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    PRESIDENT

    AUTUMN DAVID

    Hello, my name is Autumn David I have been a child care provider since 1996. I run a certified child care home in Salem, Oregon. In 2003, I received my Associates of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice. I thought I would want to go into the Criminal Justice field but decided to continue my child care business. I have also received step 10 in the Oregon registry.

    I have enjoyed being a provider because I am able to be with my child care children as well as being home with my own children. I have a lovely husband, four children and five granddaughters. My sons are both 26 years old and my daughters are 33 years old and 19 years old. In my free time, I enjoy going to church and attending my family’s sports activities.

    I joined AFSCME because I have seen how much they have helped providers and I love being with people who are so supportive. I think it is important to be involved and know what is going on in the child care field. I love having a voice that directly affects my business.




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    503-990-3273
    1ST VICE PRESIDENT
    DONNA SCHINDLER

    2ND VICE PRESIDENT

    ELISHIAH DAVID

    Hello. My name is Elishiah David. I was one of the youngest members of CCPT. I've been working in Child Care since I was 15. I have been a guest at several International Conventions; as well as a delagate on the floor. I'm a step 7 on the Oregon Registry. I am part of the Next Wave committee and I love being part of the union as well as growing up in it. I have decided to become 2nd vice president to further my experience and commitment to our local.




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    5035803164
    SECRETARY TREASURER

    RENEE WEHREND

    Hi, my name is Renee Wehrend. I have been happily married to my husband, Bill, for 27 years and we have two amazing children (Katie, who is 25 and Brandon who is 23). Katie will be making us first time grandparents in January, 2012. I have been involved in the wonderful world of child care for over 25 years. While still in college, I worked in a child care center and did practicums in early childhood education at both Lane Community College and Oregon State University. After graduation, I was director/program coordinator of two large child care centers in California for five years. When we moved back to Oregon, I wanted to be my own boss and be home with my children, so I started my own child care business in 1991. We have both a certified family child care and a registered family child care called Home Away From Home Child Care. My daughter, Katie, recently graduated from Oregon State with a degree in Early Childhood Education and is now my business partner. We enjoy the special bond we establish while working with children and their families. Our specialty is taking infants at a young age and continuing to provide quality care for them until they start middle school. Several of our kids, who grew up with us are now in high school and work for our program. I have taught child care classes for Chemeketa Community College and Child Care Information Service. I have been involved in Portland State University’s mentoring program and served as President and/or Treasurer for both Salem OAEYC and Salem Home Child Care Association. I think our union provides many important advantages for our providers, including: strength in numbers, support, and a unified voice.




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    RECORDING SECRETARY
    NICOLE HANDEL

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    SOUTH VALLEY REGIONAL DIRECTOR
    MICHELLE NEWMAN




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    CENTRAL REGIONAL DIRECTOR
    KIM HESS

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    EASTERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR
    VACANT




    NORTHERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR
    SABI VELASCO

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    503-649-2350
    NORTH VALLEY REGIONAL DIRECTOR

    GABRIELA BAILEY

    Teaching is my calling in life. It is my true passion, and one I’ve been fortunate to get to do this since 2006. I’ve always loved teaching, and I’ve always loved working with children. Combining the two was, and continues to be, a perfect fit.

    I moved to the Portland area in July 2012 from my sunny hometown of San Diego and opened the doors to Stepping Stones Academy in August 2014. I first began my teaching career there in San Diego, starting as a teacher’s aide while studying to earn my degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Sacred Heart Academy, an esteemed K-12 private academy in the local community, approached me several years later with an exciting challenge: To create a new preschool — built entirely from scratch — and then serve as its Program Director. The preschool flourished!

    I strongly believe it takes a village to raise a child. As parents and educators, we are the children’s starting foundations in learning, and it’s my goal to help you in building a strong foundation for your child to be successful later in life.

    When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 wonderful children. We love exploring the city together and finding new sushi bars to enjoy. When we can, we also like to escape the city and spend time camping in Oregon’s beautiful, natural landscape.




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    VALLEY REGIONAL DIRECTOR

    SHANNA ALDIS

    My name is Shanna Aldis i am a Certified Child Care in Salem for 25 years.  The position I have held for the last 7 years is the Valley Regional Director.  I have 6 adult children and my youngest still at home.  My life is very busy and exciting with my new marriage, children, grandchildren and our church.
    My achievements include receiving my Infant/Toddler and Preschool Completion of Certificates from Chemeketa Community College.  I have also achieved Step 9.5 on the Oregon Registry and Star 3 in the SPARKS Program.  I am continuing my education to receive my ECE degree.
    I joined AFSCME Child Care Providers Together when we first started organizing.  Our union has helped me in so many ways, especially in giving us rights and respect as professional child care providers. 




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    TRUSTEE
    LENA PEREZ

    TRUSTEE

    HEATHER SCHONES

    Hola, my name is Heather Schones. I have been a child care provider for 8 years. I am a step 10 in the Oregon registry and working on my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at OSU. I run a dual language certified in-home childcare is South Salem and am 5-star rated. I work with Early Head Start and Preschool Promise.

