Statements for Tri-Counties Region Executive Board Candidates


Bob Schoonover (721 M1st)

As your President I’ve led a united and experienced team with a proven track record. In the face of frozen wages and cuts to benefits, the 721 Member’s First team delivered strong contracts and key victories across our regions. We delivered raises, fought off concessions, protected benefits, and secured our retirement. 

True leaders don’t create followers, they create leaders. 

Now is the time to vote for the dedicated team of leaders with the experience to do much more to lift up our members and their families.

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Oscar Valladares (Save721)

As a current Board Member and active member for the last 10 years, I’m deeply concern about the future of our union. Millions of dollars spent fighting members who want to leave our union for lack of representation, a depleted strike fund and out-of-control spending on political campaigns and consultants without any accountability. After 25 years of the same leadership, it is time to change the direction and save our union. I ask for your vote to bring True Representation, Financial Transparency and Accountability. Our children deserve a union – Vote for entire Save SEIU 721 Slate.  

Vice President

Linda Dent (721 M1st)

Bargaining with the nation’s largest county is not an easy task, but our 721 Member’s First team has proven it can get the job done. I’m the current Vice President and I’m asking for your vote so we can continue on a winning path. We’ve won significant contract gains including raises and enhanced health benefits. Our winning team has the experience and commitment to keep building a better future for our members.

I’ve been an Intermediate Clerk in LA County for 38 years. I am also a Steward and Bargaining Policy Chair, and together we can build on our victories. 


David Green (721 M1st)

I’m running for re-election as Treasurer as part of the 721 Members First winning team.

I’ve spent 15 years as a Children’s Social Worker with the LA County Department of Children & Family Services. As a long-time Union Steward and Vice President of SEIU 535, I’ve represented more than 500 members, served on two bargaining teams as chair, vice chairman of the LACERA Board of Investments and was elected to the LACERA Board of Investments to help oversee LA County’s $47 billion pension fund.

To continue to fight for social workers and all public workers, I need your vote!

Yolonda Lawrence

Its election time again!  This is where our voices the members of SEIU721 can be heard “Loud and Clear.” This is the time where we can let it be known that we the members want our Union back! My name is Yolonda Lawrence and I’ve been a member since 2000 and actively participating Steward since 2008 I serve as Co-Chair for the (JLM) and (MDT), completing my Master’s degree in Business.  I was elected for the Democratic Committee in the Antelope Valley. Please vote Yolonda Lawrence for “Treasurer” let’s make 2016 a successful and great year for us the member’s


Lillian Cabral (721 M1st)

Member voices were key in our recent victories, and must continue to be key as we move forward on a winning path to strong contracts. I’m running for re-election as Secretary of SEIU 721 because I’m ready to continue using my solid experience of 30 years as a Union Steward and activist to strengthen representation for all members. 

Member participation and action is at the heart of our union; uniting our diverse voices is key to building on our victories.  

I am proud to stand with the 721 Members First slate and ask for your vote for the entire team.

Tri-Counties Region Board Candidates

Shannon Abramovitch  (721 M1st)

I ask for your support in re-electing me to the Executive Board to continue building off the progress 721 Members First has accomplished.

In my leadership roles as Co-Ethics Liaison, Regional Council Member, and Worksite Steward, I am proud to have represented members’ interests. I have sought to make sure that union leaders keep a high standard of professional conduct, advocated for regional issues, and protected members’ rights. 

I seek to improve the lives of workers and their families. If you choose me, I will continue to represent you with the highest integrity.

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Leticia Alvarez  (Save721)

Leticia Alvarez is a Public Health Program Coordinator with Ventura County Public Health and a member of SEIU for the previous 13 years.  Letty, as she is best known by her co-workers, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Art degree in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from California State University, Los Angeles.  Her life work, aside from raising six children is health equity through environmental and system change.

Roberto Camacho (721 M1st)

I’ve been working for the County of Ventura at the Human Services Agency for the past 10 years. I started as a Client Benefit Specialist Trainee and I am currently a Client Benefit supervisor. 

Fighting for a better life has always been a part of me. I’m an immigrant to this country, I’ve struggled as a fast food worker and currently I’m a full-time Ph.D. student. I know first-hand that dedication can lead to great things.

