About Us

Our Leadership

2020-2021 Directors & Officers

Director & President:  Sean Li
Director & Secretary:   Michael Anthony Castello
Director & CFO:  Seth Fischer
Director:  Elizabeth Sophy
Director:  Christine Zacheck
Director:  Mathew Siow
Director: Anish Dhamija
Director: Harshika Satyarthi
Director & Fellow’s Chair:  Akram Mesleh Shayeb
Chair Public Interest Committee: Aaron Simon
Adjunct Committee Members: Benjamin Amendolara; David Savage; Rosalynn Conic

2019-20 Directors & Officers

Director & Co-President:  Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka
Director & Co-President: Megan Tresenriter
Director & Secretary: Roland Howard
Director & Chief Financial Officer: Sean Li
Director:  Elizabeth Sophy
Director:  Hannah Hollandsworth
Director:  Michael Anthony Castello

2021 Negotiations: SDHSA is preparing to represent you in the Labor Contract Negotiations for 2021-2024.  It is important to understand that if the SDHSA is NOT at the negotiating table for you, nobody will be there!  It is an unfortunate fact that the UC System is ultimately governed by those who are rewarded for achieving the most profit. Accordingly, the reality is that the pay and benefits of those on the front lines are always at risk of being cut and/or taken away. SDHSA is the advocate for UCSD House Staff. If you would you would like more information or would like to become involved with the SDHSA, please contact us at SDHSA@health.ucsd.edu.

Volunteer for a Committee: SDHSA is looking for volunteers for our various Committees including the 2021 Negotiating Committee. Besides the work of the Union, SDHSA helps organize and sponsor a number of Political Action Committees. Recently a SDHSA PAC was involved in the demonstrations in response to the Floyd / racial discrimination matter and a challenge to UCSD’s change in medical insurance policies which disproportionately affected the poor. If you would like to help out and make a difference – contact us!

Fellows: UCSD Fellows have formed a SDHSA Fellows Committee Chaired by this years Felix Krainski Honorary Chair:  Akram Mesleh Shayeb.  If you would like to become involved, please contact us by email.

Tell us Your Opinion: If you would like to express your opinion in regard to any House Staff employment issues, feel free to write us and we will give a copy to the UC Representatives. If you would like to become more involved, we can always use more help. We have numerous committees which would appreciate participation. If you are interested, contact any one of our Negotiation Committee.

Management

The San Diego House Staff Association (SDHSA) is managed by the SDHSA Board of Directors with the experience and guidance of Attorney Paul J. MIrowski of Mirowski & Associates. Mirowski was first called upon to assist the SDHSA during its first successful contract negotiations of 2005 and was again brought in for the 2007 contract negotiations. Thereafter, Mirowski & Associates became integral to the operation and management of the SDHSA. Mirowski organized the SDHSA into a professional labor organization representing the interests of UCSD House Staff, advocating for common sense solutions, resolving disputes, and negotiating wages and employment benefits with the UCSD Medical Center. In addition to guiding the SDHSA through Contract Negotiation seasons in 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018, Mirowski continues to be the driving force and continuity for this independent union which has served as an example to the entire UC system of a cost-benefit but effective labor union based upon comity and intelligent negotiations.

“Paul is an expert negotiator who was able to collaborate with UCSD Health to create an innovative, fair & equitable collective bargaining agreement. A win-win for all parties.” Michael Gonzalez – Former Director of Labor Relations at UCSD Medical Center.

Mirowski has demonstrated a policy of personal involvement with represented House Staff often taking the time to personally meet with House Staff to make sure the Association understands the needs and concerns of House Staff. Mirowski believes in avoiding problems through good communications but direct action. In this fashion, Association Members are empowered to expeditiously and efficiently resolve problems and are inspired to participate in the labor relations process and thereby, in their own destiny.

In addition, Mirowski has held the Martindale-Hubbell preeminent “AV” rating since 2009 which means that the legal community has awarded him the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. Mirowski’s career includes a 1995 lawsuit exposing the fraudulent practices of a number of San Diego’s Talent Agencies which was widely covered by the media and a precedent setting appeal of technology issues in the U.S. 2nd Circuit (New York) Court of Appeal. See Julie Research Lab. Inc. v. Select Photographic Eng. Inc. et. al. (1993) 998 F.2D 65. Mirowski has annually been recognized by San Diego Magazine and by the San Diego Business Journal as one of San Diego’s “Top Lawyers.”  Paul has also been named a finalist in the SDBJ’s General Counsel Awards 2016.

If you would like to know more about Mirowski & Associates – visit the website at www.mirlaw.com.