Decertification Helpline: (216) 694-0240

Employees

President’s Staff

John F. Fink

Director of Research  •  Assistant to the National President

(216) 241-2630, ext. 223  •   

John F. Fink is a member of Division 3, and is the Director of Research and Assistant to the National President since January 2022.

Among his responsibilities are coordinating the National Division’s bargaining activities and providing collective bargaining support for general committees of adjustment. John also conducts collective bargaining and related legal research, reviews Section 6 Notices and Proposed Agreements for compliance with Brotherhood law, and coordinates activities across several National Division Departments.


A. Dan Cook III

Director of Benefits  •  Cooperating Railway Labor Organizations Administrator

(216) 241-2630, ext. 225  •   

A. Dan Cook III, member of Division 1, joined the BLET National Division on September 2007, as a member of the President’s Staff. He primarily handles issues related to the National Health and Welfare Plans and CRLO as well as other duties as assigned by the National President.


Greg Ross

Director of Communications  Director of Legal Affairs  •  Assistant to the Office Administrator

(216) 241-2630, ext. 241  •   

Greg Ross has been with the Brotherhood employee for over 20 years, and spent many years working in the Brotherhood’s Arbitration Department and with its Legal Affairs immediately prior to becoming a member of the National Division President’s Staff.

He presently handles issues assigned to him by the National President serving as a liaison between the Organization’s officers, the membership and the ND Staff.


Luke W. Myers

Director of Bylaws Administration

(216) 241-2630, ext. 226  •   

Luke W. Myers, member of Division 727, joined the BLET National Division on January 1, 2022, as a member of the President’s Staff. He primarily handles bylaws and election related issues as well as other duties as assigned by the National President.

Special Representatives

Jason Wright

Special Representative  •  Director of Education and Training

(216) 241-2630, ext. 247  •   

Jason Wright is a member of Division 502 was appointed Special Representative and Director of Education and Training by BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce effective July 2013.

In his position as Director of Education and Training, Jason is tasked with organizing and conducting training classes for BLET Local Chairmen, Secretary-Treasurers, and other Division and GCA officers, along with the management of various online training modules for BLET officers, as well as other duties as assigned by the National President.


Matthew C. Kronyak

Special Representative  •  Director of Mobilization, Eastern Region

(201) 978-6436  •   

Matthew C. Kronyak is a member of Division 235 and was appointed to a full time Special Representative position by BLET National Division President Dennis R. Pierce effective November 2014.

A focus of Brother Kronyak’s position is to arrange facilities and coordinate meeting space for Brotherhood functions in addition he is the Eastern Region Director of Mobilization, while handling other duties as assigned by the National President.


Paul T. Aird

Special Representative  •  Director of Organizing  •  Director of Mobilization, Western Region  •  Director of the Short Line Department

(216) 317-8529  •   

Paul Aird, member of Division 173 is a full time Special Representative for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. He was appointed to this position by BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce effective November 1, 2014, and serves as the Director of Organizing Director of Mobilization-Western Region, and Director of the Short Line Division.


Richard C. Bartela, Jr.

Special Representative


Richard C. Bartela Jr., member of Division 382 was appointed as a Special Representative by BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce effective July 1, 2017.

His duties include auditing Divisions, General Committees of Adjustment and State Legislative Boards, and other duties as assigned by the National President.

Executive Assistants

Sherry Carbeck

Executive Assistant to the National President

(216) 241-2630, ext. 260  •   

Sherry provides administrative support for the National President. Her various duties within the organization include managing in and outbound correspondence for the Office of the President, and various other administrative duties. Sherry has worked for the BLET since March 30, 2009.


Denise Doody

Executive Administrative Assistant to the First Vice President  •   Arbitration Department Manager

(216) 241-2630, ext. 217  •   


Justine Charvat

Executive Assistant to the National Secretary-Treasurer

(216) 241-2630, ext. 227  •   

Justine provides administrative support for the National Secretary-Treasurer. Her various duties within the organization include managing in and outbound correspondence for the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer, and various other administrative duties. Justine been with the BLET since 1998.

