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Becky Higgins - OEA President

Patricia Frost-Brooks

Becky Higgins is beginning her first term as OEA President. A first-grade teacher in the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools, Becky has more than 19 years of classroom experience and has held leadership positions at the local and district level.

She believes that the key to a better future for Ohio’s educators is to combine the potential of OEA’s large, diverse, talented membership with responsible, dedicated leadership in Columbus. Becky recognizes that the challenge of OEA office is to provide strong leadership at the state level while maximizing the impact of leaders throughout the state.

She has served as President of the Copley Teachers’ Association, a Unit Representative and a District President.

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She is a member of the OEA-FCPE State Council, a member of OEA’s Organizing Strategy Core Function Committee and chairperson of District Screening Council NE-3.

As a district president during the Senate Bill 5 crisis in 2011, Becky built a strong base of support for collective bargaining in northeastern Ohio, built coalitions with other labor leaders in the area, and worked with leaders around the state to organize an effective statewide defense of collective bargaining rights.

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Scott DiMauro - OEA Vice President

Scott DiMauro is beginning his first term as OEA Vice President. He has 22 years of education experience, the last 17 with Worthington Schools where he taught social studies at Worthington Kilbourne High School. Scott served as President of Central OEA/NEA from 2004-2013. He is currently serving as Chair of the NEA Standing Committee on Legislation.

He has served in a variety of leadership positions, including as full-time local president, a member of his local bargaining team, Central OEA Political Action Coordinator and Leadership Development Chair, a member of the OEA Fund for Children and Public Education State Council, Chairperson of the Central Ohio Regional Coordinating Council, and longtime delegate to OEA and NEA Representative Assemblies. Scott was one of three labor representatives on the Ohio School Employees Health Care Board.

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Scott believes OEA and its members have an ongoing responsibility to protect and promote great public schools for every student. In order to do this, OEA first must organize in ways it has never organized before. With public education facing greater threats than ever, Scott believes OEA’s advocacy is critical not only for its members and the students they serve, but for democracy itself.

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Tim Myers - Secretary-Treasurer

Tim Myers is in his first term as OEA Secretary-Treasurer. He is a classroom teacher with the Elida Local Schools, teaching Life, Earth and Computer Sciences since 1981. In 1980-81, he was a coach and teacher at Columbus Grove High School.

Tim served on the OEA Board of Directors as a Northwest Ohio Education Association representative for five years and for six years as an NEA Director. He served on the OEA Program and Budget Committee for eight years, including one year on the Personnel Committee and two years on Constitution and By-Laws. While on the NEA Board of Directors, Tim served two terms on the NEA Program and Budget Committee.

Tim represents Ohio’s current and retired educators on the State Teachers Retirement System Board of Trustees

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and was Chair from July 2010 until September 2011. He is also currently Chair of the NEA’s Pension Trustees Caucus. Tim was re-elected to the STRS board in April of 2012. Tim is committed to finding a fair and equitable solution to the pension crisis.

Tim believes that OEA must step up its efforts to get local members involved in legislative issues for the improvement of education. Senate Bill 5/Issue 2 has shown us that we can stop the anti-public education legislation that is flowing into Ohio if we work together.

 

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Sheryl Mathis - OEA Executive Director

Larry E. Wicks

Sheryl Mathis became the Executive Director of OEA in December, 2013.

Sheryl has more than 35 years of professional experience in education.  Before coming to Ohio, she was the Executive Director of the Arizona Education Association (AEA) where her leadership brought financial stability to an organization coping with the challenge of membership losses caused by the elimination of payroll deduction.  Under her tutelage, AEA moved to a culture of organizing and she played an instrumental role in the creation of Arizona Wins, a progressive coalition, which quickly became a force in electoral politics.

A native of Texas, Sheryl began her career as a classroom teacher in the Putnam City School District in Oklahoma City, OK. 

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She later served as the President of the Putnam City Association of Classroom Teachers, and as a UniServ Director for the Colorado Education Association.

From 1996 to 2007, Sheryl was the Associate Executive Director of the Kansas Education Association.

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