NEOEA-Retired Organizing Committee


The NEOEA-Retired Organizing Committee promotes the welfare of retired members of the North Eastern Ohio Education Association (NEOEA) by identifying particular concerns of retired members as topics for training workshops and social opportunities, by serving as a link between northeastern Ohio retired members and those in other districts, and by fostering communication within OEA-Retired.

Our goal is to provide you a resource to locate people and resources to assist you and keep you informed.  Please consider volunteering to serve on one of our Sub-Committees.  NEOEA-OEA-Retired members may use the Contact Us page to update their contact information or request log-in registration credentials for the NEOEA-Retired Member Only Page.  We need your input to help the website evolve to better assist you.   Submit your comments, questions, or contact updates on our Contact Us page.

OEA-R Delegate Election Results

OEA-R Delegate election results are in!  See the OEA-R Delegates from NEOEA-R on our Delegates page.

OEA-Retired Election Results – 2018-2019 OEA Representative Assemblies Delegates

The Ohio Education Association’s Division of Retired (OEA-Retired) is allocated a total of 46 delegates to the 2018-2019 OEA Representative Assemblies.  The OEA-Retired Guidelines state that the following members of the OEA-Retired Advisory Council shall serve as automatic delegates by virtue of office:

OEA-Retired Advisory Council:

  • Chair, Bill Sears
  • Vice Chair, Mary Binegar
  • Secretary, Peg Ham
  • Past President/Chair,  John Hoyes
  • Capital Representative, Jeff Corbin
  • CENTRAL, Barry Alcock
  • ECOEA Representative, VACANCY
  • EOEA, Representative, Rita Walters
  • NCOEA, Representative, Judy Novak
  • NEOEA Representative, Marsh Buckley
  • NWOEA Representative, Sue Cramer
  • SEOEA Representative, Jane Miller
  • SWOEA Representative, Judy Buschle
  • WOEA Representative, Phil Long
  • At-Large Representative, Jane Rahn
  • ESP Representative, Barbara Catalano
  • Higher Education Representative, Bonnie Harris
  • OEA Board of Directors Representative, Carol Kinsey

Ballots to elect an additional 28 delegates were conducted by Election America.  There were a total of 836 votes casted – (62 paper ballots received).  District votes are as follows:

  • WESTERN OEA (WOEA)     79
  • CAPITAL     46
  • EASTERN OEA (EOEA)     25

OEA-Retired Delegates:

  • William A. Dorsey 529
  • Donald L. Traxler 430
  • Deloris Rome Hudson 407
  • Kathleen Purdy 405
  • Nanci J. DiBianca 402
  • Homer O. Adams 401
  • Becky Mayer 388
  • Bill Lavezzi 367
  • Marilyn Allen 366
  • Marti Franks 359
  • Nancy Wonson 353
  • Willie A. Terrell Jr. 352
  • Sandy Coe 351
  • Donna Smoot Walters 348
  • Beryl M. Burkle 345
  • Hank Haynes 344
  • Lynette R. Harris 343
  • Gretchen Y. Washington 341
  • Gary Hollow 334
  • Tina Adams 326
  • Debbie Bernauer 317
  • Steven Mitchell 308
  • Joyce M. Hives 303
  • Lyn Curry-Huston 300
  • Sam Radel 295
  • Norm Hillstrom 285
  • Lynn Aring 281
  • Jim Berta 270

OEA-R Retired Alternates:

  • Wil Vickery 269
  • Barry Alcock 260
  • John Veverka 258
  • Jeff Slattery 256
  • Terri Honer 242
  • Chuck Steinbower 239


NEOEA Candidates for OEA-R Delegate

OEA-R Delegate Voting Procedures – Vote online during October!

OEA-R members should look for an email and/or a postcard “Vote now in the OEA 2018 Elections” from “Ohio Education Association <>”. Everyone will get a postcard or an email with an explanation and instructions for requesting a paper ballot by October 15. The email and the postcard provide an “Election Code” and a “Voting PIN” along with a link to the voting page.  Please vote online no later than Friday, October 31, 2018. For more information go to

OEA-R members will elect 28 Delegates to the OEA Representative Assembly from a field of 34 candidates. The 18 OEA-Retired Advisory Council members are automatic delegates by virtue of office, for a delegation of 46 delegates and 6 alternates by order of votes.

Please support the 19 candidates from NEOEA.  Here are the candidates from NEOEA and the order that they will appear on the OEA Retired Delegate ballot.  Download the OEA-R Delegate Candidate Biographies.

