Anthony M. Helfer – President
Paul Brophy – Secretary Treasurer
Brian Anderechak – Vice President
Tom Cook – Vice President
Alesia Brogdon – Vice President
Keith DeJane – Vice President
Dawn M. Ewig – Vice President
Fred Farrell – Vice President
Charene Kindel – Vice President
Alfred P. Linden Jr. – Vice President
Gloria Parady – Vice President
Charles Taskalines – Vice President
Mark Salerno – Vice President
Paul Siple – Vice President
Nancy A. Smith – Vice President
Richard Granger – Strategic Programs Director
James Bryan Bond – Director of Collective Bargaining
Tony began his career when he was hired by the Kroger Company in Moundsville, West Virginia on June 26, 1976 and became a member of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workman Local 590. In 1979 he became a Shop Steward and became very active with the Union in organizing, picketing, political action and serving on bargaining committees. In 1985 Tony ran on Carl C. Huber’s slate as a Vice President and was elected to the Executive Board. Carl hired Tony as a full-time Union Representative on January 6, 1986 and was assigned to service the Ohio Valley and Northern West Virginia areas. In July 1993, Tony was promoted to Director of Representatives, in 1996 he became Executive Assistant to the President, in 2003 he was elected Secretary Treasurer, and in 2009 was elected as the President of Local 23.
Paul started in the grocery industry working for Corporate Giant Eagle on October 27, 1972. He worked in nearly all of the various grocery departments up until March 31, 1990. During the time he held the position of Union Steward from 1985 until leaving.
Since 1988 to present, Paul has served on the Local 23 Executive Board.
His time on staff began as a Business Representative in 1990 and in January of ’05 he was promoted to Director of Collective Bargaining.Paul was elected Secretary Treasurer in 2009 and also serves as Director of Representatives.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Tom Cook was, at various times during his working career, a member of the United Steel Workers of America and the Teamsters Local 636. Upon becoming an attorney, Tom secured employment with a Pittsburgh Law Firm where much of his practice was devoted to representing labor unions, including the United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 23.
Tom, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, began his own law firm in 2002, representing labor unions. As of December 4, 2006, he will serve as the in house attorney for Local 23.
Tom also serves as Vice President on the Executive Board of Local 23.
Fred first came in contact with the Local in 1974, as a member of the Retail Clerks Union 1407 while employed by Giant Eagle Markets. In 1978 he became a member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) while employed by the Clarion County Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Drug and Alcohol Administration.
In 1982 he returned to the Local, now UFCW, with his employment with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. In the fall of 1991, he was appointed to the Local’s Executive Board. 1998 saw Fred elected as the Union’s Executive Trustee. In September of 2003, he came on staff as the Business Representative for the PLCB members.
Richard is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He came to Local 23 by way of the UFCW International Union. He became a union activist working as a security guard in San Francisco, Ca. with SEIU Local 24/7, where he and 5,000 fellow security officers organized their union and won the first area-wide multi-employer master contract for the security industry. He has worked national and international campains in coalition with the SEIU, Teamsters, UNITE HERE, and the UFCW International Union. Along with security officers, these campaigns dealt with school bus drivers, pharmacists, meat packers and grocery workers. Richard will be serving as Local 23’s Strategic Programs Director.
James “Bryan” Bond joined Local 23 in 1998 after having worked with the Kroger Company, Local 347, in West Virginia for 21 years. He began as a clerk and then worked as a meat cutter for his last five years with the company. He joined the Special Project Union Representative (SPUR) program for six months in 1997.
Throughout his career with Local 23, he has worked as an Organizer and is currently serving as Director of Collective Bargaining.
In Organizing, he was involved with successful programs at Alle-Kiski Medical Center, Greenery Specialty Care Center of Canonsburg and RC Cola in Clarksburg, WV. He has also worked on numerous campaigns with other UFCW Locals out of state, including the Sacred Heart Medical Center – a large campaign in Spokane, Washington.
As a Business Agent, Bryan serviced five different territories from Dubois, Pa. to Clarksburg, WV.
Bryan was promoted to Director of Collective Bargaining in July 2009.
Leslie joined Local 23 in January of 2004 after a long career in the newspaper publishing business (Graphics Communications International Union Local 95-C), where she managed educational programs, wrote and edited publications for students, and worked in employee relations. She has also directed worksite health promotion directives that were nationally acclaimed and published in Prevention Magazine, Inc., Magazine and others. She has worked closely with numerous fraternal organizations and Veterans’ groups on a variety of community action, political and charitable initiatives.
As the Servicing Representative for the Northwest tier of Local 23, Doren first became a member in 1994 when employed at Butler Shop ‘n Save. In 1999 Bowser became a meat cutter at the store, and also took on the duties of union steward. Before coming on staff in July of 2004, Doren assisted with the campaign at Mountaineer Race Track working for Local 23 as a Special Project Union Representative (SPUR).
