The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers announced on August 23 that Kathy Stapp was unanimously elected by the organization’s International Executive Council to serve as the union’s International Secretary-Treasurer. Stapp is the first woman ever to hold this executive office, one of the union’s highest offices.

Stapp was formerly the director of Human Resources and Benefits Programs and served as administrative assistant to the International Secretary-Treasurer. She joined the union in 1994 as a “floater,” covering the switchboard and mail room, eventually working her way into the Accounting Department.

“I am honored that International President Fairley and the International Vice Presidents have chosen to entrust such an important office to me,” Stapp said. “The Boilermakers Union has been more than a job for me — it’s been entrenched in nearly every aspect of my life, and I care very deeply about the future of this organization, both professionally and personally.

“I am fully committed to serving my colleagues, the local lodges, and the membership to the best of my abilities in this new role.”

Stapp is a member of Boilermakers Local 627 (Phoenix). She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in English from Kansas State University and the University of San Diego.