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2019 UEA General Election

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A statewide General Election will be held January 30-February 20 via electronic voting to fill UEA leadership offices subject to election in 2019. Candidates who applied to run provided the following information:

Statewide Elections

President (Three-year term)

Heidi Matthews – Park City Education Association

(As submitted by the candidate.)

Serving you – the teachers and members of our Utah Education Association – has been the greatest honor of my professional career.

As your UEA President for the last three years, I have committed myself to growing the capacity of our Association to fulfill our mission; I have sought to inspire a sense of urgency across the state. Through our collective efforts, our UEA has grown not only in numbers, but in relevance and influence. Together, we are making a difference for our students and our profession.

It is profound, this trust placed in us to assure the promise of public education for each and every student. Our UEA is what unites and empowers us in this endeavor - and we need a leader with vision, experience and access. Thanks to your support, I have had incredible opportunities in the last three years to learn and advance our work as your UEA President. Honestly, I feel like I am just now hitting my stride!

If re-elected your president, I pledge to continue to foster collaboration and engagement among our ranks and partners. Side by side we will remain steadfast in our unwavering dedication to equity for all our students. As I stated, it has been the honor of my professional life to serve as your elected leader and champion for our students and profession. The only greater honor would be your continued support. Please vote to re-elect Heidi Matthews, UEA President.

Heidi Matthews
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Vice President (Three-year term)


Roger Donohoe – Cache Education Association

The candidate has withdrawn his bid to seek re-election.

Roger Donohoe

Renee Healey Pinkney – Park City Education Association

(As submitted by the candidate.)

Do you believe that union activism is a labor of love? I do. Twenty-four years of membership means I'm in it for the long haul. I appreciate your consideration as your UEA Vice President.

Our long term sustainability is dependent upon membership growth. Building positive relationships improves our ability to recruit, retain, and recapture members. When we build capacity we strengthen UEA.

Elevating the teaching profession is essential. We need to continue to work with our elected officials at all levels, and build community partnerships, to foster increased respect for a career in education and fill our schools with highly qualified teachers.

Our ability to collectively bargain is imperative to ensure our compensation packages and working environments are capable of ensuring a living wage and keeping teachers in the classroom.

We must activate our early and aspiring educators. They are on the cutting edge of best practices in teaching and have the energy and motivation to meet the challenges of the 21st century. They are our UEA future;

Most importantly, every child deserves to attend a GREAT public school regardless of their zip code in Utah. Every school must receive adequate funding in order to prepare our students for jobs we can't imagine.

It would be my pleasure to represent you. I will work diligently for all of us.

Experience:

  • AR
  • Co-President PCEA
  • UEA Board of Directors
  • UEA Political Action Committee
  • UEA Budget and Audit Committee
  • HOD delegate
  • NEA RA delegate
  • UEA Negotiations team


Renee Pinkney
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NEA-RA Delegate-At-Large (Three-year term)

Chelsie J. Acosta

(As submitted by the candidate.)

I have been honored to attend the NEA RA in the last two years, representing SLEA/UEA. The first experience was a whirlwind and I fell in love with our union and the work we do nationally and at the state level. Last year I self-funded an SLEA delegate seat. Last summer was a powerful experience and I was incredibly active from the minute I arrived in our state meetings until I went to bed after supporting our Ethnic Caucuses! I learned fast and hard how much works it takes to create an NBI, get support, work the floor/microphone strategies and work across the aisles with other educators from across this nation. I believe that RA is the most powerful tool we have in making institutional change within and without of our union! I work diligently every day of the year for our local/state and national union as an educator and caucus officer. I would be honored to serve UEA at the RA in any capacity, and I believe my experience and proven dedication and hard work here and there, leaves no question of my loyalty. The lens in which I use has been built in the positions on UEA PAC, UEA EMAC, and the SLEA executive board. I am a unionista through and through and promise to work passionately for you!

Chelsie Acosta

Caren Burns

(As submitted by the candidate.)

One of the most valued experiences I have had during my career as an educator has been serving as an RA Delegate for Utah. Not only have my experiences taught me many things about how our association works and impacted my growth as a person, I have met many amazing teacher leaders who have inspired me. I know that at our core, we are a strong group of education advocates who want the best for our students, colleagues, and our association. Despite state and national issues around teacher shortages, educational funding, and harsh education bills, I am proud to say that we, collectively as UEA, are giving our students our best, and keeping up with or exceeding the growth and progress seen in other states.

