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Department of Human Services
Erinn Kelley-Siel 

Erinn Kelley-Siel, Director
Department of Human Services
Erinn Kelley-Siel, Director
Department of Human Services
Erinn Kelley-Siel was confirmed as the Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services in April, 2011, after having been appointed Interim Director by Governor Kitzhaber in February, 2011. Upon her appointment as DHS Director, Kelley-Siel began a comprehensive effort to strengthen, streamline and transform agency operations and service delivery. She has an aggressive culture-change agenda focusing on accountability for results, continuous improvement, and workforce development.

In her first year as Director, Kelley-Siel eliminated the agency's divisions and their directors, restructured DHS into five major program areas, implemented a new management system focusing on program-specific and enterprise-wide outcomes, and worked with her leadership team to prioritize the Department's work around a strategic vision for the organization and its work in communities. Focusing on people rather than programs, she is re-setting the Department's focus in the following critical areas: Safety and Protection, Employment and Independence, Modernized Human Service Delivery, Service Equity, Family Stability and Fiscal Sustainability.

Under Kelley-Siel's leadership, DHS has launched an aggressive plan to close gaps in the safety and protection system serving seniors and adults with disabilities, including developmental disabilities. DHS is has an ambitious agenda to increase employment for people with disabilities, low-income parents, individuals of color and youth transition. The agency is implementing innovative efforts to reduce spending and improve the quality of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Finally, DHS is working with the Oregon Health Authority to improve health outcomes for seniors and people with disabilities served in the Medicaid long-term care system.

Before her appointment as Director, Kelley-Siel served as a DHS Assistant Director, leading the Children, Adults and Families Division from 2008-2011. In that capacity, she led the effort to safely reduce the number of children experiencing foster care in Oregon by developing better tools to determine the safety of a child, providing more effective in-home services, improving efforts to locate family members, increasing foster care exits and strengthening the connections between child welfare and Oregon's safety-net programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. As Director, she is continuing those efforts through a redesign of the Child Welfare response to reports of abuse and neglect and alignment with Governor Kitzhaber's new system of intervention for Oregon's youngest children.

Before joining DHS, Kelley-Siel served as Governor Kulongoski's Policy Advisor on Health and Human Services from 2003-2008. Prior to joining the former Governor's staff, Kelley-Siel was an Associate Attorney in the Energy and Telecommunications practice group at the Portland-based law firm, Stoel Rives LLP.  She earned her law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and her bachelor's degree in psychology from Texas A&M University. Kelley-Siel is also a mother, wife and daughter, and extremely humbled and honored to be of service to the State of Oregon.
 

Margaret Carter 

Margaret Carter, Director
Community Engagement
 
Margaret Carter, Director
Community Engagement
As the Director of Community Engagement, Margaret is charged with expanding the agency's outreach with community and federal partners while overseeing the implementation of legislation passed in the recent session to reduce the over-representation of minority children in Oregon's child welfare system.

In 2009, Margaret Carter joined the Department of Human Services as the Deputy Director for Human Service Programs. Margaret was charged with ensuring there was no loss of focus or attention to the clients counting on the agency for services during the transitional phase of becoming two agencies.

Moving to Oregon in 1967 Margaret graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in education and from Oregon State University with a Master's in psychology. Margaret has worked as a youth counselor, a counselor for women in prison, and for 25 years she was a counselor at Portland Community College, where she founded the Portland Community College Skills Center, now called the Margaret Carter Skills Center.

Though she has won many awards, such as the Elliot Human Rights Award, Legislator of the Year by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), and the Jeanette Rankin First Woman Award, her proudest accomplishment is her family, which boasts nine children, 26 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Gene Evans 

Gene Evans, Director
Communications
 
Gene Evans, Director
Communications
In his role as Director of Communications, Gene is responsible for all internal and external communications for the state agency. He has been the DHS Communications Director since March, 2011. Prior to that, he was the agency's Communications Officer for the Child Welfare and Self Sufficiency Programs (2009-2011).

Evans has more than 20 years experience in public relations in the public and private sectors, focused in the areas of human services, education and health care.

In state government, he had served as the Communications Director for the State Schools Superintendent from 2002-2009 and for the Oregon Student Assistance Commission from 2000-2002. In private business, he was Public Relations Director at Sullivan, Pattison, Clevenger (SPC) - a full-service advertising and public relations agency - from 1998-2000, and he was the Marketing and Public Affairs Manager at Sacred Heart Medical Center/PeaceHealth from 1988-1998.

Evans has a degree in American History from Oregon State University (1979) and began his career as a high school social studies, English, journalism and photojournalism teacher from 1979-1988.

Eric Moore 

Eric Moore, Chief Financial Officer
 
Eric Moore, Chief Financial Officer
In July 2008 Eric moved to the Children Adults and Families Division of DHS and became the Chief Financial Officer of DHS in July 2011.

