Executive Director- Carol Nieters
As an SEIU member for over 25 years, I have worked my way through the ranks; first as a front line Food Service worker in the St. Cloud School District to the Head Cook position at one of the sites. Similarly, I have worked through the ranks in my union; first by joining the bargaining team, later elected steward, next as a Contract Organizing/Business Rep for my union to the Executive Director in 2008.
I have always felt a strong need to make a difference. My work in the School District was about gaining respect and value for the role coworkers and I have in the education of children in our schools. This was achieved through organized member engagement to close the pay equity gap between male and female work groups, gaining access to needed training for workers and political work to raise revenue for quality public education and quality public services.
My election in 2008 marked a change to business as usual for our local. The contract fights were bigger than individual units could win without a larger campaign that engaged community allies and put children in MN as the face of what we were fighting for.
I am committed closing the gap in income inequality and believe that uniting for a collective voice is the only way to achieve this. I believe that together our Local can achieve its mission, “to improve the lives of working people and their families, and lead the way to a more just and humane society.”
|President – Keith Niemi
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.
Second Vice President – Anna Angeles-Farris
I have been a member since 2005, a custodian at Lakeville School District and Co-Steward. I have participated in many union activities both at the capitol and in the communities our members live. I’ve testified at the capitol on education policy and have spoke at public events advocating for a strong and fully funded public education system as well as good middle class jobs. I have chaired the Steward Council for the past 2 years and have been a Trustee on our Executive Board for 3 years prior to the office of Second Vice President.
Trustee – 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.
Trustee – Sue McNertney
I have been a Para Professional for White Bear Lake District #624 and a member of SEIU Local 284 for 15 years. This is my 3rd year as a Co-Steward and 2nd year as Trustee on the Executive Board.
Trustee – Amanda Reineck
I live in Buffalo, MN with my husband and two children. I work for the Wayzata School District teaching Pre-K, I have been a Pre-K teacher for 17 years. In 2010, I was instrumental in organizing my co-workers to join Local 284 where we won a voice and seat at the table to bargain over our Terms and Conditions of employment for the first time. I believe in the words of Paul Wellstone, “We all do better when we all do better.”
I am a steward for our bargaining unit and served previous to my role as Trustee as a Member-At-Large on the Executive Board. In the Member-At-Large role I organized volunteer events for member participation in addition to a school supply drive I lead and coordinated with our SEIU MN Zoo Day the last 2 years. As a result of these events hundreds of items were donated by our members ensuring that hundreds of students had what they needed to start school. I am strong voice for students and our members at the capitol. The best way to win for all is to stay organized, fight for a world class public education- PreK to Career and continue the fight for fair wages and benefits for all. Maintaining a strong union is the best way to achieve this goal.
Member at Large – Valerie Rolstad
Special Ed. Educational Assistant – Level 3 EBD/ASD, Columbia Heights
I have been an EA for about 17 years. I have worked in Early Childhood, High School, Elementary, and now Middle School. Now I’m working with ASD children. I work with a teacher in a Level 3 EBD program for the last 5 years. I have been on the Executive Board for 6 years. 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 it members.
Member at Large – Mike Poke
I have been part of our union for 15 years. I was active in my union from day one. In the last past 6 years I have gotten more involved and learned so much. I have been on the bargaining team for our custodian staff in Wayzata School District and now I’m the steward. I’m looking forward to my new role on the E-board for our union. I have learned firsthand the impact our union has had on improving the lives of workers, ensuring everyone has a voice and uniting workers to win improvements. I look forward to getting to know our members in my Executive Board role.
Member at Large – Open Position
Member at Large – Anne Bipes
I am a secretary in the Wayzata School District, and have also worked as a building supervisor, classroom para, special education para, and clerical para. I come from a union family – my father worked in city parks maintenance, and my mother was a teacher. I worked in the private sector for many years as a computer programmer, business analyst and project manager.
I have been a member of SEIU since 2011, a steward since 2013, and I am a member of the Steward Council. I completed the Minnesota Union Leadership Program at the U of M in 2014-2015, as well as other Labor Education Studies courses. As a Member-At-Large on the Executive Board, I also co-chair the Finance Committee
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.
Sergeant at Arms – Cynthia Gross
I 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.
Senior Member – Open Position