Susan Boyd Joyce reelected as First VP
Gabrielle Carteris has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Los Angeles division of the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.Carteris topped Jeff Austin and David Hillberg for the slot in results announced late Thursday. She’ll replace Ron Morgan, who declined to seek a fourth term after holding the spot since 2005. Austin is part of the self-styled progressives of the Membership First faction. That group’s seen its power erode in last three elections at the Screen Actors Guild. Reelected were First VP Susan Boyd Joyce; dancer Bobbie Bates, Third VP; actor Jason George, Fourth VP; actress Patrika Darbo, Recording Secretary. Newly-elected officers are announcer Mike Sakellarides as Second VP and Matthew Kimbrough as treasurer. Kimbrough also serves as National Treasurer for AFTRA. Carteris is part of the self-styled moderate faction Unite for Strength, which has stressed the need for merging SAG and AFTRA. “This is an exciting time at AFTRA and in our industries, and I am proud to have the opportunity to carry on the remarkable work of this Local and the excellent leadership of Local President Ron Morgan,” she said. Membership First candidates who won included Sumi Haru for the Los Angeles board and Jeff Austin and Frances Fisher to the national board. Reelected to the Los Angeles Local Board of Directors were actors Patrika Darbo, Jason George, Sumi Haru, and Ron Morgan; announcer Sean Valentine; dancer Bobbie Bates; and singer Linda Harmon. Incoming Los Angeles Local Board members include actors Bob Bergen, Michee Harris-Hardaway, D. W. Moffett, Jenny O’Hara, Clyde Sacks, David Westberg; newsperson Heather Branch; singer Holly Pitrago and stuntperson Dorenda Moore. Reelected Los Angeles representatives to the AFTRA national board of directors were actors Jeff Austin, Patrika Darbo, Frances Fisher, Jason George, Bill Ratner; dancer Sharon Ferguson; and singers Jon Joyce and Dan Navarro. Newly-elected to the AFTRA National Board are actors Mimi Cozzens, Jackie Joseph, Clyde Kusatsu, Jenny O’Hara, Robert Pine and Marcia Strassman, and stuntperson Dorenda Moore. AFTRA said a total of 3,621 valid ballots were received in the election.