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

Stephanie Brown

CONTROLLER

Zinnia Kallabat

DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF

Ryan Sebolt

DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Conner Wood is the Campaigns Director for the Michigan AFL-CIO. A campaign operative by trade, Conner most recently served as the Field Coordinator for the Huron Valley ALF and Monroe-Lenawee CLC. A fifth-generation Michigander, Conner was born and raised in Isabella County. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Electoral College. In addition to his work in the labor movement, Conner currently serves as Board Secretary for the United Way of Jackson County and as Chair of the 7th Congressional District Democratic Party. He is a proud member of the Detroit News Guild, CWA 34022. He and his wife Kelsey (herself an active CWA member) live in Jackson.

Conner Wood

CAMPAIGNS DIRECTOR

Josh Pugh

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Payton is our Digital Director at Michigan AFL-CIO. Vastly self-taught, he has been working in the e-commerce realm for ten years. Born and raised in Jackson, Michigan, he went to Jackson College to get his Associates and Certificate in Graphic Design. While going to college, Payton worked on the Alaskan Railroad as the Lead Chef of the Wilderness Express for two years. He enjoys hiking, learning new skills, and anything that involves tech.

Payton Ferris

DIGITAL DIRECTOR

Chris Palette

NATIONAL AFL-CIO DATA COORDINATOR

Luke Canfora

NATIONAL AFL-CIO SENIOR FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

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.

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.

Cheryl Sanford Chief Executive Officer Michigan Workforce Development Institute ( formerly Michigan HRDI)

Cheryl Sanford

Chief Executive Officer

As the Chief Executive Officer for the Workforce Development Institute, Cheryl Sanford has over 30 years of experience as a workforce development professional providing services for job seekers and employers. Her areas of expertise include program development, grant writing

 business services, and project management.  She works with local and state economic developers to provide assistance for businesses ranging from self-employed entrepreneurs to large corporations.

 

Raised in Highland Park, MI, Cheryl is committed to serving her community.  She was elected to the Highland Park School Board in 2018 and serves on several other boards including The Highland Park Business Association, Solidarity, and the United Community Housing Coalition. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Journalism.

Cheryl Sanford

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

Colleen Sullivan

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

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