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: Rachel Walerstein
Blue Area Chief Steward: Naoki Izumo
Yellow Area Chief Steward: Amanda Bernemann
Red Area Chief Steward: Judah Unmuth-Yockey
Green Area Chief Steward: Sara Kaalberg

Current Departmental Stewards

Department Steward(s) Department Steward(s)
American Studies Diane Williams Journalism & Mass Communication Shawn Harmsen
Anatomy and Cellular Biology Peterson Maina Labor Center
Anthropology Amanda Bernemann Learning Resource Center
Art & Art History Stephanie Brohman Library Kalmia StrongAmy Richards
Asian Language Linguistics Andrew Lewis
Biology Math Colin GroveNicholas Kalifa
Biomedical Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Chemistry Jonathan J. Humston Music
Cinema Katherine Stienbach Nursing
Classics Sharada PriceEdward Benedict Duff Occupational & Environmental Health
Communication Studies Adam RuggBailey Kelly Pharmaceutics Ben Urick
Communication Sci. & Disorders Philosophy Phillip Ricks
Computer Science Vivek Sardeshmukh Physics & Astronomy Sydney Provence
Dance Political Science Christine Brickner
Economics Psychology  Ellen Kinner
Education  Kate Kedley Public Health Matt Nattinger
English Matthew BlackwellIan Faith Religious Studies Jason SpraguePeter Basel
French & Italian Rhetoric Spenser SantosMatthew Houdeck
Geography Social Work
Geoscience Tawny Tibbits Sociology Harper Haynes
German Spanish & Portuguese Braeden Jones
Health & Human Physiology Amanda IrishSarah Hussain Statistics & Actuarial Science
History Jonathan Simpson Theater Nina Morrison
IIHR Urban & Regional Planning Juliana Lucchesi
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

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