Union Officers

  • President
  • Dan DiClemente, President
  • Vice President
  • Larry Profetta, Vice President
  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • Barbara Zarpentine, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Recording Secretary
  • Bonnie Ferrari, Recording Secretary
  • Officers
  • Wayne Collom, Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Wilbert Navedo, Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Unit Chairpersons
  • Roosevelt Murray, Security
  • Jessica Rinebold, Elementary Clerical
  • Jill Harold, Secondary Schools
  • Greg Young, Plant Maintenance
  • Lynn Costanza, Occup/PhysicalTherapists
  • Weezy Landry, Central Office
  • Pete Torchia, Custodial
  • Kenneth Davis, Attendance
  • Leonela Malinao, Food Services
  • William Hebbs, Transportation
  • Chief Steward
  • Ange Palmerini, Central Office
  • Unit Stewards
  • Ricky Hepburn, Security
  • Laura Kuhn, Elementary/Secondary
  • Eugene Scialdone, Transportation
  • Chris Capone, Plant Maintenance
  • Veldra Simmons, Attendance
  • Noemi Ramirez, Food Service
  • Victor Wilson, Custodial
  • Sertzai Weld, Central Office
  • Trustees
  • Zelder McFadden, Security
  • Don Jones, Transportation
  • Pete DiBenedetto, Plant Maintenance
  • Orientation Coordinator
  • Veldra Simmons, Attendance
  • Professional Development
  • Weezy Landry, Central Office
  • Steward Coordinator
  • Weezy Landry, Central Office
  • Employee Assistance Coordinator
  • Weezy Landry, Central Office
Dan DiClemente

Dan DiClemente, President

Dan DiClemente is a former member of Glaziers Local 677 of the Rochester Building Trades.  He worked in the RCSD Carpentry department for nine years and served as a Trustee before being elected in 2002 as the President of BENTE. Dan has upheld members' rights throug orgainizing demonstrations outside Central Office and City Hall, delivering speeches to the Board of Education, City Council, and State Officials, forging community and political alliances, and negotiating the past five collective bargaining agreements. He startedThe BENTE Informer newsletter and website, BENTE Day, radio & television commercials, and the BENTE student scholarship; bolstering the image of the members at every turn. Dan is currently the President of BENTE, President of AFSCME NY Council 66, and a Member of the Rochester Area Labor Council Executive Board.

Larry Profetta

Larry Profetta, Vice President

Larry Profetta has written more grievances than any other Officer and he has been involved in the Union for over 21 years. He was a Unit Steward from 1992-1997, and he has held the offices of Unit Chairperson, EAP Coordinator, Recording Secretary, and Sergeant-at-Arms. Larry served on the Negotiating Committee in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014, and 2017. In 1998, he was voted RCSD Support Staff Member of the year. Larry is currently on half-time release as the Grievance Chairperson and Vice President of BENTE, working the other half-time as the Custodian at #54 School. He is also a Region Vice President on the Council 66 Executive Board.

Barbara Zarpentine

Barbara Zarpentine, Secretary-Treasurer

Barbara Zarpentine created and implemented the very first union budget, making it easier to predict expenditures from year-to-year. Under Barbara's leadership as Secretary-Treasurer, the Union's assets have grown tremendously. Barbara has formerly held the offices of Unit Chairperson, Sergeant-at-Arms, Recording Secretary, Election Committee Chairperson and EAP Coordinator. She has attended three AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Workshops, Steward Training and Negotiations Training. She was also a member of the 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014, and 2017 Negotiating Committees. Barbara is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of BENTE and a Member-at-Large on the Council 66 Executive Board.

Bonnie Ferrari

Bonnie Ferrari, Recording Secretary

Bonnie Ferrari has been employed with the RCSD since 1981 and currently works as a Cook Manager in the Food Services office at the District's Service Center. Prior to her election to Recording Secretary, she served as a Steward in the Food Services unit and has been active in the Union since 2002. Bonnie has attended Steward Training, actively participated in Lobby Day, is a member of the BENTE Political Action Committee, is a Monroe County Election Inspector, and has helped to coordinate many events, informational pickets, and Union sponsored functions. She served on the Negotiating Committee in 2011 and 2014. Bonnie is currently the Recording Secretary for BENTE for ten hours per week, working the other 30 hours as a Cook Manager at Building #8 at the Service Center on Hudson Avenue.

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