Dennis Hower has been a Teamster member since 1990. He has worked for UPS as a package car driver for over 10 years. He was Assistant Steward in the Allentown center, he was a Trustee for Local 773 from 2005 to 2006, and he was Vice President from 2007 to 2012. In 2013, Dennis was elected President and he has been elected four times to this position without any opposition. Dennis has been a consultant, Trainer, and Director to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Training and Development Department.
Dennis was the Political Action Coordinator for Local 773 and worked on various campaigns on the local, state, and national levels. He enjoys working to raise the standard of living for all working families through political action. Dennis is a graduate of Joint Council 53 Organizing School and the Teamsters Leadership Academy on Political Action. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management from Muhlenberg College.
In November of 2011, Dennis was elected to the Board of Commissioners of Whitehall Township, PA, where he served as President of the Board and Chairman of the Legal and Legislative committee.
Dennis enjoys volunteering his time to help on various fundraising campaigns for many local non-profits, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank, Real Men Wear Pink/American Cancer Society, the Every Ribbon Counts Foundation and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley.
He currently lives in Whitehall with his wife, Lois. They have two children, Daniel and Juliet.
Brian has been a Teamster member since 2008 when he helped organize his co-workers at UPS Freight. Since the UPS Freight National Agreement was ratified, Brian has continued to advance his involvement with the Teamsters. He was a Steward at UPS Freight and a trustee for the Local until 2015, when he began working full time for the Teamsters. At that time, Brian began fulfilling his new role as Organizer and Business Agent. Brian was elected as the Secretary-Treasurer of Local 773 in 2021. He is a second-generation Teamster who believes in the rights of the working class.
Brian represents many workers in both the private and public sectors. He has led employees through the election and contract process to ensure that they have better compensation and healthcare, but mostly to ensure their employers respect them. He has extensive knowledge of the grievance and arbitration process and is available to those he represents day and night.
In addition to his role at the Local, he is the current President of the Teamster Horsemen Motorcycle Association Chapter 53 North, an organization he helped form in the spring of 2010. This Motorcycle Association welcomes new members and is involved in community-based fundraising. In addition, Brian enjoys volunteering for worthwhile charities, including the Second Harvest Food Bank, Teamster Local 773 Scholarship Golf Tournament, and he is an active participant in his church.
Brian has attended the Teamster Local 773 Steward and Business Agent Trainings, the Teamster Leadership Academy for Organizing and Strategic Bargaining. In addition, he completed the Mid-Atlantic Labor Leadership Initiative Course through Penn State University. He continues to work on organizing drives for Teamster Local 773. He prides himself on wanting to learn and excel in all areas of representing America's Working Class.
When he is not at work, he enjoys hunting, golfing, and riding motorcycle. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Julie, and their five children, Abigail, Seth, Sarah, Jesse, and Isaac.
Mark is a second-generation member of Teamster Local 773 and joined in 1978. His father was a member and steward for many years. Mark was employed at Nestle Purina PetCare, formerly known as Friskies Pet Care, Alpo Pet Foods before that. Of the 32 active years at Nestle Purina, he was a shop steward for 30 years in various departments.
Mark was elected in 2003 as a Trustee and served in that position until appointed as a Business Agent in 2011. In 2021, he was elected Vice President. Mark has attended many Teamster Local 773 Steward and Business Agent trainings, including Joint Council #53 Organizing School and the Union Labor Leadership Academy offered by Penn State University. Mark represents members in the public and private sectors and pipeline and construction. He is very dedicated when serving members through contract negotiations and grievances. He is passionate about representing the best interests of the working class.
Mark volunteers for several charities, including the Postal Workers Food Drive, which supports the Second Harvest Food Bank, and the Pink Pumpkins, which supports terminal cancer patients. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Annual Joe Weider Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament, which supports our Teamster family's children with scholarships to attend college or trade school. Mark and his wife Donna reside in Emmaus and have three sons. Mark is a 1976 graduate of William Allen High School.
Lisa has been a proud member of Local 773 since 2014. She started working in the public school system in 2005 in various positions, from the Superintendent's secretary to the custodian at a high school. She became a Teamster when she started working for the Bethlehem Area School District in the secretarial/clerical bargaining unit, which is where she currently works.
