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Tom Austin - Executive Director

Tom Austin is the OPBA Executive Director. Tom served as a Trustee and Executive Secretary on the OPBA Executive Board prior to being appointed to Executive Director in August 2014. Tom was unopposed in his current elected term.

Tom holds a degree in Criminal Justice and is retired from the Twinsburg Police Department. During his career, Tom has been a Field Training Officer (FTO), Public Information Officer, member of the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force, and a Bike Patrol Officer.

Tom has lobbied on behalf of OPBA members in Washington D.C and Columbus, Ohio. Tom also sits on the Executive Board of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO).

Executive Director

Tom Austin

4402377900

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Daniel Leffler - Chief Legal Counsel

Overview

Daniel currently serves as Chief Legal Counsel for the OPBA, a position he has held since 2015. Daniel served as a firefighter/paramedic with the University Heights Fire Department from 1990-2008.  During that time, he served as president of the University Heights Fire Fighters IAFF Local 974, where he successfully negotiated two collective bargaining agreements and handled the day-to-day activities of Local 974.

Prior to joining the OPBA in 2008, he maintained a solo practice focusing on employment and labor law from the employee/union perspective. Since joining the OPBA, he has negotiated collective bargaining agreements, processed and arbitrated grievances, and litigated in civil court. He is familiar with all aspects of the collective bargaining process, public sector labor issues, and issues concerning FMLA and FLSA. 

Education

  • University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 2003

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Involvement

  • Akron Bar Association

Chief Legal Counsel

Daniel Leffler

4402377900

Attorneys


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Joseph Hegedus - Senior Counsel

Overview

Joe is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law with over twenty-five years of experience in all aspects of litigation and administrative practice concerning labor and employment related matters. Prior to practicing law, Joe worked as a fire fighter/paramedic with the University Heights Fire Department. 

Joe has extensive experience in representing OPBA members and other public sector unions in matters including litigation, arbitration of employment related issues, contract negotiations, civil service appeals, interest arbitration, and unfair labor practice matters.

Joe has handled matters dealing with Title VII, 42 U.S.C. Sections 1981 and 1983, Fair Labor Standards Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Title IX, and actions based on Chapter 4112 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Joe's has practices before several Ohio administrative agencies, including the State Employment Relations Board, State Personnel Board of Review, and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

Education

  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1991
  • Cleveland State University, B.A., 1987

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Involvement

  • Ohio State Bar Association Labor & Employment Speciality Board

Senior Counsel

Joseph Hegedus

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Mark Volcheck - Senior Counsel

Overview

Mark has been an attorney with OPBA since 1999, representing members in litigation, contract negotiations, mediation, fact-finding, conciliation, disciplinary matters, grievances, and arbitration. Mark’s administrative practice includes representation before the State Employment Relations Board and State Personnel Board of Review. 

Prior to joining the OPBA, Mark worked as an associate at Climaco, Lefkowitz, Peca, Wilcox & Garofoli Co. LPA, and served as an Assistant Prosecutor at the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office.

Education

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D.
  • The Ohio State University, B.A., summa cum laude

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Involvement

Senior Counsel

Mark Volcheck

614-888-7901

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George Gerken - Attorney

Overview

George is an independent practitioner working for the OPBA.

Prior to practicing law full-time, George served as a police officer with the Toledo Police Department, where he was a patrol officer, detective, and supervisor at the police academy. George also served as president of the Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association (TPPA) and as regional vice president of the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA – AFL-CIO).

George worked as an attorney with AFSCME and different police organizations before associating with the OPBA in 2015, where he services OPBA member units in all areas of labor and criminal law.

In his private practice, George works in the areas of Labor Law, Estate Planning/Succession Planning, Criminal Law, Family Law, and has served as Special Counsel for Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray.

Education

  • University of Toledo School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1996
  • University of Toledo, B.S.

Admissions

  •  State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southeast District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Professional Involvement 

  • He has served by appointment of Governor Taft on the Ohio Building Authority
  • Supreme Court of Ohio Client’s Security Fund
  • Supreme Court of Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline
  • Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Morrison R. Waite Chapter of the American Inns of Court as well as a Wealth Counsel member.

Attorney

George Gerken

419-351-7139

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Yvonne Trevino - Attorney

Overview

Yvonne is an attorney in OPBA's Toledo office. 

Yvonne served as an intern at the Lucas County Common Pleas Court while pursuing her undergraduate degree. While in law school, Yvonne worked as a chief Law Clerk/ Bailiff for the Honorable Mary Grace Trimboli (Retired),of the Toledo Municipal Court. In 2005, she entered into private practice and opened her office in downtown Toledo. 

In 2013, she was sworn in as an Assistant Deputy Prosecutor in Lake County, Indiana and subsequently returned to Toledo, where she was appointed as the Prosecuting Attorney for the Village of Swanton, Ohio, appearing in the Eastern District Court, Fulton County, Ohio. Yvonne maintains her private practice in downtown Toledo focusing on representing OPBA members.

Yvonne enjoys spending her time volunteering for charitable events, working out, and traveling.

Education

  • University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 2004
  • University of Toledo, B.S. 

Admissions

  • State of Ohio

Professional Involvement

  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Toledo Women's Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Attorney

Yvonne Trevino

419-242-1400

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Adam Chaloupka - General Counsel

Overview

Adam is an OPBA attorney in the North Royalton office.  While in law school, Adam worked as a law clerk at the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio.  Additionally, he served as a legal extern for Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor.  Even with all of this practical experience during law school, he still consistently made the Dean’s List.