As an association leader, I do not shy away from risk and I am not afraid to use my voice. At the last two NEA RAs, I organized diverse groups of NEA members to write and pass new business items supporting educators and students in Flint, MI. I also passed an NBI in 2016 that called on NEA to provide more diverse library resources to educators. With your support, I would love to continue my work at the NEA RA for the next three years and keep producing NBIs that will positively impact us here in Utah. Please consider giving me your vote for a three-year term as an NEA RA Delegate At Large.

Caren Burns
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Danny McKenna

(As submitted by the candidate.)

My Fellow UEA Members,

It has been my privilege to serve both the UEA and my local, Uintah County Education Association in various capacities over the past few years. I have served as the Elementary Representative of my local, Co-Vice President, represented Utah at the NEA-Leadership Summit, and had the opportunity to represent educators at EDOH the last two years. This past summer I was given the opportunity to represent my local as our delegate to the NEA-Representative Assembly. All of these opportunities have helped me to better understand our association’s purpose and to grow as a person.

While I was working at the NEA-RA, I noticed that many of our rural locals were underrepresented. It was suggested to me by another member that I should run for NEA-RA Delegate-At-Large. Many of the other delegates I spoke with agreed that having someone from a smaller/rural local fill this position would allow us as an association to better represent all of Utah at the RA. If elected, I will do the hard work that is necessary to best represent the Utah Education Association’s members at the NEA-RA over the next three years.

Danny McKenna

Emily Theresa Stanton

(As submitted by the candidate.)

Dear Fellow UEA Members, In the summer of 2018, as President-Elect of the Cache Education Association, I attended my first RA, and in summer 2019 I will attend again as President.

The 2018 RA was an incredible, difficult experience. Acting as a Delegate was tremendously challenging to me as an individual, as an educator, and as a proud Utahn.

After I returned to my home and classroom in Cache Valley, and reflected on the experience, I concluded that this difficult work is vital to advancing the cause of public education nationally, and I want to continue to be there at the table to advocate for my fellow Utah educators and my students.

I have been proud to be an active member of the UEA since I began my career as an educator in 2006. I currently serve as president of my local Association. I have served many years as AR/ABL, participated in the ELI, presented with my fellow leaders at Summer Leadership Academy, and will present on trauma and resilience at the NEA Summit in March 2019.

Utah is a unique place, and our voice must be represented nationally. In my role as an educator and Association leader I strive to represent Utah students and educators, and I will continue to do so as RA Delegate-At-Large.

Please select me as your RA Delegate-At-Large for the upcoming 3-year-term beginning in July of 2019.

Sincerely, E.Theresa Stanton

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NEA-RA Successor Delegate at Large

Chelsie J. Acosta

(As submitted by the candidate.)

I have been honored to attend the NEA RA in the last two years, representing SLEA/UEA. The first experience was a whirlwind and I fell in love with our union and the work we do nationally and at the state level. Last year I self-funded an SLEA delegate seat. Last summer was a powerful experience and I was incredibly active from the minute I arrived in our state meetings until I went to bed after supporting our Ethnic Caucuses! I learned fast and hard how much works it takes to create an NBI, get support, work the floor/microphone strategies and work across the aisles with other educators from across this nation. I believe that RA is the most powerful tool we have in making institutional change within and without of our union! I work diligently every day of the year for our local/state and national union as an educator and caucus officer. I would be honored to serve UEA at the RA in any capacity, and I believe my experience and proven dedication and hard work here and there, leaves no question of my loyalty. The lens in which I use has been built in the positions on UEA PAC, UEA EMAC, and the SLEA executive board. I am a unionista through and through and promise to work passionately for you!

Chelsie Acosta

UniServ Elections


Eastern NEA-RA Successor Delegate(three-year term)

Marsha L. Curtis

(As submitted by the candidate.)

My name is Marsha Curtis and I am running for the office of NEA-RA Successor Delegate. I have been an active member of the association for thirteen years and I love being able to be a voice for teachers and our students in this state.

I have served as an ABL-Association Building Leader for eight years, a minority representative for two years on our local board and then as local president-elect for two years. I am now serving as a local president. I have also served on the Rules and Resolutions committee for two years and I am currently serving on the EMAC-Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee.

