CSEA's 94th Annual Conference

July 20, 2020 – July 21, 2020

Record-breaking number of members attend CSEA’s 94th Annual Conference

CSEA’s 94th Annual Conference made history, bringing together a record-breaking number of 3,694 members and guests to the Association’s first ever virtual conference. Held July 20-21, the event was transformative on many levels, including how many people and chapters we were able to welcome. More than 400 chapters were represented with 1,717 registered delegates and 1,977 member visitors and guests.


CSEA members were able to connect in new ways using the virtual format. While it wasn’t the big in-person conference we’re used to, this year’s two-day event packed a punch with an exciting combination of live and on-demand content. For those who couldn't attend, please connect with your fellow union brothers and sisters who did, as we encourage them to share what they learned with their chapter.

The conference was the perfect opportunity to recognize our members for serving their districts and chapters tirelessly and with more dedication than ever before as a classified employee and essential worker during these unprecedented times.


“You are the union. You make this union run. You advocate. You work hard,” said Association President Ben Valdepeña. “We couldn’t do any of this important work if it weren’t for you. We need you and we appreciate you more than you will ever know.”

Opening Ceremonies

Monday’s Opening Ceremonies was a long and lively one. Following an inspirational state-of-the-union address by Association President Ben Valdepeña, delegates engaged in approving the Special Rules of Order for the 2020 Virtual Annual Conference. These proceedings set in motion how the Resolution voting would take place immediately following those events. Delegates spent the remainder of the day debating resolutions and other CSEA business.


Humanitarian Fund a success

The generosity of our members knows no bounds and they donated generously during this conference. So far, the Silent Auction has raised $2,244 and that’s only accounting for the 15 items in Lot One. Even though conference is over, you can still participate in bidding for items in the final two lots, with the auction closing on August 1. Don't miss this opportunity, visit the auction website.


The live auction, led by mystery auctioneer “Slim Johnson” (suspected alter-ego of 1st Vice President Shane Dishman), held 450 attendees captivated as members bid on an exciting list of items. Total monies raised during the live auction was $7,355.

During the live auction, attendees watched a video about how the Humanitarian Fund recently benefited Brandee Nanney, a member from Patterson Chapter 174, and her family following the death of her father, whom she lauded as the rock that held her family together.

As has happened during previous in-person conferences, a “Pass the Bucket” was held, this time virtually, raising just over $7,495. For those who are looking for other ways to donate, you can do so here or fill out an automatic payroll deduction form and email the completed copy to memberbenefits@csea.com.

Budget approved by delegates

In the final business meeting, Executive Director Keith Pace presented this year’s 2020-2021 Budget for voting by the delegates. Budget questions were submitted in advance based on the Special Rules of Order, and both Pace and Valdepeña answered them. After a brief question-and-answer session, the budget was approved by a vote of delegates.  

Installation of officers

As the final order of business in this year’s conference, the installation of officers for the Board of Directors and Retiree Unit Executive Board was held via videoconference platform Zoom.

The Board of Directors said goodbye to Area B Director Frank Rodriguez and welcomed Colette Aitken from Lumberjacks 145 in his place.

“Frank led Area B with a lot of heart,” Association President Valdepeña said in his closing comments. “Thank you for your service to the members, not just of Area B, but all of CSEA.”

The following are the other duly elected Area Directors (all re-elected) and Alternate Area Directors for the new two-year terms of office commencing at close of Conference 2020:

  • Area D Director Rameldia Mark from United Schools Transportation Employees 652

  • Area F Director Dale Sorenson from Silver Valley 374

  • Area H Director William Hagar from Fullerton High 82

  • Area K Director Bea Mora from Central Union High 726

  • Alternate Area A Director Ronald (Ron) Walker from Orland 456

  • Alternate Area C Director Donnell Fassler from Franklin-McKinley 502

  • Alternate Area E Director Adam Uplinger from Oakdale Unified 830

  • Alternate Area G Director Jody Grenier from Bonita 21

  • Alternate Area I Director Jerry White from Lompoc Valley 257


Those installed for the Retiree Unit Executive Board include:

  • Executive Board Secretary Teri Minoux

  • Retiree District A Director Carla Held

  • Retiree District B Director Paulette Foster

  • Retiree District C Director Jill Scott

  • Retiree District D Director Beth Kieffer

  • Retiree District F Director Susan Adams

  • Retiree District H Director James Vinion

  • Retiree District K Director Sandy Dabney.


Conference resources available online

One of the advantages of this year’s virtual conference format is that most of the event was recorded and is available to access afterwards. Conference videos, documents and resources are available for attendees to view on the Conference Hub through May 1st of 2021.

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