Make A Difference on an OSEA Committee

What does it mean to be a member-driven union? At every level of our organization, you will find members at work. State committees are one important way members volunteer to make our union stronger. From developing the budget to planning our annual Conference, OSEA committee members are leading the way. Committee service also provides opportunities for leadership roles, personal growth, new friendships and rewarding accomplishments.

OSEA President Sarah Wofford gives a training for committee chairs ahead of the first All Committee Day of the year on Oct. 1. Chairs include Mary Marshall of Corvallis Chapter 2, Alison Celsi of Clackamas County Children’s Commission Chapter 601, Melissa Siegel of Lake Oswego Chapter 12, Mitzi Hurt of Centennial Chapter 113, Misty Talerico of Tillamook Chapter 28, Georgiann Jones of Eugene Chapter 1 and Rick Doyle of Parkrose Chapter 44.

“OSEA owes so much to our committee chairs and committee members. We wouldn’t be a member-driven union without them,” said President Sarah Wofford. “I know from personal experience that committee service is rewarding and that the contributions of committee members touch every aspect of OSEA.”

Committees meet three times each year during All Committee Day, when members gather to spend a Saturday collaborating on their assignments. Some committees hold additional meetings as needed.

If you are interested in serving on a state committee, visit to find each committee’s responsibilities and an application to join. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and assignments are made by the OSEA president.