Executive Director Gretchen Dziadosz has spent most of her career working on behalf of public school students and the Michigan Education Association (MEA). She was exposed to unionism and association advocacy at an early age as the daughter of two teachers, Barbara and Richard Buccos, who both taught for Ypsilanti Public Schools. Her father, Richard Buccos, was a long-time advocate for teachers and school support professionals throughout Michigan; holding many leadership roles within the MEA.
Dziadosz received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications Arts from Michigan State University, her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then taught as a lecturer for the university.
Dziadosz joined MEA in 1979, first serving as a field representative for Educational Support Professionals (ESP) and then a UniServ Director for more than 25 years; which was then followed by another 3 years as the Statewide Bargaining Consultant. Thereafter, she held a number of management positions, including Northern Zone Director, Professional Development and Human Rights Director, Director of Research and Bargaining, and prior to becoming MEA Executive Director, she supervised all MEA field operations as Director of Field Services.
Dziadosz was appointed MEA Executive Director in April 2012. At the time of her appointment she stated, “I’m honored that I have the confidence of the MEA Board to help lead this organization in these challenging times. I’ve dedicated my career to Michigan’s students and to this union’s efforts to advocate for them and the school employees who serve them. I’m excited to serve in this new role.”
Mail: PO Box 2573, East Lansing, MI