    I became a child care provider to be able to stay home with my children and over the years the business has continued to grow. I have 4 children of my own ranging from age 19 to 3 years old. I love watching them play sports. My son is actively involved in football and my baby is soon to start sports. My oldest has finished school and is working and my 16-year-old is working on her IB level classes before she heads off to college. I volunteer at my children’s school and enjoy helping out in the class.

    I joined AFSCME to be a part of the change. To work with amazing people that go to work every day to better the lives and careers of childcare providers. They help fight for our rights and wages to make a living taking care life’s greatest treasures. Over the last few years we have made progress by leaps and bounds, and I am honored to be a part of it.




    TRUSTEE
    ERENDIRA MUNOZ

    STAFF REPRESENTATIVE
    GLORIA GONZALEZ

    Gloria is originally from El Salvador, Central America. In 1983, she came as a political refugee, to Seattle Washington. Gloria is a proud mother of three children and four grandchildren.

    She earned a Business Administration Degree and worked as an accountant assistant.She earned a Bachelor Degree in Science-Sociology from Portland State University and an Associated Degree in Accounting from Portland Community College. Gloria was very involved in the labor movement in the 70s and 80s.

    Gloria has been working for the last four years at AFSCME Council 75, Organizing Department, and beginning March 2013, she started representing Oregon Child Care Providers Together, ARAMARK at PSU, and Rainbow Adult Living.

    Gloria has been fighting for working families rights for over 30 years. She is proud to have worked doing grassroots community organizing, as well as, Labor representation. For 10 years, she was the President and for 14 years Union Representative of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees-UNITE HERE Local 9 in Oregon. She also has participated in numerous trainings of the Employees Health and Pension Benefits Plans.

    For several years she conducted a radio program called “la Onda Latina” ( The Latino Wave) at KBOO community radio and for a couple of years served on the Executive Board of KBOO. Presently she serves on the Executive Board, of The Oregon Fair Trade Campaign-ORFTC and the AFL-CIO constituent group LCLAA- Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.

    As a Child Care Representative, she will serve the Counties of Multnomah, Washington, Columbia, and Eastern Oregon.

    Gloria es originaria de El Salvador, Centro America, ella obtuvo un bachillerato en Administracion de Empresas y trabajaba como Asistente de Contador. Gloria estuvo bien envuelta en el movimiento laboral en los años 70s y comienzo de los 80s. En 1983 ella vino a Seattle WA. Como refugiada politica.

    Gloria ha trabajado por los ultimos cuatro años en el Departamento de Organizacion de AFSCME Consejo 75, y justo comenzando Marzo 2013 ella comenzara a representar a los/las Proveedoras/res Juntos del Cuidado de Niños, ARAMARK PSU, and Rainbow Adult Living (Raimbow Vivienda para adultos).

    Ella tiene una licenciatura en Ciencias-Sociologia de la Universidad de Portland y tambien un asociado en contabilidad del Collegio Comunitario de Portland.

    Gloria ha luchado por mas de 30 años defendiendo los derechos de las familias trabajadoras. Ella esta muy orgullosa de haber trabajado organizando en las comunidades como tambien hacienda trabajo de representacion laboral. Por 10 años fue la Presidenta y por 14 años la representante syndical de los Trabajadores de los Hoteles y Trabajadores de Restaurantes -UNITE HERE Local 9 de Oregon. Ella tambien ha participado en muchos entrenamientos sobre los planes de Beneficio de la Salud y pension de Retiro.

    Por muchos años condujo el programa de radio “la Onda Latina” de la radio comunitaria KBOO y por un par de ños sirvio en la mesa directive de KBOO.  En estos momentos ella es miembro de las mesas directivas de campaña justa por Tratados de Comercio Justo de Oregon –ORFTC  del grupo contituyente de la AFL-CIO/LCLAA (Consejo Laboral par el avanze de los Latinoamercanos).

    Como Representante de Child Care ella servira los Condados de Multnomah, Washington, Columbia, y Eastern Oregon.




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    503-891-4831
    STAFF REPRESENTATIVE

    ANNELIESE SHEAHAN

    Greetings Child Care Providers of Oregon!

    I’d like to thank everyone for the warm Oregon welcome!  My name is Anneliese (Sheahan).  Many of you have already met me (maybe more than once) at the Annual Child Care Conference in Salem (I have been to 7) or at other union conferences/conventions. Every year it got harder and harder to fly back to Wisconsin and I kept promising that one day, I would never have to leave. Lucky for me, Council 75 decided to hire me as the Child Care Staff Representative. I now get to call Oregon home! 

    I have been a family child care provider for more than 15 years. Although I closed my child care programs to move here, I will always, at heart, be a family child care provider. I loved the work. The kids. The whole thing. I won’t miss the regs though. Won’t miss the unannounced visits either. (I’m sure you all know what I mean.) And, I won’t have any of my outlets covered. I am going to leave a bottle of Tequila in the door of the fridge. I will be leaving scissors lay about, and yes, I will be leaving the knives on the counter next to the sink, just kidding! Only a family child care provider would understand the joy in this.

