President: Kate Birdsall

Kate Birdsall teaches in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures and has been a UNTF member since 2014. She served on the Contract Negotiating committee during the 2018 contract negotiations and became vice president in the General Election in spring of 2019. Prior to her work with UNTF, she served as a steward for GEU and is strongly committed to organized labor. She has taken the lead on communications with MSU in the wake of COVID-19 and has successfully obtained letters of agreement that will protect our members in the coming months and years.

Vice-President: Victor Rodriguez-Pereira

Víctor Rodríguez-Pereira teaches in the department of Romance and Classical Studies, and has been a UNTF member since 2017. He became a Member at Large of the Executive Board in the elections of 2019. Previously, he was part of the Organizing Committee of the Lecturers’ Employee Organization (LEO) at University of Michigan.

Secretary: David Medei

David serves as the UNTF Secretary and works in the department of Writing, Rhetoric, & American Cultures at MSU.


Treasurer: Samantha Fox

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Member at Large: 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.


Member at Large: Jason Price

Jason Price teaches in the department of Theater.

Member at Large: Carol Prahinski

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Office Manager: Ashley Hewlett

Ashley Hewlett serves as the UNTF Office Manager. 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 was a fixed-term faculty member at the English Language Center at MSU from 2011-2018. As of October 2017, she has been employed by UNTF to provide assistance managing the office on Lake Lansing Road.


Organizer: Richard Fessler

Richard Fessler has been the UNTF organizer since 2019. When he isn’t building solidarity, he enjoys hiking, history, boardgames, and baseball. 

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