Kathryn Seegmiller serves as International President for the SMART TD Auxiliary. She's been a member of the Auxiliary since the time her lodge was chartered in 2006. At her first convention later that same year, she was elected Alternate National Legislative Director. The following year she was elevated to the position of National Legislative Director. She served as a Board of Trustees member in 2014. On July 10th, 2014 she was elected to the office of International President at the Eleventh Quadrennial Convention and four years later on July 18th, 2018 she was re-elected International President at the Twelfth Quadrennial Convention. Kathryn is the daughter of SMART TD Utah State Legislative Director and UTUIA Field Supervisor, Jay Seegmiller.
DENISE (NIKI) WALLACE
INTERNATIONAL SECRETARY & TREASURER
Denise Wallace, better known as Niki serves as International Secretary/Treasurer for the SMART TD Auxiliary. She became a member of the Auxiliary since 2013 and is a charter member from her lodge where she serves as President. Niki attended her first convention in 2018 at the Twelfth Quadrennial Convention where she was elected Chairperson for the Board of Trustees. On March 12th, 2019 a vacancy occurred in the office of International Secretary/Treasurer so Niki as Chairperson on the Board of Trustees began filling in and became Interim International Secretary and was subsequently elevated to International Secretary/Treasurer.
Niki has been married to Gerald Wallace, SMART TD General Chairman for GO 261. They have been married for 27 years, 15 years of which have been with the railroad where they both have been active in union work. They have 3 grown children and 4 young grandchildren.
JEREMY R. FERGUSON
INTERNATIONAL COUNSELOR & SMART TD PRESIDENT
President Jeremy Ferguson, a member of Local 313 in Grand Rapids, Mich., was born in 1970.
After serving in the U.S. Army and attending college, he started railroading in 1994 as a conductor on CSX at Grand Rapids, Mich. He was promoted to engineer in 1995.
Ferguson was elected local legislative representative in 1995; local chairperson in 1996, and secretary of the CSX/B&O General Committee, GO 049 in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2007.
He was elected second vice general chairperson in 2008 and first vice general chairperson in 2011. At the first SMART Transportation Division convention in 2014, Ferguson was elected to the position of vice president.
At the Second SMART TD Convention on August 11, 2019, he defeated two other candidates and was elected president — Transportation Division.
Ferguson also served as special representative and organizer for the United Transportation Union starting in 1997.
He is the father of two children and resides in Sparta, Mich.
EXECUTIVE BOARD/VICE PRESIDENTS
Steve Fritter (398)
VICE PRESIDENT DISTRICT 2
District 2 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington DC
Steve Fritter, 70, has been retired for 10 years. He lives with his wife, Julie, in Culpepper, VA, a suburb of Washington DC. Steve's 36 years railroad work included time with Southern Railway, Norfolk Southern and Amtrak. His Union work as District Legislative Director (1996-2008), UTU Safety Team Investigator working with the National Transportation Safety Board (2000-2008) and a member of UTU Constitution Committee in 1999 which was challenging and instructive. Steve also serviced as Delegate at the 2018 Auxiliary Convention as well as being a valuable member of our Constitution Committee.
Terri Ingerick (782)
VICE PRESIDENT DISTRICT 3
District 3 states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Terri is originally from Thousand Oaks, CA. She's worked as a paralegal in Los Angeles County for 14 years and has worked in an administrative capacity for the State of North Carolina since 2007. She lives in Asheville, NC with my husband, Ron Ingerick, Jr. (North Carolina State Legislative Director) and their children - Courtney (22), Alexis (20) and Jason (19).
Terri has been a member of the Auxiliary since 2012, and her husband Ron has been an active UTU/SMART-TD Union member for over 22 years. She currentIy serves as the President of the Sweet Carolinas, Lodge 782, and have served as Delegate at the 2018 Auxiliary Convention and was a member of the Constitution Committee. Her lodge was opened in Asheville, NC in 2016 and she works hard to gain membership and provide an informative arena for our members, as well as friendship and support for our railroad and bus families.
Geralyn Gardner (225)
VICE PRESIDENT DISTRICT 4
District 4 states: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia
Geralyn is the wife of RR worker and now SMART-TD State Legislative
Director for Ohio, Stuart Gardner, for 36 1/2 years. We have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. I work part time as an LPN in Bellevue, still doing Tupperware, and taking care of my 95 year young mother-in-law. In my younger years, I put in 36 years at the Whirlpool plant in Clyde making washing machines. Geralyn also keeps busy volunteering doing the scrip program at church and being a money counter there, and being the secretary of the local Auxiliary VFW Post#1238. I opened my lodge after I attended the Auxiliary Convention in San Diego, realizing we need more lodges to keep growing and to have more voice representation. I currently am President and Delegate of my lodge. I have also been on the Auxiliary of the UTU Scholarship Fund Board for the past 5 years, serving as the secretary.
