United University Professions
2015 Chapter Elections Nomination List
Stony Brook University West Campus Chapter
President and Delegate
Vice President for Academic and Delegate
As an active member of the Stony Brook University campus community since 2001, I have been afforded the good fortune to meet and work with long-serving as well as relatively new UUP members, both in my professional work, and in my advocacy work on and off campus. Throughout this period we have been able to navigate the issues facing us, and still balance the unique needs and nature of our campus with those of the larger SUNY system. It has been my privilege to serve and advocate for my academic colleagues both on campus as well as on the statewide level over these past few years as an academic delegate. If elected to the position of Vice President for Academics, I promise to honor your vote by continuing to serve the needs of all our membership in a fair an equitable manner for the benefit of all our members – professional and academic alike.
Vice President for Professional and Delegate
After four years of proud service in the office of Treasurer, I would be both honored and humbled to have your vote as I run for Vice President for Professionals and seek re-election as Delegate for Professionals. As an employee of Stony Brook University for the past 12 years, it has been my privilege to serve the University and the Professionals community in many capacities. I have served on the Social Committee for 11 years (four as Chair); I am a Professional on the College of Arts and Sciences Senate and a member of the PEG Board Committee; and I have been a delegate for Professionals for the past two years. I enjoy serving this vibrant community of which I am proud to be a part, and I would be honored to be your voice and represent your needs and interests both here on campus as well as in Albany. I have the utmost respect for the offices of Vice President and Delegate for Professionals, and, with your support and your vote, I hope to help nurture our chapter as it grows, increase opportunities for training, foster clear communication, and promote advocacy for professional issues as we work to bring our goals for our community to fruition.
As Chapter Treasurer, I will bring over eight years of financial management expertise in higher education in the private business sector to the position. My attention to detail will be an asset as well as the skills I utilize in my current Administrative Manager position such as procurement, budget management, office management and email marketing. I am an active UUP member as a delegate for professionals and a representative on the state-wide Elections and Credentials Committee. While working with the Executive Board, I hope to bring a new perspective and encourage young membership development and participation. I will strive always continue the legacy of professionalism and integrity in the office of UUP Chapter Treasurer.
Officer for Contingents
I am uniquely qualified to represent the part time concerns at Stony Brook University as I’ve been an adjunct part time lecturer at Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Department of Technology and Society, teaching the Technological Systems Management and Global Operations Management programs for over sixteen years. I am a member of the University Senate representing the department of Technology & Society and I actively participate in a number UUP activities on behalf of union members.
During this time I also held senior management positions with a number of International and New York Corporations and has as a senior executive, VP and General Manager for several high tech manufacturing companies throughout the area.
I am a lifelong resident of eastern Long Island. I am also a decorated Vietnam Era veteran having served for approximately 8 years, with the US Army Corp of Engineers, leaving to pursue a career in commercial industry.
Let’s be honest, contingents―those UUP bargaining unit members appointed to any position for which there is no eligibility for continuing or permanent appointment―do not necessarily get all to which they are or should be entitled. Indeed, some have found, to their chagrin that victories are hollow, indeed.
These dedicated faculty and professional staff members are usually the exception in contractual improvements―for example the State will not consider location pay for part-timers, minimum salaries for teaching one or two courses, job security even with 10 or 20 years of exemplary teaching―the list goes on!
While some progress has been made, more must be done. I would agree with those who say enough isn’t enough. We need to continue to press for equal treatment for all contingents, in service recognition, in status, in pay, and in benefits.
My name is Warren Randall and I ask for your support and your vote to continue working as your Contingent Concerns Officer and Delegate for our Stony Brook Chapter.
After eight years as chapter vice president for academics, it is time to pass the baton to another so that our chapter can develop new leaders who will continue the important work of UUP. I have been at Stony Brook for over thirty years and I am currently associate director of libraries for resource management. Other positions that I have held at Stony Brook include interim dean of libraries, associate director for collections and technical services and head of the Music Library. I believe in the mission of SUNY and I know that no other organization advocates more for SUNY, our members and our students than UUP. I would like to continue to serve our chapter and Stony Brook as an academic delegate.