Lisa believes that knowledge is power, which made her want to become not just a Teamster but an active Teamster. Over the past eight years, learning about the Local and unions, in general, has given her the drive to continue learning and sharing why we need unions. Lisa was a business major and became familiar with domestic and international business. She obtained both her Associate's degree and her Bachelor's degree. However, it wasn't until she was afforded the opportunity to take the Penn State Labor Relations course that she realized many pieces of critical information were not taught in the collegiate classroom.
Since January of 2021, Lisa has been a Steward for the BASD Secretaries/Clerical CBU and a Trustee for Lehigh Valley Labor Council. Lisa was also a Trustee of Local 773 and, in 2021, was elected as the Recording Secretary. In addition, she is honored to serve on the Local's Executive Board and is an active member of the Teamsters Women's Committee.
Additionally, Lisa does a lot of volunteer work at the elementary school where she works and was once a student. She volunteers at other community events, such as the TLU 773 Scholarship Golf Tournament, The Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowlathon, and the Lehigh Valley Labor Council events.
Lisa wears many titles in her life: mom, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and niece. Choosing the title of Teamster allows Lisa to be a strong provider and, hopefully, a role model in every aspect of her life. Being a Teamster means to Lisa that, as a Hispanic female, she is given the same fairness and equality as every other brother or sister in her union contract. She thanks all of our union members for their support and for being active members of the Local. To working-class citizens, Lisa's message is to ask questions, educate yourself, and let your voice be heard.
Joseph has been a proud union member for over 25 years and a Teamster Local 773 member for the last 20 years. In addition, Joseph has been a shop steward at UPS for the last 15 years. In 2021, Joseph was elected as the Local's first African American Trustee. He wholeheartedly believes that being a union member is more than just carrying a union card. He fights for his members at UPS daily and understands the importance of having a union contract.
He has been the Owner/Pitmaster of Old Pappys BBQ Catering since 2016. Joseph is also married and has three beautiful children. He resides in Forks Township. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and is also a Member of the Teamster Horsemen.
Bill has been a teamster since 2015, when he and his coworkers organized their workplace. He has been employed by Coca-Cola for 25 years and has been a steward there for six years. Bill became a trustee for the local in October 2021.
Bill has been married to his wife Tammy for 24 years, and they have one daughter, Ashley. They reside in Coplay and enjoy hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities.
Darrin is a US Army Veteran who served honorably during the first Gulf War. He has been a Teamster member since 1991, starting at UPS during the 1990 Christmas season. While at UPS, Darrin worked his way through the ranks of the part-time loader to a part-time, temporary cover driver, and eventually to a full-time package car driver.
Darrin, a leader during the 1997 UPS strike, served as a Strike Captain during the said strike. He was a Shop Steward for ten years before becoming a Business Agent in 2004. As Business Agent, Darrin represented UPS members, public sector members, and organized many other workers into the Union. After serving for over 14 years as a Business Agent, Darrin became an elected Trustee of Local 773, where he helped oversee the local union's finances.
Darrin has taken many Teamster Leadership training courses over his 30 years as a Teamster leader, including Joint Council 53 Organizing School, the Business Agent Skills In Training Course, New Officer Training, Negotiating Courses, and many seminars on topics such as Workers Compensation, FMLA Leave, Sexual Harassment and Shop Steward training.
Darin has processed and won many Unfair Labor Practice charges, including one which resulted in over a quarter of a million dollars in lost wages and benefits being paid to newly organized members.
Having processed and won many grievances at every level of the grievance procedure and having negotiated many contracts, including many first-time contracts, Darrin is qualified, dedicated, and experienced to represent the membership of Teamster Local 773 fully.
In his spare time, Darrin enjoys hiking and skiing. He lives in Emmaus PA.
On January 2, 2014, Daniella joined the local as a Titan Operator. She immediately fell in love with the Labor Movement and started to explore the world of Organizing. She helped organize over 600 new members before becoming the Office Manager/Organizer/Translator for the Local in 2016. In January 2019, she took on the role of Director of Communications while still maintaining her other duties of Organizer/Translator.
