My name is Michelle Moffitt, the AMO dispatcher for the Great Lakes area. I was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, where I graduated from Morrison R. Waite High School in 1988. While attending business courses at Owens Community College, I was given an opportunity to interview for a position with AMO. I eagerly accepted the challenge and since that day, April 11, 1997, I am proud to say I have been a dedicated AMO employee with 23 years of experience serving the men and women that represent the U.S. Merchant Marine.
I started my journey as an Administrative Assistant, helping out with many jobs in many different areas along the way before transitioning to dispatcher in July 2014. I enjoy talking to and assisting AMO members and applicants whenever possible - assisting in all areas from job searches, dues and vacation requests. I am also heavily involved in the Toledo Port Council. I am very grateful to AMO for everything they have given me and hope to serve the membership for many more years to come.
My name is Roy Emrick and I work in the Deep Sea Dispatch Department. I have been serving the membership as a dispatcher since January 2019, but I have a long history with the union and serving the U.S. Merchant Marine, dating all the way back when my mother was an employee of the AMO Plans many years ago. I am an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoy spending time in the outdoors every chance I get.
I have really enjoyed making the transition into the dispatch seat and working with the membership on a daily basis. I have learned so much in the last year and couldn't have done it without my fellow dispatcher Brendan Keller and AMO Deep Sea Vice President Joe Gremelsbacker. It's a very rewarding job because you get to help the membership with finding work, help with contract questions, and keeping them in the loop on any current information coming out of Dania Beach HQ. The brotherhood of the union is alive and strong and I feel honored to be a part of it.
My name is Brendan Keller, and I have been one of your AMO Dispatchers for more than 15 years. I am a graduate of Worcester State College in Massachusetts, where I received a bachelor's degree in communications. A few years later, I found myself living in the Hawaiian Islands, where I got a job as a wiper with a small engineering company working aboard the S/S Independence. This is where I fell in love with our maritime industry. Spending years in the bilge of an old steamship has really made me appreciative of the work and challenges faced by the men and women I call brothers and sisters at American Maritime Officers, and I am truly proud to work for you.