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Labor Staff

 To contact the Economic & General Welfare department, send an e-mail here or contact the individual staff members below:


Alan D. Yoder, JD
Assistant Executive Director for Labor Relations
Phone: (503) 293-0011 ext. 302
Before becoming the Assistant Executive Director for Labor Relations, Alan Yoder was ONA’s in-house attorney 2000 to July, 2015. During that time he represented ONA in Unfair Labor Practice proceedings and arbitrations, gave general legal advice to ONA’s membership and staff, negotiated collective-bargaining agreements, and assisted with ONA’s extensive legislative agenda. Prior to his work at ONA, Mr. Yoder worked for a boutique employment law firm and represented workers in class action suits for unpaid wages. He completed law school at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and ClarkCollege in 1998 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1994. Mr. Yoder also co-authored the chapter on Unfair Labor Practices for the 2011 revision of the Oregon State Bar’s "Labor and Employment Law: Private Sector treatise."

Whitney Wong, BA, PHR
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (503) 293-0011 ext. 325
Whitney Wong joined ONA in October 2014 working for the E&GW department. Previous to coming to ONA she worked in human resources as a generalist, benefits specialist and recruiter. In October 2015 she moved into the Executive Coordinator role. She assists Alan Yoder, Associate Executive Director of Labor Relations and Minh Nguyen, Director of Organizing. She also manages and coordinates the administration for the E&GW department. She is a native Oregonian and is happy to be working to help strengthen the profession of nursing through union membership and participation in her home state.
Gary Aguiar, BA, MS, PhD
Labor Relations Representative
Phone: (503) 444-0690
Gary Aguiar joined ONA in January 2015 as a labor relations representative. Prior to joining ONA, Gary Aguiar was an academic. He was most recently employed for 16 years as a professor of political science at South Dakota State University. In that capacity, Gary taught and researched U.S. politics, specifically women’s political participation as well as civic engagement and political organizations at the community level. During that time, he was also active in the faculty labor union in many capacities, including state president, where he served as chief negotiator for a particularly contentious and lengthy round of negotiations. Gary also has extensive experience in leadership development and political advocacy. Born and raised in Hawai'i, he walked his first strike line at the age of 8 and canvassed for a state legislative candidate when he was 16; he was twice a candidate for the city council of Brookings, SD. Gary earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University at Bloomington, a B.A. in political science from the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Susan Bruce, RN
Labor Relations Representative
Phone: (541) 261-8359
Susan Bruce, RN, joined the ONA in February 2010 as a labor relations representative. She has worked at Providence Medford Medical Center as a registered nurse in the CCU since 1995 where she earned the 2005 PMMC Employee of the Year award. Before joining ONA, Susan spent a year working on the Providence Medford Medical Center nurses' organizing campaign leading up to their first contract.
Amber Cooper
Labor Relations Representative
Phone: (503) 293-0011 ext 308
Amber Cooper, BA joined ONA in 2016 as a labor representative. Before joining ONA, she spent twelve years as a steward, union officer, local president, and worked as local staff and lead negotiator for the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation at University of Oregon (UO), and before that at University of Michigan (UM), University of Illinois-Chicago, and University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. While in higher education organizing, she helped with eight contract campaigns, yearly organizing drives, political organizing, and contract enforcement. While at UM, she helped organize a historic disability rights campaign securing a specially designated fund, and winning significant improvements in workplace accommodations. She also helped with an organizing drive to attempt to gain collective bargaining rights for research assistants at UM. Most recently she acted as lead negotiator during UO's 8-day strike, winning over four weeks of paid parental and sick leave, ending all layoffs for low enrollment and securing a 10% wage increase over 2 years. Amber was born and raised in Portland, OR but went to undergrad at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa before beginning her grand tour of the midwest. In her spare time she competes for a world champion roller derby team, the Rose City Rollers.
Sam Gieryn, JD
Labor Relations Representative
Phone: (503) 293-0011 ext 350
Sam Gieryn, JD, is a labor relations representative at ONA. He has an extensive background managing programs and representing clients on behalf of unions and other nonprofit organizations. Sam worked as a Staff Representative and Organizer for AFSME for eight years and for approximately five years with Wisconsin Citizen Action as an Organizer. His professional resume reflects a strong history of Organizing, Collective Bargaining, Contract Administrations, Litigations, Local Union Administration, Legislative and Political Action. Sam has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin and a Law Degree from Marquette University Law School.  
Melissa Hopkins, BS, CCH
Program Assistant, Labor Relations
Phone: (503) 293-0011 ext. 323
Melissa Hopkins has been the program assistant in the Economic & General Welfare (Labor Relations) department since January, 2010. She spent 3.5 years in the ONA Professional Services department. She supported continuing education, NPO, OCCNS, Scholarships (including ONF), Cabinet on Nursing Practice, survey management & maintained the ONA library. Prior to ONA, Melissa worked in the private education sector as a senior admissions, student manager, counselor and as a director advising over 1000 students about continuing education credits, certifications & degrees. She has a Bachelor of Business Information Systems Management & Advanced Certification Clinical Hypnotherapy.

Laura Lay
Labor Relations Representative
Phone: (41) 521-2139
Bio coming soon

Seth Mooney
Labor Relations Representative
Phone: (503) 293-0011 ext 328
Seth Mooney joined ONA as a labor relations representative in June 2015. Seth stumbled into union organizing and representational work two decades ago, and has spent the bulk of the time since working with caregivers in acute care settings, both urban and rural. Most, and the best of that work, has been with and for RNs. At this point he feels he could convince anyone who isn't an RN that he is an RN, though he's not. Though he can't pic a line, he's very good at and far more prone to politely winning arguments, which is why he studied rhetoric at UC Berkeley. The RN's patient advocacy role, a role doctors can't even claim, is his reason for focusing on nurse advocacy. Nurses are the only people in the health care milieu advocating for us as patients, and that keeps them overwhelmingly busy. They need their own advocates. That's us.
Liz Morris, BA
Labor Relations Representative
Phone: (503) 293-0011 ext 319
Liz Morris, BA, joined ONA as a labor relations representative in 2016. Prior to coming to ONA, Liz worked as a labor organizer and trainer with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for 12 years. She is originally from Atlanta, GA. When not at work, Liz spends time with her son, who is the cutest kid in the world..

