Jimmie Mathis Treasurer
Joel Funfar Secretary
Vacant N W Regional VP
Brent Mc Farlane N W Regional VP
Shannon (Moriarty) Deacon N W Regional VP
Keith Covert M W Regional VP
SPEEA Council Officers
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Nikki Wagener Treasurer
Sandra Hastings Secretary
Midwest Regional Council Officers
Mark Gayer Chair
Matthew Joyce Treasurer
Emily Forest Secretary
Northwest Regional Council Officers
Tony Hickerson Chair
Orlando De Los Santos Treasurer
James Raskob Secretary
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Executive Board officers
Three officers on the seven-member Executive Board recently began serving two-year terms following a SPEEA election.
SPEEA members voted to re-elect Ryan Rule to
a second two-year term as president, Joel Funfar
won the race for SPEEA Secretary. Funfar takes
over the position from Jimmie Mathis, who ran
unopposed to become SPEEA Treasurer. Mathis
takes over from Bob Wilkerson who has served
the limit of two consecutive terms as Treasurer.
Union-wide elections are held annually, alternating between officer and regional vice president
Executive Board members are responsible for setting and administering the annual budget and
administering the affairs of SPEEA according
to the constitution, bylaws and policies established by members and the union Councils. The
Executive Board also serves as the interim negotiation team for all bargaining units.
Executive Board election results
Thanks to all of the candidates who ran for office.
Candidate Count Percent
Ryan Rule 1,679 73%
Keith A. Covert 216 9%
Bill Scott 417 18%
Jimmie Mathis Unopposed
Dan Nowlin 420 18%
Joel Funfar 1,036 45%
Daniel Peters 515 23%
Ben Blankley 317 14%
*In ballot order, with counts provided by the Tellers Committee.
for NW regional VP
With the recent election of Executive Board
Secretary Joel Funfar, a former Northwest
regional vice president, the Northwest Council
will elect a member to fill the vacancy for the
remainder of the term.
To be eligible, candidates must meet the minimum qualification of continuous SPEEA membership in good standing for the previous 24
months. Candidates may be interviewed by a
The interim VP petition, requiring 20 members’
signatures, is at www.speea.org, along with an
election booklet that outlines details for submitting candidate information. Petitions are due
At the May Northwest Council meeting, nominated candidates will have the opportunity to
address the Council prior to the vote. The newly
elected vice president will serve the remainder of
the term – through March 22, 2017.
SPEEA Council Rep Walt Ditlefsen and his wife, Julie,
are shown here counting ballots for the SPEEA Executive
Board election. Lynda Maynard, SPEEA Teller, is seated
on the platform behind them. Votes were counted at
SPEEA Wichita and SPEEA Headquarters (shown above)
Bob Wilkerson (left)
wrapped up his term as
Executive Board treasurer
on March 23. He’s shown
here in one of his final
meetings as treasurer
with SPEEA Comptroller
Wilkerson was elected
treasurer in 2012 and
re-elected in 2014.