Executive Board & Staff

Executive Board

Kenny Stuart

Kenny Stuart

President

Lt. Kenny Stuart has served as a Seattle Fire Fighter for 24 years and is a Lieutenant on Ladder Company 8 in Ballard. Kenny is the President of the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, IAFF Local 27. He is co-chair of the Coalition of City Unions and a Director of the Executive Board of MLK Labor. He serves as a board member for the Seattle Fire Fighters HealthCare Trust, the WSCFF MERP, the Seattle’s Bravest Charity and the Fire Foundation. Kenny holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and lives in Ballard with his wife and two boys, aged 12 and 15.

Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller

Vice President

Jeff serves as Vice President for Local 27. He is a 20-year Seattle Fire Fighter and proud member of Rescue Company 1 at Station 14 in SODO. Jeff’s family settled in South Park in 1893, and he comes from a long line of Union members, including one grandfather who was a 50-year Union steel worker, another grandfather who was a Union machinist, his mother who was a proud Union member at the Seattle School District for many years, and his father who was a member of the mighty Teamsters. Jeff was born, raised, and now lives in West Seattle. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for 23 years, and together they have an exuberant 8-year-old boy with another boy on the way.

Darren Schulberg

Darren Schulberg

Vice President

Darren joined the Seattle Fire Department in 1991 as part of Recruit Class 58. He has been the driver of Ladder 8 for the past 18 years. Darren has served on the Local 27 Executive Board for eight years, serving two terms as 2nd Vice President. His primary focus as VP is discipline and grievances. He has also participated in the negotiating process for the last two contracts. Darren is married to his wonderful wife with three grown kids and likes to spend his free time on the water doing a little fishing and hanging out with friends and family. 

Tyson DePoe

Tyson DePoe

Executive Secretary

Executive Secretary Tyson DePoe has served on the Local 27 Executive Board since 2014.  He has been a member of the Seattle Fire Department for 21 years, hired as a member of Recruit Class 80. Tyson has been assigned to Station 10 in Pioneer Square for the last 17 years and is now the driver for Engine 10. Being a member of the Executive Board has allowed him to serve the members and continue the rich tradition and responsibility of being involved in Local 27. A transplant to the Northwest from Pennsylvania, Tyson served in the Army Infantry and graduated from Penn State University. Tyson and his wife Kristen have two daughters.

Dennis Karl

Dennis Karl

Treasurer

Dennis joined the Seattle Fire Department in 2000. He has worked on E38, L5 and is currently assigned to E40/B in Wedgwood. Dennis began his Union service as a Station Rep and was elected Local 27 Director in 2003. Since 2004, Dennis has served as Executive Secretary and Treasurer. Prior to Dennis’s fire fighter career, he worked as a water resource engineer in Columbus, Ohio, and served in Mali for two years with the United States Peace Corps. He earned his Engineering degree from SUNY-ESF in conjunction with Syracuse University. Dennis lives in Edmonds with his wife Martha and their three children.

Richard Milligan

Richard Milligan

Director

Richard joined the Seattle Fire Department in 1991 and has been assigned to Stations 41, 8, 39, 22, 29, and 11. He is currently assigned to Engine 36D as the driver and is a member of the Shoreside Marine Firefighting Team. Richard has served Local 27 on and off throughout his career, most recently as an elected Director in charge of the annual MDA Fill the Boot Drive and other projects. Richard enjoys hunting and fishing in the Great Northwest, and spending quality time with his wife Michelle and their four grown kids and three grandkids.   

Liam Roney

Liam Roney

Director

Liam joined the Seattle Fire Department in 2007 and has been on the Local 27 Executive Board since 2015. Born and raised in Seattle, he now serves his childhood neighborhood as the D Shift tiller on Ladder 3. He and his wife Veronica are the proud parents of four children.

Ryan Ellis

Ryan Ellis

Director

Ryan Ellis started his career with the Seattle Fire Department in 2001, hired from Recruit Class 84 and assigned to Engine 37. After working at a few different assignments, he settled in at Engine 33 as a driver. During this time, Ryan served as Local 27 Vice President (2004-2006) and then President (2006-2008). He began paramedic training in 2010 as part of Class 37 and was then assigned to Battalion 3, where he currently resides. Ryan is currently a Director for Local 27 and has been proudly serving since 2015.

Tony Savelli

Tony Savelli

Director

Tony has been a proud member of the IAFF since 2009. He joined the Seattle Fire Department from Recruit Class 99, has served the neighborhoods of West Seattle and Belltown, and is currently with Ladder Company 9 in the U-District. Tony has served the members of Local 27 since 2014 as an elected member of the Seattle Fire Fighters Healthcare Trust, and later on the Local 27 Executive Board. Tony lives in West Seattle with his lovely wife Nikki and their two small children, and is thankful for the support of his family to serve our Union. He enjoys spending time with his extended family, cooking, traveling, and exploring neighborhood parks with his kids.

Local 27 Staff

Joanna Kerber

Joanna Kerber

Executive Assistant/Event Planner

Joanna joined Local 27 in September 2010 as an Executive Assistant to the President. She has absolutely enjoyed the past decade serving the members and the Executive Board. From planning events, making business meetings more enjoyable or just assisting the board with daily tasks, the Local 27 office has felt like home. She finds joy helping with Seattle’s Bravest Charity and Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums. In her past career, Joanna owned a floating café on Lake Union, and planned events for the President of Central Washington University. She is currently a board member of the Professional Convention Management Association. Joanna is happiest when she’s with her husband Lee and their son enjoying new adventures together and traveling the world!   

Opal Borts

Opal Borts

Administrative Assistant

Opal has been part of the Local 27 family since January 2012. After several years of retail management, corporate and healthcare head hunting, and a small stint in the banking/investment world, she found a home with the union assisting the Executive Board. Opal handles the daily tasks of communicating with members and the City, and no day is the same, from planning events and meetings to charity outings with the Seattle’s Bravest Charity and the Seattle’s Firefighters Pipes and Drums. When Opal’s not running around the office, you can find her running around trails or ball fields and spending time traveling with her family and friends.  

Tina Clere

Tina Clere

Administrative Assistant

Tina joined the Local 27 administrative staff in 2017. Growing up in a military family, she attended seven different schools before going to college in Portland. Prior to working with Local 27, Tina worked in public health. She now lives in West Seattle with her husband and son, and the family loves to explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest.