Robert Strickler – AEA President
In simple terms: As President of AEA, I’m here to help you any way I can! It is my bottom line responsibility to work toward – and to insure – an atmosphere in the AUSD that allows you, as the classroom professional that you are, to be the very best teacher you can possibly be. Those efforts fall into 2 major areas: (1) Enforcement of the Contract: primarily in the arenas of communication, crisis intervention, insuring professional and personal rights, and accessing whatever resources necessary to insure the above; and (2) Enhancing the Contract: with the underlying premise of the greatest good for the greatest number of bargaining unit members.
Valorie Luke – AEA Vice President, Prospects High School
The vice president of AEA attends all representative council meetings, all executive board meetings, and any other meetings as deemed necessary by the president. The vice president performs any duties assigned by the president. The vice president also assumes the role of the president — temporarily — should the president be unavailable to serve for an extended period of time.
Pennie Davis – AEA Secretary, Grant Elementary
The association secretary is a voting member of the AEA Executive Board. The secretary takes the minutes at both the Executive Board meetings and at the Representative Council meetings.
Lars Blomberg – AEA Treasurer, Antioch Middle School
As treasurer you are the financial representative for AEA. Job responsibilities include the following:
1. Exercise general supervision over the receipt and disbursement of all AEA’s funds.
- Receive all funds for AEA and be responsible for the safekeeping and accurate accounting of these funds.
- Disburse funds for all obligations, including dues and fees, rent, reimbursements, payroll, and other bills.
2. Have official custody of all funds and property of AEA
- Act as custodian for the safekeeping and maintenance of all property and supplies of AEA.
3. Supervise and prepare the annual budget and periodic financial reports, and the preparation and distribution of the annual financial report.
- Prepare the annual budget.
- Prepare and present timely reports of the financial status of AEA.
- Submit an annual financial report to the Executive Board and Rep Council.
- Submit timely membership and financial reports to CTA, NEA and other agencies as required by policies and law (including but not limited to information tax returns and annual PERB financial reports).
4. Prepare financial papers for the annual audit.
5. Attend monthly Executive Board meetings and monthly Rep Council meetings.
Karen Vargas – Elementary Schools’ Liaison, Kimball Elementary
Denise W. James – Elementary Schools’ Liaison, Lone Tree Elementary
Linda Rhymes – Middle Schools’ Liaison, Black Diamond Middle School
Kirsten Rocheleau – High Schools’ Liaison – Antioch High School
Each school site is entitled to one representative on the AEA Representative Council for every twenty members on its faculty. Since the AEA President cannot directly address the questions and concerns of every member or representative in a timely fashion the liaison position was created to provide support. Members are encouraged to first consult their contract either in hard copy or on our union website. If the issue is not resolved through a contract read, members should then seek out guidance from their individual site representative member(s). Ultimately, if the issue can’t be resolved at that level, it then becomes the liaison’s responsibility to become involved. The liaisons will work directly with the AEA President, Executive Board, and/or CTA staff to promptly achieve a satisfactory solution to their problems. The liaison serves as a voting member of the Executive Board and is required to attend all Executive Board and Representative Council meetings.
Sara Savacool – State Council Representative
Robert Strickler – State Council Representative
What is State Council?
The CTA State Council of Education is the democratic arm of CTA. The Council votes on all legislation on which CTA takes a position – either for or against. We meet four times a year in Los Angeles, spending nearly all of the weekend in committee or general sessions. The members can select which committee he or she would like to join, and most of the time the request is honored. The committees range from Special Education, Civil Rights in Education, Professional Rights and Responsibility, Safety, Language Acquisitions, etc.
Representatives come from a myriad of areas: Pre-K-12, higher education, County schools, school psychologists, nurses, etc. Our members represent all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, political leanings, and each member has an equal say at State Council.
State Council reps are elected for three year terms, and cannot serve longer than nine consecutive years. The Council is a great place to learn and appreciate the democratic process, to truly understand the workings of our State legislature.