Vernon Hills, IL. – The National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (National PELRA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Andrew S. Haines of Delaware will assume the Association’s Executive Director vacancy in September. The Board completed a nationwide search that produced limited results when trying to balance a candidate that represented both strong management skills to effectively run the nonprofit organization, partnered with public labor relations experience. The Board was thrilled to determine in the end, the candidate that provided both skillsets was working elbow-to-elbow with them through the organizations’ pandemic challenges and transitions.
Andrew Haines is a municipal town manager with 20-years of governance experience in both Delaware and Pennsylvania, including labor relations, staff development, HR management and administration, budgeting, accounting among numerous governmental services. He has a proven track record of improving governmental effectiveness and efficiencies that he looks to bring to the National PELRA organization and continue its rebound from the pandemic. “I am excited about the opportunity to further National PELRA’s mission and to focus on what is most important– its members,” noted Haines. He commented further that, “reconnecting the National presence with the members throughout the country is essential for the collaborative partnership that is the National PELRA and its state associations.”
The National PELRA has been without full-time staff for nearly 18-months and has relied upon contractual team members like past president Christa Ballowe who has served tirelessly to maintain effective operations amid transition. Board members have increased their volunteer roles to serve in many operational capacities and to navigate through two (2) annual training conferences (ATC) in one fiscal year, New Orleans and Austin. The 2023 ATC in Louisville, KY will be a return to some normalcy with one event in the same fiscal year, and Board President Brooke K. Carnevale is proud to close her presidency fulfilling the mission to regroup, grow and prosper. Andrew’s hiring sets us on a clear path forward. “The Board is strong in its belief that Andrew represents the skillset and drive to return the National PELRA to where it needs to be, in support of our states.” She added, “the decision to bring Andrew on as the next director was one of the most collaborative and enthusiastic Board of Directors discussions in nearly two-years.”
Adapting to the pandemic impact on nonprofits, the National PELRA office has moved away from conventional brick and mortar and will continue to leverage work from home and the gig economy to establish an effective team to serve the membership. President Carnevale notes that completing the rollout of both the new software for member management and a functional website to deliver information as well as enhancing marketing and engagement tools will be the focus of Haines’ initial efforts as he takes over the National PELRA helm.
More information about the National PELRA and its mission can be found here: www.npelra.org