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Minutes of Retirees District

May 3, 2016

Attending: Elaine Bonham, Don & Vonda Bahr, Max Collotzi, Lenny & Mary Louise Arnell, Lennis & Myrna Anderson, Robert & Yvette Steele, Alene Schwei (staff), Gus Garzarelli, Andy Rasmussen, John L. Rasmussen, Ron Velasquez, Maurice Wells, Joe Taylor, Garr Ovard, Norm Rentschler, Steve Dickson, Pete Negus, Mel Provost.

Mel called the meeting to order. The pledge was recited and lunch was served. The minutes were approved and the treasurer’s report was filed. No Advisory Council meetings or State Board meetings have been held. The new committee chairs are working on getting dates set up for meetings. Alene attended in Holly’s absence.

The time was turned over to Lou Estrada from the DAV. He had an amazing amount of information on benefits for veterans, disabled veterans, and families of veterans. There is no cost to be represented by them in a dispute of benefits. To access the VA care system you can go to or call 1-877-222-8387 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Both Mel and Ron added comments from their experience.

Our next meeting will be on June 7, Tuesday, and we will have a representative from Mountain American Credit Union talk on Trusts, Wills, and Enhanced Directives. Holly has arranged for this.

Sheri and Bob are working on our Summer Social which is usually in August. We do not meet in July.


June 7, 2016

Attending: Mel Provost, Elaine Bonham, Maurice Wells, Myrna & Lennis Anderson, Sheri Briggs, Tom Scoville, Max Collotzi, Pete Negus, Steven Dickson, Tom Sharpton, Joe Taylor, Garr Ovard, Alene Stringham, Gary Bowen, Don & Vonda Bahr, Bruce Boggess, Lonny & Mary Louise Arnell, Norman Rentschler, Ron Velasquez, Holly Keener (staff).

Mel welcomed everyone and led the Pledge. Lunch was provided by the Mountain America Credit Union who were our speakers as well. The minutes were approved and the Treasurers report was filed.

Max Collotzi and other Advisory Council members gave a report on the Advisory Council meeting. Alene Stringham reported on the State Board meeting. Committees were reported on and a sheet of upcoming committee meetings was passed to each member. We are encouraged to attend the committees we are interested in.

Sheri and Bob reported on plans for the Summer Social. It will be at the Chuck-A-Rama located at 12344 Minuteman Drive in Draper. This has been the site of our Christmas Party the past two years. The Social will be from 1-3 on Friday, August 5. You will need to RSVP but there will be e-mails to remind you as the date approaches. Bob will need to know how many are coming so that we can get the larger room if necessary. (If you are planning long range the Xmas Party will be there on December 6.)

Travel to another District in September was discussed and Holly is checking on that.

Matt Meese, Matt McMullin, Austin Green, and Justin Preece from the Mountain America Credit Union then gave a presentation in wills, probate, trusts, and special instructions for executors, etc. They are available for individual meeting with any interested members.

There is no July meeting so the next time we meet will be the Summer Social.


August 5, 2016

Attending: Lenny Michaelsen, Pierre Neyme, Robert & Yvette Steele, David & Heidi Clark, Maurice & Vivian Wells, Curtis McCarthy, James Stearns, Linda & Gary Bennett, Max & Peggy Collotzi, David Engles, Gary Bowen, Don & Vonda Bahr, Susyn & Dean Keel, Kevin & Nedra Greer, Norman & Pat Rentschler, John Atamancszk, Donna Riley, Duane Dowden, Joe Taylor, Garr Ovard, Steven Dickson, Lenny & Mary Louise Arnell, Bruce & Colleen Boggess, John L. Rasmussen, Gus & Aida Garzarellli, Sheri Briggs, Tom  Scoville, Larry & Karen Orton, Abby Orton (Scholarship Winner) Elaine Bonham, Mel Provost and UPEA Staff:  Kamarie Nicdao, Holly Kener, Kendle Zdunich, Alene Schwei  and Todd Losser.

