Officers & Executive Board

Doug Jaynes      

President

 

 

 

Address:                            

 

961 S Evanston Cir  

Aurora, CO 80012

Cell:  970-396-0702

 

dougjaynes@cosalc.org

 

I started my career with the Post Office in December of 1992 as a Christmas Casual and was converted to TE at the plant and ran the DPS machine.  In 1995, I was hired as a carrier in Boulder Colorado.  From the beginning, I got involved in helping and representing my fellow carriers.  Retired NALC Region 4 RAA Ray Tillman was my mentor as I served as a steward and executive board member of branch 642.  I transferred to Greeley in 2000 and became a steward there as well. 

 

Within a few years, I ran for an executive position in Branch 324. I became the executive vice president for branch 324 which led to becoming President for the branch for 4 years.  In 2009, I ran for Vice President of the Colorado State Association and won.  Kathy Corcoran mentored me for the next couple years and I learned the skills I needed to take over as the State President in 2012 after Kathy retired.  I sought reelection in 2013 and won.  In January 2013, I transferred to Denver as a PTF.  I am a full time carrier in Denver now at the Wellshire station.  I am a Leadership Academy graduate.  I have trained extensively in OWCP and I served as a Route Adjustment Process NALC representative.  I was part of the relief staff in 2008 and have attended several lobbying trips and trainings representing the State of Colorado. 

 

I am the father of two grown children, a daughter Melissa and a son Matthew.  Melissa has had some physical challenges throughout her life but continues to be a beautiful and strong young woman.  Two years ago I had the privilege of walking her down the aisle to a wonderful young man.  My son Matthew works in Fort Collins and in the last few years we have become closer than ever. This fall I will be starting another phase in my life because I’ll be getting married.   Before working for the U.S. Postal Service, I had a variety of jobs including owning my own business.  However, nothing compares to the satisfaction I get from representing the diverse and amazing carriers of the state of Colorado. I will continue to serve the carriers of the state of Colorado, fighting to save the Postal Service and representing NALC as long as I am able.    

 

Mark Robbins

Vice President

 

 

 

 

Address:

 

4163 Morley Circle

Colorado Springs, CO 80916

Cell:  719-761-9143

 

markrobbins@cosalc.org

 

I was born and raised in Bakersfield California where I worked both in the oilfields and home construction. I joined the Army and was assigned to Fort Carson, where I was lucky enough to stay there for a little more than 7 years. I was medically separated from the service. Since I absolutely loved it here and already owned a house here, I decided to stay.

 

I was originally hired on as a RCA and was able to switch over to a PTF in 2005. Someone within the Branch had noticed that I didn’t have much of a problem standing up for myself or fighting with management and was asked to step into a shop steward position. The Branch President liked my work and asked me to take on a secondary station, which I did for the next 2 years. I relinquished the position to make room for a new and upcoming steward. I’ve been on multiple budget, investigative, by-law, audit committees, and Branch Trustee, Vice President, and now Branch 204 President as well as Trustee for the Colorado Springs AFL-CIO.

 

I am married to a wonderful woman, Andrea that does a great job of putting up with me and two great kids, Ashley and Jason. In my spare time, I like to ride ATVs and do a little chainsaw carving.

 

I want to thank Doug Jaynes for the opportunity to serve on the State Executive Board. I’ve been to many State Trainings, State conventions, Committee of Presidents, Participated in everything that I could, RAP session and National Convention. I am proud to be a part representing the NALC.

Renae Birnell

Treasurer

 

 

 

Address:                            

 

2830 Enchanted Circle W

Colorado Springs, CO 80917

Cell:  719-659-5728

 

birnell@cosalc.org

 

I am a Colorado native and joined the postal service as a letter carrier in 2005. I joined the NALC right away and once I became regular, I became a steward. I have served as secretary and treasurer and am currently the MDA coordinator, editor and President of  Branch 204.

 
I am married to a wonderful man. We have been married for 25 years. We love camping and road trips. I invest a lot of my free time for the union and it helps that he is a letter carrier and devoted to the union as well. 
 
I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the COSALC State Treasurer. 

 

John Woolley

Secretary

 

 

 

Address:

 

4420 Dunkirk Way

Denver CO 80249

Cell:  720-560-3978

 

johnwoolley@cosalc.org

 

I started my career as a PTF in August of 1998. I joined the union right off but I really did not become active for the first few years. I did learn some things along the way. When I was working, the 2 stewards in my office were grizzled veterans and kind of stuck in their ways. Not that this was a bad thing, as they had the knowledge and loved to fight, but I learned that people are individuals and when facing discipline, its best to be honest and listen to their issue. Not all grievances are the same! I became more involved when I was ASKED to attend a meeting, so after I attended and showed interest, I was ASKED to be an alternate steward. I became a full-time steward in 2005, attended the leadership academy in 2006. At the same time, I was ASKED to step in and be a trustee for Branch 47. I have been active ever since being a steward, Trustee, Recording Secretary and President for Branch 47 and now Secretary for the State Association. I attend as much trainings as I possibly can to keep up on the ever-changing ideas of the Postal Service so that I may better serve my carriers, branch and the state. Never be afraid to ASK or TRY!

