Board of Directors

A 19-member Board of Directors, elected by OCEA members, is responsible for setting the policies and vision for the organization. Board members serve a two-year term with elections held on an annual basis.

Executive Committee

Lezlee Neebe

OCEA President | Trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust | OCEA PAC Secretary

Lezlee, a Court Clerk III at Orange County Superior Court, was hired in 1992. She joined OCEA on her hiring date, becoming a steward in 1994 and a Board member in 1995. She currently serves as OCEA President; a trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust; on the OCEA Political Action Committee; and as a Vice President on the Orange County Labor Federation Executive Committee. As union President, Lezlee serves as an ad-hoc member on all OCEA committees, including OCEA’s external communications (chair), budget & finance, catastrophic employee leave, communication, legislative, political action (Executive Board) and scholarship committees. She previously served as OCEA First Vice President. She has been a member of many OCEA bargaining teams.

Judy Bowling

OCEA First Vice President

Judy, a Senior Investigator at the Orange County Public Defender’s office, was hired in 1996. She joined OCEA the same year, becoming a steward in 2011 and a Board member in 2012. She currently serves as chair of OCEA’s Scholarship Committee and is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance and communications committees. She was named Orange County Public Defender Investigator of the Year in 2000 and is the recipient of OCEA’s Perfect Attendance and Civic Engagement awards. At her agency, Judy serves on the Public Defender Labor Management Committee.

Butch Garcia

OCEA Second Vice President

Butch, a Social Worker II at Orange County Social Services Agency, was hired in 1992. He joined OCEA in 2000, becoming a steward in 2005 and a Board member in 2007. He currently serves as Secretary of both the Board of Directors and Political Action Committee Executive Board, and as chair of the Catastrophic Employee Leave Committee. He is also a member of OCEA’s budget & finance, legislative and scholarship committees, and has been on many OCEA bargaining teams. He is a recipient of OCEA’s President’s, Excellence, Rising Star and Perfect Attendance awards. At his agency, Butch is co-chair of the SSA Labor Management Committee and has been involved in the Family Self Sufficiency Service Model Committee, Case Management Forum, and several other work groups.

Chris Prevatt

OCEA Secretary | OCEA PAC Treasurer

Chris, a Program Supervisor I at Orange County Health Care Agency, was hired in 1997. He joined OCEA in 2000, becoming a steward in 2006 and a Board member from 2007 to 2009. He was reappointed in 2011. Chris is also chair of OCEA’s Legislative Committee, serves on the retirement committee, and is a general elected member of the Orange County Employees Retirement System Board. He has twice received OCEA’s President’s Award. At his agency, Chris is a co-team leader of the HCA Labor Management Committee and chair of the LMC’s subcommittee on workplace enhancements and cost savings.

Anjali Essoe

OCEA Treasurer

Anjali, an Education Services Coordinator with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, was hired in 2000. She joined OCEA in 2001, becoming a steward in 2009 and a Board member in 2012. She is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance and external communications committees, and is a bargaining team member and Health Fair volunteer. Anjali is a recipient of OCEA’s Perfect Attendance Award, and has twice received each the Outstanding Steward and President’s awards. At her agency, she has participated in Sheriff’s Department arbitrations.

Maria Corona

Maria Corona

OCEA Insurance Officer | Trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust

Maria, a Staff Assistant at Orange County Health Care Agency,—Office of Health Policy and Communication, was hired in 2000. She joined OCEA the same year, becoming a steward in 2003 and a Board member in 2008. She currently serves as OCEA Insurance Officer and trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust, and was previously OCEA Treasurer. Maria is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance, catastrophic employee leave, communication, and retirement committees, and has been a Health Fair volunteer and member of many OCEA bargaining teams. She is a recipient of OCEA’s President’s, Perfect Attendance, and Civic Engagement awards. At her agency, she is a member of the HCA Labor Management Committee.

