UHP Officers and Staff

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Chris DeFrancesco, VP FOR COMMUNICATION

Chris joins the executive committee after years of growing involvement in the union. He became a rep in 2009 and was named Union Rep of the Year in 2012. He is on the communications committee, which he will now chair. More recently he joined the steward committee, negotiating team, and finance committee, and became an AFT Connecticut legislative liaison. Chris has been with the UConn Health communications team since 2007.

cdefrancesco@uhp3837.com

Robin Washington Addison, VP FOR POLITICAL ACTIVITIES

Robin is a familiar UHP face, back on the executive committee in a new role after three terms as VP Tier I. Robin has been a UHP member since 1998, a rep since 2001, and a steward since 2003. In 2008 she was named Steward of the Year. Robin also serves on the negotiating team, finance committee, and health and safety committee, as an AFT Connecticut legislative liaison, and in her newly elected role will chair COPE/LPAC. She previously has served on the communications and scholarship committees. Robin works in the UConn Center on Aging.

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Shawn Brown, VP FOR MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES

Shawn is a veteran rep and steward now taking his place on the executive committee. An employee since 2007, UHP member since 2008, and rep and steward since 2009, Shawn has been honored as both the Union Rep of the Year (2014) and Union Steward of the Year (2015). He also serves on the finance committee and negotiating team, and previously served on the elections committee. Shawn works in the Clinical Research Center.

sbrown@uhp3837.com

 

Laura Didden, RECORDING SECRETARY

Laura has been a UConn Health employee since 2005, a UHP member since 2007, active in the union since 2009, and now an elected officer. Laura’s been a rep since 2012 and in 2014 she was named Union Rep of the Year. She serves or has served on the finance, scholarship, social and elections committees, and the salary and investment subcommittees. Laura is an administrative officer in the School of Dental Medicine.

ldidden@uhp3837.com

 

Michelle Proper, TREASURER

Michelle returns to the executive committee for a sixth term as UHP treasurer. As such she chairs the finance committee, and also serves on the negotiating team and the investment subcommittee. Michelle is the business services manager in the Department of Craniofacial Sciences. She joined UConn Health in 2001. Her UHP activism over the years also includes participation in the steward, elections, LPAC, scholarship and social committees.

mdproper@uhp3837.com

 

Ivonne Hamm, 1ST VP FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

Ivonne rejoins the executive committee on which she has served as recording secretary and then VP for political activities. Ivonne’s been at UConn Health in several capacities over three decades, most recently as a nurse in the electroconvulsive suite. An active UHP member for more than a decade, Ivonne is a steward, negotiating team member, finance committee member, union representative, AFL-CIO Greater Bristol Labor Council delegate/treasurer and an AFT Connecticut legislative liaison.

ihamm@uhp3837.com

 

Bill Garrity, PRESIDENT

A longtime UHP member and UConn Health nurse since 1995, Bill is back on the executive committee on which he previously held the position of VP for Communication. Bill stepped back from serving as an elected officer as his daughter was growing up, but remained active as a rep, steward, and member of committees including negotiating team, nursing staffing, and finance. This is the fourth contract Bill has helped negotiate.

bgarrity@uhp3837.com