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Meet Your FCFT Executive Board and Office Staff

2016 -2017 FCFT

Executive Board Information

President: Paul McClemens

 

Pictured above: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (L) & FCFT President Paul McClemens (R)

Paul McClemens is a twelve year teacher in FCPS who has a total of thirteen years of teaching experience. Paul has taught art at Daniels Run Elementary, Island Creek Elementary, Forest Edge Elementary, Vienna Elementary, and Waples Mill Elementary throughout his career in Fairfax County Public Schools. Previously, he had taught art at five schools in the Syracuse City School Disctrict. He was the staff sponsor of the Forest Edge Robotics Club and the 2009 and 2010 First Lego League Reston Regional Qualifying Tournament. He also was the staff sponsor for the Daniels Run Elementary Art Club and Robotics Club. Paul has been an FCFT member for ten years. Paul works with organizing members under age 35 in the NOVA Young Emerging Labor Leaders (NOVA Y.E.L.L.) group.

Phone: (703) 451-6840

Email:  pmcclemens@fcft.org


First Vice President: Gloria Rubin

Gloria Rubin, a long time member of FCFT, will serve as Labor Relations Specialist for FCFT. Gloria has been an elementary,middle, and high school counselor, most recently at JEB Stuart High School since 2001.  In 2014, she received the prestigious Educational Leadership Award for her sponsorship of the Stuart Interact Club.  Previously she taught mathematics in FCPS middle schools and elementary school in Philadelphia.  She has taught for FCPS for 30 years. 

Phone: (703) 451-6840


Vice President: Carol Khodabandeh

Carole Khodabandeh is a special education teacher at Lake Braddock Secondary School. She has taught for 18 years in Fairfax County and has been a member of the FCFT for 18 years. The past seven years, she has been a vice president on the FCFT executive board and the experience has been very rewarding. Recently, she has been re-elected to serve as a vice president on the FCFT Executive Board. She has attended FCFT board meetings, FCPS School board meetings, union conferences and has taken her elected position seriously. She continues to work toward goals to improve the lives of FCFT members and their families.

Phone: (703) 451-6840


Vice President: Tina Williams


Vice President for Retirees: Gayle Burgoyne

Gayle Burgoyne is a retired teacher of 30 years. She has been on the Executive Board for 12 years and is currently serving as Vice President of Retirees. Gayle is the Co-Director of the Recruiting and Marketing Department which coordinates the School Lunch Program. She is the director of the school’s Points of Contacts (POC) and Co-Chairperson of FCFT’s Scholarship and Grants Committee.


FCFT Office and support staff information:

FCFT’s full time office staff is ready to serve you!

Office Manager  Kathryn "Punky" Orlando

Punky has been FCFT's Office Manager for twenty-three years. She is an expert in Member Benefits and maintains the office business.  She manages the printing, databases and serves as the liaison between the FCFT bookkeeper and FCFT's Treasurer.    

Email: info@fcft.org

Phone: (703) 451-6840


Vice-President of Retirees; Director of Building Reps; Member Advisor -   Gayle Burgoyne

Gayle Burgoyne is a retired teacher of 30 years. She has been on the Executive Board for 12 years and is currently serving as Vice President of Retirees. Gayle is the Co-Director of the Recruiting and Marketing Department which coordinates the School Lunch Program. She is the director of the school’s Points of Contacts (POC) and Co-Chairperson of FCFT’s Scholarship and Grants Committee.

Phone: (703) 451-6840


Director of Membership Operations; School Board Panel Coordinator - John Lam

John Lam is a retired FCPS teacher of 30 years. He is a past treasurer and multiple term Executive Board member. He is currently Co-Director of the Recruiting and Marketing Department which also includes coordinating the School Lunch Program. John is the Co-Chairperson of the Scholarship and Grants Committee which is funded by the FCFT Golf Tournament that he started eight years ago.

Phone: (703) 451-6840


Membership & Marketing Assistant DirectorKelsey Hodge

We are proud to introduce our new Membership & Marketing Assistant Director, Kelsey, to the FCFT office Staff. A recent grad from Old Dominion University with a degree in Marketing, Kelsey works alongside John and Gayle to bring in a fresh perspective on increasing memberships by marketing to FCFT potential members. Kelsey also brings in a wealth of knowledge on how FCFT can continue to build our strong brand as well as increase our social media foot print through new and innovative approaches. In addition to preparing all marketing material for current and potential members, Kelsey is in charge of the monthly recruitment flier.

Phone: (703) 451-6840


Labor Relations Specialist  -  Pearl Raikin

Pearl taught 5th grade at Riverside ES for three years, then taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades at Newington Forest ES.  She retired from Newington Forest five years ago.  She has worked in the office for the last two years, counseling teachers and instructional assistants with whatever issues they have.  Pearl has also set up the Speaker's Bureau that has sent staff members to various business groups in our community (Lion's Club, Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club) to speak on behalf of FCFT’s point of view of the school budget.

Emailpraikin@fcft.org                 

Phone: (703) 451-6840


                                           Labor Relations Specialist - Margaret Panik

In the 12 years she worked for FCPS, Margaret Panik had been a keen advocate for her fellow paraprofessionals.  She believes all FCPS employees deserve respect, decent working conditions and a salary upon which one can actually live.  Serving as a voice on the IA Performance and Evaluations Panel, representing classroom assistants on the Superintendent’s Support Services Advisory Council, Margaret has also co chaired Fairfax’s Coalition Living Wage Campaign for FCPS employees.  She has won local, state and national recognition and awards for her work on behalf of her fellow support professionals.   Margaret’s employment with FCPS includes work in both special and general education areas.  Prior to coming to FCPS, Margaret worked in the private sector.

Email: mpanik@fcft.org

Phone: (703) 451-6840


Paraprofessional Specialist/Support Staff - Yolanda Maldonado

For the past two years she was at Mosby Woods Elementary she was the SIA/Registrar . She has served as PTA President for both elementary as well as middle schools, and has been actively involved in PTA for the last 16 years. She is a firm believer that IA’s should be paid similar to that of teachers based on their educational background. Many of the IAs hold college degrees and are paid at the same rate as someone who holds a high school diploma. She believes that we should be compensated based on education, years of experience, and what we can bring to the classroom based on our experiences. As a front office staff member, she knows the stress that working in a busy front office environment, answering phones, the door, greeting parents and students and working with the staff of the school. She will advocate for better working conditions for front office staff members and job descriptions, which are more reflective of actual work done by front office staff members.

Phone: (703) 451-6840


Fairfax Co. Federation of Retired Teachers, President  -  Marguerite O'Connor

Marguerite is a retired FCPS teacher who specializes in assisting our retirees in all capacities.  She has worked in the FCFT offices for many years.   Marguerite also produces FCFT’s On the Level and the Retiree Newsletter.

Phone: (703) 451-6840


Assistant Business Manager/HR Specialist  -  Brittany McFarland

Brittany has been with FCFT for 7 years. She supports operations by maintaining budgets, records, equipment, and member benefit services. She orients new hires by explaining company or organization policies, procedures and benefits. In addition her other duties include benefits administration, employee retention and completion of special projects. Brittany was hired while a junior at Lee High school and has advanced in her employment while completing her Business Degree at Marymount University. 

Phone: (703) 451-6840


Executive Adminstrative Assistant: - Katie Mlinarcik

Katie efficiently serves FCFT members  as our receptionist. She is well-informed of member benefits and AFT contact information.  She is the liaison between the members and our representatives.    

Phone: (703) 451-6840