Board of Directors

Russell Baldwin

OCEA Board Member | OCEA PAC Member

Russell, a Senior Forensic Scientist at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, was hired in 1990. He joined OCEA the same year, becoming a steward from 1998 to 2007, and again in 2013. He was a Board member from 1997 to 2007, and again in 2013. He is a member of OCEA’s legislative and retirement committees. He has been a member of many OCEA bargaining teams, and is a recipient of OCEA’s President’s and Perfect Attendance awards. At his agency, Russell was a member of the OCSD Labor Management Committee and organized successful inequity adjustments for forensic scientists. Russell currently serves as a general elected member of the Orange County Employees Retirement System Board where he completed previous terms of service from 2006 to 2012.

Rick Burns

OCEA Board Member

Rick, a Court Clerk III at Orange County Superior Court, was hired in 1996. He joined OCEA in 1999, becoming a steward in 2008 and a Board member in 2013. He is a member of OCEA’s legislative and scholarship committees, and is a Superior Court bargaining team member.

Liza Cooper-Butler

OCEA Board Member | Trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust

Liza works for the Public Defender’s Office as a Payroll Administrator/Staff Assistant and has been with the County since 1997. She has stood with her fellow OCEA members for more than 18-years and been active for every one of them. Liza has served as a Steward, a member of the Bargaining Team and played a key role on the Contract Action Team last year. She is also one of our newest delegates to the Orange County Labor Federation. Liza wants to be a strong voice for her coworkers and take part in continuing to empower OCEA. She truly cares for the well-being of her colleagues and brings a strong work ethic to the Board of Directors.

Dea Evans

OCEA Board Member

Dea, an Information Processing Technician at the Orange County Probation Department, was hired in 1998. She joined OCEA the same year, becoming a steward in 2012. She serves on the OCEA Steward Advisory Committee and is an annual volunteer for the Health Fair. At her agency, she is a member of the Probation Labor Management Committee. Dea is a recipient of OCEA’s Perfect Attendance, New Leader and President’s awards. She joined the Board to dedicate her skills to strengthening OCEA.

Ian Foster

OCEA Board Member

Ian, a Senior Land Surveyor at Orange County Public Works, was hired in 1989. He left the County in 1997 and returned in 1999. He joined OCEA in 1989—and again when he returned to the County—becoming a steward in 2006 and a Board member in 2013. He is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance and retirement committees. He is a bargaining team member and has participated in many election-related activities. At his agency, Ian serves on the OC Public Works Labor Management Committee. He is also a member of the California Land Surveyors Association.

Jose Gomez

OCEA Board Member | Trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust

Jose, an Office Technician in the Social Services Agency, was hired by the County in 1993. He has been a member since 2000, when he was promoted into an OCEA-represented bargaining unit. He currently serves as a trustee of the OCEA Health and Welfare Trust and served on the 2015 Bargaining Team. Jose has always been a workplace leader but made it official in 2014 when he became a Steward. Jose is always ready to march on behalf of his union brothers and sisters to support the Labor Movement regionally. He has earned the President’s Council Award and the Perfect Attendance Award two-years in a row. Jose also supports his coworkers at Orangewood Children’s Home where he puts in plenty of overtime. He is always lending a helping hand at events including Veterans Day and the annual Health Fair.

Robert Hendricks

OCEA Board Member

Robert works as a User Support Technician II and has been a member of OCEA since 2000. He is an OCEA Bargaining Team veteran with three contracts under his belt. Robert is also a Steward at the Superior Court where he helps to lead the Court General Unit. His community involvement includes membership in the Freemasons and is a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member in Santa Ana. Robert wants to share his experience and knowledge with his fellow Board members to continue effectively fighting for the wages, rights and benefits of all OCEA working families as well as his coworkers at Courts.

