2014 MALMC Speakers

The Mid-America Labor Management Conference is pleased to announce the following special speakers:

Keynote Speaker

Allison BeckAllison Beck, Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service for National and International Programs

Ms. Beck will provide a spirited address relating her experience in labor/management relations. Allison Beck has served as Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) since March 2010. During Ms. Beck’s tenure, she has conducted extensive outreach to the labor-management community, worked on special projects involving labor relations and collective bargaining (e.g. health care, public education, federal sector cooperative efforts), and has been involved in a number of high profile mediations.  She has revamped the delivery of FMCS conflict resolution services to government under the Administrative Dispute Resolution and Negotiated Rulemaking Acts.  Ms. Beck has also overseen the growth of the Agency’s international labor relations and conflict resolution training services, working with the US Departments of State and Labor to help emerging market economies achieve workplace stability and, thus, greater opportunities for investment and growth. 

Special Guest Speakers

Doug SterbenzDoug Sterbenz, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Westar Energy

Doug Sterbenz was named executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2007. He joined Westar Energy in 1997 and served in several positions in energy trading and bulk power marketing before becoming senior vice president, generation and marketing in 2001, and executive vice president, generation and marketing in 2006. Before joining Westar Energy, he was the director of power marketing for Questar Energy Trading. Sterbenz began his career in 1986 with Texas Utilities Generating Co., where he spent 11 years working in power plants. He received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University in 1985 and his master of business administration degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1995. He is a Leadership Kansas Graduate. He serves on the Kansas University School of Board Advisors, the Kansas State University College of Engineering Advisory Council, and the EEI Energy Supply Executive Advisory Board member. Sterbenz also serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Greater Topeka and the Kansas Capital Area American Red Cross.

Lu-Ann Glaser, Director of ADR Services, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

Lu-Ann Glaser is the Director of ADR Services for Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).  Lu-Ann is charged with overseeing the agency’s work under the statutory authority of the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act by promoting the mission of advocating and supporting the use of ADR processes throughout the federal government, including the mediation of disputes, training in conflict resolution and mediation/facilitation skills, coaching and mentoring of agency neutrals, and systems design consultation. She began her career at FMCS in 2003 as a Commissioner, mediating collective bargaining disputes, individual employment complaints, and grievances, as well as providing training and facilitation to labor-management groups in a wide range of topics relative to relationship development and conflict resolution skills. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership with Highest Honors from Penn State University and has been married for 35 years with a daughter, 26.

Martin (Marty) MulloyMartin J. Mulloy, Retired Vice President of Labor Affairs, Ford Motor Company

Martin (Marty) J. Mulloy was appointed vice president, Labor Affairs, Ford Motor Company, effective Jan. 1, 2005, and retired Jan. 1, 2014. In this role, he oversaw labor policy and negotiations covering the Company’s approximately 117,000 hourly employees worldwide. He had responsibility for hourly health care management and the Company’s collective bargaining with unions worldwide and most recently was chief spokesperson and led the Company’s negotiating team during 2007, 2009 and 2011 contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers Union (UAW). Mulloy serves as President-Elect of the Labor and Employment Research Association, the singular organization in the country where professionals interested in all aspects of labor and employment relations network to share ideas and learn about new developments, issues and practices in the field.


Clint ZweifelClint Zweifel, Treasurer, State of Missouri

Clint Zweifel was sworn in as Missouri’s 45th State Treasurer on Jan. 12, 2009. At 35, Treasurer Zweifel became Missouri’s youngest State Treasurer in more than a century. He was re-elected Nov. 6, 2012, winning by more than 130,000 votes.

Since taking office, Treasurer Zweifel has focused on economic development, ensuring access to higher education, and streamlining Missouri’s Unclaimed Property program.

Treasurer Zweifel manages and invests Missouri’s $3.6 billion portfolio. He directs Missouri’s banking services and oversees $24 billion in annual revenue. Under Treasurer Zweifel’s steady leadership, Missouri has maintained its perfect AAA bond rating from all three major credit rating agencies in tough economic times, making Missouri one of only nine states in the nation to achieve this feat.

