Candidates

Our full slate of candidates reflects the values, diversity, wisdom and talent of the SAG-AFTRA membership. We are proud to present such a dynamic and inclusive group of member leaders. We thank you in advance for your vote.

The numbers below in front of their names are the numbers to fill in on your ballot. Alternatively, you can download our handy dandy 2017 UFS Endorsed Voter Guide.


 


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Officer Candidates

01.Gabrielle Carteris, President
06.Jason George, National Secretary-Treasurer
01.Clyde Kusatsu, President, Los Angeles Local
06.Jenny O’Hara, Vice President, Los Angeles Local
08.Ellen Crawford, Vice President, Los Angeles Local


Gabrielle Carteris
President (01)
144 (NB) + 90 (LB)
The extraordinary privilege of serving as president is a journey I began nine years ago. After I was badly injured while filming, the union took care of me — and I pledged to give back through my service. Together we’ve accomplished so much: the historic unionization of Telemundo… working with California’s governor to pass the IMDb law… seeing our health plans merge… and now I’m focused on leading our TV/Theatrical negotiations. The work of SAG-AFTRA never stops but I bring passion to protecting our members every day. I would be deeply honored to continue fighting for you.
Smart, successful organizations understand that increasing efficiencies and introducing automation improves customer experience. Our use of data and finances must track those of our hi-tech world. I’m thrilled that SAG-AFTRA will be incorporating direct depositing of residuals, saving millions in postage and labor, but we can and must go further. I’ll press for an option for automatic billing of union dues, electronic sign-outs on sets and sign-ins at auditions, which will also help us better track diversity and ageism in casting. Chair, National Diversity Committee; I’ve served for 15 years on the TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee.
Jason George
National Secretary-Treasurer (06)
112 (NB) + 15 (LB)

Clyde Kusatsu
President, Los Angeles Local (01)
123 (NB) + 36 (LB)
Service for members and not for self is my guide. You elected me the first Asian American President of SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles, and I worked hard with local and state government to bring jobs back to LA. In spite of that victory, I believe we should now pursue even larger incentives. I worked to streamline our union’s operations and dedicated our local budget to improving member services. As Chair of the Nickelodeon Negotiating Committee, I led the fight to equalize the UPTOWN Contract to our TV Agreement. We move forward. Your Voice. Your Union. Your Future.
Listen, Engage, Organize. It is vital that we truly listen to our membership and engage as a united front, not just a few weeks before each negotiation, but continuously. Reaching out to each other, we grow stronger and surmount any challenges. As chair of National and Local Organizing and MOVE, I see what committed members accomplish, not only within our own union, but by joining with labor and community partners. Member of Executive, Government Review, Film Society, NextGen, Healthcare Safety Net, LA Local Member Area, and Reinstatement Obligations Review Committees, and a vice president of the California Labor Federation. Honored to have served since 2009.
Ellen Crawford
Vice President, Los Angeles Local (08)
96 (LB)

Jenny O’Hara
Vice President, Los Angeles Local (06)
130 (NB) + 57 (LB)
We must pursue strong enforcement of our contracts, and dynamic organizing of more and better work so all members can make a living and raise families. Our health plans are finally merged. Pensions next. Residuals delivery is rapid and our fiscal health is excellent. We are negotiating ways to generate greater compensation on the dozens of new exhibition platforms. Our union is making great progress but we must go further. My service: SAG-AFTRA National and Local Boards, Committees: Executive, Local and National Honors and Tributes Chair, Communications, National Disciplinary Review Chair, MOVE, TV/Theatrical Standing, and Local Government Affairs and Public Policy.

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National Board Candidates

Gabrielle Carteris, Patrick Fabian, Spencer Garrett, Jason George, Jon Huertas, Michelle Hurd, Regina King, Clyde Kusatsu, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Jenny O’Hara, Robert Pine, Autumn Reeser, Abigail Spencer, Stacey Travis, and Vivicca Whitsett


Gabrielle Carteris
144
The extraordinary privilege of serving as president is a journey I began nine years ago. After I was badly injured while filming, the union took care of me — and I pledged to give back through my service. Together we’ve accomplished so much: the historic unionization of Telemundo… working with California’s governor to pass the IMDb law… seeing our health plans merge… and now I’m focused on leading our TV/Theatrical negotiations. The work of SAG-AFTRA never stops but I bring passion to protecting our members every day. I would be deeply honored to continue fighting for you.
A working actor for two decades, I’m honored to have served both locally and nationally on the SAG-AFTRA boards. As our business models continue to rapidly change, I want to help our members and union shift and change with it, to ensure that all new work is covered work. Please help me achieve that goal by supporting me and my fellow candidates from Unite for Strength.  Patrick Fabian
110

