Ohio Association of Public School Employees

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Our Leadership

State Officers

JoAnn Johntony

State President

JoAnn Johntony was elected to the office of State President of OAPSE/ AFSCME Local 4/AFL-CIO in 1985. Prior to that, she served as State Vice President. Over a period of nine years, JoAnn served as the Northeast District President, Vice President, and Treasurer. JoAnn has served as President of her Girard City Schools, Local 425, for over 26 years, as well as other positions within the Local (Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Chief Negotiator). She is a Head Custodian at the Girard City High School. JoAnn is a Vice President on the State Executive Board of the Ohio AFL-CIO and on the State Financial Committee. JoAnn is a member of the Mahoning/Trumbull Labor Council Executive Board and the Secretary/Treasurer. She is an Executive Board Member of the Ohio AFL-CIO's Area Labor Federation (ALF) representing over seven counties. JoAnn is a leader within the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). She has been a member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) since 1995 and a member of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) since 2000. JoAnn is a graduate of Girard High School and attended the National Labor College (George Meany Labor Studies) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Labor Studies & Union Leadership and Labor Administration.

Lois Carson

State Vice President

Lois Carson was elected State Vice President in November, 2015. She joined the OAPSE State Executive Board as the Alternate representing Central District in March 2013, before becoming the Board Member from Central District in the Fall of 2015, and ultimately moving to State Vice President. Ms. Carson has been a secretary at Columbus City Schools for 29 years and currently works in the Department of Higher Education, located at Columbus International High School. In 2010, she was elected president of the Columbus School Employees Association (CSEA), made up of 11 local unions with more than 2,700 members who work in the Columbus City Schools. Ms. Carson was re-elected to that post in 2015. She is current vice-president of OAPSE Local 150, the union for Columbus City Schools' secretaries. She is the past president of that local union. She is also an active member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) and the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW).

Sandra Wheeler

State Secretary

Sandra Wheeler has served as the State Secretary since 1991 and had previously served as the Northwest Central District State Executive Board Alternate for one year. Sandy has held the position of District President of the Northwest Central District since 1990 and has been the President of the Lima City Secretaries Local since 1987. Sister Wheeler is president of OAPSE Making a Difference, Inc., the union’s charitable organization that is working to reduce childhood hunger for students across Ohio. She formerly served as one of the two appointed positions as the Northwest Central District PEOPLE Coordinator on the State PEOPLE Committee. Sandy currently represents OAPSE as a member of the AFSCME International Union's Women's Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Ohio AFL-CIO's Northwest Area Labor Federation's (ALF) Executive Board and Trustee of the West Central Labor Council (CLC). Sandy is a secretary in the Lima City Schools.

Joseph P. Rugola

State Treasurer/Executive Director

Joseph P. Rugola has served as the Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) since 1988. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Joe served as the union's Field Director and as a Field Representative. Under his leadership, OAPSE has grown from just over 25,000 members to more than 34,000. Since 1988, Joe has served as an International Vice President of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Joe served as Chairman of the Ohio AFL-CIO's Task Force on Political Action, where he created the "Take Back Ohio" program. He is a Vice President of the Ohio AFL-CIO, and in April of 2007 was elected as the federation President, a position he held until 2011. Joe is an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee and an elected member of the Ohio Democratic Party State Executive Committee from the 3rd District. Joe is recognized in the trade union movement and among educators as one of Ohio's most vocal and effective advocates for working families and strong public education. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University, earning his degree in Political Science in 1972.

