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Leadership Team

As Executive Director of the 32BJ Benefit Funds since 2004, Susan Cowell oversees the administration, operation and planning for the five multi-employer funds that deliver a broad range of benefits to more than 95,000 members and 180,000 covered lives with a combined asset portfolio of $4 billion. In this capacity, Ms. Cowell has overseen the restructuring of the health benefits to eliminate deficits, the expansion of the reserves of all the funds, and the move of the headquarters to more efficient space. Prior to joining the Funds, Susan served as Vice President and Staff Director for UNITE, the union formed in 1995 by the merger of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union, where her responsibilities included implementing the merger and managing the operations of the international headquarters of the union. Prior to the merger, Ms. Cowell was Vice President of the ILGWU since 1981 where she worked on health and child care policy and programs, among other responsibilities. Ms. Cowell holds an M.Phil. in History from Yale University.


As Deputy Executive Director of the 32BJ Benefit Funds, Peter Goldberger assists in the administration, operation and planning for the five multi-employer funds that deliver a broad range of benefits to more than 95,000 members and 180,000 covered lives with a combined asset portfolio of $4 billion. In this capacity, Mr. Goldberger partners closely with the Executive Director to chart the Funds future growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s services. Prior to joining the Funds, Peter served as Chief of Staff for the SEIU Local 32BJ, and as Director of Education and Mobilization for UNITE/ACTWU. Mr. Goldberger holds an A.B. in History from Brown University.


As Director of Finance and Administration of the 32BJ Benefit Funds, Elaine J. Pommells assists in the administration, operation and planning for the five multi-employer funds that deliver a broad range of benefits to more than 113,000 members and 216,000 covered lives with a combined asset portfolio of $5 billion. In this capacity, Elaine oversees the financial and administrative operations of the Funds. Elaine manages and forecasts cash, and assesses risks in order to make educated, economic decisions about current and future funds operations. Prior to joining the Funds in 2017, Elaine served as Controller at the Robin Hood Foundation, a non-profit foundation that targets poverty in New York City by applying sound investment principles to philanthropy. She was the Chief Financial and Administrative Office (CFAO) at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Inc., which serves over 6,000 clients from children through senior citizens in Yorkville and East Harlem. Elaine has also worked at The New York Times in a variety of capacities. As Financial Director, she has held financial and operational roles that involved leading teams, building consensus, collaborating with diverse groups and overseeing multiple departments. Elaine received a bachelor’s degree from Bernard M. Baruch. She also has a master’s degree in General Management from Harvard Business School.


As Director of Technology & Operations of the 32BJ Benefit Funds since 2012, Randi Farber oversees the technology supporting the administration of the 32BJ Benefit Funds. In this capacity, Ms. Farber has overseen the development of the network infrastructure and the implementation of a new telephone system for our new headquarters, and has led the implementation of a new benefits administration system. Prior to joining the Funds, Randi served as the Chief Financial Officer of Workers United, UNITE HERE and UNITE, labor unions formed as the result of mergers and the dissolution of a merger, where her responsibilities included the oversight of the finance, information technology, and internal audit functions for the international headquarters of the union. Ms. Farber is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Masters degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Brooklyn College.


As Director of the 32BJ Benefit Funds Billing & Employer Services departments, Thomas Ormsby oversees the management and administration of employer collections and remittance procedures. In this capacity, Mr. Ormsby has successfully executed the roll out of electronic billing to employers, and manages the Funds Payroll Compliance audit program to ensure proper reporting and collection of findings. Prior to joining the Funds, Tom served as Vice President, Controller for ABM Industries, (which acquired his predecessor employer, OneSource, Inc) where he partnered with SEIU Local 32BJ to transition the combined companies to an automated union benefits payment system, thereby streamlining the payment process and future audits. Prior to the acquisition, Mr. Ormsby served as Vice President and Controller for OneSource, NY, Inc, where he developed a cost savings program that reduced outstanding account receivables over 90 days by 90%. Mr. Ormsby holds a Masters Degree from Seton Hall University in Taxation, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Fordham University.


As Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development for the 32BJ Benefit Funds, Peter Hamarich is responsible for managing all aspects of the Funds Human Resources and Training programs for the 32BJ Benefit Funds. Mr. Hamarich ensures the delivery of comprehensive Human Resources services to every level of staff. Additionally, he and his team have established a formal compensation program for the non-union staff, introduced an Employee Policy and Procedures manual, launched the first Performance Management tool and standardized Human Resources practices across the organization. Prior to joining the Funds, Peter worked in various industries – always in the field of Human Resources. Mr. Hamarich holds a B.S. from Rowan University in Business Administration & Human Resources Management.


As Health Fund Director for the 32BJ Benefit Funds, and with some 40 years of experience in the health benefits arena, Mr. Dascoli manages the provision of benefits such as medical, pharmacy, dental, vision, and life insurance for 32BJ members and their dependents. Prior to joining the Funds in 2003, Angelo served as Vice President, Medical Management for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and was responsible for the management of all medical management staff servicing Empire’s managed care products (HMO, POS and PPO). Previously, Mr. Dascoli served as Vice President, Network Development and Medical Management at Aetna where he was responsible for both the management of their medical management units in the Metro NY market and for the network development for all of their managed care products. Mr. Dascoli holds a Masters of Business Administration from NYU Graduate School of Business.



As Director of the Training Fund for the 32BJ Benefit Funds and with over 25 years of experience Linda Nelson oversees the administration of the Fund’s training program that trains over 10,000 members each year and offers more than 150 different courses, ranging from English as a Second Language, to Green Buildings, and everything in-between. Prior to joining the Funds, Ms. Nelson served in many capacities in the field of adult education. Starting at the Partnership for the Homeless, Linda launched and developed their Network program that helped previously homeless individuals find jobs. At the Consortium for Worker Education, Ms. Nelson developed and managed programs funded by the NYS Department of Labor that assisted unemployed workers in the aftermath of 9/11. Ms. Nelson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Skidmore College and a Masters in Education from Columbia University, 1989.


As Director of Retirement Services for the 32BJ Benefit Funds with over 25 years of experience, Regine Breton oversees the administration of the Fund’s retirement programs, in particular, the defined benefit pension plans, the 401(k) Supplemental Retirement Savings Plan, and the robust member education program. Ms. Breton provides oversight of all internal and outsourced administrative functions for the Retirement Services department, including management of shared functions with other departments at the Funds, such as Finance and Member Services. Prior to joining the Funds in 2011, Regine worked as a consultant for several large HR consulting firms, including ACS, Mercer and Towers Perrin. There, she provided defined benefit and contribution administration services to large and small clients across various industries. Additionally, Ms. Breton worked at Arrow Electronics, Inc., a global provider of electronic components, managing their global retirement benefits and equity programs. Ms. Breton holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an MBA in Finance from St. John’s University.


As Director of the Legal Fund for the 32BJ Benefit Funds, Olivia Cuggy oversees the administration of the Fund’s legal program that currently serves over 100,000 members and retirees, and offers legal services such as Immigration, Matrimonial, Criminal, Family and Civil law. Prior to joining the Funds, Olivia worked for the New York City Commission on Human Rights and the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings. Ms. Cuggy received her law degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway.