Board of Directors

District A: Shaaron Vogel

CCA - Headshot - Web Ready-17Butte College
Term: 2020-2022
Represents: Butte College EA, College of the Siskiyous CHEA CHPT, Lassen Community College Certified TA,
Los Rios (At-large), Mendocino CC P/T, Shasta Colleg FA
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Shaaron Vogel is a registered nurse with 45 years of practice.  She has been teaching nursing at Butte College for 30 years with six of those years as a part timer.  Shaaron has served on many committees on her campus: Curriculum, Academic Senate, Professional Development, Instructional Skills Workshop, budget, enrollment management and Great Teachers, to name a few.  Shaaron served on her local part time union board first.  Now as a full timer she has served her union board as a CTE representative, Treasure, Vice President, Grievance and is now the president of BCEA.  She believes knowledge of how things work and knowing who really “has the power” allows a person to create change.

Statewide Shaaron has served on the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and FACCC.  In both these organizations she served in multiple positions and on multiple committees.  She served on statewide committees in the areas of CTE, curriculum, policy, professional development, and legislation to name a few.  She is past President of FACCC.  At the Chancellor’s Office she represented faculty on CTE Workforce committees, Professional Development and CoFO and consultation Council.

In her spare time Shaaron like to read, kayak, and travel by train and trailer.  She is supported in all her endeavors by her husband, dog, cat, chickens and 2 geese.  Thank goodness her husband does all the cooking and gardening!

District B & CTA/ABC/PAC Director: Patrick Mitchell

CCA - Headshot - Web Ready-32Merced College
District B Term: 2020-2022
CTA/ABC/PAC Term: 2019-2022
Represents: Gavilan College FA, Hartnell College FA , Merced College FA, Monterey Peninsula College FA
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Patrick Mitchell has been teaching mathematics at the college level for over 20 years. Originally from New Jersey, he spent the first decade of his career at colleges in Delaware and New Jersey before relocating to California in 2006. He has taught full-time at Merced College since 2008, and also teaches part-time at California State University, Stanislaus.

Patrick served for four years as the President of the Merced College Faculty Association. In CCA, he is a graduate of the Building Strong Locals Academy (class 7) and the inaugural class of the California Leadership Academy. He has served on the CCA Membership, Legislation & Advocacy, and Policy Committees, and currently serves as the chair of the Governance Committee.  In 2019, Patrick was elected by CTA State Council to represent Higher Ed. on the CTA/ABC committee, which is CTA’s political action committee.  Please contact Patrick if your chapter has endorsed a candidate in your local Board of Trustees election and you’d like to get help funding them.

Patrick and his partner live in Turlock with their menagerie of animals. He enjoys singing, traveling, politics, everything 1980s, and spending time with family and friends.

District C(1): Joel Beutel

Joel BeutelSan Joaquin Delta College
Term: 2019-2021
Represents: Lake Tahoe Community College FA, Napa Valley College FA, San Joaquin Delta College TA, Sierra College FA, Solano College CTA Chapter
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Joel Beutel has a MA from UC Riverside in Economics and is currently finishing (not) a PhD in Social & Cognitive Science at UC Merced. He has put many a cocktail party compatriot to sleep with discussions on the policy implications of his research on college and community relations and economic development.  When he is not teaching, he is often to be found working with one of his six children on keeping his fleet of aging Volvo’ s alive. His children range in age from 11 to 23 years old and the cars range from 37-55 years old.

Joel looks forward to meeting and working with all of you and helping to make CCA a ‘cool’ and respectable place for our members to learn and grow.

District C(2): Eduardo Torres

San Joaquin Delta College
Term: Complete Unexpired Term 2020-2022
Represents: Lake Tahoe Community College FA, Napa Valley College FA, San Joaquin Delta College TA, Sierra College FA, Solano College CTA Chapter
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Ed Torres is currently a full-time Professor of Economics at San Joaquin Delta College and has been in that position since 2008. He also serves as the local Treasurer for the SJDCTA local and has held that position since 2016. He is proud to be the C2 board representative fighting for better outcomes for our CCA members and the teaching profession.

