UAW Local 2320
Officers & Staff
Pam Smith

Pam joined the staff of NOLSW in February 2008 as the mid-Atlantic organizer.  Previously, Pam worked as a staff attorney at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau (MDLAB).  While she was at MDLAB, Pam served on the healthcare committee and bargaining committee and also processed grievances.

As an attorney with MDLAB, Pam represented clients in federal and state public benefits cases.  Her involvement with NOLSW at MDLAB led her to an interest in labor law.  She left MDLAB in 2006 to take a position as National Negotiator for the National Treasury Employees Union where she negotiated contracts with federal agencies and prosecuted national grievances.

In October, 2012, Pam was appointed to serve as Financial Secretary/Treasurer by the National Executive Board, and was elected to that position in 2013 and 2016. Pam became President in July 2018.

Financial Secretary-Treasurer
Joseph Veehoff

Joe is a former legal services attorney who spent three years working at Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS).  While a staff attorney at NNJLS and its predecessor program, Joe was active in the bargaining unit and held the role of chairperson in 2002 and vice-chairperson from 2003 through 2004.

In 2002, he helped assure that all bargaining unit members retained their jobs when his program merged with two others to form NNJLS.  Joe has also been active in New Jersey United, an ad hoc group of organized legal services workers in New Jersey.

Joe was appointed to the Financial Secretary-Treasurer position in July 2018.

National Vice-President (Legal Services)
Robert Garza

Robert has been an attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) since May 2000.  He has been chairperson of his unit, Texas Legal Services Union (TLSU) since November 2004.  During his tenure as chairperson, he led a successful membership drive and contract struggle that resulted in equalization of wages for all employees (there were five programs prior to the merger).  Robert is active in political campaigns and has participated in many Texas campaigns.  Prior to working for TRLA, Robert worked in the Texas Department of Elections and practiced law in a private firm.

Robert's goal for the Union is to increase membership and participation.

Human Services VP
Rozalyn Brown

Recording Secretary
Amy Hammersmith

Northeast Region VP
Carolina Africano

Midwest Region VP
Colleen Connolly

Southwest Vice-President
Pat Richmond

Pat has been a NOLSW member since 1986.  She has served her unit as , chairperson from 1988-2002 and has been on the bargaining team many times.  She was the main force behind unifying the legal services programs in Colorado and setting up a statewide union.  Pat began working at Metropolitan Denver Legal Services, now Colorado Legal Services as a secretary and then became a paralegal for public benefits.

Pat would like to see every legal services worker in the United States join NOLSW.  She thinks that people who believe in equal access to justice and people who believe in unions for workers are a great partnership.  When not a work, Pat enjoys spending time with her husband Dennis, her five children and ten grandchildren.

Southeast Region VP
Victoria Robinson

West Coast Vice-President
Pete Savino

Pete Savino is a Hearings Investigator at the City of Santa Monica Rent Control Department where he has been employed since 1985. Pete’s responsibilities include investigating conditions of rental units and ascertaining whether property owners in compliance with the law.
Pete is the Unit Chairperson, in which capacity he has served his unit for many years, including serving on the Bargaining Team and as Grievance Handler. Pete is known for his persistence in getting justice for unit members as well as those seeking it from the Rent Control Law.
In the past, Pete has worked as a boycott organizer/coordinator for the United Farm Workers, an organizer for SEIU #99, and a community organizer in Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

Mary Ellen Nose

Mary Ellen has been a public benefits paralegal with Southeast Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS) since 1980.  Mary Ellen is one of the orginal members who organized the Union at SEOLS.   She has served her unit as chairperson and on the bargaining committee.  She is the Midwest Vice-President and also one of three trustees who verify the Union's finances and records.

Mary Ellen lives with her husband and 90-year old mother on a working organic farm that raises beef cattle and grows various varieties of berries.  She has been asked to testify many times at the state level on issues affecting low-income persons in Ohio.

Vicki Roebuck

Vicki is a Senior Case Manager in the Homeless Prevention program at Heartland Alliance.  Heartland Alliance is a social service agency that provides assistance to low and moderate income people in such areas as housing, medical services, supportive services to seniors and children, job training and financial assistance.  Vicki began to work for the agency in 1982 and has worked in most of the programs at Heartland Alliance.  

Vicki was one of the orginial workers that organized the program in 1984.  Since that time Vicki has served her unit as chairperson, union representative, grievance handler and on the bargaining team.  She is now the National Vice-president for Human Services and is also one of the three trustees that make sure our finances and records are in order.  Vicki is looking forward to retirement so she can spend more time with her four grandsons and one granddaughter.

