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​​​​Residential Facilities Advisory Committee as of December, 2014

Dan Dunham,
Chair

Willamette Valley
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Dr. Dunham, a long-time resident of Corvallis, is a retired Professor of Education at Oregon State University and has a wide background of leadership and experience on the local, state, national, and international levels in career, vocational-technical and adult education for nearly 40 years.  In 1980 he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve as the first Assistant Secretary of Education for Vocational and Adult Education in the newly formed U.S. Department of Education.  He is currently an active Certified Ombudsman Volunteer in Benton County.  In addition to past volunteer experience as a Benton County fair board member, Dr. Dunham has been the public address announcer for OSU sports and currently for the OSU marching band.

Appointment October 1, 2010
Term Ends June 30, 2018​
Bill Bard,
Vice C​hair 

Greater Portland Area​



Bill 
came to Oregon twelve years ago with his family to care for his mother.  After her passing, he found the Ombudsman program to be a great place for him to use his advocacy, investigative and professional skills to volunteer with an agency where he knew he could make a real impact on someone's life.  "Helping people has been so rewarding for me.  I encourage others to volunteer and know that they can make significant contributions to the community by being an Ombudsman."  After 20+ years as a database systems developer and consultant, he shares his expertise with the LTCO serving as Technology Committee Volunteer Chair.  Besides his work as an Ombudsman, Bill has been a hospice volunteer for many years.

Governor's Appointment & Senior Organization Recommendation, Appointed July 1, 2010
Term Ends June 30, 2018​



Teena Ainslie
Greater Portland Area




Ms. Ainslie, a native of Portland, is the owner of The Career Coach, a service in which she guides middle school and high school youth and adults in transition to achieve career planning and personal goals.  ​She is retired from the David Douglas School District where she was the School-to-Work Coordinator for 20 years and from the Boy Scouts of America after 12 years as a Professional Exploring Executive.  Ms. Ainslie's passion for the welfare of residents of long-term care facilities stems from caring for her mother from when Ms. Ainslie was 10 years old until she was 37 and wanting the best for her mother while she was living in a long-term care facility.  Ms. Ainslie's volunteer experience includes the Mt. Hood Community College Board of Education and Foundation Board, Rotary International District 5100, Blueback Navy League Council, and is currently a Board member of the USS Ranger Foundation.
 
House Minority Leader Appointment, July 1, 2006
Term Ends June 30, 2014
Glenn Berk​, Southern Oregon





​​​​Mr. Berk is a California native who has lived in Oregon since 1991.  In 2002 he retired from the contractor/developer firm he had founded in 1973.  He has shown skills and interest in issues affecting elderly Oregonians, both in his Ombudsman work and with other community-based organizations in Southern Oregon.  He has been a Certified Ombudsman with the agency since 2009 with extensive hands-on experience and information about isues that long-term care residents face in Southern Oregon.
 
Governor's Appointment, Senior Organization Recommendation Appointed December 7, 2012
​Term Ends December 6, 2016
Kelly Breshears
Willamette Valley

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Kelly Breshears has been Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) for 13 years.  She is currently the Conservatorship Manager and has served in that role for 6 years.  She served on the Board of Directors for the Guardian/Conservatorship Association of Oregon for three years.  Prior to her current position, she worked as a Veterans Service Officer for ODVA and was a small business owner before her employment with the State of Oregon.

 

ODVA Representative Appointment September 19, 2014
Term Ends June 30, 2018

Michelle Edwards
Eastern Oregon

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Michele became an ombudsman five years ago after returning to the northwest and settling in Baker County. After a 42 year career in the broad field of mental health working nationally, internationally, developing and directing various community programs, and working with disaster situations, led Michelle to seek opportunities for volunteerism that would make use of past experiences and provide opportunities for new ones.  "With one family member in memory care and another in assisted living, being part of LTCO as a Certified Ombudsman and member of the Advisory Committee is very personal."  Currently, Michele teaches in a graduate program for the University of Missouri, and serves as a federal reviewer for various national programs.
 
Senate Majority Appointment June 1, 2011
Term Ends June 1, 2015​

Claudia Kyle
 Willamette Valley




Ms. Kyle, who has lived most of her life in Oregon, spent thirty years in the construction industry as an IBEW member reaching the position of field supervisor supervising sixty to eighty people.  Ms. Kyle was in management as a project engineer and project manager during the last ten years of her career.  In her recent run for election to the Oregon House of Representatives, the primary issues were the economy and jobs and public education, but she believes that issues related to seniors and people with disabilities should receive more attention.  Ms. Kyle's mother was the resident of LTC facility hear the end of her life.  Shortly after joining the Committee, Ms. Kyle successfully completed training and is now a Certified Ombudsman.
 
House Speaker's Appointment December 27, 2010
Term Ends June 30, 2017


Meghan Moyer, Greater Portland Area


​​Meghan is currently a Senior Political and Policy Strategist for the Service Employees International Union, where she has worked for eight years on policies related to front line caregivers for both seniors and people with disabilities.  Meghan has focused much of her advocacy on improving the quality of long-term care through acquitted funding of services, improved training for caregivers, and creating a stable high-quality workforce.  She lead the effort to pass Senate Bill 626 in the 2013 Legislative session that expanded the mission of the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman to include residential settings serving people with developmental disabilities and mental illness.  She is excited to help the Ombudsman program take on this new advocacy mission.  Meghan was born and raised in Salem, has a Masters Degree in Political Science from the American University, and lives with her wife and son in Portland.
 
Governor's Appointment with Developmental or Mental Health Related Disabilities Expertise, July 1, 2014
Term Ends June 30, 2018
Betsy Welch
Greater Portland Area

 


Having grown up all over the world and educated in the Midwest, Judge Welch has had a long-standing legal career in Portland.  Starting as a Deputy Multnomah County District Attorney in the late Sixties to an appointment as Chief Judge of Juvenile and Family Court and Probate from 1994 until her retirement in 2006, she brings practical knowledge and experience from a judge's perspective to the Committee.  Since retiring, Judge Welch has continued public service in many areas including Chair of the Legislative Task Force on Public Guardianship whose work resulted in establishing a state-wide Public Guardian program under the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman.  She serves​ as a Commissioner on the Public Defense Services Committee as well as the Board of Directors of Kinship House in Portland, which provides outpatient mental health services to children and their families.

Governor's Appointment with Guardianship, Conservatorship or Fiduciary Services Expertise July 1, 2014
Term Ends June 30, 2018​
 
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