Denise Heath, Shannon Stucker, William Sullivan and Gary E. Allen Appointed Aerospace Coordinators as IAM Continues to Strengthen Core Industry

IAM International President Brian Bryant has announced the appointments of Denise Heath, Shannon Stucker, William Sullivan, and Gary E. Allen, as Aerospace Coordinators. 

“These appointments to the Aerospace Department will put the department on solid footing for years to come,” said Bryant. “With these additions to the Aerospace Department, the IAM will continue to lead the way in the aerospace industry, while making sure our members have the industry-leading contracts their families deserve.”

The team will join Tony Wirth, who assumed the position of Aerospace Chief of Staff on Jan. 1, 2024, and Aerospace Coordinator Robert Barnwell.

Denise Heath
Heath, an Arizona native, began her IAM journey as a charter member of IAM Local 2009, which later merged with IAM Local 519, while working as an air traffic controller for Lockheed Martin. Throughout her tenure, Heath held various positions within her local, from Shop Steward and Recording/Secretary to Vice President, showcasing her commitment to her fellow members, and her appointment as an IAM Business Representative in 2019. In 2021, she was elected IAM Local 519 President/Directing Business Representative. Health was appointed as an Aerospace Department Special Representative last year.

Shannon Stucker

Stucker began his career in the IAM in May 1993, as a machinist with Hub City, Inc. in Aberdeen, S.D. Throughout his 17 year tenure at Hub City, Stucker operated various machine centers such as manual, NC, and CNC lathes and mills.

In 2010, after serving in a number of elected positions, Stucker was elected by the Delegates of District Lodge 5 to serve as Directing Business Representative. Stucker was then again re-elected Directing Business Representative in 2011 and served in that capacity until June 30, 2015.

In 2015, Stucker was appointed Special Representative with the Midwest Territory. In 2018, he became a Grand Lodge Representative and served in that role until his appointment as Aerospace Coordinator.

William Sullivan
Sullivan initiated into the IAM Local 2452 in 1997 as a Maintenance Technician. He served his Local Lodge as Shop Steward, Grievance Committee, Negotiating Committee, Vice President and eventually President.
He was appointed as a Business Representative for District 73 in 2009 and elected to the position of Directing Business Representative in 2012 until being appointed to Grand Lodge Representative in the Southern Territory in 2020.
He also served as a Representative of the Local Metal Trades Council in Mississippi as well as Southern States Conference of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Vice President from 2017 to 2018 and President from 2018 to 2020.
Gary E. Allen
In September 2018, Allen was appointed IAM Associate Organizer and in January 2019 he was appointed as the Communication Representative for the Western Territory. Later in 2019, he was appointed as a Grand Lodge Representative. During his time with the IAM, Allen has been involved in some of the toughest Territory assignments involving Aerospace and Service Contract Act, amongst other sectors and industries. While on assignment, Allen’s commitment to the membership along with his tenacity in defending the rights of our members has made a remarkable impact on the IAM.

Previously, Allen started his union career in 2006 representing the public sector in Albuquerque, N.M. In Allen’s prior roles in New Mexico, he served in every capacity from Steward to Representative where he serviced, organized and handled arbitrations.

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