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Meet the Business Representatives
Xiomara Comrie (Assistant Western Region Director)
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In October 2008, Xiomara joined the staff of Local 600 as a Business Rep after a 20-year career as a Camera Assistant. In late 2015, she was appointed the first National Diversity Officer. Xiomara was also recently promoted to Assistant Western Region Director. In addition to enforcing contracts and serving the membership, Xiomara works alongside the diversity committee and women’s groups to increase awareness and promote inclusion and access within the membership and the industry. Under her watch, Local 600 has implemented negotiating seminars for women, Unconscious Bias training for the Local 600 Board, and has various collaborations with numerous organizations including the PGA, Hollywood CPR, Canon, and Tiffen. Xiomara covers productions in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, and the San Francisco Bay area and assists with internal trials. Xiomara is mother to two and an avid runner and tennis player.
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Michael Chambliss has been a Business Rep for Local 600 since 2012, with a focus on new technology and workflows. His first union experience was as a United Steelworkers member while working his way through school. Michael began shooting commercials and industrials, earned a Peabody Award as a documentary Director/DP, and started Chambliss-Wolff Films, an Atlanta-based commercial production company that grew to include three stages, and “The Camera Department,” an ARRI rental house. Joining Local 644 as a Director of Photography in 1992, he continued to shoot commercials and smaller features, while also working as a camera operator on studio films and TV series. Active in digital imaging issues since the days of Windows 3.51 and Apple System 7, Michael has been part of patented workflow developments and is an active voice for the Local on technical committees and with professional groups.
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Patrick Delaney has been a Business Rep for Local 600 since the Summer of 2011. Geographically, he covers areas from Hollywood, east and northeast, up to and including the State of New Mexico. Within the Greater LA area, Patrick is our Representative for shows shooting on the Paramount Lot, Raleigh Studios Hollywood, The Lot, and Los Angeles Center Studios, as well as being the primary point of contact for work in the genre of Reality Television. Prior to joining us, Patrick spent six years working in entertainment payroll, audit, and labor relations, where he developed a detailed working knowledge of industry contracts and negotiating methodologies, and established good relationships with decision makers on both labor and management sides of the table. Patrick is a Los Angeles native, with uncanny powers of vocal projection. Ask him about his Marlon Brando impression (if you dare).
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Born into a union family, Evangelina began her career in labor with the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and went on to work with the largest, most exciting unions in the country, including the United Farm Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Evangelina served as National Special Projects Manager for the American Federation of Theater and Radio Artists on the effort that lead to the creation of SAG-AFTRA – the largest union of its kind, making both entertainment and labor union history. She has had success in building organizations, organizing workers, negotiating and enforcing contracts, and political campaigning. Evangelina (or "E") can be found visiting members on set in West LA at Sony Picture Studios, Culver Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Studios, and Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios.
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Maria has worked over 20 years in the union and entertainment industry. Prior to Local 600, she worked as a business representative at SAG-AFTRA and as a field representative at the Directors Guild of America. Of her first months working at Local 600, Maria says, “I learned all different levels that exist within the camera department and can honestly say that I have absolute, unconditional respect for each Local 600 member and will do what I can, when I can, to ensure their issues and questions are resolvedn” It is her determination and no-nonsense attitude that lead members to trust in her to get the job done. The daughter of a teacher and a mason, Maria has plenty of union involvement in her family. Maria, who has been working since the age of 16, says the entertainment industry is her first love and is described by her peers as someone who likes to help others.
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Dave Twedell, who handles representation of Local 600's TV station employees and publicists, comes from a union family – his father and grandfather were both International Vice Presidents of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union. Born in Dallas, Dave went to the University of Texas, earning a BA degree in 1974, and a JD degree in 1977. Upon graduation, he took his first job as General Counsel to Meat Cutters Local 540 in Dallas. Three years later, he moved up to the International, where he served as Assistant Regional Director until 1984. Dave went into private law practice at that point, concentrating on employment law. By 1987 Dave became State Counsel to the Texas Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. In 1999, Dave moved to San Francisco to accept work with the Service Employees International Union. In 2002 he moved to Los Angeles and worked for AFTRA for three years. Dave joined Local 600 in October of 2008.
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Winona, a Los Angeles native, has been an active member of Local 600 for 16 years, working as a 2nd AC and Loader. She is involved with the Western Region Women's Committee and represented Local 600 at the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) convention in Las Vegas. Winona's strong union foundation was laid early by her immigrant parents, a kindergarten teacher and a Local 399 Teamster. At age 11, after spending time with her father on set, Winona knew that she wanted to work in the camera department. In junior high, Winona was involved with the Los Angeles Youth Coalition, a group of young activists engaged in global and local issues from social justice to the environment. She continued to pursue her interest in activism and in photography and film throughout high school and college. Her passion for both the craft of filmmaking and for activism guide her work and make her a strong addition to the team.
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Ayketa Iverson has over 20 years of experience working in the labor movement, organizing, politics, civic engagement, community service, recruitment and human resources. 14 of those years were spent with the AFL-CIO advancing progressively in roles that include (most recently) National Recruitment Coordinator for the Organizing Institute. Ayketa transitioned in October 2017 to work for the Minority Caucus Whip Carolyn Hugley in the Georgia state House of Representatives. Before coming to work at ICG Local 600 as the Central Region Business Representative, she worked for The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley as the Civic Engagement Coordinator. She managed several projects with organizations in several key states that work on civic engagement year-round.
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Brian Johnson has done it all when it comes to labor. His resume includes work as a representative for United Food and Commercial Workers and an organizer for the Service Employees International Union. Now that he is with Local 600, he stated his very sound, straightforward objective: “The goal is to make sure the Central Region members are properly represented and to make sure we can maintain the standards that have been fought for." This is Johnson's first time in the film and television industry. “It’s awesome. It’s making me look at movies in a different light now,” he said. “Whether you’re a cameraman or a nurse, there’s still an issue of long hours being worked, your paycheck not being right, and getting properly compensated. So, even though it’s a different industry, workers face some of the same challenges across the board.”
Theresa Khouri (Acting Central Region Director)
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Theresa Khouri comes to Local 600 with 8 years of experience working in the film industry. She started as a Medic and eventually became the Supervising Field Rep for IATSE Local 479. Safety, having played an important role in her past as a medic, is of paramount importance and concern to her. In addition to seeing to members’ needs, she has also been active in organizing drives, member training, and compliance auditing. Theresa has been married to George for over 30 years and she has two children, Jacob & Michael. She enjoys running, biking, gardening, and sewing.
Jack R. Nealy
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Jack Nealy has been a Business Rep for Local 600 since May 2008. He is responsible for achieving the Guild’s goals in the states of Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, Southern Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. In addition to sitting on the Executive Board of the LFEA, Jack is the Education Chairman of the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association, the liaison between the Entertainment Industry and the educational system in the State of Louisiana. The Business Manager of IATSE Local 477, from 2005-2008, Jack represented the Studio Mechanics of Florida, his home state. Prior to 2005, Jack worked as a Lighting Technician. As a Stagehand and member of IATSE Local 631, Jack worked Broadway tours as a flyman and was a high rigger working arena concert tours. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Jack served on the U.S.S. Concord AFS-5. Happily married to wife Pamela, they currently reside in New Orleans.
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John Amman is a Business Representative in the ICG New York Office. He handles all manner of contracts for the local, but specializes in Commercials, multicamera TV specials, and other non-theatrical productions. This includes negotiating and administering live television event agreements and organizing this area of work. John also represents ICG on the New York Production Alliance, an industry working group, and has been involved in lobbying efforts on behalf of the film/TV industry in New York. John started with IATSE Local 644 in 1990, so has been with ICG Local 600 since before its inception. He has an MS in Collective Bargaining from the NY State School of Industrial Labor Relations, Cornell University. John is the author of articles on labor relations in the film and television industry. He has also contributed to books about the link between the high tech and entertainment industries.
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David Blake graduated from American University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. From 1978-1981, he worked at General Camera/PV-NY as a camera prep technician. During that time, David was able to get familiar with the camera equipment and meet camera assistants. After passing the Camera Assistant test, he was admitted into Local 644 in May of 1981. David worked in the field as mainly a 2nd AC until 2001 and was involved in several activities with the union, such as the membership, election and education committees. In 1998, David was elected Sergeant-at-Arms for the Eastern Region. In 2001, he was elected Eastern Region Recording Secretary and an Alternate to the NEB as a Camera Assistant until he started working as a Business Rep in February 2002. David is the Eastern Region Safety Officer and a Delegate to the New York City Central Labor Council.
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Emily Gosnell began her career in 2007 as a union organizer working for the largest public employee’s union in the country. As an organizer she worked in many states around the country organizing and building their internal membership. In 2013, Emily continued her career as a staff representative in Baltimore, MD. Her main responsibilities included contract administration and enforcement. In October of 2016, Emily began work as a business representative with Local 600 in the Eastern Region. One of her main priorities and interests is organizing. Organizing is the key to a strong and thriving union and a great passion of hers. Emily also works with her fellow representatives on handling questions, contract violations, and safety issues that arise on features and TV series. Emily is constantly inspired by the hard work and tenacity of the Local 600 membership.
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Second generation of Labor and Community Organizers. Anna’s passion for the Labor Movement and Community Activism can be traced back to her teenage years, where she was introduced to Organizing and eventually recruited to work for one of the largest public sector unions in the United States and Puerto Rico. With over 15 years of experience in organizing and representing workers in private and public sector Anna is committed to ensure that our members issues and concerns are addressed and resolved on a timely manner. Anna is fluent in Spanish. Former teaching fellow at the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute, she has had success in training rank -n- file members, building organizing committees, led successful organizing campaigns was highly regarded by the members she represented. While her experience is mainly in the public and private sector, Anna is intrigued and fascinated with the film and television industry and has a profound respect for Local 600 members and the vital role they play in the industry.
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