Evan joined FACCC in 2012 as its Membership Director, was promoted to Associate Director in 2016, and named the association’s sixth Executive Director in 2019. In this capacity, he serves as senior staff to the following entities: FACCC Board of Governors, FACCC EI Board of Directors, Legislative Committee, Membership & Leadership Committee, and the Political Action Committee. As a graduate of Sierra College, he personally understands the life-altering impact of community colleges because his educational experience was transformed by its faculty.
Before joining FACCC, Evan worked as a consultant for membership associations and served as the Executive Director for the Democratic Party of Sacramento County. Additionally, he has worked on numerous legislative and local political campaigns and served in leadership positions with political clubs and organizations in Sacramento.
Evan was born in Los Angeles but grew up in the small town of Auburn, which is about 45 minutes from Sacramento. He received an Associate’s Degree in Social Science from Sierra College, a
Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master’s Degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento.
Evan is a proud supporter and superfan of the California Golden Bears.
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Director of Program and Development
Lidia joined FACCC in April 2014 as the Director of Program and Development for the FACCC Education Institute. With significant experience in conference development and fundraising, Lidia’s enthusiasm for the work of FACCC and the FACCC Education Institute is unmistakable.“I credit my community college experience for helping me achieve my goals. It’s amazing to be in a position to serve not only the talented faculty, but also – by extension — the millions of students who attend these institutions.”
Prior to joining FACCC, Lidia served as the Meeting Manager for California Society of Health-System Pharmacists where she led the annual Seminar for over 2,500 pharmacists.
An alumna of Sacramento City College, Lidia benefited from the community college experience which she credits for helping launch her professional career. Also, as an immigrant from Romania, Lidia believes the community colleges are essential in serving our diverse populations.
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Stephanie Goldman joined FACCC in March 2018 as the External Affairs Director, responsible for legislative and communications.
Prior to FACCC, she worked in project management in the field of telecommunications where she gained substantial experience in appearing before local regulatory boards. Throughout her career, Stephanie has applied her legal background to affect change in local, state, and federal settings.
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Humboldt State University where she participated in women’s rugby, speech and debate, and Model United Nations. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where she focused on public policy and earned the Capital Certificate in Public Law and Policy. She also received the Capital Commendation for Public Service.
In her free time, Stephanie is an avid golfer, equestrian, snowboarder, and canine enthusiast. She has twice successfully participated in the American River 50 Mile Endurance Run and hopes to complete a 100 mile race in the near future.
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Theodros Gashaw joined FACCC in April of 2019 as Membership Director. He works with FACCC staff, members, and regional governors to increase membership and activism around the state.
Theodros was born and raised in the Central Valley to parents who immigrated to the U.S. from Ethiopia in the mid-1970s. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Davis and was a Fellow with the Great Valley Center, a public policy think tank located in Modesto.
Theodros has significant experience working in an organizing and advocacy capacity with a number of organizations: Planned Parenthood, labor unions for government sector workers and physicians; and the American Lung Association.
He enjoys snowboarding, zombie walks, anime, and horror movies.
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Sadalia joined FACCC in March 2019 as the Government Relations Director, responsible for developing and implementing legislative strategies for direct lobbying and grassroots participation.
She began her Capitol career in 2015 as an Intern in the Press Office of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins. She then interned for the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) for their Political Action department, served as a Legislative Assistant for Assemblymember Cheryl Brown, and served again for Toni G. Atkins, the current Senate President pro Tempore.
Sadalia is a Sacramento native, attended American River College and transferred to the University of California, Davis where she received her Bachelor’s in Sociology with an Emphasis in Law and Society, and a Minor in African American and African Studies. She is a founding board member of Black Young Democrats of Sacramento, the UC Davis Government and Public Policy Alumni Group, and the Black Legislative and Capitol (BLAC) Association and currently a board member of the Sacramento Chapter of the New Leaders Council. Sadalia is also a proud, Finer Woman of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
In her free time, she enjoys playing the viola and Xoso Kickball.
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Assistant to the Director
Janet Oropeza joined FACCC in 1992 as the executive secretary after moving to the Sacramento area from the Bay Area. She changed some of her job duties as she assumed some bookkeeping duties when FACCC’s bookkeeper retired. She also serves as FACCC’s meeting planner.
She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked as a secretary for 18 years. Janet attended Skyline College for two years before embarking on her secretarial career.
Janet makes her home in Lincoln along with her husband, Alex and son, Josh.
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Soni joined FACCC in 1996 and serves as the Secretary/Receptionist.
She was born in Vietnam, lived in San Francisco and moved to Sacramento in 1986. She attended Cosumnes River and Sacramento City Colleges prior to transferring to California State University Sacramento.
Soni now resides in Elk Grove with her husband Vinny and her two doggies, Goldie and Nala. In her spare time, she likes to watch movies, try new restaurants and travel.
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