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Our Staff

At OCEA, we have the best staff of any union in the state. We emphasize team work and cooperation, and we have mutual respect for each other and the important work that makes OCEA function each day. Meet our staff:

Corena Alvarez

Senior Accountant

Corena performs a wide range of accounting duties.
 

Elizabeth Banach

Chief Financial Officer

Elizabeth serves as OCEA's Chief Financial Officer and is a member of the OCEA Leadership Team.

 

Charles "CB" Barfield

Operations Manager

CB directs and guides the labor relations staff. He assists members regarding OCEA programs, and he represents members in grievances and disciplinary appeals. He provides advice and guidance regarding labor relations matters, and he participates in bargaining. He is also a member of OCEA's Leadership Team.
 

Nick Berardino

General Manager

Nick carries out the policies of OCEA as determined by the Board of Directors. He oversees and directs OCEA's staff.
 

Joshua Boudreaux

Labor Relations Representative

Josh assists members regarding OCEA programs, and he represents members in grievances and disciplinary appeals. He provides advice and guidance regarding labor relations matters, and he participates in bargaining.
 

Donald Drozd

General Counsel/Staff Operations Officer

Don is OCEA's primary legal adviser, and he is a member of OCEA's Leadership Team.
 

Mitchell Enright

Senior Database Manager / Network Administrator

Mitch handles Information Technology matters for OCEA, including administering OCEA's computer network.
 

Frank Flavin

Senior Labor Relations Representative

Frank assists members regarding OCEA programs, and he represents members in grievances and disciplinary appeals. He provides advice and guidance regarding labor relations matters, and he participates in bargaining.
 

Bo Gutierrez

Labor Relations Representative

Bo assists members regarding OCEA programs, and he represents members in grievances and disciplinary appeals.  He provides advice and guidance regarding labor relations matters, and he participates in bargaining.
 

Sunny Hermosillo

Administrative Assistant

Sunny assists the Assistant General Manager in day-to-day duties. She also assists with all major meetings and performs a variety of other duties.
 

Janice Lee

Administrative Assistant

Janice assists the General Manager in day-to-day duties. She also assists with all major meetings and performs a variety of other duties.
 

Jerry Martel

Office Specialist

Jerry performs a wide range of support activities.
 

Tracie Mills

Member Benefits Representative

Tracie assists members in matters relating to OCEA-administered benefits, including Health and Welfare benefits and supplemental benefits. She also assists others who are entitled to OCEA-administered benefits.
 

Jennifer Muir

Assistant General Manager

Jennifer overseas OCEA’s operations, directs OCEA’s communications activities and is a senior policy advisor. She is a member of OCEA’s Leadership team.
 

Joanna Nachurski

Program Coordinator

Joanna manages all areas of OCEA's Special Events program and Discounts program.
 

Jamie Newton

Senior Labor Relations Representative

Jaime assists members regarding OCEA programs, and she represents members in grievances and disciplinary appeals. She provides advice and guidance regarding labor relations matters, and she participates in bargaining.
 

Llesena Ontiveras

Senior Labor Relations Representative

Llesena assists members regarding OCEA programs, and she represents members in grievances and disciplinary appeals. She provides advice and guidance regarding labor relations matters, and she participates in bargaining.
 

Aaron Peardon

Senior Labor Relations Representative

Aaron assists members regarding OCEA programs, and he represents members in grievances and disciplinary appeals.  He provides advice and guidance regarding labor relations matters, and he participates in bargaining.
 

Niyaz Pirani

Communications/Social Media Organizer

Niyaz creates content for OCEA communications including the website and magazine. He manages OCEA’s social media presence and assists with organizing drives.
 

Carlos Rosales

Office Specialist

Carlos performs a wide range of support activities.
 

Kevin Rush

Communications Production Manager

Kevin is the graphic designer of OCEA’s communications and he produces an array of OCEA’s literature, including OCEA Employee magazine.
 

Tim Steed

Internal Organizer

Tim serves as Internal Organizer at OCEA, overseeing membership recruitment, engagement and action.
 

Amy Trinh

Member Benefits Representative

Amy assists members in matters relating to OCEA-administered benefits, including Health and Welfare benefits and supplemental benefits.  She also assists others who are entitled to OCEA-administered benefits.
 

Denise Velasco

Labor Relations Representative

Denise assists members regarding OCEA programs, and she represents members in grievances and disciplinary appeals. She provides advice and guidance regarding labor relations matters.
 

Jannelle Welker

Office Specialist

Jannelle is OCEA's receptionist and performs a range of other duties.
 

Barbara Wilcox

Member Benefits Representative

Barbara assists members in matters relating to OCEA-administered benefits, including Health and Welfare benefits and supplemental benefits. She also assists others who are entitled to OCEA-administered benefits.
 

Cathy Yatch

Administrative Manager

Cathy serves as an Administrative Manager at OCEA, including overseeing Velece Insurance Corporation, OCEA Special Events and Discounts, and the administrative support team. She is also a member of OCEA's Leadership Team.
 
 

Velece Insurance Corporation

 
 

Doug Dittrich

Velece Insurance Agent

Doug is a licensed Insurance Agent for Velece Insurance Corporation, serving OCEA members, County and Court employees, and the general public.
 

Sonja Lindquist   

Velece Insurance Agent

Sonja is a licensed Insurance Agent for Velece Insurance Cor[poration, serving OCEA members, County and Court employees, and the general public.
 

Jenny Lopez

Velece Insurance Agent

Jenny is a licensed Insurance Agent for Velece Insurance Corporation, serving OCEA members, County and Court employees, and the general public.

 

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