Spencer Garrett
111
I joined SAG in 1985. It’s part of my family history. As SAG-AFTRA I believe we are “Stronger Together.” A working actor for 30 years, I’ve witnessed rapid changes in our industry, alarmed that the middle class actor is being left in the dust by corporate avarice and “creative” cast scheduling among other inequities. Working every contract from Ultra-Low to Schedule F and beyond, I’ve sat on Low Budget and Wages & Working Conditions Committees. I want to be on the front lines, working to ensure that as the industry changes and platforms continue expanding, our LIVELIHOODS grow with the changing times.
Over fifteen years building a career and fighting for performers, I’ve experienced firsthand our industry’s fundamental transformations impacting our livelihoods: abusive GSA agent contracts; runaway production forcing performers to claim “local hire” or commute internationally; short order, limited and web series providing more work opportunities but compressing wages with insufficient residuals. SAG-AFTRA needs experienced leaders who know how to fight harder and smarter so we may all build and sustain careers in this new world. We must strategically leverage our strength to capitalize on this creative golden age. Diversity Advisory Committee chair, SAG-AFTRA Foundation Board, TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee for 15 years.
Jason George
112

Jon Huertas
118
I’ve now proudly served on the Local and National Boards for 8 years and in that time, I‘ve learned exactly what our union does for its members and what we as members can do for our union. As a united SAG-AFTRA, it is now time for all of us as performers to unite with each other to represent our union and ultimately ourselves. Standing together we can protect our future… our livelihood… as well as the future of the many talented professionals that will come after us. “With strength, integrity and pride for years to come – Unite For Strength.”
I have been a proud union actor since 1994. As a journeyman actor, I have worked many contracts. From soap operas, commercials, VO and on-camera, to background, stand-in, day players, guest stars, recurring arcs and principal series regulars. I fully understand that every contract we work is important and deserves a strong voice fighting for our rights and security in this changing market. Having served on the board before, I understand the intricacies of negotiations and the need to stay diligent to protect our rights in this shifting playing field. I would like to be that voice. Michelle Hurd
119

Regina King
121
I want to be a part of a union that understands the importance of fighting for all performers, whether they work consistently or sporadically. Recognizing the unique challenges that face us in the media professions, we must find new and more successful ways to inform our members of their contract rules and negotiated rights. We have a SAG-AFTRA hotline – we need to make sure every member knows how to use it. As we update our communications we must continue to refine and expand our reach so that each member can understand union strength in the workplace, whatever the contract.
I am in my 44th year in front of the camera and behind the mic! What gives me purpose and fulfillment is being of service to you, the members of SAG-AFTRA. From Co-Chairing the SAG-AFTRA Film Society to being a board member of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, this is what I do. We will continue to grow our union from merging the health plans to improving our call center services and operations. We continue to adapt to the changing entertainment landscape while enforcing our contracts. Your Voice. Your Union. Your Future.
Clyde Kusatsu
123

Elizabeth McLaughlin
127
For the past four years, I’ve been honored to serve as the National Co-Chair of SAG-AFTRA’s Young Performers Committee. As a member since 2008, a YPC member since 2009, and a SAG-AFTRA National Board Member, I fight for young Performers. It’s time to look ahead to the future of our industry, meeting the new content of streaming video on demand head on, for the contracts we deserve. With SAG-AFTRA it’s time to work on our strength; our strength lies in our future. With your support, I will continue to fight for our future.
We must pursue strong enforcement of our contracts, and dynamic organizing of more and better work so all members can make a living and raise families. Our health plans are finally merged. Pensions next. Residuals delivery is rapid and our fiscal health is excellent. We are negotiating ways to generate greater compensation on the dozens of new exhibition platforms. Our union is making great progress but we must go further. My service: SAG-AFTRA National and Local Boards, Committees: Executive, Local and National Honors and Tributes Chair, Communications, National Disciplinary Review Chair, MOVE, TV/Theatrical Standing, and Local Government Affairs and Public Policy.
Jenny O’Hara
130

Robert Pine
131
I think our union is in a better place than it has ever been thanks to the leadership which Gabrielle Carteris, David White, his staff, and our National and local Boards have provided. Currently serving on the National Board, I would very much appreciate your vote so I may continue to work on your behalf to make SAG-AFTRA the strongest and most influential union in the world and to continue to deliver good forward thinking contracts in an ever changing and more challenging entertainment business.
It’s been a joy and an honor to learn more about our union while serving on the board the past two years. I’ve been an actor since the age of 6, a member of the union since I was 20 and I want to continue to make a difference through representing our talented membership. I’m so proud of our recent achievements like merging the health plans and the amazing new app and will to continue to push for more exciting changes like these.
Autumn Reeser
132