Jason KanderJason Kander, Secretary of State, State of Missouri

Jason Kander, 32, was sworn in as Missouri's 39th Secretary of State in January 2013. A former U.S. Army Captain, Jason is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. Prior to his election as Secretary of State, he practiced law, represented Kansas City in the Missouri General Assembly, and served on the Missouri Veterans Commission. He is a graduate of American University and Georgetown Law School and is married to his high school sweetheart, Diana. He is America's youngest statewide elected official.

Irl ScissorsIrl L. Scissors, Executive Director, Missourians For a Balanced Energy Future

Irl L. Scissors currently serves as Executive Director of MBEF while also leading his own consulting firm, ILS Consulting, LLC. With over ten years of experience in Jefferson City and Washington, D.C., Irl is uniquely qualified to represent clients before the General Assembly, the Executive Branch and Congress. He is a registered lobbyist in Missouri and Washington, D.C. Prior to maintaining his own firm, Irl spent two years as the Missouri affiliate for Integrated Solutions Group, a Washington, D.C. based lobbying firm. Irl is a former Policy Advisor for Governor Bob Holden serving as the Governor’s liaison to the Missouri Departments of Natural Resources, Conservation, Corrections and Labor and Industrial Relations. Irl spent four years in Washington, D.C. in government affairs first with the Grocery Manufacturers of America and then the American Stock Exchange. He is a veteran of numerous political campaigns. Irl attended Saint Louis University School of Law earning his J.D. in 2000 with a Certificate in Employment Law. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Indiana University. Irl, his wife, Jennifer and two sons reside in St. Louis, Missouri.

Mary TavesMary Taves, Deputy Regional Attorney - Subregion 17, National Labor Relations Board

Mary G. Taves is the Deputy Regional Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in Subregion 17, which is located in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  Subregion 17 administers the National Labor Relations Act, which since 1935 has been the preeminent federal law governing labor relations involving unions, employers and employees.  Subregion 17 covers the states of Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, western Missouri and several counties in Iowa.  As a career NLRB employee, Ms. Taves began work with the NLRB in 1986 as a staff attorney to Board Member Mary Cracraft at the Board’s Headquarters in Washington D.C..  A Midwesterner at heart, Ms. Taves returned to her roots in 1988, when she transferred to Subregion 17.  Ms. Taves is a Wichita, Kansas native, graduating in 1983 from Wichita State University with a degree in Political Science.  Ms. Taves then attended law school at the University of Kansas.  Ms. Taves’ many years with the NLRB have allowed her to argue many significant cases before the NLRB, as well as in Federal District Courts in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.  Ms. Taves is devoted to the principles underlying the National Labor Relations Act and endeavors to share the NLRB’s mission with the public, including labor practitioners, human resources professionals, labor unions, and community groups.

Stephene MooreStephene Moore, Regional Director - Region 7, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Stephene Moore brings extensive experience to the regional director’s office from her time as a Senior Adviser at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as a longtime nurse specializing in obstetrics and women’s health. 

Since joining the Department in 2012, Moore has worked to enhance the department’s relationships with health care providers and a wide range of national health organizations. Prior to joining HHS, Moore spent five years as the Project Coordinator for the University of Kansas’ intern program in Washington, DC.

A registered nurse for nearly 30 years, Moore has devoted her career to public health and education. She has led international medical missions to Eastern Europe and Central America and served on the Advisory Board of the University of Kansas School of Nursing. Moore served on the board of directors of the Johnson County Community College Foundation in Overland Park, Kan., as well as on the boards of many other local, national and international organizations.

Moore, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Kansas, is passionate about the need to improve public health through prevention and education.  She lives in Lenexa, Kan., with her husband, Dennis. They are the proud parents of seven grown children and 12 grandchildren.

Christal J. Key, Field Attorney, National Labor Relations Board

Christal J. Key is a graduate of the University of Kansas, School of Law.  She has worked as a Field Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board for the past 19 years.  In her capacity as a Field Attorney, she had litigated numerous cases on behalf of the Agency and investigated a wide ray of unfair labor practice charges.  She also serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the St. Louis office.  

