Board

Our current board was elected unanimously during the December 2021 elections.

Al Lerini, President

Joseph Coulter, Vice President

Laurie Kurth, Recording Secretary

OPEN, Treasurer

Anna Munoz, Financial Secretary

Khitam Rabadi, Trustee

Dennis Burkholder, Trustee

Kyle West, Trustee

Hayat Taleb, Sergeant-at-Arms

Meet the Board

Al Lerini, President

  • Al has been with the Dearborn District since 1980 and was hired full-time as a custodian in 1983. He was promoted to Boiler Operations Specialist at the Miller Administration Building in 1987 and worked at that location until he transferred to Stout Middle School where he worked for 22 years as the Boiler Operator. Al served as President of the Union from 1989-1991 and was then elected to be Vice-President from 2011-2018. Al was elected President of the Union again in 2018 and is currently serving in that office. Al has been an active member of the Union since 1983.

    *The job description for this position can be found in our Constitution, Article XIV*


Joseph Coulter, Vice President

  • Joe began his career with the Dearborn Public Schools in May of 2013 when he was hired as a 4 hour custodian then later, in May of 2015, was promoted to a full time custodial position. Joe started at Salina Elementary and then transferred to McCollough/Unis where he stayed until 2022 when he transferred to Fordson High School. Prior to becoming the Union Vice President, Joe served on the Union Board as the Sergeant-At-Arms.
    Joe has been an active member of the Union since 2013.

    *The job description for this position can be found in our Constitution, Article XV*


Laurie Kurth, Recording Secretary

  • Laurie has been with the Dearborn Public Schools since December of 2008 when she was hired into the Food Service department. After a few years, Laurie moved into the office as a receptionist for the Henry Ford Early College. In January of 2015, Laurie moved into the position of Media Secretary II and enjoys what she does for/with our student population in the school libraries she is assigned to. Laurie has been an active member of the Union since 2009.

    *The job description for this position can be found in our Constitution, Article XVI*


OPEN, Treasurer



  • *The job description for this position can be found in our Constitution, Article XVII*


Anna Munoz, Financial Secretary

  • Anna began her career with Dearborn Public Schools in 1998. She worked for five years in Food Service at Maples ES. In October of 2004, Anna moved into a Media Secretary II position for another five years at McCollough/Unis. Eager to learn more, she moved to a Secretary II position in the office at Maples ES for another eight years. While Anna enjoyed what she was doing, she wanted a 12 month position, so in August of 2018 she moved to the Transportation Dept. as a Secretary III. Anna has been an active member of the Union since 1999.

    *The job description for this position can be found in our Constitution, Article XVIII*


Khitam Rabadi, Trustee

  • Kathy has been with the Dearborn Public Schools since 1994. She started her career as a secretary in the Bilingual Department. She also worked at Edsel Ford High School for 12 years and has been at Stout Middle School for the past 15 years. Kathy has been a Board Trustee for the past four years for the DFSE Local Union for Dearborn Public Schools and is also very involved in enrolling our Non-instructional employees to become union members. Kathy loves what she does and loves meeting and chatting with both new and current employees. If you ever want to reach out to her for any questions regarding how to become a member, she can be reached at Stout Middle School and via email. Kathy has been an active member of the Union since 1994.

    *The job description for this position can be found in our Constitution, Article XIX*


Dennis Burkholder, Trustee

  • Dennis started as a four hour custodian in 1997 and was promoted to an eight hour custodian at Henry Ford Community College. He transferred to Oakman Elementary as a full-time custodian for a few years, then in 2002 interviewed for an apprenticeship in the plumbers department and was then promoted to a plumbing apprentice. In 2006 Dennis passed the state plumbing test and became a journeyman plumber. In 2011 he passed the master plumbing test with the State of Michigan. Dennis then decided to transfer to the locksmith position in 2018 and has held the position since. Dennis has been an active member of the Union since 1997.

    *The job description for this position can be found in our Constitution, Article XIX*


Kyle West, Trustee

  • Kyle is a Skilled Trades Leader and has been with the Dearborn Public Schools since October of 2010 when he was hired as a journeyman carpenter in the District Operations Department. In 2019, Kyle was promoted to a Skilled Trades Leader and currently holds this position. He is the Leader of the Carpenters, Masons and the Locksmiths. Prior to Kyle’s employment with the Dearborn Public Schools, he was a union member of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights where he obtained his journeyman status as a carpenter. Kyle has been an active member of the Union since 2010.

    *The job description for this position can be found in our Constitution, Article XIX*


Hayat Taleb, Sergeant-at-Arms

Hayat started her employment with Dearborn Public Schools in 2016 as a receptionist at Miller Elementary School. After a few years working in the office, communicating with parents and staff as a receptionist, she decided she would like to become more involved in the classrooms. So, in 2018, after passing all the required courses, she became a Special Education Paraprofessional and she loves motivating and assisting students in achieving their academic success. Hayat has been an active member of the Union since 2018.

*The job description for this position can be found in our Constitution, Article XX*