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Frank Rodriguez
Area B Director
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Director's Message

This past year has been exciting for me as your Area B Director. It started off by continuing to work with Willits Chapter 261 in an effort to get them out of administratorship. I am happy to report that they received their charter back at the April Board meeting.
Throughout the year, I served on the Policy and Procedures Review Committee, the Union Steward Program Review Committee and the Building Committee.

This year, Area B held it's Leadership Institute on April 1-2 in Rohnert Park. We had 75 members in attendance. I thank CSEA's Training Department and the North Bay Field Office for the excellent training provided to our members. 

This year's Recognition Awards and CSEW Picnic was held on May 6 at Kennedy Park in Napa. We honored many members indicated below. The North Bay Field Office did an excellent job organizing this event. Thank you!

I congratulate Angela Porter from Benicia Chapter 1096 for winning one of this year's CSEY Awards. You can read more about Angela below.

Thank you Area B Regional Representatives (RR) for your hard work during this past year. A special thank you is extended to Region 24 RR Mary Lavezzoli for your help with Willits Chapter 261. 

Thanks to all of the members in Area B for what they do day in and day out in their chapters and jobs. 

It's been an honor representing Area B and the Membership on the Board of Directors. This year will be a challenging year for CSEA; but with the help of all members and staff, we will prevail.

We can do it! Si se puede!

To learn more about Area B Director Frank Rodriguez, go to www.youtube.com/csea.
 Picture will appear soon   Alternate Area B Director D. Colette Aitken - Lumberjacks 145 
    Click here to view our District B Retiree website.
    This website is maintained by Nancy Malcolm. Please click on my name if you'd like to add pictures or content from your chapter events or provide me with feedback. When submitting information, please provide your chapter's name and number. Thanks!

BILBREY unsuccessful in CalPERS re-election bid

Former Association President Michael Bilbrey was unable to fend off challenger Margaret Brown in the runoff election for his at-large seat on the CalPERS Board of Administration. Bilbrey thanked CSEA members and the rest of his supporters in the election.

The unofficial election results indicate that Bilbrey received 69,123 votes, which represents 47 percent of the votes cast during the voting period of November 10 through December 11, 2017. Brown received 77,969 votes, or 53 percent. 

"I want to thank the thousands of supporters who stood with me in this election," Bilbrey wrote on his Facebook page. "We tried our best but it was not quite meant to be. I have always done my best and given 100% to what I have devoted my time to. It is for me all about making a difference for others. While this campaign was at times difficult because of the lies that were said about me, I am very proud of the dialogue and engagement of the just under 150,000 members who participated in voting. I congratulate Ms. Brown on her win and remind her that she represents all the members of the fund. Thank you again to all of you who have supported me in so many ways over the years."

As a member of the CalPERS Board, Bilbrey served as a strong advocate for public employees and retirement security. He helped increase board transparency and ensure the nation’s largest public pension system is fiscally responsible, especially during these tumultuous times. At every level, Bilbrey has fought to protect CalPERS from attacks by corporations and wealthy extremists, who work constantly to strip away retirement security for public employees.

Association President Ben Valdepeña reassured Bilbrey supporters that CSEA will continue to fight for retirement security.

“While we are disappointed that our efforts have come up short," Valdepeña said, "the result doesn’t change CSEA’s commitment to our core value of protecting and enhancing CalPERS so that our members can retire with dignity. I want to thank Michael for his service on the CalPERS Board."

Congratulations Honor Roll recipient!
  Roxie Allen

Retired, Napa/Solano
Retiree Council 5029 President

The eligibility for placement on the Honor Roll is outlined in CSEA's Constitution and Bylaws, Article XI and Policy Section 907. Candidates must have provided valuable service to the Association; for example, longstanding and exemplary service, or having performed a service for or on behalf of CSEA that resulted in a valuable benefit or recognition for CSEA on an Area-wide basis.

Check out Area B newsletters under the Publications tab above.

North Bay Field Office Recognition Awards & CSEW Picnic was held on Saturday, May 6 at Kennedy Park in Napa. 

Congratulations to Honored Members:

  Union Steward Jacket Awards
Cynthia Clinton, Tamlapais Chapter 549
Keli Gaffney, College of Marin Chapter 196
Daniel Green, Willits Chapter 261
Kimberly Huyck, Fairfield Chapter 302
Ocea Johnson, Fairfield Chapter 302
Sarah Mitchell, Great Northern Chapter 178
Tania Morales, San Rafael Chapter 341
Timothy Mullery, Tamalpais Chapter 549
Katina Pantazes, San Rafael Chapter 341
Marcia Porter, Kelseyville Chapter 638
Debbi Winkler, Petaluma Chapter 212

 Picture didn't turn out. Sorry!  Continued Service Award
Anette Fender, Konociti Chapter 12
Freddie Hawkins, Retiree Council 5029
Ocea Johnson, Fairfield Chapter 302
Lisa Rosell, Fairfield Chapter 302

  Rising Star Award
Daniel Green, Willits Chapter 261
Vivienne Hing, Orinda Chapter 320
Patricia Kelley, Klamath Trinity Chapter 347
Megumi Sakamoto, St. Helena Chapter 287
Elizabeth Vorhauer, Solano County Chapter 608

