Officers and Staff

Executive Board

Rich Manderfield

Rich serves as the Acting President of the UNTF and works in the WRAC department at MSU. He stepped up to the position of President after the passing of President Deb Carmichael. Formerly, Richard has served as Finance Chair for the UNTF and was present at the initial organizing of the union.


Kate Birdsall

Kate serves as the UNTF Organizing Chair. At MSU she is a cultural studies scholar, a creative writer, a literary critic, and a teacher. Her research centers on discourses of race, class, gender, sexuality, and health, and how those things are defined in popular media, particularly in life writing and self-help texts.


Carmela De Lorenzo

My name is Carmen De Lorenzo, I’m from Italy (Pisa) and I have a degree in French and Spanish Literature and an MA in TESOL. I am an Instructor of Italian and French at the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. I started working in the department in 2005 first as a part-time and then as a full time instructor. I teach Italian and French language classes at all level but I specialize in beginner learners. My fields of interest are: Italian and French pedagogy and second language acquisition. I was in the first group of recipient of the Designation B contract. I was always an active member of the UNION since 2009 and currently I’m the Union representative for RCS and I’m serving on the UNTF board as Chair Communications Committee. I really believe that joining the Union helps to give a voice to more vulnerable categories of workers unified by similar problems and issues in the work place. In my experience I can witness the UNTF representatives professionalism in listening to members’ problems and helping to solve them very quickly.


David Medei

David serves as the UNTF Secretary and works in the WRAC department at MSU.


Ashley Hewlett

Ashley Hewlett serves as the UNTF Treasurer. She grew up in Michigan and received her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from MSU, where she studied Spanish, French and history. She also has her MATESOL and has been a faculty member at the English Language Center at MSU since fall of  2011. As of October 2017, she has been employed by UNTF to provide assistance managing the office on Lake Lansing Road.


Jason Price

Jason Price teaches in the Theater department and serves as the  Grievance and Negotiations Chair.

Jason Price Headshot


Joe Marutiak

Joe Marutiak is the Office Manager of the UNTF. He is an MSU graduate.  He worked in the Community Mental Health system before becoming active in the labor movement. He was employed by Office and Professional Employees International Union for more than 30 years.  His duties included being the lead negotiator for a 3,700 member local and supervising office staff.  He has served as an International Vice President for OPEIU, a member of the Michigan AFL-CIO Executive Council, Treasurer of the Greater Lansing Labor Council and on the Lansing Fire Board.






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