Union administration

NALC regions

Fifteen elected national business agents (NBAs), each responsible for one of 15 regions of the country, serve the members and branches in their region. Every region also employs at least one regional administrative assistant (RAA) appointed by the NALC national president. Acting under the national president's ultimate direction, NBAs have extensive authority over union affairs in their regions, and serve on the NALC executive council. An NBA’s primary responsibility is contract administration—handling grievances, presenting arbitrations, and dealing with regional postal management. They also deal with organizing and respond to requests for advice and assistance from branches in their regions.

Any member needing assistance should first contact his or her branch officers or national business agent before contacting NALC National Headquarters for help.

The map at the bottom of the page shows the 15 regions; clicking on a state will reveal contact information for the branches and NBAs for that state.

Reg. 1 (CA, HI, NV & GU)

Bryant Almario3105 E. Guasti Road, Suite 200
Ontario, CA 91761
909-443-7450/909-443-7451

Serving letter carriers in California, Hawaii, Nevada and the territory of Guam

Bryant J. Almario, National Business Agent

Bryant J. Almario ran uncontested for the position of national business agent (NBA) for Region 1 and was elected by consent at the 2018 NALC Biennial Convention in Detroit.

Almario, a member of Santa Clara, CA Branch 1427, became a letter carrier in 1987. He immediately joined NALC as a member of Salinas, CA Branch 1046. (Branch 1046 merged with Santa Cruz Branch 269 in the early 1990s; that branch later merged with Branch 1427.)

In 1990, Almario became a steward, a role he served in for four years until his election as vice president of Branch 269. He was elected president of that branch in 1999.

“I became active in the union when it was obvious to me that carriers were feeling miserable at work,” Almario said. “Management had created an atmosphere that was strained and uncomfortable.”

He reasoned that if letter carriers were miserable at work, that misery was probably taken home. “At that time, and to this day, I’ve focused on improving the workplace environment,” he said.

Almario also has served as a joint route inspection process co-leader for the San Jose District, and he was a member of the Bay Valley District’s Employee Assistance Program advisory committee. As a local business agent, he put on trainings, participated in interventions and presented many cases in arbitration.

In 2004, then-NALC President William H. Young appointed Almario to be a regional administrative assistant for Region 1. Almario was appointed national business agent for Region 1 in 2017 by NALC President Fredric Rolando to fill a vacancy.

Almario is the father of two sons, Bradley and Brent.

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS

  • Calvin Brookins, Van Nuys, CA Branch 2462
  • Jeff Frazee, Las Vegas Branch 2502
  • James Henry, Garden Grove, CA Branch 1100
  • Allan Rios, Garden Grove, CA Branch 1100

Reg. 2 (AK, ID, MT, OR, UT & WA)

316 SE 123rd Avenue, Suite A-5
Vancouver, WA 98683
360-892-6545

Serving letter carriers in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington

Nick Vafiades, National Business Agent

Nick Vafiades was elected national business agent (NBA) for Region 2 (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington) by mail balloting of NALC members in the region last fall.

After serving in the Marine Corps for eight years, Vafiades joined the Postal Service as a letter carrier in 1996, delivering mail in Longview, WA. He joined Branch 2214.

With no union background, Vafiades learned the value of the union quickly.

“When I started my career, I was amazed at the way the carriers were treated—and coming fresh from the Marine Corps, that was saying something,” he said. “I thought I could make a difference in the union. I had no idea what a shop steward’s job entailed, but I ran anyway and was elected.

“I enjoyed carrying mail,” he added, “but once I became active in the union, I found my passion.”

Vafiades continued his union activism, serving as a local business agent, arbitration advocate and branch vice president before he was elected branch president. He graduated from Leadership Academy in 2008. He was elected Washington State Association vice president in 2008 and state president in 2013, a position he held until NALC President Fredric Rolando appointed him as a regional administrative assistant (RAA) for Region 2.

