Board of Directors
Kenneth Wynder Jr., President
Kenneth Wynder Jr., President of L.E.E.B.A., served as a New York State Trooper for 13 Years before retiring with a disability pension. Ken graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Ken worked part-time in the security field for ten years as a supervisor after his State Police career. Ken founded L.E.E.B.A. in 2002 with the goal of uniting law enforcement and security employees under one strong employee association, an association dedicated to its members and not the interests of a national union. Ken has attended courses presented by Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and continues with his busy schedule to keep abreast of developments in the labor employment field.
Robert Meletiche, First Vice-President
Robert Meletiche retired from the New York City Police Department in 1998 as a patrolman after 12 years of service due to a line of duty injury. He attended both John Jay College and Empire State University. Since retiring from the NYPD Robert has been working in corporate security. He has been a Director of Security since 2005. Robert’s labor philosophy is that while wages and benefits are negotiable items, being treated with dignity and respect is not negotiable, it should be inherent in any employer-employee relationship. That is why Robert makes sure L.E.E.B.A. represented employees are being accorded the basic rights and dignities due to them as professional law enforcement employees. Robert has completed the on line labor studies program and has received a certificate of completion.
Steven Whittick, Treasurer
Steven Whittick is a former New York State Department of Corrections Correctional Officer who joined the NYC DEP Police in 2000. During his two years with NYS DOCS Steven was assigned to Eastern Correctional Facility and Sing Sing. Steven is a 1992 graduate of Queensboro Community College where he received an Associates Degree (A.A.S.) in Marketing. Since joining the DEP Police Steven has been active in union activity. He was involved with Joe Andreani in the early organizing efforts of L.E.E.B.A. with the DEP Police. Along with his duties as L.E.E.B.A. Treasurer Steven serves as a precinct delegate and coordinates the prescription plan with Drew Brown.
Laquan Word - Sgt. at Arms / Membership Co-Ordinator
Laquan Word is a seasoned and progressive union activist with a decade of hands on labor relations experience. At the young age of 20 Laquan was employed by Teamsters Local 237 in its membership services department. As a member of OPEIU Local 153 he was elected as Chief Steward by Local 237’s clerical staff and security personnel. He spent a period of time as a student of the Cornell School of Industrial & Labor Relations studying collective bargaining and labor history. Before departing Local 237 after four years of service to its members and staff, Laquan successfully negotiated two contracts for his member’s as the head of the collective bargaining committee. From 237 Laquan moved on to Construction Laborers’ Local 79 where he ran for Brooklyn’s 18th Senatorial District in 2010 with an endorsement from the 17,000 member Mason Tenders District Council. He currently serves as Secretary Treasurer of the New York Hospital Police Benevolent Association.
Yolanda Moore - Recording Secretary
Brooklyn NY, born and raised. Yolanda attended John Jay University where she studied Legal Studies for 3 1/2 Years. In 1996, Yolanda was the Marketing Manager for Youngworld Department Stores, where she put together the School Uniform Department for the NYC Department of Education throughout the five boroughs. In 2000 Ms. Moore joined the New York City – NYPD School Safety Division, where she worked in Manhattan South as an SSA up until June 2001.
In 2001 she joined the New York City Department of Environmental Police Department, better known as DEP Police. During the course of her career as an officer for DEP Police, Yolanda became certified as a Recruitment Background Investigator, and worked as a Joint Terrorist task force officer, a Field Training officer, and her most recent appointment as Sergeant. Ms. Moore has been a Union Pct. delegate for L.E.E.B.A. since 2006, and it has been an awesome journey. She looks forward to continuing serving as an officer of DEP POLICE.
Andrew J. Brown, Benefits Administrator
Andrew J. Brown is a graduate of Pace University in Pleasantville, NY. Andrew began a banking career at Citibank in 1989. This career spanned eleven years and three major commercial banks. During seven years at Citibank he advanced through a number of marketing and retail positions. During this time he managed as many as 15 employees, formally trained in consumer credit, obtained brokerage licenses through the NASD and managed departmental budgets. In early 2000, Andrew formed Strategic Planning Services, Inc. SPS is a financial consulting practice that provides macroeconomic financial planning to both consumer and business markets. Consumer specialties include investment planning, estate preservation, insurance programming and retirement planning. Business programs include pension design, 401(k) plans, succession planning, buy-sell and cross purchase agreements, split dollar and bonus arrangements, group health/life/disability as well as payroll budgets. Andrew is an Adjunct Professor at Westchester Community College for the Professional and Personal Development Department where he teaches a series of courses on money and finance. He serves his community as a volunteer firefighter for the Putnam Valley Fire Department. He is the author of the boating humor book, What’s a Hoy? A Guide to Modern Boating and writes a syndicated boating humor column called Ask Cap’n Drew that appears in five boating magazines across the U.S. and Canada.