This week, we continue our profiles of the Executive Branch Master Bargaining Team by introducing you to Kristen Marabella. She is one of the newest members of the team.
Marabella, of Concord, has worked for the state for 14 years, currently working in the DHHS Division of Client Services. In her job in the Client Service Center, she helps Granite Staters to apply for and manage their state benefits.
“My work allows NH residents who are going through difficult times to have access to health care and assistance with food,” Marabella said.
When she’s not working, Marabella said she enjoys yoga and walking to stay healthy. She also likes playing fantasy football and watching football games with her family. She volunteers whenever she can, and has long been active with the SEA/SEIU Local 1984.
She was the Red Team leader during the SEIU 2008 campaign and worked on SEIU’s Change that Works and We Are One campaigns. At the local level, Marabella was the secretary and a councilor for Chapter 21 for 10 years, and has been a councilor with Chapter 16 since 2012. She’s a member of the Political Education Committee, the Contract Action Team, the Collective Bargaining Advisory Committee and the Collective Bargaining Senate. This is her first time serving on the Master Bargaining Team, as one of three members appointed by Master Bargaining Chair Jim Nall.
“I accepted the position because I believe that I can make a difference being involved in the decisions that affect me and my fellow members,” Marabella said.
She’s volunteered on several election campaigns, and said she thought her knowledge of state politics and the governmental process would be an asset to her in the bargaining process. Ultimately, she hopes the end result of this bargaining process is a contract that benefits all.
“I hope to help negotiate a contract that improves the lives of all state employees and benefits the well-being of our state as a whole,” she said.
Marabella encouraged her fellow union members to get involved in the union and think proactively rather than reactively.
“The more of us that participate, the stronger we are and the more we can accomplish,” she said.