2020 Affiliate Officer Candidates

UNAC/UHCP Affiliate Officer Candidate Biographies


Grace N. Agude
Kaiser Fontana Registered Nurses Association

Grace N Agude: RN, BSN, PHN in Kaiser Permanente, Fontana Home Health & Hospice Care Department: June 2015 to Present (Part Time)

An expert Home Health Care Nurse for over 25 years of Practicing as an RN. I joined the UNAC since 2018, where I have worked tirelessly as KFRNAStewardship for my department. I have been working hand in hands with other nurses to find solutions with issues pertaining Health care delivery issues to our members/family and Administrative issues. I have organized multiple Union meetings with our nurses and UNAC representatives/Officers for our department regarding unresolved issues we, nurses faces in our department. My vast experiences as a community organizer for my Igbo people; I am known for my tireless efforts as a community builder and leader over the years, will be of immense boost in UNAC Administration of which I am varying for the position of Parliamentarian Officer. I am a quick learner & good listener. My professional & leadership skills will be of help me to function effectively as a Parliamentarian Officer in my local office.


Jaqueline Araujo
United Pharmacists of Southern California

Hello, my name is Jaqueline Araujo and I am currently a per diem Outpatient pharmacist in Downey. Although due to the pandemic there was no official celebration this year, I am still ever so happy to have reached my 10 year anniversary with Kaiser this April. From volunteer to assistant to intern to pharmacist, it’s been a most rewarding journey.

I became a pharmacist in 2015 and accepted a position in NorCal to help launch Epims that year. In 2017, I became a union steward for the Guild pharmacist union and enjoyed learning about the contract helping inform my coworker’s of updates or guide them to answers for questions and concerns. I helped represent fellow colleagues in correctional action meetings, most often addressing DFI’s, attendance, and performance. Before transferring back to SoCal last year in 2019, I was passionately involved as a steward coordinating between management and pharmacists a new schedule draft.

The new opportunities to participate and become involved again have given me hope to resume my effort with helping my fellow pharmacists, managers, and Kaiser. I believe in Kaiser’s 5 stars, and that together, we can all ensure it continues its unbeatable legacy— to thrive.


Kerin Asher-Galloway
Kaiser Permanente Midwives and Wound Ostomy Nurses

Certified nurse midwife for almost 20 years, working at Kaiser Permanente for almost 7 years, and UNAC KPMWON Union Steward AND Area Representative for Panorama City, Kern County, Woodland Hills, West LA, and LAMC for 3 plus years. Working for my members has been the most challenging yet rewarding experience of my life. I look forward to broadening our reach especially in these difficult times bringing us all closer as we are all physically distant in our unique areas of specialized care.

 


Mayra Berdugo
Kaiser Permanente Association of Southern California Optometrists

My name is Mayra Berdugo and I’ve been working at Downey Medical Center Area for 15 years. I am proud to have served as KPASCO Treasurer since 2017. I have been a union steward since 2006 , served as contract specialist from 2015 to 2017 , and I participated in Local Bargaining Negotiations in 2018. I have gained much valuable experience, knowledge of our contract language , and leadership skills during these years. I’m hardworking and dedicated to serving the members of KPASCO and our profession . I would like the opportunity to continue serving KPASCO members and work with our Leadership Team to make our union stronger and meet challenges that lie ahead .

 


Madhu Chawla
Kaiser Permanente Association of Southern California Optometrists

My name is Madhu Chawla and in running for 2nd Vice President, I am acutely aware of the challenges facing our rapidly changing profession. While at Kaiser, I have supported our doctors and protected and advanced our profession. I will continue to work to solidify and enhance optometry’s role within Kaiser Permanente.