After all were seated Mel welcomed everyone and invited them to have lunch. The June minutes were deferred until the October meeting and the Treasurers’ Report will be done then.

Holly introduced the UPEA staff.

The Scholarship was awarded to Abby Jael Orton of Cedar City. She is the daughter of Larry W Orton and Karen H Orton. We were very happy to have them join with us for the Social. Abby attends Southern Utah University.

After the luncheon the group was adjourned until the September meeting which will be in Ogden on September 21.  At the October meeting we will have a travel presentation from Brian Judd Tours of Murray. See you then!


September 21, 2016

This meeting was held in conjunction with the Ogden District at the Ogden Regional Center. Lunch was provided by the Retirees District.

Attending: from Ogden: Pamela Ware, Courtney Carrion, Sally Chritchon, Andrea Torres, Linda Barrow, Mecht  Ty, Shirley Hilton, Natalie Stoddard, Valerie Gallegos, Shelly Sorenson, Carol Milckelson, Cathy Miller and Charlene Witbe

Retirees: Curtis McCarthy, Lonny & Mary L Arnell, Sheri Briggs, Tom Scoville, Shirley Willis, Don & Vonda Bahr, Norm Rentschler, Garr Ovard, Gary Bowen, John & Karen Atamanzyk, Mel Provost, Elaine Bonham and Holly Kener, staff.

We were welcomed by Andrea Torres, Ogden District Chair. A report of the District finances was given. Holly Kener gave a District update and recruitment numbers. She reported in PEADs and Socials held. There was a drawing for new members in June-August period. Information on the holiday social was given.

Then Mel Provost gave a presentation on retirement and what those who were about to retire could expect. He stressed the value of savings and investments for those years and encouraged all to start at once.

The next meeting will be on October 4, noon, at UPEA. Gus has arranged for a travel agency to come present to us. PLEASE –RSVP by Monday noon, Oct 3.  Thank you!

 Summer Public Employee Appreciation Days are a Success


The summer season is officially over, and with it, our Public Employee Appreciation Days (PEADs).

The Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA) would like to thank everyone who participated in these events. We had a great turnout and we are happy that we could do something for our members, and all public employees, to say thank you for your service.

The PEADS were a great opportunity to meet people, talk about important issues, and explain the importance of being a UPEA member.

If we didn’t hold a PEAD at your office, or an office near you, and you’d like to have one next year, please contact your UPEA representative.

On behalf of UPEA, thank you for your service.

Like UPEA on Facebook to Qualify for a Prize Drawing

The Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA) and Mountain America Credit Union are sponsoring a social media giveaway. Each week we will do a drawing for a $25 Visa gift card. To enter, all you have to do is like us on Facebook and participate in our weekly question. Put your answer in the comment section of the post and you will be entered to win!  New questions are posted every Monday along with the winner of last week’s drawing.


Grievance Time line: Don’t Wait Too Long

In the past few months, several members have brought employment issues to UPEA. While a number of these concerns have merit, the members were unable to pursue a remedy through the grievance procedure because they failed to follow the time limits imposed by the grievance time line.  In light of these circumstances, it seems appropriate to remind our members about the time-line requirements for grievances.

Time lines relevant to the grievance procedure can be found in Utah Code 67-19a-401 et seq. For purposes of this discussion, pertinent aspects of the statute are as follows:

67-19a-401 (4)(a) states: Unless the employee meets the requirements for excusable neglect established by rule, if the employee fails to process the grievance to the next step within the time limits established in this part, s/he has waived their right to process the grievance or to obtain judicial review of the grievance.

67-19a-401(4)(b) states: Unless the employee meets the requirements for excusable neglect established by rule, if the employee fails to process the grievance to the next step within the time limits established in this part, the grievance is considered to be settled based on the decision made at the last step.