  • Steven Mitchell
  • Lyn Curry-Huston
  • Nanci DiBianca
  • Nancy Wonson
  • Bill Lavezzi
  • Norm Hillstrom
  • Joyce M. Hives
  • Homer O. Adams
  • Gary Hollow
  • Lynn Aring
  • Beryl M. Burkle
  • John Veverka
  • Lynnette R. Harris
  • Hank Haynes
  • Terri Honer
  • William A. Dorsey
  • Donna Smoot Walters
  • Debbie Bernauer
  • Marti Franks


OEA Standing Committee Vacancies

OEA Retired appoints retired members to serve on the OEA Standing Committees.

Two vacancies now exist.  Names of persons interested in being considered for appointment to the position of OEA-R Representative to the following committees are now being accepted.:

  • Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy Committee. This a three (3) year term which begins September 1, 2018 through July 14, 2021.
    • The Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy Committee shall be responsible for recommending to the OEA Board of Directors and other appropriate entities, the creation of OEA strategies that ensure the planning, implementation and assessment of a collective bargaining, contract enforcement and member protection and advocacy program that meets the needs of local affiliates.
  • Organizing Strategy Committee.  This a three (3) year term which begins September 1, 2018 through July 14, 2021.
    • The Organizing Strategy Committee shall be responsible for recommending to the OEA Board of Directors and other appropriate entities, the creation of OEA strategies that ensure the planning, implementation and regular assessment of an internal and external organizing program that meets the needs of local affiliates and supports their development.

Please submit your name to the OEA-R Chair John Hoyes with a copy to the Vice Chair Bill Sears at no later than midnight Friday, May 4, 2018 indicating you wish to be considered for the appointment to this position.  Please include a brief statement listing your qualifications and reason for wanting to serve OEA-R in this position.  Final approval of a recommendation from OEA-R must be approved by the OEA Board of Directors.

Committee members are expected to attend all meetings, stay until the end, and fully participate.  The duties of OEA-R Representatives to OEA Committees are:

  1. Serve as the OEA-R Representative to the OEA Committee;
  2. Attend all meetings of the OEA committee and shall represent the interests of the OEA-R; and,
  3. Submit written reports to the Advisory Council Secretary in a timely manner.

This committees meets two (2) times per fiscal year.

Ohio NEA-R Delegate and OEA-R Advisory Election

The OEA-Retired election for Spring 2018 is being conducted by Election America.  Online voting opens on March 2, 2018, and closes on March 30, 2018, at 5:00 pm (eastern).

Election notices will be mailed on February 28 (and emailed, if on file) to OEA-Retired members with an individual Election Code and Voting PIN (you will need these to vote).  If you have not received the notice by March 7, please contact Election-America at or call (855) 306-0501.

The deadline to request a paper ballot is March 14, 2018.  If you would like to request a paper ballot, please contact Election-America by calling (855) 306-0501 or email at

The Ohio NEA-R delegation consists of nine delegate seats, the Chair is a delegate by virtue of office.  There are 33 candidates running for the remaining 8 seats.  Eleven candidates are from NEOEA; two from Capital; five from Central; two from ECOEA; four from NCOEA; one from NWOEA; three from SWOEA; and five from WOEA.

The candidates from NEOEA are (in alpha order):  Homer O. Adams;  Barbara Catalano;  William Dorsey;  Martha Franks;  Peg Ham;  Lynnette Harris;  Norman Hillstrom;  Joyce Hives;  Adele Matias;  Donna Smoot Walters;  and  Beverly A. Woolridge.  Names will be randomly drawn for order on the ballot.

Two candidates are running for OEA-R Vice-Chair:  Donna Smoot Walters, Copley (NEOEA)  and  Mary Binegar, Springfield (Central).

Go to the OEA-Retired website at to review the biographical information for the 2018 NEA RA Retired Delegate Candidates and the OEA-Retired Advisory Council Vice-Chair Candidates.

It is not necessary to conduct an election for the following OEA-Retired Advisory Council positions as they were all elected by acclamation (Terms: 9/1/18 – 7/14/21):  Chair – Bill Sears (SWOEA);  Secretary – Peg Ham (NEOEA);  Capital Rep. – Jeff Corbin;  NCOEA Rep. – Judy Novak;  and  NWOEA Rep. – Sue Cramer.

EOEA – No candidate filed, now vacant;

ECOEA – No candidate filed, now vacant (term ending 7/14/20)

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NEOEA-R 2018 Spring Conference

The popular NEOEA Retired Spring Conference will be held on April 10, 2018, at the NEOEA Conference Center from 9:30 am to 1:15 pm. Gather some friends and join us!

