Executive Assistant to the President – Sergeant’s Benevolent Association
Theresa Ashton views her work in police unions as more of a calling than a vocation. Her father, retired Patrolman Clement Mieczkowski, served the NYPD for nearly 30 years and was a longtime member of the Emergency Service Unit.
From 1990 to 2007, Theresa was the Executive Assistant to the President of the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), which is the world’s largest police union. Since 2007 she has served in the same capacity for the New York City Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA), whose 13,000 members make it the fifth largest police union in the country.
Theresa is the primary liaison between the executive board and the public and private sector and oversees many programs and events that benefit active and retired members. These include the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, the SBA’s Annual Heroism Awards Event, Scholarship Fund, Art Calendar Contest as well as the SBA’s Car Raffle and Golf Outing, which benefits the Widow’s and Children’s Fund. But her greatest love is being an advocate for the widows and children of our fallen officers. Theresa works tirelessly, year in and year out on their behalf. There is never a time that she is unavailable for them.
Even with all of this, Theresa had time to oversee the basketball program at the High School of Applied Communications and was the primary fundraiser for this NYC educational institution. In her spare time, Theresa, who is a lifelong resident of Queens, has worked for 30 years as a waitress and hostess at Donovan’s Pub in Woodside, Queens, which is considered a landmark by local residents.
Theresa and her husband Michael, who is employed by the New York City Housing Authority, are the proud parents of two grown children, Katie and Michael.