Executive Board

Meet the dedicated leadership team guiding our organization’s endeavors.

Craig A. Ford


Email: craig.ford@1199j.org

Craig A. Ford is the national president of NUHHCE/AFSCME, International Vice President for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and secretary-treasurer of District 1199J.

Ford was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Philadelphia and he graduated from the Philadelphia Public Schools. He continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh and, after graduation, enrolled in Rutgers University, where he earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration. In addition, he received several educational certifications from his continuing studies at The George Meany Center for Labor Studies, Saint Joseph’s University, New York University, Harvard University, and the American Arbitration Association, Pennsylvania.

In 1992 he became an organizer for the NUHHCE 1199J to organize workers in the private and public sectors in the healthcare industry. While working out of the New Jersey office, he also joined in organizing campaigns in Atlanta, Chicago, Memphis and Washington, D.C. In addition, he has worked as an organizer in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ohio, and California. His efforts helped NUHHCE gain thousands of new members and enabled thousands to have union representation.

In 1994, Craig Ford was reassigned to Philadelphia District 1199C, NUHHCE, where he became an administrative organizer in the hospital division. He handled collective bargaining agreements, negotiating terms and conditions of the members’ working conditions, due process hearings involving grievances and arbitrations. In 2000, he served as the state director and founder of the NUHHCE 1199J, New Jersey Home Health Care Union, where he assisted in creating an affiliation between USWA, Local 306-CFC and NUHHCE 1199J. He also co-authored the 2002 Proclamation of the Hudson County Ordinance “living wage” for all health care providers.

In 2004 he was appointed vice president of the hospital division of District 1199J. In 2006, he was elected as secretary of the NUHHCE, and in 2010 he was appointed and then elected as secretary-treasurer of District 1199J.

He served as vice president of the Central Labor Board Council of Bergen County, New Jersey, and is currently chairman of the Aberdeen Solomon David Scholarship Fund. He is director of the 1199J Political Action Committee, Benefit Fund Trustee of the District 1199J Training and Development Fund and Trustee of the New Jersey Pension Fund. He formerly served on the District 1199C Pension Fund, as trustee of the Philadelphia Legal Service Plan, trustee of District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund and the Philadelphia Vicinity Heath Care Fund.

He is a board member of the NJ Labor Advisory to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, member of the National Association of Securities Professionals; member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; member of Alumni Association of Rutgers University and Pittsburg University; member of New Jersey Peace Action; member of New Jersey State AFL-CIO; member of IUC Industrial Union Council of New Jersey; member of the CBTU of New Jersey; Jubilee Interfaith of New Jersey; Central Labor Councils of Mercer, Passaic, West Essex Hudson and Union Counties; founder and a board member of A. Phillip Randolph Institute of New Jersey in Hudson County.

In 2020 he was confirmed by the NJ State Senate to serve on the Board of the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission as a state commissioner.

Denise Duncan


Email: denise.duncan@unacuhcp.org

UNAC/UHCP President Denise Duncan, RN, is a registered nurse and an expert on health care policy and workplace issues impacting health care professionals. Duncan has worked for UNAC/UHCP and union members for nearly three decades and currently serves as UNAC/UHCP President.

Duncan is an expert spokesperson for UNAC/UHCP on matters ranging from health care policy to workplace violence. She led UNAC/UHCP’s fight for regulations to protect health care workers from patient violence on the job. Her work contributed to workplace violence prevention regulations released by Cal/OSHA in 2016.

She was a co-author on an innovation chapter in the nursing textbook Leadership for Evidence-Based Innovation in Nursing and Health Professions (2015). She served as co-researcher for “Nurse Perceptions of Medication Errors” in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality, the first-ever study to consult nurses about errors and their cause (2004).

Duncan is the Vice President of Nursing for NUHHCE, Vice President at Large for the California Federation of Labor, and an International Vice President for AFSCME.

Michael Martinez

Acting Vice President
Email: michael@district1199nm.org

Elyse Ford

Vice President
Email: ElyseF@1199cnuhhce.org

Kimberley Smith

Vice President
Email: Kim.Smith@unacuhcp.org

Dave Hannon

Vice President
Email: dhannon@chcaunion.org

John Hundzynski

Email: johnh@1199cnuhhce.org

Susan Cleary

Executive Secretary
Email: susan.cleary@1199j.org

Dr. Matthew Hughes

Grisel M. Anton

Vice President
Email: grisel.anton@1199j.org

Peter Sidhu

Vice President
Email: peter.sidhu@unacuhcp.org

Elizabeth Hawkins

Vice President
Email: elizabeth.hawkins@unacuhcp.org

Charmaine Morales

Vice President
Email: charmaine.morales@unacuhcp.org

Phyllis Shivers

Vice President
Email: phyllis.shivers@1199j.org

Dr. Michael Connair

Vice President
Email: uniondoctor@yahoo.com

Lula Thompson

Vice President
Email: tenthice55@gmail.com

Sirena Childress

Vice President
Email: sirena.childress@gmail.com

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