Election Updates

Meet the Candidates for AFA Officer Positions for the upcoming election

The election for AFA officers for the next 3 year term will be held electronically from May 3rd to 7th. Members may also vote in-person with a paper ballot at the AFA end of year celebration on May 7th.  

Details on how members who are eligible to vote can do so electronically or in-person will be posted here and sent to you in an email.  If you wish to check your membership status before the election begins, email afaoakton@gmail.com as soon as possible.

The election results will be reported in a live Zoom session on May 10th at 10:30 am. Election results will also be posted on the AFA website.

Here is the list of candidates for each office, along with a short bio they wrote so you can learn a little about them.


  • Mary Hope Griffin
    • Being an advocate for adjunct faculty is a passion and a commitment. My years as Vice President of the AFA and a 15 year veteran (department of Humanities & Philosophy) at Oakton have prepared me well to continue in this new role.

Vice President

  • Mary Obernesser
    • I have been an adjunct in the Biology Department for 23 years. I find it very rewarding when students are successful and working with them to overcome challenges. I have been a part of the AFA board representing the sciences for the last few years and can bring that experience along with my years of teaching to the Vice President position.


  • Linda Berendsen
    • I have taught for 20 years in the ESL area of the English department where i especially enjoy teaching writing. For at least the past 10 years, I have served the AFA as secretary, writing the minutes of AFA meetings so that a record is preserved but also writing the AFA newsletter sent to all adjuncts. I see the newsletter as a way to create community, not just alerting adjuncts to important information regarding the college, but sharing news I find about the larger world of adjuncts as well as personal news of our Oakton colleagues.


  • Edith Monroy
    • I have been an AFA adjunct member at Oakton College since 2004. My experience includes serving as union treasurer for a large k-12 school district where I demonstrated skill and organization. I appreciate the importance of working with AFA to support our value and our voice.
  • Sylvia Cielak
    • I am an Adjunct lecturer Teaching Economics at Oakton College. I have been teaching at the community college level for 8 years now with prior teaching positions at Harper College and now at Oakton. In my past life I was a director of revenue forecasting and analytics in the Finance industry for 15 years.

If you have any questions about the election process, email the AFA Elections Committee at oaktonafaelections@gmail.com

AFA Officer Elections Results Zoom

Come watch the election results live by joining the Zoom session with the below link.  The election results will be displayed live during the meeting.

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Hi everyone

We reported the results of the Spring 2023 AFA Officer Elections in a recorded Zoom session this morning.  I can share the recording with anyone who wishes to view it.  Please let me know if you have any questions about these results or the election.

We plan to post these results to the website this afternoon.


Here are the results of the Spring 2023 AFA officer elections:

  • 29 ballots cast
    • 26 electronic
    • 3 paper (entered into ElectionBuddy on 5/10/23)
  • President
    • Mary Hope Griffin: 29 votes
    • Write-ins: 0
    • Abstentions: 0
    • Mary Hope Griffin wins  with 100.00% of the vote.
      • Votes tallied: 29  
  • Vice President
    • Mary Obernesser: 27 votes
    • Write-ins: 0          
    • Abstentions: 2
    • Mary Obernesser wins  with 100.00% of the vote.
      • Votes tallied: 27
  • Secretary
    • Linda Berendsen: 29 votes
    • Write-ins: 0     
    • Abstentions: 0
    • Linda Berendsen wins  with 100.00% of the vote.
      • Votes tallied: 29
  • Treasurer
    • Edith Monroy: 10 votes
    • Sylvia Cielak: 14 votes
    • Write-ins: 0     
    • Abstentions: 5
    • Sylvia Cielak wins  with 58.33% of the vote.
      • Votes tallied: 24