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The Public Employees' Benefit Board designs, contracts for and administers employee benefits for Oregon state employees and their dependents - about 138,000 Oregonians - who live and work in every county in the state. The benefit program includes core health care benefits (medical, dental and vision) and optional benefits such as life and disability insurance and flexible spending accounts.
The Board comprises eight voting members - four represent labor and four represent management. Certain management members serve in an ex officio capacity; the rest are nominated by the governor and approved by the senate. The Board also includes two non-voting members of the legislature.
Shaun Parkman was appointed to the Public Employees’ Benefit Board in 2015. Shaun works as an evaluation specialist in the Oregon Public Health Division and is a rank and file member of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 503. He is a Southern/Midwest transplant and has loved living in Portland since 2010. Shaun stays active by hiking and running with his wife and daughter.
Bill Barr is chief operating officer of SAIF, the state-chartered workers’ compensation company. His extensive experience in insurance and health and wellness includes leadership positions with Cambia Health Solutions,work as a consultant and executive coach, and time spent as an entrepreneur developing solutions for mental health and substance abuse problems in the workplace. Bill chairs the Portland Citizen Crime Commission and has served as a trustee at Marylhurst University for 10 years. He holds a bachelor's and master’s degrees from San Diego State University, Washington State University and the University of Missouri.
Siobhan Martin is the deputy executive director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 503. She has worked with the labor movement for over 18 years. Her background in social work led her to an interest in labor. She moved from Missouri to Oregon in 2000 to defeat both anti-worker and anti-government ballot measures. Siobhan stays mentally active by thinking about how employers can change the workplace to keep workers healthy and stays physically active by holding as many walking meetings as her co-workers will allow. Siobhan lives in Portland with her son.
Kim Harman was appointed to the Public Employee's Benefit Board in 2017 and has serves as a Council Representative with Oregon AFSCME in Salem. Kim has been a labor and community organizer for more than 20 years. Prior to working with Oregon AFSCME, Kim served as Lead Organizer for UNITE HERE Hawaii, the State Policy Director for Faith Action for Community Equity, Executive Director of Eastside PRIDE in Buffalo NY and National Housing Organizer and Nation People's Action in Chicago. Kim has also had more than a dozen articles published as a freelance writer.
Kimberly Hendricks was appointed to the Public Employees' Benefit Board in June 2017. Kimberly is superintendent of Santiam Correctional Institution for Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC). She has also served as superintendent at Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend. Kimberly has been with DOC since 2001, when she joined the start-up team at Coffee Creek Correctional Institution. In addition to 16 years of corrections management experience, Kimberly has been a volunteer firefighter, emergency medical technician, and an occupational health technician at Silverton Hospital. Kimberly attended Willamette University, where she received a certificate in public management. Kimberly is a member of the Board of Public Safety Standards and Training's Corrections Policy Committee. Kimberly and her husband Kevin, a retired fire chief, enjoy fishing and camping.
Dr. Mark Perlman has been professor of philosophy at Western Oregon University since 1998, with a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arizona. He is the author of several scholarly papers and books on philosophy of mind, biology, law and music. He is currently President of the Western Oregon University Federation of Teachers, Local 2278 of AFT-Oregon. In addition, he is a musician, both bass player and conductor, and has been music director and conductor of several orchestras. His vigorous orchestra conducting is his main source of aerobic activity, but he also enjoys hiking and biking.
Representative Mitch Greenlick was elected to the Oregon House in 2002 and has served as Chair of the House Committee on Health Care since 2007. He also serves on the House Committee on Land Use and on the Ways and Means Sub-committee on Human Services. With a Ph.D. in Medical Care Organization, he was director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and Vice President for Research, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals for more than 30 years. He is professor emeritus and past chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in the Medical School of OHSU.
Senator Betsy Johnson is the Senate's non-voting member on the Board. She is serving her third term in the Senate after three terms in the House. Prior to serving in elected office, she founded an aviation company, managed the Aviation Division of the Oregon Department of Transportation and represented the Oregon Pilots Association. She is vice co-chair of the legislature's Joint Committee on Ways and Means.
Dana Hargunani, MD, MPH, is OHA’s chief medical officer. Hargunani brings 16 years of experience as a pediatrician and public health professional to the position. She is recognized by colleagues as a respected leader who is passionate about designing and implementing innovative strategies for improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities.
In her new position, Hargunani will use her medical experience to help inform health care policy and strategy for OHA.
She comes to OHA from Saltbox Health Strategies, where she works as a health policy consultant. Prior to Saltbox, she was chief executive officer for the Oregon Public Health Institute, and assistant professor of pediatrics and chief resident of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University. She will continue to work part-time as a pediatrician at the Children’s Community Clinic.
Hargunani earned her Bachelor of Arts in molecular biology at Princeton University, her Doctor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and her Master of Public Health at Portland State University.
Laura Robison is the Chief Financial Officer for the Oregon Health Authority and oversees the budget, financial, actuarial, and program integrity functions for the agency. Before joining OHA in September 2017, Laura was the Insurance Commissioner and Chief Actuary for the Department of Consumer and Business Services and led the agency’s Division of Financial Regulation. Laura began her career in state service with DCBS in mid-2011, and prior to that, she worked in property/casualty actuarial roles with a consulting firm and insurance companies. Laura holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and economics from Boston University, and she is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Kathy Loretz joined PEBB in 2009 as Deputy Administrator and became Executive Director in 2015. Her healthcare and benefits experience includes clinical and management positions in medical, insurance, Medicaid and HR settings in the private and public sectors. Kathy enjoys spending time at the coast and with her family.
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