Faculty & Staff

Progress | November 2010

November 2010

By Eirene-Gin Nakamura

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You could say that Ada Funes is a runaholic. She runs around all day chasing little kids at work, she runs Discoveryland Preschool, and when she finally finds time for herself, she runs marathons.

“I’d always wanted to run a marathon,” says Ada. “So in 2000, I decided I was going to start training.”

It may be that Ada is absurdly motivated because just a couple of months later, she ran her first 26-miler. “I was hurting everywhere the next day—fingernails, everything,” she says. It was then that she decided she would never run a marathon again.
Eight marathons later, she’s made the same decision again. With an air of exhaustion from the mere thought of the feats, she says, “I’m done!”

Now, Ada focuses her energy on running 5k’s and 10k’s to raise money for good causes. In 2001, she ran the Napa Valley Classic and raised about $3,000 to help pay for new tricycles and outdoor equipment for Discoveryland, and then again in 2008, raising a total of approximately $6,000. Ada’ efforts have also given the Angwin preschool a storage shed and a playhouse, and have helped to expand Discoveryland’s garden.

In September Ada participated in a twelve-person race called the Relay For Life, stretching from Calistoga to Santa Cruz. Ada and her teammates each ran three legs of the 200-mile race and raised $1,000 for Organs ‘R’ Us, an organization dedicated to supporting transplant candidates, recipients and families dealing with life threatening illness. It’s a team effort,” says Ada. “You really have to do your part.”

And Ada has no plans of stopping. In addition to running the Relay of Life again, she hopes to organize a race in Angwin in the near future to raise money for local schools. “Running is such a fun thing to do just anytime,” she says. “But it feels really good to do it for a purpose, knowing that what I’m doing is also helping others.”

Colleagues & Departments

Marsha Crow, Education, attended the annual Credential Counselors & Analysts of California Conference in Sacramento on October 12-14. Approximately 800 professionals from institutions of higher education and country/district offices of education across California attend the conference to meet with the staff from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). A wide variety of workshops led by the CCTC provide attendees with information on certification and accreditation policies, procedures, and upcoming changes.

Health and Wellness
Holly Jeske reports she loves her new job as Wellness Coordinator at PUC. “Everyone has been so welcoming and encouraging – and such a good sport about all the fun we have at their screening.” She adds that “arranging seminars and activities to move us out of our imagined comfort zone and into the true comfort of better health has been fun & rewarding.” This month, contact Holly at ext. 6330 for information on yoga and free 15-minute chair massages.

The nursing department welcomes two new faces to the support staff. Ruth Zemansky is the new office manager and contract administrator. Her previous jobs include work as a contract administrator, executive assistant and paralegal. She began her position at PUC effective October 4. Lorie Johns joins the staff as the student success advisor. She assists the department in three areas—helping pre-nursing students prepare for admission to the program, providing guidance to nursing students already in the program, and tracking the outcomes of graduates as they begin their nursing careers. She began this job October 18. Please welcome these two members of the nursing team! Last month adjunct nursing instructor Beth Lincoln had her first book published. Reflection from Common Ground . . .Cultural Awareness in Healthcare, published by PESI Healthcare in Eau Claire, WI, showcases some of the many opportunities and tools available for healthcare professionals to access cultural awareness and greater competence at the interpersonal aspects of their careers.