Employee Relations Staff

Employee Relations Staff

Liesl K. Zwicklbauer, Associate Vice Chancellor for Employee Relations

Liesl supervises the University’s Employee Relations program. She 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 is 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 the Communication Workers of America. She serves on the State University Human Resources Association Executive Committee and is instrumental in providing the seven day residential SUNY Employee Relations Institute, offered to select Human Resource/Employee Relations Officers from across the SUNY System. Nationally, Liesl serves on the Board of Advisors for the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, and the CUPA HR Public Policy Committee.

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 faculty and professional staff issues, concentrating on interpretation and application of the collective bargaining agreements. She assists with the classified units on an as needed basis. 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 an attorney in the Office; who 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. In addition, Andrew also represents the various campuses in the CSEA Expedited Disciplinary Arbitrations.

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.

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

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, Employee Relations Associate, Director of Employee Relations for Professional Staff, and Director of Employee Relations. After 40 Years of Service to SUNY, Ray retired February, 2017.

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