Abigail Spencer
136
I’ve been a professional actor for 18 years and I’m passionate about supporting fellow members and protecting the business of our art. With all forms of content exploding, protecting quality and enforcing safety are top priorities. The new short order series norm reveals “relocation” to be a thing of the past as actors, particularly those with families, find they must pay for two residences. “Exclusivity” must be reimagined to allow actors more opportunities. Grateful to stand on the shoulders of those who came before, dedicated to improving our present and our future.
Honored to have served on the local and national boards for almost a decade. I am running to finalize the merger of our benefits plans, continue to fight for online privacy and secure more work for our California members. As Chair of Los Angeles’ Government and Public Policy Committee, I contributed to the recently executed $330M California Tax Incentive, fought for overdue wage increases in Low Budget, achieving a 25% pay raise. A working actor for decades under multiple contracts, I hope to continue my service and earn your vote. Currently serving: Online Privacy (Chair), Low Budget (Vice Chair), SAGIndie, TV/Theatrical Standing, Military Personnel and Families Support, Women’s.
Stacey Travis
138
 


Vivicca Whitsett
140

Proud union actor 20 years. From Background performers to minorities to voice artists, members deserve a diverse board pursuing new ways to organize more work. I bring a commitment to inclusiveness, responsibility and accountability for the future of the great merged union. No more divisiveness; our fellow actors are not our enemies. Together we stand stronger. Contracts worked include Commercials, TV/Theatrical, New Media, Ultra Low Budget, NetCode. Current: 2017 Chair LA Host Committee, Communications, Honors & Tributes, EEOC and MOVE Committees. Prior: 2011 National Co-Chair Ethnic Employment Opportunity Committee, Professional Representatives.

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LA Local Board Candidates

Joi Carr, Gabrielle Carteris, Natalia Castellanos, William Charlton, Parvesh Cheena, Tom Choi, Ellen Crawford, Catherine Dent, Patrick Fabian, Kate Flannery, Spencer Garrett, Jason George, David Goryl, Jon Huertas, Matthew Jaeger, Clyde Kusatsu, Dawnn Lewis, Kate Linder, Elaine Loh, Tohoru Masamune, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Ron Morgan, Aubrey Mozino, Dan Navarro, Jenny O’Hara, Lee Purcell, Dileep Rao, Autumn Reeser, Ricco Ross, Woody Schultz, Shea Scullin, Iqbal Theba, Armand Vasquez, David Villar, Katie Von Till, David Westberg, Ben Whitehair, Vivicca Whitsett, and Conrad Palmisano (Stunts)

 
Joi Carr
89
I have a strong commitment to the arts, to nurturing collaborative relationships, to equity and inclusion, and to all that happens with SAG-AFTRA. As a member since 1987, I know our work counts and affects the quality of our lives. I currently serve as a Los Angeles Delegate and on the following committees: National EEO, Women’s, LA Host and as Vice Chair of Los Angeles Local EEO. As Associate Professor of English/Film Studies at Pepperdine University, I have multifaceted experience engaging a new generation of storytellers. I welcome the opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways.
The extraordinary privilege of serving as president is a journey I began nine years ago. After I was badly injured while filming, the union took care of me — and I pledged to give back through my service. Together we’ve accomplished so much: the historic unionization of Telemundo… working with California’s governor to pass the IMDb law… seeing our health plans merge… and now I’m focused on leading our TV/Theatrical negotiations. The work of SAG-AFTRA never stops but I bring passion to protecting our members every day. I would be deeply honored to continue fighting for you.
Gabrielle Carteris
90

Natalia Castellanos
91
It’s more important than ever to speak our minds and protect SAG-AFTRA. As a Latina, I will fight to keep our union relevant and I will ensure that the entertainment industry continues to embrace cultural diversity. As a member of the Commercials Organizing & Recapture Initiative, my mission for projects to remain union will continue to be a vital priority. As artists, we must safeguard the livelihood of our craft and conserve our union, building its strength for the generations who will inherit the efforts we make today.
Thirty years of cobbling together a living, working most of our contracts, and I’m profoundly aware of the challenges we confront making a living under UNION contracts. I helped lead the successful SAG-AFTRA merger and adamantly believe we need strategic, responsive, unified, solution-oriented leadership to navigate our new landscape of exploding New Media platforms, non-union invasion in commercials and having to fight for our quotes. It’s your union. Please vote for me to continue being your voice. Negotiating Committees: TV/Theatrical, Commercials, Corporate-Educational. Committees: National Chair Professional Representatives, Finance, Communications, Organizing.
William Charlton
92
 
