Who We Are

Program Faculty

LEARN program faculty are full-time and emeritus faculty members in the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. Each brings an extensive knowledge of labor and employment issues, a strong background in consulting and training for labor and management relations, and experience in both the public and private sectors.


John F. Burton


John F. Burton, Jr., Ph.D.

Professor Burton received his Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. He is a former Dean of the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, and Professor Emeritus at Rutgers and Cornell University. He co-authored A Workers’ Guide to The New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law, which will be used in his Workers’ Compensation Law course.



Rosemarie Cipparulo

Rosemarie Cipparulo, Esq., J.D.

Professor Cipparulo received her J.D. degree from the Rutgers University, School of Law in Newark. She is a faculty member in Labor Studies and Employment Relations in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. She is an attorney at Weissman and Mintz and has a wealth of experience in representing labor unions in in collective bargaining and alternative dispute resolutions. She was a member and leader of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.



James M. CooneyJames M. Cooney, Esq., J.D.

Professor Cooney received his J.D. degree from University of Miami School of Law. He is a faculty member in Labor Studies and Employment Relations in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. Professor Cooney also is an experienced arbitrator and mediator. He specializes in employment, labor, and immigration law, and he previously represented labor organizations throughout New Jersey.



Bill DwyerWilliam Dwyer

Professor Dwyer has over 35 years of corporate experience including key labor and employment relations leadership roles with PSE&G.  He currently serves as a full-time Professor with Rutgers University where his research and teaching interests include negotiations and workplace conflict resolution.  Professor Dwyer is the 2018 recipient of the Labor and Employment Relations Association’s Outstanding Practitioner Award and the Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department’s Annual Teaching Award.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Labor Studies as well as a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations degree from Rutgers University. 



Carla KatzCarla Katz, Esq., J.D.

Professor Katz received her J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is a faculty member of the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. She is also Of Counsel with Cohen Placitella & Roth. She specializes in labor, employment, and public sector law. Professor Katz is also a former elected President of a local union of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), representing state and local government and private sector members, and a former Commissioner of the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission.



Saul RubinsteinSaul A. Rubinstein, Ph.D. in Management

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Rubinstein is a leading scholar on the subject of how joint labor and management collaborations achieve organizational innovations. He teaches courses on the dynamics  of  work  and  organization, labor and corporate restructuring, and employee involvement and new work organizations in the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations.



Todd VachonTodd Vachon, Ph.D.

Faculty Coordinator of LEARN

Todd has over 20yrs of experience in the labor movement as a Laborer (LIUNA), a Carpenter (UBC), and a Teacher (AFT). He has served as shop steward at various worksites, worked as an organizer, and served as the founding President of UAW Local 6950, representing over 2,200 graduate employees, while completing his PhD at the University of Connecticut. Todd also has over 15yrs of experience as a labor educator with the UConn Labor Education Center and Rutgers LEARN. Todd’s scholarly interests include the political economy of American capitalism, social stratification, social movements, and the intersection of climate change and work and employment issues. Todd currently serves as the Faculty Coordinator of LEARN, working to ensure a broad selection of courses and educational opportunities for NJ workers, labor relations professionals, and worker organizations. He also teaches a variety of ULA courses throughout the year, including shop steward trainings, collective bargaining, bargaining for the common good, and economics for workers.


Program Instructors

Program instructors are full-time and adjunct faculty of the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers, leading legal experts, and PERC personnel. All instructors bring their extensive academic knowledge and real world experience to the program.

Photo of Christine Lucarelli CarneiroChristine Lucarelli-Carneiro, J.D.

