CEA Affiliate and Member Development has filled three critical UniServ Representative vacancies. The CEA Board of Directors has appointed Sharon Quinn as the new Unit 25 UniServ Representative, Peter Ruppert as the new Unit 4 UniServ Representative and James Tessitore as the new Unit 13 UniServ Representative.
“We are very pleased to have Sharon, Peter and James join the association,” said Mary Loftus Levine, CEA’s executive director. “They are seasoned professionals who will put their legal and union experiences and knowledge to work for our members.”
Quinn has worked at the National Treasury Employees Union in Washington, D.C., since 1991. She has held a number of positions including national negotiator, national counsel and assistant counsel/national field representative. She has worked with chapter leaders across the country formulating bargaining and dispute resolution strategies and representing members in a variety of forums including arbitration, unfair labor practices, mediation and impasse resolution. She holds a Master of Labor and Employment Laws degree from Georgetown University School of Law and received her J.D. and B.A. at George Mason University.
Ruppert taught elementary and middle school in Stamford for more than 13 years before leaving to become the Stamford Education Association Coordinator for the GE Foundation Developing Futures grant. Ruppert was an active member of his local association, serving as collective bargaining chair, on the grievance committee and as a building representative. He received his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law; and his M.S in education and reading and his B.A. in psychology from Western Connecticut State University.
Tessitore has extensive experience working in union membership organizations. Most recently he was regional counsel for the National Association of Government Employees, where he was responsible for negotiating, drafting, and interpreting collective bargaining agreements for employees. Prior to that he worked as a union representative for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Tessitore received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his B.B.A from Baruch College, The City University of New York.
The UniServ Rep vacancies were created with the retirement of John D’Amato, the departure of Jennifer Silves, and the transfer of Michele O’Neil, who is the new CEA Education Issues Specialist.