Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Student and Teacher

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee exists to promote a community of teaching and learning at ACM where diverse populations are welcomed, their voices are heard, their opinions are valued, and their experiences are validated.

We maintain that:

  • DIVERSITY includes all the ways that people differ, encompassing race, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and/or physical appearance.
  • EQUITY means fair treatment for all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent the full participation of some groups. 
  • INCLUSION happens when power is shared, creating environments in which any individual or group can feel valued, respected, supported, and fully able to participate.

We believe that decision-makers, even those with the best intentions, can often use past experiences to make assumptions about others which impact opportunity for marginalized groups. Therefore, it is critical to have multiple points of view included when creating an equitable community.

To see how people’s assumptions impact their decisions, watch this short video Blind Spots.

To see how your assumptions might impact your decision-making, take the Harvard Implicit Association Test.

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DEI Committee Members

Misty Ballou 
Administrative Associate, IT Center for Excellence and Forestry

Technology 217

AA, Montgomery College

June Bracken 
Director of Academic Access & Disability Resources | Adjunct Faculty, Developmental Education

Humanities 3

BA, Gordon College
MEd, University of Virginia
EdD, West Virginia University

Luanne Cook 
Advising Specialist

College Center 141-B

AA, Lincoln Land Community College, BS, University of Illinois at Springfield; MS, St.Louis University

Landon Defibaugh 
Student Services and Technology Assistant 

814-652-9528 ext. 1-6201
Bedford Campus, Office 11

AS, Allegany College of Maryland
BS, St. Francis University

Dianne McMahon 
Faculty Director, College to Community Partnership | Associate Professor, Sociology and Civic Engagement 

Humanities 48

BS, Carlow University
MA, University of Pittsburgh
PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Brenda Owens RN, FNP-BC 
Professor, Nursing

Allied Health 269

AA, Allegany College of Maryland; BSN, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; MS, University of Pittsburgh

Tracy Reese 
College and Career Coach Coordinator | Adjunct Faculty, English and Developmental Education

Humanities 14

BA, University of Pittsburgh
MA, Simmons College

Annette Ritter 
Human Services/Addictions Counseling | President  Peace Club | Member, Phi Theta Kappa



Melinda Thoele 
Advising Specialist

College Center 141-B

AA, Lincoln Land Community College, BS, University of Illinois at Springfield; MS, St.Louis University

Shanese Westfall 
Human Resources Generalist

College Center 177

AA, Potomac State College
BS, West Virginia University
MS, Capella University

Mihaela Wood 
Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences. Instructional & Student Affairs

Humanities 6

BA, MA, University of Bucharest;
MA, PhD, University of Illinois

Suzanne Wright 
Advising Specialist and Transfer Coordinator | Adjunct Faculty, Developmental Education

College Center 141B

BA, University of Maryland Baltimore County;
MA, University of Minnesota

Erin Yokum 
Director of Student Life

College Center 160

BA, Lebanon Valley College
MA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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