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.

The Board is democratically elected by our union members and meets monthly to help shape the direction and priorities of our union. Our Executive Board is made up of democratically elected leaders from across our membership. To ensure a representative governing body, there are several groups of seats:

  • 5 officer seats, two of which are reserved from our two major industries
    • President – Oversees union staff and leads in setting the vision and program for our union and watches vigilantly over the affairs of the Union. When members are equally divided on any question, the President shall cast the deciding vote.
    • Vice President Healthcare – Plays a role in helping to set vision and program for our union. The Vice President of Healthcare serves as a representative at union conferences and conventions
    • Vice President Property Services – Plays a role in helping to set vision and program for our union. The Vice President of Property Services serves as a representative at union conferences and conventions
    • Sergeant at Arms – Plays a role in helping to set vision and program for our union. Helps facilitate union meetings.
    • Secretary Treasurer – Plays a role in helping to set vision and program for our union. Keeps all membership records and application cards, and a record of all members admitted by initiation or otherwise.
  • Geographic seats are elected from each of the main geographies in Oregon and Southwest Washington in which our members live and work, ensuring local interests and access for all members where they work.
  • Industrial seats ensure that the specific concerns of members from disparate kinds of workplaces are well-represented.
  • Additional seats are apportioned for worksites with the largest memberships, to ensure those groups’ voice matches the size and strength of their membership.

Meg Niemi

President

I was born and raised in Oregon and Southwest Washington. My grandpa built ships in Astoria and belonged to a carpenters union for over 70 years. I learned early on the important role unions play in raising standards for workers and making real difference for working families. It is the reason why I have dedicated myself, working over 20 years with SEIU to make real difference for healthcare and property service workers.

Julie Markiewicz

Auditor, Kaiser

Vice-President – Healthcare

I believe the next couple of years we are going to have a lot of attacks on our union members and our benefits. I am proud of the benefits we have at Kaiser and think every member of our union – janitors, security, hospital & healthcare, laundry, Xerox, Pendleton – should have the same good wages and benefits we do. We have to stick together, make sure our members are getting the training and support they need, continue to grow our union, and get community support and elected leaders to join with us, but most importantly: we have to stand our ground.

Renato Quintero

Clean Room Tech, SBM

Vice-President – Property Services

I joined our board because I believe I can make a difference in the lives of my co-workers, my fellow members, and working families across our state. Helping others is my motivation. It is the reason that I do this meaningful work.

Bryan Leeder

Janitor, Able Building Maintenance

Property Services Seat

We need to continue our focus on organizing more workers across different industries. The gap between the rich and everyone else is growing, and I want to continue our union’s efforts in fighting for a fair economy.

Maria Garcia

Janitor, ABM

ABM Seat

Jacy Laplante

Reception, Vancouver Medical Services

SW Washington Seat

We know that as a union we don’t speak with one voice. We have incredible strength when we stand together. You can see the power we have in places where we have high density. As a board member, I want to continue building our strength, and I am excited by all that we can accomplish together.

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Olivia Devers

CNA, Kaiser

Secretary-Treasurer

All members deserve higher wages, affordable healthcare and a secure retirement. Having strong contracts is not enough — we have to ensure representational excellence at all levels and make sure those contracts are enforced. The strength of our union is our membership.

Caitlin Roberts

Sterile Processing Tech, Legacy Emanuel Hospital

Sergeant-at-Arms

I strongly believe that we have to involve the younger generations and our children so that they can learn about strength in numbers and the value of compassion. As a mother, I hope to be a role model for my daughter and son by standing up and taking action.

Vici Leach

Medical Assistant, Kaiser

Healthcare Seat

Working people’s wages and benefits are under attack everywhere. We need to continue fighting to make sure workers get a living wage. Our kids face a future where they will need to work multiple jobs just to get by. Unless something is done, many will not be able to get affordable healthcare. That’s why I’m active in my union.

John Dearborn

Security Officer, G4S Security

Security Seat

I’m on our board to help join with all my fellow security officers to build a strong union. I want to make sure that all voices are heard and represented properly, showing Union Power and Strength!

Mark Niemeyer

Production, Portland Hospital Service Corporation

Laundry Seat

Working families deserve a fair shake. As an executive board member I want to do whatever I can to improve working conditions for families. I have seen first hand the difference our union can make, and I will work hard to make sure we continue to have a positive impact for workers and our families.

Rebecca Wagnon

ALSCO

Southern Oregon Seat

Mary Brooks

Detail Clerk, Kaiser

Kaiser Seat

I’ve been a member of Local 49 for over 20 years, and I’m working to ensure we become even stronger by continuing to grow our membership for the next 20 years.

Michelle Hilpert

Unit Secretary, SAGH

N. Willamette Valley Seat

I’m a proud mom of three, two of whom serve in the US Army fighting to protect us all. I’ve been an SEIU member for 17 years and am proudest of our union when I see fellow members realize they have a voice and we’re all in this together.

Mark Richmond

Janitor, PHC

PHC Seat

I believe that we all deserve to work for a livable wage that includes affordable healthcare. In these days there’s only one way I know that can happen and that is to unionize. SEIU is a member-run union. That is why I am a member of the executive board.

Maria Balandran

CNA, GSRMC

GSRMC Seat

I am originally from Mexico but have lived in Oregon for the past 26 years. I’m a single mother of two young adults, aged 18 and 22. I became involved in the union two years ago when I saw adversities that my fellow coworkers were going through and was determined to find a way to help them. I hope I can improve the situations that workers are going through, such as short staffing and health insurance issues. The more that I learn from these situations allows me to help others, which is something that I have always been very passionate about.

Bill Strange, coastal seat

Bill Stange

Laboratory Tech, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital

Coast Seat

I’m excited to jump into my role as an executive board member. In this role I will advocate for fellow members and working families everywhere.

Hollie Murphy

Hollie Murphy

Protective Care Staff/CNA, Sacred Heart Medical Center

Sacred Heart Seat

I joined the Executive Bard to make a difference. I want to work for better wages for working class families who can really use it and to push Measure 97 and the Fight for $15 campaign.

Lori Quinn

Lorie Quinn

EVS, Sacred Heart Medical Center

Mid Willamette Valley Seat

As a member of the board, I hope to make a difference for those unable to stand up for themselves and for our union as a whole.

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