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Tom Austin

Executive Director

(440) 237-7900
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 a retired police sergeant.

Daniel Leffler

Chief Legal Counsel

(440) 237-7900
Daniel has served as Chief Legal Counsel for the OPBA since 2015. Daniel served as a firefighter/paramedic from 1990-2008.  During that time, he was president of the firefighter's union, where he successfully negotiated two collective bargaining agreements and handled the day-to-day activities.


Joseph Hegedus

Senior Counsel

(614) 888-7901
Joseph 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, Joseph worked as a fire fighter/paramedic.

Mark Volcheck

Senior Counsel

(614) 888-7901
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


(419) 351-7139
George is an independent practitioner working for the OPBA. Prior to practicing law full-time, George served as a police officer in Ohio, where he was a patrol officer, detective and supervisor at the police academy.

Yvonne Trevino

General Counsel

(419) 242-1400
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.

Adam Chaloupka

General Counsel

(440) 237-7900
Adam is an OPBA attorney in the Cleveland 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.

Dominic Saturday

General Counsel

(440) 237-7900
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

(440) 237-7900
Danielle is an OPBA attorney in the North Royalton office. Danielle received her Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Biology from Ohio Northern University, where she studied different forensic techniques, including fingerprinting, DNA processing, toxicology and crime scene analysis.

Business Agent/Field Services

Jeff Perry

Business Agent

(440) 237-7900
Jeff joined the OPBA in 1994. At the OPBA, Jeff works with various OPBA units in the Northern Ohio area. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports, hiking, working out, listening to music and reading. Education Cleveland State University, M.B.A.

Ron Fruscella

Field Services

(440) 237-7900

Ron has been an OPBA member since 1995 and a director for over 20 years. Ron currently serves as a field services representative. His duties include responding to critical incidents and servicing the Cuyahoga County corrections officers. In his spare time, Ron coaches numerous high school sports and enjoys outdoor activities. 


Reion Cook

Field Services

(440) 237-7900
Reoin previously worked at the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department as a corrections officer for twenty years, where he was a director and negotiator. He currently serves as a field services agent for the OPBA and mainly works with corrections officers. Reion received a degree in private investigations and security from Penn Foster in 2015.

Amanda Hays

Staff Representative

(440) 237-7900
Amanda is currently a staff representative at the OPBA. She is finishing her JD degree at Case Western Reserve University and will take the Ohio bar exam in July 2024. She interned at the OPBA during her 1L summer in 2022. At the office, she assists the attorneys with various legal matters. She is looking forward to working full-time after the bar exam.


Dani Miklos

Digital Media Manager

(440) 237-7900
Dani has served as the Digital Media Manager for the OPBA since July 2022.  Dani has a Bachelors of Science degree in Journalism and spent roughly six years working as a TV sports reporter. Dani's sports journalism career has taken her all over the country, from New York and Pennsylvania to North Dakota and California.

Support Staff

Trish Newcomer

Office Manager

(440) 237-7900

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.

Michele Angell


(440) 237-7900
Michele has served as a paralegal for the OPBA since 2020.

Wendy Vidovic

Legal Secretary

(440) 237-7900
Wendy has been a legal secretary for the OPBA for 25 years. 

Board Members

Tim Corcoran

Financial Secretary

Pat Coleman

Executive Secretary

Brian Johnston

Recording Secretary

Gary Jesser


George Sakellakis

Director of Organization

Mathew Keehl

Sergeant at Arms

Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association
10147 Royalton Rd Suite J
North Royalton, OH 44133

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