Parvesh Cheena
93
I’ve had the honor of serving on the LA Local Board for the past six years. I’m determined to continue the solid work SAG-AFTRA is doing as a newly reinvigorated force in the industry. As a member of the Ethnic Employment Opportunity, Asian Pacific American Media, and LGBT Committees I intend to pursue additional gains for diversity performers. I wish to continue serving my fellow members, moving forward with stronger contracts and making sure members are engaged and apprised of developments and our historic gains in the New Media landscape.
A SAG & AFTRA member for 20 & 22 years respectively, I am proud to have been a part of the campaign to successfully unite the two unions. Member of the EEOC, APAM, Professional Representatives committee & various TV contract negotiation committees. Involved with all W&W meetings for Theatrical, Commercial as well as Interactive Negotiations. Drawing on my MBA background, I will work to keep SAG-AFTRA ahead in the ever-changing new media landscape. I will advocate for progressive casting, streamlining independent filmmaking contracts and improving union-performer communications. Tom Choi
94
 
Ellen Crawford
96
Strong contracts, solid protection, more organized work. We have achieved great gains, and are vigorously pushing for more victories. Staying nimble as the industry changes, we develop fresh strategies as it does. MOVE, which I chair, provides networking opportunities and programs designed to develop both creative and business skills for the marketplace, particularly for member communities which may have felt previously disengaged. A vice president of the California Federation of Labor, I also chair Local Organizing and National Organizing Committees, and serve on Executive, Government Review, Film Society, Healthcare Safety Net, Reinstatement Obligations Review, and NextGen Performers Committees. Honored to have served since 2009.
With over 300 hours of film and television under my belt, I have seen dramatic changes in all aspects of our profession. There is much work to be done to secure living wages and respectable working conditions for performers in SAG-AFTRA. I have been the “boots on the ground” and worked under numerous different contracts. With your support, I will bring that 25+ years experience to the table to proudly and affirmatively fight for all groups within the Union. It’s not a ‘cliche’. It really is, “an honor and a privilege to serve.”
Catherine Dent
99
 
Patrick Fabian
10
A working actor for two decades, I’m honored to have served both locally and nationally on the SAG-AFTRA boards. As our business models continue to rapidly change, I want to help our members and union shift and change with it, to ensure that all new work is covered work. Please help me achieve that goal by supporting me and my fellow candidates from Unite for Strength.
As a former SAG board member I served for 3 years during the very important merger of SAG and AFTRA. I’d like your vote to be a local board member in Los Angeles again. The power of our union is contingent upon us showing up and speaking up. I would be proud to represent my fellow actors, singers, dancers, broadcasters, stunt performers and background actors. I am grateful to all who served before me to protect me in my career. I want to help, representing our interests and challenges in new media and new platforms in this intense digital age.
Kate Flannery
12
 
Spencer Garrett
14
I joined SAG in 1985. It’s part of my family history. As SAG-AFTRA I believe we are “Stronger Together.” A working actor for 30 years, I’ve witnessed rapid changes in our industry, alarmed that the middle class actor is being left in the dust by corporate avarice and “creative” cast scheduling among other inequities. Working every contract from Ultra-Low to Schedule F and beyond, I’ve sat on Low Budget and Wages & Working Conditions Committees. I want to be on the front lines, working to ensure that as the industry changes and platforms continue expanding, our LIVELIHOODS grow with the changing times.
Over fifteen years building a career and fighting for performers, I’ve experienced firsthand our industry’s fundamental transformations impacting our livelihoods: abusive GSA agent contracts; runaway production forcing performers to claim “local hire” or commute internationally; short order, limited and web series providing more work opportunities but compressing wages with insufficient residuals. SAG-AFTRA needs experienced leaders who know how to fight harder and smarter so we may all build and sustain careers in this new world. We must strategically leverage our strength to capitalize on this creative golden age. Diversity Advisory Committee chair, SAG-AFTRA Foundation Board, TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee for 15 years.
Jason George
15

David Goryl
17
I’ve been a SAG and SAG-AFTRA member since 1998. For many of those years, I’ll admit, I wasn’t very educated in how it all worked. That all changed in 2015 when I served as a Convention Delegate and started attending the Commercials and TV/Theatrical Wages & Working Committee meetings. I’m committed to doing all I can for my fellow working actors and all SAG-AFTRA members. As the industry continues to change, help us evolve and grow stronger as One.
I’ve now proudly served on the Local and National Boards for 8 years and in that time, I‘ve learned exactly what our union does for its members and what we as members can do for our union. As a united SAG-AFTRA, it is now time for all of us as performers to unite with each other to represent our union and ultimately ourselves. Standing together we can protect our future… our livelihood… as well as the future of the many talented professionals that will come after us. “With strength, integrity and pride for years to come – Unite For Strength.”
Jon Huertas
29
 