Prior to becoming a college professor he worked in the private sector for 25 years primarily as a Private Banker (dealing with wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneurs), a Series 63/65 Investment Advisor, Corporate Trainer, Loan Manager, and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Economic Analyst. From 1987 to 2007, he and the teams managed by him were responsible for lending roughly $1 billion throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The loans were for community redevelopment projects in low-income areas, small business, venture capital start-ups, commercial /residential mortgages, and some higher education financing. He never did any subprime mortgage loans because his personal ethics were against this form of lending. For 25 years he was a “Capitalist Warrior” proud to help business entrepreneurs, home buyers, investors, retirees, and students achieve their dreams.

He was also a “Road Warrior” or part-time educator from 1992 to 2007. He taught a wide variety of real estate, business, and economics classes at night throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Although he always had a full-time job, Ed did this activity because he always loved teaching and helping others achieve their goals.

He earned his Masters degree in Economics from San Francisco State in 1984 and he earned a double major in both Economics and Business Administration in 1981 from Saint Mary’s College of California. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and has lived in San Francisco, Moraga, San Bruno, and San Jose.

Given his business, banking, and educational background he should be a strong C2 representative. He looks forward to listening, understanding, and finding solutions to the issues faced by our CCA members. He can be reached by text at 408-705-0126

District D: Chris Cruz-Boone

Chris Cruz-BooneTerm: Complete Unexpired 2020-2022
Represents: College of the Canyons FA, College of the Sequoias TA, Kern Community College Chapter, Taft College FA, West Hills College FA
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Dr. Chris Cruz-Boone is an assistant professor in the Department of Communications at Bakersfield Community College.  She has been teaching in higher education since 2005 and has been a speaker at dozens of professional education conferences. She spend over a decade as an adjunct activist and was involved with COCAL between 2006-2016. In the 2019-2020 school year, she was accepted as a Stanford University Community College EPIC fellow. Dr. Cruz-Boone served on the statewide Board of Directors of the California Faculty Association from 2012-2017.  In 2013, she was elected as a delegate to the California Teachers Association general assembly and was elected five more consecutive years and was appointed to the CTA Early Childhood committee.  In 2016, she was an appointed delegate to both the International Convention for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and National Education Association (NEA).  Chris is excited to continue to serve the central valley.

District E(1): Jill Pfeiffer

mepic TA AdjustRio Hondo College
Term: 2020-2022
Represents: Barstow College FA, College of the Desert FA, College of the Desert AF, Copper Mountain CCD, Rio Hondo College FA, San Bernardino Community College District, Victor Valley College FA
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Jill Pfeiffer is the current Communications Committee Chair and is serving her second term as E1 Area Director for Rio Hondo College, Barstow CC, and San Bernardino FT/PT chapters. She has been a full-time Anthropology Professor at Rio Hondo College for over 14 years.  She teaches a variety of courses both online and face to face including Medical and Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Religion.  Online education is a passion of hers and she is currently involved with the Online Exchange Initiative (OEI) through the pilot program at Rio offering her Cultural Anthropology class through the exchange.  She has served on the curriculum and online education committees and is the Distance Education Coordinator for the 2019-2021 term. She also served as advisor to the AGS honor society on campus for 5 years from 2007-2012. Her involvement with the faculty association began over 10 years ago and she has helped with board of trustee elections and held positions as
secretary, treasurer, negotiations team member, VP, President, and is currently serving as Grievance Chair/Past President.  Jill graduated from the CCA’s Building Strong Locals
Academy in 2015 and graduated from the California Leadership Academy in 2018.

