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Principal Officers

The four principal officers are members of the Executive Council.

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Barbara Bowen
A professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY), Bowen taught for fifteen years before becoming president of the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY. A scholar of 17th-century English literature and African-American studies, Bowen earned her Ph.D. at Yale and has published numerous works in her field. Throughout her academic career, she also worked in progressive political movements and as a labor organizer. Bowen’s election as president of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) in 2000 was as part of a collective of faculty and staff with deep roots in progressive politics. The PSC represents 25,000 faculty members and professional staff at CUNY and the CUNY Research Foundation. Bowen began her union career when an assignment as a VISTA volunteer turned into an effort to organize 800 tobacco pickers in the Connecticut River Valley. She also spent several years as a community organizer. In addition to her position as an AFT vice president, Bowen is a member of the NYSUT board of directors and the executive board of the New York City Central Labor Council.


Andrea Ades Vásquez is First Vice President of the PSC. For over fifteen years, she has worked to organize HEOs across CUNY and to reconstitute the Graduate Center PSC chapter. Andrea has served on the PSC Executive Council for several terms and, in the last two rounds of bargaining, on the negotiations committee, where she helped defend past gains and win new demands for all members, including improvements to HEO reclassification and a new HEO salary differential. She is a leader in the legislation work of the PSC and spearheads the union’s coalition work with CUNY Rising Alliance and with other unions and community groups in revenue coalitions. Andrea was instrumental in the creation of the New Deal for CUNY legislation that was filed in early 2021 and she is responsible for the campaign to pass and implement the bill among PSC members and in the legislature. Andrea supports the work of members in several PSC committees and also works with adjunct liaisons to build membership and meet the needs of CUNY adjunct faculty. In her regular job, Andrea is associate director of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning and managing director of the Graduate Center’s New Media Lab. She works with a team of producers and historians to create classroom documentaries and U.S. history web resources. In addition to supporting the work of Graduate Center students who use digital technologies in their academic research, Andrea’s own recent work is directing the ongoing CUNY Digital History Archive project.

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Nivedita Majumdar is Secretary of the PSC. She is associate professor of English at John Jay College. She has been PSC Chapter Chair at John Jay College since 2011. She is a member of the Contract Campaign Advisory Committee, has completed the PSC Leadership Training Program and represents the PSC at the AFT Higher Education Program and Policy Committee. In her tenure as chapter chair at John Jay, she has spearheaded the building of a dynamic chapter that has led campaigns on several issues that extend beyond the contract. The signature campaign has been for workload mitigation for full-time faculty, which would entail a reorganization of workload in the interests of faculty and students. A sustained three-year campaign by faculty succeeded in its goal of getting the administration to institute a universal, non-competitive program that will benefit tenured professors and lecturers. This campaign, along with others like the anti-Pathways and adjunct seniority efforts, has dramatically increased the level of political awareness and participation among our members. Nivedita has been active in progressive movements within and outside the university for more than 20 years in the US and India. She remains committed to working on improving the working conditions of our members while ensuring that our union actively works with other forces to protect and nurture public higher education and promote a progressive social vision. Nivedita is an active scholar. Her research interests include Marxist theory, postcolonial studies, theories of nationalism and cultural studies; she has published widely in these areas. Her edited book, The Other Side of Terror, (Oxford, 2009) offers a Left critique of terrorism discourse. She is currently at work on her next book on postcolonial theory and literature.

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Sharon Persinger is Treasurer of the PSC. She is an associate professor of mathematics and computer science at Bronx Community College, with a PhD in mathematics from the CUNY Graduate Center and a master’s in computer science from City College. She has served as chair of the PSC chapter at BCC since 2010. With her leadership, the BCC chapter has worked to restore adequate funding for CUNY, improve health and safety at the college, win equity for adjuncts, and support the struggles of other unionized workers in the Bronx. She has served as a member of the PSC Executive Council since 2011, is a member of the Labor Goes to the Movies Committee and the Committee on the Militarization of CUNY, and was recently appointed as a trustee of the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund and a member of the NYSUT Policy Council. Born into a union family in West Virginia, Sharon learned about the importance and power of organized labor from the United Mine Workers.