Matthew Jaeger
31
Proud member of SAG-AFTRA since 2005. Not rich or famous – my wife and I support our family as artists under numerous television, film, commercial, industrial, and PSA contracts each year. With current efforts to undermine it, I believe SAG-AFTRA must be dynamic: able to respond to members’ needs and producers’ concerns with speed and accuracy to ensure we don’t lose opportunities due to unnecessary red tape and delay. I want to increase SAG-AFTRA’s efforts to adapt to new technology and stem off-the-card and non-union work to maximize members’ opportunities and protection in this difficult and rewarding industry. Unionworking.com
What gives me purpose and fulfillment is being of service to you, the members of SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles. When I served as your first elected LA President, I worked hard to coordinate with the offices of the mayor, state assembly, state senators, and congressmen to bring $330 million of production incentives to California, which has increased local productions, particularly in television. I enthusiastically champion the unique services our LA local offers like our valuable SAG-AFTRA Film Society (which I co-chair), extraordinary Conservatory Program and the burgeoning NexGen Performers activities. Your Voice. Your Union. Your Future.  
Clyde Kusatsu
36
 
Dawnn Lewis
41
I am proud to have been a member of SAG & AFTRA – now SAG-AFTRA – since 1987. Serving 3 terms on the National SAG Board, I was honored to participate in our mission to successfully merge our esteemed unions. As Chair of the Singers Committee I oversaw the implementation of the LA Singers Facebook page – which has improved and increased union outreach to the singers community exponentially. An actor performer working across multiple areas, I understand how vital our union can be. Gains we have made on behalf of our members must continue to be protected and improved.
Honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and currently in my 35th year on the Emmy winning The Young and the Restless, I have also appeared in several recent films. Served as Governor of the Television Academy’s Daytime Programming Peer Group for four years. Having served on the AFTRA board since 2004 and proudly on the SAG-AFTRA board since merger, I strongly believe I can contribute to the future strengthening of our union and moving forward to establish the best outcome for our members.
Kate Linder
42
 
Elaine Loh
43
My past two years of service as a member of the Los Angeles Local Board of Directors has been both humbling and insightful. I hope to continue the complex processes of refining our New Media contracts, championing greater opportunities for our diverse performers, and engaging members to learn more about how their union works. Thank you for this chance to serve and make a difference.
I’m a proud, long-time union member. I’ve served on the SAG-AFTRA MOVE committee since 2010, and as a delegate to the last two conventions. I’m fortunate to have worked in several capacities, from playing an iconic lead role in a hit summer blockbuster studio feature, to acting in commercials, TV, stage, animation, and the indiest of indies. My core belief is that we’re one big family held together by a profound desire to create magic on-screen and communicate. I will do everything in my power to listen to members and advocate intelligent win-win solutions which benefit all performers.
Tohoru Masamune
48

Elizabeth McLaughlin
49
For the past four years, I’ve been honored to serve as the National Co-Chair of SAG-AFTRA’s Young Performers Committee. As a member since 2008, a YPC member since 2009, and a SAG-AFTRA National Board Member, I fight for young Performers. It’s time to look ahead to the future of our industry, meeting the new content of streaming video on demand head on, for the contracts we deserve. With SAG-AFTRA it’s time to work on our strength; our strength lies in our future. With your support, I will continue to fight for our future.
I work for members in the boardrooms and on committees– I am your voice. I have always listened to members’ needs and desires and will continue to do that. Our union needs strong leaders. I am a person with experience, vision and commitment, the qualities necessary to guide SAG-AFTRA into a strong future. With your help and participation I will use these qualities to ensure our future. Together we are SAG-AFTRA! Committee service: Vice-President LA County Federation of Labor; Member Orientation, MOVE, Commercial Performers, Organizing, Professional Representatives, Military & Families Support, Reinstatement Obligation Review. I work for you and respectfully ask for your vote.
Ron Morgan
54

Aubrey Mozino
55
It’s been a privilege to serve our powerful union as a local board member. However, much work still remains to ensure the strength of our union for future generations of SAG-AFTRA members. As Vice Chair of the NextGen Performers sub-committee, I’ve strived to engage and educate fellow Millennial members to become more involved with their union and inspire future leaders. I believe my voice and experience serving can increase engagement with younger performers by focusing on topics important to them such as New Media contracts, community building, fair wages for emerging platforms, and networking opportunities.
National Recording Artists / Singers Vice President 2013-2015, 2015-2017; Los Angeles Local Board 2013-2017; Chair, Sound Recordings Code Negotiating 2002, 2014; Communications Committee, Singers Committee; President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach and Engagement; Multiple negotiating teams since 2000 (Commercials, TV/Theatrical, Sound Recordings). Working English and Spanish singer (“Happy Feet”), voice actor (POTC5), hit songwriter (Pat Benatar’s “We Belong”), touring recording artist (14 CDs), 24 years vested SAG, 22 years AFTRA. The unions merged, the health plans merged, but there is more to do — organizing, New Media, pension, residuals, in the boardroom, at the bargaining table and in Washington. Please allow me to continue to serve.
Dan Navarro
56

