H&W Board of Trustees

OCEA’s Health & Welfare Trust was created by members for members. The Trust is governed by a seven-member board of trustees elected by OCEA members working for the County and the Superior Court. By standing together, OCEA members are able to offer affordable benefits that keep our families healthy and strong.

Liza Cooper-Butler

OCEA Board Member

Liza Cooper-Butler has stood with her fellow OCEA members for more than 18-years and been active for every one of them. She has served as a Steward, a member of the Bargaining Team and played a key role on the Contract Action Team last year. Liza works for the Public Defender’s Office as a Payroll Administrator/Staff Assistant and has been with the County since 1997. She is also one of our newest delegates to the Orange County Labor Federation. Liza wants to be a strong voice for her coworkers and take part in continuing to empower OCEA. She truly cares for the well-being of her colleagues and brings a strong work ethic to the Board of Directors.

Maria Corona

Maria Corona

OCEA Insurance Officer

Maria, a Staff Assistant at Orange County Health Care Agency,—Office of Health Policy and Communication, was hired in 2000. She joined OCEA the same year, becoming a steward in 2003 and a Board member in 2008. She currently serves as OCEA Insurance Officer and trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust, and was previously OCEA Treasurer. Maria is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance, catastrophic employee leave, communication, and retirement committees, and has been a Health Fair volunteer and member of many OCEA bargaining teams. She is a recipient of OCEA’s President’s, Perfect Attendance, and Civic Engagement awards. At her agency, she is a member of the HCA Labor Management Committee.

Jose Gomez

Trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust

Jose, an Office Technician in the Social Services Agency, was hired by the County in 1993. He has been an member since 2000, when he was promoted into an OCEA-represented bargaining unit. He currently serves as a trustee of the OCEA Health and Welfare Trust and served on the 2015 Bargaining Team. Jose has always been a workplace leader but made it official in 2014 when he became a Steward. He has earned the President’s Council Award and the Perfect Attendance Award two-years in a row. Jose also supports his coworkers at Orangewood Children’s Home where he puts in plenty of overtime. He is always lending a helping hand at events including Veterans Day and the annual Health Fair.

Lezlee Neebe

OCEA President

Lezlee, a Court Clerk III at Orange County Superior Court, was hired in 1992. She joined OCEA on her hiring date, becoming a steward in 1994 and a Board member in 1995. She currently serves as OCEA President; a trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust; on the OCEA Political Action Committee; and as a Vice President on the Orange County Labor Federation Executive Committee. As union President, Lezlee serves as an ad-hoc member on all OCEA committees, including OCEA’s external communications (chair), budget & finance, catastrophic employee leave, communication, legislative, political action (Executive Board) and scholarship committees. She previously served as OCEA First Vice President. She has been a member of many OCEA bargaining teams.

Lani Nguyen

Trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust

Lani, an Auditor-Appraiser III at the Assessor's office, was hired in 1996. She joined OCEA in 1997, becoming a steward in 2008. She currently serves as a trustee of the OCEA Health and Welfare Trust and was a bargaining team member. She currently serves as OCEA Insurance Officer and trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust, and was previously OCEA Treasurer. Maria is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance, catastrophic employee leave, communication, and retirement committees, and has been a Health Fair volunteer and member of many OCEA bargaining teams. She is a recipient of OCEA’s President’s, Perfect Attendance, and Civic Engagement awards. At her agency, she is a member of the HCA Labor Management Committee.

Ryan Ramos

OCEA Board Member

Ryan, a Research Analyst IV with the Orange County Health Care Agency, was hired in 2006. He joined OCEA the same year, becoming a steward in 2010 and a Board member in 2012. Ryan currently serves as chair of the Health & Welfare Trust and on the OCEA Political Action Committee. He is a member of OCEA’s catastrophic employee leave, legislative, and retirement committees—and was previously a member of the OCEA Scholarship Committee. He is also a bargaining team member.

Pamela Waters

OCEA Board Member

Pamela, a Secretary II at Orange County Public Library, was hired in 1987. She joined OCEA in 1988, becoming a steward the same year and a Board member in 1993. She has served as a trustee of the Health & Welfare Trust, since its inception, and is also a member of OCEA’s budget & finance, catastrophic employee leave, communications, legislative, retirement and scholarship committees. She has been a member of many OCEA bargaining teams and is a Health Fair volunteer.