Leadership for Public Education

PSEA officers Oleksiak, McCracken, Askey begin new terms


A special education teacher from the Upper Merion Area School District began a two-year term as president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association on September 1.

Jerry OleksiakW. Gerard “Jerry” Oleksiak previously served as PSEA Vice President, PSEA Treasurer, a member of the PSEA Board of Directors, and President of the Mideastern Region of PSEA, which includes Bucks and Montgomery counties.

He succeeds Michael Crossey, who served two consecutive two-year terms as PSEA President.

“I'm honored to serve as PSEA's president and I'm excited to represent PSEA's incredible members,” Oleksiak said. 

“It's a privilege to be in a position to advocate for the hardworking educators, support professionals, and nurses who make our schools and health care facilities among the best in the nation.”

Also beginning two-year terms this week are Vice President Dolores M. McCracken and Treasurer Richard W. Askey.

Dolores McCracken PhotoMcCracken, who previously served two consecutive two-year terms as PSEA Treasurer, is a paraprofessional from the Council Rock School District. 

McCracken also served as a member of the PSEA Board of Directors, and as president and vice president of her local association, the Council Rock Education Support Professionals Association.

Rich AskeyAskey is a music teacher from the Harrisburg School District, and a member of the PSEA Board of Directors. He served on National Education Association's Board of Directors for five years. 

Askey also served as treasurer and president-elect of PSEA's Southern Region, which includes Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties.