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Board Members

Appointments

Board members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate to four-year terms. The Governor names the chair and vice chair. The full-time board was authorized in 1969 and has five members.

Chairperson Michael Hsu

   Michael Hsu holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, and a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.  Prior to his appointment to the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, he worked as an attorney at Metropolitan Public Defenders in Washington and Multnomah counties.  As a public defender he represented defendants at trials, sentencings, probation violation hearings, and release hearings for a wide variety of crimes.
 
Term: 05/2017 - 05/2021
 
 

Patty Cress

   Patty Cress holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Southern Oregon University, and a master’s degree in Teaching from Western Oregon University.  Prior to her appointment to the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, she worked as the Lead Release Counselor for the Oregon Department of Corrections and as a Parole and Probation Officer in Coos and Jackson counties.  As a Parole Officer, she supervised specialized caseloads of domestic violence and sexual offenders.

Term: 03/2016 - 03/2020 

James Taylor

   James Taylor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Linfield College.  Prior to his appointment to the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, he served for four years on the Audit Committee, one as Chairman, for the Oregon Youth Authority which oversees nine youth correctional facilities in the state of Oregon.   Additionally, James worked for over 30 years as a banker in Portland, Oregon, serving primarily as a Vice President in commercial real estate and business finance.  James has also previously worked for the former state agency Oregon Economic Development Department and the city agency Portland Development Commission (aka Prosper Portland).
Term: 12/2017 - 12/2021
 

Greta Lowry

   Greta Lowry holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from the College of St. Benedict and a law degree from Willamette University College of Law. Prior to her appointment to the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, she worked as a prosecutor in Coos and Lincoln counties. As a prosecutor she represented the interests of the State of Oregon at trials, sentencings, probation violation hearings and release hearings for a  wide variety of crimes. Her final duties as a prosecutor focused on programming in response to the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, wherein she was embedded with Community Corrections and tasked with determining what offenders could be safely supervised in the community.
Term: 5/2019 - 5/2023 
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John Bailey

   John Bailey holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Florida State University, and he holds a law degree from Seattle University. Prior to his appointment to the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision, he served as a U.S. Probation Officer for the federal judiciary in Portland, Oregon, and he served as a Parole and Probation Officer for the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice. As an officer in community corrections, John worked with a variety of adults on probation and Post-Prison Supervision, to provide meaningful opportunities for positive change, and enforce conditions of supervision to protect the community.   

Term: 7/2019 - 7/2023
 
 

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