Earning As: January 2020

This regular feature recognizes achievements, activities, and accolades of ACC faculty and staff. To submit news or suggestions, see the contact information below.

Governor Greg Abbott appointed ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes to the Texas Workforce Investment Council for a second six-year term. The Council engages in a collaborative, systematic view of workforce development programs throughout the state and provides for planning, evaluation, research, and other functions related to 19 workforce programs.

Author, award-winning jewelry designer, and ACC Continuing Education Jewelry Professor Gay Isber released her first book, "Making WOW Jewelry: Techniques and Projects for Making a Statement." The book debuted as a 'No. 1 New Release' on Amazon, and she has already started working on her second book due out in April. Isber also filmed three shows for PBS which will air this spring.

ACC History Professor Dr. David M. Lauderback shared his expertise on impeachment on Fox 7 News in December. He dissected the current situation and detailed the impeachment process, as well as what to expect next. Watch the video here

ACC Veterans Resource Manager Mark Harden discussed how images of war can trigger PTSD for veterans on CBS Austin. Harden, a 25-year Army veteran, also gave advice for veterans experiencing difficulties stemming from the rising tensions in the Middle East. Watch his interview here

To help Leadership Austin celebrate its 40th birthday, the college recognized current ACC employees who are also alumni of Leadership Austin's selective Essential and Emerge programs. These 12 employees were featured in the nonprofit's 40 stories in 40 days campaign:

  • Nancy Laudenslager (Essential – 2019), Workforce Development Center Director
  • Nicole Bell (Essential – 2018), Staff Development Coordinator
  • Mary Ann Cicala (Essential – 2018), Director of Alumni Relations
  • Daniel Chupe-O'Hanlon (Essential – 2015), Institutional Effectiveness Analyst
  • Andy Kim (Essential – 2014), Director of Energy and Sustainability
  • Meredith Contello (Emerge – 2014), Assistant Architectural/Engineering CAD Professor
  • Nana Gaviria (Emerge – 2012), Staff Development and Evaluation Manager
  • Victoria Garza Gonzalez (Emerge – 2010), Internal Communications Coordinator
  • Tony Owens (Essential – 2005), Business Support Services and Materials Management Director
  • Barry Silverberg (Essential – 2000), Center for Nonprofit Studies Director
  • Bill Mullane (Essential – 1990), Vice President of Facilities and Construction
  • Gerry Tucker (Essential – 1981), Vice President of Human Resources



Do you know a faculty or staff member who has accomplished something notable outside the classroom or in their community? We want to hear about them. Contact Vicky Garza Gonzalez at victoria.garza@austincc.edu.