Department Chairs

Suzanne Williams

Head Librarian

SUZANNE WILLIAMS joined the College of Adaptive Arts in late 2013 as the Education and Reference Services Librarian and co-professor. When she is not cataloging or handing out library cards, she can be found at home, playing with her cats, reading, or taking pictures.

Nicole Ferguson

School of Art, Director

NICOLE FERGUSON was born with creativity in her soul. Growing up, she was always creating or making art messes. “Sorry, Mom!” She studied illustration, painting, and sculpture at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and graduated with a B.A. in Fine Art. She began showing paintings in the Bay Area, and had the amazing opportunity to create and paint murals in Maissade, Haiti, for a women’s mission trip. She joined CAA in 2011, teaching and creating the Visual Arts department. Months later, she also began teaching art for the Morgan Autism Center. In addition she teaches children and adults through her art business, Art HUGs. What could be a better gift than creating art with amazingly talented artists. Their honest and heartfelt artwork is inspiring.

Danielle Weaver

School of Communication, Director

DANIE WEAVER has had a love/hate relationship with poetry. Studying English in College, she felt poetry was stiff and stifled, just repeating back what the professor demanded the poem to be. It wasn’t until she was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011 that she discovered it to be a way to cope with being a cancer patient. She wrote about everything she knew and felt, and poetry became an outlet. It became the vial for tears, frustrations, pain, joys, questions, laughter and observations about how the world worked for a cancer patient.

Steve Dini



Since graduating with a degree from San Jose State University, Steve has been active in the bay area media and drama scene, coupling a 35 year broadcasting career with the last 16 years teaching and directing at Pioneer and other high schools in the South Bay. He recently notched his 100th show, holds a California Teaching Credential and has directed CAA's last two summer musicals. He lives in San Jose with his wife of 46 years, Susan, has two grown sons and 5 grandchildren. He is thrilled to be a part of the College of Adaptive Arts Theater Program.