CDMA History

By Jim Garmon, Coastline and Orange Coast Colleges, retired

Updated February 1, 2003


In 1978, the Coast District began moving in the direction of establishing a collective bargaining agreement. As the process developed, administrators found themselves with no formal method of representation to the District. The year 1982 was a time of continuing troubling challenges in the Coast Community College District. Proposition 13, passed into law a few years earlier, had changed forever the finances of the District. It would get worse. Next came the shock wave of the infamous “hit list” of courses the state would no longer fund resulting in a District cash short fall and tumultuous period of staff layoffs in 1983 which rocked the very foundation of the District.


The seed for the management organization was planted in 1983 when a college top administrator was reassigned by the district, some thought unfairly. A few administrators responded by meeting to discuss what happened, how it happened, whether it could happen to others, and what could be done about it. Heated discussion focused on the principles of due process and cause. Soon the few were joined by other administrators and managers. Leadership emerged, strategy developed and a fund was created to obtain legal advice.


The small action group, identifying itself as the Management Association, began to hold meetings with the District Chancellor to discuss how managers could be heard and represented in the governance of the District. An association of managers, they reasoned, could help answer a common need felt both by classified and certificated managers to (1) have a voice in the governance of the District, (2) share information and concerns with other managers throughout the District, and (3) work together to promote leadership and professional growth. From its beginning, the association’s good work earned it recognition as “a voice of reason”.


Under the Educational Employment Relations Act (EERA), a management association such as the one envisioned cannot serve as a bargaining unit since its members may have some responsibilities for formulating employer policies and administering programs. Under EERA, managerial employees may be represented, but not by an “exclusive representative” and no representative of such employees may bargain on their behalf. So, the CDMA formed not as a union, employee organization nor a bargaining unit within the definitions of EERA. Still, a management association can “meet and confer” with the district and Board of Trustees through the Board’s representatives and have a voice in the formulation of District policy.


By March, 1984, this small discussion and action group had progressed to drafting a constitution for “a management association” in the Coast Community College District. The Management Association soon became the Coast Community College District Management Association (CCCDMA), with leadership functions and positions identified, membership defined and opened to all administrators and managers. This first draft of its constitution was written by Bill Shawl (GWC), John Breihan (CCC) and John Buckley (OCC). Serving as a Coastline College representative during these early days was Dave Brownell (CCC), very soon to be selected to be the interim and then permanent district chancellor.


Purposes of the organization included promoting the welfare of District managers and establishing a method of dialogue with the District governing board. In 1990, its purpose was rewritten and adopted to read


“Promote the professional welfare of the membership and provide for consultation with the District Governing Board on significant issues and promote the welfare of the district.”


Also in March 1984, Jack McGill (OCC) proposed the association’s first slate of officers to be headed by Betty Dean (GWC) as the fledgling group’s first president. Betty led the building of the foundation of the association until mid 1985 when she left the district after accepting a college presidency position in another district. She was succeeded by John Breihan (CCC) as CCCDMA President.


Formal notice of the creation of the CCCDMA appeared as an information item on the District Board of Trustees meeting agenda of April 11, 1984. In 1988, the name of the organization was shortened to its present designation, the Coast District Management Association (CDMA). In 1991, a member of the Chancellor’s cabinet, the District Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, was assigned by the Chancellor to attend the executive board meetings of the CDMA on a permanent basis.


From its beginning, the CDMA chose to be action focused by assigning current and ongoing issues to task forces and standing committees for study and recommendations. Early issues had to do with selection procedures for a new chancellor, selection procedures for administrators, evaluation of managers and a manager’s handbook. A mentoring program for new managers and staff development programs would later serve to strengthen management throughout the District.


In 1993, the CDMA, which could trace its roots to the turmoil produced by legislation harmful to education, became politically proactive by making a financial contribution to a local state legislator whose voting record supported education. This was a significant step to make CDMA influence felt within the community served by the District by providing funds and support to candidates in Orange County supportive of education, bond propositions and issues favorable to the Coast District. In 1994, the CDMA established the Political Action Committee (PAC), headed by Ann Garten (Dist.).


The CDMA, as a result of its ongoing role in the meet and confer process and through its support of growth for all district managers through staff development activities has come to be seen as a conduit for growth and communication among managers within the Coast Community College District.


