Project Description


President   Diana Abasta
Vice-President   Nicole Drabecki
Secretary   Dahlia Dobbertin
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   Samantha Robman

  • Emerson
  • Jefferson
  • McKinley
  • Miller
  • Stevenson

Elementary Director  Sarah Schwartz

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

At-Large Director   Michelle Dixon

  • Mann Child Development Center
  • 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

Community Day School – Trevor Rapp

Disney Elementary – Elizabeth Frederiksen, Gricelda Pelayo

Edison Elementary – Sandy Solis, Jennifer Thomas

Emerson Elementary – Margarita Tubbs, Jamie Davis

Horace Mann Children’s Center – Cathi Zsupnik, Jocelyn Garfiaz (alt)

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

Independent Learning Academy – Heather Good

Jefferson Elementary – Kris Uribe, Anna Basinski, Chris Copeland

Luther Middle School – Stefanie Enokian, Lucas Gattuso, Laurie Harmon, Michael Concidine

Magnolia Park – Maggie Hess-Witucki

McKinley Elementary – Dug Gutierrez, Ruby Mazur

Miller Elementary – Cynthia Madera, Ericca Dent

Monterey High School – Michelle Goldberg

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

Providencia Elementary – Kate Bailey, Brian Collins

Roosevelt Elementary – Bridgett Murphy, Kathy Wills-Sarna, Sheryl Hambro

SPED – Janice Gresham

Stevenson Elementary – Sandi Sutter

Teachers On Special Assignment – Eric Carter, Jennifer Goldenberg

Washington Elementary – Chandra Collins, Brandy Ellingsworth


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.

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  Virtual

  • September 23, 2020
  • October 21, 2020
  • November 12, 2020 (Thursday)
  • December 09, 2020 
  • January 13, 2021 
  • February 17, 2021
  • March 31, 2021 
  • April 28, 2021 
  • May 19, 2021 – Retiree/Appreciation Reception (TBD)

Become a part of Burbank Teachers Association.