Jaime Newman, BS
Labor Relations Representative
Phone: (503) 293-0011 ext. 331
Jaime is a labor relations representative at ONA. Jaime has over 16 years experience working in the health care industry, first as a health care worker and then as union staff. She is originally from Indiana where she received her bachelor's in labor relations and then went on to pursue a master's in labor relations at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Jaime has worked with unions in Oregon and California and is a seasoned labor organizer.

Courtney Niebel, BA
Labor Relations Representative
Phone: (503) 560-4668
Courtney Niebel joined the ONA in 2005 as an Organizer. She has assisted in organizing several unrepresented facilities including Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Providence Home Health nurses and Providence St. Vincent per diem nurses in Portland. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in english and political science from California State University, East Bay.

Rob Nosse, BA
Labor Relations Representative
Phone: (503) 293-0011 ext. 318
Rob Nosse is a labor representative at ONA.  He has been doing union organizing and representation work since 1996.  Before coming to ONA he worked at a non-nursing health care union and did a lot of work with the Coalition of Unions and the Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership. 

Jocelyn Pitman, BS
Labor Relations Representative
Phone: (503) 293-0011 ext. 320
Jocelyn Pitman, BS, joined ONA in 2016. Prior to coming to ONA, she worked at OFNHP, representing and organizing a variety of health care professionals, predominately RNs at Kaiser Permanente. She has over 12 years of community and union organizing ranging from accretion bargaining, wage and benefit bargaining, steward training, managing campaigns, handling complex disability cases, advanced grievance handling, arbitration preparation, and a variety of discipline cases. She received a Cesar Chavez Human Rights award for a successfully run workplace bullying campaign in 2010. She graduated from Portland State with a BS in Social Science. She has worked in health care in California, which is where she was raised. She has been a Portland resident since 2001. In her spare time she enjoys reading suspense novels, running and spending time with her family.

Ateusa Salemi, RN
Labor Relations Representative
Phone: (541) 571-8552
Ateusa Salemi, BS, RN, CWCN, joined ONA as a labor relations representative in 2014 after practicing as an RN and Wound/Ostomy care nurse at a rural critical access hospital and a larger regional medical center. She began her nursing career in 2007 and has been an ONA member since day one. She has served her local Bargaining Unit both as a local unit rep and as a member of the Negotiations Team. She received ONA’s Rising Star award for 2010 and her Bargaining Team was awarded the 2010 Adversity Award after they successfully led their BU through a challenging contract negotiation. She was appointed to the Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare in 2012. She has also served at the statewide level as a convention delegate. Ateusa has a long background with both nursing and labor, walking a picket line at a young age with her mother during a nursing strike. Ateusa lives in Eastern Oregon with her husband and 5 children.

Lori Shott, RN
Labor Relations Representative
Phone: (541) 294-9326
Lori Shott, RN, joined ONA as a labor relations representative in 2015. Lori became an RN in 2003 and has been practicing at Bay Area Hospital since 2007, starting in labor and delivery nurse and then working in clinical informatics. In her time at Bay Area, she was very active in the bargaining unit, serving in many executive team roles including secretary, vice-chair and most recently as chair. She has been on the negotiation team for three contract negotiations. Lori also spent a short time on the ONA Cabinet on E&GW before becoming a labor relations representative. She was born and raised in Coos County and is proud to help represent the nurses in the area.

Maureen Smith, MS
Labor Relations Representative
Phone: (541) 726-0772
Maureen Smith is a labor relations representative for ONA. Maureen started with ONA in 2007 and prior to that was a labor organizer with Service Employees International, Local 503 for eleven years. Maureen received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Indiana University and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the University of Oregon in 1995. She got her start in the labor movement at the Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the U of O where she worked for two years.

Claire Syrett, BA
Labor Relations Representative
Phone: (541) 953-7736
Claire Syrett joined ONA in December of 2014. Claire brings a wealth of union and community organizing and advocacy experience to her role as labor relations representative. She served two years as the executive director of a Eugene based non-profit working to prevent childhood obesity and five years as the field organizer and then field director for the ACLU of Oregon. Claire also worked as an organizer for the Eugene/ Springfield Solidarity Network/Jobs with Justice and Lane Community College Education Association, and as a bargaining cadre for the Oregon Education Association. Claire is a dedicated union activist with a long history of working to build labor power. She was chosen as the Emerging Labor Leader by the Lane County Central Labor Council in 2004.
In addition to her ONA positon, Claire is an active community member currently serving her first term as Eugene City Councilor for Ward 7 where she led the successful effort to pass an earned paid sick time ordinance covering all workers in the city of Eugene. In her free time, Claire serves on the board of directors for the Network for Reproductive Options and also enjoys hiking and birding throughout western and central Oregon with her husband and their dogs.

Sarah Thompson, BA
Labor Relations Representative
Phone: (503) 293-0011 ext. 321
Sarah joined ONA as a labor relations representative in 2013. Originally from Texas, she has considered herself an Oregonian since 1989 and received her bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from Portland State University. Sarah has over 12 years’ experience as union staff, representing both nursing and non-RN health care units all over the country and is a seasoned organizer and negotiator.



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