Officer Elections 2020

It’s time to elect our leaders.

UFF-UCF members are voting by mail to elect our union’s President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary, as well as 20 Senators, 20 Alternate Senators, 9 FEA Delegates, and 9 FEA Alternate Delegates.

Ballots for this election are being mailed to members’ homes on July 1, 2020. If you don’t receive yours by July 7, 2020, or to request a new ballot, email Nina Orlovskaya at norlovsk@gmail.com or text 407-913-4438.

Mail your ballot to:

UFF-UCF Election
P.O. Box 622645
Oviedo, FL 32762-2645

Your ballot must arrive by 5 p.m. on August 6, 2020.

See the original UFF-UCF Nomination and Election Notice (PDF) here.
Click here to read the Election Rules

Candidates for President

Robert Cassanello

Robert Cassanello

Associate Professor, History

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Scott Launier

Scott Launier

Associate Instructor, Writing & Rhetoric

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Candidates for Vice President

Talat Rahman

Talat Rahman

Professor, Physics

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Beatriz Reyes-Foster

Beatriz Reyes-Foster

Associate Professor, Anthropology

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Candidates for Treasurer

Jonathan Beever

Jonathan Beever

Assistant Professor, Philosophy

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Yovanna Pineda

Yovanna Pineda

Associate Professor, History

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Candidates for Secretary

Michael Armato

Michael Armato

Lecturer, Sociology

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Latarsha Chisholm

Latarsha Chisholm

Associate Professor, Health Management & Informatics

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Candidates for Senator

Alyssa Albrecht

Alyssa Albrecht

Instructional Designer

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Michael Armato

Michael Armato

Lecturer, Sociology

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Jonathan Beever

Jonathan Beever

Assistant Professor, Philosophy

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Candice Bridge

Candice Bridge

Associate Professor, Chemistry

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Tina Calandrino

Tina Calandrino

Instructional Designer

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Mason Cash

Mason Cash

Associate Professor, Philosophy

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Yun-Ling Hsu Casimir

Yun-Ling Hsu Casimir

Assistant Professor, Music

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Robert Cassanello

Robert Cassanello

Associate Professor, History

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Farrah Cato

Farrah Cato

Associate Instructor, English

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Latarsha Chisholm

Latarsha Chisholm

Associate Professor, Health Management & Informatics

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Kevin Coffey

Kevin Coffey

Professor, Materials

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Annabelle Conroy

Annabelle Conroy

Lecturer, Political Science

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Sara Duff

Sara Duff

Librarian

John Fauth

John Fauth

Associate Professor, Biology

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Yanga Fernandez

Yanga Fernandez

Professor, Physics

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Nick Gardiakos

Nick Gardiakos

Instructor, Writing & Rhetoric

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Elizabeth Harris

Elizabeth Harris

Lecturer, Biology

Fayeza Hasanat

Fayeza Hasanat

Lecturer, English

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Gordon Henry

Gordon Henry

Lecturer, Integrated Business

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Rohan Jowallah

Rohan Jowallah

Instructional Designer

Alla Kourova

Alla Kourova

Associate Professor, Languages

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Lisa Danker Kritzer

Lisa Danker Kritzer

Associate Professor, Film and Mass Media

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Megan Lambert

Megan Lambert

Instructor, Writing & Rhetoric

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Scott Launier

Scott Launier

Associate Instructor, Writing & Rhetoric

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Marie Léticée

Marie Léticée

Associate Professor, Languages

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Monique Levermore

Monique Levermore

Associate Lecturer, Psychology

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Iryna Malendevich

Iryna Malendevich

Associate Instructor, Criminal Justice

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Abby Milon

Abby Milon

Associate Lecturer, Legal Studies

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Nina Orlovskaya

Nina Orlovskaya

Associate Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

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Shelley Park

Shelley Park

Professor, Philosophy & Cultural Studies

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Robert Peale

Robert Peale

Professor, Physics

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Yovanna Pineda

Yovanna Pineda

Associate Professor, History

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Talat Rahman

Talat Rahman

Professor, Physics

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John Raible

John Raible

Instructional Designer

Beatriz Reyes-Foster

Beatriz Reyes-Foster

Associate Professor, Anthropology

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Lee Ross

Lee Ross

Professor, Criminal Justice

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Ashley Salter

Ashley Salter

Instructional Designer

Jennifer Sandoval

Jennifer Sandoval

Assistant Professor, Communication

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Eladio Scharrón

Eladio Scharrón

Associate Professor, Music

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Alfons Schulte

Alfons Schulte

Professor, Physics

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Nick Shrubsole

Nick Shrubsole

Lecturer, Philosophy

Walter Sotero

Walter Sotero

Associate Lecturer, Biology

Nichole Stack

Nichole Stack

Associate Instructor, Writing & Rhetoric

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Charlotte Trinquet du Lys

Charlotte Trinquet du Lys

Associate Professor, Languages

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Stephanie Wheeler

Stephanie Wheeler

Assistant Professor, Writing & Rhetoric

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Candidates for Alternate Senators

