UNHCEH Election Bios

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Officer Candidate Biographies

 

Drew Meador, PharmD
Candidate UNHCEH Chair

Thank you for your consideration for chair of UNHCEH. I know many of you through being at the hospital over a decade as well as my involvement in the last contract. I was originally going to try to be just part of the bargaining team but after I was nominated I thought I’d take my shot. I’m excited about our upcoming negotiations for a couple reasons. 1 the resources UNAC will be infinitely better than HGEA. 2 the power we have is incredible if we stay engaged and work together. I look forward to making Maui Health a place where people want to come to work, where the workloads are appropriate, the tools for the job available, and a new contract that is strictly enforced. In solidarity, Drew Meador PharmD


 

Christina Zeren, RN
Candidate UNHCEH Co-chair

Aloha, I am Christina Zeren, IV Nurse and I am running for the Co-Chair position. I believe I am a great match for this position because; I try to respect and view needs of all the areas of the hospital other than just nursing. In order for us to move forward we have to work together as a team. The medical field has always been a passion of mine, even from my keiki days. Originally I obtained my CNA license in North Carolina. I then went to nursing school for my first time. Unfortunately I was not able to complete nursing school due to the surprise pregnancy of my first child. In 2010 our family decided to take a leap of faith and move to Makawao, Hawaii; my husbands home town. After finally obtaining some roots, I decided it was time to go back to nursing school. In 2014, I obtained my nursing degree from the University of Hawai’i, Maui College. After a few bumps in the road and what seemed like a long journey I was offered a Med-Surge Nurse position on Molokai East, and started my career here at MMMC.



Elodia Garcia, Ward Clerk
Candidate UNHCEH Secretary

I was born and raised in San Jose, CA and moved to Maui in Sept of 2017 and began working at MMMC ER. However, my journey in healthcare started back in 2007, when I took a job at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, CA. After 2 years, I quickly realized how unjust the workplace could be. I became SEIU-UHW shop steward. My passion for workers rights paved the way for 3 Unit Based Teams in my dept., helping my colleagues have a voice, making change that improved our workplace. By 2014, I held rank as a chief shop steward and secretary to our shop steward council. By August of 2015, I was elected to the SEIU-UHW Executive Board. Through this, I began my political path, running phone banks for local and statewide elections. In addition, lobbying at the state capital on issues that mattered to the community and healthcare system. This resulted in me being appointed by Senator Jim Beall as a delegate to the CA Democratic party in January of 2017 representing A.D. 28. By April, I was reelected to a 2nd term on the Executive Board of SEIU-UHW, which I held until my departure in September or 2017.