Cory Bythrow is the newest member of the Comm Squad. As Communications Director he has focused on increasing AFGE’s visibility in the print/broadcast media, increasing training opportunities for membership and staff, and integrating the union’s message across it’s many communications platforms. He believes that AFGE’s message is only as strong as the number of dedicated unionists and supporters amplifying it. If the message, timing, and dissemination is right, Cory believes AFGE members can change the world. Originally from Boston, MA, Cory is a diehard fan of his beloved Syracuse Orange basketball team.
Jason Fornicola has been a Communications Specialist at AFGE for seven years, and also is the producer and host of AFGE’s “Inside Government” radio show. Jason also works on issues concerning the Bureau of Prisons. Jason’s favorite part of working at AFGE is the opportunity to serve our members by covering issues that are important to them, and by giving them a voice nationwide. He particularly enjoys helping members from the BOP achieve a safer working environment by bringing their issues to the forefront; highlighting the dangers and difficulties facing correctional officers working in federal prisons. Jason’s advice for someone looking to become more involved in social media is to make a commitment to it, be genuine, interactive, and participate fully. Originally from Pennsylvania, Jason enjoys exercising when not in the office.
Tim Kauffman has been a Communications Specialist at AFGE for three years, and works on Defense and legislative issues. Tim’s favorite part of working at AFGE is serving our members, and feeling like we are doing something that benefits working people. He would advise someone looking to become more involved in social media to reach out and make connections with those who have similar interests. Originally from Charleston, S.C., Tim is a classically trained pianist and enjoys cooking when not in the office.
Chelsea Bland is a Communications Specialist at AFGE, who works primarily on Veterans Affairs issues and social media. She has worked at AFGE for four years, and her favorite part of working at AFGE is the great work environment, and the opportunity it gives her to be “in the know” about the issues facing our members. Because social media is constantly changing, Chelsea enjoys being able to introduce its use to AFGE members and exploring new ways it can serve as a valuable asset to the union movement. Chelsea thinks the coolest thing about social media is that it lets you connect with people around the corner or around the world. The speed and immediacy of social media and social networking allow for broad connections and access to new, unfiltered information and opportunities instantly. Originally from Fayetteville, N.C., many would be surprised to know that Chelsea has a twin sister, volunteered as a tour guide at the Newseum and has a black belt in karate.
Sydney Glass, Communications Specialist, has been with AFGE’s Communications Department for two years, and loves the teamwork atmosphere and opportunities for growth exhibited at AFGE. Sydney’s advice for someone looking to become more involved with social media is to start with Facebook and Twitter, while being mindful that anything posted is publicly accessible and a representation of the person or entity providing the content. Originally from Washington, D.C., Sydney teaches ballet to young girls and enjoys spending time with family and friends.