Biographies

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T. Dean Wright, Jr. –  President and Directing Business Representative (PDBR)

T. Dean Wright, Jr. began his career with the Machinists Union in 1983 in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a proud member of Local Lodge 1297 and has held a variety of elected offices in the IAM including Chief Shop Steward, Sergeant of Arms, Local Lodge Vice-President, Local Lodge President, and District Lodge Vice President. He currently holds the positions of President of the Ohio State Council of Machinists (OSCM), Vice President of the North Coast Area Federation of Labor (NCAFL), Chairman of Joint Seaway Task Force Local #3, and Vice President Ohio AFL-CIO. In addition, he has also held the position of Vice President Labor & Employment Relations Association (LERA).

In 1998, Dean was appointed to serve as an Organizer for District Lodge 54 in Cleveland, Ohio. Then in 2002 he was appointed to the position of Business Representative and in 2004 advanced to the position of President & Directing Business Representative.

Brother Wright is responsible for overseeing the District Lodge in regard to its sixteen (16) affiliated local lodges, current and retired members (14,000+), staff members, employees, district finances, and its day-to-day operations in Ohio, West Virginia and Northeastern Indiana.

 

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Jerry Espy – Secretary-Treasurer & Business Representative

Jerry Espy started working at Pentair Water in Ashland, OH in 1996. Being a proud member of Local Lodge 1297, Brother Espy has served the Machinists Union as a Steward and Local Secretary-Treasurer.

In 2009, Jerry was appointed by PDBR Wright to the position of District Lodge 54 Secretary-Treasurer/Organizer. In addition to his Secretary-Treasurer duties, PDBR Wright appointed Brother Espy to serve as Business Representative in 2012.

In 2017, he was appointed as a Vice-President to the Ohio State Council of Machinists and currently also holds the positions of Vice-President of the Ashland/Wayne Holmes Central Labor Council and Vice-President of the North-East Ohio Area Labor Federation.

 

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Duane Lukens – Assistant Directing Business Representative (ADBR)

Duane Lukens was initiated into the IAM Local Lodge 2690 on June 17, 1981 while working in Cambridge, Ohio. Brother Lukens held the positions of Organizer and Business Representative for District Lodge 28, and Business Representative for District Lodge 34.

On April 1, 2009 Duane was appointed as a Business Representative with District Lodge 54. He was later appointed by PDBR Wright as Assistant Directing Business Representative (ADBR) with District Lodge 54 on November 1, 2013.

Lukens served with the U.S. Army for three (3) years as an avionics mechanic and seven (7) years with the Ohio  National Guard.

He is a proud member of Local 439.

 

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Don Riffee, Jr. – Business Representative

Don Riffee, Jr. began his career with the IAM in March of 1987 working in Woodhaven, Michigan. He is a proud member of Local Lodge 598 in South Charleston, West Virginia and has held a variety of elected offices in the IAM including Chief Shop Steward, Local Lodge 698 Conductor-Sentinel, Recording Secretary, and Secretary-Treasurer.

Brother Riffee has also held the position of District Lodge 60 President & Directing Business Representative, Vice President Michigan State Council of Machinists, Trustee for the Motor City Lodge 698 Health Care and Pension Funds, and District Lodge 34 Directing Business Representative.

In 2010, PDBR Wright appointed Riffee as Business Representative for District Lodge 54 in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to his District Lodge 54 assignments he currently holds the positions of Delegate to the West Virginia AFL-CIO and Delegate to the West Virginia State Council of Machinists.

 

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Jim McClelland – Business Representative

Jim McClelland was initiated into the IAM in 1989 in Columbus, OH. He is a proud member of Local 1471.

In 1995, Brother McClelland was elected to the position of 3rd Shift Steward; he held a Steward position for 18 years, ten of those as the Chief Steward. He was elected as Conductor/Sentinel, later Vice President of Local 1471, and in 2005 became President of the Lodge. In January of 2014 PDBR Wright appointed McClelland to the position of Business Representative for District Lodge 54.

He served our Armed Services in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army.

 

 

 

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Regina Wright – Communications Representative

Regina Wright started working for District Lodge 54 in 2012 as the District’s Communications Representative. She graduated from Xavier University in 2017 with a B.A. magna cum laude. She is attending The George Washington University for her Master of Public Policy. Follow her on Twitter @ReginaWright54