“My goal has always been to leave places better than you found them,” he said. “For Region 2, that means using the talented, dedicated and motivated activist to the best of their ability and give everyone a chance to show their talents and what they can do.  That will make the region better, but more importantly, the NALC stronger.”

Vafiades has four children—Nicole, Jake, Jordan and Ivy.

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS

  • Debra Dixon, Olympia, WA Branch 351

Reg. 3 (IL)

Michael Caref4979 Indiana Avenue, Suite 203
Lisle, IL 60532-3848
630-743-5320

Serving letter carriers in Illinois

Michael Caref, National Business Agent

Michael Caref ran uncontested for the position of national business agent for Region 3 and was re-elected by consent at the 2018 NALC Biennial Convention in Detroit.

Caref grew up in a union household, and he said that after he became a letter carrier in 1994, “it didn’t take long to see why letter carriers have a need for a union.”

Caref served from 2010 to 2014 as vice president of Chicago Branch 11, one of NALC’s largest branches. But he began his career as a union activist in 2000, serving for 10 years as a steward for Chicago’s Ravenswood Station.

“My early activism centered around fighting unjust discipline (mine or co-workers’) and other contractual violations,” Caref said. “But I’ve since learned there is much more to our union.”

Caref has also served as the Illinois State Association of Letter Carriers’ Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) coordinator from 2001 to 2009, and he was a delegate-at-large from 2011 to 2013.

In addition, he has been an Employee Involvement team member and a member of the Joint District Safety Team. He has participated in all of the various route adjustment processes over the years, and he is an arbitration advocate. Caref also is a 2008 graduate of the NALC Leadership Academy. He now serves the letter carriers for Region 3, which covers the state of Illinois. Caref was first elected national business agent in 2014 following balloting held among his region’s active and retired members.

“I will work tirelessly with the officers and members in the region to make NALC stronger and to better serve the letter carriers who make up this great union,” he said.

Caref is married to letter carrier Jennifer Caref and is the father of Anthony, Alanis, Solstice, twins Cassius and Clay, Mya and Zuri.

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS

  • Tony Hutson, Aurora, IL Branch 219
  • Bill Jackson, Downers Grove, IL Branch 1870

Reg. 4 (AZ, AR, CO, OK & WY)

1018 Airport Road, Suite 116
Hot Springs, AR 71913-4626
501-760-6566

Serving letter carriers in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Wyoming

Dan Versluis, National Business Agent

Dan Versluis was elected national business agent (NBA) for Region 4 (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Wyoming) by mail balloting of NALC members in the region last fall.

Versluis served in the Marine Corps from 1982 to 1990. In 1993, he joined the Postal Service as a letter carrier in Tucson, AZ, and joined Tucson Branch 704.

“Within the first few days of arriving at my first station, I saw the absolute need for the NALC,” he said. “I had never seen abuse the way I saw letter carriers being singled out, belittled and bullied by management. I felt compelled to get involved to help my brothers, sisters and local branch to combat the harsh treatment by many in management.”

Versluis served his branch as a steward, trustee and vice president before serving as branch president from 2002 to 2010 and again from 2016 to 2018. He also served the Arizona State Association as director of education and vice president and as an arbitration advocate. Versluis graduated from Leadership Academy in 2007.

In 2010, President Fredric Rolando appointed Versluis as a regional administrative assistant (RAA) for Region 4, a position he held until 2016.

“NALC is the only defense to ensure our rights, benefits and way of life for our families and loved ones,” Versluis said. “I firmly believe that without our union, the Postal Service would no longer exist.”

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS

  • Anita Lewallen, Conway, AR Branch 1592
  • John Robles, Centennial Colorado Branch 5996

Reg. 5 (MO, IA, NE & KS)

Michael J. Birkett1828 Craig Road
St. Louis, MO 63146-4712
314-985-8040

Serving letter carriers in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas

Michael J. Birkett, National Business Agent

Mike Birkett ran uncontested for the position of national business agent for Region 5 and was re-elected by consent at the 2018 NALC Biennial Convention in Detroit.