Our union is at the epicenter of key trends shaping the entire country: an ever more beleaguered middle class, an ever more desperate need to invest in our universities, and ever more strapped state budgets. I believe our role as a union is to set the agenda in a way that supports and uplifts both the UUP membership and the middle class families whom we serve and who make our livelihoods possible. Because university education is both essential and to be respected, we have an opportunity to emerge from these trials stronger than we went in. I will put my best energies into actions that will make a bottom-line difference in the lives of UUP members and their families.
See statement above for Vice President for Academic.
While the UUP generally does an exemplary job representing and standing up for its members, is dominated by members from the 4 year colleges. The needs of the faculty at the University Centers are often not a priority. If re-elected as a delegate, I will continue to be a thorn in the side of our local UUP leaders. As a former president of the University Senate and a state-wide SUNY senator, I am in good position to facilitate communication between these two groups. The UUP and the SUNY Senates must present a united front if we are to preserve our gains, or even make progress, in the current anti-labor, pro-corporate education environment.
I’d like to continue my many years of serving you as a Stony Brook UUP Delegate. Although I am formally retired, I continue an active research program, and I sit on the SB UUP Executive Board. In the past I was largely a gadfly, but I have to say I agree with the current UUP leadership on the role of a union of academic and professional workers: protecting and improving salaries and conditions of employment, of course, but also, in this time when public service (and all other) unions are under attack, not least by our governor, to work for solidarity with other unions. Finally, since we are a University union, to join with our state and local senates, and with the AAUP, to protect the the university as a place of true learning for students and fundamental research and scholarship in all fields, at a time when we are being pressed to become a trade school training docile workers for the immediate needs of big business.
As a delegate, I will continue to advocate for increased funding for SUNY, to make sure that Stony Brook and SUNY maintain their commitment to every New Yorker, young and old, to have access to an affordable and excellent education. As a retiree activist, I will work to maintain and improve retiree benefits so that all future retirees can have a healthy and dignified retirement.
See above statement for Vice President for Professional.
See above statement for Treasurer.
I have been an employee of Stony Brook University since 1992, and a member of UUP since 1998. I am proud to have served as an elected delegate for 6 non-consecutive years. It would be an honor to continue doing my part in representing Stony Brook UUPers by serving again as a delegate. Running for Professional Delegate will provide me the opportunity to represent my fellow Non-Teaching Professionals in order to assure that our voice is heard and that our concerns and needs are met. I believe that being involved in this community is not a privilege but rather, it is our obligation. Members need to be involved so that policies and practices are fair to everyone at this University. Following my own example, I have served as an elected Senator for both the Arts & Sciences and University Senates since 2008. I also have served on the Administrative Review Committee, and am a member of PEG (Professional Employees Governance) Board.
I am asking for your vote as a professional delegate. I have been an active delegate for the past four years and have participated in statewide UUP committees for the past five years. I have served locally on the Women’s Rights and Concerns Committee, and I’ve chaired our chapter’s Affirmative Action Committee. I have also actively served on the following statewide UUP committees
- Statewide Affirmative Action Committee (Co-Chair)
- Statewide Joint Labor Management Committee on Diversity and Affirmative Action
- Statewide Joint Labor/Management Committee on Campus Grants
- Statewide Legal Defense Committee
- Statewide EOP Committee
I have worked on such issues as diversity and professional development, particularly with respect to our campus professionals. I’ve also worked with colleagues from other campuses to identify best practices in addressing the needs of the University’s professional employees. My professional experience, along with my union involvement over the past few years, has provided me with a wealth of information regarding the needs of our members and the resources available to help address them. If re-elected, I will focus on increasing awareness of resources and opportunities for professionals, fostering collaboration, and improving campus climate.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.
