President/Executive Director, Labor Guild
Retired President, UWUA Local #318
A founding member of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 318, Dave began his involvement in the labor movement as a rank-and-file gasworker. He took on increasing responsibility in his union, moving from steward to executive board member, and eventually found himself serving as president of the local. In 1984, he decided to enroll in the Labor Guild school classes. Dave recalls that it was at the Labor Guild that Dave first met Father Ed Boyle, “the closest man I’ll ever meet to a saint,” marked by his work ethic and his devotion to social and economic justice. Dave continued his education by enrolling in the UMass Boston Labor Studies program, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1990.
Kowalski has served as an instructor and also served for three years on the executive board of the Labor Guild. He was elected as president of the board in January 2019. He will continue to lead the board in addition to taking on responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the guild as executive director.
Vice President, Labor Guild
Associate Director, Legislative Division, MNA
Lisa Field is a long-time labor and social justice activist. She has held several positions within the labor movement including steward at Fitchburg State University for AFSCME Local 1067, President of AFSCME Local 1067, Staff Representative at AFSCME Council 93, Regional Representative at SEIU Local 888, Field Services Director at SEIU Local 888, and currently Associate Director Legislative Division at the Massachusetts Nurses Association.
Recording Secretary, Labor Guild
Director of Organizing, Massachusetts Nurses Association
Eileen Norton is the Director of Organizing for the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA). She supervises labor educators at the MNA Labor School and Leadership Summit, and has done extensive organizing around the Safe Staffing Ballot initiative and the Bernie Sanders campaign. Prior to coming to MNA, Eileen worked as a staff nurse in various positions in acute care and served as Unit Chair at Carney Hospital. She was a delegate to American Nurses Association and served on the Task Force on Unlicensed Assistive Personnel and the Board of Directors of MNA. Eileen is the current president of the Labor Guild Executive Board, and has been a Board member for 18 years.
Thomas P. Kerr, Jr.
Treasurer, Labor Guild
Assistant Business Manager, Pipefitters Local 537
Tom Kerr has been the Assistant Business Manager at Pipefitters Local 537 since 2010. Prior to holding this position, he served as Business Agent for the Refrigerations Division, and as President of his local from 1998-2002. He has also been a member and supporter of the Labor Guild for many years. He began taking classes in 1995, and has been on the Board for almost 20 years.
John E. Wolfe
Assistant Treasurer, Labor Guild
Senior Consultant, MOR Associates
Jack has forty years of general management, marketing and sales, manufacturing, and financial experience. He has successfully managed entrepreneurial companies, and has been a director of and an investor in many more. He is currently engaged in business strategy and leadership development consulting for technology companies or organizations, with some focus on higher education, at MOR Associates. He also conducts selected investment banking and advisory activities.
Francis X. Callahan, Jr.
President, Massachusetts Building Trades Council
Frank Callahan began his career in the labor movement with the Pioneer Valley Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO in 1990. He was appointed Legislative Director for the Massachusetts Building Trades Council, AFL-CIO in 1996, and elected President in 2007. He is a member of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades Local 939. He is also Executive Vice-President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Delegate to the Greater Boston Central Labor Council, President of the Construction Institute, a member of the School Building Advisory Board of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends For Children and serves on the Blue Cross Blue Shield Labor Advisory Committee.
President, AFSCME 1526
Elissa Cadillic is the president of AFSCME 1526. She has been involved with the union for over 20 years in various positions and continues to advocate for the safety and health of her members. She is also currently the Chair of the Board for MassCOSH.
Hugh J. Cameron
International Secretary-Treasurer, International Union of Police Associations
Hugh Cameron began his law enforcement career in 1984 with the Sharon Police Department, where he proudly served for 28 years and earned the rank of Sergeant. He served as Treasurer and then President of the Sharon Police Association, and later Vice President and then President of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police. He left Mass COP in 2016 to run for International Secretary-Treasurer of International Union of Police Associations AFL-CIO, and was elected in August of 2016.
