2021 Candidates for Local 751 Trustee
Dear Local 751 Family,
I was shocked and saddened by the news that Greer Bond passed away. Out of respect for Greer, the Council and the Union Officers felt we should allow some time to pass before addressing the empty Trustee seat.
I am currently serving on the 751 Council. I was chosen by the other Council members as the interim Trustee at our last meeting. There was much discussion about the empty position and the other members felt that it would be advantageous to the Union to fill the Trustee position with a current Council Member. I accepted the interim position and feel honored that the other members chose me to fill the Trustee position. If I win, there will be a Council position open.
I have been a Council Member for many years and take my position very seriously. I ran for the position solely to serve the Union and I continue to feel pride that I am allowed to represent our membership. I look forward to tackling the added responsibilities as a Union Trustee.
I hope you will vote for me in this election and then cast your vote in the next election for a qualified replacement to fill my vacated Council position.
Hi, I’m Michelle Whitaker, and I ask for your vote for Local 751 Trustee.
I am the Head Treasurer of the Walter Kerr Theater. My career began in 1990, when I worked at Ticketmaster, and in 1997, I made a move to Broadway in The Ford Center Box Office. I spent the next 18 years developing my Box Office skills. In 2015, I took a position at Jujamcyn Theaters as the First Assistant Treasurer of the St. James Theater, and within a year, I was given the opportunity to move to the Kerr in my current position.
So much of what I have been able to accomplish I owe to the quality of my fellow Union members who I have been fortunate enough to work with and learn from. Whenever I can, I “pay it forward” by sharing knowledge with my coworkers.
Local 751 and the IATSE have been an incredible source of support for me since I joined the Union in 2000, and I have felt especially cared for during this awful pandemic and the shutdown that followed. I believe that now is the time for me to give back to the Union and that is why I have decided to run for Trustee.
I offer you my honesty, integrity, drive, and an openness to hearing from my fellow Union members. If given the opportunity to serve as Trustee, I think I’d bring good judgment to the financial management of Local 751’s operating funds. Thank you for your consideration.