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.

Ohio NEA-R Delegate and OEA-R Advisory Election

The OEA-Retired election for Spring 2019 is being conducted by Election America.  Online voting opens on March 1, 2019, and closes on March 30, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. (eastern).

Election notices will be mailed (and emailed, if on file) to OEA-Retired members with an individual Election Code and Voting PIN (you will need these to vote).  For technical assistance with the voting process or to request a paper ballot, please contact Election-America at or call (877) 466-7875.  The deadline to request a paper ballot is March 14, 2019.  For questions regarding your membership or election guidelines, please contact William Baird at

The Ohio NEA-R delegation consists of nine delegate seats, the Chair, Bill Sears, is a delegate by virtue of office.  There are 27 candidates running for the remaining 8 seats.  nine candidates are from NEOEA; one from Capital; three from Central; two from ECOEA; one from EOEA; five from NCOEA; one from NWOEA; two from SWOEA; and three from WOEA.

The candidates for NEA-R Delegate from NEOEA are (as they appear on the ballot):  William Dorsey;  Jene Wilson;  Donna Smoot Walters;  Homer O. Adams;  Joyce Hives;  Steven Mitchell;  Barbara Catalano;  Martha Franks;  and  Peg Ham.

Three candidates are running for the NEOEA Representative position on the OEA-R Advisory Council:  Marsh Buckley, Willowick;  Donna Smoot Walters, Copley;  and  Diallas York, Lorain.

Download the candidate biographical information:

It is not necessary to conduct an election for the following OEA-Retired Advisory Council positions as they were all elected by acclamation:

  • OEA Board of Directors — Carol Kinsey (ECOEA)
  • ESP — Barbara Catalano (NEOEA)
  • SWOEA — Judy Buschle
  • WOEA — Phil Long
  • Higher ED — No Candidates, now vacant

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NEOEA-R 2019 Spring Conference

The popular NEOEA Retired Spring Conference will be held on April 25, 2019, at the NEOEA Conference Center from 9:30 am to 1:15 pm. Gather some friends and join us!

Download a 2019 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 – 10:15: Introduction/Welcome
  • 10:20 – 11:15: Breakout Session 1
  • 11:25 – 12:15: Breakout Session 2
  • 12:20 – 1:00: Lunch and Ice Cream Social provided by NEA Member Benefits


A. Retirement Update—STRS by Tamla Cole or SERS by Barb Catalano: A brief overview of 2019 pension reform (please note STRS or SERS on registration form).

B. NEA Member Benefits/Travel by Guy Kendall-Freas: Learn about NEA Member Benefits including getaways and travel discounts in addition to other consumer offers.

C. Photo Editing and Organizing for Fun by Jeanne Goldberg (WVIZ): In a brief overview, have fun learning how to use the most popular cloud storage service available today. Google awaits you.


A. Retirement Update—STRS by Tamla Cole: A brief overview of 2019 pension reform.

B. NEA Member Benefits/Travel by Guy Kendall-Freas: Learn about NEA Member Benefits including getaways and travel discounts in addition to other consumer offers.

C. How Does the Last Election Affect You? by Scott DiMauro, OEA Vice President.

Space is limited. Send this registration form along with your check for $20 (made payable to NEOEA) by Friday, April 12, to NEOEA, 6001 Landerhaven Drive, Suite D, Mayfield Hts., OH 44124.

OEA-Retired Spring Conference 2019

Mark your calendars for the OEA-R Spring Conference on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the STRS Building for a morning session and the Franklin Park Conservatory in the afternoon.  Check for more details.

Morning speakers include STRS Deputy Executive Director Gary Russell, who will review the status of STRS, and Ohio Teacher of the year Jonathon Juravich.  Other topics include the Inter-Generational Mentoring Grant, New Educator Campaign, and Lobby Days.

We will spend the afternoon at the beautiful Franklin Park Conservatory located at 1777 E. Broad Street.  We will have a docent led tour of the building and grounds.  Parking is free at the STRS building.

  • Registration: 9:30 A.M.
  • Program: 10:00 A.M.
  • Lunch: 12:00 P.M.
  • Franklin Park Conservatory: 1:00 P.M.
  • Conclusion: 3:00 P.M.

Complete and return the registration form with your $25.00 registration fee by March 27, 2019.  Lunch is included in the fee.  You will be notified by email once your payment is received.  Download a registration form at:

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 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.

Protect and Preserve Medicare and Social Security

Join Us Thursday, August 3, 2017
Trinity Cathedral
2230 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
9:00am -11:00am

Invited guest include;
Senator Sherrod Brown—Senator Rob Portman
Representative Marcia Fudge—Representative David Joyce
Representative Marcy Kaptur—Representative Jim Renacci
Faith Based, Healthcare Professionals, President of Ohio ARA and AARP State Representatives

Sponsor – Senior Voice!
Co-Sponsors – AARP; Alliance for Retired Americans; Pam Rosado

It’s your money and your benefits. You earned it!
Learn how the American Healthcare Act will change your healthcare.
This is your opportunity to let your congressional representatives know that Medicare and Social Security are important to you.

Now is the time for us to SPEAK UP !
Questions: Call Wynne 216-881-7200 or 965-5928

Download the 2017 Forum Flyer.