Local 517M Staff and Offices

Local 517M has a full-time staff of experienced and highly-skilled contract negotiators, labor relations specialists, political coordinator, and support staff.  Click on the names to send an e-mail to that person.  Individual duties are listed below.

Lansing Office: (517) 482-1737, 836 Centennial Way, Suite 150, Lansing, MI  48917

Jeremy Tripp – Executive Director
David Corrie – Information Services Coordinator/Scientific and Engineering PDF Coordinator/Technical Unit Tuition Reimbursement Coordinator/Member-Only Benefits
Howard Gordon – Scientific and Engineering Senior Labor Relations Specialist
Kevin Karpinski – Technical Unit Senior Labor Relations Specialist
Ashley Konyha – Office Manager/Ethics Liaison


Detroit Office – Human Services Support Division: (313) 246-1137, 3024 W. Grand Blvd, Ste 5-200, Detroit, MI  48202 (Mailing Address: 836 Centennial Way, Suite 150, Lansing, MI 48917)

Janice Cosey – HSS Unit President and Grievance Consultant


Saginaw Office (School and Local Government Division Region 1): (989) 797-4243, 203 S. Washington Ave., Suite 260, Saginaw, MI  48607 (Mailing Address: 203 S. Washington Ave., Suite 260-18, Saginaw, MI  48607)

Clint Bryant – Labor Relations Specialist
Andrea Valerio – Administrative Support/COPE/Membership Dues


School and Local Government Division Region 2:

Christine Stressman – Senior Labor Relations Specialist (616) 696-2141
Andy Johnson – Labor Relations Specialist (269) 978-1994


School and Local Government Division Region 3: (313) 314-6511

Dominic Barbato – Labor Relations Specialist

State Employee Classification Issues– Kevin Karpinski, Janice Cosey, Howard Gordon
Information Services (Webmaster, Communications, IT Functions, Facilities, Information Management) – Dave Corrie

COPE Reports and Financial Documents – Ashley Konyha

Labor Relations/Grievance Issues, Arbitrations
State Employee Division:
Scientific and Engineering Unit – Howard Gordon
Technical Unit – Kevin Karpinski
Human Services Support Unit – Janice Cosey
School and Local Government Division:
Region 1 – Dominic Barbato, Clint Bryant
Region 2 – Andy Johnson, Christine Stressman
Region 3 – Howard Gordon, Kevin Karpinski, Dominic Barbato, Clint Bryant
(Contract Questions, Departmental Policies, Grievance Activities, Health Care Concerns, Health & Safety Issues, Personnel Problems)

Membership Dues – Andrea Valerio

Membership Services – Ashley Konyha

Mileage/Expense Reimbursement, Payroll – Ashley Konyha

Payroll, Financial Reports, International Reports – Ashley Konyha

Professional Development Fund/Tuition Reimbursement
Human Services Support Unit – Janice Cosey
Scientific and Engineering Unit – Dave Corrie
Technical Unit – Dave Corrie

Use of Funds – Jeremy Tripp

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