Lance joined the UFCW in September 1993 at Local 1 in Utica, New York, where he served as a membership service representative and then Organizer. In 1996 Lance transferred to Local 23 and served the membership as an Organizer and Business Agent intermittently. On September 9, 2002, he was promoted to the Director of Organizing and in September 2003 was elected to the Local’s Executive Board. In January ’06 Lance was reassigned new duties as one of the Directors of Collective Bargaining. In the spring of 2008, Lance took over the duties as the Director of Organizing and in 2009 he was appointed Executive Assistant to the President.
Mick started his union career as a clerk with the Kroger Company in Parkersburg, WV in 1987. He served as a shop steward for his work location and prior to becoming a part of the UFCW Local 400 staff in 2001, Mick worked many campaigns as a Special Project Union Representative, (SPUR), for Local 347 in Charleston, WV. Recognizing his talent to organize people Local 23 President Ron Lenhart hired him in April 2007. His skills along with a genuine enthusiasm for the job have made Mick a great addition to the staff.
Bob Kettren joined the staff of Local 23 in June of 2005 as a Business Agent. Prior to his Local 23 employment he worked for 4 ½ years at Thorofare Markets and 33 years for Giant Eagle Markets. Bob has served as a Steward for approximately 28 years. During the second half of 2000 Bob worked for the Local as a S.P.U.R. (Special Project Union Representative) in an effort to help organize the 16 corporate Shop ‘n Saves.
Bob is currently a delegate to the Greater Westmoreland Labor Council.
Prior to coming on staff in 1992 as a business agent, he worked for Scozio’s Shop ‘n Save for twelve years as a Produce Clerk and later as a member of the Night Crew.
In January of ’06 Kevin was promoted to Director of Organizing after servicing as an Organizer for four years. He also is a member of the Executive Board and a Delegate to the Westmoreland and Allegheny County Labor councils. In early 2008 he was appointed to the position of Director of Public Affairs.
His current duties include: Managing Editor for the News and Views news letter, maintaining the Local 23 Web site , conducting educational training for shop stewards, coordinating the political activities of the Local and serving as public relations link to the tri-state area.
A recent graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania Elaine brings youth and vitality to the Local 23 Staff. While attending I.U.P. obtained a Bachelor degree in management economics, followed by a Master’s Degree in Industrial Labor Relations. While completing her studies Elaine interned at the Thomas Merton Center in Pittsburgh, PA and completed her graduate assistantship at the Labor Center at I.U.P. She started with Local 23 as an organizer in May of 2007.
Rich became a member of the UFCW in 1994 while working as a Deli Clerk for Corporate Giant Eagle. During his employment he became a Local 23 Steward and assisted the UFCW both as a Special Project Union Representative (SPUR) and a participant in the AFL-CIO union summer program. He was hired as a Business Representative with the Local in September of 2003 and currently serves as a Trustee on the Local 23 Health Fund and Alternate Trustee on the Local 23 Pension Fund.
Rich is responsible for servicing locations in the Ohio Valley.
In 1972 Jerry was employed by the Kroger Company in Steubenville. During his 23 years with the Company, he also worked at the Wellsburg, West Virginia and Martins Ferry, Ohio stores and for 20 of those years served as Steward. Mettenberger came to work for Local 23 in 1996 and is currently serving as Director of Representatives. He also is a Delegate of the Jefferson Trades and Labor Council in Steubenville, Ohio.
In 2001 he came on board with Local 23 working as a Special Project Union Representative (SPUR). His strong work ethic and communication skills were recognized by the Local and in January of 2004 Ed came on staff servicing the City of Pittsburgh and the South Hills area.
Sue’s union background began when she became a member of the IBEW in 1968 in Zanesville, Ohio making wiring harnesses for Ford cars. After moving to New York state she again became a member of the IBEW making brass fittings for decorative lights. Upon moving to Indiana, PA, Sue was hired as a cashier in 1981 at the Indiana Shop ‘n Save and became a member of Local 1407 which then merged with Local 23. She served as Union Steward from 1984 to 1997 and in 1996 as an Executive Board member. Sue was hired as a Union Representative in 1998.
Sandy started her career as a volunteer Union Organizer while working for Unionized Dandee Potato Chip Factory as the only female machine operator. She was hired on October 29, 1994, into the organizing department of Local 23. During her career, besides organizing, Sandy has served as a Community Affairs Representative and Wal-Mart Coordinator. With the retirement of Wayne Watson, her duties now are as a service representative in one of the eastern territories of the Local.
Ken came to Local 23 on January 5, 2004, after being employed for 17 years at Nordic Fisheries in the Strip District of Pittsburgh. He served as Union Steward for 16 of those years and in 2001 worked as a Special Project Union Representative (SPUR) for the Local. While at Nordic he also served on the Executive Board of Local 23 from 2000 to 2004.
Marc Mancini started working at Giant Eagle #4 located in Bethel Park, PA in 2002. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008, Marc was appointed to be a union steward. The local took notice of his activism, and he eventually selected to work on staff as a Special Projects Union Representative (SPUR). In March 2010, he was hired as an organizer by President Tony Helfer. He is very passionate about the labor movement and continues to be a social activist for many different causes.