Election Updates

Election Results for NEA-RA Delegate from the Adjunct Faculty Association at Oakton Community College, Spring 2021

39 ballots were cast in an election that ran from March 23 to March 27.

Votes by Candidate:
Mary Hope Griffin: 26 votes (66.7%)
Yasmin Cordero: 7 votes (17.9%)
Catherine Willis: 5 votes (12.8%)
Randy Felsenthal: 1 vote (2.6%) [write-in]

Mary Hope Griffin wins with 66.7% of the vote.

Meeting for Counting Votes for NEA-RA Representative Election via Zoom

Use this link to join the vote confirmation zoom meeting at 2:15 on Sunday, March 28th 2021

Copy and paste this link into a new tab on your browser to join – https://oakton.zoom.us/j/99068964885

Call for Nominations for NEA-RA Representative

Dear members,

The 2021 National Education Association Representative Assembly, (the NEA-RA), will be held from July 2nd – July 6th, 2021. The 2021 NEA-RA will be held entirely virtually. The Oakton AFA will send one elected representative to the NEA-RA, as we have every year. Please consider nominating yourself or another member of the AFA to attend this meeting.

NEA RA delegates will be responsible for approving the NEA budget, establishing a dues amount, modifying the Legislative Platform and Bylaws and conducting other business of the Association.

The election for this position will be held electronically. You will receive an email March 23rd with a link to your secure, secret ballot. The link will remain active for you to vote until March 27th.

Before the election, we need you to nominate candidates. An AFA member may either nominate a colleague or himself/herself for this position by completing and returning the attached document OR using this online form: https://forms.gle/nSM9rvXA9dErMAjL7. Required information includes the Nominee’s name, address, phone, and email address.

To be included on the ballot, all nomination information must be sent to the AFA Elections Committee Chairperson Nelson Wainwright. You may use the online form https://forms.gle/nSM9rvXA9dErMAjL7 OR

DOWNLOAD the NEA-RA 2021 NOMINATION FORM , complete and send to oaktonafaelections@gmail.com.

All nominations must be received by March 5th. Nominations received after 11 pm on Friday, March 5, 2021 cannot be included on the ballot.

The Elections Committee recommends that should you choose to nominate someone else, please make sure he/she wants to be nominated and can attend this Assembly. The NEA-RA will be held from July 2nd – July 6th, 2021 and will be an entirely virtual conference.

The AFA needs your nominations, your votes, and welcomes your participation.

AFA Elections Committee
Nelson Wainwright
Ruth Whitney

2021 NEA-RA Election Timeline

• 2/22 – Call for nominations for AFA delegate to NEA – Representative Assembly
• 3/5 – Nominations deadline
• 3/23 – NEA – RA delegate election begins
• 3/27 11:59 pm – Last day for voting

Mary Hope Griffin was elected to be the IEA-RA Representative.


2020 AFA Board Officer Elections Results

In the 2020 AFA Board Officer Elections, there were 69 total ballots cast.  Here are the results:

For President

  • Cheryl Thayer wins with 67 votes
  • 2 write-in votes for Mary Hope Griffin

For Vice-President

  • Mary Hope Griffin wins with 67 votes
  • 1 write-in vote for Nelson Wainwright
  • 1 ballot left blank

For Secretary

  • Linda Berendsen wins with 67 votes
  • 2 ballots left blank

For Treasurer

  • Cindy Del Medico wins with 68 votes 
  • 1 ballot left blank

If you have any questions about the election, please email oaktonAFAelections@gmail.com

Nelson Wainwright

Ruth Whitney

AFA Elections Committee


On Tuesday, September 8th at 2 pm Central the Elections Committee will count the votes and ballots in a live Zoom session.  All members are welcome to connect and attend the counting.  Information on joining the Zoom session will be sent to the email you registered with the AFA.  Email oaktonafaelections@gmail.com if you have any questions or have not received the Zoom meeting information by Tuesday morning.

Plan for AFA Officer Elections

Access to Oakton’s campus is currently restricted due to Covid-19, making an in-person election for the AFA Officer positions untenable.  The elections committee has determined the best course of action is to hold the election electronically.  Here is a brief timeline of the election process:

  • On Sunday, August 30th, you will receive an email with a link to a SurveyMonkey ballot.  Click on the link and submit your ballot as soon as possible.  
  • Each member will get a unique link to the ballot in their email.  They cannot complete the ballot more than once from that link.  The identity of the person who completed a particular ballot is completely secret.
  • On Monday, September 7th at 11:59 pm the election period will end.  No ballots completed after this deadline will be accepted as valid.
  • On Tuesday, September 8th at 2 pm the Elections Committee will count the votes and ballots on a live Zoom session.  All members are welcome to connect and attend the counting.  Information on joining the Zoom session will be published on the AFA website [https://oaktonadjuncts.com/] and sent to the email you registered with the AFA.
  • Paper ballot requests – see the section below the candidate information.

If you have any questions about this process, please email the Elections Committee at [oaktonafaelections@gmail.com].

AFA Elections Committee

Nelson Wainwright

Ruth Whitney

Meet the Candidates

Candidate for President: Cheryl Thayer

Hello AFA Members,

I am running for President of the AFA.  I have been at Oakton since January of 2004 and, like many of you, on and off semesters not by choice.  In 2012, I became involved with the AFA starting out in the office, moving to Vice President and Grievance Chair and now President.  As your President I represent our interests to the Administration.  The accomplishments of the AFA and its members have been tremendous, especially the transition to virtual.  Thank you for your support throughout the years and in the future.

In solidarity,


Candidate for Vice President: Mary Hope Griffin  

I have been teaching in the Humanities and Philosophy Department for 12 years now, primarily teaching World Religions and World Mythology.  Prior to coming to Oakton, I taught in the history department at Michigan State.  At Oakton I co-direct New Faculty Orientation and am serving on the Learning Day Committee.  This will be my second term as Vice President and I have served as Membership Chair.

Candidate for Secretary: Linda Berendsen

I am Linda Berendsen; since August 2001 I have taught all sections of English to non-native speakers here. Most recently, I have been having fun teaching EGL 102, helping students research the causes and effects of segregation.  A better writer than speaker, I have felt that being AFA secretary has been a good fit.

Candidate for Treasurer: Cindy Del Medico

I am seeking a 4th term as your treasurer. I have taught at Oakton for 23 years in the business division primarily BUS 101 and personal finance. I also have my own accounting business which focuses on corporate and personal income taxes.



Requesting a Paper Ballot

Any member may request a paper ballot before the election period begins (by August 29th).  If they request a paper ballot, they must come to campus on Thursday, September 3rd between 11 am and 3 pm to cast their ballot.  The Elections Committee will be outside, near the rear of Lot C (faculty/staff parking), and will have paper ballots available only for those members who have requested one beforehand.  Requests for paper ballots must be sent to [oaktonafaelections@gmail.com] by 11:59 pm, August 29th.  If you request a paper ballot, you will NOT receive an electronic ballot via email.  All members must follow all Oakton rules and guidelines for accessing campus, including completing the electronic Covid-19 screening form before arrival on campus.