Birkett joined the Postal Service in July 1984 as a clerk represented by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) but transferred to the letter carrier craft just two months later and immediately joined NALC.

“Within the month, I was walking an informational picket line for NALC in Dubuque,” Birkett said. “I had been a Teamster just prior to starting at the Postal Service and knew that the only chance working families have to get ahead was to be united.”

Birkett, a member of Dubuque, IA Branch 257, was elected national business agent for Region 5 by acclamation in 2014 during the 69th Biennial NALC Convention in Philadelphia. At the time, he was a regional administrative assistant (RAA) for Region 5, having been appointed to that position by NALC President Fredric Rolando in 2009.

Prior to joining the Postal Service, Birkett served in the U.S. Army from 1974 to 1977, where he worked as a military police investigator. He was a Teamster from 1980 to 1984; during that time, he attended Central Texas College, the University of Iowa and the University of Dubuque.

Soon after he became a letter carrier in 1984, Birkett became a steward for Branch 257. In 1986, he was elected branch president and served in that capacity until 1996. Birkett also served two stints as a local business agent—1991 to 1995 and 1999 to 2009—and he was the district representative for the Iowa State Association of Letter Carriers from 1992 to 1996.

Birkett was Branch 257’s health benefits representative for more than 15 years, the branch Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) coordinator from 1986 to 2009, and the branch Food Drive coordinator for 11 years. He worked as a part-time RAA from 1995 to 1999, and he has been an arbitration advocate since 1995.

From 2003 to 2009, Birkett served as president of the Iowa State Association. As an RAA, he conducted numerous training classes on a variety of subjects throughout Region 5.

Active politically, Birkett also is a member of the Dubuque County Democrats’ central committee. He has been a delegate to several county, district and Democratic state conventions, he has been released by NALC to work on several “get out the vote” campaigns, and he was district coordinator for all of labor in 2008.

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver made Birkett an Honorary Colonel in the Iowa National Guard, and in 2011 he was inducted into the Iowa State Association’s Hall of Fame.

Birkett said his goals as NBA are very simple: “to tirelessly advocate for letter carriers and strive to make their lives better, whether through contract enforcement, negotiations or in our legislative efforts; to build upon the accomplishments of past NALC leaders who have won great economic gains for letter carriers; and to help steer the course for the future of letter carriers during a time of great change to both the structure of the Postal Service and in letter carrier jobs.”

Birkett has been married to his wife, Cheryl, since 1980; they have three adult children: Nicole, Brett and Blair. “I’ve been lucky to have the support of family,” he said, “plus my local branch and former Region 5 NBAs Coyle, Miller, Buck, Weir and Pittman.”

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

  • Charles Sexton, St. Louis Branch 343
  • Stephanie Stewart, Central Iowa Merged Branch 352

Reg. 6 (KY, IN & MI)

43456 Mound Road, Suite 501
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
586-997-9917

Serving letter carriers in Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan

Troy Clark, National Business Agent

Troy Clark ran uncontested for the position of national business agent (NBA) for Region 6 (Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan) and was elected by consent at the 2018 NALC Biennial Convention in Detroit.

Clark began carrying the mail in 1987 in Lexington, KY, and joined Central Kentucky Branch 361. After stepping up to become a steward in 1997, he was elected as branch vice president in 1999. He became branch president when the previous president, Ernie Kirkland, was appointed as regional administrative assistant (RAA) for Region 6. Branch 361 elected him president by acclamation for another term in 2002. Clark has also served as an arbitration advocate and dispute resolution team member.

In 2006, then-president William H. Young appointed Clark an RAA for Region 6, a position he served in until his election as national business agent.

Clark said his experience in relying on mentors to help him reach his goals has made him a believer in mentorship.

