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

Jasmine Kaltenbach

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

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Dylan Jordan

HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

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Payton Ferris

DIGITAL DIRECTOR

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Aaron Pelo

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

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Maxwell Lewis

FIELD DIRECTOR

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Annabelle Hart

POLICY ANALYST

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Holly Simon

LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY COORDINATOR

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Courtney Towsley

HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST

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Jillian Dutch

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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Ashley Temsey

ACCOUNTING SPECIALIST

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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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Benjamin Orjada

ORGANIZING SPECIALIST

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Trent Varva

REGIONAL FIELD COORDINATOR (HURON VALLEY & MONROE-LENAWEE)

Payton Kaiser

Payton Kaiser

WESTERN MICHIGAN ORGANIZING SPECIALIST

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Carly Rose

ORGANIZING SPECIALIST

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Dana LaLonde

ORGANIZING SPECIALIST

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Isaiah Minor

TRAINING SPECIALIST

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.

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.

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Chong-Anna Canfora

Chief Executive Officer

As the Executive Director of the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), Chong-Anna and her colleagues work closely with the WDI Board of Directors to provide direction and leadership on a variety of workforce development grant programs and supportive services. Before joining WDI, Chong-Anna served as Executive Director of the Michigan Community Action Association, representing a statewide network of anti-poverty non-profit organizations.

Chong-Anna served as US Senator Debbie Stabenow’s Mid-Michigan Regional Representative, where she acted as liaison to provide strategic coordination of federal resources supporting workforce development programs, energy, environment, and higher education issues.

She later served as the Director of Rapid Response for the Michigan Department of Labor, leading the state’s Dislocated Worker Team to deploy a mix of public and private resources, including Trade Adjustment Assistance, Workforce Investment Act funding and Emergency Grants to assist workers impacted by mass layoffs during the Great Recession. She and her team partnered with local workforce development boards throughout Michigan to successfully usher more than 100,000 workers through the No Worker Left Behind re-training program.

From her years as a union member and working on both the state and federal level with organized labor advocates, policy makers, and forward-thinking business leaders, she knows how labor standards contribute to thriving communities by raising workers’ pay and benefits and improves their safety on the job.

Chong-Anna is part of an expert team of workforce development professionals committed to collaborating with communities to meet the challenges of emerging workforce issues and implementing innovative solutions that help bring people out of poverty, back into the workforce, and into the middle class.

She is proud to be a part of the Michigan AFL-CIO WDI’s efforts to stand with industry leaders and policy makers who support family-sustaining jobs. 

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Colleen Sullivan

DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Annette Donnelly

FISCAL / CONTRACT MANAGER

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Walter R. Lodes

DIRECTOR APPRENTICESHIP & TRAINING

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Russ Davis

WORKFORCE LIAISON

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Ken Toll

TRAINING DIRECTOR

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David Rowden

FINANCE DIRECTOR

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Anne Fairchild

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

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Michelle Fowler

MIS COORDINATOR

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Josephine Jabara

PARTNERSHIP ENGAGEMENT & GRANTS MANAGER

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Henrietta Hadley

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC OUTREACH

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Nathan Walker

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

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Edna Burton

INTERIM GREETER

Southwest

Battle Creek, Coldwater, Kalamazoo, and Three Rivers

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Blaine Farr

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, SOUTHWEST

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Sandra Payne

PROGRAM TECH III

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Julie L. Gregory

Program Tech III

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Karen Knox

CAREER COACH

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Geovany Ulario

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

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Trent Bronsink

CAREER COACH

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Emma Robbins

CAREER COACH

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Julie Wischmeyer

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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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 Moorer

GREETER

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Tawanna King

CASE MANAGER

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Michael Greening

CASE MANAGER

Training Division

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Theresa Olvera

APPRENTICESHIP READINESS PROGRAM MANAGER

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Si’Eirria Edmonds

PROGRAM SUPERVISOR WEST

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Shukri French

PROGRAM SUPERVISOR EAST

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Daniel Mahoney

CASE MANAGER

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Vanessa Lee

CASE MANAGER

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Courtney Alexander

RECRUITER

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Ivy Chandler

CASE MANAGER

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Rayonte Bell

RECRUITER

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Tarsha Works

CASE MANAGER

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Freddie Kelly

CASE MANAGER

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Troy Pearson

RECRUITER

Instruction Division

JoAnn Bailey

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER

David Gregory

INSTRUCTOR

Malik Rollins

INSTRUCTOR

Tyrese West

INSTRUCTOR

Zachary El Amin

INSTRUCTOR

Theodore Spencer

INSTRUCTOR

Jim Dravenstatt-Moceri

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

RELLA BITNER

United Way of Washtenaw County

TONY BRAGGS

United Way for Southeastern Michigan

JESSIE CLOMAN, SR.

United Way of Genesee County

ALICIA DENNIS

United Way for Southeastern Michigan

RICHARD FRANTZ

Tri-County Labor Agency for Human Services

TANISE HILL

United Way for Southeastern Michigan

COLLIN KEEHN

United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties

TERESA MCGINNIS

United Way of Genesee County

DAVID PAWLOSKI

United Way of South Central Michigan

JANAVIVE L. ROUTT

United Way of the Lakeshore

DAN TENHOOPEN

Heart of West Michigan United Way

FRED THOMAS

United Way of South Central Michigan

JOSH WINIECKE

United Way of Saginaw County