Prior to landing her full-time position at Rio, Jill was part-time at several community college districts in the Los Angeles area and remembers what it was like to be a freeway flyer.  Jill grew up on the pool deck of Citrus College where her father was a health science professor and water polo coach for 40 years.  She later attended Citrus for a year prior to transferring to UCLA where she earned her B.A. in cultural anthropology.  After working as a vocational counselor in the Worker’s Compensation system in LA and Orange for several years she went on to CSULA for master’s degrees in anthropology and psychology.  In her spare time, Jill plays beach volleyball, swims, hikes, and loves to travel the world.

District E(2): Michael Butros

Michael ButrosTerm: 2019-2021
Represents: Barstow College FA, College of the Desert FA, College of the Desert AF, Copper Mountain CCD, Rio Hondo College FA, San Bernardino Community College District, Victor Valley College FA
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A product of the California Community College System, Michael completed an Associated degree in Math/Science from Victor Valley College in 1991.  He completed his undergraduate degree in applied mathematics from the University of California, Irvine in 1994, and his graduate degree in mathematics from Northern Arizona University in 2000.

Michael began teaching mathematics at Victor Valley College in 2000, and began teaching physics in 2008.  Michael served as the department chair of both the mathematics department and the physical sciences department.  Michael is an Area Representative on the Academic Senate and is the Faculty Representative on the Victor Valley College Foundation Board. Michael served as a Visiting Professor at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center between 2014 and 2019, and will return for another five years between 2020 and 2024.

Michael served his local chapter as the secretary, vice president, and president since 2004. Michael is serving as the President of his local chapter for the term (2019-2021). Statewide Michael was a member of the CCA Board, acted as the Board Parliamentarian, and was elected as CCA Secretary.  Michael is a graduate of the CCA Building Strong Locals Academy (Third Class).

District F(1): Karen Roberts

IMG_1616 (3)Term: Complete Unexpired 2019-2021
Represents: Chaffey College FA, Chaffey Child Development, CHI Long Beach City College(part-time), Long Beach City College FA(full-time), UF North Orange County CCD

I’ve been teaching Art History as adjunct faculty at for over 20 years throughout Southern California. In 2008, I joined a small group of adjuncts who formed a committee to turn around the part-time faculty union (CHI) at Long Beach City College with the help of CCA and CTA staff.
In addition to attending numerous CCA conferences and workshops, I graduated from Building Strong Locals in 2011. I followed that with participating in NEA Emerging Leaders Academy, graduating in 2013. After serving in a couple of positions on CHI’s executive board, I became president for 10 years. I previously served two years on the CCA board as the Southern California Part-Time Director in 2014 and chaired the PTFIC from 2016 to 2018. I look forward to serving on the CCA board as District F(1) Director.

District F(2):  Steven Estrada

Steven Estrada 2019

Cypress College
Term: 2019-2021
Represents: Chaffey College FA, Chaffey Child Development, CHI Long Beach City College(part-time), Long Beach City College FA(full-time), UF North Orange County CCD
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Steven is an Ethnic Studies faculty member at Cypress College with an M.A. in American Studies. He serves as a member of the Cypress College Professional Development Committee, Faculty Co-Chair of the Dual Enrollment Program, and Division Representative for Academic Senate and United Faculty. Steven also serves on the Governance Committee and Faculty Equity and Diversity Committee for CCA.  He is honored to serve as the District G (2) Director and looks forward to continue advocating for higher education.

District G: Jesus Gutierrez

JGCitrus College
Term: Complete Unexpired Term 2019-2021
Represents: Citrus College FA, FA Rancho Santiago CCD, Rancho Santiago CEFA
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After completing his four-year active-duty obligation with the U.S. Marines, Jesus enrolled full-time at Rio Hondo College.  His first math class at Rio was Geometry!  While at Rio he participated in the Student University Bound Program (SUBE) which prepared him to transfer to UCLA and major in Applied Mathematics with a Minor in Statistics.  Jesus benefitted from multiple National Science Foundation programs: Research Experience for Undergraduates at Loyola-Marymount University, The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation – Bridges to the Doctorate at CSU Los Angeles, and The Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate program at UC Irvine.  Jesus earned the prestigious Eugene-Cota Robles Fellowship at UC Riverside where he attended the Ph.D. program in Pure Mathematics.  Jesus states his three-best decision in life were joining the Marines, getting out of the Marines, and dropping out of the Ph.D. program.

