Learn more about our elected union officers.
Learn more about our elected union officers.
Jamie Gulley joined SEIU as an organizer in 2002 and was elected President in 2012. Jamie has led some of the most important victories at SEIU Healthcare MN including organizing campaigns that brought in more than 30,000 new hospital, nursing home, and homecare workers–tripling the size of the union–and leading negotiations for a $15 minimum wage in all Twin Cities hospitals and clinics. In addition to serving as President of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, Jamie represents our members on the SEIU International Executive Board, SEIU Minnesota State Council, Minnesota AFL-CIO Executive Committee, the Minnesota Community Measurement Board for Healthcare Disparities, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Jamie also chairs the Twin Cities Hospital Pension Fund that supports 12,000 current and retired members. Jamie graduated from the National Labor College and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Labor Studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst. He lives in West St. Paul with his wife and four daughters.
Jigme Ugen is the first Tibetan refugee to be elected as a US labor union leader. He has worked in several non-profit organizations across the world before immigrating to the US in 2001 and working for the Late Sen Paul Wellstone's campaign. Shorty after, Jigme joined SEIU HCMN as an organizer. In 2007, he was elected Executive Vice President, and currently represents the union as a Trustee on the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation; SEIU State Council and the Twin City Hospital Workers’ Pension Fund. He is the Vice President of the Asian Pacific Islanders Caucus of SEIU and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance of AFL-CIO. He also serves as board-member on the Minnesota AFL-CIO, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, the Working Partnerships, the Blue Green Alliance and 100% Climate. He leads the union’s Racial and Social Justice Programs, digital communications and is involved in the climate & environmental justice. Jigme was born in Kalimpong, India and graduated from Delhi University with diplomas in Political Science, English and Economics. Jigme is deeply engaged with the Tibetan community and Tibet’s independence movement. He has a daughter named Zenden.
Phillip Cryan was elected Executive Vice President by the Board in 2015. He led the 2012-2013 legislative campaign to win organizing rights for consumer-directed home care workers in Minnesota and the home care union election campaign in 2014. He first joined the local’s staff in 2009 as Assistant Organizing Director and then became Organizing Director. Throughout his time with the local, he has also led our engagement in state policy work related to the Affordable Care Act, serving as an appointed member of multiple state task forces and working groups that have shaped healthcare policy – in particular, defending and expanding the state’s MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance programs. He served from 2010 until early 2016 as the SEIU’s representative on the Board of Directors of TakeAction Minnesota, and from 2011 through 2014 as co-coordinator of Minnesotans for a Fair Economy. He holds a Masters degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and received his Bachelors from the same university. Previously, he organized for a number of different community, faith-based, and political organizations in Iowa, California, and Colombia, and did public policy research and writing on a variety of issues. He lives in St. Paul with his two children, Brodie and Flora.
Brenda Hilbrich began her work as an organizer with SEIU Healthcare Minnesota in 1998. She continued her work in SEIU with the international union and locals in Wisconsin and New York before returning home to HCMN in 2005. During her years with SEIU she has organized new members, led negotiations for pattern setting contracts and first contracts, designed and built the Member Action Center to effectively and efficiently address member grievances so that the union could also focus on organizing in worksites, and developed new and expanded leader programs to provide opportunities for any member to engage as a leader of our Union. She has served SEIU HCMN as an Organizer, Assistant Organizing Director, Director of the MAC and Education and Chief of Staff. She was elected Executive Vice President in 2020 and leads the Hospital Sector of our union. She will also represent SEIU HCMN as a Trustee of the Twin City Hospital Workers’ Pension Fund and as a member of the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation board. She earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.Ed from the University of Minnesota. She briefly worked as a teacher in another life. She lives in Saint Paul with her amazing daughter Frida, who started at SEIU HCMN at 2 and is now much older, and her partner Casper.
Rasha is a Lebanese/Syrian who immigrated to the US in 2007 to explore another chance in life. Her background in sports while working for Special Olympics in the Middle East and North Africa led her to pursue her BA in Sports Management from Lindenwood University. She traveled to Puebla Mexico where she dedicated her time to connecting with 1st and 2nd generation Lebanese Mexicans and teaching them the Arabic language and the Lebanese culture in Spanish. She also opened the first Arabic Language class in the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. After returning to the US her path led her to start organizing with SEIU in 2013 in Chicago. In 2014, she joined SEIU Healthcare Minnesota as an Internal Organizing in the Member Action Center. Then, in 2016 she became the MAC director. Rasha leads work on organizational equity and inclusion, leads the grievance leaders committee, and is a member on the senior leadership team. She is currently a 2nd year PhD student at the University of Minnesota on the organizational leadership and Policy Development Program focusing on Human Resource Development.