​NAGE provides representatives and licensed attorneys to assist our members with resolving work place conflicts. Representatives and attorneys represent members at arbitration hearings, FLRA, MSBP, EEOC and Public Employee Relations Boards/Commissions. Our legislative team provides members a voice in Washington by advocating for the pay, benefits and rights of federal employees on Capitol Hill. The legislative staff encourages our members to become engaged in lobbying and grassroots efforts while assisting our membership with scheduling meetings with elected officials. The federal staff also assists members with negotiating strong collective bargaining agreements to ensure that every contract negotiated is fair and equitable.



Mark D. Bailey Sr. / Federal Field Representative
Mark D. Bailey is an organizer/field representative for NAGE and has served in this capacity since 2002. Mark is the subject matter expert on all issues related to our Department of Veterans Affairs Locals.
Mark has also served as President for NAGE R3-35. Mark can be reached at mbailey@nage.org.
Janice Blackwell / Federal Field Representative
Janice M. Blackwell is the NAGE Field Organizer/Representative for the Federal Division's Southeast Region. She has served in this capacity since April 2011 after retiring from 30 years of federal service. Janice formerly served on the NAGE National Executive Board for five years and served two terms as President of NAGE Local R4-17 at the Hampton VA Medical Center.
Janice has an extensive background in federal employee advocacy, formal paralegal training, and experience as a trainer in various topics with the emphasis currently on the basics of effective labor representation. Janice has process development and strategic planning expertise. She is also a certified mediator. Janice can be reached at jblackwell@nage.org
Shari Cuaresma / Federal Field Representative

Shari Cuaresma is the NAGE Field Organizer/Representative for the Federal Division's Hawaii Region.  She began her career with NAGE in 2000 as an Administrative Assistant.  In 2007, she was promoted to a National Representative and continues to perform the administrative functions in the Hawaii Regional office.  Ms. Cuaresma is responsible for assisting local officers and members with grievances, unfair labor practice complaints and local negotiations.
 
Shari can be reach at scuaresma@nage.org

Garrick Farria / Assistant General Counsel

Garrick Farria has over 12 years of experience in the American Labor Movement, working with two of the largest service based unions in the United States, Workers United (formerly UNITE/UNITE HERE) and the Service Employees International Union. Most of Garrick's practical union experience came from working on campaigns and directing programs in Ohio, Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Florida. Garrick has experience in almost every area of collective bargaining and union organizing, as well as lobbying, political action, member mobilization, communications, strategic research, labor-management and alternative dispute resolution.

He also has practical experience working with §7 and §8 unfair labor practice violations of the National Labor Relations Act, Family and Medical Leave Act disputes, Weingarten rights issues, and the union's Duty of Fair Representation. Garrick has also gained experience working with claims brought under national and state civil rights and employment laws, including Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Texas Commission of Human Rights Act. As well practical experience dealing with Occupational Health and Safety complaints, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints, and Department of Labor compliance issues.

Garrick graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in African-American and African Studies in 1996, received his M.A. in African-American and African Studies from The Ohio State University in 1998, and received his J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law) in 2010. Garrick was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2011. Garrick is a past executive board member of the Greater Cincinnati AFL-CIO. Garrick is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and he and his family are Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

Christina Fuentes / Lead Counsel, Federal Division
Christina T. Fuentes joined NAGE in 2011 as a Federal Representative and is currently working as an Assistant Regional Counsel. Christina graduated from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law with her Juris Doctor in May 2010. Prior to her legal studies she obtained a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. Christina has always had a passion for public service, with work and clerkship experience with Fairfax County Government, the Federal Judicial Center and the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.
From 2010 to 2011, she assisted with criminal, civil, and arbitration matters at a private law firm. As one who has always enjoyed public service, she brings an enthusiasm to her representation of federal employees here at NAGE. Christina can be reached at cfuentes@nage.org
Glovena Holder / Federal Coordinator
Glovena Holder joined the NAGE team in May 1995. During her 21 year tenure she has held several administrative positions in the Washington, DC Regional Office - including receptionist, office manager and office administration and case manager. In 2011, Glovena was promoted to Federal Coordinator where she serves as the liaison for local officials, members and federal representatives. In her position as the Federal Regional Coordinator, Glovena consults and communicates regularly with DC and Federal Executive Board members nationwide.
She also serves as the liaison for federal locals ensuring that members representation needs are met. Glovena holds a legal assistant's degree and resides in Northern Virginia. Glovena can be reached at gholder@nage.org
Gary Lawson Jr. / Regional Representative, Midwest Region
Gary W. Lawson Jr. is the Organizer/Field Representative for the Midwest Region. He has served in this capacity since June 2010. Gary previously served as a consultant for the federal division from October 2008 to June 2010. Gary served in the United States Army in the Military Police Corps for three years. It was during this time that he became an advocate for workers' rights. After his military service he became a dues paying member of NAGE R14-139.
Gary earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in English Education from Missouri State University in 1994 and went on to teach before returning to private sector employment. Gary's extensive work in the private sector brings a unique perspective to his representation of NAGE. Gary can be reached at glawson@nage.org
Brittany Holder / Communications Specialist
Brittany Holder joined NAGE as an Administrative Assistant for the Office of General Counsel in June 2015. Brittany received her Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University (ODU), in Norfolk, VA. She majored in Communications with a focus in Public Relations and minored in Marketing. During her time at ODU, she work for the ODU Police Department and the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. Brittany also spent many of her summer and winter breaks serving as an intern for the NAGE/IBPO Federal Division.
After graduating in May 2014, Brittany continued work temporarily for NAGE, shortly thereafter, she was offered a permanent position.
In June 2016, Brittany was promoted to Communications Specialist for the Federal Division. Brittany can be reached at bholder@nage.org .
Linda Mouzon / Regional Counsel
Linda Mouzon was born in New York but moved to California with her family when she was still a child. She put herself through college and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Linda then attended the Southwestern University of Law in Los Angeles, where she obtained her juris doctor. Before joining NAGE she worked in the private sector, representing clients in both the State and Federal courts with a broad civil practice which included civil matters, bankruptcy, family law, employment law, and some criminal law. She has now been with NAGE for nearly 10 years, primarily representing both federal and IAEP members. During her first four years she won every case that she handled against AMR.
She has also represented our members in NAGE, as well as the Correctional Officers in Yolo County, Police Officers in Santa Paula California, and Nurses in Menifee, California. Linda can be reached at lmouzon@nage.org
Robert Shore / Assistant General Counsel, Complex Litigation Manager

