Department Chairs

Janet Heathcote


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.

LeAnn Carrillo


Health & Wellness


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 has a sister with special needs. She also has been an advocate for this community her entire life. Danie is the Director for the School of Communications. She has a love for words, which led her to get her Bachelor's in English. Danie teaches Poetry, Reading and Writing, Reading Partners, Sign Language, Student Council, and Math and Science and is an associate professor in multiple studies.  In the classroom Danie encourages her students to reach as high as possible and that it’s okay to have a different opinion from the professor.  Danie refers to the School of Communications "as the little department that could" because we are small, but mighty. Outside of CAA Danie is happily married to Jeremiah. Some of her hobbies include Writing, Photography, Cooking, going to the movies, and traveling when she can.

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.