Executive Board

Executive Director- Kelly Gibbons



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.
1st Vice President – Contested Seat – Mail Ballot Election in process

Anna Angeles-FarrisSecond 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.

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.

Sue McNertneyTrustee – 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 – Lori Smith

Member at Large – Mike Poke

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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.

Anne BipesMember 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.



20160317_141746Member at Large – 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.





Member at Large – Melanie Custer

Sergeant at Arms – Contested Seat – Mail Ballot Election in process

Mark Hanson Senior Member – Mark Hanson 
I am a maintenance custodian in Mounds View Public School district 621 and have been a member of the Local 284 since 1985.  As a rank and file member for 29 years, I have been involved in the union holding many positions: Bargaining Team Member, Steward, Trustee and currently as your 1st Vice President.
I have worked diligently and will continue to strengthen our union, build a strong educational system and ensure brighter future for individuals.
I have always believed a person never stood taller until they kneeled down to give someone helping hand up.

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