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    Business Manager & Secretary-Treasurer

    Christopher Darker

    Business Manager Chris Darker joined Local 792 in 1996 following his retirement from Law Enforcement. He served as a Labor Relations Representative and Organizer. Appointed to Assistant Business Manager in 1998. He was first elected to Business Manager in May 2000. Chris is the Chief Executive for the Local, serves as the Local Secretary-Treasurer, a Political Captain for LiUNA PSW, and a Coordinating Committee Member for the LiUNA Public Employee Department. Chris served one term as Vice President of the Five Counties Central Labor Council 2010-2012.

    EDUCATION. B.A., Union Administration and Leadership, National Labor College, Maryland. Certification - Labor and Management Relations, U.C. Davis. Administration of Justice San Bernardino Valley College 1986.

    VETERAN. U.S. Air Force.

    CURRENT ASSIGNMENT. - Redding HQ Administration, Negotiator, Local Political Captain, Secretary-Treasurer, LiUNA PED Instructor. Serves as Co-Chair of the Public Employee Political Council of Shasta County (PEPC) and advisor to the UPEC Rural Courts Coalition. 

    MEMBERSHIPS. International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), Shasta County Peace Officers Association, California Police Officers Association, Pointman Leacership Institute (PLI global). Retired Public Employee Association (RPEA).

    DELEGATE.  Central Labor Council & 2016 LiUNA Convention of Members.

    COMMUNITY SERVICE. Redding Asphalt Cowboys (www.asphaltcowboys.org), Shelby's Rules (www.shelbysrulesfoundation.com), Pointman Leadership Institute. (www.pliglobal.org)

    Labor Relations Manager

    Steve Allen

    Steve Allen started Local 792 in June 1995. He was appointed as the first Business Manager by LiUNA Vice President Max Warren. He served as Business Manager 4 years. He has worked as a Labor Relations Representative and Organizer for Local 792. He was promoted to Senior Labor Relations Representative in 2000. He was promoted to Labor Relations Supervisor in July 2013 and Labor Relations Manager in July 2015.  

    EDUCATION. B.S., Human Resources Management, Sacramento State College. Certification in Labor and Management Relations, Honors, at U.C. Davis.

    CURRENT ASSIGNMENT. Labor Relations Manager. Serves all areas. Negotiator. Handles grievances, disciplinary actions, Internal Affairs Investigations. Immediate Supervisor for Labor Relations Representatives and Manager.

    DELEGATE.  2016 LiUNA Convention of Members

    Office Manager

    Cindy Walton

    Cindy Walton joined UPEC in November 2013. Cindy was raised in Redding CA., she lived in Germany for 10 years and in San Francisco before moving back to Redding in 2001. Cindy has over 30 years experience in Customer Service and has a long history of working and managing in an office environment. She is married and has two children. 

    CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: Redding HQ - Administrative & Member services

    COMMUNITY SERVICE:  Shasta Rose Society, Redding Asphalt Cowboys

    Business Accountant

    Karen Campbell, MSA

    Karen Campbell started at Local 792 in January of 2016 as the Business Accountant at the Redding Headquarters. She has worked in customer service for over 8 years and has 3 years of managerial experience. Karen is advanced in Microsoft Excel, and also has experience preparing income taxes for students and single filers.


    Karen has her A.A. in Business Administration, and a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Humboldt State University. She graduated with her Master’s Degree in Accountancy from Sacramento State University in December of 2016.


    Karen is in charge of accounts receivable, accounts payable, invoicing, and various spreadsheet projects. She does the organization’s annual budget, handles all funds and investment accounts, and applies intricate financial analysis when needed. She also prepares the tax exempt tax return and the Department of Labor LM-2 Report. 

    Labor Relations Representative & Executive Board Member

    Ryan Heron

    Ryan Heron has served UPEC since July 2013. Ryan was appointed to the executive board in 2016. Ryan's past experience includes working in the legislative department for the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. Contributor for The Progressive Press.

    EDUCATION. B.S. Labor and Industrial Relations 2008. M.S. Human Resources & Employment Relations 2012. Pennsylvania State University, PA

    OFFICE ASSIGNMENT. Monterey, Sacramento and Bay Area. 

    ASSIGNMENTS. Executive Board Member, Labor Relations Representative. Grievances, Disciplinary Actions, Internal Affairs Investigations, Organizing Team, Delegate to the Five Counties Central Labor Council.