After law school and passing the bar, Adam immediately joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.  First, with the Appellate Unit and eventually leaving the office as a member of the General Felony Unit. During his time with the prosecutor's office, he prosecuted hundreds of cases ranging from drug possession to rape and murder, including high profile criminal trials involving police use of deadly force and public corruption. 

In addition, he tried over a dozen cases, negotiated hundreds of plea deals, filed dozens of trial court motions and appellate briefs, and presented oral arguments before the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Eighth District Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Ohio.  On top of his litigation responsibilities, he worked closely with the elected prosecutor on criminal justice reform projects, including drafting legislation, authoring a white paper for the Supreme Court of Ohio Rules Committee on better representation for indigent defendants, and creating the employee evaluation system for the Prosecutor’s Office.                                    

Adam lives in Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood with his dog.  He enjoys spending his time in the outdoors, working out and traveling.

Education

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2012
  • Cleveland State University, M.B.A.
  • The Ohio State University, B.S.

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio 

Professional Involvement

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's 3Rs Program
  • Cleveland-Marshall School of Law Alumni Association

General Counsel

Adam Chaloupka

4402377900

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Brian Holb - General Counsel

Overview

Brian is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Labor & Employment Law. His work with the OPBA includes collective bargaining negotiations, grievance processing, mediation, fact-finding, and arbitration in the public and private sectors. Brian has experience with matters arising under the Ohio Public Employees’ Collective Bargaining Act, National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Occupational Safety Act, and Ohio Discrimination/Whistleblower Statutes.  

Prior to law school, Brian was a fire fighter/paramedic and a ten-year member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). While in law school, Brian worked as a legal intern at Ohio’s State Employment Relations Board (SERB). Additionally, he was an articles editor for The Ohio State Law Journal and president of the Labor & Employment Law Association.  

Prior to joining the OPBA, Brian worked for an international labor and employment law firm.

Education

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2017
  • University of Memphis, B.P.S., magna cum laude, 2013 

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Involvement

  • Bluecoats of Summit County
  • Ohio State Bar Association

General Counsel

Brian Holb

4402377900

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Dominic Saturday - General Counsel

Overview

Dominic worked only for unions and union-side law firms before joining the OPBA’s North Royalton office in 2019.

He has handled collective bargaining, mediation, arbitration, fact-finding, and conciliation matters as a representative for more than 1,500 members of the biggest public sector union in America.

Dominic leads contract committees through negotiations, helps union officials identify their priorities and concerns, carefully drafts specific language for proposals and counter-proposals, and acts as the chief spokesperson for unions at the bargaining table. He also counsels the OPBA's private-sector members under the National Labor Relations Act and represents the union before the National Labor Relations Board in election and unfair labor practice proceedings.

Dominic is no stranger to the labor movement. He grew up in rural Ashtabula County, Ohio, where his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all members of the United Steelworkers.

Dominic lives in Norton with his fiancée, Brenna. In his free time, he golfs, flies remote-controlled airplanes, and umpires high school and college baseball games.

Education

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2018
    • Certificate in Dispute Resolution
  • Coastal Carolina University, summa cum laude

Admissions

  • State of Ohio

Professional Involvement

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Norton Historical Society

General Counsel

Dominic Saturday

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Danielle Chaffin - General Counsel

Overview

Danielle is an OPBA attorney in the North Royalton office.  While attending Ohio Northern University, she studied different forensic techniques, including fingerprinting, DNA processing, toxicology and crime scene analysis.

While in law school, Danielle worked as a law clerk at the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office in both the felony and juvenile divisions and was a member of Cleveland-Marshall’s Mock Trial team.  She also participated in volunteer opportunities through the school.

After passing the bar, Danielle began working at a medical malpractice firm, representing individuals that were the victim of abuse or neglect in numerous different counties across Ohio.  In addition to appearing before different county courts, Danielle has argued before the Eighth District Court of Appeals and filed briefs with the Supreme Court of Ohio.  She has experience with mediation and negotiation, and other aspects of civil litigation.

Danielle lives in Strongsville with her husband and two daughters.

Education

  • Cleveland Marshall School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
  • Ohio Northern University

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Involvement

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice

General Counsel

Danielle Chaffin

440-237-7900

Business Agent


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Jeff Perry - Business Agent

Overview

Jeff joined the OPBA in 1994.  At the OPBA, Jeff works with various OPBA units in the Northern Ohio area. Jeff is married and has two adult children. In his free time he enjoys watching sports, hiking, working out, listening to music, and reading.

Education

  • Cleveland State University, M.B.A.
  • John Carroll University

Professional Involvement

Business Agent

Jeff Perry

4402377900

Support Staff


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Tricia Newcomer - Office Manager

Trish is the Office Manager for the OPBA and has been a vital part of its operation since 1993. She handles the day-to-day operations of the office including bookkeeping, payroll, and member services. Trish enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and new dog Izzy. Please feel free to contact her with any membership requests or questions.

Office Manager

Tricia Newcomer

4402377900

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Michele Angell - Paralegal

Paralegal

Michele Angell

440-237-7900

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Wendy Vidovic - Legal Secretary

Legal Secretary

Wendy Vidovic


Board Members


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Tim Corcoran - Trustee

Trustee

Tim Corcoran



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Pat Coleman - Executive Secretary

Executive Secretary

Pat Coleman



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Brian Johnston - Recording Secretary

Recording Secretary

Brian Johnston



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Gary Jesser - Treasurer

Treasurer

Gary Jesser



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Ronald Campbell - Financial Secretary

Financial Secretary

Ronald Campbell



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George Sakellakis - Director of Organization

Director of Organization

George Sakellakis



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Mathew Keehl - Trustee

Trustee

Mathew Keehl



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