Nora Grutzius (723)
VICE PRESIDENT DISTRICT 5
District 5 states: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Nora has lived 20 miles in a suburb south of Chicago her entire life. She has been married 24 years to Larry Grutzius, currently SMART TD Director of Organizing and a member and Secretary/Treasurer of SMART TD Local 1895. They have two children in college and are new grandparents for first time in December of 2018. Nora has been active in Girl Scouts for 18 years, managing 6 towns of Girl Scout troops and has a troop of her own. She is an office manager for a tax accountant. Nora is currently President and Alternate Delegate of her lodge which she started two years ago to help spouses learn about their benefits.
Carol S. Menges (933) - Chairperson
VICE PRESIDENT DISTRICT 6
District 6 states: Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
Carol has served the Auxiliary in many positions, from Missouri State Legislative Director to Alternate National Legislative Director to International President and currently serve as Vice President of District 6 and Chairperson of the Executive Board in the SMART-TD Auxiliary. She has also have served as President of the Auxiliary Scholarship Fund Board and currently serve as an advisory member to the Scholarship Board.
To say her family bleeds union blood would be an understatement! She and her husband Kenny have been actively involved in union activities most of their adult lives. Her Husband, Kenny, was elected Local Chairman of UTU Local 933 in 1983 and thus the journey began. They have always worked as a family team, helping each other as they grew in the union movement.
Mattie Thomas (281)
VICE PRESIDENT DISTRICT 7
District 7 states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Mattie is a retiree from the U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as Operations Manager with 34 years of experience. She organized Auxiliary 281 based on a need to disseminate information to family members of the UTU. During the last International Auxiliary Convention, she served on the By-Laws and Constitution Committee. She has an extensive background in budget management and policy and procedures guidelines.
In her Auxiliary lodge, they are very active in the community assisting SMART members when called upon. They have hosted annual holiday parties for underprivileged children in December by connecting with the community in which she serves.
During her free time she loves to bake and listen to music because it keeps her centered.
Barbara Purdon (486)
VICE PRESIDENT DISTRICT 8
District 8 states: Arizona, California Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
Barbara has an Associate degree in Business Management. She is employed as Marketing Assistant for a financial planner, where she has worked for 19 years. Before that she was the advertising director for the local newspaper. She is the President and Legislative Representative for her lodge. Barbara lives with her husband of 45 years, Donald in Forsyth, Montana. They have three children, Bettinna, Lynnette, Donald Jr. and six grandchildren. Don and Barb have been doing Santa and movie for the BNSF kids in Forsyth for 20 years. Her hobbies are sewing, quilting, crocheting, playing cards, reading, camping, boating and fishing.
ALTERNATE VICE PRESIDENTS
Julie Fritter (398)
Sue Gatlin (622)
Paula Rauch (5)
Vickie Nelson (723)
Doris Adams (933)
Pam Neal (331)
Kathy Callahan (700)
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Leah Saunders (508)
Bettinna Moos (486)
NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR
Scott Saunders is the Grandson of Retired General Chairman, John Saunders. He has grown up in a railroad household and town. He was elected to the position of National Legislative Director in 2009 and is currently serving in that capacity. He was elected as Mayor of the City of Smithville in May 2016 (currently serving) and served on the City Council May of 2012 to 2016. He and his wife Leah are lifelong residents of Smithville. They have two daughters, Rosaleigh and Penelope. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and General Business Admin. from Sam Houston State University. He is a member of the Smithville Fire Department, Lions Club, Masonic lodge, Chamber of Commerce, and First Presbyterian Church.
ALTERNATE NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR
Pam Neal (331)
Pam is the daughter of retired General Chairman Garland Neal, the mother of Local Chairman Robert Loyd and the grandmother of Conductor Lyrik Loyd. She’s also been the Office Manager of General Committee GO 393 in Temple, Texas since 1997, serving three General Chairmen. Yes, union activism is in the blood!
While attending her first Region Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, she sat in on an Auxiliary Meeting. Needless to say, she was hooked. Recognizing that there was so much information that spouses of all the new hires needed, she began working to put together a lodge in Temple. After several tries and much effort, she was able to start a lodge at the Portland, Oregon Region meeting in 2012. As Delegate to her first Auxiliary Convention in 2014, she was elected Alternate National Legislative Director and re-elected in 2018. She also served as Constitution Committee Chairperson at the Twelfth Quadrennial Convention.
Living and working in the union environment has instilled her with a passion for fighting for labor, especially safer working conditions for our railroaders. Being the grandmother of four provides her with the impetus to be a voice for a cleaner, healthier planet and better wages for all.
Mae Parker (700)
International President from 2011-2014