Professional Development Fund Reimbursement Guidelines and Form

Per the SSA collective bargaining agreement, a Professional Development Fund has been established to pay for expenses for SSA members for:

– External conferences/seminars
– Travel related to off-site conferences/seminars
– Tuition/fees associated with certifications/licenses
– Tuitions/fees reimbursement for courses successfully completed (“C” or better) in an accredited four (4) year degree program.

Professional Development Guidelines
Professional Development Reimbursement Form

The committee, which consists of three (3) SSA members and an administrator from HR, meets three (3) times a year and will be meeting to review applications for reimbursement for expenses incurred during the 2019 Winter Semester

If you have not already done so, please submit your application to the Office of Human Resources by Wednesday, May 15, 2019.   A copy of the application form and SSA PD Guidelines is attached for your convenience.

Please contact Tiffany Webster in HR if you have any questions.

Office 313.845.9692

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Nominees for SSA Secretary and Treasurer

Elections for these positions will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 in the ASCC building from 6am5pm in front of the Rosenau Room.  Below are the biographies:

Nominees for SSA Secretary:
Submitted Bios are below in alpha order.

Maya Calloway Richardson, Student Success Navigator
My name is Maya Calloway Richardson and I hope to gain your consideration for the SSA Secretary position.  I have been a member of the SSA union since 2016.  I recently joined the Grievance Committee and think now is a great time to take on a larger role.  I am currently a student success navigator working with health careers.  However, I have more than five years of experience as a project secretary and data collector at the Early Head Start Research Project at Michigan State University and a year of administrative assistant experience at Michigan State University Safe Place.  I know the importance of the roles that unions play in trying to get things done.  I had a personal view of the efforts and work that is needed to represent members and fight for what is right over the course of the past year.  The knowledge and strength of the people elected to officer positions is crucial in helping moving things in a positive direction for all members.  I really want to be a part of those efforts and I humbly ask for your vote.  It would be my privilege to take on this role.

Warm regards,
Maya Calloway Richardson, MBA
Student Success Navigator – Health Careers

Leslie Windless, Financial Aid Associate III
My name is Leslie Windless, and I am running for the position of Support Staff Association (SSA) Secretary. I currently serve on several SSA committees which have all contributed to the vast knowledge that I have gained about our union and kept me abreast to key issues that need to be addressed for our upcoming contract negotiation. Those committees include:

  • Constitutional Amendment Committee
  • Grievance Committee
  • Negotiations Committee (Secretary)
  • Reclassification Committee
  • Retirement/Social Committee (Chairperson)

I possess superb record keeping and effective communication skills which both make me a strong asset to all the committees I am a team member of. These skills are a significant part of the responsibilities for the role of SSA Secretary position. I currently hold a master’s degree in Human and Social Services and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Both educational accomplishments contribute to my attention to detail and the accuracy of my note taking. 

One of my main goals in serving on my current committees is to bring positive change to the SSA and to motivate our members to get involved. Last year as Chairperson of the Social Committee, I was able to bring my vision of a Trunk or Treat to life. With the support of the committee, I was able to secure community partners, and make it a bigger success than I could have imagined. The committee has been inactive for years, but under my leadership we are planning a bigger and better Trunk or Treat for this year, and not to mention several other events for our members. In running for the Secretary position of our union, my goals are to be a voice for ALL members of the SSA, ensuring our members have an truthful account of our membership meetings, and continuing to be a part of the positive change that is occurring within our union.

Leslie Windless
Financial Aid Associate
SSA Social Committee Chairperson

Nominee for SSA Treasurer:

Joni Morris, Financial Aid Associate III
Hello! My name is Joni Morris and I am running for the Treasurer position of HFC-SSA. The treasurer’s main responsibilities include collecting dues, keeping accurate records, preparing financial reports, and preparing state & federal tax returns. These tasks require several skills, of which I will highlight below to share why I am the best candidate for the job.

First, is my dedication to Henry Ford College. I began my career here fourteen years ago and still excel in my position as a Financial Aid Associate. I’m always striving to enhance my knowledge, so that I can better assist our students and staff. I previously served on the Operations Council (including the role of Vice Chair), the Welcome Center Social Committee, the SSA elections Committee, and the SSA Negotiations Committee. The second attribute important to the role of a treasurer is knowledge of accounting.

QuickBooks is the accounting system HFC-SSA uses and I have taken a class here to learn it. I also have three years of recent experience using QuickBooks, as it is the same accounting system used to run my business. Additionally, I have twenty-six years of tax preparation experience. The final element that makes me the best candidate for the Treasurer position is that I have an orderly-minded and methodical way of thinking, which enables me to accurately monitor large sums of money and budgets.

Joni L. Morris
Financial Aid Associate

Sincerely the SSA Election Committee
Liz Hall-Knight
Cynthia Brown (chair)

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Cinco De Mayo Luncheon on May 1 from 12-2 p.m.

The SSA Social Committee will be throwing a Mexican fiesta in honor of Cinco De Mayo. The luncheon will be held on Wednesday, May 1st from 12 noon – 2 PM in the West & Central Community Rooms at the Welcome Center. Carryout trays will be provided for those members who need to make their plate to go. The tentative menu consists of:

  • Chicken or Beef hard and soft tacos
  • Beef or Chicken enchiladas
  • Chips and salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • All the fixings (lettuce, tomato, cheese, jalapenos, sour cream, onions, limes, cilantro, etc.)
  • Lemonade or fruit punch and bottled water

The cost per person is $12.00. If you would like to attend, please send me a message stating that you plan on attending the event then submit your payment to

Anna Kiluk: ext 1734
Angela Kotsoyianis: ext 6404
Joyce Stukel: ext 1735
Leslie Windless: ext 6446 or
Cash App: $lwindless
On or before Friday, April 26th.

In closing, there will be a photo booth set up and a raffle (auto-entry with purchase) for Cinco De Mayo shirts.

Hope to see everyone there!

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Job Openings for Enrollment Associate III and Records Associate II

The Office of Human Resources is accepting applications for the following SSA positions:

Enrollment Associate III
Records Associate II

The complete job description and application can be found on the
HFC EMPLOYEE PORTAL by logging into the Portal at , then click on Talent Management Center in the blue box on the Human Resources employee page.
All open positions can be found under the Career Center tab.

All employees must complete an online application in the HFC Career Center in order to be considered for the position. Per the SSA Collective Bargaining Agreement, SSA employees who apply in the initial 5 day period following this notification, will be given first consideration. SSA employees can still apply after the five day period using the same process but will not be given special consideration.

Questions, please contact HR at 313-845-9820 or

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Contract Negotiations Survey #4

SSA Members,

Please see survey #4, due April 30th.   This will be the final survey in our series. We appreciate the collective input we have received these past few months.

The 2019 Negotiation Committee:

Brenda Redinger, Katrina Minnis, Leslie Windless, Marie Wojewuczki, Zac Polzin, Joy Locklear, and Kim Kaier

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