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Committee Biographies

 

 
 Chairman of the Committee

Robert Naftaly, C.P.A is the retired President and CEO of PPOM, an independent operating subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), and a former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for BCBSM. Prior to holding those positions, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for BCBSM. From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Naftaly served as the Director of the Department of Management and Budget of the State of Michigan. He has served on several other Boards, including the Detroit Investment Fund, Walsh College, Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland, and the Board of Governors of Wayne State University.

 

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Joseph Ashton, UAW Vice President, joined the UAW in 1969 while working at ITE Circuit in Philadelphia. Active in labor and civic affairs, Ashton is executive vice president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Executive Council, executive vice president of the New Jersey AFL-CIO and a former director of the Western New York Federal Reserve Bank. He is a member of the Multiple Sclerosis Association, the Statewide Labor Advisory Committee for Pennsylvania, the Northeast-Midwest Alliance for Labor, the Industrial Relations Research Association of Pennsylvania and Meals on Wheels. Ashton was born in Philadelphia, graduated from the city’s Northeast Catholic High School and attended Penn State University.

 

 

Adam Blumenthal (Investment Subcommittee Chair) is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC, a private equity firm, and Blue Wolf Capital Fund II, L.P., a private equity fund, which specialize in control investments in middle-market companies in which managing relationships with government or labor, or resolving financial or operational distress, are critical to building value. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Blumenthal served as First Deputy Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer for New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr.  In this capacity, he oversaw the capital markets' activities of the Comptroller's office, including management of the assets of the New York City Retirement Systems; issuance of budget, financial, and economic analyses; and oversight of the City's debt issuance.  During his tenure, the City's pension assets increased from $65 billion to $85 billion primarily as a result of strong investment gains. From 1989 to 2002, Mr. Blumenthal built and managed American Capital Ltd., a publicly-traded buyout and mezzanine fund (NASDAQ: ACAS).  Over this time, American Capital produced a 22% IRR to investors in its initial public offering. Mr. Blumenthal received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College, and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. From 2004 to 2007, he served on Yale SOM's Board of Advisors, and in 2008 was named a Donaldson Fellow at the school.  He has also served as a trustee of, and been Chairman of the investment committees of both the Nathan Cummings Foundation and of the Community Service Society of New York.  He has been a director or chairman of numerous public and private companies, and has been an advisor to both companies and unions in complex restructuring transactions.



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Teresa Ghilarducci is a labor economist and nationally-recognized expert in retirement security. An economics professor at The New School, Teresa serves as the Bernard L. and Irene Schwartz Chair in economic policy analysis and director of SCEPA, the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis that focuses on economic policy research and outreach. Ghilarducci joined The New School in 2008 after 25 years as a professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame and 10 years as director of the school’s Higgins Labor Research Center.  She was twice appointed by President Clinton to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation advisory board, serving from 1995-2002.  As an author, her most recent book - When I’m Sixty Four: The Plot Against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them – investigates the loss of pensions on older Americans and proposes a comprehensive system of reform.  She also frequently publishes in refereed journals, testifies before the U.S. Congress, and is a media source to popular and online news outlets about pensions and labor economics.

General Holiefield, UAW Vice President, has been a UAW member since 1973, when he went to work at Chrysler's Jefferson assembly plant in Detroit. In 1975 he transferred to Chrysler’s axle plant on Detroit’s lower East Side, where he quickly became active in UAW Local 961, working on various standing committees, including the Civil Rights, Community Action Program (CAP), Union Label, and Bylaws committees. A longtime political and community activist, Holiefield is a member of the Michigan Democratic Party, a life member of the NAACP, as well as a member of the NAACP's national board of directors, a member of the UAW Legal Services Board and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU).



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Bob King, UAW President, joined the UAW in 1970 when he was hired at Ford’s Detroit Parts Depot and began his electrical apprenticeship in 1972. King was first elected a UAW vice president in 1998 and assigned to lead the union’s National Organizing Department; assisting more than 80,000 workers in their efforts to join the UAW. He served three terms as a UAW vice president; playing a major role in both the UAW Ford 2007 National Agreement and the 2009 modifications of the agreement. King has always involved members in standing up for social and economic justice; providing strong backing to Detroit newspaper strikers and locked-out workers. He set up region-wide networks to stand behind workers in other nations, from Mexico and Central America to South Africa and Haiti. He is a firm believer in union education, including strategic planning for local union leaders. King was one of the original members of the AFL-CIO Elected Leader Task Force on Organizing. He also founded the region-wide International Labor Solidarity Network. A 1968 graduate of the University of Michigan, King received his law degree in 1973 from the University of Detroit. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970. King is a life member of the NAACP, and a member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women.