Barbara RumphBarbara Rumph, Commissioner, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service

Barbara is a Commissioner for the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service. Thus far her tour of duty has been in Minneapolis, Mn. and St. Louis, Mo where she is currently stationed.  She has a Masters Degree in Personnel Human Resources Management from American University in Washington, D. C. Barbara has successfully mediated many contract bargaining negotiations, grievance mediations, and alternative disputes resolutions.  She also designs and implements training programs. She has traveled to quite a few states delivering training programs such as Diversity Awareness, Relationship by Objective & Violence in the Workplace. She has been a guest speaker at several Labor/Management conferences.

Barbara RumphPatrick Dunn, Commissioner, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service (Kansas City Office)

Patrick has mediated and facilitated for diverse groups on a variety of topics to help them resolve their conflict productively.  He has conducted numerous training programs on the art and science of mediation as well as advanced facilitation techniques.  He practiced law for twenty five years in the Labor/Management arena before joining FMCS.  Before entering private practice, he served as attorney for the Seventeenth Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board.  He has lectured and written for national audiences on a variety of subjects, including general liability insurance and other construction and surety matters.

Also, Patrick is a member of Dunn Keller Gillespie Johnston & Latz L.C. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1978 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1980.  Throughout his years of practice, he has handled the investigation and litigation of a variety of complex commercial cases, including banking, construction, fidelity, labor, employment, professional liability, disability, personal injury, products liability, surety and insurance coverage disputes. 

Thomas PudlowskiThomas Pudlowski, Contribution Field Manager, Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Realtions

Thomas Pudlowski is a Contribution Field Manager with over thirteen years of experience at the Division of Employment Security.  He has spent his entire tenure within the tax sections of that Division.  Thom has served on many committees concerning regulation development and program development as well as implementation of the same.  He has extensive experience in Independent Contractor/Employer tax issues and the audit function of the Division. 

Thom is a 1997 graduate of Missouri State University where he received a BS in Education.  He also taught and coached at the High School level for a number of years before joining state government.  He still enjoys coaching and loves when he can dust off his teaching skills by presenting trainings.   

Kit WagerKit Wagar, Affordable Care Act Specialist, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Kit Wagar is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ specialist in the Affordable Care Act for Region 7, working with the regional director to explain the department’s activities in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. Wagar joined the department in October 2010 with the primary task of demystifying the landmark health reform legislation approved by Congress earlier that year.  

He came to Health and Human Services after nearly two years as principal assistant to the Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, where he oversaw the department’s public information efforts, edited the department’s numerous publications and oversaw its website.

Tim DorseyTim Dorsey, Deputy Chief of Special Operations and Training, West County EMS and Fire Protection District of West St. Louis County, Missouri

Tim Dorsey has been in the Fire/Rescue/EMS Service for 26 years. He has served in both line and supervisory positions and currently also serves as the Chairman of the Missouri State Fire Safety Education/Advisory Commission in the Office of the State Fire Marshal and a Board Member on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Inter Agency Board in the Operating Equipment Subgroup. Tim instructs internationally in various Fire /Rescue disciplines and holds instructor positions with other National, State and Local organizations. Tim also serves as a Rescue Manager/Haz Mat Team Manager on FEMA/Missouri USAR Task Force 1 and was deployed twice to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina as well as other National and State deployments including the Joplin Tornado of 2011 and the Colorado Floods of 2013 . He has been an Active member with the International Association of Firefighters for 24 years and has participated in implementing the IAFF Labor Management Initiative (LMI) in numerous organizations.

Frank Kartmann, President, Missouri American Water

Mr. Kartmann has served as President of Missouri American Water since May 2009. Missouri American Water provides water and wastewater service to approximately 1.5 million people across the state.  

Frank has served the organization in a number of roles over his 20-year history, including Director of Network Operations for American Water’s former central region, where he led field operations for six Midwest states.  Previous to this position, he worked as Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Engineering in Missouri.

Frank is a founding member of the Metro Water Infrastructure Partnership, a regional water and wastewater infrastructure education organization based in the St. Louis metro area that has been cited as a national model by the Water Environment Federation. He also serves on the board of the Missouri Energy Development Association and is a member of the American Water Works Association and the National Association of Water Companies.

Frank earned a master’s in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla. He also earned a bachelor’s in secondary education from the University of Illinois. He is a registered professional engineer, licensed in the state of Missouri.