President John A. Lyall
John A. Lyall has served as President of AFSCME Ohio Council 8 since 2007, and was unanimously elected to a third, four-year term in 2015, at AFSCME Ohio Council 8’s 21st Biennial Convention.
President Lyall is a native of Cleveland and first joined AFSCME as a member in 1973, when he went to work for the City of North Olmsted. In 1979, he joined the Cleveland AFSCME staff. He worked as an assistant administrator with the Ohio AFSCME Care Plan, as an organizer, and staff representative.
John Lyall was appointed Cleveland Regional Director in 1991. In 1996, he was elected head of the Cleveland Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, now the North Shore Labor Council, and served as President until 1998. In 1999, he moved to Columbus when he was appointed Council 8’s first Organizing Director, and in 2001, became the union’s First Vice President.
He serves as an AFSCME International Vice President and serves as chairman of the AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Care Plan.
In addition, he serves as a vice president on the Ohio AFL-CIO Executive Board and is a member of the Ohio AFL-CIO Executive Committee. Lyall is also a member of the State Executive Committee of the Ohio Democratic Party.
John Lyall graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College with honors, and completed the Harvard University Trade Union Program.
He has been married 28 years and has three children.
First Vice President Harold Mitchell
Harold Mitchell first became an AFSCME member in 1979, when he worked for the City of Cleveland. He worked his way up through the ranks of AFSCME Local 100, the union for city workers, serving as a steward, as an elected officer, and on negotiating committees.
In 1985, he was elected Local 100 President, and held the office for over 14 years. Harold was elected a Cleveland Regional Vice President in 1987, and he also served on the Cleveland AFL-CIO board for six years.
In 1999, he became Ohio Council 8’s assistant organizing director, and held the position until 2001, when he became the Assistant to the President.
Harold was elected First Vice President by acclamation in 2007 at Ohio Council 8’s 17th Biennial Convention in Dayton. He was re-elected in 2011, and in 2015, he was returned to a third, four-year term by delegates to Ohio Council 8’s 21st Biennial Convention in Cincinnati.
Secretary – Treasurer Eddie Lawson
Eddie Lawson is a member of AFSCME Local 265 which represents nearly 300 members covered by six separate contracts including: the City of Barberton, Barberton City Schools, City of Norton, Medina Housing Authority, and Wadsworth Wastewater Treatment plant operators.
A 17-year Barberton city employee, Lawson immediately joined the union and quickly worked his way up through the ranks. He has served as a steward and as a chapter chairman, and in 2001, was elected Local 265 President, a post he continues to hold.
Before being elected Ohio Council 8 Secretary-Treasurer in 2015, Lawson served on the Ohio Council 8 Executive Board as an Akron Regional Vice President for 10 years. In addition, for the past 12 years, he has served as vice president of the Tri-County Regional Labor Council.
Lawson works for Barberton’s Water Distribution Department and holds a Class II Water Distribution Operator license.
Lawson has been married 23 years, and has two daughters 16 and 20 years old.
Recording Secretary Sandra L. Coutcher
The AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Executive Board appointed Sandra L. Coutcher as Recording Secretary in June, 2016.
Sandra Coutcher is a long-time member of AFSCME Local 3794 and a 32-year employee of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, where she is a Skills Coach.
She first joined AFSCME in 1985 as a member of AFSCME Local 544, which represents Lucas County employees. In 1992, she became a member of Local 3794 when the union was formed to represent county board of developmental disabilities workers.
As a Local 3794 member she held a number of leadership positions including local union recording secretary, vice president, and was elected union president in 2004, a post she continues to hold.
In 2008, Coutcher was elected to the Council 8 Executive Board as a Toledo Regional Vice President. As a board member she has served on the union’s PEOPLE, political action, trial body, and scholarship committees.
In addition, Coutcher, was a member of the Northwest Ohio AFL-CIO Executive Board from 2001 through 2015, and serves on the Lucas County Democratic Party Central Committee.
Your AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Executive Board
Julie M. Albers
Emily M. Bell
Pamela D. Brown
Thomas R. Connelly
Randy V. Desposito
Kenneth R. Haynes
George Q. Johnson
Dave E. Logan
Woodrow Chip Moore
Traci R. Poellnitz
Pamela S. Shelton
Ann M. Sulfridge
Donald C. Czerniak
Kimberly N. Gaines
Ramon J. Mendoza
Your AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Regional Directors
Robert Thompson – Akron
Tom Ritchie (acting Regional Director) – Athens
Renita Jones-Street – Cincinnati
Mark Davis – Cleveland
Roberta Skok – Columbus
Marcia Knox – Dayton
LeRoy Herd, Co-Regional Director – Toledo
John (Jack) Filak – Youngstown