The NEJB is governed and operated by an Executive Board of rank and file union members elected by the local delegates. Full time officers are elected by local delegates to handle the day-to-day operations of the union. Staff are appointed by officers to service members, enforce and negotiate contracts, administer union benefits, organize new workers, oversee dues collection, build education and political programs, and maintain union communications. The following is a list of officers and staff of the NEJB.

Executive Board

  • Bert Barao, Local 177, President
  • Laurie Andrews, Local 301, Executive Vice President
  • Carmen Cotto, Local 141, Recording-Secretary
  • Wendy Guerrero, Local 242, Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Jean-Gerald Louisjean, Local 229, Vice President
  • Janet Smith, Local 919, Vice President


  • Warren Pepicelli, Manager and UNITE HERE Executive Vice President
  • Ethan Snow, Secretary-Treasurer and UNITE HERE Vice President


  • Jim Carvalho, Staff Director
  • Marcelle Davis, Lead Business Agent
  • Kat Miles, Lead Business Agent
  • Janel Thomas, Business Agent
  • Dialena Lopes, Business Agent
  • Victor Maldonado, Business Agent
  • Jordan Rogers, Business Agent
  • Barrett Yueh, Business Agent
  • Frank Sosa, Organizing Director
  • Haley Alves, Organizer
  • Gilberto Concepcion, Organizer
  • Ramona Celis, Organizer
  • Emma Delaney, Organizer
  • Cody Gagen, Organzer
  • Tom Power, Organizer
  • Kelly Thren, Executive Assistant to the Manager
  • Aimee Chin, Administrative Assistant – Accounts Receivable
  • Rosa Zhen Chen, Accounts Payable
  • Wendy Su, Bookkeeper
  • Carmen Vega, Benefits Registrar