2018 announced candidates for MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors

2018 announced candidates for MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors

Area I
Tom Maher
Brothers and Sisters,
I am a proud Union member! Proud to be MSEA-SEIU Local 1989! I started work for the State in 1992 and became a steward as soon as I passed probation.
I’ve served as steward and chief steward for twenty-five years, served on more committees than I can list, and served on the board for two terms plus. I have been chapter president of the Penobscot chapter.
I have been your Area I board member for five years and think my experience with the board, committees, and many years on contract bargaining teams have helped me work for you on the board.
I believe you deserve the best representation and I will always fight to give you my best because you deserve nothing less.
During my time on the board, we have all worked to increase our membership successfully. I listen, and you deserve a member who will listen to you, work for your success and not accept losses. If you trust me with this job I will always do my best. I will listen to you and work for the best for all members. I am proud of the work I have done but there is so much more we need to do. Every member deserves to be heard. All voices are important.
I promise to continue to provide the same effort and energy and that I have given to my brothers and sisters for over twenty five years.
In Solidarity, Tom Maher

Area II
Jennifer Neumeyer
Usually people ask for your vote and tell you their qualifications in why they should be elected. In fact, I’ve done it before myself. I’m going to tell you a little story:
I don’t need to tell you that MSEA is one big family. You already know this. We have a Dad & Mom. Sometimes a Mom & Dad or two Moms or two Dads. We have MANY brothers and sisters. And like any family we argue, we fight, we don’t always agree on things or how things should be done. But we are still one big family. And we care about each other. We want to see each other succeed and be well. But when we see an injustice against one of us, that’s when we are at our best. We come together to right the wrongs. We, truly, are Stronger Together. And to be that we need strength and we need knowledge.
This isn’t a job that you learn in one year or even two years; there are so many nuances with this job, and it is a job, that you will still find yourself hungry to learn more. It isn’t an easy job. Your votes will be questioned, you will hear from delegates, who wonder what is “work session” or “executive session”. Then you have to make some hard decisions and live with them. Just like members of your family; your siblings will question you on your decision-making skills. But in the end, it’s answering those questions that makes you a better person in the long run; a better, more effective board member.
This November we are in for the biggest fight on the political battlefront. We need strength, integrity and knowledge. Now is not the time hesitate.
If you really do want to see my qualifications, then reach out to me. If you like those qualifications, then please vote for me. Thank you!

Area II
George O’Connor
I would like to announce my candidacy to refill my current position as an Area II Director to the MSEA Board.
I am a 14-year state employee, having worked for both Agriculture and DAFS. I am an active steward in the Capitol area and have served on the Grievance Committee, helping to defend the rights of MSEA members.

Area II
Dave Projansky
Name: David Projansky
Department: DHHS/OADS
Worksite: 41 Anthony Ave., Augusta
Phone #: (207) 240-0507
Email: dcprojansky@gmail.com
Union Experience (offices held, committees, chapter work, etc.): Capitol Western Chapter (President); Area II Caucus (Chair); Chief Steward; MSEA Committees; Area II Caucus President/Vice Presidents Committee (Chair); Chief Stewards Organizing Committee (Chair); Organizational Review Committee (Chair); DHHS Statewide Labor/Mgmt. Committee (Chair); Solidarity Committee; Supervisory Grievance Committee; Co-Founder MSEA Steward’s Guild; PASER member; and MSEA delegate to the Western Maine Labor Council (serve as Secretary/Treasurer).
I am announcing my candidacy for the 2019 MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors. This is an opportunity to represent all our members and to provide a consistent message in these dynamic times. I feel it is my responsibility to use my knowledge and experience to help build a stronger MSEA-SEIU. These are challenging times for MSEA. With the Janus decision and the loss of the service fee, MSEA will face financial and logistical uncertainties over the next several years. Tough decisions will have to be made.
I have also served on the Bargaining Team for the last two Executive Branch contracts. Bargaining for a contract can be a difficult and lengthy experience. It is important for any member of the bargaining team to have patience, dedication and a strong working knowledge of the current contract to negotiate successfully.
Although we need to focus on today, we also must prepare for the future. I have a strong commitment to education and mentoring. With the Board’s input, MSEA requires a plan ensuring that our current leaders work and prepare the next generation of future union leaders passing on the institutional knowledge critical to MSEA’s sustainability. This can be achieved throughout the membership beginning with our stewards and worksite leaders. I was very fortunate to be involved in the creation of the Steward’s Guild for developing and mentoring these future leaders.
My name is Dave Projansky. I thank all those who have educated, mentored and supported me as a member of MSEA-SEIU. I ask you, the Area II delegates, to cast your vote in support of me for the position of your representative to the Board of Directors.