Key Highlights and Dates


March 22, 1984 – Constitution and By Laws adopted


March 11, 1984 – Formal notice of the formation of the Coast Community College District Management Association is given to the Coast Community College Board of Trustees


April 3, 1984 – Management Meeting – Proposed Executive Board President-Betty Dean, GWC; Vice President-John Breihan, CCC; Secretary-Donna E. Willoughby, GWC; Treasurer-Mike Webster OCC; CCC Representatives-Dave Brownell and Art Martinez; GWC Representatives-Fred Garcia and Fred Owens; OCC Representatives-Sue Brown and Jack McGill


June 6, 1984 – First general meeting of the Coast Community College District Management Association held at Orange Coast College


November 8, 1984 – Committee on Selection of Administrators appointed


February, 1985 – Committee on Meet and Confer appointed, Committee on Evaluation of Managers appointed, Committee on Administrative Leaves appointed


1988-89 – Organization Title Change Coast Management Association (CDMA)


October, 1989 – Mentor program created to introduce new managers to key personnel on the campus and at the District, to be available to discuss issues.


1993 – Political action activity begins when CDMA creates a fund to be used in support of legislation, ballot initiatives, state and local candidates favorable to CCCD. Political Action Committee (PAC) formed headed by Ann Garten, District Public Affairs Officer


1997 - CDMA begins administration of District Management Professional and Staff Development Program to provide opportunities for all District managers to expand their knowledge and increase their skills within their established career fields


2001-02 - CDMA Meet and Confer process secures District Board approval for a second floating holiday for Supervisory Managers, to be taken during Spring Break


2001-02 - CDMA Meet and Confer process secures District Board approval for Administrative Leave for Supervisory Managers


2002 - CDMA Meet and Confer process secures District Board approval for longevity pay for Managers with 10 or more years of service to CCCD


Committees and Task Forces


Standing Committee – Meet and Confer: the authorized forum by which the managers of the Coast Community College District, through the Coast District Management Association, present to the Chancellor proposals affecting managers’ benefits, compensation and working conditions. We are fortunate that our Chancellor continues to demonstrate support for the Meet and Confer process, which has resulted in significant changes to benefit managers.


Task Forces & Other Committees – Administrative Leave Policy, Newsletter, Benefits, Parity for Supervisory Managers, Life Insurance, Reclassification for Supervisory Managers, Management Handbook, Mileage Compensation, Salary and Compensation Study, Managers’ Teaching, Selection of Orange Coast College Deans, Manager Evaluations, Membership Vacation Days, Staff Development, Manager of the Year.


Presidents and Officers


2003-04 – President-Stan Johnson, OCC; President Elect-Stacey Hunter Schwartz, CCC; Secretary-Janet Houlihan, GWC; Treasurer-Dan Casey, District; Area Representatives CCC-Michael Bare and Lynn Dahnke; GWC-Sally Coffey and Dwayne Thompson; OCC-Kristen Clark and Melinda Nish; KOCE-Judith Schaefer; District-Jorge Sanchez; District Information Services-Jacque Fretto; Chancellor’s Cabinet-John Renley; PAC-Erin Cohn, District; Newsletter Editor-David Hudson, GWC


2002-03 – President-Stan Johnson, OCC; President Elect-Stacey Hunter Schwartz, CCC; Secretary-Janet Houlihan, GWC; Treasurer-Dan Casey, District; Area Representatives CCC-Michael Bare and Lynn Dahnke; GWC-Sally Coffey and Dwayne Thompson; OCC-Kevin Ballinger and Kristen Clark; KOCE-Judith Schaefer; District-Ron Berggren; District Information Services-Richard Patterson; Chancellor’s Cabinet-John Renley; PAC-Erin Cohn, District; Newsletter Editor-David Hudson, GWC


2001-02 – President-John Breihan, CCCD; President Elect-Stan Johnson, OCC; Secretary-Sylvia Impert, OCC; Treasurer-Dan Casey, District; Area Representatives CCC-Michael Bare and Stacey Hunter Schwartz; GWC-Sally Coffey and Janet Houlihan; OCC-Kevin Ballinger and Jan Neth; KOCE-Judith Schaefer; District-Ron Berggren; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford; Chancellor’s Cabinet-John Renley; PAC-Erin Cohn, District; Newsletter Editor-David Hudson, GWC


