Capital Region Officers
RICHARD BEBO – EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Bebo was sworn in to office at the region’s annual fall conference in September 2014. In front of hundreds of attendees, Kathy Garrison, CSEA Capital Region President, led Bebo in the swearing-in-ceremony. Bebo stated his desire for feedback and his willingness to work on behalf of Capital Region members.
Bebo, a Troy native, who currently resides in Colonie, started with NYS DOT in 1999. His activism was spurred by his early involvement as a grievance rep and shop steward.
In addition to his role on the region’s executive board, Bebo served as Vice President of DOT Local 687 from January 2006 until June 2013 when he was elected President, a position he currently holds.
Bebo has served on the region’s PEOPLE committee and was co-chair of the Membership Committee. In 2009, Bebo completed CSEA’s LEAD program that recruits and mentors members for future leadership roles in the union. Bebo is also an AFSCME delegate.
Says Bebo, “I am truly honored and excited to serve as Capital Region 3rd Vice President. I look forward to serving our members and continuing to help this great union progress.
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CSEA Capital Region 1st Vice President Dowell Harrell has been helping CSEA members in some fashion for more than twenty years. She became a CSEA member in 1985 and in 1989 became Vice President of New York State Police Local 697 based in Albany. She served in that role until 1998 when she was elected 697 President, a title she holds today.
Harrell serves as the Capital Region’s Education and Women’s Committee Officer Liasion, is active in many community groups and is a member of CBTU (Coalition of Black Trade Unionists). Harrell lives in Troy near her two grown chidren and twin grandchildren. “I look forward to continuing to serve Capital Region members in my role as 1st Vice President,” says Harrell.
The numbers speak volumes about Brenda Facin, the CSEA Capital Region 2nd Vice President”s commitment to the labor movement. She has been a CSEA activist for over 25 years and Washington County Local President for 15 years. Facin has been employed by Greenwich Central School for 26 years as Secretary to the High School Principal and Guidance Office Secretary.
Facin has served as the Greenwich Central School Unit President for 17 years. She is currently the Region IV Officer Liaison for the Education and Veteran”s Committees, Statewide Education Committee member, Statewide Appeals Committee member and also represents Washington County on the Board of Directors for the past 17 years.
In addition to CSEA activities, Brenda finds time to volunteer to better the community. She is a member of the TEOPA (Tri-County Office Personnel Association) and the organizer of CSEA Capital Region’s Polar Plunge team that annually raises money to benefit the programs and services of the Special Olympics. Facin has been the Student Council Advisor for 21 years and the yearbook advisor for 7 years at Greenwich Central School where she continues to encourage the students she works with to get involved in the community. Brenda is a 1978 graduate of Greenwich Central School and attended Adirondack Community College. Married for 28 years to husband Dino, they have 2 children and 1 grandchild.
“It is a great honor to be chosen as Capital Region 2nd Vice President. I look forward to working with new members and officers and help getting them involved in the labor movement.”
3rd VP – Karen Wilson
Karen has been a CSEA member and activist for 25 years at the Thruway Authority. She is employed as an Information Technology Specialist 3(Data Communications). Karen has served as a Shop Steward, Headquarters Representative, and more recently as Secretary for the Local. She is now in her first term as Local President, and is also a member of the Region 4 Legislative and Political Action Committee.
Karen also volunteers for charity fundraising events as a bike marshal, and annually participates in the Tour de Cure for the American Diabetes Association, Ididaride for the Adirondack Mountain Club, MS Ride in Manhattan for Multiple Sclerosis, and Autumn Escape Bike Trek in Cape Cod for the American Lung Association. Her hobbies include fitness and nutrition. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer.
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve as Third Vice President for Region 4, and hope to bring my energy and technical knowledge to the Region to improve efficiency, provide cost savings, and of course, inspire activists.”
CSEA Capital Region Secretary Kim Wallace-Russo, a graduate of CSEA’s L.E.A.D. program and a 2017 CSEA Mission Achievement Award winner, Wallace-Russo currently also serves as president of Tax Local 690 where she has been active more many years. Along with her fellow-officers at the local and an extensive network of shop stewards and grievance reps, Local 690, in many ways, is the union “ideal.” But, it took years of union-building and commitment from activists there to make the local what it is today.
“I got started in my activism kind of on a whim. It was a tumultuous time for our local. The local was split and there was a lot of turmoil. I was asked to come on board as the Local Secretary and I accepted. I was very young and green but I was motivated to learn what CSEA wall all about. I LOVED IT!!! Being involved in the union and helping others was such a good fit for me. I felt like I finally found my niche,” recalls Wallace-Russo.
In addition to her role in the local, Wallace-Russo is a delegate and is active on regional and statewide committees. She served for many years on the Capital Region Executive Board as Treasurer and returned again to the board in 2018 in the role of Secretary.
Capital Region Treasurer, Shana Davis
Shana Davis is an employee of the NYS Department of Taxation& Finance has been a member of CSEA Albany Tax Local 690 since 1989. Shana was appointed as a Shop Steward in her local in April 2004, served as the Local Woman’s Committee Chairperson since 2006. In May of 2008 Shana was appointed as a Delegate and then elected as Local Secretary in June of 2013. She has served as a representative on the CSEA Capital Region Education Committee and currently serves on the CSEA Statewide Joint Committee for Health Benefits. Shana’s other union activities include President of the Capital District Chapter Coalition of Black Trade Unionist and a board member of the Capital District Area Labor Federation.
Shana Davis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix and serves as a licensed Evangelist of the United Ordained Church in Troy, NY. She also volunteers for many other community and charitable organizations as well.