Leadership

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.dir@wi-alliance.org.

Affiliated Vice Presidents

AFSCME Michael Sansone
AFT Wisconsin Cindy Wynn
IBEW Cyndy Williams
Iron Workers Gil Toslek
Laborers John Schmitt
Machinists Terry Stuart
Machinists Danny Bell
Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Bob Haase
Operating Engineers TBD
Plumbers Union Local 75 Ken Greening
SEIU Healthcare Local 150 Doris Gillispies
Sheet Metal Workers Bill Buckett
UAW Mary Land
United Steelworkers Ross Winklbauer
WI Professional Firefighters Matt Simpson
WEAC Marlene Ott

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
Machinists Doug Curler

AFL-CIO Vice Presidents

Office & Professional Employees, Local 9 Tony Vanderbloemen
SEIU Janie Harris
UAW Region 4 Brad Schwanda

Alternates

 SEIU Marjorie Kirton
AFSCME C-32 Gary Mitchell
 AFT-W TBD