Candidates vie for seats on Board and Executive Committee
Biographical statements of Executive Committee candidates
The Annual Meeting of Delegates will feature contests for seats on the MTA Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
Sheila Hanley of Randolph and Christopher Saulnier of Acushnet are
running for the Region E seat on the Executive Committee. Sue Doherty
and Lorraine Niccoli, both of Brockton, are vying for the District 36C
seat on the Board.
All other candidates for the Executive Committee and the Board have
been declared elected under the election waiver in the MTA Bylaws. The
provision states that if there is only one candidate for an open position,
the election will be waived and the candidate is declared elected. Terms
on the Board and Executive Committee begin July 1 and last for three
The candidates declared elected because of the election waiver are:
n Region B: John DeCicco, Ashburnham-Westminster.
n Region D: Christopher Zellner, Bedford.
n Region H: Ronald Colbert, Massachusetts State College Association.
Board of Directors
n District 33C: Gene Reiber, Hanover.
n District 41C: Dale Forest, Barnstable.
n District 39E: Rebecca Cusick, Fall River.
n District 40E: Renee Vieira, Dartmouth.
n District 12F: Ruth Allen, Dracut.
n District 16G: Sheryl Norris, Winchester.
n District 17G: Alba DeFazio-Binney, Waltham.
n District 20G: Michael Shannon, Everett.
n District 48H: Leslie Marsland, University Staff Association.
n District 49H: Timothy Scott, Professional Staff Union.
n Statewide Retired District: Richard L. Liston, Retired.
n Statewide Retired District: Gerard P. Ruane, Retired.
There are no candidates in Districts 6A, 13F and 24F. Candidates
who supplied photos are pictured with this article. The biographical
statements of the Executive Committee and Board candidates in contested
races appear below and on page 21.
Christopher Saulnier, Acushnet
I have been an effective association leader at all levels. Locally, I have
served as president, vice president and grievance and negotiations
chair for all five units. Statewide, I participate in the MTA as a member
of the Board of Directors, New Presidents Academy and FCLA
Committee, and I am a former chair of the New Member Committee.
Nationally, I have attended the past four NEA RAs. I believe in a
unified association that promotes a positive image of public education
and protects the best interests of its members. Please vote for me for
Region E Executive Committee. Thanks.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REGION E
Sheila Hanley, Randolph
I am a reading teacher in the Randolph Public Schools. Currently,
I serve on the Executive Committee representing Region E and am
now seeking re-election. Because the position is an important one, I
prepare thoroughly for meetings and actively participate in Executive
Committee and Board discussions. As a strong advocate for making
MTA more democratic and transparent, I believe important votes
need to be recorded and documented. Increasing and improving
communications between members and MTA is an ongoing goal to
reach our stated mission of being member-driven. I respectfully ask for
your vote at the Annual Meeting.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REGION E
Ruth Allen Ronald Colbert Rebecca Cusick John DeCicco
Alba DeFazio-Binney Sue Doherty Sheila Hanley Richard L. Liston
Leslie Marsland Lorraine Niccoli Sheryl Norris Gerard P. Ruane
Christopher Saulnier Timothy Scott Renee Vieira