Stacy Chamberlain joined Oregon AFSCME Council 75 as a council representative in 2005. Stacy currently serves as the Executive Director, prior to this appointment she served the Council as Collective Bargaining Director and Associate Director. In 2016 the delegates at the International Convention elected Stacy as a International Vice President.
Prior to her work with AFSCME, Stacy worked as a legislative aide to a State Senator in the Oregon Legislature. Before graduating Law School from Willamette University, Stacy clerked at the United States Attorney's Office. She later worked as an associate at a labor law firm in Portland and was a senior policy advisor to a former Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard.
A Portland native, she brings with her a deep knowledge of labor and politics in Oregon. In May of 2013, Stacy was appointed to the Public Employee Benefit Board and currently serves on the Oregon AFL-CIO Executive Board.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4142
Joe Baessler joined the Oregon AFSCME staff in 2006. A native of the Midwest, prior to joining AFSCME Baessler worked on the staffs of Gov. Ted Kulongoski, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Multnomah County Commissioner Lisa Naito, among others. He is also a co-founder of the Oregon Bus Project. Baessler graduated from Michigan State University in 1997 and has a law degree from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. Baessler and his wife, Sarah, have two young children.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4135
Kate Baker has been a Council Representative since 2008. Prior to joining the union staff, she was a longtime member-leader at Local 1995 (Multnomah ESD), and was the local union president during Local 1995's two-week strike in 2007. Baker is now one of the union reps for Local 328 (OHSU), where she supports employees in the School of Medicine, Facilities and Public Safety, and is active with the local's PEOPLE in Action Committee and the steward system, as well as several other joint union-OHSU committees.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4141
Susana Betancourt joined Oregon AFSCME in March of 2017. Prior to that Susana spent 10 years working at Multnomah County Health Department. She is originally from Mexico, is learning Portuguese, enjoys the outdoors, and likes to code.
Phone: (503) 239-9858 ext 4147
Andy Chavira has been a Council Representative since 2013. Prior to that, he spent several years with AFSCME International as a Field Representative in the national union's Organizing Department, covering an assignment area that spanned 20 states. A native of the Tucson area, Chavira is a University of Arizona graduate. Away from the office, he enjoys hanging out with his wife, Council 75 Political Coordinator Eva Rippeteau, and their young son.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4157
Council Representative and Organizer
Kathy Formella joined Oregon AFSCME in January 2017. A native of Missouri, Formella ventured to Oregon to attend collage at Willamette University, where she obtained a degree in Sociology. After college, she worked for Basic Rights Oregon on LGBTQ rights, racial justice, economic justice, and variety of other issues. Formella has experience with multiple campaign, including the affordable housing bond measure, driver's cards for undocumented immigrants, and the freedom to marry. In her free time, she enjoys theatre, game nights, and karaoke. Sometimes she sings to herself... a lot.
Phone: (503) 891-9533
Field Services Director
Andy Friedman was hired as the union's Field Services Director in 2014. For 16 years prior to working with AFSCME, Friedman worked as an Organizer on the East Coast and in the Midwest for SEIU International, and for SEIU locals in Pennsylvania and New York City as a Union Representative. Se habla Espanol.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4143
Gloria Iraheta Gonzalez has been a Council 75 staffer since 2009. She works both in the Organizing Department and also as a part-time Council Representative for Local 132 (Child Care Providers). Prior to joining AFSCME Gonzalez worked 14 years with the Hotel Employees Restaurant Employees Local 9. Gonzalez is a native of El Salvador; she came to the United States in 1982. Gonzalez graduated from Portland State in 1994. She has four children, one is deceased. In her spare time Gonzalez likes to read poetry, listen to music and dance.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4148
Ross Grami has worked for the council since 2014. Prior to joining AFSCME he was an Internal Organizer with the Service Employees International Union. A native of Oregon, Grami grew up in Coos County and attended the University of Oregon. Away from work, Grami enjoys the great outdoors and watching the Trail Blazers. He and his partner, Victoria, live in SW Portland.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4119
Doug Lantz joined Council 75 in 2014 intent to get back to his roots in organizing. He began his union career organizing private sector health care workers and then transitioned to a union representative position, representing workers and negotiating contracts in both the public and private sector. After several years as a rep, he is happy to be at Oregon AFSCME and pursue his passion for organizing new members.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4145
Seth Moore has been a Council Representative since 2013. Prior to working for AFSCME, Moore spent four years as an organizer for the Service Employees International Union and has previous experience with environmental non-profits and political campaigns. A native of Pennsylvania, Moore grew up outside of Reading and graduated from Boston University in 2005. Away from the office, Moore likes to read, backpack and rock climb. Moore is also a big Philadelphia Eagles fan, anxiously awaiting their first Super Bowl victory.
