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

Judy Bowling

OCEA 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 OCEA President, a member of the OCEA’s budget and legislative committees, and has been on many OCEA bargaining teams. She is also an Orange County Labor Federation delegate. 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 First Vice President | 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 serves as OCEA First Vice President, Treasurer of OCEA’s political action committee, serves on the budget committee, is an Orange County Labor Federation delegate, 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. He has been a member of many OCEA bargaining teams.

Maria Corona

Maria Corona

OCEA Second Vice President | Secretary of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust

Maria, a Staff Assistant at Orange County Health Care Agency—Office of Health Policy Research and Communication, was hired in July 2000. She joined OCEA the same year, becoming a steward in 2003 and a Board member in 2008. She currently serves as OCEA Second Vice President and as Secretary of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust, and was previously OCEA Treasurer. Maria is also a member of OCEA’s budget committee and a 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.

Adele Tagaloa

OCEA Secretary

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 Vote Center Lead. She oversees all aspects of Vote Center recruitment and works directly with public agencies to secure Vote Centers needed for Election Day. She joined OCEA upon hiring and became a Steward in 2012. Adele was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2018 and elected OCEA Secretary in 2020. She currently serves on the scholarship and legislative committees. 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.

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 serves as OCEA Treasurer, Chair of OCEA’s budget committee, and has been on many OCEA bargaining teams. 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.

Angelo Lugo

OCEA Insurance Officer

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 and currently serves as OCEA Insurance Officer. Angelo has been on multiple bargaining teams, serves as Vice Chair of OCEA’s legislative committee, as a member of the OCEA budget committees, 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.

Board of Directors

Maria Acosta

OCEA Board Member

Maria, a Lead Custodian at Orange County Public Works, was hired in 2007. She joined OCEA in 2017 and immediately became a Steward, and was appointed to the OCEA Board in 2019. She currently serves on the OCEA budget committee. Maria brings years of experience in Labor to the OCEA Board of Directors. She is a former Teamsters union member, Steward and Bargaining Team member. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Orange County Workers (AOCW). She has always been willing to stand together with her co-workers and is dedicated to working families. Maria is ready to fight for the livelihood of every OCEA member and their families.

Iriss Barriga

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

Iriss Barriga, a Child Support Specialist, was hired in 1997. She joined OCEA the following year and became a Steward in 2018. She was appointed to the Heath & Welfare Trust in May, 2019. Iriss grew up in Santa Ana and graduated from Saddleback High School. She won recognition as a Steward for organizing standing-room only membership meetings for her co-workers and proactively tackling workplace issues. Iriss is the go-to source for information and support to every CSS worker. She is proud to be a part of offering affordable dental, vision, disability, and life insurance plans that meet the needs of her coworkers. She is also a confirmed Radiohead and Morrissey fan and says the 90’s band Nirvana was her thing.

Erick Castellanos

OCEA Board Member

Erick is a Senior Investigator with the Orange County Public Defender’s Office. He joined the County in 2005, becoming an OCEA member the following year, and a Steward in 2016. Erick was appointed to the Board of Directors at the April 20, 2021 Board meeting. Erick has stood by his coworkers participating in OCEA rallies in support of contract bargaining. He is energetic, detail-oriented, and strives for excellence in everything he does. Professionally, Erick was named Investigator of the Year in 2015 by his department, and Investigator of the Year in 2018 by the California Defense Investigators Association. In his spare time, Erick participates in church activities such as clothing and food drives for those in need. He believes his new role offers him a chance to further his advocacy on behalf of his OCEA brothers and sisters and have an even stronger voice against unfair treatment in the workplace.

Liza Cooper-Butler

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

Liza, an HR Records Supervisor/Staff Assistant for the CEO’s Office, was hired in 1997. She joined OCEA in 1998, becoming a Steward in 2015 and a Board member in 2016. She serves as a Trustee on the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust, as a member of the OCEA legislative and scholarship committees, and an Orange County Labor Federation delegate. She has stood with her fellow OCEA members and been active for every one of them. Liza wants to be a strong voice for her co-workers 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.

