Our Team

WHO WE ARE

Meet the officers and staff on Michigan AFL-CIO’s team. The Michigan AFL-CIO is staffed by a team of folks dedicated to improving the lives of working families, bringing economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.

Ron Bieber

PRESIDENT

Daryl Newman

SECRETARY-TREASURER

Derek Dobies

CHIEF OF STAFF

Meg Ciancirulo

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

Stephanie Brown

CONTROLLER

Zinnia Kallabat

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Ryan Sebolt

DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Micheal Davis

ORGANIZING DIRECTOR

Beth Kelly

CAMPAIGNS DIRECTOR

Josh Pugh

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Emma Holmes

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Chris Palette

NATIONAL AFL-CIO DATA COORDINATOR

Luke Canfora

NATIONAL AFL-CIO SENIOR FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

Jamiel Martin

METRO DETROIT AFL-CIO

Conner Wood

HURON VALLEY AREA LABOR FOUNDATION

Eric Welsby

MID-MICHIGAN AREA LABOR COUNCIL

Alex Gustafson

UPPER PENINSULA REGIONAL LABOR FOUNDATION

Bill Elliot

BUILDING MANAGER

Advocates

Michigan AFL-CIO Advocates is our public advocacy nonprofit organization. Our mission is to unite labor leaders, policy makers, and the general public to educate and advocate around policies, programs and projects that can bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to communities across Michigan.

Jasmine Kaltenbach

Executive Director

Jasmine Kaltenbach was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan where she comes from a family of union members. While attending the University of Michigan, Jasmine participated in student activist movements on campus and in College Democrats. She recently ran a competitive mayoral race in Jackson, Michigan and has experience in sales, field organizing, event planning, and fundraising.

She is excited to work at the Michigan AFL-CIO advancing pro-labor municipal policies that will help Michigan’s working families. Jasmine is a member of UAW Local 1981.

Labor Foundation

The Michigan AFL-CIO Labor Foundation is our affiliated charitable nonprofit organization. Our mission is to curtail generational economic and social injustice through long-term investment in the memorialization, education, and association of the Michigan labor movement within our communities.

Patty Farhat

Archivist

Patty Farhat is the most tenured employee in Michigan State AFL-CIO history, first hired in 1969 by then-President August (Gus) Scholle. She has held the following positions: Jr. Bookkeeper, Legislative Secretary, Staff Secretary, Secretary to Secretary-Treasurer Walter Oliver and Secretary to Presidents William C Marshall, Frank D. Garrison and Mark Gaffney.

Patty also served under Presidents Karla Swift and Ron Bieber, was Recording Secretary for Union Label and Service Trades Department, and the Secretary to Health and Safety Director. After 50 years of service, she was honored with a prestigious Lifetime Service Award from the Michigan AFL-CIO.

She joined the Labor Foundation as its Archivist in 2020.

Workforce Development Institute

The Michigan AFL-CIO Workforce Development Institute is our affiliated nonprofit developing the next generation of Michigan workers. Our mission is to combat economic and environmental injustice by connecting the unemployed or underemployed with the training and resources necessary to find gainful employment and transition to a cleaner, greener economy.

Missy Guth-Beach

CEO

Teresa Ouderkirk

FISCAL MANAGER

Andrew Niedzinski

ASSISTANT OPERATIONS AND TRAINING MANAGER

Saher Abdulmalek

BUSINESS SERVICE REP

Kimberly Allen-Bradfield

BUSINESS SERVICE REP

Annette Donnelly

CONTRACT MANAGER

Sam Dougherty

REGIONAL MANAGER

Kiah Esaw

CASE MANAGER

T. Blain Farr

BUSINESS SERVICE REP

Michelle Fowler

TECH SPEC/CAREER COACH

Julie Gregory

TECHNICAL SPECIALIST III

Beverly Hogan

CASE MANAGER

Missy Laferty

BUSINESS SERVICE REP

Walt Lodes

OPERATIONS/TRAINING MANAGER

Lori McVay

CAREER COACH

Ron Merritt

CASE MANAGER

Ken Miller

BUSINESS SERVICE REP

Sandy Payne

TECHNICAL SPEICALIST III

Cheryl Sanford

SE  DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Will Slone

CAREER COACH

Myra Taylor

COMPLIANCE COORDINATOR

Brianna Ward

CAREER COACH

Brittney Widner

CAREER COACH

Sandy Payne

TECHNICAL SPECIALIST III

Community Services

The Michigan AFL-CIO Community Services Department represents the partnership between the Michigan AFL-CIO and the Michigan Association of United Ways. The convening provides education, training, and service opportunities for union members to join with local United Ways in developing powerful responses to challenges faced in communities across Michigan.

Michele Basemore

METRO-DETROIT AFL-CIO

Tiffany Bush

UW SOUTHEASTERN MI

Jesse Cloman Sr.

UW GENESEE COUNTY

Alicia Dennis

UW SOUTHEASTERN MI

Richard Franz

TRI-COUNTY LABOR AGENCY

Glenn Freeman III

CAPITAL AREA UW

Archie Gittens

UW BAY COUNTY

Tanise Hill

SE MICHIGAN UW

Steve Lamb

UW SAGINAW COUNTY

Teresa McGinnis

UW GENESEE COUNTY

Sheila Pedersen

UW WASHTENAW COUNTY

David Pawloski

UW BATTLE CREEK/KALAMAZOO

Dean Poggiali

CAPITAL AREA UW

Janavive Routt

UW LAKESHORE

Michael Smith

UW MONROE/LENAWEE

Dan TenHoopen

HEART OF WEST MI UW

Colleen Sullivan

UW JACKSON COUNTY

Robert Cramer

MI ASSOCIATION UW