Past and Current Service:
KPASCO:

  • KPASCO 2nd Vice President, 2016-2018
  • KPASCO Secretary-2011-2015
  • KPASCO steward 2008-present
  • KPASCO rep subcommittees: glaucoma, contact lens, low vision
  • Education Committee (KP Symposium)
  • Eye Care Technology Committee
  • ICD 10 Committee
  • LMP Council

California State Board of Optometry

  • Board President 2014-2017
  • Board Committees:
    • Practice and Education
    • Legislative
    • Public Relations
    • Virtual Care and Technology

National Organizations:

  • National Board of Examiners in Optometry: Proctor/Examiner
  • Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry: Examination Review Committee

Humanitarian Service:

  • Clinics aiding underserved populations in India, South Africa, Chile, Laos, Romania, Los Angeles, Boston, and San Diego.
  • Reading tutor, Los Angeles Public Library System
  • Volunteer, Shelter for Homeless Veterans

KP Optometrist of the Year February 8, 2014

Throughout my 13 years at Kaiser, I have enjoyed getting to know and work with many of you. I sincerely appreciate your past support and respectfully ask for your vote.


Kathy Crutchfield
Kaiser Fontana Registered Nurses Association

Having the privilege of serving as KFRNA Representation Coordinator for the past 3 years, active steward for the past 5 years and a full time RN case manager in the Hospice department for 14 years, I am familiar with many issues that we as RN’s, PA’s and Advanced Practice staff face as health care providers in Fontana.

As Parliamentarian, I will continue to successfully enforce our contract and successfully hold management accountable for any violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. I will continue to stand strong and be the voice for our members while actively participating as a member of the QAPI committee, a role in which I work strongly with local and regional leadership to ensure that regional goals and outcomes are measured fairly and correlate with our contract and national agreement in relation to Registered Nurses duties and performance.

As Parliamentarian, I will also ensure that KFRNA business is being handled, conducted effectively and in a proper manner ensuring that the rules of our organization are being followed.

It is through my strength, confidence and determination that I will continue to fight for you and represent all members of KFRNA.


Sarah Devine-Cooter
Kaiser Riverside Registered Nurses-Union of Healthcare Professionals

After working in healthcare for almost 20 years, the last ten with Kaiser Permanente, it’s time for me to be more active in the Unions that have supported me. I started at Kaiser Permanente Riverside as a 7600 union Unit Secretary while going to nursing school. I’ve worked inpatient and clinic nursing in the Riverside service area. After nursing school I went to NP school at California Baptist University. I am now a FNP in the Murrieta urgent care were I work with a great team of nurses and providers.

I have been able to take advantage of many opportunities thanks to the union and the support they provided. It is time for me to now provide support to UNAC-UHCP and it’s many members.


Cecille Edora
Kaiser Panorama Registered Nurses Association

Eighteen years of experience in critical care service at KPPC and maintain strong reputation for achieving high levels of patient satisfaction , recognizes cultural diversity, loyal , compassionate and collaborative RN with steadfast commitment to quality care and preventative care advocacy. Become active UNAC steward since 2003 .

March 2020 step in as appointed affiliate Secretary . It change and broader my perception as affiliate officer and ready to Take the responsibilities, face some challenges at the same time to grow more personal , professionally and politically more involved .And making sure that will round regularly , supportive , visible , transparent , and education on contractual questions and be a resource to our members . Together , we’ll face the challenges and help me to grow our union , to win , follow and service the best contract .

Skill Highlights :

Nurse Practice Council expert 2003-2018 ( still active )
Nurse Quality Improvement Council 2003-2017
Clinical Informatic Council 2003 till present as co- lead
Patient Classification Service member and expert
Unit Based Team Committee
Intensive / Critical Care Unit Competency member and expert
ICU Domain Member


Stephanie Fleming Buck
Kaiser San Diego Health Care Professionals Association

My name is Stephanie Fleming Buck I am running for the office of “Parliamentarian!” I have been a UNAC/UHCP member for 9 years and have proudly served on 5 west tele/stroke unit at Zion hospital. As your Parliamentarian I will act as advisor on proper conduct to increase productivity of our meetings while being respectful and acknowledge the importance of Every Members Voice! I will take action and hear what the members needs are and try and resolve what i can for all! VOTE: Stephanie Fleming Buck for PARLIAMENTARIAN Thank you and “Good Luck” to all the candidates.


Tessa Hartfield
Kaiser Permanente Midwives and Wound Ostomy Nurses

I’d like to start by introducing myself. My name is Tessa Hartfield. I work at Kaiser Orange County as a Certified Nurse Midwife. I have worked for Kaiser for 16 years. I started my Kaiser journey as a RN In labor and delivery. This was my first job in an union shop. I have worked in several other hospitals where there was not a union. Honestly, It didn’t take me long to realize how much the union made a difference. I almost immediately witnessed the many benefits of belonging to a union. It wasn’t just our staffing ratios, wages, pay raises and benefits (although that in itself is so incredible) I also noticed how our union safe guarded jobs, fought for legislature and represented members during difficult times with management.

I believe in our union. United, we can conquer so much. We are powerful together! We are unstoppable! We are that blue wave that is always noticed and respected! We are the union! Together, we will continue to accomplish and tackle all of our goals and obstacles. I am so very thankful to have an opportunity to run for office. I would be honored to be your KPMWON President.


Karla Hill
Kaiser Permanente Midwives and Wound Ostomy Nurses

I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Growing up in Milwaukee, I experienced women in my community avoiding medical care due to fear, lack of knowledge, or lack of resources in the community. Additionally, I remember seeing women across their lifespan unable to afford routine health care screening services. Even at this early age, a desire began to grow in me to help these women. The compassion I felt from those personal experiences led me to pursue a career in nursing and midwifery.

I graduated for Wright State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. After attaining my BSN, I worked as a volunteer nurse with the American Red Cross and a labor and delivery for several years before for deciding to pursue a career as a nurse-midwife. I am a proud 2016 graduate of Georgetown University’s Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program. I currently work as Certified Nurse-Midwife at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center. I am also volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America.

In my free time, I love to spend time with my husband and two children. We love to travel, shop, try new foods, and watch movies.


Lacy Lawrence
Kaiser San Diego Health Care Professionals Association

My Name is Lacy Lawrence and I am running for Associate Affiliate. I started my nursing career with Kaiser Permanente in 2009 on the Medical-Surgical Orthopedic floor. In 2014 I transferred to the Paranesthesia Department at Zion and came to SDMC when it first opened. Over the last 3 to 4 years I have found myself becoming more involved in our union by becoming a Union Steward. In that time helping to support other UNAC/UHCP members in our everchanging work environment, speaking up for safety, and just being a person our members can come to for assistance, I have truly found my passion. Not only as a nurse for our patients, but as an advocate for my fellow nurses.


Erika Lovell
Kaiser San Diego Health Care Professionals Association

Erika Lovell for Parliamentarian

“Erika is a Registered Nurse with several years of experience working on the frontlines alongside many of you. Erika has enjoyed serving as a Union Steward and teaching new employees the importance of getting involved with local unions. Erika is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. She is committed, professional and has an outstanding work ethic. She is very involved in serving in the community. Erika is inspired by her loving family. She enjoys sports, shopping, traveling and spending time with her 4 grandchildren.”

L- Loyal
O- Outgoing
V- Vocal
E- Eager
L– Legit
L- Listenable


Sherry Macias
Specialty Care Nurses of Southern California

Candidate President (North)
Sherry Macias
New President for the New Year – 2021 will be a fresh start for the SCNSC (North) Team.
Do you want Transparency, Teamwork, Transformation, and Trust
Seeking to engage all the Members to help Union grow.
Letting our contract work to protect us and our jobs

I have been an RN at Kaiser since 2004 – 16 years and ready to work hard for the Union.

 

Steward and Member of Contract Negotiations Team at LAMC Kaiser prior to joining SCNSC 6 years ago

I have worked at hospitals without unions and know that unions work.

I have been dedicated to assisting co-workers to understand the contract and their rights.

Presently a steward with SCNSC who wants more service in the union as an officer

“Your passion to do what’s right would be a great asset to the team” – encouraged to join SCNSC Stewardship and here I am ready to lead you to a greater tomorrow.

Please vote for me – I will work with you to ensure all members are heard, understood, and will have a team that will work hard to resolve grievances and fight for great contracts in the future.

SherrymaciasRN@gmail.com


Brenda Marin Ordaz
Kaiser Fontana Registered Nurses Association

HI, I’M BRENDA MARIN ORDAZ AND I’M RUNNING FOR KFRNA HOSPITAL PRESIDENT. I’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE UNION FOR OVER 20 YEARS; AND HOSPTIAL PRESIDENT SINCE 2006 TO PRESENT. I WORK IN 5 SOUTH STEP-DOWN UNIT AS A CHARGE NURSE. I WORK THE TRENCHES RIGHT ALONG WITH THE FRONT LINE STAFF.