  Service Awards
Vanessa Caires, Fairfield Chapter 302
Andrea Deely, Moon Valley Chapter 376
Bradley Freeland, Windsor Chapter 673
Elizabeth "Betty" Garcia, Santa Rosa Chapter 75
Aaron Garcia, Fairfield Chapter 302
Thomas Hagle, Rincon Valley Chapter 284
Patricia Shew, Petaluma Chapter 212

  Union Activist Awards
Colette Aitken, Lumberjacks Chapter 145
Adrian Dobson, Redwood Chapter 88
Sydney Moy, Waugh Chapter 893
Michael Rhoads, Vallejo Chapter 199

  Retiree of the Year Award
Nancy Malcolm


2017 Member of the Year 

Each year, CSEA honors members who provide exemplary service to California students and dedication to the ideals and goals of our union with the Members of the Year award. The five honorees selected as 2017 Members of the Year provide excellent service at their jobs, forge real connections with students, and show they care through their actions. These individuals understand their role in education and in our union. They know that going that extra mile will help students succeed, and that classified employees make a difference. Their supervisors and coworkers recognize their diligence and dedication, and CSEA congratulates them for this distinct honor.

  Congratulations to Area B Member of the Year Lisa Montelli
Library Media Specialist
St. Helena Chapter 287, Region 68, Area B

Lisa knows the names of all her students and tries to make a personal connection with each one. She always put their needs first. She will advocate for students that need help and offer to be part of the solution. She holds students accountable for their actions in a loving way. Thus, the students love her and look up to her.

She serves as chapter treasurer, Fellowship Committee respresentative for collaboraton with the district, and Budget Committee. More importantly, from the moment you meet Lisa, you will notice her smile and warm demeanor. She is the brightest light in any room she occupies and her desire to provide a wonderful day for each person she meets is apparent to all. She is quite simply "the heart and soul" of her school.


2017 Classified School Employees of the Year

Six outstanding classified employees were honored last May by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson for their dedication to California’s public school students. Five of the employees are CSEA members: Karen Allison, Norman Dobrofsky, Bridget Sabin, Angie Porter and Andrei Rayas. Angie Porter is a Campus Supvervisor at Benicia Middle School, Benicia Chapter 1096. For information on the other members honored, go to www.csea.com/School and Community / Honors and Awards / CA Classified Employee of the Year.

Each year, the Classified School Employee of the Year program honors six outstanding classified school employees from the following categories: Child Nutrition; Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities; Office and Technical Support; Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance; Support Services and Security; and Transportation. This year’s recipients were chosen from more than 100 nominations statewide.


Support Services and Security

Angie Porter

Campus Supervisor, Benicia Middle School

Member, Benicia Chapter 1096

Ms. Porter is an invaluable employee at Benicia Middle School, where she is the first staff person that students see when they arrive in the morning. Teachers, fellow staff, and all students rely on her calm, reassuring manner regardless of the situation. She always knows what is happening on campus, provides information to administrators and teachers on campus social issues, and always returns a student to class with a more focused and improved attitude if they are sent out for behavioral issues such as conflicts with another student. She is a key member of the Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) and Sources of Strength (SOS) teams, which help students understand the cause of their behavior and find ways to improve. She is currently developing a lesson plan and video, which she initiated with students, to showcase positive behavior for all classes on campus.


Area B Committee Members

Standing committees are appointed by the association president and are comprised of members from throughout
the state. Some committees also have a community college, public sector, and county office of education (COE)
representative. CSEA committees make recommendations to the board of directors on issues and activities within
their respective committee’s scope.The association president appoints specialized taskforces to study specific issues
outside the scope of standing committees. Below are the committee members from Area B. 

Thelma Kidd   707-334-0661

CalGen Taskforce
Elizabeth "Betty" Garcia  

Communications Committee
Nancy Malcolm  415-924-4415

Conference Committee
Ken Anderson  707-246-8624

Community College Committee
Keli Gaffney   415-884-2615

Education Committee
Rochelle Weston  707-439-6937

Legislative Committee
Patti Rommel

Member Benefits
Roxie Allen   707-631-1670

Political Action for Classified Employees (PACE) Committee
Sydney Moy    707-479-4612

Pre-Retirement Resource Committee
Lynn De Mello    707-839-6480

Research and Negotiations
Thomas Hagle   707-921-8921

Resolutions Committee
Mary Grant     707-246-4555

Retiree Executive Board Director (RUEB)
Tony Lockwood   707-580-4577

Scholarship Committee
Teri Cownie    707-236-7220




Register early for the 21st California Paraeducator Conference
CSEA is presenting the 21st Annual California Paraeducator Conference Feb. 20-22, 2018 in Ontario. Last year, nearly 1,300 participants attended the event, which featured 46 different workshops, covering everything from autism spectrum disorders to school violence prevention. 

Get involved
As a member-run union, we rely on members like you to step forward and contribute new ideas and new energy. There are many ways you can get involved with CSEA. Local chapter meetings are open to all members and everyone is encouraged to attend. Talk with chapter leaders to find out what kind of help is needed.

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