67-19a-401(5)(a) states: Unless the employee meets the requirements for excusable neglect established by rule, an employee may submit a grievance for review under this chapter only if the employee submits the grievance:

(i) Within 20 working days after the event giving rise to the grievance; or

(ii) Within 20 working days after the employee has knowledge of the event giving rise to the grievance. (Emphasis supplied)

67-19a-401(5)(b) states: Notwithstanding Subsection (5)(a), an employee may not submit a grievance more than one year after the event giving rise to the grievance.

67-19a-401(7) states: A person who has voluntarily terminated his employment with the state may not submit a grievance after he has terminated his employment.

 The most important aspect of the statute relates to the 20 working day period.  Remember, as an employee, you will not be the person determining when the time line starts.  If you are in doubt, contact your UPEA representative for further information and advice. On the bright side, the rule requires that the agency give notice of your right to appeal/grieve any intended or imposed disciplinary action and this notice includes the time line for your response.


Questions regarding the grievance process?


Call your UPEA Employee Representative at

(801) 264-8732

UPEA and Mountain America Honor Public Employee Salute Winners

The Public Employee Salute is a program the honors public employees for their dedication and service to the state of Utah. Winners of the Public Employee Salute are nominated by a peer or by the public for their hard work serving the citizens of Utah.

Each winner is recognized on KSL Radio’s “The Doug Wright Show,” and earns an office work party sponsored by Mountain America Credit Union. In addition, Mountain America and UPEA sponsor a semi-annual luncheon to recognize each winner and present him or her with a certificate signed by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.

Thank you to all of the winners for your dedication to the state of Utah. If you would like to nominate a co-worker please click here.



Nancy Stucki

She was honored on March 9th.

Nancy Stucki is a Case Manager with the Division of Services for People with Disabilities.  For as long as anyone can remember, Nancy has taken a special interest in the disabled community.  Each year during the holidays Nancy will purchase, with her own money, a variety of gifts and coordinates with other providers to give them to disabled clients.  Her service doesn’t end there, she also volunteers in the community and for her church.  Nancy is liked by her clients and maintains relationships for years.  If she observes a problem with a past client, Nancy will call their case manager and discuss her concerns.  The clients know she genuinely loves them.  Nancy identifies solutions, knows the resources in the community, and communicates her knowledge into effective services for everyone’s benefit.


jordan-woodJordan Wood

He was honored on March 9th.

Jordan Wood is a Micro Systems Analyst with the Salt Lake County Health Department.  He is the computer IT person everyone counts on to keep things running smoothly.  While Health Inspectors are out in the field performing work that is essential to public health, Jordan works behind the scenes to resolve critical IT issues.  If he is in the middle of a project he will skip lunch or work late to ensure the IT systems are functioning properly.  Jordan has a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and dedication to his co-workers and the citizens of Salt Lake County.  His performance is a direct result of his strong work ethic and character.


joann-phillipsJoann Phillips

She was honored on March 23rd.

Joann Phillips is an Account Tech with the Utah State Tax Commission.  Recently, there have been many changes in Joann’s department and she has shown that she is a self-motivated team leader.  She has taken on her new responsibilities with a positive attitude and has gone one step further by helping her co-workers adjust to their new duties.  Whether it is gathering work assignments and delivering them to others or helping locate documents, Joann will take on additional responsibilities to lighten everyone’s workload.  In addition, to assisting with other duties, her day-to-day work is always complete and on time.  Joann’s nominator says, “She represents our area with the highest quality of leadership.”


sharon-smalleySharon Smalley

She was honored on March 23rd.

Sharon Smalley is a Board Secretary with the Department of Commerce Division of Professional Licensing.  Her responsibilities include organizing and overseeing the division’s board meetings.  Even though her time is structured around her board duties, she will take the time to assist others with processing applications, sorting mail, or helping other bureaus when they are backlogged.  Sharon is not expected to help others, but it is just an example of the type of person she is – Sharon is a shining example of what a good employee is.


anne-vincentAnne Vincent

She was honored on April 6th.

