Staff Directory

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Union Administrator

Ellen Schulman

Ellen joined the NOLSW staff as an Administrative Assistant in August 2006. Prior to that time, she worked for Local 15 of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) as an Administrative Assistant in the Pension and Welfare Funds.   Ellen was promoted to Union Administrator in 2014.  

Email: [email protected]      Phone: 212-228-0992 

Administrative Assistant

MAura Schulman

Maura joined the staff of NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 as an Administrative Assistant in April 2016 after working part-time for the union since June 2010.  Maura maintains the membership files and records and deposits dues for our Union.  She also assists the Union Administrator with the day-to-day running of the office. 

Email: [email protected]      Phone: 212-228-0992  

President & Mid-Atlantic Organizer

Pam Smith

Pam was a staff attorney at Maryland Legal Aid from 2000 to 2006, where, as a member of  MDLAW, sher served on the healthcare committee, several bargaining committees, as a grievance handler, and as unit chair.  In 2006, Pam became a National Negotiator for the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) where she negotiated contracts with federal agencies and successfully prosecuted national grievances. 

NOLSW has always been her union home, so when presented with a chance to serve as the Mid-Atlantic Organizer for NOLSW, Pam welcomed the opportunity and joined the staff of NOLSW in February 2008.  In October, 2012, Pam was appointed to serve as Financial Secretary-Treasurer by the National Executive Board (NEB).  She was elected to that position in 2013 and re-elected in 2016.  Pam was appointed by the NEB as President in July 2018,  and was elected President in 2019.

Email: [email protected]

Financial Secretary-Treasurer & Northeast Organizer 


Joe was a staff attorney at Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) for three years, serving as vice unit chair, unit chair and as a member of the bargaining committee.   In 2002, he led his unit through a merger with two other legal services programs, helping to ensure that all unit members retained their jobs.  Joe was also active in New Jersey United, an ad hoc group of organized legal services workers in New Jersey.

Joe was appointed Financial Secretary-Treasurer in July 2018.  He also represents members in the Northeast, primarily in New York and New Jersey. 

Email: [email protected]

Northeast Organizers


Lily joined the staff of NOLSW in October 2018, after working on several UAW higher education organizing campaigns.  She represents members in the Northeast region, primarily New York City.

Email: [email protected]


Cristian joined the staff of NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 in May 2021 and represents members in the Northeast region.

Email: [email protected]


Michelle joined the staff of NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 in October 2021 and represents members in the Northeast region.

Email: [email protected]


Richard GoffRichard worked for 9 years for SEIU Healthcare PA (originally District 1199P) doing new organizing as well as negotiating and enforcing contracts for nursing home workers and was a staff representative for 4 years with the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, negotiating contracts for nurses and lab technicians, before joining the NOLSW staff in in 2021.   Richard is a Cincinnati native but currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his partner and three children. In his free time, he volunteers for local social justice initiatives, is an avid concert-goer, reads history and politics, and follows professional baseball and football. 

Midwest Organizers


Laura began her union career as a rank and file member of New England Health Care Employees Union District 1199 in Hartford, CT, where in the mid-1990’s, she led a successful strike by 300 members before becoming a staff organizer with District 1999 and representing CT state employees more than 20 state agencies.  In 2007, Laura moved to Chicago where she did new organizing for 7 years with the National Treasury Employees Union, where she worked on the nation’s largest recent union organizing campaign of 44,000 TSA Officers, and then organized physicians with Doctors Council SEIU. Laura joined the staff of NOLSW in 2014. She lives in Chicago with her daughter, Shannon, and granddaughter, Lexus.  Laura is also a  staff writer for GC Magazine.

Email: [email protected]


Pepe was a writer and editorial board member with the People's World, a daily online labor/activist news site, covering local, state and national news with a focus on progressive politics, worker and immigrant rights, youth, and the fight for affordable health care and other social justice initiatives and grass-roots people's movements.  From 2012 to 2014, before joining the NOLSW staff, Pepe worked for the collective bargaining/representation unit of  the Service Employees International Union - Healthcare (Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas).  Pepe is a member of the Independent Political Organization of the 22nd Ward, a grassroots organization that promotes multiracial unity, worker and racial justice, coalition building, fights for socio-economic justice and independent progressive politics.  Pepe attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and Carnegie Mellon University where he studied Liberal Arts, Theater and Social History. He loves spending time with his family and is also a big Chicago White Sox, Bulls and Bears fan.

Email: [email protected].

Southwest and Southeast Organizer


Rachel was a Family Law attorney with Legal Aid Chicago, where she served as unit chair and as a bargaining committee member, before joining the NOLSW staff in 2016.

As Southeast Organizer, Rachel covers our units in Texas and throughout the Southeast.

Email: [email protected]

West Coast Organizers

Donis Borks

Donis was a staff attorney with the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau (MDLAB) for five years, during which he served as the unit chair and on the bargaining committee, handled grievances, testified and lobbied for increased legal services, and worked with the Community Action Program (CAP), the political action committee of the UAW.  Donis also worked as a community organizer for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

Donis joined the NOLSW staff as a West Coast Organizer in January 2008.  

Email: [email protected]

Katelyn Randall

Katelyn started her legal career at Metropolitan Public Defenders in Portland where she tried over 50 jury trials with an acquittal rate of 60 percent.  She was later a staff attorney at Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) for of 10 years.   She joined her first bargaining team during her second month on the job at LASO and was on every subsequent bargaining team during her time there.  While at LASO she was a general practitioner with a focus on Family Law. A New Hampshire native, she has lived in Oregon for 20 years.  Katelyn joined the NOLSW staff in February 2020 and represents members on the West Coast, primarily in Oregon. 

Email: [email protected]