“Like everyone who is active in their union, their mentors have helped to shape their advocacy skills and leadership qualities,” Clark said. “There are so many other people I’ve met throughout my career that have been inspirational to the work that we all do.”

With the involvement of every member, Clark said, NALC can only become better.

“One person or one small group of people cannot change everything, but they can start a movement,” he said. “But that movement will need everyone, all union members’ involvement, to be successful. NALC is one of the strongest unions in this great country, but we can all strive to make it even stronger and greater.”

Clark, who attended the University of Kentucky, lives with his wife, Kelly, and has three adult daughters—Kristen, Sarah and Briana.

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS

  • David Mudd, Louisville, KY Branch 14

Reg. 7 (MN, ND, SD & WI)

Broadway Place West
1300 Godward Street NE, Suite 2600
Minneapolis, MN 55413
612-378-3035

Serving letter carriers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin

Troy Fredenburg, National Business Agent

Troy Fredenburg ran uncontested for the position of national business agent (NBA) for Region 7 (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin) and was elected by consent at the 2018 NALC Biennial Convention in Detroit.

Following five years of service in the Air Force, Fredenburg joined the Postal Service in 1994 as a letter carrier in Minneapolis, MN, and joined Minneapolis Branch 9. He worked as a steward before serving as his branch’s Formal Step A representative and then as a Step B team member. Fredenburg graduated from the Leadership Academy in 2006.

In 2008, then-president William H. Young appointed Fredenburg as regional administrative assistant (RAA) for Region 7, a post he held until his election as NBA.

“Working in the regional office for the past 10 years,” he said, “I feel very fortunate and consider it an honor to have the continued opportunity to work with so many great people within Region 7 as national business agent.”

Fredenburg emphasized support for branch and state leaders to help the union navigate the future. “It is the responsibility of the regional office to train and prepare the branch and state leadership,” he said, “to communicate and represent the membership in an ever-changing and evolving working environment.”

Fredenburg earned a degree in criminology from Golden Valley Lutheran College. He and his wife, Leah, have three adult children—Kendra, Kyrah and Trent.

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS
  • Jason Karnopp, Minneapolis Branch 9

Reg. 8 (AL, LA, MS & TN)

Lassan160 Commissioner Drive
Meridianville, AL 35759
256-828-8205

Serving letter carriers in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee

Steve Lassan, National Business Agent

Steve Lassan ran uncontested for the position of national business agent  for Region 8 and was elected by consent at the 2018 NALC Biennial Convention in Detroit.

Lassan, a member of Nashville Branch 4, joined the Postal Service as a city carrier in Nashville in 1985, and soon became a shop steward. He served as dispute resolution team (DRT) representative for the Tennessee District and then as an arbitration advocate for Region 8.

As arbitration advocate, Lassan was instrumental in winning settlements resulting in awards of several million dollars, including an award in 2005 that involved a $1.2 million contribution to the Postal Employees’ Relief Fund (PERF) to help postal employees affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Branch 4 elected Lassan as branch secretary in 2004. That year, then-NALC President William H. Young appointed Lassan to serve as regional administrative assistant (RAA) for Region 8. In 2018, he was appointed national business agent (NBA) for Region 8 (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee) by NALC President Fredric Rolando in 2018 to fill a vacancy before his election as NBA in Detroit.

Lassan learned the value of unions from his father, a steelworker. “I believe in solidarity—it is a daily indebtedness we must have with each other,” Lassan said. “I will do my part to ensure dignity and respect for letter carriers is recognized.”

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS

  • Monica Walker, Baton Rouge Branch 129
  • Chris Strickland, Tuscaloosa, AL Branch 1096

Reg. 9 (FL, GA, NC & SC)

5201 Ravenswood Rd., Suite 119/120
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-6007
954-964-2116

Serving letter carriers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina

Lynne Pendleton, National Business Agent

Lynne Pendleton was elected national business agent (NBA) for Region 9 (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina) by mail balloting of NALC members in the region last fall.

