Wirth Appointed President of AACSE

OSEA Vice President Ma’Lena Wirth was appointed president of the American Association of Classified School Employees (AACSE) by the organization’s board of directors at its annual spring meeting on April 4.

Wirth, who had been serving as one of 2 elected AACSE directors from OSEA, will serve as AACSE president for the next 2 years. Wirth said she sees her appointment as just another step in a natural progression of leadership.

“It’s an opportunity for me to take local- and state-level issues affecting classified employees to the national level,” she said.

OSEA is a founding member of AACSE, a national organization representing about 250,000 classified school employees in 48 states.

“Ma’Lena brings strong advocacy skills to the leadership of AACSE,” OSEA President Tim Stoelb said. “OSEA is proud to have her leading the way for classified personnel at the national level.”

Per OSEA Board Policy, the AACSE director vacancy created by Wirth’s promotion was filled by one of OSEA’s 2 AACSE alternate directors. In this case, the OSEA Board of Directors selected Monica McCanna, leaving her alternate director position vacant. Board Policy directs such a vacancy to be filled via a special election, but the Board chose to waive this requirement and have delegates at Conference elect a successor to finish out the remaining year of McCanna’s term.

Conference delegates will then have three AACSE positions to elect in June: director (currently held by OBie Murphy) and 2 alternate directors (one currently held by Judy Kulluson and the other formerly held by McCanna).

Members considering running for the vacant alternate director position can download a nomination form.