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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.

 

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. 

 

Bethany K. Hurteau, Assistant Director of Employee Relations 

Bethany is an attorney who joined the Office of Employee Relations in 2020. Prior to that, Bethany spent two years as a Staff Attorney for the Civil Service Employees Association, Inc. and a year as an Employee Relations Specialist at the University at Albany. She provides guidance to the various SUNY campuses on the interpretation and application of the statewide collective bargaining agreements and the laws, regulations, and policies applicable to the classified service employees. Bethany also conducts grievance appeal hearings, represents the campuses in expedited disciplinary arbitration proceedings, and assists in the preparation of PERB improper practice responses. 

 

Brendan Sansivero, Assistant Director of Employee Relations

Brendan is an attorney who joined SUNY in 2020 after several years in private practice during which time he represented a broad range of public sector labor organizations on collective bargaining issues.  Brendan focuses matters involving the classified civil service. He advises campuses regarding the application and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements, laws and regulations effecting the classified civil service, issues related to other terms and conditions of employment, and employee disciplinary matters. 

 

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