Tommy entered the Steamfitters U.A. Local No. 353 Apprenticeship Program in September 1989 and was initiated in March 1990. As a fourth generation Steamfitter, the trade runs in his bloodline and he has worked for over 25 years in various roles. Tommy began serving on the Steamfitters Local 353 Executive Board in 2012 and the Pension Trustee Board in 2013. In 2015, he began serving as the elected Business Agent. Tommy has been married to Amy since 1998. they have 2 shelter dogs, Sonny and Cher. Tommy enjoys classic and muscle cars, watching Notre Dame (Go Irish!) and Pittsburgh Steelers football.
Mike was hired as Training Coordinator in 2017 when Patrick “Fuzzy” Faley retired. Mike started his apprenticeship in September 1997 and was initiated into Local 353 in March 1998. He became an instructor at Local 353 in 2008 and graduated from the Instructor Training Program in Ann Arbor Michigan in 2013. At this time, Mike also began teaching for the UA Training Program and is one of only four members on the Industrial Rigging Technical Committee for the UA. Mike has served on the Examining Board and was Vice President before being elected President of Local 353 in 2018. He also currently serves as Treasurer for C.O.T.E. Mike is married to Rhonda and has two children, Chase and Mikayla.
Anita started working with the Steamfitters Local No. 353 in December, 2013 as the Union Secretary, focusing on member services and apprenticeship program support. A native of Pekin, she graduated from Pekin High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College. Over the years, she has moved around the country from Boston, to Los Angeles, Seattle, Sacramento and Portland; and is now grateful to be back in Pekin, because there’s no place like home! Anita has 2 sons, Peter and Andy (daughter-in -law Bonnie and grandson, Enoch), all living in Portland, OR. For hobbies, she enjoys playing her grand piano, singing with the Bradley University Chorale, knitting and taking walks with her Boston Terrier, Ranger.
Christy joined the Steamfitters Local 353 staff in February, 2016 as Controller upon the retirement of Nancy Lawless, who was the Bookkeeper for 13 years. Christy is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant with extensive accounting experience specializing in contractor and not-for-profit firms. Christy attended Bradley University where she earned both her bachelor and master degrees. Christy and her husband Craig, who was initiated into Local 353 in 2008, live in Manito; along with their Lab (Katie) and Sheltie (Kylee).