I would appreciate your vote for Professional Delegate. If you vote for me I also have a great chance of being elected to our Executive Board which is something I would really like. Over the past few years I have gotten more and more involved in our union. I am always surprised about what the union can do and what people think the union can do. They are two very different things. As delegate I will work towards uncovering the many ways our union does help us and my goal is to share them with the members. It is better to be truly informed rather than assume.
As a member of Stony Brook University for 36 years, I ask for your vote as State-wide Professional Delegate. I want to thank you for your support as a member of UUP for the last 13+ years. Since the last election in 2013, I’m involved as Chair for the State-wide “Technology Issues Committee”, Chair of the Health and Safety Committee, Department Representative, UUP Leadership Training, NYSUT Health and Safety Training, NYSUT Representative, AFT Special Leadership Trained, serve on the CCPE Committee, participate in Legislative Outreach Programs, UUP Advocacy in support of SUNY Stony Brook, served as EAP Representative prior to becoming the Chair of the Health and Safety Committee and Photographer for many campus activities as well as UUP events at the local chapter and some State-wide. Participant at the SUNY Conference on Instruction & Technology partnering with UUP. I ask for your support in the upcoming election as Delegate to represent you as sisters and brothers in solidarity for our campus for the next two years. Please vote for me by submitting your ballot that will be mailed to our home as I look forward to serve you and our members in UUP.
I have been at Stony Brook University for the past seventeen years and have enjoyed my work on the local and state levels. I began in Human Resources Services in 1998 and have been serving as a counselor in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) since 2000. During my tenure as an EOP counselor I have seen the importance of advocacy and standing up for those who cannot. I began my active participation in UUP by serving on the Disability Rights & Concerns Committee. It was then I realized I wanted more of an active role and was fortunate to be voted in as a UUP Professional Delegate in 2013. During my term as a delegate, I actively participate in chapter meetings and the Delegate Assembly where I continue to voice my opinions and views to help make SUNY better, and in particular Stony Brook University. It is a pleasure to serve and represent the professionals at SBU, and I hope you will vote for me to continue to serve as a UUP Professional Delegate.
My name is Kathleen Maxheimer, Administrative Assistant for Research & Instruction Services, Stony Brook University Libraries. I have worked in various capacities in the Melville Memorial Library for 32 years including Cataloging, Preservation, Acquisitions, and Serials departments. Four years ago I accepted my current position. My background in these departments has given me a unique understanding of the workings of the library, and how we serve the faculty, staff, students and the campus community as a dynamic and vital part of Stony Brook University. Currently I coordinate many of the Information Literacy classes which bring together the librarians and students for the opportunity to learn to access and utilize the immense diversity of the libraries’ holdings. The students learn to work smarter, not harder! I also work with students and various campus departments to create a variety of outreach activities which focus on making the library a more fun and interactive place to be. I have served on numerous committees through the years and recently joined the Senate Library Services Committee. In 2013, I received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. I am confident that my background will be beneficial to my work as a delegate to UUP, and look forward to becoming more involved in making a difference!
I have proudly served as your VP for Professionals and this year ask for your support for my re-election as a Professional Delegate. You allowed me to represent your needs and interests here, statewide and in our affiliates NYSUT and AFT. I thank you for that privilege. This has allowed me to sponsor seminars and meet many of our fellow Professionals to discuss issues and topics near and dear to us. I have written Happy PayDay for 10 years and serve on statewide committees such as Finance and Outreach (legislative).
I look forward to the challenges we face, having for 36 years been involved in events and university/community service. I will assist in the New VP for Professionals and Treasurer’s transition into those officer positions for your chapter. I ask for your Vote as your Professional Delegate, so that we can continue to grow and expand this chapter. My commitment is to work on member input to increase our programs, communication and advocate for our issues.
