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OCEA Board of Directors

Meet OCEA's leaders! These are our member-elected Board of Directors members! These OCEA members keep OCEA on course!

OCEA is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors, elected by our membership. Our Board determines the policies and general direction that guide OCEA and its staff. Each Board member is a member of OCEA. Cumulatively our Board of Directors possess many decades of experience in guiding OCEA!

 

OCEA Board of Directors Executive Committee

The OCEA Executive Committee is comprised of OCEA's officers. The committee meets weekly at OCEA.

Lezlee Neebe - OCEA President

Superior Court

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.

Board member Q/A | Board member corner: Leadership: What is your contribution going to be? | At work with: Lezlee Neebe

 

Alan Dean Clow - OCEA First Vice President

Public Defender

Alan, a Senior Investigator at the Orange County Public Defender’s office, was hired in 1996. He joined OCEA the same year, becoming a Board member in 2005 and a steward in 2008.

He currently serves as OCEA First Vice President and chair of the Legislative Committee. He is also a member of OCEA’s Communication Committee. Alan is a member of many OCEA bargaining teams and has represented OCEA and OCPD members in meetings with the Board of Supervisors. He was OCPD Investigators President from 2002-04, and worked with the OCPD Attorney’s Association, the California Prosecutors Association and OCEA to add OCPD Investigators to AB 2023, which was signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2003. He has worked with the United States Army Military Police and the Coronado Police Department.

Alan was named Orange County Public Defender Investigator of the Year in 2009.

Board member Q/A | At work with: Alan Clow

 

Judy Bowling - OCEA Second Vice President

Public Defender

Judy, a Senior Investigator at the Orange County Public Defender’s office, was hired in 1996. She joined OCEA the same year, becoming a steward in 2011 and a Board member in 2012.

She currently serves as chair of OCEA’s Scholarship Committee and is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance and communications committees. She was named Orange County Public Defender Investigator of the Year in 2000 and is the recipient of OCEA’s Perfect Attendance and Civic Engagement awards.

At her agency, Judy serves on the Public Defender Labor Management Committee.

Board member Q/A | At work with: Judy Bowling

 

Anjali Essoe - OCEA Treasurer

Sheriff-Coroner Department

Anjali, an Education Services Coordinator with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, was hired in 2000. She joined OCEA in 2001, becoming a steward in 2009 and a Board member in 2012.

She is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance and external communications committees, and is a bargaining team member and Health Fair volunteer. Anjali is a recipient of OCEA’s Perfect Attendance Award, and has twice received each the Outstanding Steward and President’s awards.

At her agency, she has participated in Sheriff’s Department arbitrations.

Board member Q/A | At work with: Anjali Essoe

 

Chris Prevatt - OCEA Secretary

Health Care Agency

Chris, a Program Supervisor I at Orange County Health Care Agency, was hired in 1997. He joined OCEA in 2000, becoming a steward in 2006 and a Board member from 2007 to 2009. He was reappointed in 2011.

Chris is also a member of OCEA’s external communications and retirement committees, and is a general elected member of the Orange County Employees Retirement System Board. He has twice received OCEA’s President’s Award.

At his agency, Chris is a co-team leader of the HCA Labor Management Committee and chair of the LMC’s subcommittee on workplace enhancements and cost savings.

Board member Q/A | At work with: Chris Prevatt | Get involved with: Chris Prevatt

 

Maria Corona - OCEA Insurance Officer

Health Care Agency

Maria, a Staff Assistant at Orange County Health Care AgencyÑOffice 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.

Board member Q/A | At work with: Maria Corona

 

 

OCEA Board of Directors

 

Sharron Anderson

County Executive Office/Procurement Office

Sharron, an Office Specialist at the Orange County Executive OfficeÑProcurement, was hired in 1981. She joined OCEA in 1982, becoming a steward in 1983 and a Board member in 2009.

She is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance, holiday party and legislative committees. Sharron has been a member and alternate on many OCEA bargaining teams, and has received OCEA’s Perfect Attendance Award numerous times.

At her agency, Sharron was previously a member of the CEO Labor Management Committee and the CEO Recognition Committee.

Board member Q/A | At work with: Sharron Anderson

 

Russell Baldwin

Sheriff-Coroner Department

Russell, a Senior Forensic Scientist at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, was hired in 1990. He joined OCEA the same year, becoming a steward from 1998 to 2007, and again in 2013. He was a Board member from 1997 to 2007, and again in 2013.