Pendleton has a broad view of the union, having served three branches and two state associations. She began her career as a letter carrier in Hollywood, FL, in 1986 and joined South Florida Letter Carriers Branch 1071. In 1998, she transferred to Asheville, NC, and became an active member of Western North Carolina Branch 248 as a steward, branch vice president and Formal A representative. She also served as a NALC representative on the Violence in the Workplace Intervention Committee and the Joint Safety Committee for the Mountain Area of the Mid-Carolinas District.

In 2005, Pendleton returned to Florida and joined Central Florida Letter Carriers Branch 1091, where her service included serving as chairperson for the branch's food drive and trustees. She served on the dispute resolution team and as executive board assistant secretary for the Florida State Association beginning in 2011 and became the first female executive board vice president in 2013.

Pendleton also was detailed to NALC Headquarters in several roles, including assisting with contract administration, city delivery, safety and health, and community service and outreach. She graduated from the Leadership Academy in 2008 and served as a Leadership Academy instructor beginning in 2015.

President Fredric Rolando appointed Pendleton a regional administrative assistant (RAA) for Region 9 in 2015, a job she held until her election as NBA.

“My father was determined to raise me with the ability to take care of myself,” Pendleton said.  “It is my intention to emulate his teachings by educating NALC members with the tools so that they, too, may take care of themselves.”

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS
  • Don Lyerly, West Coast Florida Branch 1477

Reg. 10 (NM & TX)

Javier Bernal23760 Highway 59 North
Kingwood, TX 77339
281-540-5627

Serving letter carriers in New Mexico and Texas

Javier Bernal, National Business Agent

Javier Bernal serves as the national business agent (NBA) for the letter carriers of Dallas Region 10, which serves both Texas and New Mexico.

After serving in the Navy from 1978 to 1982, Bernal joined the Postal Service as a clerk in 1983. He switched to the letter-carrier craft in 1988 and became a steward in 1991.

In 2007, Bernal was certified as a member of the dispute resolution team (DRT) and became an arbitration advocate. He also served on the route count and inspection team for Houston-area offices.

Bernal graduated from Leadership Academy Class 7 in 2009. Later that year, when Baldwin was appointed to be Region 10 NBA, President Rolando appointed Bernal to replace her as regional administrative assistant (RAA). He held this position until his appointment as NBA.

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS

  • Shawn Boyd, Dallas Branch 132
  • Karrie Kimbrell, San Antonio, TX Branch 421

Reg. 11 (Upstate NY & OH)

5445 Beavercrest Dr., Suite #7
Lorain, Ohio 44053
440-282-4340, 440-282-4341

Serving letter carriers in upstate New York and Ohio

Mark S. Camilli, National Business Agent

Mark S. Camilli ran uncontested for the position of national business agent (NBA) for Region 11 (Upstate New York and Ohio) and was elected by consent at the 2018 NALC Biennial Convention in Detroit.

After serving in the Navy in Operation Desert Storm, Camilli began his career as a letter carrier in Schenectady, NY, in 1997 and joined Northeastern New York Branch 358.

“Raised in a union household, I learned at an early age on how important the labor movement is for middle-class families,” he said. “When hired as a letter carrier in 1997, I immediately and proudly became a member of the NALC.”

As a union activist, Camilli’s many activities included serving as Formal A representative, local business agent and lead team member for route adjustments. Camilli also served as vice president of the Saratoga County Central Labor Council. He graduated from Leadership Academy in 2007.

In 2009, then-President William H. Young appointed Camilli a regional administrative assistant (RAA) for Region 11, a position he held until his election as NBA.

Camilli’s union experience taught him the value of political involvement for working men and women. “I then got hooked in political activism when I attended a local labor council event and listened to a local congressman thank the letter carriers for his successful election and his pledge to support us,” he said. “I quickly learned that educating elected officials combined with volunteering some time in get-out-the-vote efforts was a powerful tool.

“By looking out for each other—by training and developing our current and next generation of activists—and only by working together,” he said, “we’ll keep the NALC the best union in the country.”

Camilli earned a degree in business management from Empire State College, State University of New York. He and his wife, Wendy, have three children—Mark Jr., Kyle and Rachel.

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS

  • John Collins, Zanesville, OH Branch 63

Reg. 12 (PA & s./c. NJ)

William Lucini9601 James Street
Philadelphia, PA 19114
215-824-4826, 4827

Serving letter carriers in Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Central New Jersey Offices in Bordentown, Bricktown, Hopewell, Lakewood, Princeton, Toms River and Trenton

David J. Napadano, National Business Agent

David J. Napadano ran uncontested for the position of national business agent for Region 12 and was elected by consent at the 2018 NALC Biennial Convention in Detroit.

Napadano began working for the U.S. Postal Service in September of 1975 at the Pittsburgh, PA, Bulk Mail Center.

“For me it was like working in a factory,” he said. “The work environment was too closed in for me. I always enjoyed working outside and enjoyed being around people.”

So in 1977, Napadano transferred to his home town of New Castle, PA. There, he worked briefly as a mail handler and then as a clerk. The following year, he was granted a transfer to the city letter carrier craft. He joined NALC as a member of New Castle Branch 22, a merged branch that serves letter carriers in central and western Pennsylvania, and he immediately became that branch’s chief steward.

“I found out early in my career that, in order to uphold and keep the rights and privileges that were built by NALC and our great retired members,” Napadano said, “you had to speak up for yourself and others. Once I began speaking up, others began depending on me to do so.”

While serving as a leader of Branch 22, Napadano was named to head up numerous route inspection programs in western Pennsylvania. He also served as an arbitration advocate and helped to negotiate local agreements. Additionally, Napadano served on NALC’s national teams for workplace environment issues, for overtime improvement and for joint route adjustment processes.

In 1982, Napadano became president of Branch 22 in 1982, a position he held until he was appointed as a Region 12 regional administrative assistant in 2006 by then-President William H. Young. He was appointed national business agent for Region 12 in 2017 by NALC President Fredric Rolando to fill a vacancy.

As NBA, Napadano said, “I hope to continue to improve regional and branch training that NBA Bill Lucini instituted in Region 12—to communicate with management at all levels the need to treat letter carriers with dignity and respect and to keep the workplace safe.”

Napadano and his wife, Linda, have a son, David; a daughter-in-law, Christie; and two grandchildren, Nick and Juliana.

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

  • Brian Thompson, New Castle, PA Branch 22
  • Leo Zachwieja, Philadelphia Branch 157

Reg. 13 (DE, DC, MD, VA & WV)

Vada Preston2484 Pruden Blvd., Suite A
Suffolk, VA 23434
757-934-1013

Serving letter carriers in Delaware, Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia

Vada Preston, National Business Agent

Vada Preston ran uncontested for the position of national business agent for Region 13 and was elected by consent at the 2018 NALC Biennial Convention in Detroit.

Preston has been a letter carrier since 1986, having been hired following four years of active service in the U.S. Air Force and two years in the Reserves. He immediately joined Tidewater Virginia Branch 247 and became his branch’s scribe; his duties included writing his branch’s monthly Branch Items for The Postal Record.

In 1992, Preston became a shop steward, a role he served in for four years until his election as vice president of Branch 247. Following six years of service as vice president, he was elected branch president in 2002.

“Coming from a family history filled with union advocates,” Preston said, “I became active in the union when it was obvious to me that carriers were not being treated fairly. I saw first-hand management’s mistreatment and disrespect of letter carriers.”

In addition to his branch office duties, Preston also has served as a backup Dispute Resolution Team member. As a local business agent, he trained fellow members; as an arbitration advocate, he presented cases in arbitration.