Stony Brook University has played a tremendous role in my life, educationally and professionally. I care deeply about the future of this institution, especially concerning collective bargaining for workers and the protection of women's rights. It is with this in mind that I have chosen to run to become a delegate for the Stony Brook University campus UUP. I have been affiliated with Stony Brook University for well over two decades. I am a double alumna, receiving my BA in interdisciplinary Social Science and my Master in Social Work from the School of Social Welfare. I have worked at the University for 17 years as an Administrator in the Department of Psychiatry and the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Given this tenure, I am very familiar with the strengths of the Union and how I can assist in its development. After attending district meetings and leadership training, I believe I am in a strong position to meet the needs and concerns of faculty and staff from all over the Stony Brook campus.
I am asking for your vote for Professional Delegate. Although, I have been at SBU for over fifteen years, I have just started to get involved with UUP on the local level as the Women's Rights and Concerns Committee chair. I have successfully held leadership roles in other professional organizations both on the local and state levels representing the 20,000 professional engineers in NYS and would like to use the leadership skills I have gained there for the benefit of UUP also. Please let your voice be heard and help make this organization the truly professional organization it should be by casting your ballot.
See above statement for Officer of Contingents.
I am a SUNY Stony Brook Graduate. I met my wife here, my children were born in Stony Brook University Hospital. I have history here and I care about this place. I also know we have given back enough. Please give me the opportunity to participate in this Union as your delegate. I ask for your vote. I ask you to vote for me, John Shackelford, for Professionals Delegate. Thanks for your consideration.
I have been actively involved with UUP for over 15 years: serving over those years as Membership Development Officer, Chapter Secretary, co-editor of INSIGHT, committee member, acting as a delegate to the Statewide Assembly in Albany, an AFT and NYSUT Representative, and have attended numerous Statewide UUP Leadership Training programs. This involvement has proven to be a great resource, as well as a learning experience, for me. And I am personally and professionally grateful for whatever contributions I could make. More recently, in my role as a Faculty Senate member, I am constantly aware of the challenges professionals face on our campus. As we continue to fight our way through numerous professional issues, like workload creep, we need to have an effective voice for UUP to make a difference. I would greatly appreciate your vote so I can add my voice once again and continue to serve as a Professional Delegate and advocate for the rights of all UUP professionals ensuring a positive work environment.
I ask for your vote for Professional Delegate to continue to represent our Chapter at the Delegate Assembly. I have served as a Stony Brook chapter professional delegate for the past 25 years and have been a member of the statewide Membership Committee since 1999. At the chapter level, I served as our representative to the Employee Assistance Program committee from 1990 to 2010 and served 4 years as our Chapter Treasurer. For my statewide service, I received the Leadership & Service Award and the Dedicated Service Award. For my Chapter service, I received the Distinguished Service Award and the Charles C. Hansen Award. Please allow me to continue to represent our chapter as a Professional Delegate. I promise to continue to be an outspoken advocate on all issues of concern to the professional members of our chapter. Thank you.
There was a data breach at Anthem - the parent of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (EBCBS), which provides coverage for the Hospital component of the Empire Plan. Most of the media reports indicate that the breach was the result of a “sophisticated cyber attack”, rather than an internal business failure.
The breach involves Anthem’s entire book of business, including Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Anthem has contacted law enforcement, is working with the FBI, and has retained the cybersecurity firm Mandiant to evaluate its systems and conduct forensic work. At this time, Anthem has not yet determined
which specific enrollees have been affected.
Until proven otherwise, we should anticipate that the breach could impact all Empire Plan and EBCBS HMO members.
- Anthem’s Actions:
· Anthem will notify each current and former member whose information has been accessed;
· Anthem will provide credit monitoring and identity protection services free of charge to those who have been affected;
· Anthem has established a website, www.AnthemFacts.com for members to access information or see FAQs; and
· Anthem has established a dedicated toll-free phone number (1-877-263-7995) for members to call with questions.
The Department of Civil Service has placed an alert notice on the opening page of its website (http://www.goer.ny.gov/) with directions to
the toll-free phone number and website.
I will let you know if additional details become available.
UUP Statewide President
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