Area III
Kaylene Godwin
Hello! My name is Kaylene Godwin and I am running for an Area III Board of Directors position. I want to play an active role in the ongoing improvement of working conditions and the many facets of working for state government. I see the position as an excellent way to be a part of a team that is not only capable of improving current working conditions, but also the bigger picture of providing a better future and setting standards high for workplace equality and freedoms. If elected, it would be my goal to get more frontline workers involved in our union, and empower them to use their voice at a time when it is so important
to speak. I would appreciate your vote for me,
Kaylene Godwin, for an Area III Board of Directors position

Area III
Lisa Morgan
My name is Lisa Morgan and I am announcing my candidacy for the 2019 MSEA-SEIU Board of Directors for Area III; and I am humbly asking for your support.
For those who are not familiar with me, I have been an MSEA member for 23 years, having signed my membership card on the first day of employment with the Judicial Branch in September 1995. Since the beginning I have been, and continue to be, an active member. I am currently Vice President of the Judicial Chapter, a Chief Steward, and on the VEBA Board. In the past I have served on many committees (some as chair) as well as having served both as Board Secretary and as a Director for Area III.
I come with experience and an eager willingness to learn and grow within the challenging landscape that is the labor movement of today. I bring with me the heart, the time, the dedication, and the fortitude to be your advocate in the board room and at the worksite. I believe the role of a Director is multi-faceted and incorporates setting policy, developing a strategic plan for both the short and long-term goals, as well as the ability to bring forth the vision and program of our union to you, the members.
It is also about being a part of MSEA’s leadership team. Communicating with worksite leaders and members, helping members who are passionate about donating their time and talent find their own niche within MSEA, and working to inspire and motivate members to become more informed and involved, as well as identifying, cultivating and mentoring our future leaders.
I believe in the hard fought and tough won rights of collective bargaining, and at the same time understand that without its members, each and every one, there is no union. We must all stand together to make a difference – a difference in the workplace, in our communities, and at home.
In Solidarity, Lisa Morgan

Retiree Director
Penny Whitney-Asdourian
Greetings to all my union brothers and sisters! I am Penny Whitney-Asdourian of Scarborough. I retired in 2011 after 33 years of state service with the Maine Judicial Branch. Over the past two years, it has been my honor to serve you as a retiree board director, and I am hoping that I have done so in such a way to gain your trust and confidence. I am seeking re-election to my board seat and am asking for your support.
My personal story isn’t all that unique within our membership. I grew up in a union household, learned the value and ethics of hard work and union membership. I worked with MSEA to gain collective bargaining rights for Judicial Branch employees, and once that was law, to organize judicial employees to join MSEA. I sat on bargaining teams, labor management committees, was a steward and chief steward, chapter officer and delegate. I am currently a member and President of the Androscoggin Valley Retirees Chapter.
During my time as a retiree I have worked hard to find a healthy balance for myself, staying busy with community causes, dedicating myself to our union and the labor movement, trying my best to stay healthy, and finding time to enjoy what I’ve been told is the slower pace of retirement.
I take great pride in working for the membership of MSEA. To be honest, this union feels like home as I’ve pretty much grown up here, and many of the members are like family. I have done my best to represent you and your interests as your Retiree Director over the past two years and I hope you will entrust me to continue that work. I respectfully ask for your support and your vote.
In Solidarity, Penny S. Whitney-Asdourian

Retiree Director
Bob Ruhlin
To my fellow Retiree Delegates:
My name is Bob Ruhlin and I am currently serving as an Alternate Director. I am running for the position of Retiree Director for a two (2)-year term. I joined MSEA on June 28, 1965, as an active member and have remained “active” ever since.
I have served the organization in many capacities over the years. I don’t think that there is much that I could tell most of you about me that you do not already know.
My promise to you is to remember the past and how we “got here” and continue to ask questions on issues before I vote until I am satisfied that both the Retirees and the Actives are being best served by MSEA. I thank you in advance for the support.
Bob Ruhlin

Retiree Director
Loren Snow
Hello retired brothers and sisters of MSEA,
I am running for retiree director and asking for your vote.
I have been a working member from 1979 to 2008 when I retired. After I retired, I have stayed active. I have served on several committees, and been president and vice president of my chapters, and also a delegate. Right now I’m president of the Harold West Retirees Chapter.
MSEA is very important to me and I believe we need to stand strong together, and work together recruiting new members, and getting new active members involved to make our voices heard.
In Solidarity, Loren Snow

Updated: October 24, 2018 — 2:57 PM