Committees

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MTA Committees

Modesto Teachers Association operates with twelve committees to promote competitive compensation, fair working conditions, and reasonable workload.

The continuous work of our committees is to advance the growth and success for all students; and to secure the highest quality public education available for our children.

Click on the committee name for more information.


Board of Directors

MTA Board of Directors (BOD) is a body of thirteen elected members who jointly oversee the activities of Modesto Teachers Association.


Child Development Program

The Child Development Program Negotiations Committee represents their members at the bargaining table. The CDP committee relies on a yearly member questionnaire to keep informed of bargaining issues.

Members

  • Celia Glynn, Chair
  • Lea Anne La Marre
  • Olivia Letourneaux
  • JenMarie Collins
Child Development Program
Child Development Program

Communications

The purpose of the Communications Committee is to keep members abreast of current news and actions which impact the rights, salary, and working conditions of MTA members.

The Communications Committee utilizes social media, President’s Post, Negotiations News, website, and email to inform members.

Members

  • Jennifer James, Chair
  • Mary Fong
  • David Madrigal
  • Bryan Rogers
Communications
Communications

Elections

The purpose of the Elections Committee is to ensure the integrity of the MTA electoral process. The Elections Committee is charged with ensuring that elections are conducted in a fair and impartial manner in accordance with CTA guidelines.

Due to the pandemic, we implemented the online election program, Simply Voting.

Election Results

View election results.

Elections
MTA Election Results

Members

  • Blake Mittan, Chair
  • Kelly Blanc
  • Kerry Castellani
  • Mary Fong
  • Jennifer Grenbeaux
  • Darrel James
  • Sunshine Letsinger

Grievance

The Grievance Committee meets with the MCS District monthly to resolve member disputes.

If you believe your rights have been violated, please contact the committee.

Members

  • Mary Fong, Chair
  • Melicety Deatherage
  • Darrel James
  • Angela Martinez
  • Robin Rodrigues
  • Yaser Herrera
Grievance
Grievance

Equity Team

The Equity Team Committee promotes social justice activities designed to improve the education of all students with a focus on equitable access to public education.

Members

  • Miriam Caro, Chair
  • Mary Fong
  • Elizabeth Guptill
  • Patti Jurado-Towner
  • Nancy Lopez
  • Mary Mageean Morado
  • Rick Pinedo
  • Kathy Presley
  • Kevin Quionones
  • Gladys Williams
Equity Team
Equity Team

Medical Benefits

The Medical Benefits Committee’s responsibility is to maintain and administer the member’s health fund. This fund supplements retiree’s health benefits. Visit our retirement site for more information.

Members

  • Doug Burton, Chair
  • Cameron Guinn, Vice Chair
  • Mike Doornewaard
  • Jeff Bakker
  • Nicole Inderbitzen
  • Kathleen Irizarry
  • Louise Kantro
  • Peter Rodgers
Medical Benefits
Medical Benefits

Negotiations

The Negotiations Committee represents the membership at the bargaining table. The committee relies on a yearly member questionnaire to keep informed of bargaining issues. Furthermore, the committee develops a contract proposal, bargains for higher salaries, and contractual gains.

Members

  • Chris Peterson, Chair
  • Doug Burton
  • Cameron Guinn
  • Jennifer Hayner
  • Darrel James
  • Jennifer Ollar
  • Yaser Herrera
Negotiations
Negotiations

Organizing

The Organizing Committee meets to build unity, increase member participation, and support the actions and activities of the Association.

Members

  • Kelly Blanc, Chair
  • Lexie Greer
  • Suzanne Lemos
  • Olivia LeTourneaux
  • Melody McGill
  • Jennifer McGrath
  • Bryan Rogers
  • Yumi Soares
  • Katrina Van Walterop
Organizing
Organizing

Political Action

The Political Action Committee meets to discuss how resources and strategies will be employed in the advancement of MTA’s member interests.

Members

  • Blake Mittan, Chair
  • Jeff Bakker
  • Frank Blanas
  • Kerry Castellani
  • Mike Doornewaard
  • Cameron Guinn
  • Stephanie Guinn
  • Darrel James
  • Steve McEwen
  • Melody McGill
  • Erica Middaugh
  • Jennifer Ollar
  • Chris Peterson
  • Gina Poggi
Political Action
Political Action

Public Relations

The purpose of the MTA Public Relations is to enhance public awareness of the Association’s commitment to public education and to provide support for programs that benefit students, members of the Association, and the community.

Student Recognition Program

The Modesto Teachers Association have available funds to support programs for our schools NOT normally funded by Modesto City Schools.

Download 2021-22 Student Recognition Form for details.

Members

  • Patrick McLoud, Chair
  • Jeff Bakker
  • Christina Elizondo
  • Patti Jurado-Towner
  • Bobby Lawrence
  • Yumi Soares
  • Brett Wagner
Public Relations
Public Relations

Scholarships

The Scholarship Committee administers the application process and granting of MTA scholarships.

MTA Scholarships
  1. Cecil Curfman Memorial Scholarship
  2. Jon Walther Memorial Scholarship
  3. Frank Vandervort Memorial Scholarship

Click on image for scholarship history, winner biographies and newest applications.

Members

  • Darrel James, Chair
  • Angela Martinez
  • Dewey Wong
  • Jennifer James
  • Patrick McLoud
  • Kelley Blanc
  • Kerry Castellani
Scholarships
Scholarships