Jenny O’Hara
57
 We must pursue strong enforcement of our contracts, and dynamic organizing of more and better work so all members can make a living and raise families. Our health plans are finally merged. Pensions next. Residuals delivery is rapid and our fiscal health is excellent. We are negotiating ways to generate greater compensation on the dozens of new exhibition platforms. Our union is making great progress but we must go further. My service: SAG-AFTRA National and Local Boards, Committees: Executive, Local and National Honors and Tributes Chair, Communications, National Disciplinary Review Chair, MOVE, TV/Theatrical Standing, and Local Government Affairs and Public Policy.
Performing since age 5; proud union member since 1969. I bring a lifetime of experience as a working actress and a fresh voice to the membership. There is much to do. I am especially interested in helping the underserved “minorities” of women and Seniors of all ethnicities and gender orientation. Twice Primetime Emmy nominated. I am currently serving on the SAG-AFTRA Radio Play Committee and on the LA Seniors Committee; voting member of both the Motion Picture Academy and Television Academy; formerly on the Television Academy Peer Group Executive Committee. It would be an honor to serve the members of SAG-AFTRA.
Lee Purcell
60

Dileep Rao
61
The LA local board has great influence in matters facing the union. I am running to represent you and our values: accountability, advancing our salary and working conditions, and bettering our stake in the film, television and streaming business models. As technology and distribution of our work changes wholesale, we need smart and effective leadership to set the terms of debate, not just react to what our employers state them to be. Our union is the best forum to fight for these values, that our work be not just a passion, but a profession that sustains us with dignity.
It’s been a joy and an honor to learn more about our union while serving on the board the past two years. I’ve been an actor since the age of 6, a member of the union since I was 20 and I want to continue to make a difference through representing our talented membership. I’m so proud of our recent achievements like merging the health plans and the amazing new app and will to continue to push for more exciting changes like these.
Autumn Reeser
62
 
Ricco Ross
66
Originally from Chicago, LA has been my home for 20 years. I’m running to help make SAG-AFTRA stronger, more united and be a voice for members without voices. I have 10 siblings and lived in Europe for 13 years. This unique and invaluable perspective should serve me well as a board member. I’m a UCLA fellow (MFA) and a LAMDA trained Shakespearean scholar. I served as Local Board Chair for KPFK public radio, as a National Board member for the Pacifica Foundation and as Co-Chair of Progressive Democrats of LA. I would love your vote.
Eight years ago you first elected me to represent you on our union’s board. I’ve never forgotten that and have steadfastly worked to protect and improve our ability to earn a living under our contracts. I fought to merge our unions and health plans, for increased tax incentives bringing work back to California, for anti-age discrimination legislation and, in our TV/Theatrical negotiations, for the strongest possible contract gains. My work is not done, though. Vote for me so I can keep fighting for you. Committees: Chair, L.A. Communications, Performance Capture; Member, Government Affairs & Public Policy, SAG Awards, SAGIndie, Low Budget, Honors and Tributes, Organizing, Military Personnel and Families Support.
Woody Schultz
68
 
Shea Scullin
69
A union member since 1988, I am committed to building a stronger, more cohesive union to serve and protect the SAG-AFTRA membership. I’m currently serving my 2nd two-year term as National Convention Delegate and on the MOVE LA Steering Committee. Also serving as a SAG-AFTRA delegate to the LA County Federation of Labor, I believe we are all stronger pulling together. I will fight for stronger contracts, recapture more work under our union’s Commercials contract and strive to bring balance to the boardroom. I would be honored to serve you and thank you for your consideration.
SAG-AFTRA needs leaders who understand the rapidly changing industry and who can plan accordingly for our future. Since the founding of SAG in 1933 we have achieved a great many things but we have a long way to go. New Media, Agency contracts, background actors and transparency are some of my priorities. I am a proud SAG-AFTRA member, two-term LA Board member and a working actor for 25 years. I know exactly what it’s like out there. I will look after your interests and be your voice in the boardroom.
Iqbal Theba
76
 
Armand Vasquez
79
Our union must remain strong, united, and progressive, with our eyes and ears carefully tuned to the ever-changing nature of our industry. As someone who served on the Commercials Negotiating Committee, participated in Commercials, Spanish Language, & Improv Comedy organizing, moderated a panel at SAG-AFTRA, I understand not only the importance of fighting for our contracts to protect us through both the good and difficult times, but also the importance of membership interaction. I believe in diversity— both in casting and union leadership. What makes us different makes us great. Most importantly, I believe in getting involved. Make a difference.
The changing landscape of media has presented new threats to our ability to earn a sustainable income. Participating in the Commercials Contract Wages and Working Conditions meetings and serving as a Convention delegate, my support helped lead to substantial and progressive gains on the previous commercials contract. Becoming more active in our union I’ve developed relationships I intend to utilize to secure stronger contracts while promoting diversity, efficiency and efficacy in the operations of our great union. I will always be open to listening to all members, no matter what aspect of the industry or contract they work under.
David Villar
80
 
