|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!
|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 – 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 – Open Position
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.
I am a Paraeducator in the White Bear Lake School District #624. I have been a member of SEIU since 1999. I have always had Paraeducators best interest in mind which led me to be their SEIU Steward since 2011.
I have been on the Executive Board as your Trustee since 2012.
Being on the Executive Board 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
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 – 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 since 2014, I co-chaired the Finance Committee until 2018, and served as liaison to the MN Coalition to End Wage Theft 2016-present.
I am most touched by the impact one union member can have by supporting another member through a difficult work situation. Truly, we are stronger together. When we are all united, we are powerful.
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.
Member 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 – James Brown