans, battle buddies, commanders, and colleagues. I owe MiraCosta College a lot because it literally saved my life in many ways. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and I am currently exploring Masters Degree programs. I have many hobbies including being a sports FAN-attic. I was recently inducted to the Pro Football Tailgate Hall of Fame. I hope to be drafted into the Pro football Ultimate Fan Association soon. I hope that I can serve on this committee to help all classified staff continue to work as a positive and cohesive unit. I am also in hopes to serve my peers to the best of my ability so that they may have a more pleasant work environment than they have ever experienced before.

tfishinger Tori Fishinger - Senator
Development Services Analyst/Event Specialist
Development and Foundation

Hello Classified Staff! I’m Tori Fishinger with the Development and Foundation office. It is an honor to be nominated to serve as a Senator on Classified Senate. I have never served before and would enjoy the opportunity to do so, further connecting me to the college and you as classified staff.

A little about me, I started working with the Development and Foundation office in 2011 and moved up into the position I have now. I am a MiraCosta College alumna, graduating in 2012. I then attended Cal State San Marcos and graduated spring 2014 with my BA in communication. MiraCosta College made such an impact on my educational career that I wanted to continue here. I am honored to serve MiraCosta College and its students in the position I hold in the Development and Foundation office, and it would be a privilege to serve you all as a Classified Senator.

lgallucci Lenore Gallucci - VP
Institutional Effectiveness Specialist
Office of Research, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness

Aloha, MiraCostans!

I have served MiraCosta College for over a decade now in the Office of Research, Planning & Institutional Effectiveness (RPIE). In the past few years, I have provided a classified voice on the IPRC, SSC, and IEC governance committees. I have also represented the college in facilitating numerous ACCJC visits for training and accreditation purposes. Before MiraCosta College, I worked at OUSD as a school secretary and served in the United States Army from 1998 to 2006 in multiple classifications.

I have not served on the senate in any capacity outside of the annual holiday party committee. I am honored to be considered for the role of vice president and appreciate the opportunity to serve our constituency.

iphillips Ingrid Phillips - Senator
Career Studies & Services Specialist
Career Studies & Services

Hello Colleagues,
First I would like to thank you for the nomination.  It would be my honor to serve as a Classified Senate Council Senator.  I truly enjoy the work that I do as the Career Studies and Services Specialist in the MiraCosta College Career Center.  I’ve been with the college since 2009.  I started my journey here as a full time student and student worker. I’m now an alumni and also finishing up my bachelor’s degree at CSUSM.  I’ve always had a warm and welcoming attitude with the students, faculty/staff and community members that are seeking out services.  I feel that I’m a very approachable person who is willing to listen and offer assistance.   I have had the pleasure of serving as a Classified Senate Council Senator. I’ve also served on three hiring committees and it would be my pleasure to represent and offer my services to my fellow classified colleagues.
Again, thank you for this opportunity.

jringer Jill Ringer - Senator
Instructional Assistant II
Academic Information Services

My name is Jill Ringer; I currently work as the Supervisor of the open computer lab on the Oceanside campus.  I have been a student and have taught for MiraCosta College throughout the years since 2001.  This will be my first run as a senator for the Classified Senate.  If elected I will do my best to be the voice of my constituents and represent them to the best of my abilities.

jschumacher JP Schumacher - Secretary
Coordinator, Student Equity
Student Equity

Hello, my name is JP Schumacher.  I have worked in the student services field for almost ten years, specifically on programs that help increase college access and success for historically under-served populations.  In June, I will be completing my second year at MiraCosta College.
Having served as Secretary for two Boards of Directors in the past, I understand the important role the Secretary plays in capturing vital information to facilitate communication and decision making.  Within one of the Board of Directors I served in, I represented my organization’s needs within a larger coalition of community organizations.  The skills I sharpened as a Board Member- particularly advocacy and consensus building- I plan to bring into the Classified Senate, if elected. 
It would be an honor to earn your vote and represent your needs within the Classified Senate as your Secretary. 

csidela Cristine Sidela - Senator
Student Services Coordinator for Academic Success & Equity/Associate Counselor
Student Equity/Counseling

Presently, Cristine is an Associate Counselor at MiraCosta College and also serves as the Student Services Coordinator, Academic Success & Equity Programs within the Student Equity Department. She intentionally designs and collaboratively implements first-year learning community programs and interventions that promote academic success, retention, and the achievement of students’ academic goals; with an emphasis on tailoring support to address the needs of minority students​.

ksimonds Kim Simonds - President
Assistant Buyer

Hi, my name is Kim Simonds, and I have been the Assistant Buyer here in the Purchasing Department for the last eight years. Having also graduated from MiraCosta as a student, I have a unique perspective that will provide additional insight in my role as your Classified Senate President. Currently I am working towards completing my B.S. in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Public Administration, while also completing the Certified Purchasing Professional accreditation. As Classified Senate President, I look forward to using all of this experience and education to support and participate in the growth and development of the classified staff and the college as a whole.