H&W Board of Trustees

OCEA’s Health & Welfare Trust was created by members for members. The Trust is governed by a seven-member board of trustees elected by OCEA members working for the County and the Superior Court. By standing together, OCEA members are able to offer affordable benefits that keep our families healthy and strong.

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.

Espie Martinez

Trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust

Espie Martinez, a Staff Specialist/Recruiter for Human Resource Services in the County Executive Office, was hired in 2007. She joined OCEA the same year and became a Steward in 2019. She was appointed to the Health & Welfare Trust in May 2022. Espie became active in OCEA after 2015 while working at the Registrar of Voters and seeing a need for more advocates for working families. She has participated in OCEA and Orange County Labor Federation phone banking, the Women’s March, and testifying before State Senate committees. Espie has volunteered her time to various philanthropic purposes including Feed the Homeless, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and Susan G. Komen’s Orange County Walk. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, going to concerts and more. Espie is “passionate about democracy, voting, social justice, and being a voice for equality in all aspects.”

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.

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.

Lani Nguyen

Trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust

Lani, an Auditor-Appraiser III at the Assessor’s office, was hired in 1996. She joined OCEA in 1997, becoming a steward in 2008. She currently serves as a trustee of the OCEA Health & Welfare Trust.