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

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Conner Wood

DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF

Stephanie Brown

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Ryan Sebolt

DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

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Dylan Jordan

HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

Michael Kohler

Michael Kohler

CAMPAIGNS DIRECTOR

Veronica Martinez, Comms Director of the Michigan AFL-CIO

Veronica Martinez

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

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Joseph Bellgowan

ORGANIZING DIRECTOR

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Payton Ferris

DIGITAL DIRECTOR

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Jillian Dutch

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Joey Andrews

Joey Andrews

POLICY ANALYST

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Carly Rose

EXTERNAL ORGANIZING SPECIALIST

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Cody Lemley

IT SPECIALIST

Bill Elliott

Bill Elliot

FACILITIES MANAGER

Chris Palette

Chris Palette

NATIONAL AFL-CIO SENIOR STRATEGIST & DATA TEAM LEAD

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Luke Canfora

NATIONAL AFL-CIO SENIOR FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

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Kelsey Heck Wood

WORKING MICHIGAN DIRECTOR

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John Taylor

REGIONAL FIELD DIRECTOR (WESTERN)

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Trent Varva

REGIONAL FIELD COORDINATOR (HURON VALLEY & MONROE-LENAWEE)

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Maxwell Lewis

FIELD DIRECTOR

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Dana LaLonde

ORGANIZING SPECIALIST – NORTH

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, in College Democrats, and wrote for the MichiganEnsian yearbook. She graduated from the Ford School with a BA in Public Policy, focus in the Economics of Poverty and Inequality.

She ran a competitive mayoral race in Jackson, Michigan and has experience in sales, field organizing, event planning, and fundraising. She continues to consult campaigns on field, finance, and communications. Jasmine is also a presenter at Great Lakes Political academy on Coalition Building, Coordinating, and Outreach to Partner Organizations and Progressive Internship Programs: Best Practices.

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.

Chong-Anna Canfora

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Colleen Sullivan

Colleen Sullivan

DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Annette Donnelly

FISCAL / CONTRACT MANAGER

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Walter R. Lodes

DIRECTOR APPRENTICESHIP & TRAINING

Southwest

Battle Creek, Coldwater, Kalamazoo, and Three Rivers

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Samuel Dougherty

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, SOUTHWEST

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Blaine Farr

PROGRAM MANAGER

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Sandra Payne

PROGRAM TECH III

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Julie L. Gregory

Program Tech III

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Michelle Fowler

PROGRAM TECH III / CAREER COACH

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Karen Knox

CAREER COACH

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Megan Tappenden

CAREER COACH

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Nikki Lumsden-Romeri

CAREER COACH

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Brianna Ward

CAREER COACH

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Tina Ferguson

CAREER COACH

Southeast

Highland Park and Detroit

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Kevin Weeks

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, SOUTHEAST

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Sherry White

PROGRAM MANAGER

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Beverly A. Hogan

CASE MANAGER

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Kenneth Miller

BUSINESS SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE

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Regina Jones

BUSINESS SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE

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Bethany Smith

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

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Vanessa Morrer

GREETER

Training Division

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Walter Lodes, Jr.

DIRECTOR OF APPRENTICESHIP

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Kiah Esaw

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Michael Piper

APPRENTICESHIP NAVIGATOR

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Ron Merritt

CASE MANAGER LEAD

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Daniel Mahoney

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Theresa Olvera

CASE MANAGER

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Shandra Dunn

RECRUITER

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Si’Eirria Edmonds

RECRUITER

Instruction Division

JoAnn Bailey

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER

David Gregory

INSTRUCTOR

Malik Rollins

INSTRUCTOR

Tyrese West

INSTRUCTOR

Zachary El Amin

INSTRUCTOR

Theodore Spencer

INSTRUCTOR

John Perkins

INSTRUCTOR

LaTasha Smith

INSTRUCTOR

Carol Cool

INSTRUCTOR

Larry Tolbert

INSTRUCTOR

Linwood Bailey

INSTRUCTOR

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

Tanise Hill

SE MICHIGAN UW

Steve Lamb

UW SAGINAW COUNTY

Teresa McGinnis

UW GENESEE COUNTY

Rella Bittner

UW WASHTENAW COUNTY

David Pawloski

UW BATTLE CREEK/KALAMAZOO

Dan TenHoopen

HEART OF WEST MI UW

Nikkia Hurlbert

UW JACKSON COUNTY

Robert Cramer

MI ASSOCIATION UW

Janavive Routt

UW LAKESHORE