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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.

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.


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.

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.

George Gerken


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.

Yvonne Trevino


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.

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.

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.

Dominic Saturday

General Counsel

Dominic has worked only for unions and union-side law firms. Before joining the OPBA, he was awarded a prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship by the United Steelworkers of America. He advised the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA), AFSCME Local 11. He also organized and represented over 1,500 employees on the eastern side of Ohio with AFSCME Ohio Council 8, AFL-CIO.

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.

Business Agent

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.

Support Staff

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.

Michele Angell



Wendy Vidovic

Legal Secretary

Board Members

Tim Corcoran


Pat Coleman

Executive Secretary

Brian Johnston

Recording Secretary

Gary Jesser


Ronald Campbell

Financial Secretary

George Sakellakis

Director of Organization

Mathew Keehl


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10147 Royalton Rd Suite J
North Royalton, OH 44133

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