|Jerry Waybrant, Acting Director|
Jerry Waybrant was named the DHS Acting Director in September, 2015 by Governor Kate Brown. He has been a longtime public servant at DHS, and he most recently served as the Chief Operations Officer for Child Welfare/Self Sufficiency Operations Programs at the agency – managing the daily operations of Child Welfare and Self Sufficiency programs statewide. Jerry succeeded Director Erinn Kelley-Siel and will serve as the Acting Director until the Governor selects a permanent Director. Jerry began his career as a Child Welfare caseworker in Roseburg in 1985. He has also been a supervisor, an acting program manager (in Lakeview and then in Douglas), a District Manager. Prior to moving back to Oregon, Jerry worked as a Mental Health Therapist and a caseworker in the State of Washington. Jerry’s passions include his family, cutting firewood and playing handball.
|Gene Evans, Public Affairs Director||Director's Office|
In his role as Director of Public Affairs, Gene is responsible for all internal and external communications for the state agency. He has been the DHS Public Affairs 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, Chief Financial Officer||Director's Office|
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.
|Jim Scherzinger, Chief Operating Officer||Operations|
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, Deputy Chief Operating Officer||Operations|
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, Adult Protective Services & Investigations Director||Operations|
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, Business Intelligence Director||Operations|
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.
|Donna Keddy, Licensing & Regulatory Oversight Director||Operations|
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.
|Michael McCormick, Aging & People with Disabilities Director||Program Design|
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.
|Ashley Carson Cottingham, Aging and People with Disabilities Deputy Director||Program Design|
Deputy Director for DHS Aging and People with Disabilities Ashley Carson Cottingham has
a wealth of advocacy and program experience related to older adults and people with disabilities. As Deputy Director, she oversees the execution of several priority initiatives underway in APD. Ashley worked as the staff director for the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee at the U.S. Senate; she worked with Medicare, Medicaid, aging, disability and primary health care issues for her boss, Chairman Bernie Sanders. Most notably, her team was tasked with pushing the bi-partisan reauthorization of the Older Americans Act forward. While not completed during her tenure, many of the policies Ashley worked on were adopted by the Committee in S. 1562. She also worked for the Senate Special Committee on Aging, specifically on hearings and policies related to preventing elder abuse and strengthening retirement security.
Prior to the Senate, Ashley was the Executive Director of the national non-profit organization the Older Women’s League, where she highlighted the issues that impact women as they age – including retirement security, access to health care and other quality of life issues. Most recently, Ashley worked as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for Compassion & Choices, an organization dedicated to improving care and expanding choices at the end of life. In this role, she led the development of a new policy department and also a consumer-driven campaign to end unwanted medical treatment.
Ashley received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oregon and her law degree from the Vermont Law School. Ashley has a passion for seniors and people with disabilities and is excited for the opportunity to positively impact the lives of those we serve.
|Lilia Teninty, Office of Developmental Disability Services Director||Program Design|
In her new role as the Director of the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) in DHS, Lilia is responsible for the development, oversight and delivery of intellectual and developmental disability services across Oregon.
Lilia brings with her over 13 years of experience, 11 of those working specifically with Intellectual/Developmental Disability (I/DD) programs. She has worked in several states, in a variety of roles. She began her career in the field of I/DD working for a small non-profit that provided assistive technology to people with disabilities. In 2003 she began working for the State of Indiana, where she supervised the Medicaid waiver unit and moved on to become the Chief of Staff for the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (2006-2007). Lilia later accepted the position of Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities for the State of Illinois (2007-2011). In 2011 she moved to Oregon to work for the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI). As a Senior Policy Specialist at HSRI, she provided consultation on Medicaid policies and funding mechanisms for people with I/DD to several states.
Prior to starting her career, Lilia earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Mills College and her Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University. Lilia has a passion for public service and has dedicated most of her career to serving those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
|Lois Day, Child Welfare Director||Program Design|
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.
|Kim Fredlund Self-Sufficiency Programs Deputy Director||Program Design|
Kim Fredlund has served as the Deputy Director of Self-Sufficiency Programs since August 2014. The agency’s Self-Sufficiency Programs provide family stability, and employment preparation and support services that help low-income Oregonians move out of poverty.
Kim has worked in DHS for more than 20 years, most recently as a Self-Sufficiency Program Manager for Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties. Kim brings the Leadership Team valuable front-line perspective and experience from working her way up through a range of positions since joining the agency in 1991. Kim’s experience includes office support, case management, community resource coordination, 10 years as a branch manager in several locations throughout Oregon, and two years as the business transition manager responsible for implementing and helping branch staff master changing tools and processes for delivering services to Oregonians.
|Trina Lee, Vocational Rehabilitation Director ||Program Design|
Trina became the interim director of Vocational Rehabilitation in December 2014. She oversees Vocational Rehabilitation programs that assist people with disabilities with finding and retaining employment as well as programs that help employers develop job opportunities for people with disabilities.
Trina joined the Leadership Team in June 2012 as the Modernization Director responsible for improving the agency’s models for delivering services to Oregonians. Her work included 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.