The heart of any employee organization is membership growth and sustainability. The Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA) is no different. Public employees who needed a voice established UPEA as a grassroots organization, and the Association continues to operate today under the guidance and leadership of outstanding members.
We are so grateful to our members who help us grow our organization and affect change at the Legislature. Since July 2017, UPEA has had 503 new members. Of those, 123 are new retired members and 380 are working members.
This year, we decided to combine all recruiters, and reward our first-, second- and third-place recruiters from all of the districts. This year for our top recruiter of the year, one of our members, Mandy Hardman, was able to secure a donation from the Zermatt Resort in Midway. The winner this year will receive a one-night stay in an Alpine Room and breakfast for two. We would like to thank the Zermatt Resort for its generous donation.
Here are our winners:
First Place – Joe Doman
Joe Doman is a captain with the Utah Department of Corrections. He has worked for the department for 23 years, and has been a UPEA member since 2014.
Doman currently works in the training unit, training all of the new cadets for corrections and county jails. His biggest reason for joining UPEA was for the grievance protections and everything that UPEA does for state employees.
Second Place –
Third Place – Sheri Nelson, Department of Corrections
Here is a list of the top recruiters from each district; they each received a $25 check:
- Bear River – Jason Cook
- Ogden Valley – Linda Bright
- Mountainlands – Jennifer Hogancamp
- Panoramaland – Helen Sawyer
- Color Country – Ashley Barton
- Uintah Basin – Jay Barfuss
- Southeastern – Brody Young
- Salt Lake Valley Local Government – Wayne Anderton
- Law Enforcement – Cory Namelika
- Transportation – Dave Bills
- North Temple – Erin Stephens
- Salt Lake Valley General Government – Richard Gamonal
Thank you again to everyone who helped to recruit new members and keep UPEA’s voice strong.