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
  • Janet Smith, Local 919, Vice President
  • Jean-Gerald Louisjean, Local 229, Vice President
  • Brian Coutu, Local 1554T, Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Amy Gronus, Local 2527T, Recording Secretary


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


  • Ryan Murphy, Staff Director
  • Beth Pease, Organizing Director
  • Kat Miles, Lead Business Agent
  • Madeline Bisgyer, Business Agent
  • Ryan Price, Business Agent
  • Frank Sosa, Business Agent
  • Mitchell Fallon, Communications & Political Director
  • Kelly Thren, Executive Assistant to the Manager
  • Aimee Chin, Administrative Assistant – Accounts Receivable
  • Sandra Gabriel, Administrative Assistant – Accounts Payable
  • Wendy Su, Administrative Assistant – Bookkeeper
  • Carmen Vega, Administrative Assistant – Benefits