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DHS news release

April 28, 2006


Contact: Patricia Feeny (503) 945-6955
Ann Snyder: (503) 947-6010

Veteran manager named to lead DHS Public Affairs office

A state administrator with more than 20 years' experience in public-sector communication work was named Friday as public affairs administrator for the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).

She is Ann Snyder, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife information and education division administrator for the past four years. The DHS public affairs team is responsible for media and public relations, internal communication, publications and design, Web and related work.

As public affairs administrator, Snyder succeeds Trish Neiworth, who accepted a position to lead a pilot project for DHS public health in Portland.

At the Fish and Wildlife agency, Snyder has been responsible for managing ODFW media and public relations, public involvement and outreach, print and Web communication and natural resources education programs.

Snyder was previously internal communication director for the Oregon Health & Science University, senior communication coordinator for Portland Public Schools and held communication positions with the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Snyder, of Beaverton, holds a master's degree in management science from Marylhurst College and a bachelor's degree in general studies from the University of Iowa, with an emphasis in journalism and organizational communications.

Snyder, who begins May 22, will report to Fariborz Pakseresht, DHS chief administrative officer.

DHS is the state's health and human services agency, with more than 9,000 employees, 150 field offices and delivering self-sufficiency, child welfare, mental health, public health, Medicaid, nutrition, long-term care and other services.