Meet Our Team
Please see the following brief descriptions of the responsibilities of Officers and Managers at CEA.
The president is the chief executive officer of the Association and its policy leader. Mr. Leake represents the Association as spokesperson, as presiding officer of all governance meetings, and as the CEA representative on committees outside of the organization. He works closely with the executive director to address the needs and the goals of the CEA and its membership.
As a registered lobbyist, the president works in collaboration with CEA staff to promote and pass CEA's legislative agenda, serves as a member of the Finance Committee and appoints the chairpersons and members of all committees and commissions.
The vice-president assists the president in representing the Association as spokesperson, and is an integral part of CEA's legislative and political action leadership effort. Mr. Nicholas is the president of the Connecticut Education Foundation, the CEA charitable foundation that administers the Children's Fund, the Minority and DiGiovanni Scholarship Funds, the Boland Fund, and the Holiday Bear Project.
The treasurer chairs the CEA Finance Committee, formulates budget recommendations, and establishes procedures and guidelines for formulating and adopting the Association's annual budget. The treasurer also works to monitor and control expenditures directly under governance control. The treasurer is also a liaison to the Henry Barnard Fund which is a fund established to assist retired teachers experiencing financial strife.
The secretary oversees the preparation and maintenance of all records of meetings of the CEA Representative Assembly, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and governance. Stephanie also serves as chair of the CEA Constitution Revision Committee and its policy subcommittee.
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As the Chief Staff Officer, Don supervises the entire staff of CEA and oversees all program and administrative areas of the association. Don also advises the CEA Board, develops strategies to accomplish organizational objectives and coordinates CEA's activities among departments.
Director of Policy, Research, and Government Relations
The director is responsible for monitoring emerging trends in public education, human and civil rights issues, and retirement issues. He oversees and conducts research in these areas and provides research support for the legislative program. The division develops and delivers training and professional development in a variety of areas.
Director of Finance, Technology, Membership, Building Operations & Human Resources
The Director of Administration and Finance department and is responsible for all property management, Information Technology, accounting and finances, cash management, human resources and benefits management, membership records and dues collection, purchasing, printing and media distribution, and executive administration support.
Director of Affiliate Services and Member Training
The director has the following responsibilities: Uniserv representatives, collective bargaining, contract enforcement, field political and legislative organizing, data research and management analysis, membership training, and the assimilation of new teachers into association programs. The division is responsible for the Summer Leadership Conference, CEA/NEA Orientation, the Regional CEA Collective Bargaining Conferences, and the New Teacher Conference.
Director of Communications and Member Benefits
The director is responsible for increasing awareness of the organization's goals and gaining member and public understanding of CEA priorities. She develops and oversees CEA periodicals and special publications; conducts media relations; produces web and broadcast productions; develops and implements the CEA issue advocacy/advertising program; implements local community relations programs; maintains and develops CEA's web presence; and provides support to Association leaders on all communications matters.
Member Legal Services
As Legal Counsel, Attorney Melanie Kolek has represented members and local affiliates before courts and administrative agencies in a variety of matters involving salaries, benefits and working conditions including workers' compensation claims, enforcement of arbitration awards, tenured teacher termination hearings, unemployment compensation claims, unfair labor practice charges, freedom of information complaints, bargaining unit clarification, and numerous other issues concerning working conditions. Attorney Kolek is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and is part of its Education Law, Labor & Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Litigation Sections. She also sits on the Executive Committee for the Workers' Compensation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.
As Legal Counsel, Attorney Adrienne DeLucca has represented members and local affiliates before courts and administrative agencies in a variety of matters involving salaries, benefits and working conditions including workers' compensation claims, enforcement of arbitration awards, tenured teacher termination hearings, unemployment compensation claims, unfair labor practice charges, freedom of information complaints, bargaining unit clarification, and numerous other issues concerning working conditions.
CEA Legal Counsel Rebecca Mitchell represents members and local affiliates before courts and administrative agencies in matters involving salaries, benefits, and working conditions, including workers' compensation claims, enforcement of arbitration awards, tenured teacher termination hearings, unemployment compensation claims, unfair labor practice charges, freedom of information complaints, and bargaining unit clarification. Attorney Mitchell previously served as CEA's UniServ Rep in Unit 1, representing teachers in Bridgeport. Before joining CEA, she represented union members as assistant general counsel with the National Association of Government Employees in Springfield, Mass., and lead counsel for the International Association of EMTs and Paramedics.