Public Relations & Publications

John Bentley

Director of BLET Public Relations Department  •  Editor

(216) 241-2630, ext. 248  •   

John Bentley joined the National Division in 1995. He is the BLET’s Director of Public Relations and the Editor of the BLET’s two membership publications — the Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen News and the Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Journal.

His responsibilities include maintaining the news and other content on the BLET website, with a primary focus on the Daily News and News Flash sections. He manages the Brotherhood’s collection of historic memorabilia, which dates to 1863. He also works on various other BLET publications. As Director of Public Relations, he handles media inquiries and issues press releases as necessary.


William Joyce

Art Director  •  Associate Editor

(216) 241-2630, ext. 251  •   

Bill Joyce is the BLET’s Art Director and Associate Editor since 2009. He handles all elements of graphic design and layout of publications, along with web and social media graphics, including other duties as assigned by the National President.

Record & Compliance

Megan C. Mead

Director of Record & Compliance

(216) 241-2630, ext. 243  •   

Megan C. Mead is a member of Division 197 and serves the BLET National Division as Director of the Record and Compliance Department. She began working full time for the National Division in July 2013.

She is responsible for coordinating tax related activities between the BLET, its subordinate bodies and the various government agencies. Her additional duties include Division and GCA Secretary-Treasurer UnionTrack reporting and general assistance; member, officer, Division, Local Committee of Adjustment and General Committee of Adjustment changes and data maintenance; Division UnionTrack reporting corrections; election results maintenance.


Kimm Bunch

Government Relations Specialist

(216) 241-2630, ext. 214  •   

Kimm began with the BLET in May of 2000 and works as the Government Relations Specialist, which helps coordinate PAC contributions along with the National Legislative Office in Washington, D.C.

She audits the PAC receipts and disbursements on a monthly basis and prepares the Federal Elections Commission report, and is responsible for keeping up to date on various State Campaign Finance Regulations as well as reporting to those states as required.

Kimm also assists the Compliance Department answering questions and solving problems for ST’s and other special projects.


Kim Kennedy

Record Auditor

(216) 241-2630, ext. 224  •   

As part of the Record and Compliance Department, Kim handles the secretary-treasurer monthly remittances reports and helps maintain the BLET’s electronic membership database. She has been a BLET employee since May 1997.


Patti Smith

Clerk

(216) 241-2630, ext. 227  •   

As Clerk for the BLET’s Record and Compliance Department, Patti has numerous duties including trustee reporting. She has been a BLET employee since 1996.

Financial

Mike Collier

Assistant to the National Secretary-Treasurer  •  Director of the BLET Accounting Department

(216) 241-2630, ext. 216  •   

Mike Collier was appointed to the position of Assistant to the National Secretary-Treasurer and Director of the BLET Accounting Department by National President Dennis R. Pierce effective June 2016.

As Director of the National Division’s Accounting Department, Mike is responsible for the management of dues collection, vendor payments, internal and external financial reporting under the supervision of National Secretary. He also is responsible for other duties as assigned by the National President.


Nicole Schonhut

Staff Accountant

(216) 241-2630, ext. 211  •   

Working in the Accounting Department Nicole prepares billing activities such as accounts receivables and accounts payable. She also may be involved in the production of forms, transcription, filing, managing accounts and inventories and preparation of reports for tax returns, as well as other tasks assigned by the Director of Accounting. She has been a BLET employee since 2014.


Darlene Zolata

Staff Accountant

(216) 241-2630, ext. 284  •   

Darlene joined the National Division in May 2001 as Staff Accountant and works with the National Secretary-Treasurer and the Assistant to the NST/Director of Accounting.

In her role, she assists in daily, monthly, and annual financial accounting and reporting functions. Additionally, Darlene manages payroll and has a comprehensive management role of GCA and Short-Line Division Financial Accounting.


Jennifer Lemmon

Staff Accountant  •  Assistant Director of Benefits

(216) 241-2630, ext. 210  •   

Jennifer Lemmon has been a full-time employee of the BLET National Division since April 2019, and currently serves as Staff Accountant and Assistant Director of Benefits.

As Staff Accountant, she is responsible for the handling of BLET Health and Welfare as well as other duties as assigned by the Assistant to the National Secretary-Treasurer and Director of BLET Accounting.

