Imelda Ceja-Butkiewicz was sworn in as a member of the California Board of Registered Nursing on Feb. 21 by Supervisor Leticia Perez in a ceremony held in the Kern County Board of Supervisors’ chambers. Imelda is a long-time active SEIU member, Kern County Executive Board Member and Chair of the COPE committee. Her hard work and dedication to the community both inside and outside SEIU Local 521 were recognized by Governor Jerry Brown. His decision to appoint her to this important committee is a testament to that.
Family and friends joined Imelda for the ceremony and she is looking forward to taking office. “I’ve always tried to be involved and do my best. All around us there are little things we can do that make life better for everyone and it’s always been difficult for me to ignore those challenges.” In her position on the BRN, she will be responsible for evaluating complaints against nurses and trying to balance the concerns of the public with the realities of working in a medical setting.
“Ultimately, this position is about doing what’s right and what’s fair for everyone and hopefully making the system work just a little bit better. I think as person and a member of SEIU, it’s not much more than we all ask of ourselves every day.”
From Governor Brown’s announcement: Imelda Ceja-Butkiewicz, has been appointed to the California Board of Registered Nursing. Ceja-Butkiewicz has served in multiple positions at the Kern County Department of Public Health since 1999, including project specialist for the Refugee Health Assessment Program and for the Kern Access to Children’s Health Program. She held multiple positions at the Kern County Economic Opportunity Corporation from 1995 to 1998, including immunization coordinator, health educator and Medi-Cal outreach coordinator.