 

  • I HAVE ALWAYS HAD THE MEMBERS BEST INTEREST AT HAND AND WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT, SUPPORT AND BE YOUR VOICE THROUGH THESE TRYING TIMES.
  • PREDESTINED TO LEAD AND ENFORCE THE CONTRACT (CBA) AND THE NATIONAL AGREEMENT.
  • A VOTE FOR BRENDA MARIN ORDAZ IS A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE, INNOVATION; NAVIGATE CHALLENGES AND MOST IMPORTANTLY SUPPORTING THE MEMBERS.
  • BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR YOUR MAILED BALLOT AND VOTE FOR ME!

Jessica Mena
United Therapists of Southern California

I want to start off by expressing my gratitude to my fellow colleagues for nominating me and placing trust in my ability to represent all of us this upcoming year. I have been apart of the Kaiser family since 2016. I started off as a per diem physical therapist, then as an Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Resident, Sports Fellow, and now as a full time Physical Therapist with my specialty in Orthopaedics. I am a back up Senior on weekends and during this covid pandemic became project manager for a regional Covid-19 Remote Patient Monitoring Program.

Physical therapy clinicians have proven time and time again to being pivotal to caring and assisting patients return of functional lives. Our specialties range from neuro, orthopaedics, pediatrics, female health care/ male pelvic health, sports, vestibular, to geriatrics. Thus, it is evidently clear that we must continue to collaborate and advocate for our practice, our colleagues, and make sure there is more transparency to conversations about equitable pay, benefits, reasonable and fair workloads in order to continue to provide high quality care to our patients.

I am driven to represent our profession and protect our clinicians thoroughly and collaboratively. Together we can do so much.


Linda Morales
Kaiser Baldwin Park Registered Nurses Association

Hello, my name is Linda Morales, and I am currently your appointed KBPRNA Treasurer. I come to you with 20 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and 15 years as an active union Steward and Officer. I have served on many committees over the years, including: Work Teams for Ratios, National Bargaining 2010, LMPC Co Chair, CCU/SDU UBT Co Chair, T-UBT Throughput and 4th floor UBT to name a few. Currently, I am elected to the Board of Directors for UNAC/UHCP. I serve as the Co Chair for the BP Attendance committee and worked on the Attendance Program at the regional level. Currently at Baldwin Park, I serve on the Medication Safety Committee, the In patient, and Ambulatory RN Committees. I am also a UBT Sponsor as well as a LMP Trainer. I have attended multiple conferences over the years on behalf of KBPRNA. I enjoy representing members, and I will continue to work actively to enforce the UNAC/UHCP contract.

Vote for Linda Morales for KBPRNA Treasurer, and I will continue to manage funds and budgets as outlined in the KBPRNA Financial Policy and Constitution.


Rebecca Myung
United Pharmacists of Southern California

My name is Rebecca Myung and I am running for Steward Coordinator North. I am currently an outpatient pharmacist at the Cudahy Pharmacy in the Downey Service Area. I have served as a steward since the inception of the steward program in 2016, during which I have received training on many different topics including investigatory meetings, our rights as pharmacists, and the importance of member involvement. I also served as a delegate for the 2018 UNAC convention, attended Pharmacists Lobby Day, and participated in community service projects.

This year I am serving as a contract specialist. I have empowered pharmacists to solve issues directly with their managers, led investigatory meetings, and been a valuable resource for pharmacists to become more knowledgeable about their contract. In April I was appointed as Steward Coordinator North. In this capacity I have focused on strengthening communication with all our members and fostering strong, united stewards. I feel that my journey as an officer has only just begun. I look forward to continuing to inspire pharmacists to speak up for their rights and to advocate for our profession, especially with upcoming contract negotiations.

My experience, dedication, and enthusiasm deserve your vote for Steward Coordinator North!


