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Anthony Wells
Anthony Wells

Anthony began his career in 1980 as a Caseworker at Spofford Juvenile Center in the Bronx. In 1983 he moved to BCW where he served as Delegate from the Queens Field Office. In 1988 he joined the union as an Organizer, becoming Associate Director of Organizing in 1990 and Associate Director of Negotiations and Research in 1995. He was elected as Vice President in 1999. As head of the Negotiations and Research Section, Anthony headed the Union's Bargaining Committee and conducted labor-management meetings. He also served on the DC 37 Pension Committee. Anthony received his MSW from Stony Brook University and his law degree from New York Law School. Anthony was elected President in April, 2011.



Yolanda Pumarejo
Yolanda Pumarejo

Executive Vice President since 1995, Yolanda began her career working in child welfare in Staten Island. A longtime activist and delegate, she earned her MSW and CSW while working on location. Yolanda is Co- chair of the Union's Latino Heritage Committee and Chair of the Committee of Concerned Social Workers. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), LCLAA (the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement) and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU).



Juan Ortiz

Juan Ortiz became secretary treasurer in April 2013 to finish the term of Joe Nazario, who died December 30. He was a Community Coordinator at the New York City Housing Authority before becoming a Union officer, and has served as the secretary-treasurer of the Hispanic Labor Committee of the New York City Central Labor Council.





Rose Lovaglio
Rose Lovaglio

Rose graduated from SUNY Albany in 1992 with a BA in Sociology. While in college she interned in State Correctional facilities, preparing inmates to obtain their GED.

Rose began her public service career as a provisional New York State Correctional Counselor in 1994. She was laid off from that position in 1995. In 1996, Rose began working for the Child Welfare Administration as a provisional caseworker at the 345 Adams St. office. She was certified from the Civil Service List in 1997. Also in 1997, she was involuntarily transferred to the 19 Grant Square office. At the Grant Square location Rose became involved with the union and was elected a delegate.

In 1999, Rose was given the opportunity to work at the central office of SSEU Local 371 by the late Charles Ensley, as a Grievance Representative. She was put “under the wing” of Associate Director, Jon Peek. After being in Grievances for approximately five years, she became an Associate Director of Negotiations and Research in 2004.

Rose was elected Vice President of Research & Negotiations in April 2011.



Darek Robinson

Darek Robinson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland (Eastern Shore) in 1989. He began his career in City service in 1992 as a Juvenile Counselor at the Department of Juvenile Justice, and was promoted to Associate Juvenile Counselor I in 2006. He became Assosiate Juvenile Councelor II in 2009.

Robinson became a Union Activist for Local 1457 in 1994 and was elected Vice President in 2004. He was instrumental in the successful filing of the Fair Labor Standard Act Law suit on behalf of Local 1457 members.

Local 1457 merged with SSEU Local 371 in 2010. Robinson became a grievance representative in February 2014 and was elected vice president of grievances and legal services in April.



Armenta Weekes

Armenta began her career in ACS right out of college in April of 1989 as a Caseworker. In 1996 she became a Supervisor I in the Queens Field Office and in 1998 a Child Protective Specialist Supervisor II. Not knowing much about unions but always loving a good fight to right a wrong, Armenta participated in her first demonstration against management the first year being hired. Armenta has been a Union Delegate on location for 20 years. She joins the team at SSEU Local 371 as the Vice President of Organization and Education.



Michelle Akyempong
Michelle Akyempong

Michelle began her career in 1985 as a Caseworker in Adult Protective Services in Brooklyn. Immediately prior to her election as Vice President in 2007, she was a Supervisor III at Home Care Services (CASA IV) in Staten Island. She has served as Alternate and Delegate on location, Delegate to DC 37 and a member of the Bargaining Committee. Michelle is a member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), CBTU, the Women's Committee, Black History and Caribbean Heritage Committees. Michelle is Chair of the Union's Political Action Committee. She has been Vice President of Legislation & Political Action since 2007.



Patricia Chardavoyne
Patricia Chardavoyne

Patricia began her New York City career in 1999 at the Kings County District Attorney's Office. Her first assignment was in the Payroll Management Unit as a Community Service Aid, she subsequently became a Community Assistant. Later becoming a Community Associate assigned to work closely with victims of domestic violence. Patricia is a delegate and an active member of the Latino Heritage Committee, Political Action Committee, and Women's Committee. Additionally she attends and supports other Local 371 committee meetings. Presently Patricia is Vice President of Publicity and Community Relations for SSEU Local 371. She is also a member of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.

Social Service Employees Union Local 371
817 Broadway, New York, NY 10003