Download a 2018 NEOEA-Retired Spring Conference flyer/registration form or look for your registration form in the March newsletter.  Cost is only $20; free parking.


  • 9:30 – 10:00: Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 10:20: Introduction/Welcome
  • 10:30 – 11:25: Breakout Session 1
  • 11:35 – 12:30: Breakout Session 2
  • 12:30 – 1:15: Lunch and Ice Cream Social provided by NEA Member Benefits


A. Retirement Update—STRS and SERS: A brief overview of 2018 Pension Reform changes and the status of the pension and health care funding. Sessions for STRS members by Tamla Cole and SERS members by Barbara Catalano (please note STRS or SERS on registration form).

B. NEA Member Benefits by Guy Kendall-Freas: NEA Member Benefits works hard to help members increase their economic security through financial services, insurance programs and investment advice as well as providing consumer discounts and special travel and leisure offers.

C. Legislative Update by Robert Davis, OEA Lobbyist: 132nd General Assembly and other current issues.

D. OverDrive by Sydney Kalnay: Learn how easy it is to borrow free eBooks and audiobooks from your library. Please bring your library card number and, if possible, a device with a working Internet browser.

Send the registration form along with your check for $20 (made payable to NEOEA by Friday, March 30, to: NEOEA, 5422 East 96th Street, Suite 200, Garfield Hts., OH 44125.

OEA-Retired Spring Conference 2018

Wednesday April 18, 2018, at the Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409.

  • Registration: 9:40 – 10:15 AM
  • STRS/SERS Presentation
  • Fun activity
  • Lunch
  • Celebrating retirement
  • Ending Time 2:15 PM

Sponsored by SWOEA and WOEA Districts.  Contact OEA-R Advisory Council Reps Judy Buschle or Phil Long

RSVP by April 11, 2018, to SWOEA Office, C/O Claudia Miller, 270 Northland Blvd., P.O. Box 224, Cincinnati, OH 45246.

$25.00 per person.  All OEA-R members in are invited. Bring a friend! Download a OEA-R SPRING CONFERENCE 2018 registration form. For hotel accommodations contact: Marriott Courtyard.  Check the OEA-R Website.

Ohio Issue 2 – OEA Report

The Ohio Issue 2 – Drug Price Relief Act (2017) has been gaining a lot of attention.

OEA has not taken a position on this initiative; however, OEA Governmental Services has prepared a report to educate members on the issues involved.

Download the Ohio Issue 2 – OEA Report.

At the OEA Retired Fall Conference on September 14, 2017, STRS representatives reported that they, too, were studying the affects of the initiative on STRS Health Care programs.  Expect a decision from STRS soon.

POP5 – Protect Our Pensions – OEA Report

Many members have again received a solicitation from an organization called Protect Our Pensions, also known as POP5.  OEA and OEA Retired want you to know that  while there does not appear to be any inherent conflict between the stated goals of POP5 and OEA, it is important to note that there is nothing that POP5 is seeking to accomplish that OEA and our allies are not already working on.

Download the POP5 – OEA Report.

OEA-R Declaration of Candidacy Forms

OEA-Retired members are eligible to run for any of these positions.  Please consider running for one or more.  Download the appropriate form for your election. Online Voting information and requests for Mail-in ballots are sent to all OEA-R members after the filling deadlines.

Election Information, Deadlines, and Forms:


Retired Delegate to the OEA Representative Assembly

If you wish to be a candidate for OEA-Retired delegate to the OEA Representative Assemblies, you must file a Declaration of Candidacy form by September 20, 2017. Contact Carol Price at OEA (800) 282-1500 or (614) 227-3169 for more information.

Retired Declaration of Candidacy – OEA RA 2017


OEA-R Advisory Council Officers

The following positions on the OEA-R Advisory Council have a filing deadline of February 15, 2018. Forms are to be submitted to OEA Secretary/Treasurer.

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary

The term of office for these positions begins September 1, 2018 and ends August 31, 2021. These positions serve as automatic delegates to the OEA Representative Assembly by virtue of office. Contact Carol Price at OEA (800) 282-1500 or (614) 227-3169 for more information.

Declaration of Candidacy – OEA Retired Advisory Council Pres.VP.Sec. 2018-2021


Retired Delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly

If you wish to be a candidate for NEA-Retired delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly, you must file a Declaration of Candidacy form by February 15, 2018. Contact Carol Price at OEA (800) 282-1500 or (614) 227-3169 for more information.

NEA Retired Delegate Declaration of Candidacy – 2018