Michelle Nava
Kaiser Fontana Registered Nurses Association

I have been a steward for 14 years and 3of those years as an union officer. I’m asking for your vote to re-elect me as your officer. My dedication as an officer is to keep our union strong. I will see that our contract is followed. I’ am union strong!

 

 

 

 


Tricia Ornelas
Kaiser Riverside Registered Nurses-Union of Healthcare Professionals

My name is Tricia Ornelas. New to Kaiser, in 2015 I started to take a strong interest in our UNAC contract. Committed to learning and enforcing the contract, I applied for the 2016 Contract Specialist position. After completing my year as contract specialist I continued my union experience as Vice President for the Riverside UNAC Affiliate from 2017-2019. My leadership experience as an officer has assisted me in being successful as an affiliate officer when attending fact findings and negotiating investigations when managers want to proceed with the corrective action process. I negotiate, educate, and enforce Just Culture to ensure that our members are treated fairly. My fellow UNAC members, we are in a crucial battle as we enter negotiations for our next contract. COVID-19 has brought many challenges and Kaiser will attempt to use this pandemic to take away many negotiated benefits due to financial loses. I will continue to passionately advocate for others and fight for the benefits we have worked so hard for. I will empower and motivate our members to use our contract language to enforce their rights as UNAC members. Please vote for me for KRRN-UHCP Secretary.


Christal Parker
Kaiser Fontana Registered Nurses Association

My name is Christal Parker. I’m an ER Nurse with 10 years experience and recently received my board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. As a wife, mom of 1, business woman and team player, I’m always eager and excited to meet new people. I have learned a lot during my time as a nurse and love sharing my knowledge with those around me.


Rob Peterson
Specialty Care Nurses of Southern California

Hello, I am Rob Peterson your SCNSC Treasurer running for re-election.
As a UNAC/UHCP SCNSC member who works in Complete Care/Post Bariatric at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center for 22 years, I am asking for your vote.

I exhibit integrity, transparency, and efficiency in serving all SCNSC members. In the midst of all the confusion in our world today, consistency, honesty, and accuracy are vital components in providing financial transactions and reports to our UNAC/UHCP (State Office), SCNSC officers, and members.

My Experience:

2017-Present: SCNSC Treasurer

Revised SCNSC Financial Policy

Oversees the SCNSC Finance Committee and Audit Team

2015-Present: SCNSC Steward

2016-2017: SCNSC Vice President – LAMC

2014: AFSCME Convention Delegate

I am asking for your vote of confidence to continue to serve the financial needs of SCNSC affiliate as your Treasurer.

Feel free to contact me with any questions at RDPeterson61@yahoo.com or by calling 323-578-4247

Your vote counts! Vote for Robert Peterson for SCNSC Treasurer


Belinda Redding
Kaiser Woodland Hills Registered Nurses Association

BELINDA “BEA” REDDING RN, MSN
CLINIC VICE PRESIDENT

IT’S TIME TO MAKE
WOODLAND HILLS #1 AGAIN

➢ Contract Specialist 2011 Contract Specialist 2012
➢ Board of Director 2012-2016 BOD 2016-current
➢ Executive Council Member Clinic Pres. 12 years
➢ Secretary 3 years Delegate to NUHHCE

EXPERIENCED, TIRELESS, DEDICATED, ETHICAL, INTEGRITY, RESILIENT, DRIVEN, DEPENDABLE, HONEST, HARD WORKER, COMMITTED, SEVERAL GRIEVANCES WON, UNAFRAID, HOSPITAL AND CLINIC EXPERIENCE,

YOU HAVE SPOKEN AND I HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR, I AM BACK! It is time to restore the confidence, trust, dependability, and dedication to our Affiliate. There is only one place for KWHRNA and that is AT THE TOP. If elected, I can assure you that I will work diligently with our Officers to assure our staffing ratios are maintained, our members get the adequate training they need, working conditions are improved, and most importantly, our contractual language is followed. It is time to make our Affiliate the best place to work and the safest place to receive patient care. I am committed to bringing back the hard work and dedication I have provided for many years to our members. (ALONG WITH OUR GREAT NURSE’S WEEK GIFTS!)

Thanks in advance for your vote!