He has served as a Vice President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Vice President of the Norfolk County Central Labor Council, and I.U.P.A. Executive Board Region 12 Vice President serving on the Constitution and Legislative Committees. Hugh currently serves as the International Secretary-Treasurer for the International Union of Police Associations AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer in 2016.
Union Representative – SEIU Local 509
D.J. began working in the labor movement as a union steward at Shaw’s Supermarkets warehouse in Methuen. After he was fired for carrying out his union duties and fighting for justice for the workers there, he became an organizer with UFCW 791 and then worked with Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, IBEW, SEIU Local 888, and now SEIU Local 509 which builds power among human service workers and educators in both the public and private sectors throughout Massachusetts. He has taken many classes at the Guild and this is his seventh year on the Board
Board Member, Boston Musicians Association, AFM
Therese’s bio coming soon!
John F. Cronin
Member, Teamsters Local 25
John Cronin is a thirty year Teamster with the bulk of his experience in the residential rubbish industry. John was serving as a trustee on the Executive Board of Teamsters Local 379 when they voted to merge with Teamsters Local 25. He has been a Labor Guild member since 2005.
Sub District Director, USW
Steve’s bio coming soon!
Financial Secretary, IBEW 103
A member of Local 103 for over 50 years, Chuck has worked tirelessly to heighten awareness of workplace safety in the construction industry and beyond. He has spent more than 35 years in Local 103’s leadership, first as recording secretary, later as business agent and today as financial secretary. He won the Labor Guild’s Cushing-Gavin Award in 2001.
Partner, Segal Roitman
Paul Kelly is a trial lawyer, labor lawyer and Fund lawyer advising labor organizations, Taft Hartley Funds and individual workers. In 2010, Paul became a member of the Labor Guild Executive Board. He has been teaching Labor Law at the Guild since 1984. He has also been a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Suffolk Law School, where he taught Massachusetts Practice from 1998 to 2014. He received the Cushing Gavin Award as an outstanding Union attorney in 1996, and has also been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in labor and employment since 2007.
Assistant Business Manager and Treasurer, IBEW Local 104
Hugh Boyd is currently an Assistant Business Manager and Treasurer at IBEW Local 104. A 32-year union member, Hugh has served in many capacities from Executive Board member to union representative. He has a breadth of experience in many aspects of unionism.
Organizer, IUPAT DC #35
Martin’s bio coming soon!
Labor Consultant, Collective Bargaining Associates
Paul is a Union Organizational Specialist who works closely with union leaders to help solve organizational problems and build union power and effectiveness. He is a valued and seasoned bargaining consultant, organizer, and strategist with over 40 years of experience. Paul’s union leadership skills training programs and his trouble-shooting expertise are provided exclusively to organized labor throughout the United States and Canada.
John’s bio is coming soon!
Treasurer, AFSCME Local 1700
Mark’s bio is coming soon!
IUOE Local 4
Jimmy has been a proud and dedicated member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4 since 2008.
Elected to Union Guard in 2019.
A graduate of the Local 4 apprenticeship.
Business Agent, IBEW Local 103
In 2017 Kenell Broomstein became the first woman of color to ascend to the role of Business Agent in a Boston construction industry union. In her role as a Business Agent of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103, Kenell advocates for good union jobs in the community, organizes new members and takes a lead role mobilizing the membership for a variety of political and community initiatives. Notably, she spearheaded Local 103’s endorsement campaign of Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley – the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Kenell has built her career fighting for working families, women and people of color. She is a role model within the union and in the Greater Boston community.
Throughout her career, Kenell has taken on a number of leadership roles both within and beyond IBEW Local 103. She is a member of the IBEW International Women’s Committee advocating for womens’ rights in the construction industry, including extended maternity leave, clean break areas, and nursing stations for mothers on the job. Kenell is a leader of the IBEW Minority Caucus and a member of the Greater Boston Labor Council Future Committee, where she is working to organize communities of color to join the labor movement and seize the many opportunities it has to offer.