Phone: (541) 276-0762, Ext. 4421
Bao Nguyen began working as an Oregon AFSCME Council Representative in 2015. Prior to joining AFSCME, Nguyen spent three years with the Service Employees International Union Local 503 in Oregon. A native of Portland, Nguyen is a graduate of the University of Portland.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4113
Ross began working at Oregon AFSCME in June 2016. Hailing from Massachusetts, Ross spent over eight years with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1459 and prior to that over twenty years with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 448. Ross lives in the Portland area and enjoys cycling.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4116
Micaela began working as a Council Representative in June 2016. She brings with her a rich history of organizing and advocating for social, economic, and racial justice. Prior to joining Oregon AFSCME, she was working for the Oregon Food Bank as a Food Justice Organizer in Clackamas County. Before moving to Oregon in 2014, Micaela was the Organizing Director at the Coalition for Economic Justice/Jobs with Justice in Buffalo, NY. There she worked closely with unions, community organizations, and faith institutions for over 8 years. Micaela is a native of New Jersey but has made Portland her home.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4138
AFSCME Organizing Director
Corey Hope Nicholson
Corey Hope Nicholson has been the AFSCME Strong Program Manager since October 2015. Nicholson worked for almost a decade for 1199 SEIU running campaigns to organize over 5,000 new workers into the union. Prior to that, she was the Program Director of the North Shore (Mass.) Labor Council, AFL-CIO. She also served as the board co-chair of the New England Jewish Labor Committee, on the board of the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development, and as a regular trainer and mentor to young organizers with the Jewish Organizing Initiative Network. A native of Denver, Nicholson lives in Portland with her husband, Zev Nicholson and their young son General.
Eben joined the staff of Council 75 in 2013 and his current assignment includes Local 88 at Multnomah County and Local 1569 at the City of Newberg. Prior to joining the staff at AFSCME, he worked for affiliates of the American Federation of Teachers and Service Employees International Union for fourteen years organizing new workers into unions, bargaining contracts and supporting local unions to advance their mission to improve the lives of their members. Eben and his wife Amanda have two boys and live in NE Portland.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4156
Eva Rippeteau has been with the Council as a Political Coordinator since 2010. Before that, she bounced back and forth between AFSCME — either the Council or the International — and working as a legislative assistant at the Oregon Legislature. Rippeteau covers a variety of issues for the union including early learning, IDD, public health, housing and other human services. When not at work, Rippeteau enjoys spending time with her family doing outdoor activities.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4120
A native Pennsylvanian, Vehafric came to Oregon AFSCME in 1992. After a brief stay in Portland, he spent six years staffing the Ontario field office before returning to Willamette Valley assignments. Vehafric has two undergraduate and a Master’s Degree from Penn State. His father was a union Steelworker, and Vehafric was chief steward of his Corrections local in Pennsylvania before moving west. He worked as a labor consultant for a Portland law firm before coming to AFSCME. Vehafric enjoys backpacking, writing and fly-fishing away from the office. Vehafric and his wife, Emily, live in Sherwood. They have two adult children.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4112
Rob Wheaton began his Council Representative position in the union’s Portland office in 2007. Wheaton came to Council 75 following three years as a field representative for Laborers Local 483 in Portland; AFSCME and the Laborers share some crossover jurisdictions at both the City of Portland and Metro. Born in Arizona, Wheaton graduated high school in Las Vegas and has been in Oregon since 1993. Away from work, Wheaton likes to spend time “on the river” — specifically kayaking, rafting and fishing. He lives in SE Portland.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4129
Dennis Ziemer started as a Council Representative in 2015. Prior to coming to AFSCME, Ziemer worked with the American Federation of Teachers for over 23 years — first as an AFT state rep in New Mexico then 20 years as a national rep across the country, mostly working in public employee (non-teacher) locals. Ziemer attended high school and college in New Mexico; he has lived in SW Portland since 2005 with wife Karen. Away from office Ziemer enjoys visiting national parks, playing guitar and being home with his wife, two dogs and a cat.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4117