President – Mike Pyne
Mike Pyne has been a board member of the WIARA since 2007 as well as the Board Chair of the WI AFL-CIO, LETC Program. In addition to being the WIARA President, Mike serves on the WI AFL-CIO Executive Board. Mike has been active in the labor movement since 1972 when he became a member of the AIW. Since then, the AIW merged with the UPIU and again with the United Steelworkers. He has served in virtually every capacity from steward to Regional Representative for Northeast Wisconsin where he directed servicing, organizing and political activities. In February, 2013, Mike retired from USW District 2 but continues to remain active.
President Emeritus – Leon Burzynski
Leon Burzynski is a retired member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 494 in Milwaukee. In addition to being an active retiree he is now serving as the WIARA President Emeritus. He has also served on a number of school and village boards. He and his wife Carole, are former managers of Clare Meadows, a 175 unit independent senior living community in Franklin.
Executive Vice President – Vivien De Back
Vivien De Back has been a board member of the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans since its inception and the co-editor of the WIARA bi-monthly newsletter. As a board member, she has been active in numerous election activities and has been a presenter at town hall meetings on retiree issues and programs particularly relating to health care. She is the former Director of Alverno College School of Nursing and member of the Wisconsin Nurses Association.
Treasurer – Bernie Faust
Bernie Faust has been a WIARA board member since its inception. He has served on numerous committees and has been very successful in raising money in addressing the WIARA budget challenges. On behalf of the UAW and WIARA, Bernie has been very active in election activities in the greater Oshkosh community. He worked at Rockwell International for over 30 years and a strong member of the UAW, he serves as chair of the local UAW retiree chapter and its chair for almost 20 years
Recording Secretary – Joanne Bruch
Joanne Bruch was a member of and a staff representative for the International Union of Electronic Workers (IUE) in Milwaukee before retiring. She is an active member of the Walworth County Democratic Party. She served on the Wisconsin Council of Senior Citizens and was a founding member of the WI Alliance for Retired Americans.
Executive Director – Greg Neil
Greg comes to us from the WI State AFL-CIO, where he served as an organizer in the South Central area of the state. For the past nine years, Greg has been working all over the Midwest in union and political work. Greg is looking forward to working with everyone to grow and strengthen the organization. He is particularly interested in creating new and exciting education formats to increase member knowledge and organizational capacity. You can email Greg at Exec.email@example.com.
Affiliated Vice Presidents
|AFT Wisconsin||Cindy Wynn|
|Iron Workers||Gil Toslek|
|Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades||Bob Haase|
|Plumbers Union Local 75||Ken Greening|
|SEIU Healthcare Local 150||Doris Gillispies|
|Sheet Metal Workers||Bill Buckett|
|United Steelworkers||Ross Winklbauer|
|WI Professional Firefighters||Matt Simpson|
Community Vice Presidents
|Cairasu Care||Fatou Ceesay|
|Citizen Action of WI||Anita Johnson|
|Coalition of WI Aging Groups||Nino Amato|
|6th & 8th Congressional District WIARA||Merle Brimmer|
AFL-CIO Vice Presidents
|Office & Professional Employees, Local 9||Tony Vanderbloemen|
|UAW Region 4||Brad Schwanda|
|AFSCME C-32||Gary Mitchell|