Eric received a BS in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark.

After becoming a member of the Oregon State Bar, Eric began his public service career with the Department of Revenue in November 1995. In 1997 he joined the Oregon Department of Transportation to do personal services contract work. In 1998 Eric moved to the Oregon DMV to become the first Records Policy Unit manager. From 2000 to 2005 Eric was a Presiding and then Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge with the Oregon Office of Administrative Hearings. In 2005 Eric moved to the Budget and Management Division of DAS as the DHS Health Services and Children Adults and Families Budget and Policy Analyst for the Governor's budget.
Mickey Serice 

Mickey Serice, Director
Legislative & Client Relations
Mickey Serice, Director
Legislative & Client Relations
In his current role as Director of Legislative and Client Relations, Mickey oversees the agency's legislative process, legal services, hearings and rules coordination and the Governor's Advocacy Unit.

Prior to his role as Director, Mickey has over 14 years of experience within DHS. Before moving to Oregon, he worked with the state of Idaho for over 10 years and worked in private practice in Texas for 12 years providing individual, group, child and family counseling.

Mickey holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in clinical psychology and taught psychology courses at Tyler Jr. College, University of Texas and University of Idaho.

 


Operations
Jim Scherzinger 

Jim Scherzinger
Chief Operating Officer
 
Jim Scherzinger
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Jim is implementing and maintaining a new management system focused on improving outcomes and efficiency for the agency. Beginning his career with DHS in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer for DHS, Jim has gained extensive knowledge of the agency functions and needs which have greatly prepared him for his current role.

Prior to coming to DHS, Jim served 20 years, 14 years as director, in the Legislative Revenue Office; a nonpartisan office in the Oregon Legislature that is the staff to the House and Senate Revenue and School Finance Committees. In 1998 he moved to Portland Public Schools as chief financial officer and was appointed superintendent in June 2001 before retiring in June 2004.

Jim and his wife are proud parents to their two children, they enjoy the theater and Jim has been an ongoing member of the same book club for over 20 years.
Jeremy Emerson 

Jeremy Emerson
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
 
Jeremy Emerson
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Jeremy currently provides oversight for the following shared service offices: Office of Contracts and Procurement, Facilities, and Imaging and Records Management Services.

With an education in business and economics he started working for the department in 1986 serving in various capacities with a focus on administrative support services.
Marie Cervantes 

Marie Cervantes, Director
Adult Protective Serv. & Investigations
 
Marie Cervantes, Director
Adult Protective Services & Investigations
Marie has over 17 years of diverse experience in service to others which includes policy, program, corrective action, and delivery systems. She has spent the majority of her career in protection, safety and regulation with a significant amount of that time engaged in direct client service. She has worked in state service from a multitude of vantage points, having been in many chairs at all levels. Her education is in social work and criminology.

Angela Long 

Angela Long, Director
Business Intelligence
 
Angela Long, Director
Business Intelligence
Angela has over 19 years of experience working in human services with the last 7 years at DHS with Children, Adults and Families. During that time she worked as a finance and policy analyst, CAF budget administrator, and then administrator of the Office of Program Performance and Reporting.

Prior to her work in Oregon, she spent 12 years as a revenue maximization consultant working with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in the area of child welfare federal funding.
 

 

Trina Lee 

Trina Lee, Director
Modernization - DHS
 
Trina Lee, Director
Modernization - DHS
Trina joined the Leadership Team in June 2012. She is responsible for transformation of the agency’s models for delivering services to Oregonians. This includes replacing outdated technology with modern, reliable technology that increases the options clients have for accessing services and reduces paperwork for staff so they have more time to work directly with clients.

Trina has more than 20 years of experience with DHS, primarily in the Aging and People with Disabilities Program. She served four years as a district manager and another four years as a supervisor in Eastern Oregon overseeing the delivery of services for seniors and people with disabilities. These services included long-term care, safety and protection of the elderly and disabled, medical and food benefits, Medicare Savings plans, licensing and provider enrollment. She also has served as a case manager, protective services worker, eligibility worker, trainer and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) liaison.

In the Self-Sufficiency Program, Trina served as a line manager overseeing food, cash and medical assistance programs, child care and emergency assistance.
Wes Charley 

Wes Charley, Director
Performance Excellence
 
Wes Charley, Director
Performance Excellence

In his current role as the Director of Performance Excellence for the Department of Human Services, Wes oversees the implementation and maintenance of the Continous Improvement program for the agency.

Wes came to DHS after nearly eleven years of service at Eastman Kodak and Carestream Health. He served in several positions which included lean implementation, front-line leadership and as part of the Executive Management Team. This diversity has helped him gain understanding of how lean is executed at multiple levels within an organization. He was also part of the World Wide Quality Network for Carestream Health where his focus was to provide lean assistance to divisions, processes and partners around the globe.

