Local Officers

Michael Pelletier - APA President
Michael Pelletier
, President
Michael Pelletier has been an APA member since 2014, and was elected Chapter President of Salem State University in 2015. A former classified AFSCME member and overall State University System employee since 2008, Michael has familiarity with a number of constituents, groups and scenarios and has a wide canon of university functions, including Student Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Registrar’s office. Servicing currently as a Business Operations project manager working closely with Fleet management, Commonwealth Fuel Program, University Mail Services, to name several areas.

As APA Chapter President, Mr. Pelletier has participated in CBA bargaining sessions, Department of Labor hearings and has been a voice for overall administrator advocacy for an array of topics over dozens of scenarios.
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Derek Barr - APA Vice President
Derek A. Barr
, Vice President
Derek Barr has been involved with the APA for over a decade at Salem State University, assisting with elections, special events and contract inquiries. He has worked as an instructional technologist in the The Center for Teaching Innovation for the past 12 years. Prior to working in the Center for Teaching Innovation, he worked for the Instructional Media Center for 14 years as an instructional media specialist.  Barr’s hard work has been noted by receiving the governor’s Citation of Performance Recognition Award (three times in the past decade). Derek is here to answer your questions. If he can’t, he will get an answer for you. 
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Chris Bittrich - APA Membership Coordinator
Christopher Bittrich, Membership Coordinator
I pride myself on my approachability, assertiveness, and transparency when addressing member’s questions, concerns and issues as they related to membership and union benefits. I have worked tirelessly to enroll new members and maintain the roster for the union.
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Rosa Taormina - APA Grievance Officer
Rosa Taormina,
Lead Grievance Officer
Rosa joined Salem State University in July 2017 after a lengthy employment at Brandeis University as the program administrator for its Women’s Studies Research Center Scholars Program. Starting in the AFSCME union as an Admin II in the Bertolon School of Business, Rosa joined the APA union in May 2018 when she was promoted to the role of Assistant Director of Operations, Assessment and Accreditation – at which point, she became a member of the APA union. New to the role of grievance officer, Rosa is excited to put her legal training to work for the union members. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and Boston Terrier Liz Lemon, in neighboring Beverly. A Connecticut native, Rosa has lived in Massachusetts since 2003 and tries very hard to get her children to pronounce the letter “r”.
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Brian Helman
Brian Helman, Secretary and Grievance Officer
Brian has been an outspoken member of the Salem State community and staunch advocate for the APA since being hired as Assistant Director of Information Technology in 1997.  He has spent the majority of his professional career in public service and higher education – employed previously at the Suffolk County (NY) Library System, Adelphi University (NY) and Northeastern University (MA).  In his current role as Director of ITS Infrastructure Services, Brian has had an opportunity to impact every member of the Salem State Community.   He believes strongly in the benefits a strong and active union brings to the workplace and more importantly, to the community.  His new role as chapter secretary and member of the newly created Grievance Team is the natural progression of this passion.  An informed membership is an engaged membership.  Outside of Salem State, Brian is a husband of 22 years (insisting it must be more!), the father of 2 teens (hence the lack of hair) and a Yorkiepoo (who is better behaved than aforementioned teens), an avid baseball fan – having visited all 30 current MLB ballparks with his son, an active SCUBA diver, classical musician and member of the Salem State Chamber Orchestra, an active member of the extended Merrimack Valley Jewish Community and overall SciFi and Seinfeld geek.
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