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Christopher Dunham – Region 6 Coordinator

Christopher Dunham is a Registered Nurse at the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, with 21 years of state service.

He began his union career as a Shop Steward at SUNY Upstate hospital in 2015. Chris is a visionary leader who has positioned himself to lead his region, which encompasses Hamilton, Herkimer, Fulton, Madison, Montgomery, Lewis, and Oneida counties, into the future by embracing the demographic diversity of careers with a single goal of improved representation for every member.

Chris has served PEF members as Shop Steward and Assistant Council Leader at the Mohawk Correctional Facility in Rome, N.Y. Chris knows what it means to stand with members in their hour of maximum vulnerability as he experienced firsthand, at interrogations, and as a nurse working on the COVID-19 Isolation unit. As Regional Coordinator, he intends to focus on the safe reintegration of PEF members into their post-pandemic worksites, expand COVID-19 mitigation through vaccination literacy and health and safety protocols, strengthen the Regional PAC legislative lobbying for labor-friendly legislation; improve member engagement, and support member appreciation events.