As OHLA Director Randy Everitt Retires, Board of Nursing Director Holly Mercer Named OHLA Interim Director

Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) Director Randy Everitt has retired after serving as OHLA director since August 2009, and the current Executive Director of the Oregon State Board of Nursing, Holly Mercer, JD, RN, will be serving as the OHLA Interim Director starting November 19.
 
“Randy provided stability and consistency at OHLA at a crucial time, demonstrating strong leadership while taking on additional agencies when needed,” says Michael Jordan, Department of Administrative Services Chief Operating Officer.  “We wish him good fortune in all his future endeavors and thank him for his many years of splendid service.”
 
“It has been an honor to serve with you,” says Everitt.  “We have traveled through challenging and rewarding times together and created an agency that is not only effective in carrying out its public health and safety mission, but that is a great place to work as well.”
 
Mercer has served as Executive Director of the Oregon Board of Nursing since 2008. Prior to joining the Board, she served as the Assistant Manager of the Medical Section of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services’ Workers’ Compensation Division. Her experience includes public sector medical dispute resolution, public health program management, and private sector safety and risk management.
 
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico; a Juris Doctor degree from Lewis and Clark Law School; and, an Associate Degree in Nursing from Boise State University. She is a member of the Oregon and Idaho State Bar Associations, and is a licensed RN in Oregon and Idaho.
 
“I want to thank Holly for her willingness to accept this new assignment,” says Jordan. “OHLA has succeeded under Randy’s leadership, and I am confident Holly will continue that path. Please join me in congratulating her and supporting this transition for her and the dedicated team at OHLA.”
 
“I’m looking forward to working with the Oregon Health Licensing Agency’s boards, professions, and staff,” says Mercer.  “I want to thank DAS leadership for its confidence in me, and I’m excited to start working on the diversity of licensing and regulatory issues that OHLA addresses overseeing multiple health and related professions.”