Classified Senate

The Classified Senate's mission is to provide classified professionals with a formal participatory voice in supporting the College’s mission, vision, core values and promoting a successful learning environment for students.” As an integral part of the college community, the Classified Senate shall actively contribute to the growth and success of the College.

The Chaffey College Classified Senate is a permanent organization originally sanctioned by the Governing Board in 1982. It shall be the purpose of Classified Senate to participate in the governance of Chaffey College; to actively collect, evaluate, and disseminate information and represent the collective interests of Classified Professionals before or on any governance or college committee. Responsibilities of the Classified Senate shall be as follows:

  1. Provide the Classified Professionals with a formal participatory voice in shared governance supporting the College’s mission, vision and core values, and participation in the initiation, development, and evaluation of District policy, and procedures;
  2. To provide communication, understanding, and mutual support among the Classified Professionals;
  3. Select representatives from its membership to serve on appropriate college-­‐wide standing committees and any other committees deemed necessary by the college governance structure;
  4. To communicate Classified Professionals needs, concerns, viewpoints and recommendations on college issues to the superintendent/president and governing board;
  5. To articulate the professionalism of Classified Professionals so that they are properly recognized and valued;
  6. Provide an opportunity to develop individual leadership among the Classified Professionals, as well as increase the professional standards of its members; and,
  7. Lead and participate in fundraising to benefit Classified Professional growth opportunities and provide opportunities that encourage social responsibility and community involvement through giving and actively participating in community outreach efforts both on and off campus.


How Senate fulfills the mission and purpose

The Classified Senate's mission of promoting shared governance is done with the participation of more than 170 classified employees who serve on numerous standing and ad-hoc committees across the Chaffey College campus. However, that is not all the Classified Senate does. Through partnerships with other campus groups, the Classified Senate supports student success by making donations to student scholarship programs, book grants and the Chaffey College Foundation’s Fund-a-Dream program. Off campus, the Classified Senate participates in community outreach work by supporting the Chaffey Food Pantry, the Salvation Army and Teddy Bears for Hugs at Loma Linda University Hospital. In addition, the Senate has helped classified employees develop individual leadership skills by sending 35 staff members to the Classified Leadership Institute Conference over the past five years. The Senate also develops and host fundraising activities that support workshops and conferences for classified professionals.


Classified Senate Officers and Senators


Trisha Albertsen
Budgeting and Fiscal Services
(909) 652-6033
Hope Ell
Executive assistant
Superintendent/President's Office
(909) 652-6101
Sarah Schmidt
Vice President
Instructional assistant
Fontana Success Center
(909) 652-7435
Melissa Diaz
Senior accounting technician
Budgeting and Fiscal Services
(909) 652-6031


Candice Brock
Adult Education and H.S. Partnership
(909) 652-6154
Stephanie Moya
Executive assistant
Student Services
(909) 652-6501
Joseph Cascio
Systems specialist
Information Technology Services
(909) 652-6777
Norma Rojero
Executive assistant
Business Services and Economic Development
(909) 652-6538
Laura Crespo
Educational program assistant
Business and Applied Technology
(909) 652-6828
Sonia Torres
Educational services generalist
Admissions and Records
(909) 652-6622
Ruth Collins
Program assistant
Extended Opportunity and Program Services (EOPS)
(909) 652-6344
Gina Valdez
Administrative assistant
Career Development/Community ED
(909) 652-6064
Trinity Kealoha
Research and policy specialist
Institutional Research
(909) 652-7681
Yubel Svensson
Educational program assistant
Visual and Performing Arts
(909) 652-6056

History of the Classified Senate

At the time the Chaffey College Classified Senate was established in October 1981 it made history by becoming the first such body in California. Months later, on July 8, 1982, the Chaffey College Governing Board officially recognized the Classified Senate, headed at that time by elected officers Barbara Moore, Sharon Haag and Ben Bull.


The Classified Senate’s objectives, according to the Board’s agenda, were:

  1. To facilitate a learning environment;
  2. To motivate awareness and commitment to the mission of the college;
  3. To assist in analyzing policies, procedures, and practices;
  4. To provide the Superintendent/President and the Board of Trustees with an organized voice for interpreting the viewpoint of Chaffey College’s classified staff;
  5. To be acknowledged as a highly skilled staff whose competencies and cooperation are essential to the functioning of the college.

Years later, in November 1994, Chaffey’s Classified Senate again made history. That year delegates representing classified senates from across California’s community colleges elected Chaffey’s Mary Thompson president of the first executive board of the California Community Colleges Classified Senate. David Viar, executive director of the Community College League of California, installed the first officers.


Classified Senate Code of Ethics

Preamble: We, the members of the Classified Senate of Chaffey College, in cooperation with faculty and administrators, provide classified professionals with a formal participatory voice in supporting the college’s mission, vision, core values and promoting a successful learning environment for students. Our purpose is to be an integral part of the college community, actively contribute to the growth and success of the college and to participate in the governance of Chaffey College; to actively collect, evaluate, and disseminate information and represent the collective interests of classified professionals before or on any governance or college committee.

To reach this goal, the following code of ethics has been adopted by the classified senate on behalf of all classified professionals. We are guided by the maxim: visibility, credibility and demonstration of ability.

  • A foundation of trust that includes truth-telling, candid communications, genuine listening, accountability, and consistency. In a climate of trust, we can depend on one another to work toward the mission and goals of the college. We also have the right to expect the best from one another and to hold one another to the highest standards of ethical professionalism.
  • Joint effort requires a sense of ownership and acceptance of responsibility to participate in matters affecting the direction of the college.
  • Transparency is demonstrated with effective communication of the content and rationale of the decision-making process. Shared governance is valued in the college, and an informed and engaged community of discourse is necessary. Decision making must entail genuine opportunities both to persuade and to be persuaded. When effective communication conveys decisions that have been reached and identifies the reasons for which these decisions have been made, both the decisions themselves and the processes involved should be open to assessment, review and judgment.
  • Provide equal treatment and respect to all college community members and take pride in extending our professional expertise within our designated field to the college community.
  • Encourage involvement in the college community by participating in campus committees, activities and other affiliations.
  • Fiscal responsibility that exercises responsible use of institutional resources; to be prudent in the way public funds are expensed; and properly utilize and preserve college property.
  • To act within applicable laws, codes, regulations, and district policies and procedures.
  • To foster an environment of mutual respect and civility, in which the district business is conducted in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Maintain currency and competence through professional development.
  • To demonstrate respect for the diversity of the Chaffey College community and the value such diversity brings to the advancement of the college.


Constitution and Governance

Shared Governance Statement

Delineation of Functions

Constitution – Print Version (ratified: March 14, 2019)


Classified Professional Handbook 

Classified Success Network 

Employee Orientation and Services 

Travel and Conference Funding Request

Student scholarship

Student Scholarship Application 




Board reports


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Support the Classified Senate

The Chaffey College Classified Senate raises funds through monthly payroll deductions and one-time donations. The Classified Senate uses the donations to host events such as Classified Appreciation Week, New Employee Orientation, outreach events, scholarships and workshops.

To make a monthly donation, complete a payroll deduction from and return it to the Payroll Office in AD-162. Checks for one-time donations should be made out to the Chaffey College Classified Senate Auxiliary and sent to Ashira Murphy at SSA-206 at the Rancho Cucamonga campus.