2018 Scholarships Awarded to Alyssa Ann Grega and Zachary Rondeau

The Ohio Council 8 Executive Board is pleased to announce that Alyssa Ann Grega has been awarded the Patricia Kunk Scholarship and Zachary Rondeau has been awarded the Theodore Patton Scholarship as part of  the AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Family Scholarship program.

Alyssa is the daughter of Leslie Grega who is a member of AFSCME Local 7, which represents City of Toledo employees.

A graduate of Sylvania Northview High School, Alyssa was as a motivated student who achieved an outstanding academic record. In addition she participated in many school and community activities.

In her winning essay, Alyssa shared her firsthand union education.  Growing up in the aftermath of “The Great Recession” she saw the toll economic uncertainly takes on a family and a community, and also the value of union representation. 

“I want to find a career where I feel secure and where my rights as an employee are respected. That means a union contract,” she said.

She will be attending The Lourdes University this fall pursuing a degree as an Athletic Trainer and plans to work with the Wounded Warrior Project.        

The 2018 men’s scholarship winner, Zachary Rondeau, is the son of AFSCME Local 3360 member Paul Rondeau. An active member of the union representing employees at Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center, where he serves a steward, Paul has been a member since 2003.

Zachary graduated from North Olmsted High School, where he was active in sports, had a strong academic record, and was respected by his classmates and teachers.

In his winning essay, Zachary recounted how being a union member helped his kindergarten teacher cut through red tape to get him help with a learning disability. And thanks to his father’s workplace being represented by AFSCME, “my family had the topnotch medical coverage and the resources to help me overcome my disability.” 

Excelling at math and science, Zachary will be attending Ohio Northern University in the fall where he plans on becoming a mechanical engineer.

The 2018 AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Scholarships are named in honor of Toledo unionist Theodore R. Patton Sr. and Dayton Region Office Secretary Patricia Kunk.

Patricia Kunk began her AFSCME career in 1976, when she became office secretary for AFSCME Local 101 Dayton Public Service Union. Two years later she became office secretary for the Dayton Region that was created with the formation of AFSCME Ohio Council 8, which unified the state’s eight AFSCME public employee councils.

Prior to AFSCME, she was employed for 13 years by the National Cash Register Company. In addition, she was active in politics and could be depended upon for block walks, door knocking, and phone banks. She retired in 2010 and still helps out in the Dayton office when needed.

Theodore R. Patton Sr. worked for the Toledo Public Schools for 36 years. As a Boiler Operator, he was a long-time member of AFSCME Local 272 which represents the district’s heating, maintenance, and security employees.

In addition to holding local union offices, he served as an Ohio Council 8 Toledo Regional Vice President. In 1985, Patton was elected Ohio Council 8 Secretary- Treasurer, a post he held until retiring in 2002.

He was active in the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and served with the Toledo community project, Second Chance, which helps felons re-enter society and get their records expunged. He passed away early last year at age 89.                         

Ohio Council 8 First Vice President Harold Mitchell, chairperson of the executive board committee that reviews the scholarship applications, wished Alyssa and Zachary the best of luck pursuing their higher education goals. 

In addition to Mitchell, the Scholarship Committee includes Cleveland Regional Vice President Julie Albers, Athens Regional Vice President Dave Logan, and Trustee Kim Gaines.


Zachary Rondeau and Alyssa Ann Grega

6800 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio, 43085-2512
Phone: 614-841-1918
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