Riley Leadership Award Criteria

The Riley Leadership Award of the Gateway Chapter of LERA recognizes and honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the labor or management communities.  It recognizes leadership, service, practice and scholarship that improve the profession.  The Riley Award was named in honor of Charles S. Riley, FMCS commissioner and long-term member and past president of the Gateway Chapter of LERA.

About Charles Riley

Charles S. Riley was an FMCS mediator and commissioner.  His contributions to the profession and his use of conflict resolution techniques helped to improve the practice of employment, labor and industrial relations in the Gateway Chapter region.  Commissioner Riley was a long-term member of the Gateway Chapter, served as its third president and provided important leadership and service to the Chapter.  Because his contributions to the profession were exemplary, this award was named in his honor.


Recipients may be leaders in the profession or the community and the award is not necessarily restricted to the membership of the Chapter.  Although recipients are generally from the geographic region served by the Chapter, awards may be to individuals whose contributions have had a positive impact on the profession.  The Riley Leadership Award may be given for actions over a long time frame or for significant contributions to a single event.  Recipients may be professionals representing unions, employers or third party neutrals (mediators, arbitrators, educators or other community leaders).

The criteria below are used to select Riley Leadership Award recipients.

   1. Agent of change - Actions that positively change a union or an employer.
   2. Service - Positive contributions to unions or employers.
   3. Practice - Activities that improve the profession. The profession may be improved by a variety of actions; two examples follow:
         a. Policies, practices or techniques that result in the parties working effectively to enhance employment growth or stability as well as profitability or productivity while at the same time providing sound compensation and benefits to employees. 
         b. Actions that lead to conflict resolution, more effective collaboration or enhanced communication.
   4. Scholarship - Contributions to scholarly literature, sound educational programs and effective continuing education.

Oct 18, 2012

 Recipient of the 2012 LERA Charles Riley Award.
Home-building CEO: John F. Eilermann, Jr.

Oct 23, 2011

Roger Hendrix - Federal Mediation and Concilliation Service

Mar 04, 2011



Mr. Mooshegian has been a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 148 since 1974. He has served the local as Shop Steward, Chief Shop Steward and Recording Corresponding Secretary. In 1997 Mr. Mooshegian was appointed Business Representative and currently holds that position.
Mr. Mooshegian became a member the LERA Gateway Chapter board in 1998 as VP of Planning. He was elected president in 2006 and is currently the chapter's Treasurer.
In 2010 Mr. Mooshegian was awarded the chapter's Charles Riley Award for his dedicated commitment to the ideal of the Labor and Employment Relations Association.


Jul 17, 2009

Past Riley Award Recipients

 1996       William Weier – Neutral

1997       Thomas Kraus – Union

                                1998       Ned O. Lemkemeier – Management attorney

     1999       Edward Harrick – Neutral

  2000       Richard Horn – Neutral

                2001       Charles “Bud” O’Toole – Neutral

   2002       Donald Giljum – Union

  2004       Jim O’Grady – Neutral

     2005      Joe Rinke - Management

                              2007      Roz Sherman-Voellinger- Labor Educator 

2008      Rudy L. Smith-Union

       2009      Linda Ryan - Management

   2010     Eric Mooshegian - Union

Jul 24, 2009

Linda Ryan has been employed by Dierbergs Markets, Inc. for thirty years and she has been the Vice President of Human Resources for the past ten years.  Prior to Linda's employment with Dierbergs, she had been an educator for twelve years.  Linda has served on the LERA Gateway Chapter for ten years and was a former President of the Chapter.

Leaders like Linda are extremely important to LERA so that future generations of labor/management practitioners can develop the tools needed for healthy labor relations.  We all would like to give Linda a big thanks of appreciation for her dedicated service and exemplary leadership!

Linda Ryan and husband Tom


Mar 07, 2009

The 2008 award was presented by Chapter President Max Aud to long time LERA member Rudy L. Smith. Rudy is joined by his wife, Edna, during this surprise presentation. Rudy has served the Chapter as Secretary, part-timeTreasurer, President, and Vice President of Membership.   In his spare time, Rudy sends out e-blasts to the membership and updates the website information. He has been an organizer with the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 since 1994 and was previously a member and Business Representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 2 for 18 years.

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Jul 17, 2009

Roz Sherman Voellinger, MEd,  2006 Recipient of the LERA Riley Award

University of Missouri Extension, Labor Education Specialist

Honored for Labor and Management Contributions


St. Louis, MO—  The Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) – Gateway Chapter, presented the Riley Leadership Award to  Roz Sherman Voellinger, MEd., on November 14, 2006 at Maggie O’Brien’s in downtown St. Louis.  The Riley Award is presented annually to an honoree who has improved the labor or management community, and is reflective of leadership that promotes improved practices within the Bi-Sate Region. 

Sherman-Voellinger has been a LERA member for over 15 years, and served on the Board in various capacities including Vice President of Research,  Assistant to the President, and President of the Gateway Chapter.  She is currently the Vice President of Programming.  Roz has been a labor educator with University of Missouri Extension in St. Louis since 1988.  She was previously an International Vice-President for United Hat, Cap and Millinery Workers Union, which merged with Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union.


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