District Governance Council


The District Governance Council (DGC) will serve as the districtwide communication, planning, and review forum on matters pertaining to major issues affecting the District.


The District Governance Council is a standing council comprised of students, faculty, and staff representatives from throughout the District. The council will meet to share information and review matters concerned with educational programs and services. The DGC shall not address matters which are negotiable (SB 160).

Specifically, the council will:

  1. Advise the Chancellor on the development and effects of policy implementation;
  2. Advise the Chancellor on matters referred to the council by the respective colleges, Continuing Education or other college/District standing councils;
  3. Provide a forum for districtwide communication to ensure consistent, continuous reporting of information throughout the District; and
  4. Review and make recommendations on major issues, such as the annual District budget, long- range and strategic planning directions, educational and student services plans, and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.

Responsibility and Authority

  1. Responsibilities
    1. To review and recommend items pending Board of Trustees' consideration and to advise the Chancellor relative to those matters contained therein.
    2. To receive information through periodic reports on major activities in progress such as development of new processes and services, policy review and development, and budget development.
      c. To identify “general issues” for discussion and follow up and/or formal assignment to staff and other committees.

  1. Authority
    1. The council may request appropriate college/District personnel to provide other services considered necessary to accomplish the functions and responsibilities described and assigned herein.
    2. The council may refer matters to the other college/District standing councils for their review and consideration.
    3. The council may refer matters of business back to the originating source for reconsideration and revision. In such cases, the council shall state the specific reasons for which referral is made, together with suggestions for revision, if any.


  1. The council shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Chancellor or his/her designee to promote effective communication and participatory governance throughout the District. The Chancellor shall provide a recording secretary to the council.
  2. The council shall work cooperatively with other college/District standing councils/committees and such other agencies to carry out its prescribed functions and fulfill its prescribed responsibilities.


  1. The council is responsible to review with the Chancellor various reports or recommendations prior to their final development and submission to the Board of Trustees.
  2. The Chancellor is responsible for reporting to the Board of Trustees the substance and the nature of the business transacted.

Reference: Procedure 0020.6.

District Governance Council

Membership 2018-2019

Member Position Office
Constance M. Carroll Chancellor, Committee Chair District Office
Justin Akers Academic Senate Designee City College
Jack Beresford Director, Communications and Public Relations District Office
Alana Mahal Bermodes AS President and Student Trustee  Miramar College
Victor Bocaya Police Officers Association Representative District Office
John Bromma Academic Senate Designee Continuing Education
Stephanie Bulger Vice Chancellor, Instructional Services District Office
Sofia Castellani-Staedler AS President and Student Trustee Mesa College
Carlos Turner Cortez President Continuing Education
Bonnie Ann Dowd Executive Vice Chancellor, Business and Technology Services District Office
Susana Molina-Bibian AS President and Student Trustee  City College
Patricia Hsieh President Miramar College
Terrie Hubbard Classified Senate President Miramar College
Jan Jarrell Academic Senate President City College
Neill Kovrig Classified Senate President Continuing Education
Trina Larson Classified Senate President Mesa College
Pamela Luster President Mesa College
Jim Mahler AFT Guild – Faculty Representative City College
Christopher Manis Vice Chancellor, Facilities Management District Office
Marie McMahon Academic Senate President Miramar College
Laura Murphy Academic Senate Designee Miramar College
Lynn Ceresino Neault Vice Chancellor, Student Services District Office
Awana Payne Classified Senate President City College
Kim Perigo Academic Senate President Mesa College
Ricky Shabazz President City College
Danielle Short

AFT Guild – Office Technical Representative Mesa College
Will Surbrook Vice Chancellor, Human Resources District Office
Manuel Velez Academic Senate Designee  Mesa College
Richard Weinroth Academic Senate President Continuing Education