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Elisabeth Thomas - International President of the I.E.A.U.
Elisabeth Thomas holds a degree in business management, with over twenty years’ experience as an exotic dancer, as well as, club manager, she understands the industry in all regards. Residing in Portland Oregon, Miss Thomas has always been an advocate of helping others in the industry and a strong believer of the right of free speech. She is now currently the co-host of "Union Politics” which airs every Tuesday evening at 6pm pst., Miss Thomas whole-heartedly understands the struggles people go through in this industry. Being a wonderful, single mother of five, Miss Thomas is just an amazing soul. The I.E.A.U. is grateful she accepted the position, even though her hands are already full, she strongly believes in the difference the I.E.A.U. will make for everyone. Miss Thomas has pledged to stand strong as the adult entertainer’s voice, to fight for the fairness of your rights, no matter how difficult the path ahead may be.
International Vice President - Casey Blue
Miss Blue may be the youngest person ever to be on the board of an International Union, however, do not let her age deceive you.
Being raised with BOTH parents in the adult film industry, having to fight child services alongside her mom at the age of six for the right to stay with her parents, along with the judgment and discrimination that is placed upon you, she understands the struggles of every day life the workers in this industry go through, first hand.
She has begun her first year at University of Long Beach, studying business law. Miss Blue has dedicated and pledged her attention, knowledge and skills to the I.E.A.U. to empower, educate and protect its members.
2nd International Vice President
We are proud to welcome new board member Cortney Sherrell to the I.E.A.U. She was appointed with very careful consideration by the International President, Elisabeth Thomas on Aug 23rd, 2017. Miss Sherrell has been in the adult industry for approximately six years working as an exotic dancer with prior working experience as in the U.S. Postal Service proving her dedication to serve and comes from a family of union members and organizations.
Currently Miss Sherrell, with her Fiancé, runs three top rated adult establishments in the city of Portland, Oregon. The board of the I.E.A.U. feel very fortunate to welcome Mrs. Sherrell to the I.E.A.U. board, and we are looking forward to insight that she is able to share.
Miss Sherrell will be heading our "Discount Program and Fundraiser Committee" which will help bring members of the Union great benefits that people inside this industry deserves.
International Secretary - Amanda Gullessrian
Amanda Gullesssrian is founder of the I.E.A.U. as well as the International Secretary. Miss Gullesserian is devoted to bettering the lives of the people in this industry. She began as an exotic dancer at the age of 18, dancing in Portland, Las Vegas, and all over Texas, appearing on Howard Stern, Dr. Susan Block, Late Night HBO, Playboy channel, along with guest appearances on Sons of Anarchy, Los Angeles CSI and Night Moves. She is now the Host of "Union Politics" with Elisabeth Thomas every Tuesday at 6pm pst. Holding a degree from Learning Tree University and a Certified Stunt Driver taught by Bobby Ore, Miss Gullesserian has pledged to empower, educate and protect all workers of the adult industry.
Miss Gullesserian also heads the website department of the I.E.A.U.
John Bolton - International Board Member
Mr. Bolton is a licensed conflict and criminal attorney coming form a union law background. He shares a law practice with his partner Benjamin Greene in New York City, practicing law for over 30 years. Mr. Bolton has worked closely with many adult entertainment companies over the years. With his partner, he understands the issues that may arise in the industry. Mr. Bolton has pledged to be of service to the I.E.A.U. in helping make lawful, educated decisions, and to empower, educate and protect to make the I.E.A.U. even stronger.
Bob Maschi - International Board Member
Welcoming new International Board Member Bob Maschi. Mr. Maschi was suggested by the International Secretary; Amanda Gullesserian, and appointed by the International President; Elisabeth Thomas, on Aug. 23rd, 2017.
Mr. Maschi has been writing erotica and adult scripts professionally for almost two decades. As a long-time advocate for working people and their unions, he sees that those working in the adult entertainment industry, and particularly the women working in parts of that industry, often experience conditions so horrible that most Americans cannot even imagine them. On top of deplorable working conditions, add in their utter lack of job security, poor access to health care, sometimes dangerous working conditions and near absence of retirement programs.
Treatment that, Mr. Maschi feels, are afforded to those who provide so much enjoyment to so many others while producers make billions of dollars every year. He states that it is way past time for the ‘adult’ industry to grow up and treat the people who make this industry, and its customers, with more respect.
Mr. Maschi has also been appointed to lead our "Union Dues Committee", which will help create the structure that will guide this union into the future. The I.E.A.U. board is excited to welcome Mr. Maschi and his eagerness to help the people in this industry.
Jeffery Salween – Finance Director
Jeffery Salween was the owner of the first night club in the meat packing district of New York City. Currently living in Malibu for the past thirty years, he is a friend to many adult entertainers. With a bachelors' degree in Finance from New York State University, Mr. Salween is known for his huge heart, honest opinions, and helping all that he can.
Daniella Shein - Doing it Sober Committee
Daniella Schein Entrepreneur/ National Sales, Coast to Coast Computer Products, inc., Board of Directors of the National AA Group. With personal ties from the adult industry, she has experience regarding an awareness of drugs inside the adult entertainment industry. She is know leading a “Doing it Sober Campaign” to start rehab centers catering directly to the adult industry.
Multimedia Personality/Producer/Director, SB Media
Sarah Bella has been involved in nearly every facet of the adult industry since 1997. Originally from Boston, she now lives ‘behind the Orange Curtain’ in Orange County, CA. She is a mom to an overachieving teenager, and is a proud Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor.
Bella is a writer, photographer, web developer, and marketer. Despite still finishing up her bachelors degree in marketing and communications with honors (magna cum laude), she already has over two decades of mainstream political campaign experience at nearly every level, and has done nearly every job from canvassing to strategy to punditry.
She is pro-equality, pro-freedom, and pro-choice. She has worked with MA NARAL, the New Hampshire Democratic Party, the OC Democratic Party, and the OC Libertarian Party, as well as numerous blogs and other news outlets.
Bella is also known as an internet personality and an associate producer for The Dr. Susan Block Show in 2016, as well as for co-producing, co-hosting, and co-directing the Translation YouTube show.