CSEA Board of Directors

The CSEA Board of Directors consists of five Constitutional Officers and 10 Area Directors, each of whom is democratically elected by CSEA members. All Board members are volunteers who work regular classified jobs. Only the Association President is granted full release time from his/her classified job.

Ben Valdepeña Association President

Ben Valdepeña

Association President


Ben Valdepeña is the Association’s 45th president since 1927. Valdepeña is a lead custodian with the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District, where he has worked since 1983. A CSEA member for more than three decades, Valdepeña has held a variety of elected and appointed leadership positions. Valdepeña was also honored as CSEA’s Activist of the Year in 2007 for his outstanding organizing efforts.

Valdepeña is an active leader in the Labor Community, serving as an Executive Vice President of the California Labor Federation and Co-Chair of Labor United for Universal Health Care.

  • Matthew "Shane" Dishman First Vice President Matthew "Shane" Dishman works as a police officer for Kern High School District.
  • Adam Weinberger Second Vice President Adam Weinberger works as a campus supervisor for Perris Union High School District.
  • Elizabeth (Beth) Saldaña Secretary Beth Saldaña works as a school bus driver for Sweetwater Union High School District.
  • Allan D. Clark Past President Allan D. Clark is a retired General Maintenance/Grounds worker from the Riverbank Unified School District.
  • Wayne Harris Area A Director Wayne Harris works as a systems administrator for Woodland Joint Unified School District.
  • Frank Rodriguez Area B Director Frank Rodriguez works as a Maintenance Specialist for Windsor Unified School District.
  • Machelle Kessinger Area C Director Machelle Kessinger works as a principal's secretary in Milpitas Unified School District.

  • Rameldia Mark Area D Director Rameldia Mark works as a Special Needs Bus Driver for Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency.
  • Carmen Alessandro Area E Director Carmen Alessandro works as a student services specialist for State Center Community College District.
  • Dale Sorenson Area F Director Dale Sorenson works as a Special Education Paraeducator for Silver Valley Unified School District.
  • Ivan Pastrano Area G Director Ivan Pastrano works as a maintenance worker/painter for East Whittier City Elementary School District.
  • Bill Hagar Area H Director Bill Hagar is a Custodian / Groundskeeper for La Vista/La Sierra High Schools in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District.
  • Don Snyder Area I Director Don Snyder is a Lead Maintenance worker in School Support Services for the Templeton Unified School District.
  • Bea Mora Area K Director Bea Mora works as a Bus Driver/Mechanic Helper for the Central Union High School District.