As the Assistant Director of Benefits, Jennifer assists with the handling of issues related to the National Health and Welfare Plans and other duties as assigned by the Director of Benefits.

Arbitration

Doug Davidson

Director of the Arbitration Department


Doug Davidson is member of Division 96 and joined National Division in July 2006. As Director of the Arbitration Department he represents the Organization as a Labor Member of the National Railroad Adjustment Board (NRAB).

Brother Davidson consults with General Chairmen who need assistance in preparing to arbitrate minor disputes, assists Local Chairmen who are preparing to represent charged employees in discipline matters, and responds to all calls placed to the Engineer Certification Helpline. He also practices arbitration, advocating on behalf of the Brotherhood during Referee Hearings and participating in Executive Sessions at the First Division, NRAB.

As a Labor Member of the NRAB, he serves on the tribunal, which decides the discipline and schedule rule cases brought by the Organization. He is also responsible for the Organization’s portion of administrative duties at the NRAB, including the selection of referees, deadlocking and scheduling of cases, the adoption of the awards and overseeing correspondence between NRAB and the parties.

File Department

James Grdina

Director of File Department  •  Print Shop Director  •  Manager of Shipping, Receiving and Supply Department

(216) 241-2630, ext. 263  •   

James Grdina, joined the BLET National Division in 2015, as Director of the File Department. In addition, James is the Print Shop Director, Manager of the Shipping, Receiving and Supply Department, as well as other duties as assigned by the National President.

Support Staff

Sandra Slaughter

Executive Assistant to the President’s Staff

(216) 241-2630, ext. 246  •   

Sandra prepares and reviews correspondence for distribution on behalf of the BLET National President’s staff. She has been a BLET employee since 2016.

Building Department

Tom Grdina

Building Manager

(216) 241-2630, ext. 212  •   

Tom Grdina, joined the BLET National Division in 1984, and is Building Manager for BLET National Division headquarters in Independence, Ohio. He has oversight of the daily functions of the building and property, as well as other duties as assigned by the National President.

IT Department

Mike Hager

Director of the IT Department

(216) 241-2630, ext. 245  •   

Michael has worked in the computer industry since 1990. He came on staff at the National Office in 2004. Michael’s duties are maintaining and managing all hardware and software technology, and administration of IT related contracts and purchases. Michael’s interests are computers, music, and traveling.

Online Services

Walt Schmidt

Director of Online Services

(216) 241-2630, ext. 259  •   

Walt’s responsibilities include programming and support for the online Secretary-Treasurer reporting systems, UnionTrack, as well as numerous other website development projects. He has been on staff with the BLET since April 1998.

National Legislative Office, Washington, D.C.

Brendan P. Sullivan

Director of Political Affairs

(202) 624-8748  •   

Brendan P. Sullivan of Division 769 (Sanford, Florida) was appointed to serve as Director of Political Affairs for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen effective October 1, 2021. Brother Sullivan is headquartered at the BLET’s National Legislative Office in Washington, D.C.

As the Director of Political Affairs, Brother Sullivan interacts with local, state, and federal legislative bodies and government agencies to represent and advance the BLET’s advocacy plans and interests. Brother Sullivan most recently served the BLET as Chairman of the Florida State Legislative Board. Among other assignments, Brother Sullivan lobbies for legislative issues and handles political education and handles other duties as assigned by the National President.


Eric A. Gabaldon

Director of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs

(202) 624-8748  •   

Eric Gabaldon of BLET Division 400 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) started working as the Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen effective October 11, 2021. Brother Gabaldon is headquartered at the BLET’s National Legislative office in Washington, D.C.

As the Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Brother Gabaldon will promote legislative and regulatory efforts that are beneficial to BLET members, and collaborate with other organizations to earn the backing of government officials and the public. Most recently, Brother Gabaldon served the BLET as Chairman of the New Mexico State Legislative Board, having won election to that position in 2016 and 2020. Additional duties will include review and analysis of existing and proposed legislation, meeting with local, state, and federal government officials and lobbyists, updating the BLET’s officers on relevant laws and regulations that impact our members, and other duties as assigned by the National President.


Carlos Barrett

Senior Administrative Assistant to the National Legislative Office

(202) 624-8748