Your Leaders

President Sean Grayson

R. Sean Grayson was elected by acclamation to serve as the sixth President of AFSCME Ohio Council 8 at Ohio Council 8’s 23rd Biennial Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Grayson is a cum laude graduate of the Ohio State University and the University of Toledo College of Law. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.

Grayson began his career at AFSCME Ohio Council 8 in 1988 as an Assistant General Counsel  and later held the positions of Associate General Counsel and Columbus Regional Director.

In 1996, Grayson was appointed General Counsel of AFSCME Ohio Council 8, a position he held for twenty three years.

While serving as General Counsel, Grayson was a appointed by former Governor Robert Taft to represent labor on the Ohio Civil Service Review Commission and was twice appointed by Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown to the Ohio Judicial Commission. Grayson also served as President and Past President of the Ohio Public Employees Lawyer’s Association and was a frequent speaker on labor and employment law issues at legal conferences and symposiums.

In addition to serving as President of AFSCME Ohio Council 8, Grayson is the Chairman of the Ohio AFSCME Care Plan and the Ohio AFSCME Legal Services Plan. Grayson also serves as a Vice President of the Ohio AFL-CIO. 

First Vice President Marcia Knox

Marcia Knox was elected by acclamation as First Vice President of AFSCME Ohio Council 8 at Ohio Council 8’s 23rd Biennial Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Knox began her labor career in 1988 when she was hired by the City of Dayton, Ohio as a corrections officer and joined  Dayton Public Service Workers AFSCME, Local 101.

Knox would later be elected to serve as a steward, chief steward, chapter chair and vice president of AFSCME Local 101.

In 1999, Knox began working for AFSCME Ohio Council 8 as a staff representative in the Dayton Regional Office. Knox later served as the Dayton Regional Director, a position she held for fifteen years. In 2016, Knox was promoted to the position of AFSCME Ohio Council 8’s Field Services Director.

Knox is a graduate of the Harvard University Senior Executives in Sate and Local Government Program. Knox also serves as the Recording Secretary of the Dayton Miami Valley AFL-CIO and Financial Officer of the Southwest Area Labor Federation.

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.

Ann Sulfridge

The AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Executive Board appointed Ann Sulfridge as Recording Secretary at its June, 2018 Executive Board meeting.

Ann has served as a Dayton Regional Vice President since 2011. She is President of AFSCME Local 101 Dayton Public Service Union, which is comprised of 27 chapters representing workers in Montgomery County and the surrounding area.

Ann is a 32-year employee of the City of Dayton and works as a traffic analyst. She immediately joined the union and has served as a steward, chapter chair, on sever al negotiating committees, and in 2013, was elected AFSCME Local 101 President. 

Ann also serves on the executive committee of the Dayton/Miami Valley AFL-CIO and is a member of the Dayton chapter of the NAACP.


Your AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Executive Board

Vice Presidents

R. Sean Grayson
Marcia Knox
Eddie W. Lawson (Finance)
Ann M. Sulfridge (Finance)
Shawn Daum
Vonda Johnson
John Ackison
Patricia J. Waller
Chris McDonald
Emily Bell
Julie M. Albers (Scholarship)
Pamela D. Brown (Finance)
Kenneth Haynes
Angela Williams
Elizabeth A. Elliott
Jeffrey Hasty
Donald D. Czerniak
Randy V. Desposito
Thomas R. Connelly
Pamela S. Shelton

Retiree Representatives

Juanita Griffin
Floyd Wright


William Brown
Kimberly N. Gaines
Ramon J. Mendoza

Your AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Regional Directors

Stevan Pickard – Akron
John Johnson – Athens
Renita Jones-Street – Cincinnati
Mark Davis – Cleveland
Roberta Skok – Columbus
Stacey Benson-Taylor – Dayton
Steven Kowalik – Toledo
Debbie Bindas – Youngstown

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