Alesia L. Combs, also known by many as “Lisa”, was hired by COTA on January 8, 2008, but became a member of TWU Local 208 “Where a Bus is Nothing, Without Us”, on March 12th of that same year Lisa was sworn in by former TWU President and current International Representative Theotis James on the second Tuesday in April and has been a committed and active member to date.
Lisa was elected Shop Steward in 2009 and later went on to serve on a number of committees as a representative of the union Just shy of 2 years of service, she ran for the office of Recording Secretary but was unsuccessful by 27 votes. The loss did not hinder her in the least; for she continued to play an active role with the union She was an active and viable force in the aggressive defeat of the SB5 bill In December of 2012, Lisa decided to step back into the ring and run for office once again; this endeavor would advance in the shadows of her mentor and the soon to retire union brother, Mr. Duane Marbury
Lisa ran unopposed and became our 1st female elected officer in TWU Local 208’s history as Financial Secretary Treasurer That’s correct, within a 72-year history; at that time, no female had ever graced this seat In December 2015, Lisa was reelected for a second and clearly unprecedented term
Lisa’s attributes her ability to be successful in her roles as union officer/representative to the belief that you should remain humble, and never seek a title but rather stay true to your active responsibilities I attribute my accomplishments to always leaving the door open to learning, listen to the hearts of the people you are leading, finally be an example that people can proudly look up towards.
Lisa’s life motto is simple, “I want to live a life that will encourage someone never to give up”