The ‘season of giving’ is underway for CSEA Capital Region members.

Capital Region President Ron Briggs, along with Rensselaer County Local members, City of Troy Unit members and our union’s Capital Region staff, recently delivered to the Oakwood Community Center donations of cash, cake mix and frosting that became part of a package of Thanksgiving sides that the center distributed to 120 Troy families in need. Key to coordinating the donation efforts was Rensselaer County Local President Marnie Rounds, who was pleased with the generous response from her union brothers and sisters.

“It’s really such a good feeling to give back,” said Rounds, also a City of Troy Unit member. “Our unit has a good contract, we just got our retro checks and we are working through this pandemic while many others have faced layoffs. I am really grateful for our union.”

In the photo, from left, are City of Troy Unit President Bill Wangler, City of Troy Unit Secretary David Badgley, CSEA Capital Region President Ron Briggs, City of Troy Unit member Denee Zeigler, Rensselaer County Local President Marnie Rounds and Rensselaer County Local Secretary and City of Troy Unit Treasurer Adrienne Waugh.

— Therese Assalian

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Therese Assalian

Therese has been working as the Capital Region Communications Specialist since 2002 handling all facets of internal and external communications for the region. Therese started her career at a Madison Avenue Public Relations firm and held several positions in public relations, marketing and event planning in corporate and non-profit roles in New York and Pittsburgh prior to moving to the Capital Region in 1999. Therese holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Communication Studies and is also a published freelance writer on travel, food and the arts.

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