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.

Alan Dean Clow

OCEA First Vice President

Alan, a Senior Investigator at the Orange County Public Defender’s office, was hired in 1996. He joined OCEA the same year, becoming a Board member in 2005 and a steward in 2008. He currently serves as OCEA First Vice President and chair of the Legislative Committee. He is also a member of OCEA’s Communication Committee. Alan is a member of many OCEA bargaining teams and has represented OCEA and OCPD members in meetings with the Board of Supervisors. He was OCPD Investigators President from 2002-04, and worked with the OCPD Attorney’s Association, the California Prosecutors Association and OCEA to add OCPD Investigators to AB 2023, which was signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2003. He has worked with the United States Army Military Police and the Coronado Police Department. Alan was named Orange County Public Defender Investigator of the Year in 2009.

Judy Bowling

OCEA Second 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.

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 a member of OCEA’s external communications and retirement committees, 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 during its lifetime and organized successful inequity adjustments for forensic scientists. Russell also served as a general elected member of the Orange County Employees Retirement System Board from 2004 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 Cooper-Butler has stood with her fellow OCEA members for more than 18-years and been active for every one of them. She has served as a Steward, a member of the Bargaining Team and played a key role on the Contract Action Team last year. Liza works for the Public Defender’s Office as a Payroll Administrator/Staff Assistant and has been with the County since 1997. 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 wants to be elected to 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.

Butch Garcia

OCEA Board Member

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 from 2007 to 2016, and again in 2017.

Robert Hendricks

OCEA Board Member

Robert Hendricks is an OCEA Bargaining Team veteran with three contracts under his belt. He is also a Steward at the Superior Court where he helps to lead the Court General Unit. Robert works as a User Support Technician II and has been a member of OCEA since 2000. His community involvement includes membership in the Freemasons and is a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member in Santa Ana. Robert believes that his experience and knowledge would be a benefit on the OCEA Board of Directors and looks forward to having a larger platform where he can continue fighting for the rights of his coworkers at the Courts.

Patty Hernandez

OCEA Board Member | OCEA PAC Member

Patty works as a Data Entry Technician for the Orange County Probation Department and an OCEA member since 2001. When she became a Steward in 2010, she took on the role of activist. 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 September 19, 2017 to fill one of two vacancies.

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. Henry decided to join OCEA after watching county managers launch repeated attacks on its workers. He came to the conclusion that the only thing stopping the Board of Supervisors from eroding pay and taking away benefits is OCEA’s members, staff, and leadership. Henry says the Board of Directors have all answered the call to service from their coworkers. His appointment to the Board on Oct. 17, 2017 gives him the opportunity to join fellow Board members in advocating for OCEA members and fighting for the fair wages and benefits working families deserve.

Paul Nguyen

OCEA Board Member

Paul, a Social Services Supervisor I at Orange County Social Services Agency, was hired in 2006. He joined OCEA the same year. Paul was laid off in the beginning of 2009, but was rehired several months later with the help of OCEA. He became a steward in 2010 and a Board member in 2011. He is a member of OCEA’s budget & finance, catastrophic employee leave and external communications committees. Paul is an OCEA bargaining team member, and recipient of OCEA’s New Leader and Civic Engagement awards. At his agency, he is a member of the SSA Labor Management Committee.

Ryan Ramos

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

Ryan, a Research Analyst IV with the Orange County Health Care Agency, was hired in 2006. He joined OCEA the same year, becoming a steward in 2010 and a Board member in 2012. Ryan currently serves as chair of the Health & Welfare Trust and on the OCEA Political Action Committee. He is a member of OCEA’s catastrophic employee leave, legislative, and retirement committees—and was previously a member of the OCEA Scholarship Committee. He is also a bargaining team member.

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 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.

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.