Officers and Leadership

Under the union’s constitution and after the unexpected passing of President Hector Figueroa, Kyle Bragg will assume the duties of the Office of the President for the next 60 days. The union’s executive board will elect an individual to serve the remaining of President Figueroa’s term.

HÉCTOR FIGUEROA, 1962-2019

Héctor J. Figueroa served as 32BJ president from 2012 until his sudden death in July of 2019. Under Héctor’s presidency, 32BJ grew by over 50,000 members and passed dozens of local and state policies protecting and lifting working families up and down the East Coast. Héctor was born into the labor movement in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where his parents, as teachers, were part of a long struggle to win a union at work.

KYLE BRAGG, President

Kyle Bragg became 32BJ’s president in July of 2019 after the sudden death of Hector Figueroa. He previously served as Secretary-Treasurer prior to becoming president. A member of 32BJ for more than 30 years, led the merger with Local 32E, bringing 9,000 Bronx and Westchester members into 32BJ. Under his leadership, 32BJ’s Residential Division grew to 35,000 members in New York City, Westchester County, Long Island and New Jersey.

LENORE FRIEDLAENDER, Assistant to the President

Lenore Friedlaender, Assistant to the President of 32BJ leads the member representation work for Hudson Valley and Long Island. Lenore was the second woman elected as a Vice President of 32BJ since it was founded in the 1930s, and she is the first woman elected as Assistant to the President.

SHIRLEY ALDEBOL, Vice President

Shirley Aldebol, is assistant to the President on leadership and staff development and oversees the public schools division in the New York Metro area, which includes more than 5,000 members who work as cleaners and handypersons in New York city’s public schools.

KEVIN BROWN, Vice President

Kevin has been involved in the trade union movement since 1987, when he started working for SEIU as an organizer. Kevin is the grandchild of Russian and Polish immigrants, and was raised in a Jewish family committed to Tikkum Olam – healing the world.

JAIME CONTRERAS, Vice President

Jaime Contreras, Vice President, heads 32BJ’s Capital Area District, which has over 20,000 members in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area and Baltimore, Maryland. Jaime has emerged as a key figure among the next generation of leaders in the labor and immigrant rights communities of the Capital Area.

JUAN HERNANDEZ, Vice President

Juan Hernandez began working with building service workers in Connecticut in 1993, and he has been defending labor rights since the early 1970s. At age 17 Juan was arrested at a rally for striking sanitation workers and nurses in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, not far from his hometown, Vega Baja, a small municipality about 25 miles west of San Juan.

ROBERT HILL, Vice President

Rob joined 32BJ in June 2000 as lead organizer, stepping in at the start of a strike that went on for four months. Three years later he became Deputy Organizing Director and was appointed as Director in fall 2005. His tenure has been marked by unprecedented growth, most recently organizing 15,000 airport workers in NY, NJ, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Fort Lauderdale, FL. Rob is also the head of the Airports Division for NY and NJ.

ALISON HIRSH, Vice President

Alison Hirsh has been working at the union since 2007 and became Political Director in 2010. In her time as Political Director, Alison led the union’s work to become a strong progressive political force in all the states where the union has members, promoting legislation, policies and candidates that improve the lives of our members and their communities.

DENIS JOHNSTON, Vice President

Denis took over the fledgling New York City Security Division in 2008, which now has more than 13,000 officers today, and stepped into his role overseeing the 25,000 strong commercial division in 2017. Denis’s maternal grandmother—Mary Bajowski, a Polish immigrant—was a 32BJ cleaner in lower Manhattan from the 1950s to the 1970s.

GABE MORGAN, Vice President and Pennsylvania State Director

Gabe Morgan is Vice President and 32BJ PA/DE State Director, which includes 21,000 workers throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic, 1201 and Western Pennsylvania Districts. He began organizing as a 19 year old parent and construction worker in Chicago and has since organized thousands of workers into SEIU across 7 cities in the Midwest and East Coast.

MANNY PASTREICH, Vice President

Manny Pastreich has been involved in the labor movement for as long as he can remember. His goals as Director of Collective Bargaining and Employer Relations are to bargain the best possible contracts in the property service industry and ensure that we can manage topflight health, retirement, and benefit programs for all 32BJ SEIU members.

ROXANA RIVERA, Vice President

The daughter of Salvadoran immigrants who immigrated in search of a better life, Roxana Rivera has been organizing low-wage workers for nearly 25 years, fighting for workers’ rights and justice for immigrants. She has been part of and led hunger strikes in California and New England, including those part of the historic Justice for Janitors struggle in the 1990s.