    Labor Relations Representative & Recording Secretary

    Ron Copeland

    Ron has been a member of UPEC Local 792 since January 2009 and became an Executive Board member in November 2013.  He was a member of the Shasta County General Unit as an Eligibility Worker III before joining the UPEC staff in January 2016.  Ron’s prior paralegal and law clerk experience includes representing employees at administrative hearings.

    EDUCATION.  J.D., McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA 2004; B.A., California State University - Chico, Chico, CA (Political Science) 1994; A.A., Shasta College, Redding, CA (General Education) 1992. Certifications:  Mediation, Paralegal, Social Security Administration Work Incentives Education Planner.

    ASSIGNMENTS.   Assists members with disciplinary actions, grievances, internal affairs investigations, negotiations, and organizing. 

    DELEGATE.    5 Counties Central Labor Council.

    Labor Relations Assistant & Executive Board Member

    Christine Perry

    Christine Perry has served UPEC since 2005 beginning as a consultant. Christine has over 33 years of success running her own business in advertising. Christine works closly with members in building the brand, setting up fund raisers and organizing new members into the Local. In June 2014 Christine was promoted to Field Operations Assistant. Christine works with the Labor Relations Representatives meeting monthly with bargaining units to provide information and assess their needs. She works with the International union to provide health and safety information, recruiting stewards and promoting member events. Christine was appointed to the Executive Board in 2016.

    EDUCATION. Masters Degree - Registered Nurse

    ASSIGNMENT. Redding HQ - Serves all areas. Standing Meetings. Media & Marketing, Special Events, Organizing

    DELEGATE.  5 Counties Central Labor Council. 2016 LiUNA Convention Delegate.

    Labor Relations Representative

    Barbara Ramey

    Barbara joined UPEC 792 in February 2016.  She comes from the public school system where her passion for supporting and protecting employees was fostered.  She is a past president of a chapter of the California School Employees Association (CSEA).  She also served for many years as negotiation chair and chief job steward.  She credits her internship with CSEA as the single greatest training she's experienced.  She brings to us her skills in team work, leadership and extensive negotiation experience and representational experience. 

    EDUCATION: Barbara is currently completing her M.A. in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding through CSU - Dominguez Hills; B.A., Labor Studies, National Labor College, Maryland;  A.A. University Studies, Shasta College

    CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: Labor Relations Representative.   Barbara works out of the Redding Office.  She has assignments in Lassen, Butte, Tehama, Glenn, Colusa and Shasta Counties.  She assists unit members with grievances, disciplinary actions, internal affairs investigations, negotiations and organizing.

    DELEGATE:  5 Counties Central Labor Council

    Organizer Intern

    Keshav Kumar
    A student at UC Santa Cruz and resident of Shasta County. Keshav will be working for UPEC June - August 2017 as an Organizer Intern. He is assigned to Internal organizing and membership projects during his internship.

    Legislative Advocate

    Libby Sanchez

    Libby Sanchez joined Local 792 in January 2011. 

    EDUCATION. J.D., 1997 Case Western Reserve University School of Law. B.A. 1994 Alma College. Double Major in History and English Literature. U.C. Davis School of Law 1996-1997. Immigrant Rights Clinic.

    OFFICE.  Sacramento

    ASSIGNMENT. Sacramento Legislative Advocate


    President - UPEC Local 792 Trinity Region

    Mike Cottone

    Mike is a Program Manager with Trinity County Health and Human Services, where he has been employed since 1999. Previous positions include Eligibility Worker, Fair Hearings Officer, Social Worker, and Social Worker Supervisor. He has been a steward since 2001 and has served on the Executive Board as the Trinity Region Representative since 2003.

    EDUCATION. M.S. in Human Services - Social and Community Services
                     B.A. in Liberal Studies - Sociology/Political Science

    DELEGATE.  2016 LiUNA Convention of Members

    UPEC REGIONAL LEADER. Trinity Regional Leadership Council

    Vice President - Shasta Region

    Steve Suske

    Shasta Region

    DELEGATE. Five Counties Central Labor Council. 2016 LiUNA Convention of Members

    Executive Board Member - Lassen Region

    Bob Shockley

    A member of UPEC Local 792 and the Lassen County General Unit since May 2011, Bob was Elected to the UPEC Executive Board in March 2014.  His current positions with Lassen County are Software Support Specialist II and HIPAA Security Officer for the Health and Social Services Super Agency. He spent more than 35 years in the private sector in various positions within Information Technology (IT) before coming to the public sector.

