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2019-20 Officer Election – Intros from candidates



Dannielle Nichols Withdrawn

VP of Labor Relations

Kenny Ascheri

Among the many roles in my life, especially as Vice President of Labor Relations, I deliver my best effort to connect with many of my colleagues, practice positive promotion, and volunteer support for all of my LCC community.

I have become more involved in the labor movement in the past year when I began volunteering my time to help our local. It started with a few simple tasks and grew to participation in multiple new meetings opening the space to provide input and support for our membership and community.

When I first began in the role of Chief Labor Delegate I initiated regular attendance at the Lane County Central Labor Chapter General Membership meetings. I listened to other local labor organizations share what they were struggling with as well as share our LCCEF story. Very quickly it became apparent to me the collective power that organized labor brings to its members.

I believe that organized workers have the power and strength to enact change; by working together as a single organized unit we can demand better wages, benefits, working conditions, and respect for our solid, strong efforts at Lane County’s community college.

I ask that you vote for me as your Vice President of Labor Relations when you cast your ballot this December. I promise to continue doing my best to represent our LCCEF members with College Board Members and Administrators, affiliate organizations, and among our LCC community.

Vice President of Organizing

Fred Rankin – write in candidate

I am a former LCC student with a degree in Computer Networking/Technology from Pioneer Pacific after transferring from Lane. I have lived in the NW most of my life. I graduated from Thurston High school in 1997 so, I have a deep connection to our local community. I have worked in the computer industry in various corporate environments now for over 17 years. I would like to help make an impact for our employees. To provide a voice for the newer generation and help shape our future for everyone here at the college.

Frankie Cocanour Withdrawn

I am a Medical Assistant here at the LCC Health Clinic. Prior to that I worked as an MA at OMG, and at Oregon Urology. I started my career in restaurants and made my way up into management. I then switched over to working in business offices. I spent several years at Symantec and worked on Site License and Contract teams. During the 2009 layoffs, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I decided, after going to many office visits with her and running into some very impersonal medical staff, that I would like to go into the medical field. I wanted to treat patients the way that I wished they would have treated my mother. In 2011 I graduated from Pioneer Pacific with my NCMA and Associates of Science.

In my spare time I assist with promoting a band and helping with other bands that are touring in our area. Through that I have started working with a music producer in Portland, a couple other bands, and a local nonprofit organization in order to put together a new annual benefit concert that will happen within the next year.

I have raised two children. I have a son who has been in the Navy for over 4 years and a daughter that still lives in town and is into the art scene and studies finance. I am now what you call an empty-nester. When I have free time it’s spent cuddling up with my two handsome cats, reading a good book, or binge watching TV.

I am very easy to approach and I hope that if anyone has questions for me that they feel free to come find me. I will happily answer any questions that you might have.

Grievance Officer



Dacia Smith

Greetings LCCEF Members!
I appreciate your consideration of me as candidate for LCCEF 2417 Treasurer. My educational background, employment and volunteer history have prepared me for this position. I have a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and started work in the bursar office at the College in 2011. I promoted to financial aid advisor in 2014. About four years ago, I became involved in the union by chairing the audit committee. This experience allowed me to begin working closely with our treasurer, and gain firsthand knowledge of the plethora of tasks the treasurer completes monthly and annually. Additionally, I was able to get a glimpse of the time commitment necessary for the treasurer to complete these important tasks. Without a treasurer, our local would dissolve. We have to have someone sending our dues to our National and State organizations as well as ensuring we are complying with IRS Tax not-for-profit Regulations and AFT National budget and audit requirements. Although the requirements are intense, I feel that I have the knowledge and skills necessary to complete the tasks associated with this position. Please consider voting for me as treasurer this December.

Records Officer


Communications Officer

Zhasmene Bowles

I first came to LCC as a student in 2004; having grown up in Eugene, I knew that Lane Community College was where I wanted to be. Small class sizes and affordable tuition were just two of the things that convinced me; it didn’t hurt that my highschool sweetheart—now my husband, an LCC adjunct chemistry instructor, and a proud member of LCCEA and LCCEF—was attending as well. The welcoming community and quality instruction here changed my life, and I wouldn’t be who I am today without the education and guidance I received at Lane.

When I returned to LCC in 2018 (this time as an employee and a student) I was thrilled to join in helping the next generation of students, and I was just as excited to join LCCEF (my first union). Initially, though, I was in the dark; I had little understanding of our bargaining, my rights, or how to use my skill set to make us stronger, and I found it confusing and time-consuming to get what I needed to stay informed. What information I did find, however, motivated me to join my first committee (constitution), and now to run for Communications Officer.

The work done by our EC is extremely valuable, but our strength ultimately comes from you, our members, and what you don’t know, you can’t act on. I promise to give you the transparent, useful, communication you need to act with strength. An informed union is a powerful union; write me in for Communications Officer and we will grow stronger together!

Membership Officer

Claudia Riumallo

Chief Labor Delegate


COPE Officer

Fiora Starchild-Wolf

The Committee on Political Education, or COPE, monitors political and legislative issues, reports them to the membership, performs political education, works closely with affiliated organizations, recruits and supports labor-friendly candidates for local political offices. As COPE Chair, I will keep our membership educated about local candidates, initiatives and legislative action that affect us.

I come from a strong union family in the Midwest, with one grandfather who worked in a brewery and one grandfather who was a mail carrier. Their well-being, and consequently my own, had much to do with their union membership.

Politics is also very personal with me. Public Higher Education exists in a political atmosphere, affecting us, our jobs, our benefits, as well as our ability to serve our students. With constant political challenge, LCCEF needs to remain active with policy makers and elected officials. I’ve been involved in local, statewide and national politics since 2000, and know many local and state elected officials, including Oregon’s Commissioner of Labor. I was an Oregon delegate in the Presidential primary in 2016. I served as Secretary of the Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Oregon from 2016-2018, and regularly attend local and state party meetings. However, I can be bi-partisan and will serve ALL members.

I have been at Lane since 1990, and Enrollment Services Advisor since 2003. I served on the Student Affairs Council for 10 years. I know the college and community well, and care deeply about all of our membership. I would be honored to serve as COPE Chair.

Officer At Large


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