State Executive Board

Stephanie Wiley

Central District

Columbus City Schools Bus Drivers, Local 336

Rosella Tope

East Central District

Sandy Valley Local Schools, Local 450

Debora Adams

Eastern District

Switzerland Schools, Local 41

Bev Payne

North Central District

Crestline Village Local Schools, Local 416

Sheila Dawkins-Flinn

Northeast District

Akron City Schools Educational Aides, Local 689

James Haller

Northwest Central District

Lima City Schools Custodians, Local 137

Karen Jones

Northwest District

Oregon City Schools, Local 320

Barbara Ward

Southeast District

Fairland Local Schools, Local 345

William Carrier

Southwest District

Loveland City Schools, Local 363

Kathy Chamberlin

Western District

Preble-Shawnee Local Schools, Local 678

State Executive Board Alternates

Arnetta Banks

Central District

Columbus City Schools Educational Aides, Local 518

Jackie Leisure

East Central District

Canton City Schools Local 609

John Sindeldecker

Eastern District

Buckeye Local Schools, Local 373

Mike Lang

North Central District

Mt. Vernon City Schools, Local 470

Davida Russell

Northeast District

Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Local 744

Debra Basham

Northwest Central District

Bath Local Schools, Local 357

Renee Goebel

Northwest District

Fremont City Schools, Local 321

Jennifer Ennis

Southeast District

Alexander Local Schools, Local 525

Melody Potter

Southwest District

New Richmond Exempted Village Schools, Local 267

Angie Klein

Western District

Kettering City Schools Transportation, Local 573

District Officers

Central District

Arnetta Banks, President

Columbus City Schools Educational Aides, Local 518

Stephanie Wiley, Vice President

Columbus City Schools Bus Drivers, Local 336

Amanda Warfield, Secretary

Mechanicsburg Exempted Village Schools, Local 502

Sally Clemmer, Treasurer

Columbus City Schools Secretaries, Local 150

East Central District

William Gray, President

Salem Local Schools, Local 215

Paul Toalston, Vice President

Osnaburg Local Schools, Local 31

Susan Harris, Secretary

New Philadelphia City Schools, Local 391

Jackie Leisure, Treasurer

Canton City Schools Cafeteria, Local 609

Eastern District

John Sindeldecker, President

Buckeye Local Schools, Local 373

Lois Elaine Crockett, Vice President

Tri-Valley Local Schools, Local 351

Pam Thomas, Secretary

Coshocton City Schools, Local 387

Mary Jane Rhodes-Ellis, Treasurer

Guernsey County Public Library, Local 26

North Central District

Cindy Gorsuch, President

Ashland City Schools, Local 233

Mary Beth Thompson, Vice President

Ashland City Schools, Local 233

Laren Wienclaw, Secretary

Ashland City Schools, Local 233

Beverly Payne, Treasurer

Crestline Exempted Village Schools, Local 416

Northeast District

Davida Russell, President

Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities Transportation, Local 744

Toni Kamerer, Vice President

Bedford City Schools, Local 136

Jimmie Dawson, Secretary

Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools, Local 145

Theresa Snyder, Treasurer

North Olmsted City Schools, Local 257

Northwest Central District

Sandra Wheeler, President

Lima City Schools Secretaries, Local 306

Denise Holler, Vice President

Lima Public Library, Local 776

Carol Henderson, Secretary

Celina City Schools, Local 457

Sandie Ebeling-Sayger, Treasurer

Elida Local Schools Transportation, Local 16

Northwest District

Scott Patay, President

Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools, Local 242

Pam Park, Vice President

Washington Local Schools, Local 279

Pam Bacon, Secretary

Port Clinton City Schools, Local 199

Renee Goebel, Treasurer

Fremont City Schools, Local 321

Southeast District

Tim Warren, President

Nelsonville-York City Schools, Local 400

Jennifer Ennis, Vice President

Alexander Local Schools, Local 525

Thomas Call, Secretary

Gallipolis City Schools, Local 349

Carla Daniels, Treasurer

Fairland Local Schools, Local 345

Southwest District

William Carrier, President

Loveland City Schools, Local 363

James Himmelhaver, Sr., Vice President

Winton Woods City Schools, Local 271

Iva Johnson, Secretary

Fairfield City Schools Secretaries, Local 378

Mary Caudill, Treasurer

Ripley-Union-Lewis Local Schools, Local 642

Western District

Vernon Gibson, President

Mad River Local Schools, Local 342

Wayne Gibbs, Vice President

New Lebanon Local Schools, Local 650

Angela Klein, Secretary

Kettering City Schools Transportation, Local 573

Kathy Chamberlain, Treasurer

Preble-Shawnee Local Schools, Local 678