The Executive Committee officers and members are listed below and may be contacted by the membership with questions and concerns.
President | Vice Presidents | Secretary | Treasurer
| Grievance Officer | Member-At-Large
| Past President
|Brief Bio: Harry Zarin has been working as a professor/counselor at the Germantown campus since 1993. He is a general counselor with a specialty in working with students with disabilities. Harry is a four-time President of the Chapter and has also served as a Chief Negotiator and Governance Liaison for the Chapter. In addition, he has been on many committees during his 23-year tenure at Montgomery College, including the Advising Steering Group, the Faculty Council, the Germantown Behavioral Intervention Team, the Banner Coordinating Committee, and many more. Harry received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and his Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University. He attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he completed a postgraduate Orientation to Deafness Program. He is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
Prior to coming to Montgomery College, Harry worked for a private rehabilitation company as a counselor, for a short time in the Financial Aid Office at American University, for 10 years at Gallaudet University as a job placement counselor and Associate Director of Financial Aid, and as a Job Placement Counselor for a sheltered workshop in Baltimore. Harry enjoys spending time in the weight room trying to help himself look younger than his actual age and enjoys long rides on his motorcycle. His wife, Starr, retired after working for many years as an interpreter for the deaf in the Montgomery County Public School System and his daughter works for the Manhattan based Jewish Community Center Association.
|Brief Bio: Denise Dewhurst received her B.A. from Newton College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology, from Boston College. She began teaching as an adjunct at Montgomery College in 1982 and joined the full time faculty in 1992. Currently she is the coordinator of Psychology at the Germantown Campus where she previously served as department chair of Social Sciences and Education for 14 years. She is also Co-coordinator of the Smithsonian Faculty Fellows Program, and a member of the Germantown BIT. In addition to her teaching, she is a licensed psychologist, and serves on the board of the Association of Professional Psychologists, Montgomery-PG County. A fan of all sports New England (can you guess she’s a native?), she and her husband have three grown children, and love to travel.|
|Brief Bio: Steve Thurston has taught writing and journalism courses, and has advised the Montgomery Advocate student news office, at MC-Rockville since spring semester 1998. He is the current president of the Rockville Faculty Senate and is the Rockville campus member at-large of the MC’s AAUP chapter. His 2007-2008 sabbatical focused on online journalism. He was the founding editor/executive director of the Arlington Community News Lab, which published ArlingtonMercury.org for two years. He lives in Arlington, Va., and continues to write as a freelancer when time allows. Follow him at: www.facebook.com/SteveThurstonMC or twitter.com/ipadreporter (He is constantly searching for the best iPad stylus–see the photo).||
|Brief Bio: Sharon Piper joined the full-time faculty in the Nursing department at TP/SS in 2002, after spending 17 years as itinerant faculty at PGCC, Catholic University, and University of Maryland (at Baltimore, Catonsville, and Shady Grove) and weekends as an RN at various L&D units in the Washington area. Sharon came to MC to teach largely because of what AAUP offered to FT faculty, and is very happy to have a teaching home at the college. Sharon became active in AAUP when she was recruited for the negotiation team in 2009, and has served on every negotiation team since that time. She also has served as an at large member (her current status) and as the VP for the TP/SS campus. Sharon grew up in Hyattsville, met her husband (MC ’78) in Wheaton and raised her kids in Beltsville. She is a potter, a reader, a walker, a gardener and a beach girl. Somewhere along the way she received a Master’s in Public Health from Hopkins and a Ph.D from University of Maryland- Baltimore. In her time at MC, Sharon has also served on College-wide curriculum, on several Middle States committees, and is heading in for her second round helping guide the nursing department towards achieving national accreditation. She can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and at x75551.|
|Brief Bio: Dr. AJ (“Tito”) Baca has been an instructor in the Health Sciences at Montgomery College at the Takoma Park / Silver Spring Campus for over 15 years. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of New Mexico in Education (Major Physical Education), a Master’s Degree from The University of Maryland – College Park in Psychology of Sport in Kinesiology, and a Doctorate Degree in Higher Education Graduate Leadership Studies.
At Montgomery College, Dr. Baca’s instruction includes courses in Community Health, First Aid / CPR, Physical Education / Exercise Science, Medical Terminology, Women’s Health, and History of Sport. He has also served as Faculty Council Chair, Academic Assembly Chair, President’s Cabinet member, and AAUP Executive Board. In additional, he has served as Athletic Director and Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at the TPSS Campus.
During his free time, he enjoys sports, exercise, travel, working with his hands, keeping up with current events in politics and health, and time with his family.
|Brief Bio: Professor Michael J. Gurevitz has been teaching Accounting at Montgomery College since the fall of 2004, specializing in all levels of financial accounting and reporting. Presently Michael is the Accounting Coordinator on the Rockville campus and is also the Treasurer for the full-time faculty union. A proud son of the great State of Ohio, Michael bleeds scarlet and grey, and earned his Bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University (“Go Bucks”)! Michael also earned both a Juris Doctorate and a Master’s degree from the George Washington University prior to his teaching career at Montgomery College. Michael has also taught as an Adjunct at American University for over 20 years; and at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland for close to a decade. An avid SCUBA diver for more than 30 years, Michael has taught SCUBA diving for more than 25 years, and is most often found under water in his free time.|
|Brief Bio: Tim has been employed as a professor/counselor since 1993. He earned a BA and MS from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College). He has served in leadership positions for several professonal associations, including Two Year Colleges Commission Chair for the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and President of the Middle Atlantic Career Counseling Association (MACCA). Tim continues to be active in these organization as MACCA Maryland Member-at-Large and member of the Research Committee for NACADA. Tim is an avid runner with 21 marathons and 3 ultras to his credit.|
Kay Ahmad, AELP, Linguistics & Communication Studies
Member-At-Large, Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Rupa Das, Economics
|Brief Bio: Satarupa (Rupa) Das obtained her Masters in Economics from the prestigious Delhi School of Economics in Delhi, India. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has taught various courses of Economics including courses at graduate and undergraduate level. Her teaching experience includes teaching at various institutions such as Indiana University Bloomington, Western Carolina University, Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and Strayer University.
In addition to being a dedicated teacher, she is also the TP/SS chapter advisor of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the advisor of Economics Club of TP/SS Campus. She won the Faculty Outstanding Service Award in 2014 and the NISOD Award of Excellence in 2015. She has received the 2011 Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship from Paul Peck Humanities Institute. Dr. Das also is a Liaison for East Coast Colleges Social Science Association (ECCSSA).
|Brief Bio: Professor Penn joined the math department on the Rockville Campus in January 1996, after teaching for 1 semester as an adjunct. Rick grew up right here in Rockville, and took a couple of courses at MC before heading off to the University of Maryland for his undergraduate work and the University of Michigan for his graduate studies.Rick has been actively involved with the AAUP since 2000. Since that time he has been part of every negotiating team, as well as serving at various times as the Chapter secretary and VP for Rockville before being elected president. Aside from his work with the Chapter, Rick has served as the campus honors coordinator, team coach for the MC-R math team, and is currently the advisor to the MC Bicycle Club.When not at the college, Rick and his wife Kathy spend every waking moment taking their two sons to little league, soccer, basketball, flag football or golf events.||