NYCOSH Elects Board of Directors

For immediate release
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NYCOSH Welcomes New Board of Directors in 2015 Election

New York, NY—Members of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) unanimously elected the new NYCOSH Board of Directors at its bi-annual membership meeting on Wednesday. The elections brought on three new board members and a change to the positions of Vice-Chair and Secretary on the Executive Committee. NYCOSH Chair Lee Clarke was re-elected.

“I am honored to serve another term as NYCOSH Chair and am looking forward to working with our distinguished Executive Board members. NYCOSH is an essential organization that extends and defends the rights of workers to a safe and healthy workplace. Our board has a lot of work to do in 2015,” said Lee Clarke.

The Executive Committee now includes Lee Clarke, Assistant to the President of Local 1549, DC 37 as Chair; Wendy Hord, Health and Safety Specialist at NYSUT and Steve Mooser, Director of Safety and Health at RWDSU as Vice Chairs; Jean Grassman, Associate Professor at CUNY Brooklyn College Professional Staff Congress as Secretary; and Robert Grey of Grey & Grey P.C as Treasurer.

Michelle Parker, a Labor Relations Specialist at the Tarrytown Regional Office of NYSUT will be the Lower Hudson Valley representative; and Fred Wren, Union Representative at RWDSU/UFCW Local 338 will be the Long Island Representative.

Members at large include Eno Awotoye of the Retail Action Project; Janet Foley, Director of Safety and Health at CSEA; Jemma Marie Hanson, Regional Coordinator with the Public Employees Federation Region 11; Larry McNeil, Business Manager at SEIU Local 56, Hotel Trades Council; Guille Mejía, Director of Safety and Health at DC 37, AFSCME; Earl Phillips, Secretary-Treasurer at TWU Local 100; and Diane Stein, Safety and Health Coordinator at IBT Local 237.

“We know that there are many obstacles ahead for the safety and health movement, but there are also many opportunities,” said Charlene Obernauer, NYCOSH executive director. “With the tireless commitment of our Executive Board, the fearless leadership of our Chair, and the skills and experience of dedicated NYCOSH staff; we are excited and prepared for the year ahead.”


NYCOSH is a non-profit organization that advocates for the right of every worker to a safe and healthful workplace.