Robert J. Shore attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where he graduated in 2006 with a B.A. Degree in English and Economics and attended law school in the fall of 2007 at Albany Law School of Union University, in Albany, NY. While in law school, Rob spent a year working in the Litigation Clinic as a student, a year as a research assistant for the Clinic while also spending his third year interning at the National Labor Relations Board, Region 3 Resident Office in Albany. Rob also received the Albany Law School Summer Public Interest Stipend in the summer of 2009 which he used to fund an internship with AFSCME, District Council 37, New York City's largest municipal public employee union. Rob graduated from Law School in 2010 with a Concentration in Labor and Employment Law. Rob won the Outstanding Clinical Student Award from the Clinical Legal Education Association, which is given to one student from a law school each year, as well as the Patrick B. McNamara Prize of 2010, given to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the field of Labor Law.

Rob joined NAGE in 2012. While at NAGE, Rob has worked on numerous arbitrations, MSPB Appeals, EEO cases and has represented NAGE in Federal Court. Rob has also worked as an advisor and chief negotiator for collective bargaining agreement negotiations. Prior to joining NAGE, Rob worked at a union side labor law firm in D.C. representing public and private sector employees in the District of Columbia and around the United States. Rob is admitted to practice law in New York State, the District of Columbia, the District Court for the Southern District of New York and the District Court for the District of Columbia. Rob can be reached at rshore@nage.org.

Sarah Suszczyk / Federal Director
Sarah Suszczyk has held the position of Director of the NAGE/IBPO Federal/DC Division since December 2013. She believes that our members do the best work on earth in service to our nation’s veterans and the American public.  Under Sarah’s leadership, the Division services locals across the country in the federal, municipal and private sectors.  Sarah has focused the Division on strengthening the locals through a robust training and communications program knowing the power of educated leaders and members.
Sarah Suszczyk joined NAGE in 2008 as Assistant Regional Counsel. As an attorney for the Federal Division, Sarah successfully litigated many arbitration, FLRA, EEO and MSPB matters. In 2011 Sarah was promoted to Federal Deputy Director. As Deputy Director, Sarah managed litigation around the county, served a point of contact for members, locals, and Federal Division staff. Sarah initiated a training for members and staff. Sarah continued to litigate matters focusing primarily on representational/FLRA and MSPB issues. Throughout her career with NAGE, Sarah has served on multiple national level policy committees.
Prior to working for NAGE, Sarah worked in private practice focusing on labor and employment law and commercial real estate. Sarah obtained her Juris Doctorate from American University in 2005 and her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Russian Studies from the University of Colorado in 2001. In law school, Sarah worked at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and for the Government Accountability Project focusing on federal employee issues. Sarah and her husband Karl Gallo, a park ranger with the National Park Service, live in Northern Virginia with their daughter Eliza. Sarah can be reached at ssuszczyk@nage.org
 
Lee Blackmon / Deputy Director
Kristyn M. Houchen / Assistant General Counsel
Kristyn M. Houchen joined NAGE in 2013 as an Assistant Regional Counsel. Kristyn graduated Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a major in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies in 2006. After a year reprieve working in an entertainment firm, she then attended Southwestern Law School and acquired her Juris Doctorate in May 2010. During her tenor at Southwestern, Kristyn became part of the Moot Court Board and successfully competed against top schools across the country receiving numerous awards and a scholarship for her efforts.
Since graduating from Southwestern, and prior to joining NAGE, Kristyn worked for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office as an Honors Deputy City Attorney, and as a General Assistant Counsel in a private civil firm in Beverly Hills that primarily focused on California Health and Safety Code litigation. Kristyn looks forward to being able to utilize all the skills acquired thus far in her career path to service the members of NAGE to the best of her ability. Kristyn can be reached at khouchen@nage.org
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