2018 TAAAC Elections

Candidates for TAAAC President (1)

Pam Bukowski

Pam Bukowski

Candidate for TAAAC President

Working within all grade levels as a Speech/Language Pathologist, I share many issues specific to elementary, middle, high, special education and pupil services. As a mother of 6, I have experienced concerns facing teacher-parents in juggling family needs.  If I don’t have all the solutions, I know where to go to find them. As TAAAC President, I will lead the charge to take back our profession, our reputation, our dignity, our compensation, our resources.  Are you willing to stand with me? Alone, I am not TAAAC, and you are not TAAAC.  Collaboratively and collectively, we are powerful:  We are TAAAC!

Russell Leone

Russell Leone

Candidate for TAAAC President

I’m Russell Leone and I am a fourth grade teacher. I began working for AACPS in 1998. I have worked to provide a successful learning environment for my students. Creating that safe, engaging classroom has become more challenging. However, we work hard to make that happen. I believe that the well-being of teachers is vital to students’ success. This is why I want to step up to lead TAAAC. We have so many diverse needs. There are many ideas for success from you, the members, that need to be heard. We must remember to speak up as a unifed voice.


Candidates for TAAAC Vice-President (1)

Catherine Snyder

Catherine Snyder

Candidate for TAAAC Vice President

I am very excited to be running for TAAAC vice-president. I have been an active and engaged member since the early 2000s.  In recent years, I have become even more involved.  I am on the board of directors, a member of the government relations and membership committees.  My goals as TAAAC vice president will be to increase involvement and understanding of members; fight against institutional racism and inequities across the county, and most importantly work towards earning teachers the respect they deserve, locally, statewide and nationally.  I guarantee I will work hard to attain these goals!


Candidates for TAAAC Board of Directors (5)

Robert Mauro

Robert Mauro

Candidate for BOD At-Large

I will continue to work tirelessly to see that your salaries are fully funded and your lost steps are replaced. I will continue to be a voice for all educators, and advocate on behalf of the disenfranchised. .

Kate Miller

Kate Miller

Candidate for BOD At-Large

“This is my tenth year teaching, and I currently teach 3rd grade.  I am a building representative and Political Action Campaign (Fund for Children) captain on the MSEA and NEA levels.  I would like to work to advocate for you as a board member.  Thank you for your consideration.”


Jan Delph

Jan Delph

Candidate for BOD At-Large

I am a 25 year AACPS Special Educator and active member of TAAAC, seeking a position on the Board of Directors. Over the last two years, I have come to appreciate the ongoing efforts of our association and the challenges therein. I would be honored to serve you.

Dyana Cronin

Dyana Cronin

Candidate for BOD At-Large

Looking for someone to make a difference, one who will look out for the best interest of teachers. Please vote for Dyana Cronin. As an Encore Teacher and heavily involved in extracurricular activities, with your vote I will bring fresh ideas and a renewed spirit to the Board of Directors.


Betsy Brininger

Betsy Brininger

Candidate for BOD At-Large

After years as a non-profit CEO, I returned to teaching 14-years ago. Stunned by the state of the profession, I became active as AR, MSEA/NEA delegate, and Board member. My passion is giving voice to Educators, and regaining respect for our profession. I would be honored to represent you again.

Karina Colon

Karina Colon

Candidate for BOD At-Large

I am running for reelection for Board of Directors to continue the work I’ve started in being a voice for ALL members, especially for those traditionally underrepresented in our leadership. I continue my commitment to new perspectives and ideas that will serve to make TAAAC stronger than ever!


Candidates for NEA Delegate (12)

Diane Barnes-Tice

Diane Barnes-Tice

NEA Delegate

As the building representative, I ask for your support to continue my activism efforts to improve our school system for teachers, students and the community.

Holly McDermott

Holly McDermott

NEA Delegate

MSEA and my local association give so much to their members; I want to give to them through advocacy for Maryland’s educators and students.

Kate Miller

Kate Miller

NEA Delegate

I have served as a building representative and delegate on the state and national levels.  I would be honored to represent you at NEA again. .

Jan Delph

Jan Delph

NEA Delegate

I am ready again to represent Anne Arundel County as an NEA Delegate in 2018! Please allow me to be your delegate!


Betsy Brininger

Betsy Brininger

NEA Delegate

Active building rep, MSEA & NEA delegate past 8 years, currently serving on BOD for 6TH year. PAC Captain for MSEA/NEA past 5 years.

Kristina Kornoa

Kristina Kornoa

NEA Delegate

I’m a committed union activist, advocating for educators as well as for public schools so that all students have equal access to a quality education.

Allison Heintz

Allison Heintz

NEA Delegate

I’m Allison Heintz, a tenth-year fourth grade teacher. Currently, I’m working with MSEA to make our schools the best they can be through grassroots organizing.

Kristel Rabideau

Kristel Rabideau

NEA Delegate

As a new 2nd year teacher myself, it is important that I address the serious challenges facing students and the public schools in our state.


Karina Colon

Karina Colon

NEA Delegate

Linda Simms

Linda Simms

NEA Delegate

Brenda Wilson

Brenda Wilson

NEA Delegate

Cheryl Menke

Cheryl Menke

NEA Delegate


TAAAC Member Candidates for MSEA Office

Richard Benfer

Richard Benfer

Candidate for MSEA Vice-President

As an active member of MSEA for 25 years I currently serve on MSEA Board of Directors, current liaison to MSEA IPD Committee, serve on MSEA Budget and Legislative & Citizenship Committee.  I was an enthusiastic member of the sub-committee that facilitated the new Regional Voting process across the state, assisted with shaping MSEA’s new Caucus structure and was the past liaison to MSEA Human & Civil Rights Committee. I work to build relationships with governance and MSEA staff to move agendas forward for state and local initiatives.  I engage emerging leaders, both ESP and certificated, and encourage their involvement in our association.  My positive relationships within the Maryland General Assembly, through active lobbying during the legislative sessions, has proved helpful in moving education issues in front of legislators.  As TAAAC President, the past 5 years I sought and recruited a diverse set of members to lead my local association.    My experience as local president aided in creating opportunities for collaboration between the local association and management around Curriculum and Instruction issues.  This experience will allow me to organize similar structures on the state level.  Our Raise Anne Arundel Campaign continues to promote effective educators, successful students, and connected communities.

Russell Leone

Russell Leone

Candidate for NEA Director for Maryland

My name is Russell Leone and I am asking for your support for re-election to the NEA Board of Directors. I view my role to be one of your links between the work you do each day for students and the issues that we are facing in education nationally. In this time of uncertainty, it is crucial that those making decisions hear how we and our students are affected. I am dedicated to sharing the stories of your successes and challenges in order to help shape the future of our public schools.