Staff

IFL OFFICERS

  • Ken D. Sagar, President
  • Charles J. Wishman, Secretary-Treasurer

IFL Auditors

  • Jon Arnold, APWU
  • Jeff Cooling, IBEW
  • Mark Rocha, CWA

IFL STAFF

  • Betty Brim-Hunter, State Political Director
  • Ben Murry, Working Iowa Neighbors (WIN) Organizer
  • Tracy Leone, Working Iowa Neighbors (WIN) Organizer
  • Jamie Miller,  Bookkeeper
  • Lance Coles, Communications Director

Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) Staff

  • Sue Dinsdale, Organizer

President Emertus

  • Mark Smith

State Political Director - Betty Brim-Hunter

Brim-Hunter is the State Political Director for the AFL-CIO in Iowa. She is a long-standing member of CWA Local 7102. She served as VP of her Local for 15 years. Brim-Hunter was a member of the bargaining committee on 3 different occasions and was legislative chair for the Local for approximately 10 years. Prior to becoming State Political Director, she was employed by DEX Yellow Pages for 21 years. She has also been the Legislative Director and lobbyist for the IBEW Iowa State Conference for 3 years. She was an elected member of the Iowa State Democratic Central Committee for 3 terms and is currently Vice-Chair of the Polk County Democratic Party.

     Brim-Hunter is married to State Representative Bruce Hunter.

515-262-9571  Cell 515-491-3529  [email protected]

Communications Dirctor - Lance Coles

Lance Coles was hired as the Communication Director for the Iowa Federation of Labor, March 2, 2012. He is on the IFL News Board, Executive Board Member of the South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, President of the Iowa State Labor Press Association, Past President of the Des Moines Iowa Area Local APWU, Past Chairperson of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) President’s Conference; Editor of the Iowa Postal Workers Union news paper, board member of the APWU Postal Press Association, and on the Board of Directors for the First Class Credit Union.

              He recently retired from the U.S. Postal Service after working there 34 years. Lance Graduated from DMACC in the 1982 and Iowa State in 1986 with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. He served in the United States Navy from 1972 to 1977. He does free lance photography and writing in his spare time.

  515-262-9571  Cell 515-669-8046    [email protected]

WIN Organizer - Ben Murry

    Murry was hired by the Iowa Federation of Labor in May as a Political Organizer for the Working Iowa Neighbors (WIN) program. He is a proud member of the United Steelworkers and serves as their State Political Coordinator and lobbyist. At his home local, USW 310L, he sits on the COPE committee and has been the newsletter editor for the last 7 years. Murry lives in Madrid with his wife, Heather, and their two daughters.

[email protected]    Cell 515-205-2595

Ames office - 515-232-0827

WIN Organizer - Tracy Leone

Tracy Leone joined the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO WIN staff in Aprill 2011.  Just prior to this position she was an AFL-CIO Community Services Liason working with the Quad City Federation of Labor.  She has been active in the labor movement since 1997 when she became a member of AFSCME 3506, which represents Adult Educators and Coordinators at the City Colleges of Chicago. 

She served in various capacities including newsletter editor, Executive Board and Negotiating Team member, as Treasurer and as President for the local.  Tracy spent a lot of time doing political organizing on behalf of her union and for continued funding for the program, which serves teen parents, high school dropouts, new immigrants, and family literacy.

When Tracy moved to the Quad Cities in 2006 she worked for the political program of the Quad City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and spent two years in Congressman Braley's Davenport office as a case worker.  Tracy continues to live in the Quad Cities with her husband Dino Leone.

Cell 319-738-3196    [email protected]

4600  46th Ave, Rock Island, IL.  61284

Bookkeeper - Jamie Miller

  Miller was hired in 2002 as the bookkeeper of the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. She is a member of CWA Local 7102 in Des Moines. Prior to becoming the bookkeeper, she was employed by District Council 81, IUPAT Local 246 for 3 years and was a member of OPEIU.

     Miller is married and has two sons.

515-262-9571  [email protected]

Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans - Sue Dinsdale

Sue Dinsdale has been active in progressive issue and political work for most of her life.
In March of 2015 she was hired as the first Executive Director for the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans. With the ARA she works on issues important to seniors, first and foremost protecting Social Security and Medicare as well as advocating on all issues that affect the well-being of retirees and senior citizens
She is also the Executive Director of Iowa Citizen Action Network where her work includes building coalitions around various progressive issues, working toward a goal of social, economic and racial justice for all.
She is a member of the IAMAW Local 254.
Sue has 3 married children and 4 grandchildren. Her husband, Ron is a sculptor and retired educator (where he was a member of the West Des Moines Education Association.) Sue’s work is important to her as she fights for a better future for her children and grandchildren. She lives with her husband, Ron south of Ames.

515-262-9571  Cell 515-480-3240  [email protected]

Jon Arnold

APWU #44

200  39th St. West Des Moines, IA 50265

515-229-9663

[email protected]

 

Jeff Cooling

IBEW #405

1200 Deer Run Drive, NE , Cedar Rapids, IA. 52402

319-540-9221

[email protected]

Mark Rocha

CWA #7102

PO Box 65471, West Des Moines, IA 50265

515-223-4885 (home) 515-243-7102 (work) 515-480-6886 (cell)

[email protected]

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