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Meet Your FCFT Executive Board and Office Staff

 

2014 -2015 FCFT

Executive Board Information

President: Steve Greenburg

Steve has taught for twenty-three years, eighteen in FCPS. His current assignment is as a third grade AAP teacher at Forest Edge ES.  He is an elementary math lead (FCPS) and GT (state endorsement) teacher, by profession.  Steve has served on the FCFT Executive Board for eighteen years in a variety of capacities including President, First Vice President, Vice President, and Secretary. Steve has also worked for the Virginia Federation of Teachers as a State Lobbyist, and he has served (previously) in the FCFT offices for a total of seven years.

Phone: (703) 451-6840

Email: sgreenburg@aol.com

 

First Vice President: Gloria Rubin

Gloria Rubin, a long time member of FCFT, is a School Counselor at JEB Stuart High School. She previously taught mathematics and has worked for FCPS for over 28 years. She worked at the FCFT offices for two years. She currently represents FCFT on the Executive Board and is Stuart High School's FCFT building representative.

Phone: (703) 451-6840

 

Secretary / Lobbyist:  Barry Weinstein

Barry was a teacher at Kings Glen Elementary with thirty years teaching experience on the high school and elementary level (twenty with FCPS). This is Barry's tenth year on the FCFT Executive Board. Barry is active in our Political Action Issues Department. Barry is the co-Chair of the Fairfax Coalition for a Living Wage, and has been one of  FCFT’s representatives to the Northern Virginia Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO Convention and Union Leadership Institutes. Barry will be lobbying on behalf of the membership in Richmond in 2014-2015.

Phone: (703) 451-6840

 

Treasurer: John McLaren

This is John’s seventh year on the Executive Board, as the FCFT Treasurer. John has been the FCFT Budget Chair and a key member of our Audit Committee. John takes great pride in protecting our member’s dues and monitoring the FCFT books.

Phone: (703) 451-6840

 

Vice-President of Retirees; Building Rep Coordinator : Gayle Burgoyne

Gayle is an Executive Board member and retired FCPS teacher who assists our building reps on a daily basis. She also coordinates our School Luncheon Program with John.

Phone: (703) 451-6840

Vice-President: Carol Khodabandeh

I am a special education teacher at Lake Braddock Secondary. I have taught for 16 years in Fairfax County and have been a member of the FCFT for 16 years. The past seven years I have been a vice president on the FCFT executive board and the experience has been very rewarding, Recently, I have been reelected to serve as a vice president on the FCFT Board of Directors. I have attended FCFT board meetings, FCPS School board meetings, union conferences and have taken my elected position seriously, The FCFT’s newly elected president, vice president and board will be working diligently for the membership through: ongoing communication with the FCPS School Board, administrative employees, the PTSA, other teacher unions, elected state officials and the media. I will continue to work toward goals to improve the lives of members and their families.

Phone: (703) 451-6840

 

Vice-President: Yolanda Maldonado

Yolanda Maldonado has been a member of FCFT since 2002. She started working at Forest Edge Elementary twelve years ago and has held positions as a PHTA, IA Special Education teacher, and Technology IA; her current position will be in general education. She has served as PTA President for both elementary as well as middle schools, and has been actively involved in PTA for the last 14 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. She is proud to serve as Vice President of the FCFT. Phone: (703) 451-6840

 

Vice-President: Paraprofessional Specialist - Margaret Panik

In her 12 years working 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 that one can actually live on. 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

 

Vice-President: Paul McClemens

Paul McClemens is a ninth year teacher in FCPS who has a total of ten years of teaching experience. Presently, he teaches art at Daniels Run Elementary School and Island Creek Elementary School. Previously, he had taught art at five schools in the Syracuse City School Disctrict. He is the staff sponsor of the Forest Edge Robotics Club and the 2009 and 2010 First Lego League Reston Regional Qualifying Tournament. Paul has been an FCFT member for six years. Paul works with organizing members under age 35 in the Young Laborers Group.

Phone: (703) 451-6840

 

Vice President: Eric Welch

Eric Wolf Welch has over a decade of experience as an educator in Fairfax County. As a social studies teacher and coordinator of the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program at JEB Stuart High School, Eric has received a number of honors, such as being named a finalist for the 2010 Fairfax County Teacher of the Year Award and the 2007 Robert Spillane Educational Leadership Award. In 2003-2004, Eric was selected by the U.S. Department of State to participate in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange program to England. Recently, Eric has been actively involved in leading a group of educators from Fairfax County to develop the proposal for Fairfax Leadership Academy, which would be the district’s first public charter school. Eric holds a masters degree in education from Columbia University Teachers College and B.A. from Colgate University.

Phone: (703) 451-6840

Office and support staff information:

 

The 2013-2014 FCFT Executive Staff

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

 

Executive Director -  Sally Todd

Sally is a twenty-six year veteran of FCFT. Her primary responsibilities include counseling and representing members. Formerly, Sally was on the personal staff of the United States Secretary of Education. In the 1980's she served as Executive Director of the National Advisory Council on Women's Educational Programs, reporting to the President. She also served as personal liaison between Congress and the Secretary of Education on “Excellence in Education” issues.

Email: satodd@fcft.org

Phone: (703) 451-6840

 

Office Manager -  Kathryn "Punky" Orlando

Punky has been FCFT's Office Manager for twenty-two 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, John McLaren.    

Email: info@fcft.org

Phone: (703) 451-6840
 

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

Gayle is an Executive Board member and retired FCPS teacher who assists our building reps on a daily basis and members in all areas.  She also coordinates our School Luncheon Program with John Lam and Dave Brundage. 

Phone: (703) 451-6840

 

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

John is a retired FCPS teacher and multiple-term Executive Board member who assists members in all areas.  John organizes our School Board panels with members and supervises with the School Luncheon Program.

Phone: (703) 451-6840

 

Field Director : Organization -  Jessica Bowser

Jessica is a former FCPS teacher, having taught at Graham Road Elementary School and Eagle View Elementary School.  During this time, she developed a passion for advocacy and served in many roles that enabled her to empower her colleagues by assisting them in communicating with their elected representatives.  In this way, educators can feel that their voices are being heard as a valuable contribution to their profession.  She has spent the past several years advocating for students and teachers through lobbying, campaigning and organizing. 

Jessica believes in the power of organizing and feels that teachers should be creating the policies that directly impact their practice.  She enjoys utilizing her knowledge of education policy and her experience in teaching and learning to advocate for a quality public education for all students.

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
                                                                                                    

Paraprofessional 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

 

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