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Welcome to Our New Staff

January 18, 2023 / PSU-AAUP

PSU-AAUP would like to welcome two new full-time staff members and Co-Executive Directors, Debby Herman and Bryan Lally. Please help us make them feel at home with PSU-AAUP. 

Debby Herman, Executive Director: Membership, Organizing, and Communications

For the past year, Debby worked with PSU-AAUP as our Strategic Director, and is transitioning into her new role. Debby has 26 years’ experience in the academic labor movement, and experience with other AAUP chapters, including 10 years as the Executive Director at the University of Cincinnati. To PSU-AAUP, she brings this experience along with her keen eye for organizational development and analysis, which will support us as we continue to grow the capacity of our chapter in our current environment. To those who have already been working with Debby we know her for deep listening, critical analyses, sense of humor, and her love for her two rescue poodles, Reese and Bodie. 

Bryan Lally, Executive Director: Contract Enforcement & Bargaining

While new to PSU-AAUP, Bryan is not entirely new to PSU. Bryan comes to PSU-AAUP from AFT-Oregon, where he served as the Field Representative to many higher education locals, including PSUFA (PSU’s Adjunct union) and GEU (PSU’s Graduate Employees union). Before working with higher education unions, Bryan worked with public employee unions in Multnomah County. His experience bargaining, maintaining positive and productive labor relationships with management for the good of members, and his deep knowledge of public employment law in Oregon are an asset to PSU-AAUP. Since he started earlier in the month, Bryan has already shown his practical eloquence with our contract and grievance cases. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing music, fishing, reading, and hiking in the Mount Hood National Forest with his wife, Cynthia and his dog Oso.

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