Patty Hernandez

OCEA Board Member | OCEA PAC Member

Patty works as a Data Entry Technician for the Orange County Probation Department and has been an OCEA member since 2001. When she became a Steward in 2010, she took on the role of activist. She supports her labor brothers and sisters marching in the annual OC Labor Federation May Day event and demonstrates on behalf of unions fighting for the rights of working families. Patty phone banked for worker friendly candidates helping California secure a super majority in the Capitol. She walked precincts in Costa Mesa, helping to defeat union busting efforts there. In recognition of her activism, Patty was named Orange County Labor Federation Delegate of the Year at the 2017 labor federation’s Solidarity Awards. She joined OCEA’s Political Action Committee last July and appointed to OCEA’s Board of Directors on Sept. 19, 2017.

Henry Leber

OCEA Board Member | OCEA PAC Vice Chair

Henry, a Sheriff’s Special Officer II at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, was hired in 1990. He has been an active OCEA member since 1996 and became a Steward in 2008. He currently serves as chair of OCEA’s Peace Officer Protective League and secretary of the SSO bargaining unit. He is active in the Peace Officers Research Association of California, ensuring OCEA’s law enforcement professionals have a voice at the statewide level. Henry decided to join OCEA after watching county managers launch repeated attacks on its workers. He concluded that the only thing stopping the Board of Supervisors from eroding pay and taking away benefits is OCEA’s members, staff, and leadership. He has served on the Board since October, 2017 and spends countless hours along with his fellow board members advocating for OCEA members and fighting for the fair wages and benefits we deserve.

Angelo Lugo

OCEA Board Member

Angelo, an IT Network Engineer II at Orange County Health Care Agency, was hired in 2000. He joined OCEA in 2001, becoming a Steward in 2014 and was appointed to the OCEA Board of Directors in Sept. 2018. Angelo has been on multiple bargaining teams, serves as an OC Labor Federation Delegate, and is a Health Fair volunteer. Angelo has also been a leader on the County IT Committee where he has solved tough issues caused by outsourcing. He says that outsourcing of any County job is unacceptable, and he is ready to dedicate his IT negotiation experience to protecting the jobs of his fellow OCEA co-workers. One of his interests is in mentoring younger County workers who will one day lead both the County and the union in making our community a better place. He is also a member of the OCEA bargaining team.

John Sincock

OCEA Board Member | OCEA PAC Member

John is a Safety and Training Officer at CEO/Risk Management. He was hired by the County in 2002 and became an OCEA member in 2003. He began serving on the Political Action Committee in May, 2016. Previously, he helped fight the illegal layoffs of OCEA members in Costa Mesa and against Prop. 32—an anti-union initiative on the statewide ballot in 2012. John was very active during the 2016 campaign as well. He understands the role and the contributions of the Labor Movement in our country to advancing social justice and equality. He especially appreciates the positive impacts unions have had on the wages of all workers. John says that working families—now more than ever—have to defend their right to bargain collectively for the fair wages and benefits that protect working families.

Adele Tagaloa

OCEA Board Member

Adele began her career with the County in 2008 as an Extra Help trainer in the Registrar of Voters Office during the 2008 General Election. She was hired full time in 2009 and currently serves at the Registrar as a Polling Place Lead. She oversees all aspects of polling place recruitment and works directly with public agencies to secure polling places needed for Election Day. She joined OCEA upon hiring and became a Steward in 2012. Adele was appointed to the Board of Directors by affirmation on February 20, 2018. She currently serves on the Scholarship Committee. Along with helping to maintain the democratic process in the County she is serving as a Steward, volunteers to phone bank for union-backed candidates and helps out at OCEA events whenever needed. Adele is committed to building power for workers by fighting alongside her Board colleagues for the fair wages and benefits working families depend on.

Pamela Waters

OCEA Board Member | Trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust | OCEA PAC Member

Pamela, a Secretary II at Orange County Public Library, was hired in 1987. She joined OCEA in 1988, becoming a steward the same year and a Board member in 1993. She has served as a trustee of the Health & Welfare Trust, since its inception, and is also a member of OCEA’s budget & finance, catastrophic employee leave, communications, legislative, retirement and scholarship committees. She has been a member of many OCEA bargaining teams and is a Health Fair volunteer.