JOHN SANTOS, Vice President

John Santos is 32BJ Vice President and New York Metro District Residential Division Director, which includes over 34,000 residential members in New York City. John began his career in the labor movement as a porter at a downtown Manhattan building in 1992. His experience as a 32BJ member inspired him to become a shop steward and then, in 1998, to work for the union as a delegate.

JOHN THACKER, Vice President

John Thacker, President of the 32BJ National Conference of Firemen and Oilers District, began his union career in 1979 as a laborer for the CSX railroad in his hometown of Russell, Kentucky. John is honored to lead the NCFO after having begun as a rank-and-file member.

At-Large Executive Board Members

Leroy Abramson
John Egan
Wayne MacManiman

Gabriel Acosta
Tim Finucan
Gerard McEneaney

Margarita Alonzo
Suzana Gjoni
Elpidio Molina

Dimas Diaz
Donald Killings
Eric Thompson

Mid-Atlantic District
Daisy Cruz , District Leader
Juanita Acree, Asst. District Leader
Mike Brown Sr., Board Member
Francisco Reyes, Board Member
Leroy Warryton, Board Member

District 1201
Ernie Bennett, District Leader
James Whitehead, Asst. District Leader
Courtland Green, Board Member

Western PA District
Sam Williamson, District Leader
Pamela Jo Rall-Johnston, Asst. District Leader
Steve Kelley, Board Member

Connecticut District
Alberto Bernardez, District Leader
Carmen Sargent, Asst. District Leader
Mara Morales, Board Member

Hudson Valley District
Timothy McGrath, District Leader
Abel Rodriguez, Asst. District Leader
Itala Marzullo, Board Member

NCFO District
Dean DeVita, Board Member
Jim Larreau, Board Member
Robert Smith, Board Member

Capital Area District
Maria Naranjo, District Leader
Mauricio Lopez, Asst. District Leader
Santos Reyes, Board Member
Judith Howell, Board Member
Justino Gomez, Board Member
Lemoyne Miles, Board Member
Jose Ventura, Board Member
Donna Michelle Kelly, Board Member

New England-District 615
Dan Nicolai, District Leader
Otoniel Figueroa-Duran, Asst. District Leader
Margarita Restrepo, Board Member
Celsa del Pozo, Board Member
Miguel Pinto Rosa, Board Member
Jacqueline Wesley, Board Member
Neil Cunningham, Board Member
Jose Barraza, Board Member
Tracy James, Board Member

New Jersey District
Luz Garate, District Leader
Gladys Sanchez, Asst. District Leader
Caonabo Mercado, Board Member
Troy Robertson, Board Member
Ederle Vaughan, Board Member

New York Metro District

District Leaders
Walter Cooper
Israel Melendez
John Patterson
Kevin Stavris
Gene Szymanski
Angelo Petitto
Donovan Cole
Suzanne Sherman

Assistant District Leaders
Todd Jennings
Wallace Jones
Sofia Joya
Luisa Lazo
Donald McCaffrey
Wilson Montalvo
Zoraida Rodriguez
Phoebe Schell

Board Members
Janet Barahona
Richard Bonnette
James Brennan
Aurelia Brown
Ricardo Buchanan
Jorge Cabrera
Delroy Dawkins
Dwayne Fernandez
Rosa Gittens
Luz Hurtado
Sabrina Ladson

Board Members
Tatiana Lambert
Anna Luczaj
Frances Martinez
Bettina Mayorga
Nigel Niles
Vance Niles
Donna Perez
Juliana Peters
Julia Rodriguez
Alfreda Simpkins
Craig Tsouristakis

Grievance Board
John M. Battle, NYM
Azell Bost, NYM
Edward Doctor, NYM
Michelle Galaraza, NYM
Stevie King, NYM
German Negron, NYM
Yovana Peguero, NYM
Michael Stephenson, NYM
Steven Lanzetta, 1201
Antonia Cordova, 615
Marquita Clark, CAD
Manuel Estrada, CT
Andre Mann, HV
Beverly Sims-Miller, MAD
Eric Bahamonde, NJ
Evelinia Adams, WPA

Trial Committee
Brian Beard, NYM
Elzbieta Blizinska, NYM
Crescencio Bulnes, NYM
Brian Corcoran, NYM
Felix Figueroa, NYM
Fadila Mrkulic NYM
Lance Mumford, NYM
Zeynep Tuncel, NYM
Syid Abdullah, CAD
Alcides Caguao, CT
Esther Ramirez, HV
Maria Mendiola, MAD
Richard Edmonds, NCFO
Cilia Ramirez, NJ
Norm Kearney, WPA
Sandra Dowling, 1201

Board of Auditors
Anthony Castiglione
Danuta Klimas
Tonya Roman