National Retiree Legislative Network Expands Board of Directors, Elects New Leaders

Larger Board Intends To Provide Stronger Leadership For Implementation Of NRLN’s Legislative Agenda

WASHINGTON (Thursday, January 10, 2008) The National Retiree Legislative Network (NRLN) has elected seven members to its 13-member board of directors, Bill Kadereit, the new NRLN president announced today.

Kadereit, who succeeds A. J. (Jim) Norby, a founding NRLN member, said four members of the board had their terms on the board renewed, three new members were elected and two new at-large positions on the board were created to be filled at a later date.

The re-elected board members included Kadereit, of Heath, TX, a member of the Lucent Retiree Organization; Jane Banfield, of Bernardsville, NJ, president of AT&T Retirees (ACER); Joseph R. (Dick) Ciocca, of Philadelphia, president of the National Association of Prudential Retirees, and John Leasher, of Morrison, CO, a member of Johns Manville Retirees.

Newly-elected board members include Ralph Maly, of Washington, DC, representing the Communications Workers of America Retired Members Council; Bob Martina, of Shreveport, LA, Legislative Affairs Director of the Lucent Retirees Organization, and Ray Sternot, of Painesville, OH, Legislative Affairs Director of the Association of Ameritech/SBC Retirees.

“With the expansion of the NRLN board to 13 members, the NRLN will be in a stronger position to provide leadership for the implementation of our federal legislative agenda to protect the pensions and benefits of retirees,” Kadereit said. “We will also have greater capabilities to grow the NRLN’s Grassroots Network for more retirees to deliver our messages to their elected representatives in Washington, DC.”

Kadereit said the expanded board would meet on the second day of the NRLN’s annual Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, January 23 and 24. During the meeting leaders of the NRLN and Retiree Associations will dialogue with members of Congressional staffs and committees important to the passage of legislation on pension, healthcare and prescription drug issues. The NRLN board will adopt strategies to promote its 2008 Legislative Agenda and discuss administrative matters.

About the NRLN Based in Washington, D.C., the NRLN is dedicated to securing federal legislation that will guarantee the fair and equitable treatment of retirees in the private and public sector. The NRLN represents a non-partisan, grassroots coalition of retiree associations with a combined membership of some two million men and women who are seeking to protect their pension and healthcare benefits. For more information, visit the NRLN Website at