COPE Committee

Committee Chair
Stephon Payne (Chapter 12)

Committee Representatives
Dave Dahlheimer, Retired (Chapter 4)
Shawn Domenico (Chapter 3)
Penny Erney (Chapter 8)
Laurie Kubli, Retired (Chapter 2)
Charles Marcinko, Retired (Chapter 5)
Ellen Marx, Retired (Chapter 13)
Ted Oslak, Retired (Chapter 1)
Greg Riedlinger (Chapter 14)
Marguerite Ryan, Retired (Chapter 11)
Denise Sharper (Chapter 12)
Nowell Smith, Retired (Chapter 9)
Jeffery Tolbert (Chapter 10)

Alternate Committee Representatives
Michael Butler, Retired (Chapter 1)
Lawrence Funck, Retired (Chapter 8)
Hawah Kamara (Chapter 10)
Ethen Lashlee (Chapter 5)

Staff Representative:
Christopher Hundley,


Check out SEIU Local 668’s position on key issues here.

Three Suggestions to become more involved:
3. MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO COPE (Committee on Political Education)

1. REGISTER TO VOTE: Voter registration forms can be picked up at county libraries, state stores, post offices, court houses, driver testing sites and on the internet, at

2. VOTE: You have to do this yourself, but it is quick and easy if not always convenient. Americans had to fight and die for the vote.  We should honor the tradition and fight with our vote.

3. Contribute to COPE – Paycheck deductions are painless.  Union dues cannot be used for political purposes. Therefore, COPE is the only avenue to influence political decisions.

Remember: All individuals who hold civil service positions in the Commonwealth are prohibited from participating in political activities. These restrictions are outlined by three regulations, including The Civil Service Act, The Governor’s Executive Order 1980-18 and The Hatch Act. The regulations limit a state employee from holding political office, participating in a political campaign and general political work. To learn more on the limitations of your political activity, please read the State Civil Service Commission’s “Political Guidelines for Civil Service Employees” brochure.


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