 

David Baker Lewis (Audit Subcommittee Chair) currently serves as Chairman of Lewis & Munday, a Detroit based law firm with offices in Lansing, New York, Washington and Seattle. Mr. Lewis has specialized in municipal finance since 1974 and has extensive experience in all aspects of municipal finance law.  He has served as Lewis & Munday's lead attorney on many municipal bond offerings over the years.  Mr. Lewis is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and is former Chairman of the National Association of Securities Professionals.Mr. Lewis received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, majoring in Business Administration.  He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and he was awarded his Juris Doctorate degree from The University of Michigan Law School.  Mr. Lewis has served on the boards of numerous professional, educational and civic organizations.  Particularly noteworthy is his service as a former Assistant Professor of Law at the Detroit College of Law and former member and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Oakland University.  Currently, Mr. Lewis serves as a member of The Kroger Company Board of Directors, STERIS Corporation Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of H & R Block.  He is a former Director of Comerica, Inc., TRW, Inc., LG&E Energy Corp., M.A. Hanna Company and Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail).


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Bill Patterson is the Executive Director of the CtW Investment Group, which he established in 2006 under the auspices of Change to Win, a federation of North American unions representing five million members.  CtW affiliates sponsor Taft Hartley pension and benefit funds with $200 billion in assets.  Mr. Patterson works with these funds to promote the interests of worker beneficiaries in the capital markets, specifically by leading shareholder initiatives to enhance corporate governance, accountability, and advocating for effective legislative and regulatory reform.  Mr. Patterson’s investment work with unions and their pension funds dates to the 1980s, when he helped unions lead employee buyouts to retain manufacturing jobs.  He has served as co-chair of the Council of Institutional Investors and on the World Bank’s Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) for the Global Corporate Governance Forum.   In 2008, Directorship magazine named him to the Directorship 100, as one of the most influential people in corporate governance.   

 

James Settles Jr., UAW Vice President, began his career as a trade union activist in 1968, at Ford Motor Co.’s Dearborn Iron Foundry and Michigan Casting Center. A longtime political activist and Democratic precinct delegate, Settles has assisted campaigns for progressive candidates and causes in southeast Michigan. A Detroit native, Settles is active in a wide range of community and civic organizations. He is a member of the Detroit-Wayne County Board of Authority, the Trade Union Leadership Council, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and a life member of the NAACP. He serves on the boards of the Henry Ford Community College Employment and Training Development Center, the Detroit Public School Compact Association and the North Rosedale Park Civic Association. Settles is a recipient of the Nelson Jack Edwards Award; and the Man of the Year Award from the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).

 




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Dennis Williams
is Secretary Treasurer of the UAW.  Williams joined the UAW in 1977, as a member of Local 806, at J. I. Case where he worked as a salvage welder.  He was elected as chairman of the bargaining committee from 1979-1984 and re-elected in 1987.  He has held positions increasing in responsibility over the years.  His vast experience includes organizing and negotiating, as well as the extensive mobilization of union members and community allies representing various sectors including Agricultural Implements; Independent Parts and Suppliers; Technical, Office and Professional workers; state employees; among others.  Prior to becoming a member of the UAW, Williams joined the United States Marine Corps. where he served for four years.  Williams and his wife, Donna, have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.


Douglas R. Woll
, MD., F.A.C.P. is a physician and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. After conducting an active medical practice in Michigan for several years, he served as the chief medical officer for several large health Plans in Michigan including Maxicare’s Independence Health Plan, SelectCare and Blue Care Network of Michigan.  Dr. Woll brings expertise in benefit design, medical policy, clinical care delivery, provider reimbursement, medical management and quality improvement.  His focus is on assuring that participants consistently receive medically-appropriate high quality health care services.  He is currently the Chief Strategy Officer for BENCON LLC, a health care consulting company.


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