Executive Board

Executive Director- Kelly Gibbons
KellyG@Local284.com (651) 256-9112
I have been a member since 2000, I have worked my whole life fighting for the rights of working people! I will continue to fight for working people, and to have a voice in their workplace, where they feel safe, respected and valued. We are facing difficult challenges ahead and I want to ensure that we work together as a strong and powerful union!

Keith Niemi

President – Keith Niemi
KeithN@Local284.com   (651) 256-9108
I have been a member of SEIU since 1985 and have served as a Union Steward beginning in 1991 within SEIU.  Since 2001, I have been a Contract Organizer for SEIU Local 284.  I have had the honor of serving as President since 2006.  My vision is to continue to provide experienced leadership to our Union as we face the serious challenges before us.  We will continue to work tirelessly to improve the lives of our members and work to insure adequate funding for public education.

Krey (1)  1st Vice President – Mark Krey
A little bit about me: I was born and raised in a union household. I have been a SEIU Local 284 member since 1992. I started my career driving school bus in the West St Paul school district. I have also worked as an elementary school Lunchroom Playground Supervisor, a middle school Special Ed Paraprofessional, and a high school Hall Supervisor Paraprofessional.  Currently I am a Special Ed Paraprofessional in our Transition Program for 18-21 year olds (called Branch Out). I also serve on the Executive Board of the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation since 2008.

My main goal as 1st Vice President is to engage members and work with members to grow our union and unionism.

Second Vice President – Val Rolstad
Special Ed. Educational Assistant – Columbia Heights

I have been an EA for over 22 years.  I have worked with ASD, EBD and now with DCD students for the last 3 years. I have been on the Executive Board since 2007.  SEIU Local 284 has given me many opportunities to develop my leadership skills, so when asked to be on the Board I felt this was an opportunity for me to give back to the membership.  I continue to work to make our Local a strong union who works for its members.


Steve MiltichTrustee – Steve Miltich
I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, an area which I still love.  I graduated from Bemidji State University with degrees in criminal justice and journalism.  In my life I have been a police officer, a newspaper reporter and editor, and a radio news anchor.  For the past twenty years I have been employed primarily as a school custodian.  For more than a decade it has been my privilege to represent the members of Orono’s custodial bargaining unit as the steward.  Presently I am serving my second term as a Trustee on Local 284’s Executive Board.  I live in Mound with my wife Kim, step-daughter Kali and 3-year-old German Shepherd.  It is my hope to one day visit Croatia, Italy and Ireland.  I love Italian food, good wine, good music and intelligent conversation.  My goal is to live to see unions more powerful than the billionaires, an end to poverty and hunger, and a country where every workingman and woman is treated with respect.

TruSue McNertneystee – Sue McNertney
I am a Para-educator in the White Bear Lake School District #624. I have been a member of SEIU since 1999. I have always had Para-educators best interest in mind which led me to be their SEIU Steward since 2011.

Being on the Executive Board as your Trustee since 2012. I have been involved in Lobby Day, member of the Steward Council, Our Minnesota Future, Stand up for Workers Rally at the Capital, door knocking, and phone banking. Being a SEIU member helps build a stronger staff unity for our children’s future in our Minnesota schools.

Trustee – Lori Smith
I am a Head Cook in the St. Cloud School District at Westwood Elementary School.  I started and became a member in 2007, I have been a Union Steward for approximately 11 years and on the Executive Board since 2017.


Lisa Hager  Member at Large-Lisa Hager
Since 1999, I’ve been an Administrative Support for Intermediate District 287 and a Local 284 member. I’ve served on my Bargaining Team since 2001. I was a Union Steward for 13 years (2002-15) with the Administrative Support, Facilities, and Cooks unit. I have participated in lobby days and attended Leadership Assembly Meetings.  Keith Niemi suggested several times that I join the Executive Board – I declined before now. But it’s time for me to step up and become more active again. Serving as a Member at Large allows me to broaden my knowledge and to give back to the membership. I look forward to gaining a whole new perspective on a bigger scale!  I’m a wife, mother, and grandmother and I live in White Bear Lake.


Member at Large – Cynthia Swaim
I have been a Para Educator for 22 years in the Maplewood, Oakdale, and North Saint Paul school district. I worked as a substitute for three years before accepting a permanent position. I have worked with special needs students from all areas and age groups.  Everyone in my immediate family is in a union. I have a baker, a plumber, a school social worker, and a postal worker. I dipped my toe into union work by first attending lobby day with SEIU and have been a steward now for a few years. I think that the labor movement grows leaders and empowers employees to improve their workplace. It is an honor and a pleasure to serve on SEIU’s board.  Elected 8/1/2019.

Member at Large – Michael Sylvester
I’ve been a member of Local 284 since 1995 when I first started driving school buses. Currently I drive for the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools. I am also a steward in my bargaining unit.  I got involved and active because I was tired of watching our elected officials over the last decade continually cut funding for education and as a result expecting school support staff to live with less pay and pay higher expenses. Together we all have a louder voice and more power to try to make the changes that are needed.



Gross    Member at Large – Cynthia GrossI have worked for the Minneapolis School District in Food Service for 21 years, I have been a member of SEIU since 2005, a Steward since 2014, and Executive Board Member since 2015.

Member at Large – Cathy Garrett
Elected 2/20/2020

Sergeant at Arms – Tilly Gitchuway
Elected 2/16/2019.

Mark HansonSenior Member – Mark Hanson  
I’ve been a union member since 1985 and have been active in my union almost from the beginning. In my 30+ years I’ve served in the following roles; Bargaining Team Member, Steward, and on our Executive Board as Trustee, then First Vice President and now as Senior Member. I bring many years of union experiences to this role and will continue to be a voice for members on our board. Our union levels the playing field for members to ensure members have a fulfilling career. As your Senior Members I believe in “Union Strong”. We can achieve our goals, hopes and dreams.  This is possible when members are engaged and active! I have always believed a person never stood taller until they knelled down to give someone helping hand up.

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