About 150 SPEEA Council Reps and other activists came together for meetings, vot- ing and training at the annual SPEEA
Convention and Leadership Conference.
Starting with basic training for new Council Reps
to the leadership workshops, the participants
experienced many opportunities to learn from
the speakers and each other.
In opening remarks at the conference June 13,
Orlando De Los Santos, chair of the SPEEA
and Training Committee,
urged the participants
to take to heart the con-
ference theme: ‘We are
“The future of SPEEA
depends on unity and the
involvement of leader-
ship,” said De Los Santos,
a Renton Council Rep.
“This conference is about
the tools to be leaders for
members in your district
and for SPEEA and the
At the convention June 12, the Council Reps
representing fives states and about 23,500 mem-
bers, elected new SPEEA
Council officers: Theryl
Johnson, chair, Nikki
Wagener, treasurer, and
Sandra Hastings, secretary, voted on motions to
set policy and heard officers’ reports as well as a
message from IFPTE President Greg Junemann.
Prior to the convention, Council Reps represent-
ing Wichita, Spokane, Wash., Oregon, Utah and
California met with Executive Board members and
Council officers. In an earlier
meeting that day, the Executive
Board Finance Committee
reviewed investment accounts
with its financial advisers.
During the conference, Council Reps heard from
featured speakers Mark McDermott, an economic
justice and labor educator, and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director of MomsRising.
org. IFPTE Secretary-Treasurer Paul Shearon
gave closing remarks.
The conference featured a choice of workshops
covering topics such as contract benefits, labor
law, efforts to shape public policy through politics,
member outreach and labor history.
Listen, learn and take action beca
“Personally, I’ve grown tremendously.”
Daniel Ryan, Wichita Council Rep
“In the end, the people will win. It’s
the right thing to do and it’s our
responsibility to do it.” Paul Shearon,
“Just talk to me.” Everett Council
Rep Chris Waybright in a discussion
on social media outreach to the
“We have ‘Leave it to Beaver’ policies in a
‘Modern Family’ world. It’s up to all of us to update
workplace policies.” Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner,
executive director, MomsRising.org
SPEEA NW VP Shannon Moriarty is shown here with Oregon
Council Reps Emily Brent-Fulps and Carol Brock.
Newly elected SPEEA Council officers are, from left, Ther
Nikki Wagener, treasurer, and Sandra Hastings, secreta
the Council meeting to serve two-year terms.
Rep Tom Kummer is
shown here in one of the
“The collective wisdom
of the Council is really
the heart of SPEEA.
Sometimes there is
fiery debate, but good
decisions get made.”
Ray Goforth, executive
director at Council Rep
Auburn Area Rep Dennis Davaz is easily recog-
nized by the number of buttons he always wears on
his badge lanyard.