Minutes 2022-02

Date/Time: 10:00 am Friday, February 18, 2022

Location: MTA Office @ 12 E Worcester St 2nd Fl, and Zoom


APA Statewide

  • Seth Bean, President
  • Susan McNeil, Vice President
  • Mark Powers, Secretary
  • Aaron Childs, Membership Coordinator (Non-voting)
  • Gerol Petruzella, Web Manager (Non-voting)
  • Catherine Santiago, MTA Field Representative (Non-voting)
  • Roberta James, MTA Field Representative (Non-voting)

APA Chapter Presidents

  • Marissa Barros, Massachusetts Maritime Academy – Acting
  • Seth Bean, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Renee Bernier, Bridgewater State University
  • Brian Cahillane, Westfield State University
  • Sherry Horeanopoulos, Fitchburg State President
  • Susan McNeil, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  • Rosa Taormina, Salem State University


  • Jenna Shales, VP, Bridgewater chapter


APA Statewide

  • Maria Brunelle, Treasurer (Non-Voting)
  • Mike Storey, Health & Welfare Representative (Non-Voting)

APA Chapter Presidents

  • Jane Decatur, Framingham State University
  • Peter Fenuccio, Worcester State University
  • Edward Vacha, Massachusetts Maritime Academy – On Ship

Call to Order

  • 10:08 am

Approval of Minutes

  1. Friday, December 17, 2021 & Friday, January 21, 2022
  • Amendments: None
  • Motion to approve membership report as presented/amended made: by R. Taormina
  • 2nd by: S. McNeil
  • Vote: Unanimous
  • Action: Motion Carries

Public Comments


President’s Report – Seth Bean

  1. Update on APA Contract funding. Confirmed is in the Supplemental Budget request on Governor’s desk. Overall timeframe is dependent on Governor and State Legislators – House & Senate.
  2. Letter ready for Action Network to request Council of Presidents (CoP) support the funding of the MSCA and APA contracts.

Treasurer’s Report – Maria Brunelle

  1. Payroll due on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 by 12:00pm.
  2. Approval of January Report
  • Amendments: None
  • Motion to approve membership report as presented/amended made by: S. McNeil
  • 2nd by: S. Horeanopoulos
  • Vote: Unanimous
  • Action: Motion Carries

Membership and Data – Aaron Childs

  1. 1347 Overall Membership since January 2022. An increase of 10.
  2. 154 Non-Dues Paying Member. An increase of 2 since January 2022.
  3. Google Suite account no longer a free service. Decision needs to by made before June regarding maintaining subscription as it will cost annually to retain current functionality.

Website – Gerol Petruzella

  1. Website Overview – Users. During January 2022, maapa.org saw decreases in both users and sessions relative to December 2021 (Figure 1). The most popular days/times for users to visit the site were Saturdays between 10a and 12p ET, then Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays between 10a and 12p ET (Figure 2).
  2. Website Overview – Traffic. Traffic to maapa.org was predominantly direct traffic or the result of a Google search (Figure 3). The top 10 most visited pages are indicated (Figure 4).
  3. Website Overview – Other. I performed several content updates on the site per request.
    1. Updated Officer Information for state-wide board and local chapters, responsive to most recent elections.

Health and Welfare Fund Report – Mike Storey

  1. Next meetings – April 8th and May 13th in Worcester

Committee Reports

Budget Committee – Rosa Taormina & Seth Bean

Working Committee for Employee Relations Committee –

Professional Development – Sherry Horeanopoulos & Ed Vacha

Special Committees:

  1. Committee on Legislative Action – Susan McNeil, Seth Bean, & Sherry Horeanopoulos
  2. Committee on Health & Safety – Renee Bernier & Susan McNeil
    1. Collaborate with MSCA and with APA Chapter Vice Presidents

Negotiations – Contract Committee

  1. Employee Relations Committee – Brian Cahillane, Jane Decatur, & Rosa Taormina

Old/New Business

  1. FAQ of the Month for the Website for March
    Retro Pay if left before funding comes through
  2. Branding/Logo for marketing purposes (R. Bernier/Bridgewater)
    Chapter E-Board wants to provide t-shirts to members but needs APA logo.
    Motion 2022.02.18-01
    Move to hold contest where dues paying members submit APA logo for consideration by the Executive Board.
    by: S. McNeil 2nd by: R. Taormina
    Vote: Unanimous Action: Motion Carries
  3. Any chapters using a form to initiate grievances? (R. Bernier/Bridgewater)
    Several campuses have one they use.
  4. Governor’s update to masking mandate and what it means for BSU/state universities and letter to College Presidents (R. Bernier/Bridgewater)
    Salem ending mask mandate on February 28th.
  5. When the initialed contract is received, will printed copies be available soon after. And how quickly can an accessible pdf be added to the Association’s website?
    Yes, a limited number of copies will be printed/bound. An accessible pdf will also be added to the Association’s website.
  6. Employee at Westfield now a NUP but still wants NEA Benefits.
    NEA Direct Reserve Membership is membership shall be open to any person (i) who is on a leave of absence of at least six (6) months from the employment that qualifies him or her for Active membership or (ii) who has held Active or Educational Support membership in the Association but whose employment status no longer qualifies that individual for such membership.
  7. NEA-RA 2022 – Location to be yet determined (Possibly Chicago). Sherry Horeanopoulos needs to submit names of delegates before the end of February.
    Will submit Mark Powers and Susan McNeil
  8. Discussion regarding the stipend for the APA Treasurer.
    Motion 2022.02.18-02
    Move to increase the monthly stipend for the APA Treasurer by $50.00 per month retroactive to January 1st, 2022.
    by: S. Horeanopoulos 2nd by: S. McNeil
    Vote: Unanimous Action: Motion Carries

Institutional Issues


  1. None.


  1. Motion to Adjourn made at 12:46pm by: M. Barros
  2. 2nd by: S. Horeanopoulos
  3. Vote: Unanimous
  4. Action: Motion Carries

Next Meeting: 10:00 – March 18, 2022 – MTA Office @ 12 E Worcester St 2nd Fl and ZOOM.