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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

    SUE MACKEY

    I am a registered provider from Salem and have been doing child care in my home since 1995. As a child, caring for children is the only thing I wanted to do and my earliest jobs were working with children in a variety of areas. I started my business because I enjoy being a person who makes a difference in the lives of the children who pass through the doors of my home.

    In 2004, a woman knocked at my door and talked to me about the union. She asked me if I thought providers needed a voice at the table, to be treated with respect & if I thought we needed a raise in the subsidy rates. Well of course, I said "yes". That started my work with AFSCME. I was at the first meeting in the State with providers when discussing whether we wanted a union representing us and was on the Steering Committee that started all the ground work for what is now our Local.

    I believe in what AFSCME has done for providers in Oregon. One of the biggest things I felt passion for, in the beginning, was that providers needed to be treated with respect and to be seen as the professionals we are. I think that with the help of AFSCME we have received those things. We have gained a voice and much needed respect with Legislators and others in the child care profession. I enjoy meeting and talking with providers from around the State and around the country and love to represent providers in whatever activity I am participating in.

    I have a wonderful husband, who I have been with for 20 years. We don’t have children of our own but, have helped raise 15 nieces and nephews who are a very important part of our lives, as well as, a very large extended family. When I am not doing child care, or my work with our union, I am the Volunteer Coordinator for The World Beat Festival and I am the team captain for a Relay For Life Team. I love listening to music and hanging out with my family and friends. I look forward to continuing my work with Oregon Child Care Providers, AFSCME Council 75 and Local 132.




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    2ND VICE PRESIDENT

    PENELOPE JONES VAUGHN

    My name is Penelope Jones-Vaughn and I am honored to be part of the AFSCME Board. I have a Master’s Degree in Education and after spending 35 years, as a Special Education Teacher, I can’t imagine my life without the joy of spending time with young children. I laugh and learn with them every day!

    Now in my 10th year as a Certified provider, I know from experience that AFSCME helps everyone: providers, families and children. We all have skills to contribute and when we work together, we have a stronger voice for children and for the providers who care for them every day.




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    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
    BRANDY PARKISON

    SOUTH VALLEY REGIONAL DIRECTOR

    SHELBY SHAW

    Shelby Shaw is a 2002 graduate of the University Of Oregon School Of Journalism where she majored in Public Relations and Communications Studies. She has been married for 10 years and is the proud the parent of two children. Shelby owns and operates a certified childcare in Roseburg, OR.

    Shelby has achieved  step 10 in the Oregon Registry.  She is an Oregon Registry approved community trainer.  Shelby teaches classes in many areas including Professional Business Practices, Infant Language Development and using Sign Language in childcare.  Her goal is to become a Master Trainer.

    Shelby has been a voice for childcare in Douglas County since starting her childcare business in 2005. She is actively involved in the Provider Resource Organization (PRO) and she serves on the advisory board for Family Connections of Lane and Douglas County, as well as helping plan many local conferences.  She also enjoys designing fliers and other promotional material for the conferences she helps to plan. She uses her skills by helping childcare providers write letters and improve their contracts, and makes herself available to providers in any way she can. Shelby has always been concerned with making sure the rights of other providers are understood and represented. She has helped providers to get ready for their state inspections and has helped providers in her area contact AFSCME when confronted with a problem.

    We are thrilled to have Shelby as our South Valley Regional Director.




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    541-677-9157
    CENTRAL REGIONAL DIRECTOR

    GAILA WOLD-ADAMS

    I was born and raised in Oregon, moved to Tuolumne County, California as a teen. I am the mother of three beautiful daughters ages 36, 29 and 15 years old. I have 5 beautiful grandchildren! Worked as a cosmetologist for 28 years putting myself through college. Earned two AS Degrees, Natural Resource Management and Environmental Science. I have worked in many areas of the workforce, such as, Watershed Management, Water Treatment and Water Analysis. I also worked for Department of Human Services in the Child Welfare Division. It was a pleasant surprise when my youngest daughter was conceived mid life. I decided to stay home and become a child care provider. Also, I went back to college to achieve an additional 42 units of early childhood education, achieving a Master Teacher's Credential, in Early Childhood Education. I have owned child care homes in California, Idaho and Oregon. I have worked in center-based care and served as Program Director in center-based care. I currently own "A CARING FAMILY 24/7 INCLUSIVE CHILDCARE HOME & PRESCHOOL" in Bend Oregon, and proudly serve, as Central Oregon Regional Director, for AFSCME Local 132 "Child Care Providers Together". I have lots of hobbies and interests, such as, hiking, camping, horseback riding, shooting, great dane training, and gardening to name a few. I love to sing in church, dance like nobody's watching and hope to own my Harley someday!