Anne Vincent is employed by the Department of Workforce Services as an Employment Counselor.  Anne always treats her customers with respect and dignity, even when she may be approached in a rude or hostile manner.  She recently took the time to assist a very angry and agitated client by helping determine why his benefits had been terminated.  She was able to help the client provide the necessary verification that he needed to retain his benefits.  The customer was very demanding; however, Anne maintained her composure, patience, and politeness.  Another client that was helped by Anne, brought her flowers when she was able to assist him with a medical application for his family.  Anne’s coworkers see her celebrate and grieve with her clients.  She invests in them and works diligently on their behalf.

beth-bartholomewBeth Bartholomew

She was honored on April 20th.

Beth Bartholomew is an Office Specialist with Provo Vocational Rehabilitation.  Beth is considered the “on-site technical guru” for the office.  Her co-workers approach Beth for anything computer related.  She is patient and able to explain complex technical details in a way that everyone understands.  Her knowledge of computer programs makes documents steam-lined and readable.  Beth assists the Rehab Counselors with their questions about the AWARE program, which is the agency’s client information system.  She also takes on additional duties, tasks, and projects to support her team.  Beth’s Public Employee Salute nominator stated that during her transition into her new position, “Beth helped tremendously with suggestions, actions, and encouragement.”

sandra-osburnSandra Osburn

She was honored on April 20th.

Sandra Osburn is employed by Vocational Rehabilitation in Payson.  Sandra is an amazing employee who treats clients with respect and dignity.  Recently, Sandra received a telephone call from a suicidal client and was able to help resolve the situation with great care and love.  The employees in the office are always receiving compliments from clients about Sandy – from her caring attitude to how she puts them at ease.  Sandy also volunteers in her community.  Each year she assists a group in donating and decorating a tree for the Festival of Trees, she is involved in Humanitarian work and volunteers at her church.  Sandy takes great pride in helping others and the agency is so much better because of her.


lindy-varneyLindy Varney

She was honored on May 4th.

Lindy Varney is a licensing specialist for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.  In her position Lindy is asked to handle some very difficult situations including complaints from hunters and anglers regarding their permits.  She assists in allocating special permits and addresses public safety and agriculture conflicts caused by wildlife.  Lindy always handles these calls in an appropriate and professional manner, even when the caller is upset or angry.  As an avid hunter, Lindy puts herself in the clients’ position and uses her personal experience to resolve difficult situations.  She always does her best to represent the interests of DWS and the public.  Lindy is a tireless worker and very deserving of the Public Employee Salute.

dan-trujilloDan Trujillo

He was honored on May 4th.

Dan Trujillo is a Program Development Director with Salt Lake Community College.  Part of his job is providing training for students, staff, and corporations.  Whenever Dan makes a presentation or conducts a training session, everyone in attendance agrees that he makes it fun, educational, and well worth their time.  He recently conducted a workshop for SLCC employees and would not accept payment for his services, even though it was considered one of the best training sessions of the year.  Dan is fun, personable, a great training, and has a wealth of knowledge regarding computers and software.  He shines in his job and is appreciated by his coworkers, students, and staff at Salt Lake Community College.


leann-herndonLeAnn Herndon

She was honored on May 18th.

LeeAnn is a Disability Specialist with the Department of Workforce Services.  LeeAnn is a physically active person who wants to share her desire for a longer healthier life with everyone around her.  She serves on numerous committees within DWS including the Wellness Committee.  LeAnn uses her positive attitude and encouragement to spear-head healthy activities such as lunchtime workout sessions, a snack shack of healthy snacks, and an hourly plank session throughout the day.  LeeAnn has encountered obstacles in the process of creating these activities, but she uses her engaging personality and optimistic view to gently encourage those she works with.  She is an example of how little changes can make a big impact.

courtney-dickinsonCourtney Dickinson

She was honored on June 15th.

