CERA Graduates in the News

We follow our graduates in the news as they continue to bring greater skill, commitment and expertise to the increasingly complex field of elections administration in the service of their local communities and our nation's democracy.

Congratulations to Armando Salud!

Armando Salud, election official from Yolo County, CA, was promoted to Deputy of Elections on 1/17/2021. Armando was appointed to his new position by the Yolo County Clerk-Recorder/Assessor and approved by the Board of Supervisors. Armando graduated from the CERA program in 2018 and is the current Chair of the Election Center’s Professional Education Program Board. He said, “I am thankful for so many who have encouraged, mentored, and believed in me; allowing me to prove my worth, dedication, and commitment to the world of election administration." The Election Center congratulates Armando on his promotion and his continued success in election administration.

 

 

 

 

 

Alamance County Board of Elections Director Kathy Holland was elected President of the North Carolina Association of Directors of Elections (NCADE) during the Associations recent conference. The conference was held April 27, 2021 – April 29, 2021 in a virtual format due to COVID 19.

On Thursday, April 29, 2021 County Commissioner Chairman John P. Paisley, administered the oath of office to Holland at the Alamance County Board of Elections Office. (picture attached)

The mission of the NCADE is to increase the proficiency of the Directors of Elections and staff, to enhance professionalism and improve the management practices and procedures in administering the election process.

Holland has served in various positions within the NCADE including vice-president, the nominating committee and the district representative for District 4.

Holland brings nearly 31 years of election experience to the position, serving at the Alamance County Board of Elections since June, 1990. During her tenure at the Board of Elections she has served on many committees and special projects with the State Board of Elections, some of which include the original rollout of the SEIMS (State Election Information Management System) in 1998, the inaugural Election Resource Center project, the Precinct Uniformity Projects, and the Records Retention Review Committee with the NC Department of Cultural Resources.

Holland is a Certified North Carolina Election Administrator. She received her Certified Election/Registration Administrator Certification in 2010 from The Election Center/Auburn University and completed the UNC School of Government County Administration program in 2014.

 

Director Kathy Holland Named President of North Carolina Association Directors of Elections (NCADE)

Alamance County

Board of Elections

May 14, 2021   -  For Immediate Release

 

Tulsa Mayor recognizes David Boddie

CERA certification

David T. Boddie, Elections Official for Tulsa County Election Board in Oklahoma received his Certified Elections Registration Administrator (CERA) from the Election Center this past summer and was recently recognized for that achievement by G.T. Bynum, Mayor of Tulsa Oklahoma, commemorating his completion of the certification program and achievement as a CERA graduate.  Congratulations to David for this esteemed recognition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In commemoration of David's accomplishment, the certificate presented  from Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum

 

Recognition Award

Elections director earns CERA title

Originally published in the Wapak Daily News - Wapakoneta, Ohio

Michelle L. Wilcox, Director for the Auglaize County Board of Elections will be designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) the highest professional achievement, in a ceremony conducted by the Election Center at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

 

CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study taught by the Auburn University MPA faculty, Auburn, Alabama and conducted by the Election Center’s Professional Education Program. The intent of the program it to professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration in promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process.

“This is the highest designation available to elections and voter registration officials,” said Tim Mattice director of the Center. This graduating class of 96 election professionals totals 1,206 election officials and election vendors who have achieved the CERA/CERV status.

This is an outstanding accomplishment.” Mattice said.

“Auglaize County is indeed fortunate to have Michelle Wilcox as one of the top designated professionals in America. Obtaining and maintaining CERA status means that she is committed to a career long process of continuing education to improve the electoral process in Auglaize County Ohio and the nation,” he stated.

Wilcox was appointed director to the Board of Elections in August of 2013. In addition to being CERA Nationally Certified, Wilcox also received her Ohio Registered Election Official Certification this past January.

Wilcox is a member of the Ohio Association of Election Officials where she is currently serving as the 1st Vice-President. She also serves on the OAEO Legislative Committee. She is a member of the Auglaize Democratic Party Central and Executive Committees. Wilcox was awarded “Democrat of the Year” in 2017.

“I am passionate about serving the voters as the Director for Auglaize County Board of Elections. To achieve this professional certification only exemplifies the hard work and commitment our office and board members have to ensure that the best practices are implemented to provide fair, accurate and transparent elections in Auglaize County,” Wilcox said.

