CSEA Member of the Year Award program

The purpose of the CSEA Member of the Year Program is to recognize the commitment and dedication of classified employees to the students of California, community involvement, and activism in our fine union.


Nominees must be an active member in good standing. You will be asked to provide job-related skills, examples of outstanding character, community involvement, and to what extent they are active in the chapter. For example, how much do they volunteer to support the activities of the local chapter, etc.

How to nominate

Nominators must complete the nomination form and make sure that the four additional sections are also filled out and submitted by March 1. Download Forms

Tips and tricks

Learn how to write a strong nomination. Download Tip Sheet


If you have questions, contact the Awards Committee (see listing in sidebar) or contact CSEA Member Benefits.

CSEA Headquarters
Attention: Awards Committee Chair
2045 Lundy Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131
(866) 487-2732

Video: Nominate a CSEA Member of the Year

Learn more about CSEA’s Member of the Year Award. Find out what it means to the recipients, why it matters to CSEA and how you can nominate someone to receive this distinguished honor.

"People need to be validated for the work they do," says Lee Anne Gaxiola, 2015 Member of the Year. "You can be as humble as you want, but it certainly feels good and people need that recognition."

Member of the Year

Member of the Year Nomination Forms

Nominating a Member of the Year

Nominators must complete the three steps outlined below. First, complete the nomination form cover sheet/page. Then choose people to complete each of the four separate nominating sections (forms). Lastly, make sure all (nomination cover sheet/page and all four sections) have been submitted.

Note: If a nomination is lacking any one of the four sections, it will be deemed disqualified for consideration.

Step 1

Nomination Form

The nominator must complete and submit this form and one of the following sections.
Download Nomination Form
Step 2

Forward the following sections to the appropriate individuals. All sections must be submitted. (The nominator must complete and submit one.)

Section 1: Job Related Factors

To be completed by one of the following: Co-worker, supervisor/manager or CSEA officer.
Download Section 1

Section 2: Community Involvement

To be completed by one of the following: Co-worker, supervisor/manager or CSEA officer.
Download Section 2

Section 3: Union Involvement

To be completed by one of the following: chapter officer or member of local chapter.
Download Section 3

Section 4: Outstanding Qualities

To be completed by one of the following: Appropriate person as determined by the nominating member (i.e., co-worker, supervisor, manager).
Download Section 4
Step 3

Submit Nomination Forms

Nominators must submit the nomination form along with Sections 1-4 by email, fax or mail.

Fax: 408-432-6249
Mail: CSEA Headquarters, Attn: Awards Committee Chair, 2045 Lundy Ave, San Jose, CA 95131

All sections/forms must be completed in order to be considered a complete nomination. Nominations must be postmarked no later than March 1.

Please note: Fillable forms are not compatible with Firefox. You must download (right-click on the link to save the form to your computer) the form, fill it out with Adobe Acrobat and then submit. Please make sure you are using Acrobat Reader v7.0 or higher.

2017 Member of the Year Videos

Each year, CSEA pays tribute to its Members of the Year with a video profile. These videos capture the essence of how these members go the extra mile to help students succeed and make a positive difference in their school, union and community.

Lisa Montelli

Media Specialist
Saint Helena Chapter 287

Kim Richins

Simi Valley Chapter 310

Sue Studer

Account Tech
Lucia Mar Chapter 275

Maria Tapia

Ocean View Chapter 599

Ron Walker

Orland Chapter 456

2017 Members of the Year

Read more about the 2017 MOY recipients.

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Awards News

2017 Life Membership and Honor Roll

Conference Delegates posthumously bestowed Life Membership to former Association Secretary and Area C Director Donna D’Arcy. Four CSEA retirees were also added to CSEA's Honor Roll: Roxie Allen, Jeanne Foster, Arlina Montez and Rowena Smith.

2017 Activist of the Year

Peggy Wray, of Lakeside Chapter 240, was named the 2017 Richard C. Bartlett Activist of the Year.

2017 Humanitarian of the Year

Delia Alvarado from Retiree Council 5008 was named the 2017 William P. Schwartz Humanitarian of the Year.

CSEA member wins RISE Award

Paul Rasso, an office equipment technician for Colton schools and member of Colton Chapter 244, was honored in Washington D.C. as one of the 2017 Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award winners.

2017 Members of the Year

CSEA congratulates its 2017 Members of the Year: Lisa Montelli, Kim Richins, Sue Studer, Maria Tapia and Ron Walker.

2017 Classified School Employees of the Year

Six outstanding classified employees were honored by the California Department of Education for their dedication to our public school students. Five of the employees are CSEA members.

2017 Communication Awards

A total of 117 entries were received from 33 chapters and one retiree council. The CSEA Communications Committee commends all who entered the competition.