Anna Rehman
Specialty Care Nurses of Southern California

CANDIDATE FOR SCNSC PRESIDENT (SOUTH)

Dear SCNSC Brothers and Sisters! My name is Anna Rehman and I am running for SCNSC President (South). I have had the privilege to serve as the SCNSC VP for Orange County for the last 2.5 years.

My inherent desire to resolve issues and solve any new problems that arise in day to day work of our members is the primary reason for me to run for President (South).

As SCNSC VP OC I have had the opportunity to negotiate the 2018 SCNSC Contract. I worked tirelessly to protect the contractual rights of our members and my focus has been on fair and equal treatment, improving staffing, protecting Seniority rights, making certain members get their contractually guaranteed time off and utilize their educational benefits. I advocated for better staffing in both Outpatient and Inpatient settings which resulted in multiple new jobs in OC. Recently, I promoted SCNSC Constitutional changes to ensure SCNSC members get more local Officers.

I am asking for your support and looking forward to serving you.

Anna Rehman


Olga Torres
Kaiser Baldwin Park Registered Nurses Association

My name is Olga Torres, I’ve been a Registered Nurse for 19 years, and with Kaiser for 18 years. As a Staff Nurse, I worked as a Charge Nurse, was a UBT member for 4 years and worked in the Telemetry/ Chemotherapy unit. I currently work on the Stroke/ Telemetry floor and am part of the Evidence Base Practice Nursing Research Council.

For fun, I love spending time with family and working on my hobbies.

If elected, I will work hard to represent, educate and inform according to our KBPRNA contract.

 

 


Summer Valente
Kaiser Downey Registered Nurses Association

My name is Summer Valente and I would be honored to be elected as your new KDRNA Secretary. I have been a UNAC/UHCP member since 2004 and currently work as a pediatric nurse. I have always had a passion to advocate for others including my patients/families, friends, and fellow members. The last 10 years I have gradually immersed myself in union stewardship. I truly enjoy guiding members, engaging in challenging yet meaningful situations, and eagerly learning our contract. I am now ready to commit myself further and enhance my affiliate role while working alongside great leadership. I would genuinely appreciate your support.

When casting your vote, remember Summer Valente for Secretary!


Liza Ventura
Specialty Care Nurses of Southern California

Greetings. I am Liza Ventura, seeking your vote to be re-elected as your President North.

As President, I am committed in serving and protecting the rights of every SCNSC member. I have the experience and skills to represent all SCNSC members. I have been involved in our Local and National contract negotiations which has prepared me for our upcoming 2021 bargaining.

 

 

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Registered Nurse for 31 years
  • Pediatrics/Home Health
  • Employed with Kaiser in 2001
    • 2001-2010 Home Health Clinical Supervisor
    • 2010-present Regional Case Manager

SKILLS/VALUES:

  • Enforcing and ensuring that management adheres to our contract.
  • Supporting SCNSC members with representation and filing grievances.
  • Engaging members to be involved in our SCNSC Affiliate.
  • Mentoring SCNSC Officers/Stewards to be empowered in their local medical centers.
  • Approachable/available to SCNSC members anytime.

UNION EXPERIENCE:

2015-Present: As President, oversees 8 Medical Centers. Attends UNAC/UHCP Executive Council Meetings.

2019: Served on UNAC/UHCP Constitution Committee

2018: Member of National Bargaining Team for the Alliance of Health Care Unions

Member of SCNSC Bargaining Team for Contract Negotiations

2016-2018: Served on UNAC/UHCP Grievance Committee

2012-2014: Vice President-LAMC/Region/WLA

2011: Member of SCNSC Bargaining Team. Negotiated first SCNSC contract.

Grateful for your Vote!!!

Liza Ventura RN: Presnorth.scnsc@unacuhcpaffiliate.org 818-672-6235


David Verdiner
Kaiser Sunset Registered Nurses Association

I have been a nurse for over 10 years in Los Angeles in hospitals that have been with and without unions. I can say with certainty that those which had unions have been better run, organized, the pay is better and have better patient satisfaction scores. Unions are an essential way to ensure fair and equitable workplaces and i am happy to be involved with UNAC and continue to represent our brothers and sisters.