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Employee Relations Staff

Employee Relations Staff

Liesl K. Zwicklbauer, Associate Vice Chancellor for Employee Relations

Liesl is an attorney with 26 years of experience practicing public sector labor law. She supervises the university’s employee relations office and concentrates on faculty and professional staff issues; she is the Chief University Negotiator on the State's team for negotiations with UUP and GSEU. She serves on the State University Human Resources Association Executive Committee, 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, Assistant Vice Chancellor for 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, 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.

Alison M. Thorne, Assistant Director of Employee Relations 

Alison is an attorney who joined SUNY’s Office of Employee Relations in 2017. Prior to joining SUNY, Alison spent seven years as an Associate Counsel at the Public Employees Federation and four years as an Assistant District Attorney. Alison began her legal career as an Appellate Court Attorney with the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department. Alison concentrates 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. Alison also represents SUNY in the CSEA expedited disciplinary arbitrations and participates in the disciplinary procedures applicable to classified service staff.

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