“I thought I could make a difference by standing up for my fellow carriers and make a real contribution to improving the work environment,” he said. “At that time, and to this day, I’ve focused on improving the workplace environment.”

In 2005, then-NALC President William H. Young appointed Preston to be a regional administrative assistant for Region 13. NALC President Fredric Rolando appointed Preston to serve as NBA in 2017 to fill a vacancy.

Preston has an associate’s degree in business management and finance, and he is interested in politics and art. He and his wife, Kristine, live in the Tidewater region of southeastern Virginia. He is the father of two daughters and one son.

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS

  • Hugh McElroy Jr., Rockville, MD Branch 3825

Reg. 14 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI & VT)

1208A V.F.W. Parkway, Suite 201
W. Roxbury, MA 02132
617-363-9299

Serving letter carriers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont

Richard J. “Rick” DiCecca, National Business Agent

Richard J. “Rick” DiCecca ran uncontested for the position of national business agent (NBA) for Region 14 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) and was elected by consent at the 2018 NALC Biennial Convention in Detroit.

DiCecca began his letter carrier career at the Andover, MA, post office as a part-time flexible (PTF) in 1984 and joined Massachusetts Northeast Merged Branch 25.

“I was raised in a union household,” DiCecca said. “Whenever I started a job, the first thing my father told me to do was join the union. I took his words to heart.”

DiCecca became a union activist immediately. “I met both the chief steward and alternate steward within five minutes. I had a contract in my hand within six, and a supervisor on my back within seven,” he said. It wasn’t long before DiCecca became a steward. “It took a while for management to realize I was not going to bend the four corners of the contract for any reason. Once the members realized the strength we possessed as a group, things began to change,” he added.

DiCecca held a number of positions in his branch, including director of education, before the branch elected him as vice president in 1989 and then executive vice president in 1994. In 1996, he was elected president of the Massachusetts State Association, serving until 1999, when then-NALC President Vincent Sombrotto appointed him a regional administrative assistant (RAA) for Region 14.

DiCecca said his goals as NBA including boosting communication, training, Letter Carrier Political Fund participation, organizing, “and most importantly, finding and mentoring the future leaders of Region 14,” he said.

DiCecca and his wife, Cathy, have three adult children—Caitlin, Shauna and Ricky.

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS
  • Jerry Ugone, Hartford, CT Branch 86

Reg. 15 (NY, n. NJ, w. CT, PR & VI)

Larry Cirelli347 W. 41st Street, Suite 102
New York, NY 10036
212-868-0284

Serving letter carriers in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and the territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

Larry Cirelli, National Business Agent

Larry Cirelli ran uncontested for the position of national business agent for Region 15 and was re-elected by consent at the 2018 NALC Biennial Convention in Detroit.

The New Jersey letter carrier started out as a member of Jersey City Branch 42 before transferring to New Jersey Merged Branch 38. From branch to region to the NBA’s office, Cirelli held a variety of elected and appointed positions. Notable among these was a seven-year run as a shop steward starting in 1986.

“I wanted to stop carriers from being bullied by management and to help my fellow employees,” Cirelli said.

From 1993 to 1996, he was an Employee Involvement facilitator, and in 1997, he served as Route Inspection Teams leader for Branch 38. A year later, he began five years of service as a Dispute Resolution Process Step B representative. He went on to become a regional administrative assistant for Region 15 before his election as NBA in 2006.

In his latest role as a member of NALC’s Executive Council, Cirelli continues to strive to give each letter carrier a voice—as well as an ear to hear it.

Prior to his re-election in Detroit, Cirelli was elected to a third term as Region 15 national business agent  by acclamation in 2014 during the 69th Biennial NALC Convention in Philadelphia.

Cirelli has two sons.

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS

  • Bruce Didriksen, New Jersey Merged Branch 38
  • Orlando Gonzalez, New York City Branch 36
  • Tom Matthews, Long Island, NY Merged Branch 6000

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