In a move that should steadily improve the communications and marketing capacities of both the LHSFNA and LECET, the two funds jointly hired Rob Kolosky in May to serve as Applications Engineer for both organizations.

He is responsible for creating and developing internet and desktop applications for the two funds and will split his time between them.

Kolosky brings an extensive background in network engineering, systems management, web design, program analysis and systems development to his new position. Proving his worth, he was hired full-time after an eight week stint under a project agreement during which he completely redesigned the LHSFNA website and its on-line publications ordering system.

Previously, he worked for a number of education and information organizations including Baltimore’s City Paper, which won two first place awards for best Maryland news site after Kolosky led the team that redesigned the paper’s website.

Kolosky and his wife live in Bowie, Maryland with their dog, Macko, a Shepard-Chow mix. They share compassion for animals and soon hope to start a non-profit animal rescue center on a farm in the area.

Healthcare Benefits Coordinator to Focus on Cost Crisis

Seeking to strengthen support for LIUNA health and welfare funds in the face of the health care cost crisis, the Health Promotion Division has hired Denise Childress as its new Healthcare Benefits Coordinator.

Childress will handle specific requests from local funds, focusing primarily on benefit plan design and cost control issues. A Certified Employee Benefit Specialist, she will deploy more than 15 years of experience in benefit design, legal compliance, funding, cost control, vendor contracting, retirement and health plan administration and health plan communications.

Childress, a Pennsylvania native, returns to the east coast after six years in Las Vegas where she worked for the welfare fund of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union (HEREIU), the largest union in the city with 50,000 members.

“Living in Vegas was fun,” she says, though she stayed away from the Strip except when escorting out-of-town friends and relatives. The region provided the opportunity to expand and develop an earlier interest in rock climbing. Working in a team using ropes and anchors, she climbs the face of sheer cliffs. “It makes you focus, totally in the moment,” she says. “It’s a nice form of concentration and relaxation, plus a good physical workout.”

[Steve Clark]