SEIU 503 members come together in many different ways to enrich our Union, run its operations or advise the Board of Directors. Joining a committee is a great way to get more involved in the work of SEIU 503.

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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. Get in touch by emailing us at StewardsCommittee@seiu503.org. Or learn more about becoming a steward.
Stewards Staff Advisor: Penny VanSanten
Sunflower Folkins NH Medford
Alisha Goodwin DOJ Salem
Jo Hickerson EOU LaGrande
Gary Fletcher HCW Roseburg
Shawn Holliday OSH Junction City
Tammy Tate Houdroge HCW Portland
Diana Lobo HCW Damascus
Mike Scott ODOT Grants Pass
Tifini Linford DHS/OHA Salem
Sally Comberworth HCW Cave Junction
Janet Ferris OYA Tillamook
Co-chairs: Terry Hayden HCW Corvallis
Micki Varney ODFW Salem

Civil and Human Rights Committee promotes and monitors the union’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and administers the African/American, Asian/Desi/Pacific Islander, Indigenous, Latinx, and Lavender (LGBTQA+) caucuses to build a strong power base for pursuing issues of cultural diversity. Get in touch by emailing us at CivilHumanRightsCommittee@seiu503.org. 
Civil and Human Rights Staff Advisor:  Courtney Graham Guillermo Romero as Co-Vice Chair
Ibrahim Coulibaly BOLI Junction City
Didi Crellin HCW Klamath Falls
Pam Dyer HCW Clackamas
Michele Ford DHS/OHA Salem
Betty Holladay DHS/OHA Salem
Tammy Tate Houdroge HCW Portland
Natalie Jackson CC Ashland
Khanda Jubbary DHS/OHA Hillsboro
Ann Montague Retirees Salem
Martin Ramirez DHS/OHA Medford
Coquille Rex OSU Corvallis
Lora Sylvester OSU Lebanon/Corvallis
Abyssinia Trent AFH Keizer
Joy Vegar HCW Coos Bay
Sharrone Vincent HCW Columbia Co
Brittany Williams HCW Portland
Diana Lobo HCW Damascus
Kim Cole HCW Medford
 
Caucuses of the C&HR Committee
Lavender Caucus Email: LavenderCaucus@seiu503.org Chairs: Greg Ivers and Temari Asazuki Staff Advisors: Emily Sokolski & Kyndall Mason
AFRAM Caucus Email: AFRAMCaucus@seiu503.org President:  VP: Staff Advisors: Nima Mohamed & Brian Dunnaville
Latinx Caucus Chairs: Staff Advisor: Gabe Holguin & Belinda Ochoa
Indigenous Peoples Caucus Chairs: Paula Pena and Nannette "D" Carter-Jafri Staff Advisor: Nichte Verdugo
Asian, Desi & Pacific Islander Caucus Chair: Theodora Ko Thompson Staff Advisor: Meng Chen and Andrew Kung
Womxn of Color Caucus Chairs: Emily Wang Tammy Tate Vacancy Vice-Chairs: D Carter-Jafri Paula Pena Theo Thompson Treasurers Hismelda Ivonne Ribero Secretary: Temari Asazuki Renee Watson-Taylor Staff Advisor: Luci Whitesell
 
Member Benefits Committee recommends Board action on benefit programs, policy positions on insurance programs, and maintenance, betterment and promotion of workers’ compensation benefits. Get in touch by emailing us at MemberBenefitsCommittee@seiu503.org. 
Member Benefits Staff Advisor: Rebecca Kozisek
Trudi Jackson Employment Dept Bend
Colleen Jeffrey DMV Sherwood
Allen Meyer DCBS Salem
Amy Yum HCW Milwaukie
Ken Hollenzer HCW Portland
Michael Omogrosso UO Eugene
Chair:  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. Get in touch by emailing us at WomensCouncil@seiu503.org. 
Women's Council Staff Advisor: Anandi van Diepen-Hedayat
Sherri Arias HCW K Falls
DiDi Crellin HCW K Falls
Latosha Dyson-Ridge HCW Portland
Alisha Goodwin DOJ Salem
Khanda Jubbary DHS/OHA Tigard
Theodora Ko Thompson OU Eugene
Dianna LaChance Janowski DCBS Salem
Kimberlye McDowell HCW Lebanon
Nancy Padilla Retirees S. OR Coast
Alice Redding HCW Rainier
Catherine Stearns Retirees Corvallis
Lora Sylvester OSU Corvallis/Lebanon
Abyssinia Trent AFH Keizer
Sharronne Vincent HCW Columbia Co
Brittany Williams HCW Portland
Sunflower Folkins NH Medford
Rhonda Morgan DHS/OHA Salem
Joy'e Willman HCW Portland
Michele Ford DHS/OHA Salem
Natalie Jackson CC Ashland
Coquille Rex OSU Covallis
Erin Selvey City of Springfield Springfield
Joy Vegar HCW Coos Bay/N Bend
 