The Professional Education Program is sponsored by the Election Center, a non-profit association of voter registrars and elections administrators throughout America and the U.S. Territories. Its membership is comprised of township, city, county and state elections officials and other election related organizations. The Center’s primary purpose is to promote and support continuous improvement in the administration of elections and voter registration through research, professional education, conference networking and consulting. Professional Education Program participants receive continuing education credit from Auburn University as well as professional training credits from the Election Center.

“I want to thank my current and past staff, board members and county commissioners who have advocated, encouraged and supported me so that this achievement could be accomplished.” Wilcox said. Wilcox is a lifelong resident of Auglaize County and resides in Goshen Township. She has been married to her husband Kip for 33 years, and they have four children and six grandchildren.

Michelle Wilcox

Caldwell County's Elections Administrator receives CERA certification and special recognition from State Representative

Pamela Ohlendorf, a Caldwell County Elections Administrator has been participating in the Election Center's Professional Education Program over the course of several years where she has received continuing education credit from Auburn University in election administration and voter registration.

At her graduation from the program on August 20, 2019 Pamela received the designation of Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA).

In acknowledgment of her accomplishment, Pamela received an additional certificate from State Representative John P. Cyrier of House District 17, along with a Texas state flag that was flown at the capitol commemorating her professional achievement as a CERA graduate.

Commemorating Pamela's accomplishment, the certificate presented  from State Representative John P. Cyrier

 

Pamela Ohlendorf holding the certificate and Texas state flag flown at the capitol in commemoration of her CERA graduation August 20, 2019

 

Arldt Earns Highest Mark

Originally published in the Lexington Leader - Lee County, Texas July 31, 2019

Carla R. Arldt, Elections Administrator for Lee County, Texas will be designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) the highest professional achievement, in a ceremony conducted by the Election Center at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study taught by the Auburn University MPA faculty, Auburn, Alabama and conducted by the Election Center’s Professional Education Program. The intent of the program is to professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration in promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process.

“This is the highest designation available to elections and voter registration officials,” said Tim Mattice, director of the Center. This graduating class of 96 election professionals totals 1,206 election officials and election vendors who have achieved the CERA/CERV status.  This is an outstanding accomplishment.”

“Lee County is indeed fortunate to have Carla as one of the top designated professionals in America.  Obtaining and maintaining CERA status means that she has committed to a career long process of continuing education to improve the electoral process in Texas and the nation,” he stated.

Carla Arldt, seen above, Elections Administrator for Lee County, earned her CERA.

The Professional Education Program is sponsored by the Election Center, a non-profit association of voter registrars and elections administrators throughout America and the U.S Territories.  Its membership is comprised of township, city, county and state elections officials and other election related organizations.

The Center’s primary purpose is to promote and support continuous improvement in the administration of elections and voter registration through research, professional education, conferences, networking and consulting. Professional Education Program participants receive continuing education credit from Auburn University as well as professional training credits from the Election Center.

Carla who was raised in Lee County and a 1995 Giddings High School graduate was appointed as the first Lee County Elections Administrator in December of 2013. “I would like to thank everyone that has supported and made it possible for me to receive this designation. The CERA program has elevated my thinking about the election process and the people we serve. Not many people know what we do, but in reality, we serve as the voters’ representative to make sure the election process is fair to all,” Arldt stated.

 

Lafourche election official to receive national certification

Originally Published in the Daily Comet Larfourche Parish, Louisiana Aug 19, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        Lafourche Registrar of Voters Mike Boudreaux

Lafourche Registrar of Voters Mike Boudreaux has been chosen to participate in a national accreditation program in Florida this week.

Boudreaux is traveling to Orlando to receive his certification as an elections and registration administrator, a designation earned through a multi-year course through the Election Center’s Professional Education Program, Auburn University and the University of Alabama.

He and 95 classmates will be awarded the designation at a ceremony Tuesday.

The program aims to “professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration in promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process,” a news release from the organization states.

“This is the highest designation available to elections and voter registration officials,” said Tim Mattice, director of the Election Center.

Boudreaux was an elections manager with the Louisiana Secretary of State from 1984 until May of 2017, when he was appointed by the Parish Council as Lafourche registrar.

A total of 1,206 election officials and election vendors have received accreditation.

The Election Center is a nonprofit association of voter registrars and elections administrators throughout the country. Its comprised of city, county and state elections officials and other election related organizations. The group’s primary goal is to support continuous improvement in elections and voter registration through research, professional education, networking and consulting.

