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: Kelly Gallagher
Blue Area Chief Steward: Kristen Degree
Yellow Area Chief Steward: Noah Johnson
Red Area Chief Steward: Judah Unmuth-Yockey
Green Area Chief Steward:

Current Departmental Stewards

Department Steward(s) Department Steward(s)
American Studies Lisa Dresback Journalism & Mass Communication Shawn Harmsen
Anthropology Noah Johnson Labor Center
Art & Art History Brendan Baylor

Amanda Murphy

Learning Resource Center
Asian Languages Library
Biology Linguistics
Biomedical Engineering Math Colin Grove
Chemistry Mechanical Engineering
Cinema & Comp Lit Alison Wielgus Music
Classics Sharada Price Nursing
Communications Studies Adam Rugg

Melissa Zimdars

Occupational & Environmental Health
Computer Science Pharmaceutics Ben Urick
Creative Writing Philosophy
Curriculum & Instruction Kate Kedley Physics & Astronomy Judah Unmuth-Yockey
Dance Political Science
Economics Psychology
EPLS Psych & Quant Foundations
English Spenser Santos Religious Studies
French & Italian Vanessa Borilot Rhetoric  John Witte
Geography Social Work
Geoscience Tawny Tibbits Sociology Harper Haynes
German Spanish & Portuguese Jennifer Heacock-Renaud
Health & Human Physiology Kari Santos Statistics & Actuarial Science
History Michelle Seiler

Joshua Cochran

Theater Sarah Johnson
IIHR Urban & Regional Planning Kelly Davila
International Programs Women’s Studies
Iowa Testing Writers Workshop

*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 here