UE-COGS Stewards: The Backbone of the Union

Stewards are the backbone of UE Local 896 – COGS, serving as the official union representative in departments around campus. All departments should have at least one union steward. If your department steward is not listed below, please contact us at If you are interested in being a steward or in electing a steward for your department, contact one of the chief stewards below at

Current area* and campus chief stewards:

Campus Chief Steward: Melissa Zimdars
Blue Area Chief Steward: Naoki Izumo
Yellow Area Chief Steward: Nicole Filloon
Red Area Chief Steward: Judah Unmuth-Yockey
Green Area Chief Steward:

Current Departmental Stewards

Department Steward(s) Department Steward(s)
American Studies Lisa Dresback

James Oudenhoven

Journalism & Mass Communication Shawn Harmsen
Anatomy and Cellular Biology Peterson Maina Labor Center
Anthropology Amanda Bernemann Learning Resource Center
Art & Art History  Kate Kunau

Stephanie Brohman

Library  Kalmia Strong

Amy Richards

Asian Language Linguistics Andrew Lewis


  Math Colin Grove

Alejandro Samaniego

Biomedical Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Chemistry Jonathan J. Humston Music
Cinema Katherine Stienbach Nursing
Classics Sharada Price

Edward Benedict Duff

Occupational & Environmental Health
Communication Studies Adam Rugg

Bailey Kelly

Pharmaceutics Ben Urick
Communication Sci. & Disorders Philosophy Phillip Ricks
Computer Science James Hegeman

Jayant Parchure

Vivek Sardeshmukh

Physics & Astronomy Sydney Provence
Dance Political Science Christine Brickner
Economics Psychology  Ellen Kinner
Education  Kate Kedley Public Health Matt Nattinger
English Spenser Santos Religious Studies Jason Sprague

Peter Basel

French & Italian Vanessa Borilot Rhetoric Spenser Santos

Matthew Houdeck

Geography Social Work
Geoscience Tawny Tibbits Sociology Harper Haynes
German Spanish & Portuguese Braeden Jones
Health & Human Physiology Amanda Irish

Sarah Hussain

Statistics & Actuarial Science
History Jonathan Simpson Theater Nina Morrison
IIHR Urban & Regional Planning Kelly Davila
International Programs Women’s Studies
Iowa Testing Writers Workshop Emmett Buckley

*For stewarding purposes, COGS is divided into different areas in order to better deal with issues around the campus. To find out your area, click her