RJ Ruppenthal: AFT 6157 Negotiator, EVC Legal Assisting Faculty
Since 2005, I have been a full-time faculty member at Evergreen Valley College, where I teach Paralegal Studies, Business Law and Political Science. I hold degrees from the University of California, Davis and the University of Wisconsin Law School, though I am a Bay Area native. Prior to joining the faculty in this district, I worked in the legal field and at St. Mary’s College. Before law school, I taught English as a Foreign Language overseas.
At EVC, I have served as Accreditation co-chair and I am a past chair of its Institutional Effectiveness Committee. I look forward to working with the union in a greater capacity and both learning and contributing to its success. The negotiations team has worked hard to secure good working conditions for faculty here. It’s an honor to be able to give something back and help the team.
Alex Lopez: AFT 6157 SJCC Full-Time Rep, SJCC Metas Counselor
Alex is a faculty member assigned to the Metas program at San Jose City College. He is on his eighth year at SJCC as an academic counselor /coordinator/instructor. He obtained his associate degree from Modesto Junior College, bachelor’s degree in sociology from CSU Stanislaus, master’s degree in education counseling at San Jose State University, and his juris doctorate from the University of Denver.
He has been an academic counselor at Gavilan College, Monterey Peninsula College and an academic adviser at San Jose State University and CSU Stanislaus. Outside of academia, Alex served as a law clerk for the Colorado District Court, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office, and the Mitchell Law Firm where he did extensive legal research on various topics. Alex grew up in San Jose, Oakland and Modesto.
While employed at San Jose City College, he has been actively involved on committees and has volunteered to meet the needs of our students. He serves on the Academic Senate Executive Board, the Multiple Measures Task force, the Matriculation Committee and the scholarship Committee. He has also served on the College Planning Council, Professional Recognition Committee, the Basics Skills Committee, and is currently a member of the Latino Educators Association.
Regarding his involvement with the Union, Alex said, “I am compelled to become involved in the union as a campus representative to bring about just representation to faculty within our district.”