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 has served as the Deputy Director of AFSCME Council 31 for more than two decades, overseeing the union’s policy, educational, legislative and political programs. She also serves as a Vice President on the AFSCME International Executive Board.

Lynch’s career has been dedicated to the rights of working people, to equal opportunity and to economic justice. A Philadelphia native, she is a graduate of Duquesne University and was previously involved in grassroots community, labor and political organizing efforts in Pittsburgh and Chicago, including serving on the staff of the Calumet Community Religious Congress, the Chicago Area Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, and the Harold Washington mayoral campaign.

Lynch is also the co-author of Rusted Dreams: Hard Times in a Steel Community (University of California Press), which chronicles the decline of the steel industry in the Calumet region.



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



Patricia Ousley

Department of Employment Security, Local 1006



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


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




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