Staff Directory

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Union Administrator

Ellen Schulman

Ellen

Ellen joined the staff of NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 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.  She, along with her assistant Maura, carries out the administrative functions of the Union.

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

Administrative Assistant

MAura Schulman

Maura

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  

Mid-Atlantic Organizer

Pam Smith

Pam Smith

Pam joined the staff of NOLSW in February 2008 as the mid-Atlantic organizer.  Previously, Pam worked as a staff attorney at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau (MDLAB).  While she was at MDLAB, Pam served on the healthcare committee and bargaining committee and also processed grievances.

As an attorney with MDLAB, Pam represented clients in federal and state public benefits cases.  Her involvement with NOLSW at MDLAB led her to an interest in labor law.  She left MDLAB in 2006 to take a position as National Negotiator for the National Treasury Employees Union where she negotiated contracts with federal agencies and prosecuted national grievances.

In October, 2012, Pam was appointed to serve as Financial Secretary/Treasurer by the National Executive Board, and was elected to that position in 2013 and 2016. Pam became President in July 2018.

Email: [email protected]

Midwest Organizer

LAURA HEBERT

Laura

Laura began her union career as a rank and file member of New England Health Care Employees Union District 1199 out of Hartford, where in the mid-1990’s she organized her workplace and led 300 members out on successful strike where the Union won a pension, moving part-time employees to full-time status based on hours worked and employer-paid health care. Laura was then hired as an Organizer with 1999 where she represented the State of Connecticut Employees in over 20 different state agencies. Laura won through a grievance with the State of Connecticut judicial board Hazardous Duty Early Retirement for employees of Department of Development Disabilities.

Laura moved to Chicago in 2007 and did new organizing for 7 years with the National Treasury Employees Union, working on the nation’s recent largest Union organizing campaign of 44,000 TSA Officers and organizing physicians with Doctors Council SEIU. Laura joined the staff of NOLSW in March 2014. She continues to live in Chicago – and  happy her family joined her from Connecticut her daughter Shannon and granddaughter Lexus

In her free time – Laura is a  monthly staff writer for GC Magazine based in Chicago, loves taking her granddaughter Lexus to social justice events, Broadway shows and museums, hanging out with friends attending street festivals, concerts and organizing the community to be more involved in social justice endeavors.

Email: [email protected]

Midwest Organizer

JOSE (PEPE) LOZANO

Pepe

Pepe is a Chicago native and comes from an activist and proud union family. He has lived on the city's southwest side in the predominantly Mexican American Little Village neighborhood his whole life. Pepe is happily married to his wife Paty who also grew up in the same neighborhood where they continue to reside as homeowners along with their littles, daughter Soledad and son Camilo.

Before joining the labor movement as an official union representative, Pepe was a writer and editorial board member with the People's World for over six years, a daily online labor/activist news publication. He covered a range of local, state and national stories, mostly in the Chicagoland area, having to do with progressive political campaigns, workers and immigrant rights, youth and student struggles, as well as the fight for affordable health care and other social justice initiatives and grass-roots people's movements.

Pepe began working as a union representative in 2012 with the Service Employees International Union - Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas in their Collective Bargaining and Representation Unit before joining NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 in May, 2014. Pepe is active in his community and 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. Working for advocates with NOLSW is right up his alley and Pepe enjoys immensely his relationships with justice fighters nationwide. 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 who he adores and is also a big Chicago White Sox, Bulls and Bears fan.

Email: [email protected]

Northeast Organizer

JoSEPH Veehoff

Joe

Joe is a former legal services attorney who spent three years working at Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS).  While a staff attorney at NNJLS and its predecessor program, Joe was active in the bargaining unit and held the role of chairperson in 2002 and vice-chairperson from 2003 through 2004.

In 2002, he helped assure that all bargaining unit members retained their jobs when his program merged with two others to form NNJLS.  Joe has also been active in New Jersey United, an ad hoc group of organized legal services workers in New Jersey.

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

Email: [email protected]

Northeast Organizer

LILY DEFRIEND

Lily

Lily joined the staff of NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 in October 2018 and represents members in the Northeast region, primarily New York City.

Email: [email protected]m

Northeast Organizer

Mikayla robinson

Mikayla

Mikayla began her career in the labor movement as a graduate student at Boston College. Mikayla worked with her colleagues to organize graduate student employees at Boston College and form the Boston College Graduate Employees Union-UAW (BCGEU-UAW). Upon completing her Master’s degree in History, Mikayla chose not to pursue a Ph.D., but instead, joined UAW Region 9A as a temporary organizer. Mikayla worked primarily on the Boston College campaign, helping to organize a successful NLRB election, and also assisted with the campaigns at Harvard and Boston University. 

Mikayla joined the NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 staff in September 2018 as a Northeast region organizer, representing members in New England. 

 Email: [email protected]

Southwest and Southeast Organizer

RACHEL Thomas

Rachel

Rachel began her career as a public interest attorney with Legal Aid Chicago, specializing in Family Law. While at Legal Aid Chicago, Rachel became an active member of NOLSW/UAW local 2320, serving as the local unit’s President and bargaining team member. 

Rachel joined the staff of NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 in January 2016, representing members in the Southwest and Southeast region.

Email: [email protected]

West Coast Organizer

Donis Borks

Donis

Donis joined the NOLSW staff as a West Coast Organizer in January 2008.  Donis had been a staff attorney at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau (MDLAB) for five years.  While at MDLAB, Donis was the unit chairperson, 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).

Email: [email protected]

West Coast Organizer

Katelyn Randall

Katelyn

Katelyn joined the NOLSW staff in February 2020, representing members on the West Coast, primarily in Oregon. She started her legal career at Metropolitan Public Defenders in Portland where she tried over 50 jury trials with an acquittal rate of 60 percent. 

Prior to joining NOLSW, Katelyn was a staff attorney at Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) just shy 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.

Email: [email protected]