Diane Lanigan

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West Coast Organizer
Donis Borks

Donis joined the NOLSW staff as an the West Coast Organizer in January 2008.  Donis had been a staff attorney at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau (MDLAB) for five years.  While at MDLAB, Donis was the unit chairperson, on the bargaining committee, handled grievances, testified and lobbied for increased legal services and worked with the Community Action Program (CAP), the political action committee of the UAW.  Donis also worked as a community organizer for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

Northeast Organizer
Lily Defriend

Northeast Organizer
Susan DeMaria

Susan joined the NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 staff in February 2008 as the Northeast Organizer.  Prior to beginning work for NOLSW, Susan worked as an advocate for health issues as Director of the Western Massachusetts Coalition on Occupational Safety and Health.  Susan also served as the Coordinator of the Labor Advisory Committee of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow.  Susan worked closely with the AFL-CIO and other organizations to improve the health and safety of Massachusetts' workers.

Prior to working as an advocate for health and safety issues, Susan worked as a legal intern at Western Massachusetts Legal Services.  Susan also was a member of a UAW local where she was on the bargaining committee, represented members in grievances and conducted steward trainings.

Midwest Organizer
Laura Hebert

Laura began her union career as a rank and file member of New England Health Care Employees Union District 1199 out of Hartford, where in the mid 1990’s she organized her workplace and led 300 members out on successful  strike where the Union won a pension, moving part-time employees to fulltime status based on hours worked and employer paid health care. Laura was then hired on as an Organizer with 1199 where she represented State of Connecticut Employees in over 20 different state agencies. Laura won through a grievance with the State of Connecticut judicial board Hazardous Duty Early Retirement for employees of Department of Development Disabilities.

Laura moved to Chicago in 2007 and did new organizing for 7 years with the National Treasury Employees Union, working on the nation’s recent largest Union organizing campaign of 44,000 TSA Officers and organizing physicians with Doctors Council SEIU. Laura joined the staff of NOLSW in March 2014. She continues to live in Chicago – and  happy her family joined her from Connecticut her daughter Shannon and granddaughter Lexus

In her free time – Laura is a  monthly staff writer for GC Magazine based in Chicago, loves taking her granddaughter Lexus to social justice events, Broadway shows and museums, hanging out with friends attending street festivals, concerts and organizing the community to be more involved in social justice endeavors.

Midwest Organizer
Jose Pepe Lozano

Pepe Lozano is a Chicago native and comes from an activist family and has lived on the city's southwest side in a predominantly Mexican American community his whole life. Pepe is happily married to his wife Patricia who also grew up in the same neighborhood where they continue to reside.

Pepe was a writer with the People's World for over six years, a daily online labor news publication. He covered a range of daily local and national stories, mostly in the Chicago area, having to do with progressive political campaigns, workers and immigrant rights, youth and student struggles, as well as the fight for affordable health care and other social justice initiatives and grass-roots people's movements.

Pepe began working as a union representative in 2012 with the Service Employees International Union - Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas in their Collective Bargaining and Representation Unit before joining NOLSW/UAW Local 2320. Pepe studied theater and history while in college and loves the arts. He's also a big Chicago White Sox, Bulls and Bears fan.

Northeast Organizer
Mikayla Robinson

Mikayla joined the NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 staff in September 2018 as a Northeast region organizer. Mikayla began her career in the labor movement as a graduate student at Boston College. Mikayla worked with her colleagues to organize graduate student employees at Boston College and form the Boston College Graduate Employees Union-UAW (BCGEU-UAW). Upon completing her Master’s degree in History, Mikayla chose not to pursue a PhD, but instead, joined UAW Region 9A as a temporary organizer. Mikayla worked primarily on the Boston College campaign, helping to organize a successful NLRB election, and also assisted with the campaigns at Harvard and Boston University. 

As a graduate student, Mikayla studied nineteenth and twentieth century immigration and Asian American history, with a focus on policy and implementation, legal challenges and court decisions, naturalization and citizenship, and labor. Her research projects included an examination on the implementation of Chinese exclusion policies and Chinese immigrants’ response to policy through the use of paper sons, and a study on policing of opium in Boston’s Chinatown and the racialization and criminalization of opium. 

Southeast Organizer
Rachel Thomas

Rachel joined the staff in early 2016 having come out of our unit at LAF in Chicago where she was an attorney.  As Southeast Organizer, Rachel covers our units in Texas and throughout the Southeast.

Union Adminstrator
Ellen Schulman



Ellen joined the staff of NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 as an Administrative Assistant in August 2006. Prior to that time, she worked for Local 15 of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) as an Administrative Assistant in the Pension and Welfare Funds.   Ellen was promoted to Union Administrator in 2014.  She, along with her assistant Maura, carries out the Administrative functions of the Union.

Administrative Assistant
Maura Schulman



Maura joined the staff of NOLSW/UAW Local 2320 as an Administrative Assistant in April 2016 after working part-time for the union since June 2010.  Maura maintains the membership files and records and deposits dues for our Union.  She also assists Ellen with the day-to-day running of the office. 

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