Executive Council

The Executive Council (“the EC”), the union’s 27-member leadership group, is responsible for making policy recommendations to the DA. The EC includes the four principal officers listed above and the 23 people listed here. They are elected directly by the entire membership or the constituency they represent and have overall executive responsibility for the union. EC members serve three-year terms.

Barbara Bowen (Queens College)

Andrea Vásquez (Graduate Center)
First Vice President

Nivedita Majumdar (John Jay College)

Sharon Persinger (Bronx CC)

Penny Lewis (School of Labor and Urban Studies)
Vice President
Senior Colleges

Lorraine Cohen (LaGuardia CC)
Vice President
Community Colleges

Rosa Squillacote
Vice President
Part-Time Personnel

Iris DeLutro (Queens College)
Vice President
Cross Campus Units

Susan DiRaimo (Lehman College)
Lynne Turner (Graduate Center)
Angel Martinez (Bronx CC)
Part-Time Personnel Officers

Luke Elliott-Negri (Graduate Center)
Michael Fabricant (Hunter College)
Steve London (Brooklyn College)
George Emilio Sanchez (College of Staten Island)
Alia Tyner-Mullings (Guttman CC)
University-wide Officers

Myrlene Dieudonne (NYC College of Technology)
Jacqueline Elliott (NYC College of Technology)
Janet Winter (John Jay College)
Cross Campus Officers

Michael Batson (College of Staten Island)
James Davis (Brooklyn College)
David Hatchett (Medgar Evers College)
Senior College Officers

Howard Meltzer (Manhattan CC)
Michael Spear (Kingsborough CC)
Sharon Utakis (Bronx CC)
Community College Officers

Joan Greenbaum (LaGuardia CC/ Retired)
Steve Leberstein (CCNY/Retired)
Retiree Officers

Delegate Assembly

The Delegate Assembly (“the DA”) is the union’s central policy-making body The DA holds open meetings at the union hall each month during the academic year. The DA is comprised of representatives from each of the chapters plus the 27 General Officers of the union who comprise its Executive Council.

PSC Executive Council Members
Michael Batson
Barbara Bowen
Lorraine Cohen
James Davis
Iris Delutro
Myrlene Dieudonne
Susan DiRaimo
Jacqueline Elliott
Luke Elliott-Negri
Michael Fabricant
Joan Greenbaum
David Hatchett
Steve Leberstein
Penny Lewis
Steven London
Nivedita Majumdar
Angel Martinez
Howard Meltzer
Sharon Persinger
George Emilio Sanchez
Carly Smith
Michael Spear
Rosa Squillacote
Lynne Turner
Alia Tyner-Mullings
Sharon Utakis
Andrea Ades Vásquez
Janet Winter

Lynne Turner
Baruch College
Vincent DiGirolamo
Debra Caplan
Frank Cioffi
Stuart Davis
Elisabeth Gareis
Peter Harrison
Neil Hernandez
Glenn Petersen
Stan Wine

Alternate Delegates
Jean Gaffney
George (Jorge) Gonzalez
Ian Ross Singleton
Greg Snyder
Elizabeth Wollman

Bronx Community College
Yasmin Edwards
Diane Price Banks
Hisseine Faradj
Monique Guishard
Peter Kolozi
Angel Martinez
Maria Treglia

Alternate Delegates
Nerissa Brown
Johanky Reyes Moreno
Jose Reyes
Colin Young

Brooklyn College
James Davis
Mobina Hashmi
Alexandra Juhasz
Mark Lauterbach
Veronica Manlow
Carolina Bank Munoz
Immanuel Ness
Jocelyn Wills

Alternate Delegates
Heidi Diehl
Madeline Fox
Naomi Schiller
Ramsey Scott
Alex Vitale

Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center
Felicia Wharton

City College
Carol Huang
Philip Barnett
Susan DiRaimo
Victoria Frye
John Gillooly
Chad Kidd
Geri Kreitzer
Alexander Punnoose
Pamela Stemberg
Harold Aram Veeser

Alternate Delegates
Robert Balun
Carla Cappetti
Joseph Davis
Kathlene McDonald
Alice Shepard

College Laboratory Technicians
Persio Pereyra (Bronx CC)
Syed Amir Abdali (City College)
Sharif Elhakem (Lehman College)
Habib Girgis (Lehman College)
Luisa Hindle (LaGuardia CC)
Jacqueline Elliott (NYC Tech)
Pedro Irigoyen (Queens College)

Alternate Delegates
Edward Coppola (Brooklyn College)
Deborah Hertzberg (Brooklyn College)
Orit Gruber (CSI)
Karin Contreras (Hostos CC)

College of Staten Island
George Sanchez
Michael Batson
Jonathan Cope
Maureen Garvey
Cary Karacas
John Lawrence
Ruth P. Silverberg
Nelly Tournaki

Alternate Delegates
Valerie Forrestal
Christina M. Hagedorn
Halil Ege Ozen
Chang-Hut Shen

CUNY Central Office
Julio Caragiulo
Saul Spicer

Graduate Center
Lynne Turner
Giacomo Bianchino
Harry Blain
Claire Cahen
Patrick Dedauw
Nicholas Devlin
Ivana Durovic
Susan Fountain
Jean Grassman
Maya Harakawa
Claudia Shacter-deChabert
Roxanne Shirazi
Hilary Wilson

Alternate Delegates
Andrew Anastasi
Marc Kagan
Casandra Murray
Erin Ward

Alia Tyner-Mullings

Alternate Delegate
Kristina Baines

Higher Education Officers
Darryl Minor (Baruch College)
John Gallagher (BMCC)
Justyna Jagielnicka (BMCC)
Anita Rivers (Bronx CC)
Lawrence Bosket (Brooklyn College)
Jesus Perez (Brooklyn College)
Jennifer Harrington (City College)
Vanessa Jennings (City College)
Graciano Matos (City College)
Geniece Pacifici-Elijalde (City College)
Philippe Marius (College of Staten Island)
Mary Murphy (College of Staten Island)
Alexander Romeo (College of Staten Island)
Zee Dempster (Grad Center)
Maureen LaMar (Grad Center)
Jennifer Lee (Grad Center - SPS)
Isela Lopez (Grad Center - ASRC)
Andrea Vasquez (Grad Center)
Diana Zechowski (Guttman CC)
Daliz Perez-Cabezas (Hostos CC)
Keith Okrosy (Hunter College)
Rachel Brown (John Jay College)
Rulisa Galloway-Perry (John Jay College)
Janet Winter (John Jay College)
Maria Patestas (Kingsborough CC)
Peter Santiago (Kingsborough CC)
Kathryn Wayler (Kingsborough CC)
Renee Freeman-Butler (LaGuardia CC)
Michele Stewart (LaGuardia CC)
Andrea Garnett-Lovell (Law School)
Karlene Johnson (Lehman College)
Pedro Luna (Lehman College)
C. Mark Miller (Lehman College)
Shakia Brown (Medgar)
Cynthia Bink (NYC Tech)
Myrlene Dieudonne (NYC Tech)
Chastity Norman (NYC Tech)
Arthur Ben Chitty (Queens College)
Iris DeLutro (Queens College)
Karen Johnson (Queens College)
Jeffrey Ballerini (Queensborough CC)
Victoria O'Shea (Queensborough CC)
Anthony Andrews (York College)
Marva Frederick (York College)

HEO Alternate Delegates

Hostos Community College
Craig Bernardini
Lizette Colon
Felipe Pimentel

Alternate Delegates (Hostos)
Melvin Huffnagle
Olga Steinberg

Hunter Campus Schools
Cristina Moore

Alternate Delegates
Sonya Glasser

Hunter College
Tanya Agathocleous
Richard Bengloff
Matthew Devany
Peter Dudek
Jeremy Glick
Tami Gold
Daniel Hurewitz
Sandor John
Jack Kenigsberg
Robyn Marasco
Erin Mayo-Adam
Rosa Squillacote
Christopher Stone

