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Contact with the Committee can be made by mail or email to:  

 The Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman
3855 Wolverine NE, Suite 6, Salem, OR  97305

The program is monitored by the Residential Ombudsman and Public Guardianship Advisory Board who are appointed by the Governor, legislative leadership, and senior organizations (per ORS 441.416).  

Their role per ORS 441.417 is to:

1.  Monitor the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

2.  Advise the Governor and the Legislative Assembly on the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

3.  Nominate, after interviews and according to prescribed criteria,
three persons to fill the office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
​​​​Residential Ombudsman and Public Guardianship Advisory Board as of May, 2018
Tom Giles, Chair
​Willamette Valley

Retired from the Petroleum industry in Alaska, Tom has many years of experience advocating for people with Intelluctual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in rural Oregon.  As the parent of a child with an intellectual disability, Tom has seen the challenges faced by this community first hand.  Tom has observed that people experiencing I/DD are underserved, mis-labeled and over regulated.  "Social opportunities and inclusion are two unappreicated needs in the lives of people that experience I/DD.  With advocacy, we can improve system response to those needs," Tom explains.  With employment and supported living on the rise for these groups, Tom intends to focus on developing the Ombudsman role in residential facilities for people with I/DD and mental illness.

​Governor's Appointment April 1, 2015
Term Ends March 31, 2019​
Jan Friedman, Vice-Chair
Portland Metro Area

Jan E. Friedman, an attorney for 26+ years, is with Disability Rights Oregon.  She has also worked with clients with disabilities to enhance opportunity, access and choice.  She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and attended Oberlin College and Northeastern University.  Ms. Friedman serves on the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit Advisory Commitee; the State's Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics and Orthotics Work Group; the Oregon State Bar Elder Law Executive Committee and numerous work groups focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities.

Governor's Appointee
November 20, 2015
Term Ends June 30, 2018

Bill Bard
Greater Portland Area​​

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. He was recently selected to serve on the National Consumer Voice Leadership Council for Quality Long-Term Care.

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

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.


Governor's Appointee with Guardianship, Conservatorship or Fiduciary Services Expertise September 19, 2014
Term Ends June 30, 2018

 Michele Edwards
Eastern Oregon

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 has 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 President Appointment June 1, 2015
Term Ends May 31, 2019​

Roberta Janssen
Washington County


Roberta retired from the State of Oregon as a Human Resource Program Manager and retired as a Colonel from the Oregon Army National Guard.  She then took a part time position as the Executive Director for the Oregon National Guard Association which  allowed her time to become a Certified Long Term Care Ombudsman for Washington County. She saw this volunteer work as an opportunity to have another set of eyes on what is happening in Long Term Care facilities.  It also allows her first-hand knowledge of how residents are cared for and make sure they are treated with dignity.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington and the Board of Directors for the Oregon National Guard Association.  While volunteering in other areas, she sees her work with seniors in LTC facilities as a way to improve the quality of services they receive and maintain their rights as Oregon citizens ​   
Dr. Helen S Kao, MD
Willamette Valley​

Term ends June 30, 2018
Joseph Leykam
Willamette Valley
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Joseph Leykam is a licensed clinical social worker and 12 year veteran of the Oregon mental health system.  Mr. Leykam has worked across a wide array of services including clinical and leadership work with the state hospital youth and adult settings, as well as community mental health settings within much of Western Oregon's public and private sectors.  Mr. Leykam has worked across multiple levels to advocate for increased quailty care for all people with mental health concerns.  His advocacy is not limited to quality of services but also to safeguard the civil and human rights so often denied to people with severe mental health conditions.  Currently Mr. Leykam is the lead clinical provider with the Benton County Developmental Diversity Program's Integrated Mental Health/Developmental Disability Specialty Clinic in Corvallis.

Term ends May 31, 2021

Dwight D. Mowry
Eastern Oregon

Dwight D. Mowry earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Colorado State University and then completed his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Clinical Psychology from Washington State University.  He briefly worked in a prescription drug treatment program before consulting with the Bureau of Substance Abuse in Idaho.  While next briefly working for a Mental Health Center in Boise, Idaho, he also helped to evaluate child abuse and neglect resource centers.  He next was employed as a Psychologist for a mental health center in Southwest Idaho and then transitioned into opening his own office as a Psychologist in Ontario, Oregon.  Over the years his services changed from primarily providing treatment for families, children, and adults to primarily providing evaluations for children and adults.  Often those evaluations were provided at the request of agencies in Idaho and Oregon and some evaluations occurred for Social Security.  Many evaluations were provided at the request of attorneys and at the request of the Courts in both Idaho and Oregon.  Dr. Mowry retired during September of 2014 but as of December of 2016 he continued to serve as President of the Eastern Oregon Psychological Association.​

Senate Minority Leader Appointment
Term Ends June 30, 2018
Susan Schreiber
Portland Metro Area

Ms. Schreiber retired in 2006 after a career as an executive in administrative positions in both the public and private sectors. She served on the Human Resources committee of the SMART Program/Oregon Children’s Foundation; was a member of the State Executive Council of AARP; spent nine years-two as president - on the Board of Directors of Multnomah County CASA; served on the boards of The Dougy Center, Mt. St. Joseph’s Residential Care Facility, Burnside Projects, and Our Children’s Store; served on the board of the Classical Chinese Garden Trust; and served on the CASA Cards for Kids™ team.

Ms. Schrebier is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a BA Political Science and an MA in Urban Studies from Yale University/Occidental College.  She was selected as a National Urban Fellow in 1973-74 and assigned to the Mayor of Portland.

Recently Ms Schreiber spent time in local facilities for rehab following surgeries, where she got first hand experience and learned a little about the operation and world of Long-Term Care Facilities.

Term ends June 30, 2020

JW Terry
Central Oregon​​
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JW was born and raised in Ashtabula, Ohio.  He joined the US Navy in 1963 and served for over 30 years.  After retiring from the Navy, he was on the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department, was Office Manager for the Maricopa County Home Health Care Department, and attended Lampson Jr. College. In 2000 he started teaching as an instructor for the Navy's NROTC program in LaVerne, CA and came to Bend as an instructor at Mount View High School in 2001.  He is currently the State and Bend Chapter President of the Band of Brother's, Past Commander of Post 4 American Legion, Lifetime member of Vietnam Veteran's of America Chapter 820.  He enjoys family time, golf, and his 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandsons.

House Minority Leader Appointment, 
Term Ends June 30, 2020