Katie Von Till
81
As a delegate and member of the Commercial Performers Committee, Commercial Contract Standing Committee and Outreach Committee, I’ve been honored to serve SAG-AFTRA. I’ve worked many of our contracts both on and off-camera. If you attended my talks about commercial residuals, you know how serious I am about the work we do and the enforcement of our contracts. I will spreadsheet anything! Yep, I just used “spreadsheet” as a verb. I mean business, the kind of business that puts money in our pockets. I’m not afraid to speak up and be heard or to shut up and listen. Let’s do this!
“An informed member is an empowered member,” as I say at every Member Orientation. Whether your artistry springs in front of the camera or behind the microphone, challenges abound! Recapturing commercials, improving/strengthening contracts, harnessing this town as one creative team, honing and shaping a union that can answer the call of New Media springing up at warp speed or the explosion of new platforms and the altered viewing habits of our trusty fans. I joined the union 50 years ago this summer. The union has changed, because we have changed it.
David Westberg
82

Ben Whitehair
83
I care deeply about expanding and serving our community. Whether it’s as Chair of the NextGen Performers Committee, co-founder of the LA Actors Tweetup, teacher at UCLA, blogger, coach, or Board Member I’ve been doing just that. Under my leadership, NGP has hosted diversity and career development panels, member mixers, and networking opportunities. But there’s so much more to do. A vote for me is a vote for modernizing SAG-AFTRA’s tech and social media, tackling New Media, expanding diversity, and creating opportunities for YOU to connect with fellow members, learn from professionals, and improve your career. Let’s do this!
Proud union actor 20 years. From Background performers to minorities to voice artists, members deserve a diverse board pursuing new ways to organize more work. I bring a commitment to inclusiveness, responsibility and accountability for the future of the great merged union. No more divisiveness; our fellow actors are not our enemies. Together we stand stronger. Contracts worked include Commercials, TV/Theatrical, New Media, Ultra Low Budget, NetCode. Current: 2017 Chair LA Host Committee, Communications, Honors & Tributes, EEOC and MOVE Committees. Prior: 2011 National Co-Chair Ethnic Employment Opportunity Committee, Professional Representatives.
Vivicca Whitsett
84

Conrad Palmisano (Stunts)
108
To all my compatriots, I have been a union member for 47 years and I’m running for the designated “Stunt Seat” and “Delegate.” I served on the LA and National Boards and was instrumental in forming the National Stunt and Safety Committee, chairing several years and now proudly serving as member. A veteran, I work with the Military Personnel and Families Support Committee. My goal is to promote a safer work environment as well as more profitable one for all members. Four term President, Stuntmen’s Association of Motion Pictures. Our voices need to be there to be heard. I would appreciate your support!

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Actor/Performer Delegate Candidates