Jesus was a “road scholar” at every community college near Baldwin Park where he grew-up.  He began teaching full-time mathematics at Citrus College in 2008. Two years later, he was working with 3rd grade to high school teachers in two local school district, Glendora USD and Duarte USD as a content expert for the California Math and Science Project (CaMSP).  Jesus found working with local school teachers personally rewarding that he continued working for three more years.  During that time, Jesus served on multiple grant writing teams, which resulted in successful awards that empowered students studying at Citrus. He is also a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award given by UC Irvine.  Jesus is currently the PI on an NSF-S-STEM grant proposal which will be submitted in early 2021. 

Jesus served his local chapter by participating in union led events and he is currently an area representative.  He graduated from CCA Building Strong Locals Academy in 2019 and he is a graduate of the California Leadership Academy class of 2020.  He is also a recent W.H.O awardee from Citrus College.  Jesus looks forward to meeting you and working with all of you to advocate for higher education. 

District H(1): Susan Pynes

IMG_3305MiraCosta College
Term: 2020-2022
Represents: Coast Community College Assn, Imperial Valley College CCA/CTA/NEA, Imperial Valley College Part Time CCA/CTA/NEA, MiraCosta College TA, Mt. San Jacinto College FA, Palo Verde Community College Assn, Southwestern College EA
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Susan Griffiths Pynes teaches a variety of English classes (from reading/study strategies to composition and information literacy) at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California for the Adult High School Diploma Program.  Her students range between 17 and 70 years old and have the same wide range of life experiences and backgrounds.  She delights in watching the bonds that form between diverse students as they learn together.  On the MiraCosta College Academic Associate Faculty, her local CCA/CTA unit, Susan has served as secretary and negotiator. She is a graduate of CCA’s California Leadership Academy and attended the CTA Summer Institute Essential Bargaining strand.  She has advocated for part-time faculty for over twenty years.  Presently, she is one of the representatives on the MiraCosta College Academic Senate for over 600 part-time faculty members.

Susan is also an arts education advocate and spent ten years as a Commissioner on the City of Carlsbad’s Arts Commission, which included chairing the Arts Education Committee for the city and five school districts’ arts educators.  In “spare” time, she attempts to write poetry and enjoys sailing with her family.  She believes that every person deserves an opportunity for education which is the ultimate path to world peace.

District H(2): Karen Cranney

Mt. San Jacinto College FA
Term: 2020-2021
Represents: Coast Community College Assn, Imperial Valley College CCA/CTA/NEA, Imperial Valley College Part Time CCA/CTA/NEA, MiraCosta College TA, Mt. San Jacinto College FA, Palo Verde Community College Assn, Southwestern College EA
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District I: Rick Boone

Irvine Valley College
Term: Complete Unexpired 2019-21
Represents: Cerritos (At-Large), Palomar (At-Large), South Orange County CCD FA
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District J: Luisa Howell

Luisa HowellMt. San Antonio College
Term: 2020-2022
Represents: Mt. San Antonio College FA
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Luisa is originally from Panama, where she grew up in a bilingual environment that was very diverse. She is a product of the community college, having attended the Canal Zone College prior to continuing her college and university education in the United States.  Although Luisa started her career working for 10 years as an engineer with Pacific Bell, alongside her teaching career she also worked part time as an interpreter in the U.S. Immigration Court for 17 years.  She has also been teaching Spanish for 33 years, the last 18 of which have been at Mt. San Antonio College. She started her teaching career as a college student at St. Francis high school and has taught at U.C. Davis & the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

At Mt. San Antonio College she has been active in both the Academic Senate and the Faculty Association for more than 15 years, where she has been a member of many campus committees. As a Representative of the FA, Full Time Director and Vice President, she has been a member of the following committees: Faculty Professional Development Committee, Insurance Committee, Lab Parity Committee, Professional Development Council & the President’s Advisory Council. As Vice President, she was responsible for grievances & membership, receiving CCA awards every year of her vice presidency for increase in membership, and established the Faculty Appreciation Day at Mt. SAC.

