Mary Bellman, Ph.D., Political Science
email: bellm019 at umn.edu
Mary brings many years of experience confronting the global economy to her work as a labor educator. Prior to joining the LES staff in 2008, she spent many years working and studying in Latin America, most notably serving as program director for the labor solidarity organization STITCH based in Guatemala from 2003-2005. In Central America, she gained experience as a labor educator and became well-versed in popular education teaching methods thanks to her skilled Central American counterparts. Mary earned her doctorate from the University of New Mexico with a dissertation focusing on women's efforts to form labor unions in the Central American garment industry. A native Minnesotan, she speaks fluent Spanish and can serve your training needs with Spanish-speakers. Her primary interests include political economy, immigration and building solidarity across borders.
Randy Croce, M.A., Mass Communications
email: rcroce at umn.edu
Randy has been doing documentary work since 1976, initially as a still photographer, then in video, focusing first on American Indian communities. He has been a video producer at LES since 1990, where he researches, shoots and edits various programs and teaches media and labor history classes. He is a member of IATSE Local 219 and has been active on University of Minnesota governance committees. One of his special interests has been past and current immigration. Randy's documentary about Italian immigrant stonecutters, If Stone Could Speak, was broadcast by Twin Cities Public Television and has been screened nationally.
Tony DeAngelis, M.A., Industrial Relations
email: tdeangel at umn.edu
Tony has more than 30 years of experience with Labor Education Service. His areas of expertise include collective bargaining, steward training, contract administration, leadership, public speaking and communications, labor history, conflict management and parliamentary procedure. Tony is a member of the Labor and Employment Relations Association and an associate member of the United Steelworkers Union.
Howard Kling, M.A., English
email: hkling at umn.edu
Howard's work for LES includes being a media and video professional and activist. Howard directs the LES Telecommunications Project, coordinating video production, union website maintenance and development and Workday Minnesota. Howard is also a playwright and for eight years was director of the Solidarity Kids Theater, a youth labor theater group located in the Twin Cities. He earned an MA/ A.B.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a concentration in theater and American working class literature. Howard is a member of the Executive Council of the International Labor Communications Association, the Executive Board of the United Association for Labor Education, Board Chair of the national Worker's Independent News radio project and a member of the Board of the Twin Cities Media Alliance, which operates the Daily Planet website.
Barb Kucera, M.S., Industrial Relations
email: kucer004 at umn.edu
Barb is an experienced reporter and editor who has worked many years with the labor movement. Prior to coming to LES in 2000, she edited The Union Advocate, the AFL-CIO newspaper in St. Paul. Barb is editor of Workday Minnesota, a ground breaking website that covers news and issues important to workers. In addition, she assists with other LES projects, including videos, teaching and conferences. Barb has a special interest in labor history and has been involved in many history-related projects in the Twin Cities.
Sharice McCain, Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
email: samccain at umn.edu
Sharice has extensive experience as an Administrative Professional, working in the field for over 10 years. A former employee of the Minnesota AFL-CIO, her experience in both public and private sector administrative gives her a unique and valuable role at Labor Education Service. She is the Executive Office and Administrative Specialist for LES and some of her duties include, event planning and management, office management and administrative support. Sharice is a singer and dedicated volunteer in the community working with organizations such as, AmeriCorps VISTA, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin/River Valley, St. Paul Parks and Recreation, GML Charities and St. Paul Public Schools. She was the youngest Executive Board Member for the Office and Professional Employees Union Local 12 and a member of the City of St. Paul Neighborhood Star Grant Board. Sharice is currently pursuing a degree in Education.
Russell Raczkowski, M.A., Technical Communication
email: rraczkow at umn.edu
Russell Raczkowski came to Minnesota from Oklahoma in 1988 with his spouse and child (and two cats), continuing a career in postsecondary education begun at his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma. Arriving in Minneapolis, he went to work at Minneapolis Community College (now Minneapolis Community and Technical College) in a federally funded program that reaches out the low-income first generation potential postsecondary students and continued with that program for twenty-five years. In that time, Russell was active in AFSCME and particularly in MAPE (Minnesota Association of Professional Employees) - serving as a steward, chief steward, local president, trainer, and chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and University/ MAPE Meet and Confer (Labor Management) committee. Believing in the importance of effective communication and education in union organizing, he completed a master's degree in Technical Communication from Metropolitan State University focusing his studies on communication in the labor movement and in public participatory decision making.
John See, M.A., Advocacy and Political Leadership
email: jsee at umn.edu
John started producing television programs in 1982 while an undergraduate at the U of MN as a director, writer, editor, and on-air talent. With these skills he began his work at LES in 1984 by cofounding "Minnesota At Work" which became the longest running, regularly scheduled cable television in the U.S. about labor and working people, and which ended in 2009. He was one of the founders of the Union Producers and Programmers Network (UPPNET). For over 24 years he has taught video production classes and produced many video projects for LES. He served on the board of the Minneapolis Television Network 1989-1996, eventually as board chair, and was instrumental in promoting MTN's non-profit internet service to unions around the state. In 1993, John began teaching classes in website creation and internet skills, and is responsible for dozens of local unions' websites. In 2000 he became webmaster for Workday Minnesota. He has been active as a representative on two University governance committees. He is a long-time member of IATSE Local 219, an associate member of the Minnesota Newspaper Guild and Typographical Union, and a past member of Teamsters Local 4. John received his Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership M.A. in 2010 at the University of MN-Duluth.