KRRN-UHCP Officer Candidate Bios

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Officer Candidate Biographies


Ronald Jackson, Physician Assistant
Candidate KRRN-UHCP Vice President

Hello, I’m Ronald Jackson, a candidate for the Vice President of the UNAC/UHCP. A loyal member of our union for more than fifteen years, and a steward for seven years. I am union specialist for Riverside. When the call went out in 2012, for union members to stand up and be counted, I was there.  Participating in rallies at several Kaiser hospitals. I have been a delegate to a UNAC/ UHCP leadership election. I recently participated in a rally at Chino hospital. Supporting UNAC/ UHCP members trying to get a fair contract. As the Bob Dylan song “ The Times Are A- Changing, we need to be prepared for the difficulties we will be facing in our health care careers.  Just like you, I went into health care to help people. Like most of you, I was naive of the business aspect of health care. Being a member of a strong union is a necessity. It should not be taken lightly. As a US Air Force veteran, I know what its like to be on a strong team. I am asking for your support and your vote for Vice President, of the Riverside UNAC / UHCP affiliate. Thank you


Tricia Ornelas, RN
Candidate KRRN-UHCP Vice President

My name is Tricia Ornelas. I have worked for Kaiser for 6 years and I am currently the Charge Nurse for Cardiology clinic. 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 and as the Cardiology Charge RN, has assisted me in being successful as the current VP and advocating for our members rights. I negotiate, educate, and enforce Just Culture to ensure that our members are treated fairly. We are in a crucial battle as Kaiser leadership continues to not honor KP ratios and over work clinic staff. As VP I will strongly advocate for Kaiser to honor our KP ratios. As RNs and APPs we deserve to have adequate staffing to be successful in our roles. My years of experience and leadership in the role of VP is invaluable to our Affiliate and is what is needed to continue be a strong union as we passionately advocate for our members.


Tiffany Burnham, RN
Candidate KRRN-UHCP Treasurer   

Tiffany Burnham is a Registered Nurse with a Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership, who has focused her career path around Maternal Child Health as a Charge Nurse in Labor and Delivery. No words can describe the unsounding satisfaction she acquires when helping others. Her journey to serving the public began when she became a Licensed Vocational Nurse in 2000.

Her passion for helping others as a Licensed Vocational Nurse inspired her to continue her education and become a Registered Nurse in 2005. Loyalty, reliability, honesty, and service before self have been incorporated into her daily practice of professional nursing. Tiffany strives to give her best every day in her personal and professional life.

Tiffany’s journey at Kaiser Permanente began in May of 2007 as a clinical staff nurse on an Orthopedics Unit.  She then transitioned to Maternal Child Health in 2008 as a clinical staff Labor and Delivery nurse.

Tiffany has been an active Stewart with UNAC over the last 4 years, she has been on the UBT for Labor and Delivery, and she has also been a UBT Sponsor and is currently one of the UNAC Contract Specialist for 2019.


Kimberley Smith, RN
Candidate KRRN-UHCP Representation Coordinator

Kimberley Smith is Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare field.  She started as a License Vocational Nurse in 1998.  She became a Registered Nurse in 2006.  She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2012. Kimberley started her journey a Kaiser Permanente in December of 2002 as a License Vocational Nurse. She worked in the Family Medicine/Urgent Care clinic at the West Los Angeles facility. Once she became a Registered Nurse, she worked in the Medical Surgical unit at the same facility.  She transferred to Maternal Child Health unit in 2008 at the Riverside facility as a clinical staff Labor and Delivery Nurse.  She has served as a Charge Nurse for the evening shift. She is an active steward with UNAC. She has been on the UBT for labor and delivery and she is an active participant in Med Safety committee meetings.