Jerry Oleksiak, PSEA Vice President

Jerry OleksiakW. Gerard “Jerry” Oleksiak began his term as PSEA President on September 1, 2015. Previously, Jerry served as PSEA Vice President, PSEA Treasurer, a member of the PSEA Board of Directors, and President of Mideastern Region of PSEA, which includes Bucks and Montgomery Counties. He is especially proud of the 32 years he spent in the classroom, most of that time as a special education teacher in the Upper Merion Area School District in King of Prussia, PA.

Jerry's Association work is long and extensive. At the region level, in addition to serving as Region President, Jerry served in many capacities including Region Secretary, Vice President, and President Elect. He was Chair of the Coordinated Bargaining Committee and Chair of the Region's Public Education Celebration (2001-2004). He served on the Region PACE Team, the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (CAPS) Workgroup, and on the Steering Committee for TOPS, Together Organized for Public Schools.

At the local level, Jerry served in a variety of positions for the Upper Merion Area Education Association, including Building Rep, Vice President, and President, and served on several negotiations teams.  At the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Education Association, Jerry served as Vice President and was involved in the organizing drive that made MCIUEA the recognized bargaining agent. At the Bucks County Intermediate Unit Education Association, Jerry served as Crisis Committee Co-Chair and as a Building Representative.

As PSEA Vice President, Jerry chaired the Policy Committee of the Board, and led the Strategic Planning process used to develop organizational priorities that help create the PSEA budget. He has served on various NEA committees, including the Northeast Region Organizing Institute Oversight Committee. He is the PSEA representative to the Coalition of Labor Engaged for Accountable Revenue (CLEAR), a coalition of public sector unions in Pennsylvania working for a state budget that reflects the priorities of PSEA members and working families throughout our state. Jerry is also a Fellow of the Educational Leadership and Policy Center.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Jerry graduated from Saint Joseph's University (then called St. Joseph's College) in 1974. He earned a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and earned his teaching certificate in social studies. Jerry earned a Master's degree in Education from Saint Joseph's in 1985, and worked to earn his special education certification through LaSalle University. While working with the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, he also earned certification as an intermediate unit program specialist.

Jerry has been married for more than 40 years to his wife Dina, a family nurse practitioner who is the Director of Student Health at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. Dina and Jerry live in Glenside, Abington Township, in Montgomery County. They have three daughters: Sarah Barnes, Laura, and Kathryn, all of whom attended Abington public schools and have earned their college diplomas, and a granddaughter, Mia. 

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