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DHS news release

February 12, 2004

Contact: Patricia Feeny (503) 945-6955

State hires new administrator of vocational rehabilitation


The Oregon Department of Human Services has hired a longtime state manager to head the Office of Vocational and Rehabilitation Services (OVRS).

Stephaine Parrish Taylor, of Portland, brings more than 18 years experience to this position, including 11 years in management. Most recently, she was manager of the OVRS North Portland field office.

Jean I. Thorne, DHS director, said Taylor was selected for her extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of issues affecting the disability community.

"Stephaine's rich background in disability service, combined with excellent collaborative and communication skills, made her an ideal choice for this key leadership position," said Thorne. "This administrator plays a critical role in the department's ongoing move toward integrating services and in meeting goals that produce the best outcomes for those we serve."

Taylor is chairwoman of the Commission for the Blind, a role that has afforded her first-hand knowledge of state government and experience working with the Legislature, the Governor's Office, the Department of Administrative Services and other state departments. She has also been on the board of the Oregon Advocacy Center, the Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program Advisory Board and the state Mental Health Planning and Advisory Committee.

In 2003, Taylor received the Distinguished Service Award from the Oregon Disability Commission.

She holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. She will begin her new role April 1.

OVRS, which receives state and federal funds, assists Oregonians who have disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and independence.