About : Officers

UFCW 951 Leadership

A democratic organization, UFCW 951 members elect their leadership every three years.Three officers and an executive board composed of rank-and-file members, just like you, are elected to lead the union. The board meets regularly to approve the union’s activities which are implemented and overseen on a day-to-day basis by the officers.

UFCW 951 Executive Officers

John Cakmakci, UFCW 951 President

John Cakmakci was elected UFCW 951's president in 2013. A union member for more than 35 years, he brings extensive experience to the office of president. As a high school student, John joined the union when he began working for Kroger. He went on to work his way through college as a Jewel food clerk, where he was elected steward by his co-workers at age 18. In 1981, John was elected to the executive board of UFCW Local 36 in Kalamazoo, which later merged with UFCW 951.

Early on, John served as a volunteer union organizer, helping workers at Knouse Foods, Dowagiac Nursing Home and Harding's stores achieve union representation. By the time he graduated from college, John was elected to the union's executive board. In 1985, shortly after completing his graduate degree, John was hired as a UFCW 951 union representative.

As a UFCW 951 staff member, John’s experience includes organizing, contract negotiations and office management. In recent years, John was the director of the local's field staff, organizers and collective bargaining departments. In 2008, he was elected as UFCW 951's secretary-treasurer, and in 2013 became UFCW 951’s president.

Marisa Didur, UFCW 951 Secretary-Treasurer

Marisa Didur became a UFCW 951 member in 1984 as an initial hire for the local's in-house communications department. She went on to lead the department which is amongst the most highly regarded in the UFCW. Always looking for innovative ways to increase the benefits the local provides members, Marisa expanded the department's work to include low-cost member events and a variety of scholarships and reimbursement programs. She has also worked as a union representative, assisted in union organizing drives, collective bargaining and supervised a team of union representatives. Recently, Marisa has been charged with overseeing the local's office-based operations.

Todd Regis, UFCW 951 Recorder

 Todd Regis serves as the Director of Legislative and Community Affairs for the local and has been serving as Vice President on the Executive Board until he was appointed Recorder in January 2023. 

Regis joined the local as a teen when he was hired as a courtesy clerk at Meijer #21 in Kalamazoo. During his college years, he served members at his store as a union steward while working third shift. He has 40 years of active membership with the local and has been on staff for 34 years, during which he has also served as a union representative and field team leader. 

Executive Board

UFCW 951's executive board is comprised of the president, secretary-treasurer, recorder, two executive vice presidents, and numerous vice presidents. The board meets quarterly to conduct union business and to authorize expenditures. The board functions on the membership's behalf, making critical decisions under the guiding priciple of doing what is best for current members and strengthening the local union for future generations. Your vice presidents are listed below:

Western Region Eastern Region Central Region
Lori Baker, Meijer #119
Karla Calkins, Meijer #195
Tequan Compton, JBS
James Flowers, Meijer  #158
Amanda Foltice, Meijer #311
Jeffrey Frederickson, Meijer #50
Kristy Geldersma, Meijer #201
Teresa Jones, Meijer #310
Devin Senneker, UFCW 951
Chanell Wilcoxson, Knouse Foods
Karen Hampton, Meijer #63
Dawanda Hollie, Meijer #286
Anthony Larkin, Meijer #27
Anthony Murphy, Meijer #242
Jamie Peacock, Meijer #173
Stephen Speare, Meijer #882
Brad Wilson, UFCW 951
Sharon Clover, Meijer #315
Tammy Hunt, Kroger #887
Nizigama Judita, Meijer #86
Jessica Miller, Meijer #209
Jason Palomba, Meijer #971
Courtney Phillips, UFCW 951
Kathy Stevens, Meijer #69