I started with USPS on 11/03. I began as a carrier in NALC Branch 40. That is a fairly large branch, and I attended their monthly meetings with my shop steward. I joined Postal Police on 10/12. I learned the importance of adhering to the (CBA) Collective Bargaining agreement working with then-president Chris Vitolo. A few years later, Eastern area representative, Plaugher, moved into management. I was appointed to the board to replace him. Through this learning curve, I have been fortunate to have other executive board members in my area, specifically Eric Freeman. I was elected to this position by area membership during the last area representative election.