Employee Relations Staff

Staff

Raymond L. Haines, Jr., Associate Vice Chancellor for Employee Relations

Supervises the University's Employee Relations program. Ray is an attorney who joined SUNY in 1976 after serving as an intern with the Governor's Office of Employee Relations. He came to System Administration in late 1978 after serving as Assistant to the President for Labor Relations and Legal Affairs for Oswego College Presidents James Perdue and Virginia Radley. Prior to becoming the Associate Vice Chancellor for Employee Relations, Ray held the titles of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Employee Relations, Director of Employee Relations, Director of Employee Relations for Professional Staff, and Employee Relations Associate. Ray has been the Chief University Negotiator on the State's team for negotiations with the faculty and professional employee bargaining unit represented by United University Professions and the Graduate Student Employees Union represented by Communications Workers of America/Graduate Student Employees Union. In addition to his intimate familiarity with the UUP and GSEU Agreements, Ray has been responsible for the design and implementation of the various areas of the Policies of the Board of Trustees related to terms and conditions of employment. He is regularly invited as a guest speaker for various organizations both within and outside of SUNY, and has repeatedly served as an instructor at the seven day residential SUNY Employee Relations Institutes offered to selected Human Resource/Employee Relations officers from across the SUNY system. Ray is the recipient of the State University of New York Human Resources Association Edward S. Barber Distinguished Human Resources Service Award, the State University of New York Business Officers Association Outstanding Performance Award, the State University Police Chief’s Association Award and the State University of New York Human Resources Association John C. Cummings Lifetime Achievement Award.

Liesl K. Zwicklbauer, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Employee Relations

Liesl is an attorney who joined SUNY in 2000, after 7 years of private practice focusing on public sector labor law. Liesl concentrates on faculty and professional staff issues and assists with the classified staff units as needed. Liesl has been a University representative on the State's team for negotiations with the faculty and professional employee bargaining unit, represented by United University Professions, and the Graduate Student Employees Union, represented by the Communication Workers of America. She has also assisted on an as-needed basis with negotiations for successor agreements with the classified service units, represented by the Civil Service Employees Association, Public Employee Federation, APSU, and NYS Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.

Valerie J. Ayers, Director of Employee Relations

Valerie is an attorney who joined SUNY in 2003, after 4 years of private practice focusing on employment litigation and 2 years as Assistant Counsel to the Governor's Office of Employee Relations. Valerie focuses on classified staff issues, concentrating on interpretation and application of the collective bargaining agreements. Valerie has been a University representative on the State's team for negotiations with the Civil Service Employees Association, Public Employees Federation, and Graduate Student Employees Union, represented by the Communication Workers of America. She has also assisted on an as-needed basis with negotiations for successor agreements with the classified service units, represented by the APSU and NYS Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.

Andrew Barna, Director of Employee Relations

Andrew Barna is the newest attorney in the Office; he joined SUNY in March 2005 after spending two and a half years in a private practice, and a year at the Governor's Office of Employee Relations. Andrew is primarily responsible for hearing appeals of the classified service bargaining units and assisting the numerous SUNY Human Resource personnel with interpretation and application of the various classified services collective bargaining agreements and implementation of the relevant sections of the Civil Service Law. Andrew has been university representative on the State's team for negotiations with APSU and NYS Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association. He also assists on an as-needed basis with negotiations of successor agreements with the classified service units, represented by the Civil Service Employees Association and Public Employee Federation.

Carin C. Perkins, Assistant Director of Employee Relations 

Carin is an attorney who joined SUNY in 2014, after spending five years in private practice and six years as an Assistant Counsel to the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations. Carin focuses on matters involving classified service staff. She assists with the interpretation and application of the collective bargaining agreements and the laws, rules and regulations governing classified service staff. Carin also participates in the disciplinary procedures applicable to classified service staff.

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