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  • Officers & Staff
    Executive Board President
    Mike Cottone



    Mike is a Program Manager with Trinity County Health and Human Services, where he has been employed since 1999. Previous positions include Eligibility Worker, Fair Hearings Officer, Social Worker, and Social Worker Supervisor. He has been a steward since 2001 and has served on the Executive Board as the Trinity Region Representative since 2003.

    ELECTED.  Executive Board Member - President May 2003

    MEMBER.  Trinity Management-Confidential Unit

    EDUCATION. M.S. in Human Services - Social and Community Services
                     B.A. in Liberal Studies - Sociology/Political Science

    CURRENT ASSIGNMENT(S). Local 792 President

    DELEGATE.  2016 LiUNA Convention of Members

    Executive Board Vice President
    Twyla Carpenter


     I started my career with Shasta County on 4/24/2009, at the Auditor’s Office, as a Senior Account Clerk.  I transferred and promoted to the Probation department as an Accounting Technician, on 6/14/2010.  My current position is an Agency Staff Services Analyst II.   Before that I have worked in the private sector starting with Record Searchlight for 17 years, and Moss Lumber for 13 years.

    APPOINTED.  Executive Board Member August 2015 

    ELECTED. Executive Board Vice President May 5, 2018 

    MEMBER.  Shasta County General Unit

    EDUCATION. Shasta College AS-Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.  Certificate-Accounting.  

    DELEGATE.  Five Counties CLC. 2016 LiUNA Convention of Members

    Executive Board Recording Secretary - Labor Relations Representative
    Ron Copeland



    Ron has been a member of UPEC Local 792 since January 2009 and became an Executive Board Member in November 2013.  He was a member of the Shasta County General Unit as an Eligibility Worker III before joining the UPEC staff in January 2016.  Ron’s prior paralegal and law clerk experience includes representing employees at administrative hearings.

    BOARD APPOINTMENT.  Executive Board Member November 2013

    ELECTED.  Executive Board Member May 2015. Recording Secretary May 2018

    APPOINTED TO STAFF.  Labor Relations Representative February 2016

    APPOINTED.  Executive Board Recording Secretary April 2016

    EDUCATION.  J.D., McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA 2004; B.A., California State University - Chico, Chico, CA (Political Science) 1994; A.A., Shasta College, Redding, CA (General Education) 1992. Certifications:  Mediation, Paralegal, Social Security Administration Work Incentives Education Planner.

    ASSIGNMENTS.   Assists members with disciplinary actions, grievances, internal affairs investigations, negotiations, and organizing. 

    DELEGATE.    5 Counties Central Labor Council.

    Business Manager & Secretary-Treasurer
    Robert DeLong



    Robert is in his 32nd year as a professional State Certified Journeyman and Union Representative. He held the title of Public Works Senior Lead and Master Fire Mechanic III at the City of Milpitas. Prior to joining the City of Milpitas over 25 years ago, Robert was employed by Transportation Design Manufacturing “TDM “as a Junior ENGINEER/Program Manager and safety trainer with their alternative fuel division. During his entire career, he has been a Union Representative.

    Roberts union leadership and participation began 32 years ago when he first became a Shop Steward for the International Association of Mechanics and Aerospace Workers Local 1101 (IAMAW).

    For the past 22 years, he has held union representative roles for the Milpitas Employee Association (MEA): Shop Stewart, Secretary and Negotiator and is in his sixth term, 12th year, as MEA Union President; While, concurrently, appointed as the Business Manager & Secretary-Treasurer for UPEC Local 792, LiUNA in February 2024,

    Through Roberts' tenure as a dedicated, loyal, forward-driven and committed union representative for the hard-working employees that he supports, he’s also been instrumental in supporting local government representatives that support the union. He always takes an informative collaborative team approach with his Union Board in educating his group members about those representatives who have the best interest in supporting the union membership by coordinating and conducting informational meetings.

    Appointed: Executive Board Member - 2013

    Elected: Executive Board Member– 2015, 2018 & 2021

    Appointed: Business Manager & Secretary-Treasurer- February 2024


    Penn Foster - Business Management 

    University of the Pacific – Human Resources Management Certification Program

    California Fire Mechanic Academy – Master Fire Mechanic III

    ASE Master Certification - Master ASE Automotive / Medium/Heavy Truck

    General Motors Training Center – Technical Training Program, 4-year Journeyman  Program

    IAM Automotive Apprenticeship – 4-year Program

    Evergreen Valley College – Associates Degree in Automotive and Electrical

    Executive Board Sergeant at Arms
    Gina Carrillo

    Executive Board Member
    Greg Harnage



    Executive Board Auditor May 5, 2021 to April 20, 2023


    Executive Board Member April 20, 2023 to Current

    MEMBER.  Sierra College Classified Unit

    DELGATE.  2021 LIUNA Convention of Members


    Labor Relations Representative
    Ryan Friesen


    (530) 604-2337

    Ryan Friesen is a Labor Relation Representative with 13 years of experience as a professional. Prior to joining UPEC, Ryan worked for the California School Employees Association and our currently retained Law Firm, GRT Law. Ryan was introduced to our organization when he served as a contract Organizer in 2016.

    APPOINTED TO STAFF.  February 16, 2022


    EDUCATION. A.A in Social Science from Sacramento City College. Successfully completed CSEA Member Intern Program. Graduate of CSEA Organizing Institute.

    CURRENT ASSIGNMENT. Labor Relations Representative. Serves in the mid-section areas as a negotiator, handles grievances, disciplinary actions and accommodation requests.

    Executive Board Member - Labor Relations Representative
    Ryan Heron



    Ryan Heron has served UPEC since July 2013. Ryan was appointed to the executive board in 2016. Ryan's past experience includes working in the legislative department for the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. Contributor for The Progressive Press.

    APPOINTED.  July 2013

    APPOINTED.  Executive Board Member June 2016

    ELECTED. Executive Board Auditor May 5, 2018

    EDUCATION. B.S. Labor and Industrial Relations 2008. M.S. Human Resources & Employment Relations 2012. Pennsylvania State University, PA

    AREA ASSIGNMENT. Monterey, Sacramento and Bay Area. 

    ASSIGNMENT(S). Executive Board Member, Labor Relations Representative. Grievances, Disciplinary Actions, Internal Affairs Investigations, Organizing Team, Delegate to the Five Counties Central Labor Council.

    Executive Board Auditor
    Marnie Waffle


    Executive Board Auditor
    Jamie Butcher

    Executive Board Auditor

    Office Manager/Bookkeeper
    Cindy Walton



    Cindy Walton joined UPEC in November 2013. Cindy was raised in Redding CA. She lived in Germany for 10 years and in San Francisco for 5 years before moving back to Redding in 2001.

    Cindy has over 30 years experience in Customer Service, A/R, A/P as well as a wide range of administrative skills and has a long history of working and managing in an office environment.

    She is married and has two children.

    JOINED STAFF.  November 2013 

    CURRENT ASSIGNMENT: Redding HQ - Administrative & Member services, Office Management & Bookkeeping for the local. 

    COMMUNITY SERVICE:  Shasta Rose Society, Redding Asphalt Cowboys

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