OEA Re-Elects President and Vice-President
COLUMBUS — May 14, 2010 — Members of the Ohio Education Association, the state’s largest education employee union, have re-elected Patricia Frost-Brooks to a second three-year term as President, and William Leibensperger to a second three-year term as Vice President.
OEA represents 130,000 teachers, education support professionals and higher education faculty and is the fifth largest state affiliate of the 3.3 million-member National Education Association.
Frost-Brooks ran unopposed and was elected by acclamation of the OEA’s Representative Assembly (RA), the governing body of the organization. The RA is comprised of more than 1,100 member delegates from OEA local affiliates throughout Ohio.
Frost-Brooks is currently serving a three-year term as OEA President and will begin her new term September 1, 2010. She has served as OEA President for the past three years. An active OEA member throughout her entire career, Frost-Brooks was a middle school teacher for the East Cleveland City Schools before being elected OEA’s vice president in 2001.
Frost-Brooks has served in a wide variety of association positions and was president of the North Eastern OEA and president of the East Cleveland Education Association. She serves on the boards of the Ohio Appalachian Educators Institute, the New Teacher Project, the Ohio Advisory Leadership Council, the Coalition for Public Education, the AFL/CIO Partnership, the OEA/Ohio Department of Education Partnership, and the Ohio Democratic Party Executive Committee. She also serves on Education Commission of the States and the NEA reauthorization committee. Frost-Brooks earned a Bachelor’s degree from Capital University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University.
South-Western City Schools teacher William Leibensperger has been re-elected a second time as OEA Vice President, serving a three-year term. Leibensperger also ran unopposed and was elected by acclamation. Prior to his election as vice-president Leibensperger served as the OEA secretary-treasurer from 2000-2006.
In November 2009, Governor Ted Strickland appointed Leibensperger as a teacher representative on the Ohio School Funding Advisory Council, the advisory body that will make recommendations on all areas of school funding for Ohio. He also serves as the co-chair of the Healthcare and Pension Advocates for STRS, a coalition that has worked collaboratively to ensure retiree health care for members of the system.
His other professional activities include being a member of the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, a member of the National School Reform Faculty of the Annenberg, a reader for the Advanced Placement program for The College Board and a member of the Board of Examiners for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Leibensperger earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Miami University (Ohio) and his Master’s degree from the Ohio State University.
The Ohio Education Association (ohea.org) represents 121,000 teachers, faculty members and support professionals in Ohio's public schools, colleges and universities.
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