Staff Screening Committee collects and reviews applications, conducts interviews and makes recommendations to the Executive Director or Department Supervisor. Get in touch with us via email at StaffScreeningCommittee@seiu503.org. 
Staff Screening Staff Advisors: Maureen Crawford
Angelica Ceja Ochoa OSH Salem
Thomas Gale-Barnard Dept of Justice Portland
Abyssinia Trent AFH Keizer
Tammy Tate Houdroge HCW Portland
Theodora Ko Thompson UO Eugene
Ron Strle NH Hood River
Civil and Human Ri
The Climate Justice Committee advocates for a green jobs future. Get in touch with us via email at ClimateChange@seiu503.org. 
Members Staff Advisor: Jay Parasco
Twila Jacobsen (Co-chair) LCOG Eugene/Springfield
Austin Folnagy Employment K Falls
Lois Yoshishige (Co-chair) UO Eugene
Carolynn Kohout HCW Hillsboro
Nancy Diamond Retiree
Mike Powers Dept of Ag Salem
Mike Scott ODOT Beaverton
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. Get in touch with us via email at FinanceCommittee503@seiu503.org. 
Finance Committee Staff Advisor: Beth Moore
Theo Ko Thompson UO Eugene
Rebecca Sandoval HCW Medford
Melissa Unger Exec Dir Statewide
Carl Nolte AFH Bend
Joy'e Willman Homecare Portland
Helen Moore Higher Ed La Grande
Bobbie Sotin HCW Coos Bay
Ibrahim Coulibaly BOLI Junction City
Andrea Kennedy-Smith DHS Hillsboro
Cristal DeJarnac HCW Central Oregon
Chair: Mary Stewart Revenue Eugene
 
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. Get in touch with us via email at RulesCommittee@seiu503.org.
Rules Staff Advisor: Shirin Khosravi
Brittany Williams HCW Portland
Catherine Stearns Retirees Corvallis
Khandra Jubbary DHS/OHA Tigard
Chair: Andrea Kennedy Smith DHS/OHA Hillsboro
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. Get in touch with us via email at MemberRepresentationCommittee@seiu503.org.
Member Representation Staff Advisor: Shirin Khosravi
Samuel Browne NH Aloha/Beaverton
Sara Campos DSH/OHA Salem
Guillermo Ramero DHS Astoria
Didi Crellin HCW K Falls
Rhonda Morgan DHS/OHA Salem
Chair: Erin Selvey City of Springfield Springfield
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. Get in touch with us via email at MemberLocalUnionOrganizingCommittee@seiu503.org. 
Member Local Organizing Staff Advisor: Vanessa Veselka
Sherri Arias HCW K Falls
Victor Becera DHS/OHA K Falls
Mark Cook HCW Keizer/Salem
Alice Redding HCW Rainier
Catherine Stearns Retirees Corvallis
Louie Vidmar UO Eugene
Heather Digregorio HCW Umatilla
 
Hardship Committee sets standards and criteria for local Hardship Committees for providing limited and short-term assistance to members. Get in touch with us via email at HardshipCommittee@seiu503.org.  Staff Advisor: Madison Hibler Chair: Steve Demarest Members: Martin Ramirez, Trudi Jackson, Julie Macon
Committee to Protect Injured Workers organizes, educates and mobilizes around the issues of workers’ compensation, insurance, safety and health. Get in touch with us via email at ProtectInjuredWorkersCommittee@seiu503.org
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. Get in touch with us via email at PensionsThriftCommittee@seiu503.org. Staff Advisor: Beth Moore   Members: Steve Demarest, Aurora Lang and Mary Stewart.
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. Get in touch with us via email at FightContractingOutCommittee@seiu503.org.
Operations Committee
Staff Advisors:  Beth Moore
Mary Stewart Revenue Eugene
Natalie Jackson HCW Medford
Johnny Earl UO Eugene
Bruce Davis Revenue Keizer

Standing Committees

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

Rules Committee

Member Representation Committee

Stewards’ Committee

Climate Justice Committee

Standing Committees by AP&P

Member Benefits Committee

Staff Screening Committee

Civil and Human Rights Committee

Member/Local Union Organizing Committee

Hardship Committee

Committee to Protect Injured Workers

Pension and Thrift Committee

Fight Contracting Out Committee

Special Councils

Women’s Council  

Special Committees

Building Committee