JoAnne Adams

JoAnne Adams

Lecturer, Visual Arts & Design

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Sandy Avila

Sandy Avila

Science Librarian

Terri Susan Fine

Terri Susan Fine

Professor, Political Science

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Barbara Gannon

Barbara Gannon

Associate Professor, History

Michele Gill

Michele Gill

Professor, College of Education and Human Performance

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Fon Gordon

Fon Gordon

Associate Professor & Coordinator, Africana Studies

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Richard Harrison II

Richard Harrison II

Librarian

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Frank Kujawa

Frank Kujawa

Associate Professor, Chemistry

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Alexander Mantzaris

Alexander Mantzaris

Assistant Professor, Statistics & Data Science

Holly McDonald

Holly McDonald

Senior Lecturer, Theater

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Leandra Preston

Leandra Preston

Senior Instructor, Women's and Gender Studies

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Claudia Schippert

Claudia Schippert

Associate Professor, Philosophy

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Candidates for FEA Delegates

Yun-Ling Hsu Casimir

Yun-Ling Hsu Casimir

Assistant Professor, Music

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Scott Launier

Scott Launier

Associate Instructor, Writing & Rhetoric

Nina Orlovskaya

Nina Orlovskaya

Associate Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

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Yovanna Pineda

Yovanna Pineda

Associate Professor, History

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Stephanie Wheeler

Stephanie Wheeler

Assistant Professor, Writing & Rhetoric

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David Young

David Young

Instructor, Communication & Media

Campaign and Elections Rules
Developed by Dr. Nina Orlovskaya, Election Chair of UFF-UCF Chapter

June 15 Zoom Meeting: Campaign and Election Rules

See the original UFF-UCF Nomination and Election Notice (PDF) here.

Campaign Rules

Developed by Dr. Nina Orlovskaya, Election Chair of UFF UCF Chapter, Verified and Approved by United Faculty of Florida

1. The Election Committee notifies candidates by email in writing of the campaign rules including: a) the right to inspect the union’s membership list; b) the right to distribute campaign literature to members at each candidate’s expense by the election committee; and c) the right to have zoom and limited onsite observers at the tally of ballots.

2. The rules will be distributed to all eligible candidates by email in writing on Saturday, June 13, 2020, along with their eligibility letters. For the interested candidates, 1 hour zoom meeting with a link https://floridaea.zoom.us/j/3914467031 to explain the rules and answer questions will be conducted on Monday, June 15, 2020, at 4 p.m.

3. The Election Committee will advise candidates, current officers, and current council members about the prohibition against the use of union and employer funds and resources (including cash, facilities, equipment, supplies, and union membership lists) for the purpose of campaigning to support any person’s candidacy. There is also a prohibition against campaigning on time paid for by the union or employer. All printed and electronic campaign materials, including but not limited to websites, provided to the members must bear the written identification of the candidate and carry an identification of their source and sponsorship, i.e. “Paid for by the Campaign to Elect _____.”

4. All candidates have a right to equitable treatment.

5. The Election Committee will solicit candidate statements from each candidate. These statements will be published on the union chapter website. The word length of the candidate statements for each office is: a) 500 words for candidates running for president; b) 250 words for candidates running for other executive offices; c) 50 words for all other positions.

 

The Mail Ballot Package

The six mail ballots package items are required and each member should receive the following items:

Item 1:

3 5/8” x 6 ½” (No 6 ½ envelope) Secret Ballot Envelope. This blank envelope will be used by the voter to enclose the market ballot. The words “Do not write your name or other identifying information on this envelope” might be used to advise members not to place any identifying information on this envelope

Item 2:

3 7/8” x 8 1/8” (No 9 envelope) will be used by the voter to return the secret ballot envelope with the marked ballot sealed inside. It should be preaddressed to the PO Box and contain space for the voter to print her/his name and address in the upper left corner. If we assign a voter identification #, it should appear in the lower left corner of this envelope.

Item 3:

41/8” x 9 ½ “ (No 10 envelope) will be used to mail other four mail ballot items to each member. The return address should be a post office box designated solely for the receipt of ballot packages returned undelivered.