As a representative for the association in different leadership positions I feel I can represent UEA in the NEA-Representative Assembly if the need arrives. I have experience in building relationships with many people in the various leadership roles they hold in the local, state and national level.

If I am elected to the position of NEA-RA Successor Delegate I assure you I will do my best to promote collaboration and success in building positive relationships within our profession and then carrying it out into the community. By fostering a partnership with our community respect can be gained for our teaching profession and it will be elevated and in this space is where we will bring more success for our students.

It would be my honor to represent you as a Successor Delegate.

Marsha Curtis

Davis Director on the UEA Board of Directors (three-year term)

Kallyn Gren

(As submitted by the candidate.)

I have been a member of the Utah Education Association longer than I have been teaching—I first joined as a university student and have never looked back!

Through my time as an AR and an executive board member of the DEA, I have had the opportunity to receive training at the state and national level that has allowed me to develop my own leadership potential—and I am now looking to help other members with that same opportunity. I have seen amazing talent and potential in our district (I am looking at you!) and it is time to let it shine!

If we want our association to thrive, we have to engage our aspiring and early educators. I have experienced this firsthand and the amount that I have been able to learn and accomplish in this short time is beyond what I could have hoped. We need to continue this work to ensure that our Association has a strong future!

I am a proud graduate of Davis School District and from the moment I stopped being a student here, I knew that this is where I wanted to work. I have the great pleasure of living in the northern part of our district while working in both the central and southernmost areas. I know the communities and people that I would be representing in this position, which I feel, would greatly benefit me when making decisions that are in the best interests of our local.

Kallyn Gren

Dan B. Pitcher

(As submitted by the candidate.)

I have been an active member of the association for my entire teaching career. I have fought for the voice of teachers and helped others stand at critical times for important causes. I have been an AR for over twenty years, and currently serve on the Davis Association executive board. The opportunities provided as a member of the board to learn through experience and national trainings has enhanced my ability to lead and serve. I enjoy working with the board as we grapple with tough problems and work to improve the future for all educators.

There is so much untapped power and leadership talent in our association. We need to build communities in every school were teachers can work together to dream and to create schools where teachers enjoy their work and experience the autonomy awarded to professionals.

We need someone on the state board who is willing to be a good listener, but not afraid to speak up for the best interests of our local. This board seat is where we make sure that our association is relevant and influential within the state association. Communication between the state and our local is critical in our work to protect and improve the profession.

I am committed to work for our future.

Dan Pitcher

Davis NEA-RA Successor Delegate (Three-Year term)

Alexis Markos Davis

(As submitted by the candidate.)

I am Alexis Markos Davis and I am running for the position of Davis-NEA RA Successor Delegate.

As a member of the Association through my entire career, I have witnessed immense changes in education. Teachers are asked to do more with larger class sizes. They are working harder than ever, preparing students with an outstanding education, while teaching lifelong skills of social and behavioral needs. All the while having to preserve our profession with a mediocre compensation.

As a Successor Delegate, I will work closely with the UEA Board of Director for Davis Education Association, to see that all members are represented. Members continue to voice trepidations of critical circumstances in education today. It is imperative that their voice be carried on to a state as well as national level. Every level of educators, Early/Aspiring to Veteran Teachers, have immeasurable demands pertinent to where they are in their career.

I have attended the RA (Representative Assembly) twice and understand the importance of representing all association members. I follow NBI's (New Business Items) during the RA and throughout the year, especially those that impact the local-Davis as well as our state Association. I will utilize opportunities to network with Association members, at both a state and national level, to bring new ideas to our local association throughout the year.

I currently serve on the Davis Executive Board, UEA BPR & R, and Davis District Insurance Committee.

Please elect me as the Davis-NEA RA Successor Delegate, and I pledge to represent YOU.

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Jordan Director on the UEA Board of Directors (one-year term)

Jody DeLand

(As submitted by the candidate.)

As a parent and educator, I have a vested interest in the education field. Each year I find my job as a teacher rewarding yet more difficult. I will represent the interests of my local UniServ and make informed decisions based on the interests of the entire UEA membership.

Dan Pitcher

Northern Director on the UEA Board of Directors (three-year term)

Jeanie Papiernik

(As submitted by the candidate.)

My name is Jeanie Papiernik and I am running for the office of Northern Director on the UEA Board of Directors.

