Past and present members of the Elected Human Relations Committee join General President Edward Kelly, General Secretary-Treasurer Frank Líma, and 7th District Vice President Ricky Walsh with 11th District Vice President Ernest "Buddy" Mass, namesake of the Human Relations Conference.

Past and present members of the Elected Human Relations Committee join General President Edward Kelly, General Secretary-Treasurer Frank Líma, and 7th District Vice President Ricky Walsh with 11th District Vice President Emeritus Ernest “Buddy” Mass, namesake of the Human Relations Conference.

Nominations and elections for eight categories of the Elected Human Relations Committee were held during the 2024 Affiliate Leadership Training Summit and Human Relations Conference.

All EHRC members elected will begin their four-year term at the conclusion of the conference.

 

African American/Black

Robert “Bo” Chaney, Rockford, IL Local 413

Leroy Heyward, Boston, MA Local 718

Caucasian / White

Tom Donovan, Cincinnati, OH Local 48

Cass Monroe, Bellevue, WA Local 1604

Disabled / Handicapped

William Silva, Fort Lewis, WA Local F283

Barry Stafford, Boston, MA Local 718

Female

Audrey Owczarzak, Newport, KY Local 45

Barbara Sellers, Shreveport, LA Local 514

Hispanic / Latino

Carlos Pacheco, Kansas City, KS Local 64

Alan Rivas, South County Union Fire Fighters Local 1828

LGBTQ

Cristian Cruz, Albuquerque, NM Local 244

Rylie Robillard, Waterbury, CT Local 1339

Other than Represented

David Bautista, Orange County, CA Local 3631

Stanley Lee, San Francisco, CA Local 798

Veteran

Roy Mokosso, St Paul, MN Local 21

Jorge Pena, Uniformed Fire Fighters of NY Local 94

 

Two Canadian representatives were previously elected at the Canadian Policy Conference:

Katrina Davison, Vancouver, British Columbia, Local 18

Clive Deonarine, Ajax, Ontario, Local 1092

 

7th District Vice President Ricky Walsh chairs the committee.

The Elected Human Relations Committee was established in 1988 following a resolution passed during the 39th IAFF Convention calling for a standing committee of IAFF members charged with improving relationships and establishing greater unity among fire fighters.

It is the mission of the IAFF Elected Human Relations Committee to develop and recommend policies and procedures for local, state, and provincial affiliates to use as guidelines, relative to human relations issues within the fire service. The committee also provides technical assistance to Locals and departments seeking support with these issues.

Learn more about the EHRC.