Courtney Dickinson is an officer for the Department of Corrections and has worked for the state of Utah for 3 years.  In this short amount of time, Officer Dickinson has continually shown her fellow coworkers that she will give 100%, no matter what the task is.  She is a team player and a great example for any officer.  She is able to look at a situation and come up with several alternative solutions to the problem.  Not only does Officer Dickinson help train staff at the in-service and pre-service academies, she has rewritten the trainings for the Hostage Taking & Negotiation, Property Processing & Institutional Security classes, and helped rewriting the “On the Job” training manual for new officers starting at the prison.  Along with performing regularly required duties, Officer Dickinson actively recruits potential officers, and volunteers at the Draper Days parade and Autism Speaks events.

nancy-luceroNancy Lucero

She was honored on June 15th.

Nancy Lucero is the Office Support for the Food Protection Division of Salt Lake County’s Health Department.  For the past 14 years, Nancy Lucero has been the smiling face that greets customers when they enter the Food Protection’s office, and more often than not they leave the office with a smile on their face.  Not only can Nancy solve customers’ problems, but she can do this all the while answering telephone calls and emails.  Along with being a multi-tasker, Nancy’s high degree of integrity and responsibility keeps the Food Protection’s office running so smoothly.  Her hard work and dedication to the Salt Lake County Health Department allows the food inspectors to be successful and do their job to protect public health.

jennifer-storieJennifer Storie

She was honored on June 29th.

Jennifer Storie is the Special Assistant to Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox.  Jennifer has worked in public service for many years.  She began her career in public service as a United States Postal carrier, then worked within the Utah Courts system, which led her to her current position as Special Assistant.  Not only has Jennifer assisted with creating bills that have been presented before the Utah House and Senate, but she has also served as the “keeper of the Great Seal of Utah” for all legal documents that bare Utah’s seal.  Jennifer’s tireless work ethic and professional demeanor has gained the respect of her coworkers, including the Governor, the Lt. Governor, as well as countless Utah State officials.  Jennifer’s commitment to public service does not stop at the end of her work day.  In her free time, Jennifer finds time to volunteer with the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the local LGBTQ community, and local HRC events.

UPEA President’s Message

Thank you my fellow public employees for all the great work you accomplish each day.  I am proud to work with all of you.

Fall has arrived and I hope you had a wonderful summer and were able to spend quality time with family and friends on vacations and family activities.

Fall also means election season is upon us.  Please take time to get to know the candidates running for public office in your area.  The Citizen Action by Public Employees committee has spent numerous hours interviewing many candidates to gauge their feelings about public employees and their needs.  After interviews have taken place, the CAPE committee has endorsed many candidates.  Look at this listo find the candidates who have earned UPEA’s endorsement because they are friendly toward public employees.  Once you know the candidates, take the time to vote.  We have all heard that “every vote counts,“ so vote and be counted.

I want to give a shout-out and a thank you to the UPEA staff.  I attend Advisory Council and State Board meetings and I am impressed with all that they accomplish.  We hear about all their travels around the state holding Public Employee Appreciation Days (PEADs) and visiting various worksites.  New members have been recruited on each trip, giving UPEA a stronger voice.

Also, please continue to tell your co-workers about all the benefits from being a member of UPEA.

Flu Shot Clinics Open to all State Employees

Each year, the Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA) hosts flu shot clinics open to all state employees and their families at various agencies throughout the state. Community Nursing Services (CNS) will administer the clinics this year through November. Flu Mist nasal spray will not be available, only the trivalent flu vaccine.

There is no co-payment if you have PEHP health insurance. If you have a different provider, please bring your health insurance card and a photo ID. CNS will bill all insurance providers that it accepts. State employees will only have to pay $25 if CNS does not accept their insurance provider.

Please contact UPEA at 801-264-8732 ext. 200 if you have any questions.

Click here to view the 2016 flu shot clinic schedule.

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