Frankie Cocanour

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.

Kenny Ascheri

Vice President of Labor Relations
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.

Buck Potter

Vice President of Organizing
Having spent most of my time in and around educational institutions, along with being born and raised on a ranch in Eastern Oregon, I feel I bring a unique perspective to the table for the LCCEF Union. I currently am within the Facilities Management and Planning Department as the Locksmith, but I have done a lot of my practical learning in and among the trades, whether technology, mechanical, or customer/retail service. In high school, I was the bookkeeper for my parents’ Art Gallery, and later with their Bed and Breakfast. Along with my father, I helped to start a non-profit organization for Eagle Cap Sled Dog Races in Joseph, Oregon. I have a Bachelor of Science in Theater Arts with Concentrations in Technical Design/Engineering and Education. During that time I also served for three years as a member of the Student Fee Committee, which allocated out over 1 Million dollars a year to 26 departments on the Eastern Oregon University campus. I also currently volunteer as the VP of a local non-profit, Costumes for Causes, which is a cosplay community who does community outreach and fundraisers for charitable causes in western Oregon. In my spare time, I’m a huge crafter/maker, creating my own unique cosplays, I am part of the local blues dance community and enjoy being a genuine geek at heart.

Colin Vurek

Grievance Officer
Hi, I'm Colin (She, Her, Hers), and I've worked in LCC’s Specialized Support Services department for 12 years. For those of you not familiar with the S3 program, it serves adults with Developmental Disabilities (DD) and Intellectual Disabilities (ID), by teaching them job skills and other interpersonal skills before placing them in community jobs in Eugene/Springfield. I joined the S3 team in November of 2008 and expanded the Waste Management Department and Crew to the size it is today. I was born and raised in San Francisco where my grandmother helped organize the Baker’s/Butcher’s union in the 1930s. Unions have played a big role in my life. I currently live in Springfield Oregon and am the proud mother of four 4-legged fur children.

Dacia Smith

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.
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Brett Moody

Recording Officer
Originally from the corn and beanfields of the Midwest, I moved to Lane County in January 2017. I received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Saint Louis University in 2014 and went on to gain my Master of Science in College Student Personnel at Western Illinois University in 2016. My professional career in higher education is rooted in justice, advocacy, and pushing for change. I am new to both Lane Community College and the union as I began my role of Project Specialist II for the Division of Health Professions, Health, & PE in January 2020. Quickly upon arriving on campus, I learned the importance of supporting union work. Because of seeing the power of unions, I ran for the position of Recording Officer. I look forward to using my administrative experience to handle the challenges to come and am excited to take the first step in supporting LCCEF for years to come. When not working, I spend my time making up new nicknames for my dog, riding bicycles with my partner, and cutting it close when it comes to library book due dates.

Zhasmene Bowles

Communications Officer
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 process, 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 Committee), and (eventually) to serve as your 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; let's grow stronger together!
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Zsuzsanna Malek

Membership Officer
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Marleena Pearson

Chief Labor Delegate
An active supporter of workers' rights, I’ve worked 15 years in retail/marketing and 11 years in higher education, giving me experience in both non-union and union working environments. In 2010, I was hired at Portland Community College with the HOPE Grant and became a member of PCCFCE Local #3922. The HOPE Grant led me to Lane Community College in 2012, where I was hired in the Health Professions Division. I have attended Lane multiple times: as a high school student looking for more variety in my education; while working in production and as Production Manager of The Torch; years later, as a non-traditional student graduating from the Electronic Technology Program; and, currently, as a lifelong learner. I got involved with LCCEF because I felt the strength and power members had together being part of a union during bargaining at PCC and the community those members provided for each other. Since joining LCCEF as a member, I have represented the classified members on committees (currently Chair of the Safety Committee), as an Officer Feb. 2014-Dec 2017 (serving on The Learning Council and Bargaining Teams each year), as a delegate (for AFL-CIO Lane County Labor Chapter, AFT-Oregon Conventions, and AFT National Convention), and while meeting amazing fellow union leaders and activists at union trainings by Labor Education & Research Center (LERC), Western Region Summer Institute for Union Women, and Powering Up Your Union at AFT PSRP. I volunteer with a few community organizations including WOW Hall and Very Little Theatre. I enjoy spending time with my family and raising a menagerie of hobby farm animals.
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Fiora Starchild-Wolf

COPE Officer
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 am honored to serve as your COPE Chair.
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Schaun Cox

Officer At Large