DACIA JOHNSON - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Under the leadership and direction of a Governor-appointed seven member Commission, Dacia leads a state agency of specialized staff working to maximize the employment and independent living opportunities for Oregonians who are blind. Dacia began her career at a job training program in Southern Oregon where she helped displaced and economically disadvantaged job seekers re-enter the workforce. She went on to specialize in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation and for more than twenty years has been working to improve employment and independent living services for individuals with disabilities. Prior to becoming Executive Director of the Commission for the Blind in 2013, Dacia was the Director of the agency's Rehabilitation Services program. She previously worked in public Vocational Rehabilitation with the Oregon Department of Human Services as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Training Specialist/Policy and Planning Coordinator.
Dacia holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Western Oregon University and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Portland State University
Dacia holds the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential.
KAT MARTIN - CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Kathleen “Kat" Martin joined the Oregon Commission for the Blind in 2020. An accomplished finance leader with a wealth of management and hands-on operations experience in diverse organizations of all sizes, her career began in the Seattle software and high-tech industry during the meteoric rise of the region's software giants. Relocating back to SW Washington to be closer to family, she served at a small law firm representing the needs of underserved people with disabilities and injuries with claims before the Social Security Administration and Department of Labor and Industries. Kat also spent fifteen years in higher education, serving in a variety of roles including Director of Administrative and Financial Services for a private, for-profit college of design located in Portland, Oregon. She additionally spent five years in strategic support of fiscal and academic operations at the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and College of Education at Portland State University.
Kat holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance/Law and has plans to finish a Master's in Organizational Leadership.
ANGEL HALE - DIRECTOR OF REHABILITATION SERVICES,
INTERIM DIRECTOR OF ORIENTATION AND CAREER CENTER
Angel has been with the agency since 2010, first serving as the Assistant Director of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (managing the agency's Independent Living programs) and then as Director of the Orientation and Career Training Center. Prior to working for the Commission, Angel managed her own small business as a Trainer/Speaker/Consultant. Before starting her own business, Angel worked for the State of Oregon in several capacities. She was a Program Manager/Trainer/Consultant with both the Department of Labor and the Rehabilitation Services Administration. She also worked as a Training Specialist with the Department of Human Services' Staff Development Unit. In these roles, Angel designed and facilitated numerous trainings for managers and staff at agencies and businesses throughout Oregon. As a woman who has been completely blind herself since 1986, Angel deeply and personally understands what it takes for Commission clients to work through their rehabilitation process and come out on the other side independent, successfully employed and understanding that anything is possible for them if they are willing to do the hard but rewarding work it takes to get there.
Angel holds a Bachelor's Degree from Corban University in Social Psychology - Systems Theory, with a focus on program design and facilitation.
MALINDA CARLSON - DIRECTOR OF INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES
Malinda Carlson joined the Oregon Commission for the Blind in 2015, serving first as a Rehabilitation Instructor and most recently as the Director of the Independent Living Older Blind programs. She leads the team that provides in-home and community-based rehabilitation training and counseling services to adults not seeking employment in order to help them live as independently as possible. Previously, she worked for Guide Dogs for the Blind for 27 years as a Guide Dog Orientation and Mobility Instructor. For the last 16 years of her work at Guide Dogs she traveled nationally supporting Guide Dog teams in their home areas as well as presenting nationally and internationally on subjects related to traveling with dog guides and orientation and mobility.
Malinda holds a Master's Degree in Orientation and Mobility.
ERIC MORRIS - DIRECTOR, BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM
Eric joined the Commission for the Blind in 2012. Prior to joining the Commission, he worked for Fred Meyer, Inc. as a Regional Loss Prevention Supervisor for 10 years. He has also worked as an internal investigator, Loss Prevention Manager, Loss Prevention Supervisor and Specialist. Prior to entering the private sector, Eric served in the US Navy as an Intelligence Specialist.
Eric holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, from Marylhurst University.
In addition to his work with the Commission, Eric currently serves as a member of the Woodburn City Council and has served as the Chair of the Woodburn School Board.