I love being a part of an Association that puts students at the heart of everything we do. I have been a member of UEA since my first year of teaching, eighteen years ago, and have been actively involved in the Association ever since. I have the knowledge, experience, and desire necessary to serve you as the Northern Director. My experience includes: serving on the Northern Utah Uniserv Council, Association Building Leader, Local President for LEA, Executive Board Member of the Logan Education Association, and as a delegate at the NEA Representative Assembly. I currently hold a seat on the UEA Political Action Committee and am serving as the Northern Director on the UEA Board of Directors filling the term for my good friend and mentor, Paula Zsiray. There are so many good people in the teaching profession and I am privileged to get to associate with many of them throughout the state of Utah in this capacity.

Teaching is a difficult but rewarding career. I know the hard work we are doing as an Association makes a positive difference in the lives of teachers and students. I am a good listener, but I’m not afraid to speak up. I would be honored to have your vote and continue serving you as the Northern Director on the UEA Board of Directors.

Jeanie Papiernik

Ogden-Weber Director on the UEA Board of Directors (Three-year term)

Marjean Wayment

(As submitted by the candidate.)

It has been an honor to be your Ogden/Weber Director for the UEA Board of Directors since 2016. The amount of commitment and dedication your colleagues put forth for the good of public education is awe-inspiring. What an amazing experience it has been to represent you and be a part of this team.

My dedication and ask is to be your voice for The Ogden/Weber UniServ. I am here to listen, discuss, and inform you of the importance of education issues, the value of membership and the strength it brings our profession, as well as, speak on your behalf at the state level. I have seen this position, a direct line to the state, strengthen our organization and I would be honored to serve you once again in this seat. I ask for your vote for this next three-year term. /p>

I feel it is an honor to be in this profession one that puts the success of students in the heart of everything we do.

  • Currently teaching 5th grade in Weber School District.
  • Teaching - 14 years
  • Association Representative - six years
  • The WEA Elementary Representative - four years
  • Summer Leadership Academy - five years
  • NEA Representative Assembly - five years
  • NEA Leadership training in Washington, D.C.
  • CARF Board member
  • WEA Elections chair
Marjean Wayment

Woodland Peaks Director on the UEA Board of Directors (three-year term)


Marty Davis

(As submitted by the candidate.)

I am running for the position of Woodland Peaks Director on the UEA Board of Directors. I have taught kindergarten for 17 years and am a wife, mother of 9 and grandmother of 10, with two on the way!

As I began my career, I saw how political education is. I saw how the individual voices of teachers, parents and students were not truly heard when it came right down to policies, education funding and educational practices. I realized that although kindergarten is my home, I needed to influence more than just my students. The Nebo Education Association changed how I thought about my voice in education. I had a voice in the Nebo EA. I had one in the UEA through my representatives.

As members of the UEA, we each have a voice in influencing how education looks in Utah. In the past three years as the Woodland Peaks Director, I have represented a positive, conservative view with an eye to the future of our profession.

I would like to continue in this position because I have learned a great deal, and continue to learn and grow as an education professional and an Association leader. I have invested my time and effort into the UEA board and they into me, I am just catching my stride! My goal is to improve communication with the teachers of Carbon, Provo and Nebo as well as encouraging positive opportunities for the teachers in our local schools and communities.

Marty Davis

Christy Giblon

(As submitted by the candidate.)

I am running for the position of Woodland Peaks Director on the UEA Board because I am passionate about representing the unique interests of the teachers in my Uniserv.

I am a Band Director at Dixon Middle School where I have been teaching for 12 years and have been an educator for 19 years. I have served for 10 years as a member of the Provo Education Association Board, the last 6 years as President. I have also served on the UEA Election Committee and the Bargaining, Professional Rights and Responsibilities Committee.

In my experience with association leadership I have learned that all members should have a voice at the table and that leaders should value the input of all those they represent, even when input is received that is in disagreement with our own ideas and preferences.

I want this opportunity to represent the diverse perspectives that make up the Uniserv. Teachers in Carbon, Provo, and Nebo School Districts all have differing viewpoints and may need different specific types of support from UEA. If elected, I intend to listen to the varying interests of our combined local associations and represent those interests on the UEA Board of Directors.

I value the work done by those at the local, state and national levels of our professional association and look forward to an opportunity to continue my service in representing our membership.

Christy Giblon
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