Leadership

President – Wayne Burton

Wayne is a retired Political Science professor from West Chester University.  He worked as a Zone Coordinator for PARA in 2008, was named Secretary in 2009, and was elected President in 2013.  Wayne is also President of APSCURF, the retiree arm of the union of retired professors at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned Universities.  He is a former Borough Council member in West Chester, and ran for the State Legislature in 2000.

Executive Vice President – John White

John is a retired heavy equipment operator for the City of Philadelphia, who still resides in the city.  John was Business Agent for the highway maintenance AFSCME local 403 for 21 years.  Now John is the Chaplain for AFSCME District Council 33’s Golden Age Club #2, which represents retired blue collar municipal employees citywide.

Secretary – Dwayne Thomas

Dwayne is a retired mine worker, born and raised and currently residing in Fayette County.  He was an Auto Worker for 9 years before becoming a member of the United Mine Workers for 37 years before retirement.  He was Treasurer of Maple Creek Local 1248, and is now the President of his local’s Retiree Chapter.

Treasurer – Mike Doyle

Mike served as a Zone Coordinator for PARA in 2006 and 2008, before becoming Treasurer in 2009.  He is an individual CAN member, living in upper Bucks County.  Originally born in England, Mike moved to America nearly 50 years ago to work as a materials engineer before retiring in 2003.

Vice President – Judy Jobes

Judy is our newest Board Member, appointed as at the end of 2010.  She is a retired member of the Electrical Workers living in Erie, PA.  Despite being legally blind, Judy is a tireless advocate for seniors, working people and people with disabilities.  Judy was appointed to the board after serving as a PARA Zone Coordinator in 2008 and 2010.

Vice President – Carol Coultas

Carol is a Communications Worker from Pittsburgh, PA’s South Side.  She is President of her Retired Members Club there.  She joined PARA’s Board in 2009.  Carol remains heavily involved helping her members and retired members deal with health care or other issues.

Vice President – Bob Dougherty

Bob is a retired state worker living in Waymart, PA, east of Scranton.  He is President of his local AFSCME Retiree Sub-Chapter, and Vice President of statewide AFSCME retirees.  Bob’s Sub-Chapter joined PARA in 2009, and he joined PARA as a board member in 2010.

Vice President – Jerry Pollack

Jerry is a retired teacher from the Philadelphia School District, now living in lower Bucks County.  He is President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers retirees, and is extremely active in the PFT political program each fall.

Vice President – Lisa Frank

Lisa is an SEIU organizer who lives in Pittsburgh.  She works tirelessly to improve the lives of health care workers by helping them form unions and collectively bargain for better wages, better benefits and fairness in the workplace.

Vice President – Jim Roberts

Jim is a retired steelworker from Steelton, PA.  He is President of his SOAR chapter there.  Jim served as a volunteer Zone Coordinator for the Alliance in 2006 and 2008.

Vice President – Russ Keating

Russ is recently semi-retired from the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO where he has been a lobbyist for working families for many years.  Before that, Russ worked on staff for AFSCME.  Russ lives near Harrisburg, PA.

CAN Vice President – Alice Hoffman

Alice represents her CAN (Community Action Network) group, the Delco Action Seniors, and all CAN members on PARA’s board.  She is a retired teacher, and still gives lectures at local colleges on Labor History, which is her area of expertise.  Alice is a lifelong activist thanks to her father, Nelson Cruikshank, who was an important labor leader and aging policy expert who helped to create Social Security Disability Insurance and Medicare.  Alice lives at The Quadrangle in Haverford, oustide Philadelphia.

President – Jean Friday

Jean is a trained chemist and retired steelworker from Belle Vernon, PA, just of Pittsburgh.  Before becoming President of the Pennsylvania Alliance in 2007, she served on the Board of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Reitrees (SOAR) as well as Executive Vice President of PARA.  Jean is also President of her local SOAR chapter in Clariton, PA.  Jean retired as President in 2013.

Ex-officio Board Member – Rick Bloomingdale

Rick is President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.  He was elected to that position in 2010 after serving as Secretary-Treasurer for 16 years.  He is a former AFSCME staff member currently living in the Harrisburg area.  Rick has always been a supporter of PARA, and that support has continued under his administration.

Ex-officio Board Member – Frank Snyder

Frank is a former steelworker from Beaver County who was elected Secretary-Treasurer in 2010.  He previously worked for the National AFL-CIO on their Labor-to-Labor political program and as an organizer for the United Steelworkers.

ARA Regional Board Member – Jody Weinriech

Jody was elected to a four-year term on the ARA Regional Board in May of 2012.  She is a retired member of the ILGWU, which is now a part of the Workers United section of SEIU.  Jody works with Workers United staff to form new retiree chapters in her region, and she visits them frequently to keep all the retirees engaged and active.  Jody lives in Allentown, PA.