SEIU Local 521 Executive Board has elected Kristy Sermersheim to be Interim Chief Elected Officer of the union, following the departure of Luisa Blue who now serves as SEIU International Executive Vice President.
Some of us may remember Kristy from her previous tenure when she was the Local’s CEO, before retiring in 2013. Kristy is coming out of retirement to support SEIU 521 members as the union undertakes significant transformation to build power for workers. Kristy brings with her a wealth of valuable experience, including more than 40 years of union leadership.
Although she enjoyed her brief retirement, Kristy says she “wouldn’t miss the chance to work with our great members and staff during this difficult but exciting period.”
Kristy’s interim tenure will end in January 2017, at which point SEIU 521 members will hold local-wide elections to choose a new CEO.
The Executive Board also elected Mullissa Willette as Secretary. Mullissa has been a member for five years and works for Santa Clara County as an investigator with the County Assesor’s office.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to bring fresh energy to the E-Board,” Mullissa said. “I will work to recruit activists of all ages, and to engage members who haven’t been involved previously.” Mulissa also serves as the Deputy Chair for the Santa Clara County Chapter. Her tenure as Secretary will expire in February of 2019.