    I have 3 kids with my husband Zack. We will all be settled in Gladstone by the end of May along with our dog, three cats, three lizards and a box turtle. I look forward to taking my kids whale watching and to visit Mount Hood.  

    While living in Wisconsin, I had been teaching early childhood classes at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, Wisconsin, since 2010, and will be rolling out many new fresh and entertaining as well as educational trainings here in Oregon in the coming weeks. Be sure to check in from time to time to see what is available. I will be out and about in many of your communities – and will be setting up set 3 trainings and membership meetings around the state.

    For the last decade I have been organizing the child care unions in Wisconsin (we had two under the AFSCME umbrella) and I served as the child care representative (code word for volunteer staff) for the last 6 years or so. In Wisconsin, I litigated cases that went to administrative hearings against their OCC and DHS (collectively known as DCF) and worked on all issues child care including the QRIS, subsidy, including audit meetings, CACFP, certification and licensing, early head start, 4K, and accreditation. I helped the child care local build coalitions to fight harmful legislation and rule making. 

    I have a passion for helping child care providers grow their businesses, grow their programs, grow professionally and raise their voice through collective power and by standing together. I look forward to working with all of you to build a stronger, more successful family child care workforce here in Oregon, organized under CCPT and to putting my skills, experience and passion to work here for you. I am trying to hit the ground running but could certainly use your help – I would love to hear from each and every one of you – and I hope to have a chance very soon to meet everyone face-to-face.

    Anneliese  -- 503-508-2287  




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    503-508-2287
    Political Coordinator

    EVA RIPPETEAU

    Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed, Council 75 Political Coordinator, Eva Rippeteau, to Oregon's Early Learning Council (ELC), as created by HB 4165, in the 2012, legislative session. The ELC is the age 0-5 portion of the governor's education reform plan, to align education from age 0 through college.

    The ELC assumed a variety of duties and responsibilities, as outlined in HB 4165, on July 1 — including the assumption of duties previously held by the Commission for Child Care and the Oregon Commission on Children and Families, both of which, expired June 30, 2012. In addition, the ELC has the responsibility to serve, as Oregon's official State Advisory Council on the Education and Care for Children, as required under the Federal Head Start Act.

    Rippeteau, has worked as a political coordinator, for Oregon AFSCME Council 75 covering child care, FMLA, and other issues in the Legislature since September 2010. In her role, at Oregon AFSCME, she represents over 250 Head Start workers, more than 3,000 licensed, in-home child care providers, MESD employees and hundreds of county and private non-profit employees who work with families with children age 0-5.

    "I am honored to have been appointed by the governor to the Early Learning Council to be a voice for the people, who do the, day-to-day work, of caring for our children and helping families connect with crucial services in the State," said Rippeteau.

    Not coincidentally, Rippeteau worked HB 4165 during February's legislative mini-session.

    "When the bill first came out, there were issues that needed to be addressed, including clarifying definitions on Head Start standards, extending timelines for the county commissions on children and families and clarifying what was meant by 'quality' child care," said Rippeteau, that last item of importance to AFSCME Local 132 (Child Care Providers) members. "The governor's office and State Rep. Tina Kotek (D-Portland), the bill sponsor, were responsive to the concerns, brought forward and got the bill amended. We supported the amended bill and helped it pass."

    In addition to Rippeteau, the other members of the new Early Learning Council include Vikki Bishop, Early Childhood Education Program Manager, Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde; Kim Williams, Director of North Central ESD Early Education; Harriet Adair, Regional Administrator, Portland Public Schools; Nancy Latini, Deputy Superintendent, Oregon Department of Education; Lynne Saxton, Executive Director, Christie Care-Youth Villages of Oregon; Jim Tierney, Executive Director, Community Action Team; Dana Hargunani, Child Health Director, Oregon Health Authority; Dell Ford, Oregon Head Start Collaboration Director; and Kara Waddell, Administrator, Oregon Child Care Division.




    Childcare Organizer

    Aimee Olin
    Aimee Olin is originally from New England and moved to Portland OR in 2007 to become the Northwest Regional Director of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), a membership organization of low and moderate income working families working to improve access to housing, healthcare, quality education and basic needs. As an organizer with ACORN, Aimee worked with the leadership and members to win key victories including preventing $4 million in cuts to early learning, nurses, and guidance counselor programs in schools in Providence RI and the passage of a consumer protection law in Oregon giving more rights to families who were struggling with mortgage default and foreclosure. Before joining AFSCME Council 75, Aimee was the Community Engagement Manager for 211info where she conducted community presentations to service providers and community members on how to find resources, programs and services for individuals and families in need in Oregon. Before moving to the Northwest, Aimee worked and volunteered in a childcare center and a family based childcare home. Aimee is excited to join all her past experience and put it to good use recruiting new members to the child care union and supporting childcare providers in the region.


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    503.504.4182

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