Luisa represented Mt. SAC before CCA as Director J for 6 years, and worked with the Conference Committee, Governance Committee, Elections Committee, and for all 6 years was Chair of the Faculty Equity and Diversity Committee, where she and her committee established the GBLT Award, the Ethnic Minority Award & the Part-time Faculty Award. She was recognized by Mt. SAC’s FA with the WHO Award and was also awarded with the Ethnic Minority Award by CCA.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, her 6 children, four (4) grandchildren and her daughters-in-law in addition to traveling. Luisa is honored to have the opportunity to work with CCA advocating for Higher Ed and looks forward to working and collaborating with fellow faculty.

District K: Jan Muto

CCA - Headshot - Web Ready-53Norco College
Term: 2019-2021
Represents: Riverside CCD FA
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As an associate professor of Communication Studies at Norco College, Dr. Muto teaches interpersonal communication, public speaking, gender and communication, and mass media. Along with other institutional commitments, she leads the volunteer Ally program in support of LGBTQ faculty, staff, and student; and is faculty adviser to the Gender Sexuality Awareness student club. Dr. Muto was honored in 2015 with the David A. Sanchez GLBT Award for Diversity by the CCA Faculty Equity and Diversity Committee, and named the RCCD Distinguished Faculty Lecturer in 2016. Jan Muto holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in communication from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. from University of Utah with emphases in organizational communication and instructional media. She has held faculty positions in communication at Ithaca College (New York), and two community colleges in Kentucky. Other positions held were Instructional Technologist at the University of Delaware, administrative positions at Northwest College in Wyoming, Madisonville Community College in Kentucky, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System central office. She was Interim President at Maysville (Kentucky) Community and Technical College, and President of Riverside City College. She has served on accrediting teams for three regional agencies; conducted communication training workshops for private and public sector organizations; and presented at regional, national, and international conferences on communication, faculty professional development, and institutional planning.

Racial and Ethnic Minority Director (At Large): Dorothy Reina

CCA - Headshot - Web Ready-8Norco College – Riverside Community College District
Term: 2020-2022
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Once a “freeway flyer” who taught a variety of History courses at a number of Community Colleges, California State Universities and a private university in southern California, and as a professor of Sociology at Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma, Dorothy “landed” at the Riverside Community College District (RCCD) in 2000, when she was hired as an Associate Instructor of History at the Moreno Valley campus. She has subsequently taught at all three of the colleges in the Riverside Community College District (RCCD) but now considers Norco College her “home base.” In addition to teaching at Norco College, Dorothy teaches at Victor Valley College where she also serves as a member of the AFT Part Time Executive Board.

Dorothy’s academic journey began at East Los Angeles College where she majored in Music. She eventually earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in American Studies and Women’s Studies at CSU Fullerton before Advancing to Candidacy in the Doctoral program in History at UC Riverside.

Prior to entering the teaching profession, Dorothy worked in the corporate and non-profit arenas in such capacities as a Circuit Designer for Pacific Bell and the Assistant Program Director of the Ombudsman Program of Riverside County.

When she’s not in the classroom, Dorothy is active on the local, state, and national level as a higher education representative on the CTA State Council of Education and as a delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly. In her spare time, Dorothy enjoys networking on Social Media,  attending the theater, travelling, photography, and advocating for the rights of animals.