He is a member of OCEA’s legislative and retirement committees. He has been a member of many OCEA bargaining teams, and is a recipient of OCEA’s President’s and Perfect Attendance awards.

At his agency, Russell was a member of the OCSD Labor Management Committee during its lifetime and organized successful inequity adjustments for forensic scientists. Russell also served as a general elected member of the Orange County Employees Retirement System Board from 2004 to 2012.

At work with: Russell Baldwin

 

Dan Beam

Sheriff-Coroner Department

Dan, a Sheriff’s Special Officer II at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, was hired in 1988. He joined OCEA in 1990, becoming a steward in 2002 and a Board member in 2008.

He is a member of OCEA’s Legislative Committee. He served as SSO/Deputy Coroner Unit Executive Committee Vice Chair from 1999 to 2012, and has been a member of many OCEA Bargaining teams, and the OCSD Labor Management and Joint Labor Management committees. Dan was part of a team that worked against layoffs and employee reclassifications in 2010.

He is stationed at John Wayne Airport.

Board member Q/A | At work with: Dan Beam

 

Rick Burns

Superior Court

Rick, a Court Clerk III at Orange County Superior Court, was hired in 1996. He joined OCEA in 1999, becoming a steward in 2008 and a Board member in 2013.

He is a member of OCEA’s legislative and scholarship committees, and is a Superior Court bargaining team member.

At work with: Rick Burns | Get involved with: Rick Burns

 

Liza Cooper-Butler

Public Defender

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.

 

Dea Evans

Probation Department

Dea, an Information Processing Technician at the Orange County Probation Department, was hired in 1998. She joined OCEA the same year, becoming a steward in 2012. She serves on the OCEA Steward Advisory Committee and is an annual volunteer for the Health Fair.

At her agency, she is a member of the Probation Labor Management Committee. Dea is a recipient of OCEA’s Perfect Attendance, New Leader and President’s awards. She wants to be elected to the Board to dedicate her skills to strengthening OCEA.

 

Ian Foster

OC Public Works

Ian, a Senior Land Surveyor at Orange County Public Works, was hired in 1989. He left the County in 1997 and returned in 1999. He joined OCEA in 1989Ñand again when he returned to the CountyÑbecoming a steward in 2006 and a Board member in 2013.

He is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance and retirement committees. He is a bargaining team member and has participated in many election-related activities.

At his agency, Ian serves on the OC Public Works Labor Management Committee. He is also a member of the California Land Surveyors Association.

At work with: Ian Foster

 

Robert Hendricks

Superior Court

Robert Hendricks is an OCEA Bargaining Team veteran with three contracts under his belt. He is also a Steward at the Superior Court where he helps to lead the Court General Unit. Robert works as a User Support Technician II and has been a member of OCEA since 2000.

His community involvement includes membership in the Freemasons and is a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member in Santa Ana.

Robert believes that his experience and knowledge would be a benefit on the OCEA Board of Directors and looks forward to having a larger platform where he can continue fighting for the rights of his coworkers at the Courts.

 

John Leos

Probation Department

John, a Deputy Juvenile Correctional Officer II at the Orange County Probation Department, was hired in 1996. He joined OCEA in 1997, becoming a steward in 2005 and a Board member from 2008 to 2009, and in 2011 and 2014.

He is a member of the OCEA Legislative Committee, and is a bargaining team member.

At his agency, John serves on the Probation Labor Management Committee and off-duty-arming workgroup.

At work with: John Leos

 

Paul Nguyen

Social Services Agency

Paul, a Social Services Supervisor I at Orange County Social Services Agency, was hired in 2006. He joined OCEA the same year. Paul was laid off in the beginning of 2009, but was rehired several months later with the help of OCEA. He became a steward in 2010 and a Board member in 2011.

He is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance, catastrophic employee leave and external communications committees. Paul is an OCEA bargaining team member, and recipient of OCEA’s New Leader and Civic Engagement awards.

At his agency, he is a member of the SSA Labor Management Committee.

Board member Q/A | At work with: Paul Nguyen

 

Ryan Ramos

Health Care Agency

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 committeesÑand was previously a member of the OCEA Scholarship Committee.

He is also a bargaining team member.

Board member Q/A | At work with: Ryan Ramos

 

Evelyn Reyes

Probation Department

Evelyn, a Supervising Juvenile Correctional Officer at the Orange County Probation Department, was hired in 1989 and joined OCEA in 1990.

At work with: Evelyn Reyes

 

Pamela Waters

Orange County Public Library

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.

Board member Q/A | At work with: Pamela Waters

 

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