Your Union Team

Anthony G. Speelman Anthony G. Speelman - President

Tony's affiliation to Local 1500 began while he was attending college and working as a part-timer at a Long Island staple for decades, Dairy Barn. He first joined UFCW Local 1500 as a Vice President/Executive Board member in 1979. In 1986 he began working as a staff organizer and once again steadily worked his way up through the ranks. Read more >


Rob Newell Robert Newell - Secretary-Treasurer

Rob Newell has been a Local 1500 member for over 20-years. He began his career pushing carts at Pathmark and joined the UFCW Local 1500 staff in 1995, helping to organize Wild by Nature. Rob has been a Pension & Welfare Trustee since 2007 and in January of 2014 was elected as Plan Manager of the UFCW Local 1500 Legal Service Fund. Read more from Robert Newell >


Rhonda Nelson Rhonda Nelson - Recorder/Executive Vice President, Trustee

In November of 2009, the Local 1500 Executive Board unanimously voted to appoint Rhonda Nelson as Trustee. Mrs. Nelson also serves as a Trustee on the Local 1500 Pension and Welfare Funds. As the third officer of Local 1500, Rhonda Nelson is responsible for recording and reporting of each Local Union membership and Executive Board meetings, keeping an accurate and permanently bound or unalterable electronically stored record of all proceedings. Read more >


Joe Waddy Joe Waddy - Assistant to the President

In May of 2016, President Tony Speelman appointed Joe Waddy Assistant to the President. Joe also serves as Vice President on the Local 1500 Executive Board, Welfare Fund Trustee, and a Delegate to the Long Island Federation of Labor. Read more >


Aly Aly Waddy - Director of Special Projects

Aly Waddy has been fighting for workers rights in the Union Organizing department for over 15 years. She now oversees the entire department as the Director of Organizing. Contact Aly Waddy for any Organizing questions you may have. Read more and contact Aly >


Terry Terry Quiñones - Field Director

Terry Quiñones has been a Local 1500 member for over 35-years. She began her career at D’Agostino and joined the UFCW Local 1500 staff over 20 years ago. Terry now oversees all Union Representatives as the Field Director for UFCW Local 1500. She also a Vice President and is a Trustee on UFCW Local 1500 Pension Fund. Read more on Terry Quiñones >


Paul Santarpia Paul Santarpia - Field Director

Paul Santarpria has been a Local 1500 member for over 35-years. He began his career at Pathmark on Staten Island and joined the UFCW Local 1500 staff in 1992. Paul oversees all Union Representatives as Field Director for UFCW Local 1500. He is also a Vice President. Read more on Paul Santarpia >


Brendan Sexton Brendan Sexton - Director of Organizing/Political Coordinator

Brendan currently represents UFCW Local 1500 on the Working Families Party Advisory Council. He is an Executive Vice President for the Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body and also chairs the Community Services Committee and is an Executive Vice President of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation. Read more on Brendan Sexton >