 

Richard Byrne

Director of Education

Web Editor

 

 

 

Address:

 

320 Walnut Ave

Eaton CO 80615

Cell:  970-576-8507

 

richardbyrne@cosalc.org

 

I have been a letter carrier since 1998 and have spent my whole career in Greeley, CO.  During that time, I have been involved in many positions while working as a letter carrier.  I've worked as a Safety Captain, Customer Connect Coordinator along with starting out as a steward for NALC Branch 324 in Greeley.  I spent many years working as a steward and worked my way up to be vice president.  In 2013, I was elected as president for Branch 324 and currently still serve in that capacity.  I have a great team of leaders in Greeley and can't thank them enough for their hard work in our branch.

I am married and we have four children.  I live in Northern Colorado in Eaton and love the small town atmosphere.  My family knows I am dedicated to my job both as a letter carrier and as a union leader and they support me in those roles which I am grateful for every day.  In 2014, I was appointed as a Congressional District Liaison for Congressional District 4.  I worked hard with President Doug Jaynes to gain knowledge on the position and what all it involves.  I had the pleasure of being selected to be on a legislative trip to Washington, D.C. in 2015 and this experience brought everything together for me both with legislative and contractual issues. 

I've appreciated the opportunity to work for the members of the COSALC on the Executive Board and as a Letter Carrier Congressional Liaison.  I have previously held positions for the COSALC as Vice President and an Executive Board Member.  I had the honor of being selected by the NALC to attend the Leadership Academy in Class 22.  I have been an Arbitration Advocate for Region 4 for several years and appreciate the opportunity to defend letter carriers throughout the region.  I was also selected as the Master Faciliator for the City Carrier Academies in the USPS Colorado/Wyoming District.  I love teaching and giving the knowledge that was previously handed down to me to new members not only in the academy but also at union training sessions.  I am honored to be your Director of Education and hope that I can help branches in any way and assist the state association to educate members on legislative issues as well as contractual training.  Please don't hesistate to contact me if you need anything. 

Jacqueline Skene

Director of Retirees

 

 

 

 

Address:                            

 

961 S Evanston Cir  

Aurora, CO 80012

Cell:  303-437-7308

 

skene@cosalc.org

 

I have been a Letter Carrier and a member of Centennial Branch 5996 since 1988. I retired at the end of August in 2020.  I have held several positions in the NALC, and spent the last few years of my Postal Career as a custodian in Aurora as a dual member of APWU and NALC. My heart has always belonged to the NALC and I am honored and privileged to work with the retirees around the state of Colorado.  I graduated from Aurora Community College in 2007 with an Associates degree and went on to Graduate from Metropolitan State University in 2015 with a Bachelors degree. I am a graduate of the Leadership Academy Class #7 as well as the Leadership school through the AFL-CIO.  I have two sons, a step son and a step daughter, whom we lost in 2019, as well as soon to be four grandchildren that range in age from newborn to almost 10.  I have been married to my husband Doug for 9 years and we are looking forward to traveling when he retirees in 2023.  I have done extensive legislative work both with the State of Colorado and the National Letter Carriers. I have worked on elections as part of the release staff since 2000 and I have attended several lobby trips to Washington D.C. to represent Letter Carriers and the NALC.

 

While my new position as the State Director of Retirees will offer its own challenges, I am very much looking forward to those challenges as well as getting to know the Retirees around the state of Colorado and working for them and with them in any capacity they need. I want to take the opportunity to thank all the Directors of Retirees who have come before me and hope I can live up to the work that they have performed for the Letter Carriers around the State of Colorado.

 

Bryan Sanders

Executive Board

 

 

 

Branch Liaison to:

 

Mile Hi - Branch 47               Craig - Branch 5236

Durango - Branch 792          Aspen - Branch 6202

Cortez - Branch 5225

                          

Address:

 

5052 Cathay St

Denver CO 80249

Cell: 720-203-2076

 

bryansanders@cosalc.org

 

 

From early in my postal career I have felt a need to want to improve the conditions around the postal carriers and to leave the post office in a better place for future carriers. Around 2010, I started getting involved in the Union because I was sick of how management preceded about their business and I wanted to learn how to hold management accountable and protect the Letter Carriers In my office. My qualifications are not important, but what is important is my beliefs in teamwork, beliefs that our Union is only as strong as the weakest member, and the belief that a higher percentage of members need to understand what resources are available to them so that they can protect themselves from management.

 

     Through my branch I have volunteered to speak on how important it is to be an activist and I encourage  each steward to go back to their stations to share the messages.  Also, one of the most exciting things I get to do for our Union is to represent the NALC Mutual Benefits Association in Branch 47 and I'm also fortunate enough to get to teach a class now at our state training on the MBA Plans.   I am a warrior who has a single focus to champion the unions cause to the members. I’m here to share my passion and unite a greater understanding of what we can do as one unitAs members of the National Association of Letter Carriers we need to understand that intentions mean nothing, but taking action is everything.

                                                                                                   

In Solidarity,

 

OB

Chad Peschel

Executive Board

 

peschel@cosalc.org

 

 

 

Branch Liaison to:

 

Longmont - Branch 1105

Aurora - Branch 5996      

 

Address:

2526 Northview Pl

Castle Rock, CO 80104

Cell: 720-299-0851

 

I came to Colorado December 2009 on a whim, with the sole intentions of getting away from everything I had ever really known. I was pretty much born and raised in North Dakota, not exactly the most interesting place in America. I came from a humble and respectful, but also simplified lifestyle. Even still, I Love it here in Colorado, and this is where I call home. Here is where I met my beautiful and adventurous wife, Caroline. We have been married for 5 years running and together we have an extremely clever little girl named Arya. Colorado has been good to us, and we intend to keep it our home.

 

Prior to joining the USPS, I started work at the Denver International Airport (DIA), where I fueled the airlines and got my feet securely planted in the Colorado soil. After 5 years at DIA, I opted to change career paths and sign up with the United States Postal Service. As scary as it was changing paths, I am proud to say I did.

May of 2015, I became a City Carrier Assistant (CCA). Starting with the Postal Service was exciting, I began my career in Denver out of the Westwood Post Office. Some would call it 'Dogwood'. I can confirm there were a ton of dogs in the area, and yes many were not friendly at all. Immediately after starting at Westwood, it was clear the type of management I was encountering was nothing like I had seen before. Never in my life had I ever had to deal with such an aggressive and challenging management team. Let me tell you, this was really a blessing in disguise. I knew I needed to understand the Postal rules and the postal way of life, in order to navigate my newfound career.  I began making efforts to be involved with the NALC, going to meetings, and speaking to the Westwood stewards, as well as other involved Union members, I gained the knowledge to stay afloat in the business. Along with this I learned my secret power, I acquired the skills to fight for the rights of my fellow carriers.

 

I became a steward in the Westwood Station a few months prior to making regular in November 2016. I was a very active steward, and I did my best at every opportunity I had. I believe in the Union, and I believe in what we as the NALC stand for. I have not stopped being a steward still to this day. I’ve gone to Formal A Training on the East Coast, after which I was a Branch 47 Formal Step A backup in addition to my steward duties. I stayed in Westwood station until January 2022, where I transferred to the Castle Rock, CO installation. I am currently the Union Steward here in the Castle Rock Station, still in Branch 47.

 

I was petitioned to join the State Executive Board, back in 2021. I did not immediately jump in, but after some time to think, I accepted and began the newest chapter of my NALC journey. I am happy and excited to be a part of the Colorado State Association of Letter Carriers (COSALC), and I am learning and growing every day. I look forward to representing the carriers of this stunning State and I get an overwhelming sense of pride to be here and to be given the opportunity to serve you all. I will do everything I can to contest for what is right, and to fight for the Postal Service as a whole. Thank you for the opening to serve you and please do not hesitate to reach out to if ever in need.

 

In Solidarity,

Chad

 

 

Todd Tucker

Executive Board

 

 

 

Branch Liaison to:

 

Grand Junction - Branch 913    Delta - Branch 1426

Montrose - Branch 1517    

Gunnison - Branch 5301

 

Address:

 

9548 W. Vandeventor Drive

Littleton, CO 80128

Cell: 720-290-4778

 

tucker@cosalc.org

 

I started with the postal service in 1998 as a PTF. I started at the Lakewood station and then made regular and was sent to Westwood for one month. At that time I dodged more mean dogs and cats in all my 21 year career at Lakewood,  I would always carry two cans of dog spray hanging off my two front pockets like pistols ready for a shoot out and I would use one can "defending myself". 
 
I love carrying mail and being outside but observed quickly how management was treating carriers with no dignity and respect, I realized I had to do something to defend the carriers and help out. I accepted the offer to be a shop steward in 2009 which changed the way I see everything in life.  This helped me realize I have a purpose helping my brothers and sisters in every way possible - fighting discipline, defending the contract and grieving violations, having scheduled meetings for the CCAs, tutoring members on any problems they might have and the importance of safety, helping out MDA and my little buddies , the food drive, safety at the station and just being a good listener to vent on. I love all the trainings from the rap sessions, state trainings and the state conventions,  the national conventions and even the branch meetings at Branch 47.  While the whole time making new friends along the way.
 
