Project Description


President   Diana Abasta
Vice-President   Nicole Drabecki
Secretary   Stefanie Enokian
Treasurer   Alyson Edge

High School Director   Vacant

  • Burbank High
  • Monterey
  • Adult School

High School Director   Jessica Mayes

  • John Burroughs High
  • Community Day
  • New Vista
  • Independent Learning Academy (ILA)

Middle School Director   Lisa Raluy

  • Huerta
  • Luther
  • Muir
  • Teachers On Special Assignment (TOSA)

Elementary Director   Vacant

  • Emerson
  • Jefferson
  • McKinley
  • Miller
  • Stevenson

Elementary Director  Sarah Schwartz

  • Bret Harte
  • Disney
  • Edison
  • Providencia
  • Roosevelt
  • Washington

At-Large Director   Michelle Dixon

  • Mann Special Ed
  • Magnolia Park
  • Special Education (SPED)

State Council Reps.   Jerry Mullady, Mark Norberg, Bridget Highfill (Alternate)

Adult School – Fred Rivas

Burbank High School – Allison Murphy, Natalie Setaghian, Gina DiFrancesco, Laura Messian 

Burroughs High School – Alexis Weiner, David Hedin-Abreu, Dawn Snowden 

Bret Harte – Dahlia Dobbertin, Cassidy Gavin-Hennings

Community Day School – Trevor Rapp

Disney Elementary – Elizabeth Frederiksen

Edison Elementary – Sandy Fischer, Becky Tipton, Geneva Tarandek, Rachel Zonshine

Emerson Elementary – Margarita Tubbs, Jamie Davis

Horace Mann SE– Cathi Zsupnik

Huerta Middle School – Amy Fuhr, Dana Ragle, Anna Rodriquez, Amanda Gonzalez

Independent Learning Academy – Heather Good

Jefferson Elementary – Olivia Boyce, Dylan Winfield

Luther Middle School – Laurie Harmon, Michael Concidine

Magnolia Park – Maggie Hess-Witucki

McKinley Elementary – Jackie Howe, Kasey Palermo

Miller Elementary – Jason Ragle, Debbie Winstein, Joan Becker

Monterey High School –

Muir Middle School – Jessica Wertlieb, Mark Norberg, Shelly Burish, Eric Blinder

Providencia Elementary – Kate Bailey, Brian Collins

Roosevelt Elementary – Sheryl Hambro

SPED – Amalia Hernandez

Stevenson Elementary – Sandi Sutter

Teachers On Special Assignment – Eric Carter, Jennifer Goldenberg

Washington Elementary – Chandra Collins


Communications Committee

Discuss and formulate methods to disseminate information regarding upcoming events/actions to members. These include creating flyers, posting to website, emailing, texting (Remind), The Benchmark articles, and other social media. These events or actions may include attendance at BOE meetings, rallies, happy hours, etc. Liaison to CTA communications regarding press releases. Other committees may ask for help with publicity.

Community Outreach Committee

Work with community organizations such as PTA, BTAC, UME Credit Union, firefighter’s union, police union, YMCA, Family Services Agency and PFLAG. Some possibilities could be inviting them to events, co-sponsoring events, and disseminating info about BTA’s activities. Coordinate Thank a Soldier event in October, Care Walk in April, Community Night Out in August, and Relay for Life in May.

Justice and Equity Team (JET) Committee

Create a space for BTA members to reflect on their practices, access resources, confront systemic racism and oppression in the education system, advocate for social justice and equity at our school sites, and work to make sustainable change throughout our district. JET holds monthly meetings and plans to organize semester events. JET operates with the knowledge that LGBTQIA+ rights, women’s rights , and BIPOC rights are human rights.

Membership/Social Committee

Utilize strategies to connect with, engage, and retain members. Work on one on ones with members at sites. May connect with organizing to put on events to publicize benefits of membership. Plan events that will focus on member engagement.  Plan and coordinate benefits and STRS workshops. Plan and organize events to engage our members. Research venues and materials to hold these events. Plan activities when needed. Make sure events are publicized in the Benchmark.

Organizing Committee

Plan activities and/or events around specific issues such as bargaining, elections, political campaigns, member attendance at BOE meetings. Create talking points. Come up with a protocol to put in place so that any event that rolls out is effective and efficient. Committee will need to interface with negotiations and membership at times.

Political Action/Issues Committee

Handle elections BTA needs to run such as officers, State Council, BOE elections, CTA propositions, political elections, and contract ratification. This means creating the ballots and flyers and doing any other paperwork connected to elections and PAC activities. Deliver election materials to sites and help count ballots. Write articles on BTA, CTA, and NEA issues for The Benchmark. Schedule meetings/coffees with BOE.

Professional Development Committee

Plan workshops led by our teachers after school at sites, the BTA Office, or at the District Office. Come up with a needs assessment survey to put out so we can ask members what they need. Work with District PD TOSAs when possible. Encourage colleagues to share their effective practices with others in the same grade level, or content areas. Plan Read Across America event and any activity that will help build our profession.

Representative Council

Meeting Dates – all meetings @ 3:30PM

  • August 25, 2021  Virtual
  • September 29, 2021 Fall Leadership Training
  • October 20, 2021  Muir 
  • November 10, 2021  Huerta
  • December 8, 2021   Luther
  • January 26, 2022  Muir
  • February 16, 2022  Huerta
  • March 30, 2022  Huerta
  • April 27, 2022  Luther
  • May 18, 2022 – Retiree/Appreciation Reception (TBD)

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