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    EASTERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR

    CANDY CLINKENBEARD

    Hello, my name is Candy Clinkenbeard. I have been a child care provider twice now; currently, since 2013. However, I have been involved in daycare, in some aspect, since I was about 10 years old - my mother had a daycare in our home for quite a few years.

    I run a certified child care home in Pendleton, Oregon. I am near completion of my Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. I took several years off, not on purpose, but to raise my oldest two children -as a single mother.

    I enjoy being a provider because I am able to be at home with my children and grandchildren. I didn't have this opportunity with my girls, so I am cherishing it with my boys. I have two grown daughters (ages 24 and 20) with three grandchildren (ages 3, 2, and 1) from them. I also have three young boys (ages 9, 3, and 1) Staying home gives me the ability to be there for baseball, soccer, plays, and school assemblies.

    I joined AFSCME because, well, because I was asked to represent where there is a need. Eastern Oregon had no one out here, so here I am!! I look forward to giving our providers out here a voice.



    NORTHERN REGIONAL DIRECTOR
    SABI VELASCO

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    Phone:
    503-649-2350
    NORTH VALLEY REGIONAL DIRECTOR

    NICHOLE TARTER

    Hello, my name is Nichole Tarter and I am excited to be back on the board in this new position. I was the first Recording Secretary for our union from 2006-2010. It was and is a pleasure to serve on the Board and to serve and assist our great union and all of the wonderful child care providers here in Oregon. I have been a child care provider for 17 years, the first 15 years as a Registered Provider and the last 2 years, as a Certified Provider. I have an AAS in Paralegal Studies and worked, as a paralegal, for years, until I decided, I needed to find a way, to be home more for my kids. I had to travel a lot and it really took a toll on my family. I researched the child care business and found that it could be a profitable business and solved my problem of not being home much. I was so excited and have been doing it ever since! I love being outside, having fun, teaching preschool, doing crafts and going on field trips, so this is the best career choice for me! I have had the pleasure of having so many wonderful families come through my door, through the years, many of which, I have stayed in contact with and have had 2nd generations enter my program, that is always exciting! It is always fun, when the children, become adults and stop by to visit, I love that and love that they still care about me too! I have been married to my fabulous husband, Jeff, for over 18 years and we have two children. Our son Jacey, 21 years old, lives in Fort Riley, Kansas and serves in the US Army and is married to Taylor and they have blessed us with a grandbaby Carson who will be 1 years old in June and Sofia will be 3 in May. It is so exciting being grandparents! Plus, you can spoil them rotten and then send them home, lol! Our son, William, 25 years old, graduated from OSU with a BA in Computer Science/Digital Media Communications. He and his fiance, Caitlin will be getting married in August 2017. So we are in the process of planning a wedding. We are so happy to welcome her to our family! Lots of exciting family stuff going on with us right now! I look forward to meeting you all in the future, at meetings, events, trainings, etc. We have such an awesome Board and these ladies are great at what they do. They volunteer a lot of time and energy to keep our union flowing smoothly! I look forward to seeing you all at our meetings, we ALL have so much great work, to do together, to keep OUR union going strong!




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    VALLEY REGIONAL DIRECTOR

    SHANNA ALDIS

    I have been a child care provider for nineteen years. My husband and I first started providing care for foster children, then became licensed child care providers. We have been married for almost twenty years and have eight kids and five grandchildren. I enjoy going to my children’s sporting activities, camping and scrap booking. I’ve been working on my ECE degree, and I am currently at Step 9 in the Oregon Registry. I became involved in the union to have a voice in making decisions about child care and my business.




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    TRUSTEE
    LENA PEREZ

    TRUSTEE
    HEATHER SCHONES

    TRUSTEE

    DONNA SCHINDLER

    Phone:
    503-378-1449
    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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    Phone:
    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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    Phone:
    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.





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