Ohio Association of Public School Employees

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Our Leadership

State Officers

The elected State Officers are the State President, State Vice President and the State Secretary. The State Treasurer/Executive Director is appointed by the State Executive Board.

OAPSE State Leadership Team

 


Lois Carson
State President

Lois Carson is State President of OAPSE. She is the former State Vice President, a position to which she was elected in November 2015. Lois has been a member of the union’s statewide executive board since 2013, serving as the Central District Executive Board alternate and board member before moving to State Vice President.

Lois has been a secretary at Columbus City Schools for 32 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 3,000 members who work in the Columbus City Schools. She was re-elected to that post in 2015. Lois is the current vice-president of OAPSE Local 150, the union for Columbus City Schools’ secretaries, and is 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), the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Lois is a graduate of Columbus City Schools. She studied Secretarial Studies and Office Administration at Columbus City School Adult Education and Early Childhood Education at Columbus State Community College. Lois was married for 27 years and has four children with her late husband. She enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren.

 


Mike Lang
State Vice President

Mike Lang was elected by the State Executive Board as the new OAPSE State Vice President. A 10-year OAPSE Local 470 leader at Mount Vernon City Schools, Mike had served as North Central District State Executive Board alternate since 2016. He started with Mt. Vernon City Schools in 2009 as a custodian, but the majority of his decade with the district has been as a computer technician.

Mike is from a union family and was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers at Cooper Energy Services. After a plant layoff, he worked at a cabinet manufacturing company, where he was active in union organizing campaigns. Mike was hired at Mount Vernon City Schools in September 2009 and signed a union card immediately. Within a few months, he was vice president of that local, which is the union for more than 120 workers in the district. Mike has served as Local 470 president since 2014 and was elected North Central District vice president in 2019. He is a graduate of Mount Vernon City Schools. Mike and his wife, Dianna, are parents of one son.


Sandra Wheeler
State Secretary

Sandra Wheeler is OAPSE State Secretary, a position she was elected to in 1991. Sandy has been a secretary in Lima City Schools for 35 years. She previously served as the Northwest Central District State Executive Board alternate for one year. Sandy has held the position of president of Northwest Central District since 1990 and has been the president of Local 306, the union for Lima City Secretaries, since 1987.

Sandy is president of OAPSE Making a Difference, Inc., the union’s charitable organization that works to reduce childhood hunger for students across Ohio. She represented OAPSE as a member of the AFSCME International Union’s Women’s Advisory Committee. She also served as an AFSCME representative to the National Executive Board of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). She formerly served as one of the two appointed positions as the Northwest Central District PEOPLE Coordinator on the State PEOPLE Committee. Sandy is a member of the Ohio AFL-CIO’s Northwest Area Labor Federation’s (ALF) Executive Board and is a former trustee of the West Central Labor Council (CLC). Sandy and her husband, Ivan, have two children and six grandchildren.


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

Katrina Martin

North Central District

Crestline Exempted Village Schools, Local 416

Davida Russell

Northeast District

Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Local 744

Carol Henderson

Northwest Central District

Celina City Schools, Local 457

Sabrina Hoffman

Northwest District

Maumee City Schools, Local 240

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

Shirley Timberlake, Secretary

Westerville City Bus Drivers, Local 719

Sally Clemmer, Treasurer

Columbus City Schools Secretaries, Local 150

East Central District

William Gray, President

Salem Local Schools, Local 215

Sue Williams, Vice President

Perry Local Schools, Local 329

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

Rosalie Keesy, President

Willard City Schools, Local 291

Mike Lang, Vice President

Mt. Vernon City Schools, Local 470

Laren Wienclaw, Secretary

Ashland City Schools, Local 233

Beverly Payne, Treasurer

Crestline Exempted Village Schools, Local 416

Northeast District

Davida Russell, President

South Euclid Lyndhurst City Schools, Local 110

Patricia Conaway, Vice President

Solon City Schools, Local 475

Jimmie Dawson, Secretary

Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools, Local 145

Susan Wright, Treasurer

Medina City Schools, Local 305

Northwest Central District

Sandra Wheeler, President

Lima City Schools Secretaries, Local 306

Jim Haller, Vice President

Lima City Schools Custodians, Local 137

Carol Henderson, Secretary

Celina City Schools, Local 457

Robin Orton, Treasurer

Bath Local Schools , Local 357

Northwest District

Pamela Parker, President

Washington Local Schools, Local 279

Dave D'Clute, Vice President

Genoa Area Local Schools, Local 462

LuAnn Kralovic, Secretary

Rossford Exempted Village Schools, Local 384

vacant, Treasurer

Southeast District

Tim Warren, President

Nelsonville-York City Schools, Local 400

Jennifer Ennis, Vice President

Alexander Local Schools, Local 525

Dennis Johnson, Secretary

Fairland Local Schools, Local 345

Carla Daniel, Treasurer

Fairland Local Schools, Local 345

Southwest District

William Carrier, President

Loveland City Schools, Local 363

Gary Conway, Vice President

Forest Hills Local Schools, Local 177

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

Unfilled Position, Vice President

Angela Klein, Secretary

Kettering City Schools Transportation, Local 573

Kathy Chamberlain, Treasurer

Preble-Shawnee Local Schools, Local 678