About

Council Leadership

Executive Director - Henry Bayer

Henry BayerMore than 35 years ago, Henry Bayer became an organizer with AFSCME in Chicago. Soon after, in 1976, he directed the successful campaign to win representation rights for 12,000 state para-professional and professional employees.

He's been aggressively building the numbers and the influence of Council 31 ever since, assuming his position as Executive Director in 1993.

A native of New Hampshire, he moved to Chicago in 1968 to teach in the Chicago Public Schools. He soon moved into the labor movement, though, accepting an education position with the Amalgamated Meatcutters Union before joining AFSCME.

 

 

Deputy Director - Roberta Lynch

Roberta Lynch PicRoberta Lynch came to Council 31 after serving as Research Director of the Chicago Area Committee on Occupational Safety and Health. Her first post with the Council was as Public Policy Director, a position she assumed in 1984. She became deputy director in 1993.

Lynch’s career has been dedicated to the rights of working people, to equal opportunity, to economic justice. A Philadelphia native, she is a graduate of Duquesne University and was previously involved in a number of community and political organizing efforts.

She is also the co-author of Rusted Dreams: Hard Times in a Steel Community, which chronicles the decline of the steel industry in Southeast Chicago.

 

 

Council 31 Executive Board Officers

State Executive Vice-President

Lori Laidlaw

Dixon Correctional Center, Local 817

 

City/County Executive Vice-President

Carmin Willis-Goodloe

Cook County Hospital, Local 1111

 

Private Sector Executive Vice-President

Yolanda Woods

Hope Institute, Local 2481

 

University Executive Vice-President

Dorinda Miller

University of Illinois Clericals, Local 3700

 

Secretary

Patricia Ousley

Department of Employment Security, Local 1006

 

Treasurer

Rob Fanti

Sheridan Correctional Center, Local 472

 

Board Members

State Conference Board Co-Chairs

 

Gloria Arseneau, (RC-14),

Northeastern Illinois State Employees, Local 2794

Kathy Lane, (RC-63)

Northwestern Illinois State Employees, Local 448

Randy Hellman, (RC-6)

Pinckneyville Correctional Center, Local 943

 

Region I Vice-Presidents
(Cook and Lake Counties)

 

Ellen Larrimore

Northeastern Illinois University, Local 1989

Safiya Felters

Department of Human Services, Local 2854

Stephen Mittons

Cook County DCFS, Local 2081

John Rayburn

Chicago Public Library, Local 1215

Kobie Robinson

Cook County Assessor, Local 3835

Eva Spencer-Chatman

Chicago Read Mental Health Center, Local 1610

 

Region II Vice-Presidents
(Nothern Illinois)

 

Garry Cacciapaglia

City of Rockford, Local 1058

Gary Ciaccio

Shapiro Developmental Center, Local 29

Dave Delrose

Will County Employees, Local 1028

Ralph Portwood

Stateville Correctional Center, Local 1866

Ruby Robinson

Collar Counties State Employees, Local 2833

Yurvette Simmons

United Cerebral Palsy of Will County, Local 3237

 
Region III Vice-Presidents
(Central Illinois)

 

Mark Kerr

McFarland MHC, Local 2767

Gary Kroeschel

Sangamon Co. State Employees, Local 2224

Matt Lukow

Springfield Area State Employees, Local 1964

David Morris

Illinois State Employees, Local 805

Steve Nordyke

Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Local 2600

Cameron Watson

Jacksonville Correctional Center, Local 3549

Trudy Williams

Fulton County Employees, Local 3433

 

Region IV Vice-Presidents
(Southern Illinois)
 

Chris Milton

Madison County Employees, Local 799

Duane Montgomery

Metro-East State Employees, Local 1805

Cary Quick

Choate MH/DC, Local 141

Mike Turner

Southern Illinois Corrections Employees, Local 415

 

Trustees

 

Carlene Erno

Department of Children and Family Services, Local 2615

Tom Minick

Moline Schools, Local 672

Miguel Vazquez

Aurora Sanitary District Employees, Local 3297

 

Retiree Chapter 31 Representative

 

Larry Brown