Item 4:

Election Notice and Voting Instructions

Item 5:

Unmarked Blank Ballot will be received by each voter

Item 6:

1 page Presidential Candidate Statements – provided to the election committee 72 hours before the ballot package shipment deadline

 

Election Notice

A secret ballot election for the offices of president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary, as well as 20 senators, 20 alternate senators, 9 FEA delegates, and 9 FEA alternate delegates is being conducted by mail. Ballots for this election are being mailed to members on July 1, 2020. Any eligible member who has not received a ballot in the mail at home by July 7, 2020, or any member who spoils a ballot may request a new ballot by contacting Election Committee Chairperson Nina Orlovskaya at norlovsk@gmail.com or by text at 407-913-4438. Only the replacement ballot will be counted at the tally.

 

Instructions For Mail Voting

  • Please read the following instruction carefully before marking and mailing your ballot:
  • Mark an “X” or place a “√” in the box next to the name of the candidate of your choice. If you would like to vote for the full slate with one mark, mark an “X” or place a “√” in the large box labeled “Full Slate”. Do not place your name, initials, or any other identifying information on the ballot. Ballots containing any identifying information will be voided.
  • Place your marked ballot in the small envelope labeled: “Secret Ballot Envelope” and seal it. Do not write on this envelope. You are asked to use the secret ballot envelope to insure that ballot secrecy is maintained.
  • Insert the sealed secret ballot envelope containing your marked ballot into the return envelope pre-addressed to the UFF UCF Election Committee and seal it. Print your name and address in the returned address space on the return ballot envelope.
  • Your name on the returned envelope will identify you as an eligible voter. The number in the lower-left corner of the return ballot envelope will be used by the Election Committee for sorting ballots and determining voter eligibility at the ballot count.

Important: Mail your ballot in sufficient time for it to be received at P.O. Box 622645, Oviedo, FL 32762-2645 no later than 5 pm on August 6, 2020.

Description of the positions may be found in our chapter bylaws, https://www.uffucf.org/bylaws/

 

Ballots

1. Before opening and counting ballots, election officials must first verify voter eligibility. The return ballot envelops will be place in order (alphabetical or numerical) which corresponds to the voter eligibility list. Void (but do not open) any return ballot envelops which does not contain sufficient information that identifies the member as an eligible voter. If the returned ballot envelope does not contain the voter’s name, but does contain a voter identification number, the ballot will be counted. If a voter uses a pre-printed return address sticker with the name, such ballot will be counted.

2. After verification of the voters’ eligibility, the secret ballot envelopes will be removed from the return ballot envelopes and mixed together to preserve ballot secrecy. If the voter has not used the secret ballot envelope, such ballots will be counted, but the precautions must be taken to preserve secrecy. If the ballot could not be found inside of the secret envelope, such envelope should be set aside.

3. Prior to the start of counting ballots, an election official should explain to observers the counting procedure that will be used, such as “stack” method. Ballots will be kept in the full view of the candidate observer at all times, but only election officials with invited helpers counting ballots and also others with recording equipment can handle the ballots.

4. Instructions on the ballots should clearly state the manner in which members should mark their ballots: For example “Mark an “X” or checkmark in the box next to “Full Slate” if voting for the slate.” or “Mark an “X” or checkmark in the box next to the name of the candidates of your choice”. The ballot should indicate the maximum number of votes allowed for each office, such as 1 for President; 1 for Vice President; 1 for Treasurer; and 1 for Secretary; 40 for Senator/Alternate Senator (first 4 Senators’ seats are reserved for elected officers); 9 for FEA Delegate and 9 for FEA Alternate Delegate.

5. The voting instructions on the ballot should advise members that any identifying marks placed on ballot will result in the ballot being voided. The entire ballot should not be voided unless it contains the voter’s name or other marks which identify the voter. Marks which could not identify the voter should not cause a ballot to be voided.

6. Candidates may be listed on the ballot according to affiliation with a particular slate. However, a voter must also be able to choose among individual candidates if he or she does not wish to vote for an entire slate. The candidates in the slate may be listed in the following order: President; Vice President; Treasurer; Secretary; 40 Senators/Alt Senators listed alphabetically; 9 FEA Delegates listed alphabetically; 9 FEA Alternate Delegates listed alphabetically.

7. The “stack” method will be used to count ballots.

8. The candidate with the highest number of votes (plurality) will be declared elected.

9. After the tally has ended and the election results have been announced, all ballots, eligibility lists, and other election related records will be placed in the box. Election officials will seal the box with tape, write their names and the date across the tape, and store the box in a safe place at least one year.

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