Resources of import:

Link to The Campaign for College Opportunity:  where you will find several publications that might be of interest, including the following:

The State of Higher Education for Black Californians

The State of Higher Education for Latinx in California

Higher Education Affordability for Undocumented Students in California

Link to the HRC Publication:

2019 Black & African American LGBTQ Youth Report                      

2019 LATINX LGBTQ Youth Report


Women’s Issues Director (At Large): Kristie Iwamoto

Kristie Iwamoto2Napa Valley College
Term: 2019-2021
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Kristie A. Iwamoto is an English teacher at Napa Valley College. She is a fourth-generation Northern Californian who was born in Berkeley. She got her Bachelors and Masters degrees in English from California State University, East Bay (in 2002 and 2006, respectively).
Kristie started teaching in 2007 at Solano Community College in Fairfield, where she served in her local as Part-Time Representative, Organizing Chair and Membership Chair. She worked part time there as well as at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg and Napa Valley College. She started teaching full-time at Napa Valley College in 2012. She is currently President of the Napa Valley College Faculty Association.
In her spare time, Kristie likes long distance running, yoga, and volunteer work, particularly therapy dog visits.

Part-Time Faculty Director Northern Region (At Large): Josie Malik

CCA - Headshot - Web Ready-11San Joaquin Delta College
Term: 2019-2021
Represents: Northern California Part-Time Faculty members of the Community College Association/CTA/NEA
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Josie has been a part-time School Psychologist, Learning Disability Specialist and Associate Professor at San Joaquin Delta College since 1989. At the same time Josie was employed as a School Psychologist by Lincoln Unified School District for 25 years and as a classroom teacher for 18 years at Stockton Unified.  Josie received her BA and MA from the University of the Pacific in Stockton where she also obtained her life Elementary and Secondary teaching credentials. She received her Pupil Personnel Credential from CSU Stanislaus and her School Psychologist Credential from CSU Sacramento. Josie also received her AA degree in 1968 from San Joaquin Delta College and is honored to have returned as an Associate Professor. She is currently serving her first term as CCA Northern Director Part-Time. In addition, she is Vice-President of Adjuncts at San Joaquin Delta College and serves as CTA Liaison to the California Association of School Psychologists. Josie strives to be the best advocate for Community College Part-Time Instructors.  Josie was previously C-1 CCA Director and a State Council representative.

Part-Time Faculty Director Southern Region (At Large): Josue Arredondo

JosueSouthwestern College
Term: 2020-2022
Represents: Southern California Part-Time Faculty members of the Community College Association/CTA/NEA
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Josue Arredondo has taught English and Composition at Southwestern College since 2010. With the Southwestern College Education Association he has worked on the negotiation team. Through the CCA he has had attended the California Leadership Academy, Building Strong Academy and Negotiation Training. In addition to his work with the union, he serves on the academic senate and the labor council as a delegate.

CTA Director Q for Higher Ed: DeWayne Shaeffer

DeWayne ShaefferTerm: Complete Unexpired Term 2019-2021

DeWayne Sheaffer has worked in higher education for over 30 years. DeWayne started his career at California State University at Stanislaus where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing in the Business Office and Admission & Records area. He moved to California State University, Los Angeles working in the Admissions and Records Office processing students for graduation. He subsequently moved to California State University. Dominguez Hills serving as the Supervisor of the Graduation Unit in the Records Office while completing his Master of Science Degree in Counseling with an Emphasis in Higher Education. DeWayne is currently working at Long Beach City College since 1996 in the Counseling and Student Development Department. While at LBCC, DeWayne has served in several leadership capacities such as Department Chair, Transfer Coordinator, Career Services Coordinator, and Association President at the college. DeWayne’s strong sense of advocacy came into existence at an early age when he participated in picketing at his father’s work place of Chevron Oil Refinery during a strike. He thought that was awesome that employees would do all they could including striking to ensure their voice was heard during the negotiation process. To date that event continues to remain his motivation in supporting and protecting the collective bargaining process.