 

Board of Elections Employees Receive Certifications

Originally Published with the Union County Government and in The Enquirer Journal - Monroe, North Carolina   October 8, 2019

Board of Elections Employees Receive Certifications Board of Elections Chairman Harry B. Crow, Jr., Juanita Reyes, Kristin Jacumin and County Commission Chairman Richard Helms at the Board of County Commission meeting on October 7, 2019

Three employees with Union County’s Board of Elections are being recognized for their achievements in earning professional certifications.

Kristin Jacumin, Director of Elections for Union County, recently earned the designation of Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA), the highest professional achievement, in a ceremony conducted by The National Association of Election Officials in Orlando, Florida.

CERA designation is achieved only through a multi-year course of study taught by the Auburn University MPA faculty, Auburn, Alabama and conducted by the Election Center’s Professional Education Program. The intent of the program is to professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration in promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the CERA program and appreciate the encouragement and  support  from  our  Board  of  Elections,  County  Manager,  and  County  Commissioners,”  Jacumin  said.  “This  certification  confirms  Union  County’s  commitment  to  conduct  fair  and  accurate  elections  for  our  residents.

Jacumin has been employed by Union County since 2009 and previously served as the Deputy Director of Elections.

Juanita Donjuan Reyes and Phillip Hinson recently completed requirements to receive certification as a Certified Elections Administrator. The North Carolina State Board of Elections Certification Program for Election Officials is designed to provide advanced training and to determine proficiency in election laws and procedures. This program ensures that the county board of elections directors, staff, and board members are equipped to execute their elections duties and responsibilities under the law. State Board staff supervise and administer this program. Courses are designed for the program that focus primarily on election law and election administration.

“I’m proud of the effort these employees put forth to earn these certifications,” said Board of County Commission Chairman Richard Helms. “Their expertise ensures our residents can trust the democratic process our County elections provide.”

Reyes has worked as an Accounting Tech at the Board of Elections since June 2017. Hinson is the Deputy Director of Elections at the Board of Elections. He has been employed with Union County since August 2010 and started at the Board of Elections in October 2015.

We would like to congratulate the following CERA graduates for their distinction and recognition in serving voters with disabilities in TexasTravis County CERA graduates, Dana DeBeauvoir, Dan Roman, Monica Johns, Amanda Katzer, Bruce Elfant, Tiffany Seward, Thomas Miller and LeeAnn Castillo.  From Hays County, CERA graduate Jennifer Anderson.  From Cameron County, CERA graduate Remi Garza and from  McLennen County, CERA graduate Kathy VanWolfe.

Elections Website Ranks High On Disability Access Scale

Originally Published on Corridor News Website  September 24, 2020

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Hays County’s Elections Office was recently recognized for its website, both from the local League of Women Voters and Disability Rights Texas (DRTx).

 

The site ranked fifth out of all 254 Texas counties in terms of ensuring full participation in all aspects of the voting process for people with disabilities.

 

DRTx, under the Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) Program, evaluated all Texas county websites between January 2019 and January 2020. Reviewers included persons with disabilities.

 

Anderson invited Molly Broadway, HAVA Training and Technical Support Specialist with Disability Rights Texas, to assess the county’s Vote Centers during the application process to ensure the polling locations met Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.

 

Their findings show that Hays County scored in the top five list of county websites based on the following criteria:

 

  • If there is specific elections department information for each county,
  • If that information was accessible (via screen reader), and
  • If disability-specific information was provided.

 

Hays scored 87 percent on the assessment. The other counties in the top five were Cameron (92%), Travis (92%), Gray (89%) and McLennan (89%).

 

For the second consecutive year, the League of Women Voters recognized Hays County with an award for providing accurate, accessible, and useful voter information on a safe and secure election website.

 

The site received a rating of Outstanding for the 2020 Texas primary election website review.

 

“Our office is grateful to both the League of Women Voters and Disability Rights Texas for recognizing our website for being both inclusive and accurate,” Elections Administrator Jennifer Anderson said. “Every member of our staff is committed to ensuring all voters in Hays County have an equal opportunity to participate in the voting process.”

 

 

Election Workers Conflict Resolution Checklist helps election workers identify examples of typical problems and situations election workers encounter when helping voters. The checklist provides examples and strategies for a vast range of problems, from disruptive and agitated behavior to common question voters have. We thank Chris Moore, CERA graduate and Deputy Supervisor of Elections, Leon County FL for developing the checklist and making it available to the entire election community. Download your copy today!

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