OEA Cabinets, Committees & Councils

OEA Cabinets, Committees, and Councils are year to year groups chaired by OEA members which help inform and carry out the work of OEA.  They also advise OEA Centers on the work being done on behalf of OEA’s members. 

Are you an OEA member interested in serving on a committee?  Do you have a special interest in professional practice, bargaining and advocacy, political action, or in the structure and budget operations of OEA?  If so, download a Committee Interest Form and mail it to:  OEA President, Oregon Education Association, 6900 SW Atlanta Street, Portland, Oregon  97223-2513.  If you have questions about serving on a committee, please call the OEA President at 503-684-3300 or 1-800-858-5505.

OEA Cabinets and Committees generally meet two – three times per year on Saturdays.   Additional online / conference calls are scheduled by the Cabinets and Committees as needed.  Committees of the Board generally meet in conjunction with OEA Board meetings and schedule online/ conference calls as needed.

Cabinet for the Center for Advocacy and Affiliate Services

The Advocacy and Affiliate Services Cabinet is responsible for advising on topics such as bargaining, grievance processing, and member organizing.
Staff Liaison: Angela DiLeo
OEA Chair: C. John Larson

Cabinet for the Center for Public Affairs

Members of the Public Affairs Cabinet advise on OEA’s communication efforts and OEA’s political organizing.
Staff Liaison: BethAnne Darby
OEA Chair: Regina Norris

Cabinet for the Center for Great Public Schools

The GPS cabinet is responsible for advising on education policy and professional development interests.
Staff Liaison: Colleen Mileham
OEA Chair: Caryn Connolly

Bylaws/Policies Committee

This committee reviews OEA Bylaws and Policies, reviews amendments submitted by OEA members, and offers recommendations to the OEA RA. The OEA Bylaws and Policies are the guiding documents governing our Association.
Staff Liaison: Mark Toledo
OEA Chair: Sena Norton

Congressional Advocacy Team (CAT)

Members of CAT communicate with Oregon’s Congressional delegation and advocate for the policies and positions on issues to improve federal support for public education.
Staff Liaison: Jared Mason-Gere
OEA Chair: Jamie Zartler

Credentials Committee

The Credentials Committee is responsible for overseeing all elections held by OEA and serving at the OEA Representative Assembly to enforce rules of the Assembly. The committee meets several times a year, especially around the OEA elections cycle, and works full time at the OEA Representative Assembly. (Please note that Credentials Committee members cannot be delegates to the OEA Representative Assembly.)
Staff Liaison: Annie Duncan
OEA Chair: Jo Cooper

Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee (EMAC)

The members of EMAC work to promote the interests of our diverse population as they relate to Association members and our students. EMAC members also develop a plan for OEA to be in compliance with NEA Bylaw 3-1 (g). The EMAC has at least one joint meeting with the Human and Civil Rights Committee.
Staff Liaison: Teresa Ferrer
OEA Chairs: Yvonne Mitchell / Ben Cota

Human and Civil Rights Committee (HCR)

The HCR Committee works to support equity for all members and students. The committee reviews and recommends Association activities and strategies to address social justice and equity issues. The HCR Committee has at least one joint meeting with the Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee.
Staff Liaison: Roxann Fonoimoana
OEA Chair: Patricia Jolly

Insurance Claims Review Committee

The Insurance Claims Review Committee attempts to settle disputes when complaints are filed by members regarding claims settlements made by California Casualty Insurance. The committee meets on an as needed basis.
Staff Liaison: Mark Toledo
No Chair

Judicial Panel

The OEA Judicial Panel reviews cases of suspected Bylaws and Policy violations and alleged violations of the Code of Ethics of the Professional Educator. The panel meets on an as needed basis.
Staff Liaison: Mark Toledo
No Chair

Legal Defense Program Committee

The LDP Committee advises on guidelines for legal services provided to OEA members. Members of the committee also hear appeals of members who were denied funding for legal services. The committee meets twice a year and on an as needed basis.
Staff Liaison: Mark Toledo
OEA Chair: Sena Norton

Legislative Advisory Council (LAC)

The LAC proposes and promotes legislation to support the interests of public education and the members of OEA. Promotion of such legislation includes lobbying the state legislature and preparing an annual report for the OEA Representative Assembly.
Staff Liaison: Laurie Wimmer
OEA Chair: Amy Sabbadini

Member Benefits Committee

Members of the Member Benefits Committee oversee the OEA Members Benefits Program and monitor OEA’s endorsed products agreements.
Staff Liaison: Bob Sande
OEA Chair: Hanna Vaandering

NEA-RA Planning Committee

Members of the NEA RA Planning Committee organize the activities for the Oregon delegation to the NEA Representative Assembly. Such activities include fund raising for the NEA Fund for Children and Education and organizing activities and support for Oregon delegates at the NEA RA.
Staff Liaison: Erika Marion
OEA Chair: Hanna Vaandering

New Member Advisory Council

The New Member Advisory Council recommends strategies to increase the involvement of new members in the Association and advises on how to meet the needs of new OEA members.
Staff Liaison: Rebecca Konefal
OEA Chair: Jill Golay

OEA RA Planning Committee

Members of the OEA RA Planning Committee make recommendations how to enhance member engagement at the annual OEA Representative Assembly.
Staff Liaison: Annie Duncan
OEA Chair: Hanna Vaandering


The OEA PIE Board (People for the Improvement of Education) is a Political Action Committee of the Association. PIE Board members are elected by the members of their UniServ Council. The PIE Board works to elect pro public education candidates.
Staff Liaison: Trent Lutz
OEA Chair: Allan Bruner

OEA Program Budget Committee
(Committee of the OEA Board)

The Budget Committee members develop a proposed general fund budget. Committee members participate in a series of budget hearings and propose the budget to the OEA Board for approval. The committee meets approximately ten times during the budget building and adoption process.
Staff Liaison: Bob Sande
OEA Chair: C. John Larson

Relief Fund Committee

Members of the Relief Fund oversee administration of the Relief Fund and the disbursement of benefits from the fund. The committee typically meets two – three times per year, and on an as needed basis.
Staff Liaison: Mark Toledo
OEA Chair: Karen Lally

Resolutions Committee

Members of the Resolutions Committee review and make recommendations to the OEA Representative Assembly to edit OEA’s Resolutions to ensure our belief statements are addressing the needs of our students, members, and public education.
Staff Liaison: BethAnne Darby
OEA Chair: Sam Aley

Strategic Action Plan Oversight Committee
(Committee of the Board)

The SAP Oversight Committee monitors the implementation of OEA’s Strategic Action Plan.
Staff Liaison: Richard Sanders
OEA Chair: Caryn Connolly

Student Members Committee

Committee members are examining student member programs of other NEA affiliates and making recommendations on how to enhance our student member program in Oregon.
Staff Liaison: Erin Whitlock
OEA Chair: Margarett Peoples

Union School Advisory Committee

Committee members review strategic priorities of OEA’s Union School and make recommendations to build our continuum of training and to meet the Union School’s goals.
Staff Liaison: Helen Lee
OEA Chair: Judy Svoboda

Statewide Organizing Task Force
(Established by New Business Item at the 2013 Representative Assembly)

Task Force members work with OEA leaders and staff to develop and implement organizing campaigns at the state and UniServ Council levels.
Staff Liaison: Chad Sullivan
OEA Chair: Celine Buzcek