Who We Are

DACIA JOHNSON - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Under the leadership and direction of a Governor-appointed seven member Commission, Dacia leads a state agency of specialized staff working to maximize the employment and independent living opportunities for Oregonians who are blind. Dacia began her career at a job training program in Southern Oregon where she helped displaced and economically disadvantaged job seekers re-enter the workforce.  She went on to specialize in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation and for more than twenty years has been working to improve employment and independent living services for individuals with disabilities.  Prior to becoming Executive Director of the Commission for the Blind in 2013, Dacia was the Director of  the agency's Rehabilitation Services program.   She previously worked in public Vocational Rehabilitation with the Oregon Department of Human Services as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Training Specialist/Policy and Planning Coordinator. 

Dacia holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Western Oregon University and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Portland State University
Dacia holds the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential.

GAIL STEVENS- CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Gail Stevens joined the Oregon Commission for the Blind in 2015 as the agency's first Chief Financial Officer.  In addition to overseeing agency finances, Gail also serves as Chief Information Officer, Agency Security Officer, and takes the lead in other key administrative areas.  Prior to joining OCB, Gail worked in various private sector industries including veterinary medicine and printing paper production and sales. She has worn many hats in the business world including finance, operations, and financial analysis.

Gail holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Maine.
 
 
 

ANGEL HALE - DIRECTOR OF REHABILITATION SERVICES

Angel has been with the agency since 2010, first serving as the Assistant Director of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (managing the agency's Independent Living programs) and then as Director of the Orientation and Career Training Center. Prior to working for the Commission, Angel managed her own small business as a Trainer/Speaker/Consultant. Before starting her own business, Angel worked for the State of Oregon in several capacities. She was a Program Manager/Trainer/Consultant with both the Department of Labor and the Rehabilitation Services Administration. She also worked as a Training Specialist with the Department of Human Services' Staff Development Unit.  In these roles, Angel designed and facilitated numerous trainings for managers and staff at agencies and businesses throughout Oregon.  As a woman who has been completely blind herself since 1986, Angel deeply and personally understands what it takes for Commission clients to work through their rehabilitation process and come out on the other side independent, successfully employed and understanding that anything is possible for them if they are willing to do the hard but rewarding work it takes to get there.  

Angel holds a Bachelor's Degree from Corbin University in Social Psychology - Systems Theory, with a focus on program design and facilitation.
 

SARAH JO CHAPLEN - DIRECTOR OF INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES

Sarah Jo Chaplen joined the Oregon Commission for the Blind in 2015, serving as the Director of the Independent Living Older Blind programs.  She leads the team that provides in-home and community-based rehabilitation training and counseling services to adults not seeking employment in order to help them live as independently as possible.   Previously, she worked for state and local governments focusing on service delivery improvements.  At the state level she served as the Department of Administrative Services' Deputy Director. At the local level she worked for the cities of Canby, Hillsboro and Woodburn.

Sarah Jo holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Lewis and Clark University.
 

ERIC MORRIS - DIRECTOR, BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM

Eric joined the Commission for the Blind in December, 2012. Prior to joining the Commission, he worked for Fred Meyer, Inc. as a Regional Loss Prevention Supervisor for 10 years. He has also worked as an internal investigator, Loss Prevention Manager, Loss Prevention Supervisor and Specialist. Prior to entering the private sector, Eric served in the US Navy as an Intelligence Specialist.

In addition to his work with the Commission, Eric currently serves as a member of the Woodburn City Council and has served as the Chair of the Woodburn School Board.


 
 
 

 JASON CLARY - DIRECTOR, ORIENTATION AND CAREER CENTER

Jason joined OCB in December, 2016. As the Director of the Orientation and Career Center, he is responsible for the training and development of clients, both at the training center in the agency's Portland office, and in various locations around the state. Prior to joining OCB, Jason worked in higher education where he held various roles within Career Services and Student Affairs.   During his fifteen year tenure, he spent the majority of time in leadership roles supporting students in their academic pursuits. 
 
Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Central Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.
 
 

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 Dacia Johnson
 


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 Gail Stevens

 
 

Angel Hale
 




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Sarah Jo Chaplen

 
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 Eric Morris


 
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Jason Clary