Executive Board

The Executive Board is the highest leadership body of our union. The primary role of our executive board is inspiring and motivating members into action-leaders who are passionate about devoting time and talent to building a leadership team within their worksite. Our executive board sets the vision and program of our union and encourages us to exercise our leadership potential.


Meg Niemi, President

meg-niemi_2017_190pxMeg Niemi has served as the elected President of SEIU Local 49 since 2009. She, along with the democratically elected memers of the Executive Board, execute the union’s strategic work including strong representation, member involvement, bargaining, organizing and building community and political strength.

In the more than 20 years as a labor leader, Meg has bargained industry-leading contracts that provide good jobs, fair wages and job security for our members.  Under her leadership, our union has doubled in size to over 13,000 members.

Prior to serving as the President of SEIU 49 she was Organizing Director at SEIU Local 49. She also has previous experience as the SEIU International Regional Coordinator in the NW, worked as the Assistant Organizing Director at SEIU-UHW and worked as a Field Representative with school employees.  Meg currently serves on the SEIU International Executive Board.

Vice-President Healthcare
Julie Markiewicz, Kaiser Permanente

Olivia Devers, Kaiser Permanente

Caitlin Roberts, Legacy Emanuel Hospital

Healthcare Seat
Beth Swanson, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center

Kaiser Seat
Cliff Pfenning, Kaiser Permanente

Sacred Heart Seat
Anna Blackman, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center

Allied Industry Seat
Cyrus Maxon, ABM Onsite Services

Property Services Seat
Bryan Leeder, Able Building Maintenance

Manufacturing Seat
Bachar Kassab, Pendleton

Laundry Seat
Mark Niemeyer, PHSC

Rafael Gomez, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center

ABM Janitorial Seat
Adela Maza, ABM

PeaceHealth St. John Seat
Bridget Snider, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center

Emanuel Hospital Seat
Jay Edward Brown, Legacy Emanuel Hospital

Columbia Memorial Seat
Lisa Smith, Columbia Memorial Hospital

SBM Seat
Genera Salas, Somers Building Maintenance

PHC Seat
Mark Jeffries, PHC

North Willamette Valley Seat
Michelle Hilpert, Samaritan Albany General Hospital

Mid-Willamette Valley Seat
Lorie Quinn, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center

SW Washington Seat
Jacy LaPlante, Kaiser Permanente

Coast Seat


Updated March 14, 2018

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