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SPEEA Council Committees

Diversity Committee

Diversity Committee web page

Chair: Graciela Kawa - (253) 414-8796 - Email Graciela
Vice-Chair: Gordon Yip - (253) 657-9696 -
Email Gordon
Secretary: Emmanuel Domingo - (425) 717-0101 -
Email Emmanuel

Meeting Time:
Second Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m. (Pacific Time)

This committee is chartered to foster diversity within SPEEA and provide an avenue for addressing the problems and issues associated with a lack of understanding diversity that may lead to discrimination and harassment. This committee works on providing information and education to increase members understanding and to promote union involvement with all segments of SPEEA members.

Governing Documents Committee

Governing Documents Committee web page

Chair: Christopher Smith - (425) 717-5501
Vice-Chair: Greg Chandra - (425) 789-8012
Secretary: Jimmie Mathis - (425) 223-1373

Meeting Time: 3rd Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Develops changes it deems necessary, based on its own review of the SPEEA Governing Documents and/or request of the SPEEA Council or other governing body. Reviews SPEEA Council action for inclusion in the SPEEA Policy Manual. Reviews and recommends policy on association, affiliation and merger. Recommends affiliation/merger with other unions. Recommends and proposes new policies as the need arises. Prior to any printing of the SPEEA Governing Documents and/or any amendments thereto, the final draft of said publication must be certified in writing by the Chairman or designee of the SPEEA Governing Documents Committee.

Leadership Development & Training Committee (LD&T)

Chair: Dan Nowlin - (425) 583-2344
Joel Funfar - (206) 769-2722
Secretary: Gordon Yip - (253) 6

Meeting Time: 1st Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Responsible for generating pathways for SPEEA leadership development and training, and creating a well-informed, motivated, respected, and highly-skilled group of member activists to fill leadership positions throughout our organization. Responsible for planning, implementing, and providing services, facilities, and manpower for seminars, leadership training, and other educational meetings.

Legislative and Public Affairs Committee (L&PA)

Legislative & Public Affairs Committee web page

Chair: Dan Nowlin - (425) 583-2344
Vice-Chair: Joe Abbott - (316) 523-5201
Secretary:Jimmie Mathis - (425) 223-1373

Meeting Time: 3rd Monday of every month at 3:30 p.m. (Pacific) and 5:30 p.m. (Central).

Analyzes pending federal legislation, politicians and political candidates’ positions as they relate to SPEEA goals and objectives. Responsible for compliance with SPEEA Policy Manual Section on legislative actions, endorsements and objectives. Reviews IFPTE and AFL-CIO legislative activities and recommends direction to delegates. 

Organizational Planning Committee

Chair: James Raskob - (425) 266-4571
Vice-Chair: Robert (Bill) Sutton - (425) 266-9693
Secretary: Jimmie Mathis - (425) 223-1373

Meeting Time: 3rd Tuesday of March, June, Sept., and Dec. at 4 p.m. (Pacific Time) and 6 p.m. (Central Time)

SPEEA Organizational Planning Committee - Develops, plans and investigates mergers, associations and organizational campaign with other aerospace employees and unions. This committee will coordinate affiliation, merger and association activities with the SPEEA Governing Documents Committee.

Stephen Pezzini H.O.P.E. Award Committee

Chair: (to be determined)

Meeting Time:
(to be determined)

Responsible for the solicitation of nominations, review and selection of the recipient for the Stephen Pezzini H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Excel) honor. This is to recognize a person who gives time, effort and benefits to the general community, as well as being an active SPEEA member beyond expectations. This award is to be given no less than annually, to a recipient at the yearly Regional recognition banquets.

Veterans Committee

Chair: Jeff Forbes (425) 237-6582 Email Jeff
Geoff Case (425) 293-7904Email Geoff
Steve (Mark) Naylor (503) 866-3062 Email Mark

Meeting Time:
Quarterly (see online calendar)

Provides an avenue for addressing the problems and issues associated with SPEEA's military employees, veterans and their families. Provides information and education to increase SPEEA member's understanding of veterans' and their families issues. Works with the IFPTE Veterans' Committee to influence national positions, congressional legislation and administrative rulemaking.

Constitutional Committees

Judicial Review Committee (JRC)

Term 11/1/2014 - 10/31/2017 - Vacant

Term 11/1/2015 - 10/31/2018 - Vacant

Term 11/1/2016 - 10/31/2019 - Renee Jarvi (425) 299-6491

Meeting Time: Convenes when called upon by any member of the committee

This committee is responsible for interpreting the SPEEA Constitution and By-Laws, and of acting as the final hearing body for charges within SPEEA as defined in the Constitution. Consisting of three members who, within the past five years, served as a member of the Executive Board, the Council(s), Tellers Committee(s), the Judicial Review Committee, Council Committees, or any combination thereof, for at least two years. Members of the JRC are elected by the SPEEA Council. The Executive Board is responsible for submitting at least three names of qualified members for a vacancy on the JRC to the SPEEA Council.

SPEEA Tellers Committee

Chair: Stephen Karich - (425) 965-2303
Co-Chair: Nancy Kendrick - (316) 523-3267
Lynda Maynard - (425) 965-9116

Meeting Time: Convenes when called upon by the chair, or by majority of the committee

The SPEEA Tellers Committee shall have the responsibility and authority for the conduct of all SPEEA elections, Constitutional amendments, and referendums; serves as a hearing body for all charges related to SPEEA elections Constitutional amendments, and referendums and ratifications and has the authority to resolve such charges; and is involved in the process of SPEEA's financial audit performed at the end of each fiscal year.