Daniella also did consulting work for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters under the Strategic Research and Campaigns Department from 2019 to 2021. In 2021, Daniella was elected as the second woman and first Latina Business Agent in the Local. In addition, she has facilitated numerous trainings such as volunteer organizing, member mobilization, millennials in the labor movement, new member orientations, etc. Daniella has also completed multiple training/classes conducted by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Training Leadership Academy, such as Local Union Communications, Collective Bargaining: Negotiating Strong Teamster Contracts, Business Agent Survival Skills, Train the Trainor, and many more.
Daniella is also a member of the Local Union Women's Committee and a board member of the United Way TeenWorks program. In addition, she volunteers for many community events and enjoys giving back to her community.
In January 2022, Daniella was appointed by Governor Wolf as a Commissioner on the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.
Daniella graduated from Muhlenberg College in October 2017 with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Leadership. She is currently a graduate student at Penn State University and is pursuing her Master's degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations.
Daniella resides in South Whitehall Township with her fiancé Robert and their two children, Abrianna and Theodore. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.
Rick Bachman has been a Teamster since 1978 and worked for ABF Freight for over 30 years. Currently, Rick is a Business Agent for the Local and enjoys serving our members.
Before working at ABF, Rick worked for McLean Trucking and Mary Macintosh Laundry. During his time with the Teamsters and ABF Freight, he has been a shop steward. Rick was on the building committee for the new Teamsters Hall built-in 2016. In addition, he has taken the opportunity to attend organizing seminars.
Rick has volunteered his time and talent for the Second Harvest Food Bank food drive and volunteers for the TLU 773 Golf Scholarship Tournament. In addition, Rick has achieved 29 years of safe driving.
Rick has been happily married to Cindy for 18 years, and they have a beautiful family with many grandchildren and more on the way. When he is not with his family, he likes to compete in the Professional Truck Driving Championships and has been a two-time grand champion for Pennsylvania.
Matt has been a Teamster member since 1998, working as a Corrections Officer at the Monroe County Correctional Facility for almost 20 years. He was a Steward for 15 years at the correctional facility, where he proudly represented his coworkers. Matt served as a Trustee for the local from 2016 to 2018.
Currently, he serves as a Business Agent, Organizer, and Political Coordinator for the local. He has completed courses through the Teamster Leadership Academy regarding organizing and strong contract negotiations. Additionally, he has attended multiple national conferences for Public Services, Political Coordination, and Teamster Law Enforcement/Corrections.
Matt has created a nonprofit benefit ice hockey team that donates to the Children's Heart Foundation and multiple cancer awareness foundations. In addition, he volunteers for several community events. Matt and his wife Laura reside in Bally, PA, with their three exceptional children…Joshua, Nora, and Jack. He enjoys playing/coaching hockey, RVing, four-wheeling, and fishing.
Jeff Fretz has been a Teamster member since 1993. Working at UPS, he has worked as a part-time preloader and an air driver in the Allentown building. He was promoted to full-time package car driver in 2001 and awarded a full-time 22.3 shifter position in 2011. During his time at UPS, Jeff also served as a steward for the last 18 years.
Jeff has completed Local 773 Union Steward Seminar, PSU School of Labor and Employment Relations Lehigh Valley Labor Academy in December 2020, and New Officer Training & Education TLA in February 2021. Additionally, he was appointed Trustee on February 12, 2021, and Business Agent on August 2, 2021. Jeff has assisted in many of Local 773's activities throughout his career.
Jeff resides in Easton, PA., with his wife, Brandy. He has volunteered some of his time to coaching youth sports and served as President of Easton Ice Hockey Club for seven years. Jeff's son Colby graduated from Easton High School in 2019 and is currently serving in the US Army with the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment stationed at Fort Hood, TX. Jeff and Brandy enjoy taking beach vacations and spending time outdoors with family.
Jeff has many past and present union members in his family and looks forward to the opportunity to help the working class.
Ivana Rincon serves as our Office Manager and Translator. She joined our office in December of 2017. She has been a Teamster for 15 years. Previously, she worked for Bethlehem Area School District, as a Secretary, for 14 years. She served on the negotiating committee for two contracts. She has also held her Real Estate License since November 2000 and has been a member of the National Association of Realtors for 19 years. She loves to serve her community and spend time with her family.