Here you’ll find information regarding your WEA Representatives, elected leadership, and the structure of our organization. For more details, members should check out the password protected members only section.
The WEA Congress is the legislative body of the union. It is comprised of the building reps, the Trustees, and the MEA & NEA Representative Assembly (RA) Delegates.
Your building reps are an important source of information. Building reps are elected at the beginning of the school year and hold office from September 1 through August 31 of the following school year.
Board Of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the executive body of the union. It is comprised of the President, Vice President, Congressional Trustee, Zone Trustees, and the Executive Director. All members are elected for two-year term, with the exception of the Executive Director who is hired by the Warren EA and the Fitzgerald EA.
President – Bob Callender June 30, 2021
Vice-President – Lisa Sikoski June 30, 2021
Congressional Trustee – Christy Stone May 31, 2022
Zone 1 – Karen Kuciel October 31, 2021
Zone 2 – Susan Flis October 31, 2021*
Zone 3 – Scot Acre October 31, 2021
Zone 4 – Andrew Rybarczyk October 31, 2022
Executive Director – Patrick J. Rorai Hired September 5, 2017
2021 Bargaining Team
The bargaining team represents the WEA during contract negotiations. It is chaired by the President and reports to the Board of Trustees, Congress and the membership. Members of the WEA Bargaining Team are appointed by the WEA President and approved by the Board of Trustees and Congress.
Bob Callender – WEA President
Lisa Sikoski – WEA Vice President
Christy Stone – Wilde E.S.
Jon Fielbrandt – SHHS
Patrick J. Rorai – WEA Executive Director
Bargaining Input Team
Melissa Bielski – Lean E.S.
Mike Madley – Cromie E.S.
Ashley Shosey – Wilde E.S.
Tonya Coffin – Grissom M.S.
Heather Grimm – Carleton M.S.
D.B. Brown – WMHS
Joe Stonchus – WMHS
Board of Reference
The Board of Reference is the judicial body of the WEA. It consists of five “judges” appointed by the President, and approved by the Congress each June. These judges serve three-year, staggered terms. They handle any disputes that come up within the union.
Chairperson – John Gomola – SHHS – Term ending – June 30, 2024
Kerri Collier – Beer M.S. – Term ending – June 30, 2023
Victor Kolpak – WMHS – Term ending – June 30, 2024
Christie Warchol – Cromie E.S. – Term ending – June 30, 2022
Stephanie Bommarito – Term ending – June 30, 2023
Independent Michigan Political Action Committee of Teachers
IMPACT is the political action arm of the Warren Education Association and Fitzgerald Education Association. It is governed by its own board of trustees, who are elected by WEA and FEA members to alternating two-year terms. They make decisions about supporting candidates and issues that impact all or our lives as public education employees.
Joe Stonchus – Warren Mott H.S. – (PAC Chair)
Marian Cardamone – Lean E.S. – (PAC Vice Chair)
Bob Callender – WEA President
Heather Kost – Lean E.S.
Audri Szilagyi – Harwood/Hatherly/Susick
Karen Abella – Grissom
Donna Zimmer – Beer M.S.
Susan Flis – Wilkerson E.S.
Patrick Rorai – Executive Director WFCC – (Secretary-Treasurer)
MEA RA Delegates
R.A. stands for Representative Assembly. These positions are elected in the March General Elections for 2 year terms that run from September 1 of the year elected through August 31 two years later. Over the course of your term, delegates are expected to represent the Warren Education Association at the MEA Representative Assembly meetings held in Lansing in the spring. Each of these meetings will take place in Lansing. In addition to the two MEA RAs that are held during the term of office, RA Delegates serve as the WEA’s delegates to Region 6. Region 6 typically meets four times a school year at Anchor Bay Middle School North. These meetings take place once in each of the following months: October, December, January, and March.
NEA RA Delegates
These positions are elected in the March General Elections for a 2 term that begins July 1 through two years ending June 30. Over the course of the term, the NEA RA Delegates are invited to attend the NEA Representative Assembly will be held annually at the end of June/beginning of July in various locations.
Currently, the Warren Education Association reimburses delegates to partially cover the cost of attending the NEA RAs. The WEA understands that delegates may not be able to attend due to the dates or cost of attending.