Outside of professional interests, Wes has been active in a variety of coaching activities including multiple youth sports programs including high school and middle school football, wrestling and baseball programs.
Donna Keddy 

Donna Keddy, Director
Licensing & Regulatory Oversight
Donna Keddy, Director
Licensing & Regulatory Oversight
Donna brings experience on the child welfare licensing side of DHS, having spent the last 8 years as a manager of Residential Treatment and Licensing for Children, Adults and Families. She has served as an administrator of psychiatric facilities and substance abuse programs in the private provider world. She also spent 14 years as a manager with the mental health and developmental disabilities divisions at DHS.

 


Program Design
Mike McCormick 

Michael McCormick, Deputy Director
Aging & People with Disabilities
 
Michael McCormick, Deputy Director
Aging & People with Disabilities
With 16 years of state service, 13 of those being with DHS, Michael has extensive knowledge of the agency's program structure, client needs and policy guidelines. Michael McCormick became the Deputy Director for Aging and Disability Programs on January 2, 2012.

Prior to this new role, Michael led the Department's Office of Rates, Contracting and Research. During his tenure, Michael provided leadership on financial management, effective use of data in administering programs and establishing fair, competitive rates for long term care providers.

During his leadership role for the Provider Audit Section, Michael adopted a data analytics approach towards assessing risk of errors, fraud and abuse in the Oregon Health Plan's medical programs. Millions of tax dollars were recovered under Michael's leadership, which were ultimately used to fund needed services for Oregonians.

Originally from Baltimore, Mike graduated from University of Oregon with a BS in Business Administration.
 
Trisha Baxter, Chief Operating Officer
Aging & People with Disabilities and
Developmental Disabilities
Tricia has been in her current role as the Chief Operating officer in the programs for Aging and Disabilities since March, 2011. She came to DHS in 2005 as the administrator of the Office of Payment Accuracy and Recovery. Trisha Baxter has 28 years of public sector experience, 27 with the state of Oregon and one year with Marion County as the Chief Budget Analyst. She spent 17 years at the Department of Revenue in a variety of leadership positions, leaving in 2004 after four years as the finance director for the agency. Trisha's experience ranges from audit and collections to finance, taxation and budget matters to continuous improvement and transformation work.

Trisha earned her Bachelor's degree in Family Economics Management from Oregon State University.
Lois Day 

Lois Day, Director
Child Welfare
 
Lois Day, Director
Child Welfare
In her role as Director of Child Welfare, Lois Day and Chief Operating Officer Jerry Waybrant are responsible for the development and delivery of state child welfare services for the agency, impacting more than 29,000 families a year.

Prior to her work in this position, Lois served as the Administrator of the Office of Safety and Permanency for Children. Lois began her 24 year career with DHS as a protective service line worker.

She has directly supervised every practice area within the child welfare field program and has served at several levels of management, both in the field and central office. Lois is currently leading two primary efforts in child welfare: the safe and equitable reduction of children in the foster care system, and implementation of a system of differential response to allegations of child abuse.

Prior to her career in child welfare, Lois practiced law, representing families and individuals in a variety of case types. She earned her law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and her bachelor's degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Liesl Wendt 

Liesl Wendt
Director, Self-Sufficiency Programs
 
Liesl Wendt
Director, Self-Sufficiency Programs
Liesl is responsible for programs that help low-income Oregonians achieve self-sufficiency. These include food and cash benefits, subsidized child care for working parents, job preparation and search programs, and family stability services. Liesl is focused on innovation in service delivery and technology; efficiency in program cost and design; customer service and collaboration across the spectrum of social services.

Liesl joined DHS in January 2013 after serving four years as the chief executive officer at 211info, a community information organization. At 211info, she led the organization's expansion across Oregon, adoption of new communications technologies and an increase in the specialization of services. She also has served as vice president for external relations for the Chalkboard Project, a statewide education agency, and as director of neighborhood engagement for Portland Mayor Tom Potter. Liesl also brings experience as a policy advocate for the Oregon Food Bank, and as a program manager for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Jerry Waybrant 

Jerry Waybrant, Chief Operating Officer
Child Welfare & Self Sufficiency
 
Jerry Waybrant, Chief Operating Officer
Child Welfare & Self Sufficiency

Stephaine Taylor 

Stephaine Taylor, Director
Vocational Rehabilitation
Stephaine Taylor
Vocational Rehabilitation Director
Stephaine is the Director of Oregon's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS) where she has worked for the last 24 years.

Prior to joining OVRS she worked for the Oregon Commission for the Blind where she subsequently served a commissioner and Commission chair. Prior to becoming Administrator of OVRS she served as co-chair of Disability Rights Oregon board of Directors. She currently serves on the Dartmouth - Johnson and Johnson Community Mental Health Advisory Committee, the Oregon Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council, and the Governor's Committee on Traumatic Brain Injury. Stephaine has also served on numerous workgroups focused on the employment and individuals with psychiatric disabilities.
 
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