    VETERAN. U.S. Marine Corps

    CURRENT ASSIGNMENTS: UPEC Executive Board; UPEC Executive Board Communications & Technology Strategic Planning Committee; Lassen County General Unit Steward.

    Executive Board Member - Shasta Region

    Twyla Carpenter

    I started my career with Shasta County on 4/24/2009, at the Auditor’s Office, as a Senior Account Clerk.  I transferred and promoted to the Probation department as an Accounting Technician, on 6/14/2010.  My current position is an Agency Staff Services Analyst II.   Before that I have worked in the private sector starting with Record Searchlight for 17 years, and Moss Lumber for 13 years.

    EDUCATION. Shasta College AS-Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.  Certificate-Accounting.  

    DELEGATE.  Five Counties CLC. 2016 LiUNA Convention of Members

    Executive Board Member - Shasta Region

    Maureen Robison

    Maureen Robison was elected on UPEC Executive Board in 2015. Maureen has worked for Shasta County Health & Human Services, Public Health Department for 17 years as a Senior Public Health Assistant & Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor.

    UPEC REGIONAL LEADER.  Shasta-Tehama Regional Leadership Council

    Executive Board Member - Butte Region
    Robin Lee

    Butte County Skilled Trades Unit

    UPEC REGIONAL LEADER. Butte Regional Leadership Council

    CLC DELEGATE.  Butte-Glenn Central Labor Council

    Executive Board - Sacramento Region

    Kelly Newell

    I am an Information Technology Analyst (ITA) 2 for Sacramento County. I have been a Sacramento County employee since 1989 but an ITA since 2002. I’m currently working in the Department of Technology, DHA Support Division. The prior county positions I’ve held were Motor Vehicle Operator, Building Security and Human Services Specialist.  I am currently working towards a baccalaureate degree in Business - Management Information Systems (MIS) at CSUS.

    EDUCATION: AA - Human Services, Social Services and Business Transfer;      AS - Microcomputer Applications; Certificate - CIS-Database

    DELEGATE. Sacramento County CLC

    UPEC REGIONAL LEADER.  Sacramento Regional Leadership Council

    Executive Board - Santa Clara Region

    Robert DeLong

    Robert is in his 28th year as a professional State Certified Journeyman Mechanic. He currently holds the title of Fleet Maintenance Worker III and Fire Mechanic III/Master Mechanic at the City of Milpitas. Prior to joining the City of Milpitas 18 years ago, Robert was employed by Transportation Design Manufacturing (TDM) as a Junior Engineer/Program Manager working on their alternative fuel and electric vehicle program.
    What launched Roberts union leadership participation was becoming Shop Steward for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1101 (IAMAW) over 20 years ago. Since then he's held various union leadership roles through his career. To present he is in his third term as President for the Milpitas Employee Association (MEA) and is also an Executive Board Member with UPEC 792, Santa Clara region.

    California Fire Mechanic Academy; Master Fire Mechanic
    General Motors Training Center; Technical Training Program
    Ford Motor Company Technical Training Center; Generator Certified
    IAM Automotive Apprenticeship 4 Year Program
    Evergreen Valley College

    DELEGATE.  South Bay Central Labor Council Delegate

    UPEC REGIONAL LEADER. Santa Clara-Santa Cruz Regional Leadership Council.

    Executive Board - San Francisco Region

    Norm Infusino

    Since 2006 he has been a member of UPEC Local 792. In 1992 a union was formed at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and he has been a proud member of LIUNA.  A plumber/pipefitter by trade along with being the Chief Shop Steward at The Presidio Trust since 2001.

    Educational Background - B.A. Labor Studies, San Francisco State University 2005
    Graduate degree in Public Administration, San Francisco State University 2009

    Executive Board Member - Monterey & Santa Cruz Region
    Margi Perotti

    Appointed August 2015

    UPEC REGIONAL LEADER.  Monterey Regional Leadership Council

    Executive Board - Sergeant at Arms
    Pam Power

    Sergeant at Arms, Executive Board- Appointed in 2016

    DELEGATE. 2016 LiUNA Convention of Members


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