NOTE: President Steve Demarest serves as a non-voting ex-officio member of all Standing Committees. (Bylaws Article XIV, section 1 (f))

Union Finance Committee develops plans for adequately financing the union, presents an annual budget to the Board and regularly reviews the fiscal operation of the union.

Mary Stewart, Secretary-Treasurer, Chair*
Mike Scott, Vice President*
Helen Moore, EOU, LaGrande
Carl Nolte, AFH, Redmond
Adam Riggs, HCW, Eugene
Dan Smith, OSH, Salem
Joye Willman, HCW, Portland
Bobbie Sotin, HCW, North Bend

Staff Advisor: Jereme Grzybowski

Rules Committee promotes the consistency of rules as set forth in the Union’s Bylaws and Administrative Policies and Procedures, making recommendations to the Board on issues requiring clarification.

Mike Scott, VIce President, Chair *
Jerry Rosenkoetter, Employment, Salem
Blake Whitson, Education, Lebanon
Gina Mason, DHS OHA, Salem

Staff Advisor: Shirin Khosrovi

Member Representation Committee recommends Board action on matters concerning negotiation and representation of employees, election appeals and recall elections, allegations of a breach of the union’s duty of fair representation, internal union disputes, and contract ratification procedures.

Andy Limbird, City of Springfield, Springfield
Terry Haydon, HCW, Corvallis
Erin Selvey, City of Springfield, Eugene
Sandi Kalin, Retiree, Aurora
Dan Icklan, Oregon Dept of Parks & Rec, Bend
Gina Mason, DHS OHA, Salem, wait list

Staff Advisor: Marc Stefan

Stewards’ Committee coordinates steward activities statewide. The committee plans a biennial stewards’ conference, monitors steward training, and assists with lists, selection and replacement language, and development of councils and other steward networks.

Micki Varney, ODFW, Salem, Chair
Shamus Cooke, DHS OHA, Gresham
Tifini Linford, DHS OHA, Salem
John Taylor, UO, Eugene
Darryn Stevens, OIT, Klamath Falls (pending acceptance)
Austin Folnagy, Employment, Klamath Falls

Staff Advisor: Heather Blankenheim


Member Benefits Committee recommends Board action on benefit programs, policy positions on insurance programs, and maintenance, betterment and promotion of workers’ compensation benefits.

Twila Jacobsen, Lane County Council of Government (LCOG), Eugene, Chair,
Joye Willman, HCW, Portland
Sandi Kalin, Retiree, Aurora
Roberta Laux, Dept of Ag, Salem

Staff Advisor: Rebecca Kozisek

Staff Screening Committee collects and reviews applications, conducts interviews and makes recommendations to the Executive Director or Department Supervisor.

Janet Ferris, OYA, Tillamook, Co-Chair
Martin Ramirez, DHS OHA, Medford, Co-Chair
Theodora Ko Thompson, UO, Eugene
Taylor Bacon, Perry Center, Portland
Emily Gothard, PSU, Portland
Erin Selvey, City of Springfield, Eugene, wait list

Staff Advisor: Danica Finley

Civil and Human Rights Committee promotes and monitors the union’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and administers the Latino, the Lavender and the African/American caucuses to build a strong power base for pursuing issues of cultural diversity.

Carmen Morales-Mayoral, DHS OHA, Beaverton, Co-Chair
Johnny Earl, UO, Eugene, Co-chair
Guillermo Romero, DHA OHA, Astoria, Co-Chair
Twila Jacobsen, Lane County Council of Government (LCOG), Eugene
Ann Montague, Retirees, Salem
Benjamin Gerritz, CAP, Portland
Natalie Jackson, CC, Ashland
Leonora Rianda, OSU, Corvallis
Kassaundra West-Nichols, CC, Baker City
James Jacobson, Retirees, Eugene
Mary Hubert-Godwin, CC, Portland
Donna McKeever, ODOT, Salem
Blake Whitson, Education, Lebanon
Maleta Christian, Care Provider, Myrtle Creek
Kimberly Cole, Child Care, Medford
Robin Brandt, DHS, Salem
Diana Lobo, HCW, Damascus
Joy Vegar, HCW, Lakeside
April Macomson, DHS, Rockaway

Staff Advisor: Gabe Holguin

Lavender Caucus (open to all members)
Staff Advisor: Emily Sokolski & Kyndall Mason

AFRAM Caucus (open to all members)
Staff Advisors: Marvel Smith & Nima Mohamed

Latino Caucus (open to all members)
Staff Advisor: Chris Marquez

Member/Local Union Organizing Committee designs and supports programs in which members work on behalf of the union while on leave or release from their current employment.

Alice Redding, Chair, HCW, Rainier
Carolyn Kohout, HCW, Hillsboro
Taylor Bacon, Perry Center, Portland
Catherine Stearns, Retiree, Corvallis

Staff Advisor: Danica Finley

Hardship Committee sets standards and criteria for local Hardship Committees for providing limited and short-term assistance to members.

Donna McKeever, ODOT, Salem
Craig Johnston, ODOT, Portland

Staff Advisor: Silvia Ruiz

Committee to Protect Injured Workers organizes, educates and mobilizes around the issues of workers’ compensation, insurance, safety and health.

Theodora Ko Thompson, UO, Eugene
Donna McKeever, ODOT, Salem
Craig Johnston, ODOT, Portland

Staff Advisor: TBD

Pension and Thrift Committee includes two members who help monitor the plan implementation and pension funds investment of the SEIU Local 503, OPEU staff Retirement Plan.

Steve Demarest, President
Mary Stewart, Secretary-Treasurer

Staff Advisor: Linda DeLauder

Fight Contracting Out Committee is charged with developing expertise in how to fight privatization and acts as a rapid response team to assist in fighting any contracting out efforts.

Kassaundra West-Nichols, CC, Baker City
Carolyn Kohout, HCW, Hillsboro

Staff Advisor: TBD


Women’s Council plans conferences and institutes information, research, and lobbying programs that address issues of particular interest to the women of our union. This committee is comprised of members and a Chairperson appointed by the President and approved by the Board.

Betty Holladay, Chair, DHS OHA, Salem
Tifini Linford, DHS OHA, Salem
Joy Vegar, HCW, Lakeside
Bobbie Sotin, HCW, North Bend (pending acceptance)

Staff Advisor: Amy Truax


A Special Committee is a committee established by General Council or the Board for a specific purpose on a temporary basis, with its duration determined by the Board.

Operational Audit Committee is charged with operational audits, reviews, and other investigations as the Board deems necessary to assure that resources and assets are used efficiently and effectively.

Carmen Morales-Mayoral, DHS OHA, Beaverton
Carl Nolte, AFH, Redmond
Dan Smith, OSH, Salem
Emily Gothard, PSU, Portland

Staff Advisor: TBD

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