153.Patrick Fabian
154.Michael Faulkner
155.Fred Fein
158.Kate Flannery
161.Lee Garlington
163.Spencer Garrett
164.Mike Genovese
165.Jason George
168.David Goldman
169.David Goryl
174.Michael Hanson
176.Hayes Hargrove
180.Lauri Hendler
183.Kevin High
184.Amy Hill
186.Jon Huertas
187.Michelle Hurd
190.Matthew Jaeger
194.Keith Johnson
195.Diana Elizabeth Jordan
196.Jackie Joseph
197.Dawn Joyal
200.Robert Keniston
202.Matt Kimbrough
203.Brian Kimmet
205.Chil Kong
206.Clyde Kusatsu
208.Tom La Grua
210.Shyla La’Sha
212.David H. Lawrence XVII
213.John Lawson
217.Jen Levin
218.Dawnn Lewis
219.Kate Linder
220.Elaine Loh
221.JM Longoria
223.Michael Mahon
227.Lauren Marini
229.Tohoru Masamune
230.Kyle McAuley
231.Melinda McGraw
233.Mary McNeil
234.Alex Mebane
235.AJ Meijer
236.Craig Michaelson
237.Altara Michelle
243.Ron Morgan
244.Danielle Motley
245.Aubrey Mozino
246.Rob Nagle
247.Lucas Neff
249.PJ Ochlan
250.Jake O’Flaherty
251.JennyO’Hara
255.Gretchen Palmer
257.Stephen R. Peluso
258.Marisa Persson
261.Amy Pietz
262.Beata Pozniak
263.Lee Purcell
264.Ruben Rabasa
265.Dileep Rao
266.Ann Marie Ravens
267.Autumn Reeser
269.Barbara Roberts
270.Gunnar Rohrbacher
272.Ricco Ross
274.Wednezday Ryan
275.Wendy Schenker
276.Shea Scullin
281.Nina Siemaszko
282.Pat Skipper
288.Jerilyn Stapleton
292.Mike Still
293.Evelyn L Stokes
295.Jaya Subramanian
296.Maureen Sullivan
297.Amir Talai
298.Bob Telford
299.Iqbal Theba
301.Steve Tom
303.Darin Toonder
305.Joseph Tran
306.Stacey Travis
308.Nick Ullet
309.Armand Vasquez
310.Ned Vaughn
311.David Villar
312.Katie Von Till
313.Katie Wallack
314.David Westberg
315.Bruce Wexler
316.Ben Whitehair
317.Vivicca Whitsett
319.Vincent Amaya
322.Juan Carlos Arvelo
323.Kevin Ashworth
325.Ford Austin
327.James Babbin
329.Mikie Beatty
331.Jodie Bentley
332.Timothy Blake
333.Daphne Bloomer
334.Christina Bobrowsky
336.Sean Michael Boozer
337.Andrew Boyle
339.Ivar Brogger
340.Jen Faith Brown
341.Rob Brownstein
345.Raza Burgee
347.K Callan
348.Margot Carlson
349.Joi Carr
350.Natalia Castellanos
352.William Charlton
353.Parvesh Cheena
354.Tom Choi
357.Bob Clendenin
359.Clark Coffey
360.Assaf Cohen
362.Timothy Ryan Cole (not 363)
364.John Connolly
365.Mimi Cozzens
366.Scott Crawford
368.Patrika Darbo
370.Catherine Dent
372.Jay Disney
373.Jenna Doolittle
375.William Duffy
376.Michelle Dunker
379.Amin El Gamal
382.Mark Espinoza (not 383)

Singer Delegate Candidates

384.Jasper Randall
385.Fletcher Sheridan
387.Gerald White
388.Charlean Carmon

Stunts Delegate Candidates

393.Conrard Palmisano
397.Alex Daniels


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Elected!

Congratulations to our candidates who have already been elected

National Board, Singer Seat – Elected!

National Recording Artists / Singers Vice President 2013-2015, 2015-2017; Los Angeles Local Board 2013-2017; Chair, Sound Recordings Code Negotiating 2002, 2014; Communications Committee, Singers Committee; President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach and Engagement; Multiple negotiating teams since 2000 (Commercials, TV/Theatrical, Sound Recordings). Working English and Spanish singer (“Happy Feet”), voice actor (POTC5), hit songwriter (Pat Benatar’s “We Belong”), touring recording artist (14 CDs), 24 years vested SAG, 22 years AFTRA. The unions merged, the health plans merged, but there is more to do — organizing, New Media, pension, residuals, in the boardroom, at the bargaining table and in Washington. Please allow me to continue to serve.
Dan Navarro (Singer)

Local Board, Specialty Seats – Elected!

History teaches us that strength is collective and the only way to secure our rights. I’ve been a union broadcast member for 18 years, serving the last two on the Los Angeles Local Board. In this age of power attacking our right to question, criticize, and hold it accountable, it’s more important than ever to maintain and preserve the strength of our merged union. I’m committed to the safety and securing of rights for all members.  Rob Archer (Broadcast)

Jasper Randall (Singer)
SAG-AFTRA establishes wages and working conditions between its signatories and its members. SAG-AFTRA member-leaders are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that decisions are in the membership’s best interests. As a SAG-AFTRA singer and vocal contractor – working daily alongside every major film, TV and record label signatory in the industry – I see firsthand the constant threats SAG-AFTRA singers experience on a daily basis, as work continues to pour out of the country. I will do whatever possible to stop this flow, and ensure our talents – singer or otherwise – remain not only valued, but sought after.
Chair of both SAG-AFTRA Dancers and Music Video Committees, I am also an active board member on Dancers Alliance, which played a pivotal role in negotiating the first ever Music Video Agreement in 2012. We recently completed the second Music Video Agreement, enhancing the way dancers are compensated forever, and adding background coverage. For all members, I will continue the positive trend of fighting to recapture non-union jobs and improving enforcement of existing contracts. I believe that education on the importance and benefits of our union are crucial to accomplishing these goals. Together we stand.
Danielle Towne (Dancer)

Broadcast Delegate Candidates – Elected!

Mike Sakellarides
Rob Archer
Adamjee Zohreen

Dancer Delegate Candidate – Elected!

Danielle Towne

Recording Artist Delegate Candidate – Elected!

Dan Navarro