2000-01 – President-John Breihan, CCCD; President Elect-Stan Johnson, OCC; Secretary-Sylvia Impert, OCC; Treasurer-Dan Casey, District;
Area Representatives CCC-Michael Bare and Stacey Hunter Schwartz; GWC-Sally Coffey and David Baird; OCC-Kevin Ballinger and Jan Neth; KOCE-Judith Schaefer; District-Roger Davis; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford; Chancellor’s Cabinet-John Renley; PAC-Ann Garten, District; Newsletter Editor-Don Ackley, OCC


1999-2000 – President-Jeff Dimsdale, OCC; President Elect-John Breihan, CCCD; Secretary-Jan Neth, KOCE; Treasurer-Dan Casey, District; Area Representatives CCC-Kevin Chard and Linda Orozco; GWC-Sally Coffey and Dave Hudson; OCC-Stan Johnson and Jan Neth; KOCE-Judith Schaefer; District-Roger Davis; District Information Services -Mickey Mefford; Chancellor’s Cabinet-John Renley; PAC-Ann Garten, District; Newsletter Editor-Donald Ackley, OCC


1998-99 – President-Jeff Dimsdale, OCC; President Elect-John Breihan, GWC; Secretary-Karen Cant, KOCE; Treasurer-Dan Casey, District;
Area Representatives CCC-Kevin Chard and Linda Orozco; GWC-Sally Coffey and Dave Hudson; OCC-Stan Johnson and Jan Neth; KOCE-Judith Schaefer; District-Roger Davis; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford; Chancellor’s Cabinet-John Renley; PAC-Ann Garten, District; Newsletter Editor-Donald Ackley, OCC


1997-98 – President-Chris O’Hearn, OCC; President Elect-Jeff Dimsdale, OCC; Secretary-Judy Neal, District; Treasurer-Dan Casey, District;
Area Representatives GWC-Sally Coffey and Doug Larson; OCC-Stan Johnson and Ardie Miller; CCC-Linda Orozco and Tom Snyder; KOCE-Judith Schaefer; District-Roger Davis; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford; Chancellor’s Cabinet-John Renley; PAC-Ann Garten, District; Newsletter Editor-Donald Ackley, OCC


1996-97 – President-Chris O’Hearn, OCC; President Elect-Jeff Dimsdale, OCC; Secretary-Judy Neal, District; Treasurer-Dan Casey, OCC;
Area Representatives GWC-Sally Coffey and Doug Larson; OCC-Stan Johnson and Carole Lung; CCC-Michael Miller and Tom Snyder; KOCE-Judith Schaefer; District-Ann Garten, PAC&#59, and Kathleen Woodard; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford; Chancellor’s Cabinet-John Renley


1995-96 – President-Bob Dees, OCC; Vice President-Chris O’Hearn, OCC; Secretary-David Hudson, GWC; Treasurer-Dan Casey, OCC;
Area Representatives GWC-Doug Larson and Paula Mucciaro; OCC-Paul Robinson and Jeff Dimsdale; CCC-Jennifer McDonald and Cynthia Pienkowski; KOCE-Judith Schaefer; District-Ann Garten and Judy Neal; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford; Chancellor’s Cabinet-John Renley


1994-95 – President-Bob Dees, OCC; Vice President-Chris O’Hearn, OCC; Secretary-Dave Hudson, GWC; Treasurer-Dan Casey, OCC;
Area Representatives GWC-Doug Larson and Paula Mucciaro; OCC-Paul Robinson and Jeff Dimsdale; CCC-Jennifer McDonald and Cynthia Pienkowski; KOCE-Judith Schaefer; District-Ann Garten and Judy Neal; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford; Chancellor’s Cabinet-John Renley


1993-94 – President-Jim Garmon, CCC; Vice President-Bob Dees, OCC; Secretary-Vickie Wilder, District; Treasurer-Karen Cant, GWC;
Area Representatives GWC-Doug Larson and Paula Mucciaro; OCC-Chris O’Hearn and Paul Robinson; CCC-Ted Boehler and Kevin McElroy; KOCE-Judith Schaefer; District-Ann Garten and Judy Neal; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford; Chancellor’s Cabinet-John Renley


