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

Gwen Jordan

Gwen 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

Joey Andrews

Joey Andrews

POLICY ANALYST

Carly Rose Organizing Director MI AFL-CIO

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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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

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.

Derek Dobies

INTERIM 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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Blaine Farr

WIOA COORDINATOR / BUSINESS SERVICES / CAREER COACH

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Julie L. Gregory

Program Tech III

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Theresa Olvera

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Megan Tappenden

CAREER COACH

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Sandra Payne

PROGRAM TECH III

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Samuel Dougherty

SOUTHWEST OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

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Michelle Fowler

PROGRAM TECH III / CAREER COACH

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Michael Piper

APPRENTICESHIP NAVIGATOR

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Brianna Ward

BUSINESS SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE, CAREER COACH

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Karen Knox

DIRECTOR APPRENTICESHIP & TRAINING

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Nikki Lumsden-Romeri

CAREER COACH

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Tina Ferguson

CAREER COACH

Southeast

Highland Park and Detroit

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Kevin Weeks

SOUTHEAST DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

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Kiah O. Esaw

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Beverly A. Hogan

CASE MANAGER

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Bethany Smith

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Ron Merritt

Ron Merritt

LEAD ACCESS FOR ALL CASE MANAGER

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Kenneth Miller

BUSINESS SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE

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Sherry White

WIOA COORDINATOR

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JoAnn Bailey

DIRECTOR OF ACCESS FOR ALL

David Gregory

INSTRUCTOR

Annette Avery

ACCESS FOR ALL, FORD FAST TRACK & YOUTHBUILD INSTRUCTOR

Malik Rollins

INSTRUCTOR

Tyrese West

INSTRUCTOR

Zachary El Amin

SKILLED TRADES INSTRUCTOR

La’Tasha Smith

INSTRUCTOR

Daniel Mahoney

ACCESS FOR ALL CASE MANAGER JACKSON

Theodore Spencer

SKILLED TRADES INSTRUCTOR

John Perkins

SKILLED TRADES INSTRUCTOR

Larry Tolbert

SKILLED TRADES INSTRUCTOR

Shandra Dunn

ACCESS FOR ALL RECRUITER

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