Paulette Fialkoff-Amodeo | Board President
Leader (Retired), RWDSU Local 1102 | 2014 onward
Paulette Fialkoff-Amodeo was elected CFR’s board president in 2016. Paulette became a member of Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) Local 1102 while working as a cashier at Lerner New York, Inc, and in 1979 the union recruited her to work within the local’s administration. In 1992, Paulette was promoted to Union Representative and became a trustee of the Local 1102 Executive Board. She served as Director of Field Services from 1999 to 2004, when she was elected Chair of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International’s Women’s Network. Paulette has additionally served as a member of the RWDSU Advisory Council and the UFCW Advisory Board. Upon her retirement from the union, a yearly college scholarship for Local 1102 members, their spouses, and children was set up in her name. Paulette lives in Astoria, NY, and currently serves as chair of the Queensview Board of Directors.
Charles Hall | Board Secretary-Treasurer
President (Former), RWDSU Local 108 | 2014 onward
Charlie Hall, Sr. was elected CFR’s board secretary-treasurer in 2016. Charlie worked at the RWDSU Local 108 and served as the local’s 2nd Vice President. Charlie also served as secretary-treasurer of the RWDSU. His son, Charlie Hall, Jr., now serves as Local 108 President. After having lived in Newark, NJ for many years, he now resides in Florida.
Student, Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies| 2014 onward
Onieka O’Kieffe has served on CFR’s board of directors since 2014. Onieka has worked in retail for over 10 years, including at Target, Crocs, American Eagle Outfitters, and the Vitamin Shoppe. Onieka has been a member-leader of the Retail Action Project since 2012, and was one of the leaders of the campaign to ban credit checks in New York. Onieka participated in the Retail Action Project’s 2014 Short Shifted report on erratic scheduling in retail, and CFR’s 2017 Pathways to Success report. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Community Studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies, having received a scholarship through the 1199 Basil Patterson Award at the Murphy Institute’s Third Annual Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor awards ceremony. Onieka is now working to earn her Master’s degree in Labor Studies at the Murphy Center.
NYC Commissioner of Consumer Affairs | 2014 onward
Lorelei Salas has served on CFR’s board of directors since 2014. In the early 2000’s, Lorelei was an attorney at the Labor Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General. She became connected to Make the Road New York and the Retail Action Project while partnering with the organizations to address wage theft in the retail strip on Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Lorelei later became the Legal Director at Make the Road New York. Lorelei then served as the Director of Legal Service at Catholic Migration Services. In 2016, Lorelei was appointed commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.
Partner, Virginia & Ambinder, LLP | 2017 onward
LaDonna Lusher has served on CFR’s board of directors since 2017. Prior to joining Virginia & Ambinder, LLP as a partner, LaDonna served as a clerk of the Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis, Maryland. At Virginia & Ambinder, LLP, she focuses on employment law and has represented clients facing wage theft, discrimination, sexual harassment, and employee discharge and disciplinary matters. In addition to her work with CFR, LaDonna serves on the board of the Autism Legal Foundation, and is a leadership member of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in the Law