I am excited to have the confidence of the membership to be a part of the COSALC Executive Board to serve my brothers and sisters.  I look forward to continuing my own education to be more effective and working hard for all the members in the future. 
 
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I would love to be of assistance to any  members in Colorado. 
 

Joann Hertel

Executive Board

 

 

 

 

Branch Liaison to: 

                              

Arvada Branch 4405

Flatirons Branch 642

                              

Address:

 

3786 Shefield Drive

Broomfield, CO 80020

Cell:  920-858-4995    

                      

joannhertel@cosalc.org

 

I have been a letter carrier since 1993 when I started as a TE.  I made career carrier as a PTF in 1994 and worked for almost 5 years before finally getting my own route.  I very much remember how challenging those first years were and understand the many obstacles of our CCA’s trying to juggle the difficult demands of the Post Office with important family needs and a bit of personal life.  Do HANG IN THERE; it IS worth it! 

 

Born and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin.  I attended college at UW-Eau Claire and completed my bachelor’s degree in 2010 while working full time as a letter carrier at UW-Green Bay graduating with Honors in their Interdisciplinary Program with my chosen emphasis on Women’s Issues and Cultures.  In July of 2016 I fulfilled my dream of moving to Colorado and could not be prouder and more exited to become a Coloradan.  I work in the Arvada Indian Tree station and am a member of Arvada Branch 4405 where I have previously served as steward, Formal A, and Vice President.

 

I am grateful to all that NALC stands for and has accomplished on behalf of letter carriers.  It has been an honor to learn from so many incredible teachers and mentors along the way.  I was beyond thrilled and humbled to attend Leadership Academy Class 15 “InVINCEable” and encourage all that have an interest in the resilience of the USPS and a passion to help people and fight for this union to never stop learning and striving to make a difference in whatever way is available to you.  It was without regret that I sometimes used my own personal funds or leave to attend state, regional and national rap sessions as well as Branch Leadership Training, and numerous National Conventions. It was my privilege to serve as scribe of the newsletter, alternate steward, chief steward, vice president, and president of Branch 700 in Neenah WI.

 

Immensely proud and thankful was I for the opportunity to be released by Headquarters to work on the “Delivering for America” campaign which was to help educate the public and other stake holders about the critical issues affecting the Postal Service.  Through targeted outreach and education, we sought to bring a better understanding of the onerous prefunding mandate and its crippling effect on our ability to serve the American public.  By thus building and empowering USPS allies - everyday citizens and business owners – to fight for the continued service they depend on and deserve the NALC was instrumental in insuring all our futures.  We face the same fight but with an incredible opportunity right NOW to pass positive postal reform in this 117th Congress!

 

Do pay attention and never be afraid to ask questions and ACT!  It is through our combined efforts that we succeed.  I fully believe in the power of individual dialogue and education to effect change.  We can all make a difference by being knowledgeable about what our union does for us!  Being open and willing to finding that which most interests you; be it contract, arbitration, legislation and educating the public, fundraising for MDA, helping with the annual Stamp Out Hunger drive…. everyone has a place in the NALC, and everyone has a talent to share!

 

Thank you for electing me to serve on the COSALC Executive Council and I look forward to getting to know all of you better and finding new ways to strengthen our unity.

Gus Pasillas

Executive Board

 

 

 

 

Branch Liaison to: 

 

Fort Collins - Branch 849

Greeley - Branch 324

 

Address:

 

P.O. Box 849

Fort Collins, CO 80522

Cell:  706-575-8007

 

pasillas@cosalc.org

 

I am a carrier in Fort Collins, CO in NALC Branch 849. I have worked for the USPS for two years, as a steward for one and most recently as an OJI instructor, mentor & converting to career carrier. I am a veteran and served 5 years in the Army with an honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant, prior to joining the postal service and am excited to extend my service to my country in my current position.

 

I'm a single father to an amazingly very bright, curious, silly and happy toddler. I live in Fort Collins and take pleasure in enjoying all the food and breweries it has to offer. As well as the plenty of outdoor activities Fort Collins and Colorado has to offer. Nothing beats living in Colorado, with the exception of maybe liking in Hawaii or in Europe but, Colorful Colorado is up there!

 

I appreciate being elected for the executive board and the opportunity to fight for letter carriers across the State of Colorado on a daily basis. I will take my personal motto of "being a better version of myself each and every day" and apply it in this role as well. I will not let you down and look forward in continuing to learn to be a better carrier, instructor, mentor, steward and executive board member.

 

IN UNITY!

 

Jo Schuetz

Editor & Web-editor

COSALC Newsletter & webpage

 

 

 

Cell:  303-913-7646

 

joschuetz@cosalc.org

 

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