Department Chairs

Suzanne Williams


Suzanne Williams, originally from the east coast, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English and a Masters Degree in Library Science. Ms. Williams began working at CAA in October of 2013 and quickly became passionate about the College and especially about the students. She got to work establishing an inclusive library, with programs designed to provide a broad range of opportunities for the students to participate.


Nicole Ferguson

Fine Arts

Nicole was born in San Jose, CA in a loving family. Growing up, she was always creating or painting something.

During college, she studied illustration, traditional/abstract painting and sculpture. In 2003, she graduated from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco with a Bachelor in Fine Art-Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking. Since then, has exhibited and sold abstract paintings in San Francisco, Los Gatos and privately. In 2007, she created and painted murals in Maissade, Haiti for the Baptist conference Converge Pac West. It was about that time she began to teach art to children as well as a wonderful autistic lady. By divine intervention, she joined CAA in 2011 to teach and develop the Visual Arts department.

Nicole currently teaches at the College of Adaptive Arts, Morgan Autism Center and Art HUGs while being supported by her loving church family, professional peers and Puka, her Boston terrier.

What could be better than creating art with an amazingly talented group of artists? Their honesty and heart that comes through in their art is inspiring."

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.