Kenell was born and raised in Lynn, MA where she graduated in 2004 from Lynn Technical Vocational High School’s Electrical trade program. She currently serves on the school’s Advisory Board. This year, Kenell graduated from Harvard University’s Trade Union Program. She continues to develop her craft and strives to be a leader and positive role model for trades workers’ and women’s rights. Kenell is the proud mother of two sons.
Executive Secretary Treasurer, Greater Boston Labor Council
Darlene Lombos is Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Greater Boston Labor Council (GBLC) and the first woman and person of color to be elected in this top leadership position. The GBLC represents over 100,000 union members and their families within 24 cities and towns in the region, and has as its primary mission to build power for workers and progressive allies to advance our movement for social, economic and racial justice.
Darlene is the former Executive Director of Community Labor United (CLU), a partnership of unions and community organizations that has successfully moved strategic campaigns to protect and promote the interests of working class families and communities of color in Greater Boston. In 2008, CLU formed the Green Justice Coalition (GJC) in order to build a broader base of support for a sustainable, equitable, and clean energy economy in Massachusetts.
Darlene has been organizing around various community issues since 1996, including police accountability and home daycare justice at Direct Action for Rights and Equality in Providence, RI as well as transportation equity, gentrification and displacement, and education reform at Sisters in Action for Power in Portland, OR. She brings nearly 20 years’ experience in community and youth organizing, leadership development and coalition- building to this work.
Elected to Union Guard in 2019.
A graduate of the Local 4 apprenticeship.
Executive Vice President, New England Mechanical Contractors Association (NEMCA)
Since beginning his career in this field in 1997, Stephen P. Affanato has been widely admired by members of the labor-management relations community on both sides of the table. He has served as the Executive Vice President of the New England Mechanical Contractors Association (NEMCA) since 2009, and, in this capacity, represents premier mechanical construction firms throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Prior to working with NEMCA, Steve was the Associate Executive Director of the Building Trades Employers’ Association for 12 years.
Steve’s commitment to the industry is evident in his service as an Employer Trustee of major joint training funds for several building trades. He currently holds this role with the Pipefitters Local 537, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 104, and Plasterers & Cement Masons Local 534 Benefits Funds. In addition, reflecting his member-contractors’ focus on securing the best-trained, most highly-skilled and licensed workforce, Steve has also served as Employer Trustee with Boston Carpenters Training Fund, New England Carpenters Training Fund, MA Laborers Joint Apprentice Training Committee, and Painters & Allied Trades DC 35 Joint Apprentice & Training Fund.
Steve served his country as a U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Officer from 1992-1996. Prior to this service, he attended college and received a BA in Political Science from Merrimack College in North Andover. He is married to Courtney Affanato and is the proud father of four children.
Fr. J. Bryan Hehir
J. Bryan Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life. He is also the Secretary of Health and Social Services on the staff of Cardinal Sean O’Malley in the Archdiocese of Boston. Previously he served on the faculty of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (1984-92) and on the Harvard Divinity School faculty (1993-2001) including three years as the Chair of the HDS Executive Committee. In Washington D.C., he served on the staff of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops (1973-92) working on issues of foreign policy and domestic policy, including being the staff director of the Catholic Bishops pastoral letter (“The Challenge of Peace” – 1983). From 2002-2003 he was President of Catholic Charities USA, the nationwide network of social service agencies for the Catholic church in the United States. In the Archdiocese of Boston, Fr. Hehir represents Cardinal O’Malley to four social service agencies and also serves as a liaison to Catholic health systems in the Archdiocese. He was a member of the Vatican Delegation to the United Nations (1973 and 1978). At HKS he is a Faculty Associate at the Carr Center for Human Rights and at the Safra Center for Ethics and the Professions. His teaching, research and writing focus on ethics and foreign policy and the role of religion in world politics and in American society.
Hehir is a recipient of the MacArthur Award, the Laetare Award (University of Notre Dame), the American Academy of Religion’s Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion, and the Kennedy School’s Carballo Award for excellence in teaching.
He is member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He served on the Board of the Arms Control Association and the Roundtable for Church Management.