Union Officers

  • President
  • Dan DiClemente, President
  • Vice President
  • Ange Palmerini, Vice President
  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • Barbara Zarpentine, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Recording Secretary
  • Sonia Alvarado, Recording Secretary
  • Officers
  • Zelder Bice, Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Wayne Collom, Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Unit Chairpersons
  • Roosevelt Murray, Security
  • William Hebbs, Transportation
  • Leonela Malinao, Food Services
  • Kenneth Davis, Attendance
  • Pete Torchia, Custodial
  • Weezy Landry, Central Office
  • Carol Bedenik-Carmel, Occup/PhysicalTherapists
  • Greg Young, Plant Maintenance
  • Jill Harold, Secondary Schools
  • Angelic Mendez, Elementary Clerical
  • Unit Stewards
  • Sertzai Weld, Project Workers
  • Rickey Hepburn, Security
  • Laura Kuhn, Elementary/Secondary
  • Jessica Rinebold, Central Office
  • Victor Wilson, Custodial
  • Noemi Ramirez, Food Service
  • Veldra Simmons, Attendance
  • Chris Capone, Plant Maintenance
  • Eugene Scialdone, Transportation
  • Trustees
  • Noelia Garcia, Clerical
  • Stacia Goldberg, Clerical
  • 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
  • Chief Steward
  • Jessica Rinebold, Chief Steward
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.

Ange Palmerini

Ange Palmerini, Vice President

Ange Palmerini has been involved in the Union for over 20 years. He started as a Trustee, later becoming a Unit Steward and was the Chief Steward for 13 years. Ange has served on numerous Committees and has helped to coordinate many Union sponsored events and functions. Ange is currently on half-time release as the Grievance Chairperson and Vice President of BENTE, working the other half-time as a Telephone Technician. He is also a Member-at-Large 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.

Sonia Alvarado, Recording Secretary

Sonia Alvarado has been employed with the RCSD since 1995 and currently works as an Office Clerk Bilingual at School of the Arts. 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 1995 . Sonia has attended Steward Training,  informational pickets, and Union sponsored functions. She currently serves on the Negotiating Committee. 

Jessica Rinebold

Jessica Rinebold, Chief Steward

Jessica Rinebold has been with the RCSD since 2006, and currently works as the Lead Senior School Secretary where she supports all school clerical staff throughout the district. Prior to becoming Chief Steward, Jessica previously served as the Website Coordinator, Elementary Unit Chair, and Trustee for BENTE. She has also served on the BENTE Scholarship Committee since 2015, and was a member of the 2021 Negotiating Committee. Jessica has attended the American Association of Classified School Employees Conference, which gave her the opportunity to lobby in Washington D.C. with fellow AFSCME brothers and sisters. She has spoken at many board meetings, as well as attended many rallies and protests on behalf of all BENTE members