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, is a member of the OCEA budget and legislative committees, an Orange County Labor Federation delegate, and has served on many OCEA bargaining teams. Jose has always been a workplace leader but made it official in 2014 when he became a Steward. He has earned the President’s and the Perfect Attendance awards two-years in a row. Jose also supports his co-workers 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.

Patty Hernandez

OCEA Board Member | OCEA PAC Member

Patty works as an Information Processing Specialist 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 helped to defeat union busting efforts in the City of Costa Mesa. In recognition of her activism, Patty was named Orange County Labor Federation Delegate of the Year in 2017. She serves as Chair on OCEA’s legislative committee, and is a member of the OCEA budget, political action and scholarship committees.

Mary Hunter

OCEA Board Member

Mary, an Attorney Clerk for the DA’s Office, was hired in 2007. She joined OCEA the same year and became a Steward in 2017, joined the OCEA Bargaining Team in 2018 and has volunteered at many OCEA events. In December of 2019, Mary was elected to a two-year term on OCEA’s Board of Directors so she is now representing every OCEA member. As a Steward, she has proven to be an effective advocate for her co-workers and directly addresses issues of concern with management and HR. She makes sure that OCEA members at the DA’s Office are well informed about union activities and initiatives. Mary will continue to be a strong voice for her co-workers and take part in empowering OCEA as an OCEA Board Member. Mary truly cares for the well-being of her colleagues and brings a strong work ethic to every task.

Michael Mestas

OCEA Board Member

Michael is a Social Services Supervisor I with ten years of County service. He believes his experience in the Social Services Agency and his roles as a supervisor in various departments helps to create a path to sharing knowledge and solving problems for OCEA members and the union as a whole. An OCEA Steward for almost two years, he has had the opportunity to work with management while continually advocating for decent wages, fair benefits, good working conditions, and protections from unjust treatment. As a board member, he believes his direct knowledge of current working conditions will give OCEA up-to-date knowledge in assessing any issues to assist the union in responding to employee concerns and handling future negotiations. His parents came from Mexico in the 1950s and worked hard all their lives to give their family the opportunity at the American dream. This could not have been possible if they were not union members themselves. Unions are responsible for building the great American middle class. Michael says he is a true union man for life.

Jennifer Morgan

OCEA PAC Chair

Jennifer is employed in the Superior Court as a Superior Court Clerk II. She has been employed in the Court since 1999, and she joined OCEA immediately after being hired. Jennifer is closely involved in OCEA activities as one of our Court members.

Julio Robles

OCEA Board Member

Julio, a Sr. Correctional Services Technician (CST), has been an OCEA member as of his hire date in 2006. He became a Steward in January 2018, served on the OCEA Bargaining Team, and elected to the board in December 2020. Julio is also a founding member of the joint OCSD/OCEA-CST Committee (2016). He is an active Steward participating in OCEA rallies, phone banking for worker-friendly candidates and volunteers for duty at the annual OCEA Health Fair. As a Steward, Julio is alert to issues and events impacting his co-workers and steps up to make sure their working environment is safe, secure and positive. He understands the power of knowledge making it a priority to provide all needed information to co-workers so they can make the best choices and right decisions for OCEA members and their families. Julio is always willing to invest his time to learn how to make a difference and impact in a positive manner as many of our OCEA members as possible. His motto is, “Together as One for the Benefit of All…”

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 serves on the OCEA political action, budget, and legislative committees, as well as an Orange County Labor Federation delegate. 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 2016 political campaigns 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.

Samantha Soto

OCEA Board Member

Sami is a Fire Communications Supervisor at the Orange County Fire Authority. She joined the OCFA in 2007 and became an OCEA member at the same time. Always a workplace leader, Sami made it official in 2014 when she became a Steward. She is also a member of the budget committee, serves on the Bargaining Team and is a member of the OCFA’s Joint Labor-Management Committee. Sami enjoys working hard to ensure that union members are represented to the fullest. She has a good working relationship with the staff and management at OCFA. Sami is “not shy” when it comes to work and will dive-in headfirst. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve her co-workers.