Rutgers School of Law-Newark

Christine Lucarelli-Carneiro serves as General Counsel for the Public Employment Relations Commission, a role in which she provides expert legal counsel to the Chair, Commission and all divisions of PERC.  She represents the Commission in all litigation in federal and state court and also serves as PERC’s Ethics Liaison Officer and Equal Employment Officer.  Prior to joining PERC, Mrs. Lucarelli-Carneiro served as Deputy Attorney General with the Department of Law and Public Safety.  As a DAG, she counseled  the Division of Pensions and Benefits and various pension boards and issued statutory and regulatory guidance pertaining to the administration of health and retirement benefits.  She regularly appeared to defend the Division in the Office of Administrative Law and the Superior Court in both the Law Division and Appellate Division. Mrs. Lucarelli-Carneiro received a B.A., cum laude, from Montclair State University, and a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. Upon graduation from law school, she served as a law clerk in the Superior Court, Appellate Division.


Don Dileo

Don Dileo

Harvard Trade Union Program

Spent 25 years negotiating contracts in the public and private sector. Negotiated over 300 collective bargaining agreements for District Council 73, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFSCME, AFL-CIO. Former President of the Mercer County NJ Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, former Political and Legislative Representative for AFSCME in New Jersey. Lobbyist for AFSCME in Trenton for many years. Former President of SEIU Local 175 Princeton University. Graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program 1990 with alumni status. Former Municipal Court mediator for Hamilton Township NJ and veteran of the United States Army, 1965-67.


Joyce Klein

Joyce M. Klein, Esq.,  J.D.

University of Wisconsin Law School

Ms. Klein is a mediator and arbitrator, and an Adjunct Professor in Labor Studies and Employment Relations at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations. She has served as Special Counsel to the Presidential Emergency Boards, and on the National Mediation Board and New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission.



Ursula Leo, Esq.

Ursula Henrich Leo, Esq.

Syracuse University College of Law

Ms. Leo is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court- New Jersey, United States District Court- Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Ms. Leo is a member of the Sussex County Bar Association and focuses her practice on Land Use, Municipal, and Labor and Employment matters.



Melanie Lipomanis

Melanie Lipomanis, Esq.

Rutgers School of Law-Newark

Ms. Lipomanis, an attorney with Porzio Bromberg & Newman, handling a wide range of employment matters for the Firm’s public and private clients in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Her practice focuses on defending management-side employers in all areas of employment litigation, wage and hour claims, unfair labor practice charges, OSHA investigations, and audits and investigations by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s/Homeland Security. Ms. Lipomanis partners closely with human resource professionals in the areas of labor relations, contract negotiations, regulatory compliance, and workforce management; conducts internal investigations involving harassment and ethics complaints; and provides workforce training on a variety of topics including anti-discrimination, diversity, inclusion, and ethics.

James Mastriani

James W. Mastriani, M.S. in Labor Economics

University of Massachusetts

Mr. Mastriani has more than 20 years of arbitration and mediation experience. He has authored articles on collective bargaining and dispute resolution, and taught graduate courses in the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations. He previously was Chairman of the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, and also served as a Commission Mediator and Hearing Officer.



Joan Parker

Joan Parker, Ph.D. in Industrial and Labor Relations

Cornell University

Dr. Parker has been a sought-after arbitrator and mediator in both the public and private sectors for more than 30 years. As a tenured Professor at Rutgers University from 1976 to 1990, she taught graduate courses; conducted research; and  published numerous scholarly books,book chapters, and articles on labor and employment, dispute settlement, and human resource management.



Mary Beth Hennessy-Shotter

Mary E. Hennessy-Shotter, J.D.

Seton Hall University School of Law

Mary E. Hennessy-Shotter (Mary Beth) is the Director of Conciliation & Arbitration and former Deputy General Counsel with the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) in Trenton, New Jersey. She was appointed Director in 2018 and is one of five full-time staff mediators in New Jersey. In this role, she is a neutral who assists parties to resolve impasses in contract negotiations between public entities and public sector labor unions. She frequently speaks on labor issues in New Jersey and has taught classes for ICLE and the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.


Steven Weissman

Steven Weissman, Esq., J.D.

Rutgers School of Law, Newark

Mr. Weissman, of Weissman & Mintz, LLC, specializes in employment-related matters. A published author, he has been a bencher for the Reitman Inn of Court and is an Executive Committee member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. He also serves on the State Advisory Council to the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations.