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SMEA Executive Board

SMEA's Executive Board is made up of 12 elected or appointed positions.  The Executive Board coordinates the business of the association.  They appoint and provide direction the Bargaining Team through the bargaining process as well as develop the annual budget for the association.

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SMEA President-Dale Pluciennik * History Teacher at San Marcos High School since 2010 *Site rep since 2013 *PAC Treasurer since 2017 *San Diego Native who grew up in Ramona and lives in Valley Center * My wife, kids and family are my number 1 * My union is an extension of my family so, number 1A


Jay Mesker-SMEA Vice President -Math Teacher at SEMS


Bargaining & Grievance Chair: Damon Gidner 760 473 1727 San Elijo Elementary 2nd grade I have been teaching in SMUSD for 20 years. I have served SMEA for 19 of those years, as a site rep, corresponding secretary, vice president, and now negotiations and grievance chair. I have also served on a variety of committees throughout. I look forward to serving the teachers of SMUSD!

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Membership Chair-Michael Sterling *I have been teaching at San Marcos High School for 25 years.

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Elementary REP-at-LARGE: Karen Ives *SMEA PAC committee. *I teach kindergarten at TOES and have been there for 17 years. Before teaching at SMUSD, I taught at a private school in Carlsbad. *I enjoy spending most of my summers in PA with my parents.

Brandon Maze

SMEA High School Rep at Large - Brandon Maze Social Studies Teacher at San Marcos High since 2015 SMEA Site Rep since 2017 Former CTA State Council Representative for SMEA It is an honor to serve the Teachers and Students of SMUSD

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Rikki Kuykendall-Middle School Rep At Large Hi Everyone, This is my 16th year in education, all of which has been with SMUSD in the middle school grades. I have been a site rep while at San Marcos Middle, San Elijo Middle and DPS K8. I look forward to serving SMEA as corresponding secretary.


Digital Media Chair: Marla Rosenthal I have been teaching in SMUSD for 23 years. I started at Alvin Dunn(LaMirada), moved to Paloma and now work at Discovery Elementary. I have taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th grade. For the last two years I have been Discovery's Innovation Specialist. I've been active with SMEA for 20 years, serving as a Site Rep, Insurance Committee Member, Elementary Rep-at-Large(9 years) and Bargaining Team Member(10 years). I am currently SMEA's Digital Media Chair.


Treasurer-Robert Gordon I am in my eighth year of teaching in the San Marcos Unified School District, and I am excited to be a part of the SMEA Executive Board as the Interim Treasurer after the retirement of Patti Mason. I hope to keep the finances of our union strong and earn your trust to be voted in as SMEA's permanent treasurer once we return to school and can hold district-wide elections.

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Recording Secretary-Dylan Connor

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Communication Chair-Elliot Powell

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