SOURCE: Illinois Education Association

Illinois Education Association

March 14, 2011 09:00 ET

Cinda Klickna Elected Illinois Education Association President

New Officers, NEA Board Members Selected

ROSEMONT, IL--(Marketwire - March 14, 2011) - A high school English teacher from Rochester has been elected president of the state's largest education employees' union.

On Saturday, March 12, delegates attending the Illinois Education Association (IEA) Representative Assembly in Rosemont elected Cinda Klickna to the organization's top position.

Klickna, who started teaching in Springfield in 1973, has served as IEA secretary-treasurer since 2005.

Prior to her election as an IEA officer, Klickna served on the IEA Board of Directors, the National Education Association (NEA) Board of Directors and as president of the Springfield Education Association.

Klickna will succeed Ken Swanson of Belvidere as the IEA president. Swanson is in his second and final term as president, a post he has held since 2005.

Delegates to the IEA meeting also elected a new vice president, secretary-treasurer and members of the NEA Board of Directors:

  • Kathi Griffin, an elementary school teacher from Schaumburg was elected IEA vice president.
  • Al Llorens, a high school teacher from Dolton, was elected the new IEA secretary-treasurer.
  • Joyce Bailey, an elementary teacher from Naperville, Tom Tully, a driver's education instructor in Lombard, Alex Wallace, a school bus driver from Oswego and Vickie Mahrt, an elementary school teacher in Normal, were elected to represent IEA on the NEA Board of Directors.

All the officer terms are for three years. Newly elected IEA officials will take office July 15.

The Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the largest education employees' organization in the state. IEA represents more than 132,000 teachers, education support professionals, higher education faculty, staff and graduate assistants, retired educators and students planning to become teachers.

IEA is a state affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA).

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