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Giles Gibson, Legal Counsel, has an extensive background advocating for unions and working people in both the public and private sectors. Before entering law school in 1988, Gibson worked as a full-time union representative and organizer for seven years. After graduating with honors from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1991, he served a clerkship with Senior Oregon U.S. District Court Judge James Redden. Over the next 20 years, Gibson was a partner in two of Oregon’s leading union law firms and regularly represented unions and workers in both state and federal court — including in complex and class action litigation — and before the NLRB, ERB and in labor arbitration.
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.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4138
Janet Potter began working for AFSCME in 2012 after a long career in the insurance field. Born in Washington state but raised in Oregon, Potter comes from a pioneer family heritage. Away from the office Potter enjoys hiking, camping, fishing and making yarn from various animals. She is a huge soccer fan, the Portland Timbers and Thorns in particular. She and her husband, Bill, have three adult children and two grandchildren.
Phone: (503) 239-9858, Ext. 4110
Anneliese Sheahan joined Council 75 as a Council Representative in 2016. for childcare providers and Department of Land and Conservation and Development. Anneliese joins us from AFSCME Council 32 in Wisconsin where she was the president and representative for the child care unions. Anneliese was a licensed family child care provider for 15 years in Wisconsin. She has a MA in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and was an adjunct professor in the Early Childhood Education Dept. at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, WI. Anneliese and her husband Zack enjoy camping and kayaking, horseback riding, and traveling. The family looks forward to exploring more of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
Stephanie Swan has worked for Council 75 since 1991. Swan holds the position of Human Resources Manager as well as Executive Assistant to union director Michael Seville. Swan graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in business administration.
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.
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.