1992-93 – President-Fred Owens, GWC; Vice President-Jim Garmon, CCC; Secretary-Ann Garten, District; Treasurer-C.M. Brahmbhatt, District;
Area Representatives GWC-John Breihan and Paula Mucciaro; OCC-Paul Robinson and Bob Dees; CCC-Ted Boehler and Kevin McElroy; KOCE-Judith Schaefer; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford; Chancellor’s Cabinet-John Renley


1991-92 – President-Frank Patino, GWC and Jim McIlwain, OCC; Vice President-Jim McIlwain, OCC; Treasurer-Jeff Dimsdale, OCC; Secretary-Jan Neth, OCC;
Area Representatives GWC-John Breihan and Carolyn Kirkpatrick; OCC-Sue Brown and Bob Dees; CCC-Kevin McElroy and Ed Decker; KOCE-Judith Schaefer; District-Martha Coyne; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford; Chancellor’s Cabinet-John Renley


1990-91 – President-Nancy Kidder, GWC; Vice President-Kevin McElroy, OCC; Treasurer-Rick Forsberg, District; Secretary-Jan Neth, OCC;
Area Representatives CCC-Ed Decker and Carol Barnes; OCC-Bob Dees and Jeff Dimsdale; GWC-Frank Patino and Carolyn Kirkpatrick; KOCE-Judith Schaefer; District-John Renley and Martha Coyne; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford


1989-90 – President-William W. Carpenter, GWC; Vice President-Mary Lou Zoglin, CCC; Secretary-Judith Schaefer, KOCE; and Judy Webb, District; Treasurer-Kevin McElroy, CCC;
Area Representatives CCC-Carol Barnes and Chet Platt; OCC-Jeff Dimsdale and Bruce Duff; GWC-Carolyn Kirkpatrick and Frank Patino; District-Gene Farrell; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford


1988-89 – President-William W. Carpenter, GWC; Vice President-Mary Lou Zoglin, CCC; Treasurer-Kevin McElroy, GWC; Secretary-Judy Webb, District;
Area Representatives GWC-Frank Patino and Carolyn Kirkpatrick; OCC-Bruce Duff and Bob Dees; CCC-Chet Platt and Tom Snyder; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford


1987-88 – President-Rick Forsberg, CCCD; Vice President-Sue Brown, OCC; Treasurer-Kevin McElroy, GWC; Secretary-Mike Werthman, CCC;
Area Representatives CCC-Ken Yglesias and Tom Snyder; OCC-Dan Angelo and Jim Garmon; GWC-Nancy Kidder and Lois Attore; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford


1986-87 – President-Donna Willoughby, GWC; Vice President-Sue Brown, OCC; Treasurer-Gene Farrell, OCC; Secretary-Marilyn Clark, CCC;
Area Representatives CCC-Mary Lou Zoglin and Ken Yglesias; OCC-Sharon Donoff and Dan Angelo; GWC-Nancy Kidder and Venner Farley; District-Don Randol; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford


1985-86 – President-Jim Garmon, OCC; Vice President-Donna Willoughby, GWC; Treasurer-Mike Webster, OCC; Secretary-Dan Angelo, OCC;
Area Representatives CCC-Marilyn Clark and Mary Lou Zoglin; GWC-Gene Farrell and Fred Owens; OCC-Sue Brown and Sharon Donoff; District-Don Randol; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford


1985 – President-John Breihan, CCC; Treasurer-Mike Webster, OCC; Secretary-Donna Willoughby, GWC;
Area Representatives GWC-Nancy Kidder and Venner Farley; OCC-Sharon Donoff and Sue Brown; CCC-Marilyn Clark and Mary Lou Zoglin; District-Don Randol; District Information Services-Mickey Mefford


1984-1985 – President-Betty Dean, GWC; Vice President-John Breihan, CCC; Treasurer-Mike Webster, OCC; Secretary-Donna Willoughby, GWC;
Area Representatives CCC-Dave Brownell, Art Martinez, Marilyn Clark and Barbara Beckley; OCC -Sue Brown and Jack McGill; GWC-Fred Owens and Fred Garcia