Sister Maria Santiago Lillis became an Organizer for the IAM at Local Lodge 1998 in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1996. In late 1997, she was appointed as a Grand Lodge Representative for the Western Territory.
Sister Lillis' current assignment is the State of Hawaii, where she is responsible for overseeing the servicing and organizing activities for LL 1998, along with protecting related interests of the Machinists Union statewide, and on the mainland when requried. Local 1998 has approximately 2600 bargaining unit members under 15 Collective Bargaining Agreements held with employers in both the the private and federal sector areas.
GLR Lillis serves as the Western Territory's Assistant Coordinator for Federal Sector work.
Formerly from Philadelphia, PA, GLR Lillis has lived in Hawaii for about 22 years.. Her previous background includes community activism and advocacy for Native Hawaiian families. Additionally, she spent 13 years in the private sector in the field chemical dependency. Maria worked the full range from detox, rehabilitation, counseling, prevention, training professionals, producing training videos, curricula, evaluation tools and consultation, eventually earning promotion to Manager.