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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.

Mark Fairbanks

Mark Fairbanks is chair of the Board and the chief financial officer and chief operating officer for the Oregon Health Authority. Prior to joining OHA in May of 2015, Mark worked with the St. Charles Health System in Bend and United Healthcare in Portland. He also worked with Western Reliance Corporation, Northwest Natural Gas and LiveBridge, Inc. Mark has served on the boards of J Bar J Youth Services in Bend, and Metropolitan Family Service and Christie Care in Portland. He earned his MBA at the University of Oregon and is a licensed CPA.

​Shaun Parkman


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

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.

​Stacy Chamberlain, JD

Stacy Chamberlain J.D. was appointed to the Public Employees' Benefit Board in May 2013. Stacy is the staff representative with Oregon AFSCME. She began her work with AFSCME in 2005. Prior to her work with AFSCME, Stacy worked as a legislative aide, a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney's Office and an associate at a Portland law firm. A Portland native, she graduated from Portland State University and earned a law degree from Willamette University. Stacy is a licensed attorney and brings with her a deep knowledge of labor and politics in Oregon. Stacy stays healthy by eating well, running and keeping up with her young son.

Paul McKenna

Paul McKenna, was appointed to the Public Employees' Benefit Board in 2002. Paul is the research director of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 503, and Oregon Public Employees Union (OPEU). He has worked more than 30 years for SEIU and its members. As a board member he tries to represent all state employees in every meeting. Paul, who calls himself the numbers guy, likes to make decisions based on data. When it comes to staying healthy, he also relies on numbers. In recent years, Paul has set and met several numerical annual fitness goals such as walking 4 million steps and doing 10,000 push-ups. 

​Mark Perlman, PHD

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.

Jim Rickards, MD


Jim Rickards is Chief Medical Officer for the Oregon Health Authority. He provides clinical and policy leadership in managing Oregon's Medicaid population with a focus on evidence based coverage, quality oversight, and healthcare transformation. Jim was previously Health Strategy Officer with the Yamhill Coordinated Care Organization, and a radiologist, physician and partner with an imaging clinic in McMinnville. As an OHA Clinical Innovation Fellow, he developed a nationwide tele-dermatology program to bring specialty skin care to the underserved Medicaid population.

​Management Representative


Representative Mitch Greenlick

Rep Greenlick photo

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

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. 

Kathy Loretz

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.