I’m asking for your vote as part of the 721 Member’s First slate, together we can ensure good wages, secure retirement and fair representation.

Rosa Castro (721 M1st)

My name is Rosa Castro, and I am running to continue my service on the Executive Board. I have 30 years of service as a Procurement Specialist for Ventura County Superior Court.  I began my union activism in 2003 and have served our union in many capacities. 

I am Chair of Tri-Counties Regional Council, Steward Council Co-chair, and Court Leadership Council 2nd VP.

I am committed to serve all SEIU 721 members, in all regions, and at all levels.  It is an honor to serve on the current Executive Board, and I will be honored to continue to serve.   

Charles Harrington (721 M1st)

I am proud to offer my time to continue serving on the Executive Board representing the Tri-Counties Region.  I am a lifelong union member, and I was raised in a union family who instilled in me the value and power of being a union member when I was just a child. 

I have worked for the City of Simi Valley for 30 years, and I am a Steward and former Chair of the Tri-C Regional Council. I have no personal agenda other than to work for the betterment of members and their families.

Please stand with me in my re-election.

Pamela Meadows (721 M1st)

Hi, my name is Pamela Meadows and I would be honored to have your vote to remain on the SEIU Executive Board. I have been a lifelong labor, civil, and human rights activist and a public employee since 1976 in 3 counties in California. I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly, but I still have fight left in me to keep working for the improvement in wages, working conditions, and retirement guarantees that our members have earned and deserve. SEIU carries the banner nationally; I want to continue to carry it locally for you and your family.

Perry Morefield (Save721)

My name is Perry Morefield and I am running for the Executive Board of SEIU 721. I have been a member of SEIU for nearly 14 years and during that time I have served on 3 contract bargaining teams, have been an active steward who has represented members, and I am currently on the executive board finishing my second, 3 year term. I have seen our local have its ups and downs and I believe that we need new leadership to better serve our members. That is why I urge you to vote for Oscar Valladares and Save721.

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Ted Perez (Save721)

The experience I have as a current SEIU 721 board member allows me to serve you. I am proud to represent members’ interests. I will continue to work tirelessly to make sure our Union is a true member driven Union. I will continue to build and foster relationships within our communities in order to improve our workers and their families’ quality of life, maintain high ethical standards and protect our members’ rights.  If you choose me, I will continue to represent you with the highest integrity. Please cast your vote for Save721.

Mark Richmond (Save721)

Employed by the County of Ventura for 10 years. As an active member of SEIU 721, I have participated in rallies, organized events, acted as a representative of the bargaining team, and a steward. As a steward, I have assisted throughout the hospital in providing representation to all members. I will work tirelessly to promote the needs of Ventura County members. Lets vote for change and save our union. I ask for your vote and for the Save SEIU 721 Slate

Liza Rocha (721 M1st)

I am running for the Executive Board on the 721 Members First slate. I have worked for the County of Ventura as a Client Benefit Specialist for over 22 years. I have witnessed many changes, and know that our union is more important today than ever before.  I have always supported our bargaining team on the Contract Action Team (CAT) and have participated in union activities and actions for over 20 years. 

I would be honored to represent the communities we serve, my co-workers, and ALL 721 members on the executive board representing Tri-Counties.   

Christina Singer (721 M1st)

I am running for the Executive Board on the 721 Members First slate.  I have been a dietary worker at Ventura County Medical Center since 2005, and an SEIU member for over 10 years. I am a Steward at VCMC, and I serve on the Tri-Counties Regional Council.  In addition, I have been on the County of Ventura Bargaining Committee.

I would be honored for the opportunity to advocate for all members and of every classification via our Executive Board. I am a proud public employee and a union member eager to advocate for my fellow brothers and sisters.

Grace Sepulveda (721 M1st)

I am 16-year Eligibility Worker in Ventura County, and I have represented you on the Executive Board for 9 years, and on a Bargaining Committee.

During my tenure, I have lobbied strongly for you in Sacramento during ACA implementation, and I have played a key role in winning good raises and creating more jobs in the Tri-Counties.

721 Members First is on a roll and we have much more to do, so please re-elect me and support our team to continue improving wages and working conditions for our members.

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