Get to know our staff
Elise DeCamp, Organizer
PIO hired Elise DeCamp in May 2016 after a year of incredibly effective work as a member organizer. Elise worked with a team of other member organizers and helped increase PIO’s membership to its highest rate ever. She continued to support PIO by participating in AFT workshops and by attending membership meetings and participating as an observer during contract negotiations.
You can reach Elise at email@example.com.
Nora Gimpel, Organizer
Nora was hired at the beginning of August to lead organizing efforts on campus with the PIO. She got her start in labor organizing as a Political Organizer for our parents union the American Federation of Teachers in 2014, working with PIO & TAU members to elect labor friendly candidates endorsed by AFT Michigan. She then worked as an organizer for the Graduate Employees Union AFT local 6196 at Michigan State University before coming back to WMU. For the past two years, she has worked as the Lead Staff Organizer for the Teaching Assistants Union AFT local 1729 at Western.
Nora is now working as the AFT Kalamazoo Regional Lead Internal & Political Organizer for the Professional Instructors Organization, the Teaching Assistants Union and the Kalamazoo Valley Federation of Teachers, all three of the AFT Michigan Higher Ed locals in the Kalamazoo region.
You can reach Nora at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Paul, Administrator
In fall 2012, PIO welcomed Dave Paul as a part-time organizer. Since being hired as the union’s part-time organizer, he’s switched roles to the union’s bookkeeper, and in 2016 as its lead administrator.
Dave has been associated with WMU since the late 1980s, received his BA here in 1989 and his MA in philosophy here in 1992. Since 1996 Dave has taught a wide variety of classes in the philosophy department while also teaching for other area schools. Since 2015, Dave has been employed full-time in the philosophy department at WMU but remains the administrator of PIO and remains active as an advocate for part-time instructors at WMU.
You can reach Dave at email@example.com.