Our Officers


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    Dian Palmer


    Dian was the first person in her family to graduate from college. She is the oldest of eight children, and she wanted a career where she could make a living for her family and also give back to the community. Her career started in a nursing home, and then went on to work for a hospital and a sexual assault treatment center. She found her voice while working as a registered nurse, where she and her co-workers successfully organized the nurses in their facility. There was no looking back. She has been a member of SEIU for 29 years, mother of three sons, and has one grandson. Dian was president of SEIU Healthcare WI before coming to Local 73 where she was asked to serve as co-trustee during the union’s transition period. As a labor leader for over 20 years, her commitment and dedication has never wavered. She is proud to currently serve as president of SEIU Local 73, since November 2018, where she’s committed to building a strong, growing, and politically active union. Palmer holds a B.S. in Nursing from Carroll College/Columbia School of Nursing and is a State of Wisconsin Public Health Nurse specializing in Chronic Diseases in Minority Populations.

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    Joseph Richert


    Joseph became an SEIU member 35 years ago when he was a custodian at Cicero School District. In 2000, he accepted an organizer position with Local 73 where he’s had many leadership positions leading to his successful campaign to currently serve as Secretary-Treasurer. He is proud to serve the members of Local 73 and will continue to put members first in the fight for social justice, economic justice, safe working conditions, respect, and dignity for all workers. He is a graduate of DePaul University’s Labor Education Program.

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    Jeffrey Howard

    Executive Vice President

    Jeffrey is a third-generation union member with 29 years of experience, serving at all levels of leadership in the union movement. He is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. In his labor career he has served in many different capacities from shop steward to secretary-treasurer of a 55,000-member local union, has worked for 3 different unions and collaborated with many others across the United States. Those experiences have helped shape his values and taught him how to be an effective leader and advocate for workers. He wants to innovate, inspire, and ignite all Local 73 members in the struggle for workplace and social justice. Howard holds a bachelor’s degree in Union Administration and Leadership from the National Labor College and is the proud father to four successful children.

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    Science Meles

    Executive Vice President

    Science has been a member of the SEIU Local 73 family for over 10 years: as an organizer, business representative, assistant director and division director of the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Park District divisions representing over 10,000 members. She believes being an organizer is not a job, but a way of life, and she has dedicated herself to the members of Local 73 and the labor movement for her entire career. Her goal has been to help improve members lives through organizing and engaging members in, and winning strong contracts. She is a strong believer that it is through organizing and collective action that workers can have sustainable communities, schools, receive fair wages/benefits and have the opportunity to pursue the “American Dream.” Meles is a graduate of California State University at Long Beach.

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    Roy Chavadiyil

    Vice President

    Roy was born in India and immigrated to the US. He completed his Masters in Science at Kerala University, India. After arriving here, he received his diploma in Radiology at the Cook County School of Radiology and later completed a certificate program in Cardiac Interventional Technology at the College of DuPage. He is currently working in the Cath Lab at Cook County Hospital as a Cath Lab Technologist. He serves as Chief Steward for technician and technologist contracts. He has represented his brothers and sisters in many grievances and have provided successful outcomes while serving as the Midwest regional chair person for the SEIU API caucus.

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    Camille Redman

    Vice President

    Camille comes from a strong union family. She has been a member of Local 73 for over 19 years. She is a Public Service Representative at the Secretary of State in Clinton, Illinois and has been part of the Bargaining Committee for the last 4 contracts. She has been a Chief Steward for 10 years and represented members in grievance hearings, Inspector General investigations and other disciplinary conferences. She was elected to the County Board in Dewitt County and is the co-chairwoman, chairing the Finance Committee. Politics is in her blood. She is a member of the Political Engagement Committee at Local 73.

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    Alfred Rodriguez

    Vice President

    Alfred Rodriguez has been a dedicated Special Education Classroom Assistant with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for fourteen years. He currently works at Northside Learning Center and has served as a union steward with Local 73 for five years. He is a committed member of the CPS Contract Action Team and was a crucial voice on the Committee of the Future that helped pave the structure for a new Local 73. When he’s not in the classroom with his students, he is assisting in the annual Special Olympics.

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    Venus Roman

    Vice President

    Venus Roman has been an active Chicago Park District member for over 18 years. As a Playground supervisor and union steward, she enters the Vice Presidency with distinct leadership experience. Venus has been a crucial part of the CPkD bargaining committee, and has been active in organizing and facilitating a social media group where members can ask and address issues. As an advocate for the union and its agenda, Venus has served as an inspiration for newer potential stewards in the unit.

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    Vee Steward

    Vice President

    Lavitta (VeeSteward has been an employee at UIC for more than 15 years. She currently serves as an Administrative Assistant in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. Vee comes from a tradition of inspirational women and brings robust life experience to the position of Member VP from a history of helping those in need. Vee draws experience from being a committee member within her church community, an advocate for coworkers and patients at UIC, and from her own life as a single parent, mother, and grandmother. She is a proud SEIU Local 73 member as well as Chief Steward, Bargaining Committee member, and served as Contract Captain in the 2020 campaign. In 2019 and 2020 Vee served as a Delegate to the Leadership Assembly for SEIU Local 73. She is also an elected member of the State Universities Civil Service Advisory Committee.

Executive Board

  • CPS

    CPS (Chicago Public Schools)

    • Kim Akins
    • Ramona T Bonilla-Anaiel
    • Tracy Brown
    • Karen Bynum
    • Cynthia Cobbs
    • Veronica Heard
    • Darlene Winston
  • UIC

    UIC (University of Illinois Chicago)

    • Lester Coney
    • Kim Featherston
    • Regina Russell
  • CC

    CC (Cook County)

    • Anita Johnson
    • James Phipps
    • Ericka White
  • SoS

    SoS (Secretary of State)

    • Alan Jones
    • Eric Walker
  • CPD

    CPD (Chicago Park District)

    • Regis Banks
    • Venus Valino
  • CoC

    CoC (City of Chicago)

    • Aurelius Cole
    • Joy Driskill
  • OECC

    OECC (Other Employers in the City of Chicago)

    • James “Shawn” Magee
    • Shea Marshall
  • NS

    NS (Nothern Suburbs)

    • James Gahagan
  • SS

    SS (Southern Suburbs)

  • WST

    WST (Western Suburbs and Tollway)

    • Denise Daniels
    • Gina Rocco-Jasinski
    • Mark Yates
  • UCD

    UCD (Urbana-Chamaign-Decatur)

    • Justus Fortado
  • OGC

    OGC (Other Illinois Employers Outside of Greater Chicagoland Area)

    • Rebecca Mock
  • IN

    IN (Northwest Indiana)

    • Eula Woods