Alternate Delegates
Michael Berube
Carmelina Cartei
Tim Cusick
Stuart Kaufer
Michael Lewis
Martin Lucas
Roberta Walker Kilkenny

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
John Pittman
Ellen Belcher
Jonathan Epstein
Elizabeth Hovey
Susan Kang
Nivedita Majumdar
Gerald Markowitz
Jayne Mooney
Paul Narkunas
Ellen Sexton

Alternate Delegates
Andrea Balis
Jay Gates
Robert McCrie
Sandra Swenson
Patricia Tovar

Kingsborough Community College
Scott Cally
Vincent Cuccia
Morris Didia
Maureen Fadem
Maria Hernandez
Tanya Johnson
Rick Repetti
Rina Yarmish

Alternate Delegates
Tamara Bellomo
Tian Cai
Ayalur Krishnan
Michael Rosson

LaGuardia Community College
Lara Beaty
Thomas Cleary
Lorraine Cohen
Carrie Conners
Sarah Durand
Youngmin Seo
Dora Trujillo

Alternate Delegates
Andreas Karras
Karen Miller
Laura Tanenbaum

Lehman College
Robert Farrell
Ayanna Alexander-Street
Diane Auslander
Eleanor T. Campbell
David Manier
Abigail Mellen
Mary Frances Phillips
Ruth Wangerin

Alternate Delegates
Thomas Conroy
Humberto Lizardi
Nara Roberta Molla da Silva
Sarah Soanirina Ohmer

Manhattan Community College
Kathleen Offenholley
Anthony Creaco
Angeles Donoso Macaya
Erik Freas
Deborah Gambs
Anthony Gronowicz
James Hoff
Will Hutchison
Robin Isserles
Heather James
Ines Carrera Junco
Hemalatha Navaratne
Owen Roberts
Andrew Smallwood
Rebecca Smart
Sharell Walker

Alternate Delegates
Sheldon Applewhite
Lissette Acosta Corniel
Jennifer Delfino
Boyda Johnstone

Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center
Karen Berry

Alternate Delegate
Latoya Cameron

Medgar Evers College
Clinton Crawford
Janice Bloomfield-Alves
David Hatchett
Yvanne Joseph

New York City College of Technology
Benjamin Shepard
Nora Almeida
Sandra Cheng
Andrew Douglas
John Graham
Reneta Lansiquot-Panagiotakis
Angela Loguercio
Sean MacDonald
Annie Ngana-Mundeke
Konstantinos Panayotakis
Patricia Rudden
Shauna Vey

Alternate Delegates
Megan Behrent
Gwen Cohen Brown
Mark Noonan
Sarah Ann Standing
Christopher Swift

Queens College
David Gerwin
Jonathan Buchsbaum
Soribel Genao
Carol Giardina
Jane Guskin
Ted Kesler
Roopali Mukherjee
Anestoria Shalkowski

Alternate Delegate
Nancy Foasberg
Julie George
Richard Maxwell
Karen Weingarten

Queensborough Community College
Edmund Clingan
Daniel Mann
Hayes Mauro
Wally Rosenthal
Julian Stark
Joseph Vallone

Alternate Delegates
Susan Jacobowitz

Research Foundation
Charles Chaung

Research Foundation Field Units
Antonica James
Lori Rothstein

William Friedheim
Robert Cermele
Jacqueline DiSalvo
Glenn Kissack
Cecelia McCall
Eileen Moran
Bonnie Nelson

Alternate Delegates
Anne Friedman
Mark Goldberg
David Kotelchuck
Marcia Newfield

York College
Scott Sheidlower
Ian Hansen
Elise Henry
Esther Debbie Louis
Abiola Oladipo

Alternate Delegate
Lalit Bajaj
Alexander Birk
Selena Rodgers
Salek Aseff

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