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Criminal Justice Commission Members

The Commission consists of nine members, seven of whom are voting members appointed by the Governor. The remaining two members are nonvoting members appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House.


Robert Ball, Chair - CEO Robert Ball Companies

Robert Ball is one of Portland's leading developers and has been a successful real estate investor, developer, manager, and owner. He brings a unique combination of development talent and experience in land planning, entitlement processing, market and feasibility analysis, design and construction, and the essential operational components of real estate investment. Robert negotiates and manages acquisitions, property analysis, development profitability forecasts, acquisition feasibility, market conditions, property due diligence, and overall project and real estate product concepts. His career has spanned over 25 years, creating large scale projects along with the formation of real estate development, sales, and management companies.

Robert volunteers as a reserve police officer for the Portland Police Bureau and holds the rank of Commander. He was awarded the Police Medal (for valor,) two Distinguished Service Awards from the Oregon Peace Officers Association, and many other commendations and citations. He has served on Portland's Charter Commission, several nonprofit boards, and has been active in civic, neighborhood and community projects. He won the 1997 NW Examiner Award for Public Safety and was listed on the Business Journal's prestigious 40 Under 40 list for outstanding leadership in business and civic affairs.

Sebastian Tapia - Associate Counsel, Lane County

Sebastian Tapia possesses a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado and Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He has been a member of the Oregon Bar since 2004. Sebastian began practicing law in Oregon as a prosecuting attorney with the Polk County District Attorney's Office and Lane County District Attorney's Office. His areas of specialty included child abuse and domestic violence prosecution. Sebastian is admitted to practice in Federal District Court, and in his current job with Lane County Counsel, as primary litigation attorney for the Corrections Division of the Lane County Sheriff's Office, he successfully defends the Sheriff's Office and its deputies in civil lawsuits filed in Federal District Court. Sebastian is an active volunteer attorney with Lane County Legal Aid and serves on the Board of Directors for ShelterCare.


Rob Bovett - Legal Counsel, Associated Oregon Counties

Rob Bovett currently serves as Legal Counsel for the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC), where he primarily works on policy matters relating to governance, elections, ocean issues, and drugs. He previously served as the elected District Attorney (2009-2014) and appointed Assistant County Counsel (1992-2009) for Lincoln County, Oregon. He is the author of many of Oregon's drug laws, including those relating to meth lab control. Mr. Bovett created numerous state and local initiatives that provide science-based solutions to problems caused by substance abuse, such as HOPE and other diversionary programs. He has authored many opinion pieces on drug policy, including those published by The Oregonian and The New York Times, has provided over 500 presentations regarding drug policy, and has appeared on numerous programs, such as Good Morning America, National Public Radio, and PBS NewsHour and FRONTLINE.


Rod Underhill - District Attorney, Multnomah County

Rod Underhill has spent his professional career protecting the people of Multnomah County. A graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, he originally wanted to become an FBI agent but decided against it when he found out the FBI would tell him where he had to live. Rod wasn't willing to risk parting with the Northwest.

Rod joined the Multnomah County District Attorney's office as a certified law student in 1987. He served as a deputy prosecutor from 1988 to 2007 and as Chief Deputy from 2007 until he took the office of District Attorney on January 1, 2013.

Rod has prosecuted thousands of cases, and is best known for his tireless advocacy on behalf of domestic violence victims, child sexual abuse victims, combating gang violence and human trafficking and supporting crime victim's rights. Throughout his career, he won major cases against some of Oregon's most violent gang members, drug dealers and killers, including the killers of middle school student Melissa Bittler, YWCA employee Yolanda Panek and mother of four, Asia Bell.

He has won awards and commendations from the Portland Police Bureau, the Oregon Department of Public Safety and Standards and the Oregon Domestic Violence Council. In 2010, the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society honored Rod as one of Oregon's distinguished trial attorneys. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recognized Rod for his tireless work on Oregon House Bill 3194 which seeks to responsibly cut prison costs and control future growth while also reinvesting in prevention, re-entry and victims services.

From the Multnomah County District Attorney Bio


Floyd Prozanski - Senator, North Douglas and South Lane Counties

Floyd was first elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1994. He served in the House of Representatives between 1995-2000 and 2003. Floyd was appointed to represent Oregon Senate District 4 in 2003. He was elected in 2004 to complete the current term and reelected in 2006.

Floyd graduated from Texas A&M University and later earned a law degree from the South Texas College of Law. An avid cyclist and home-brewer, he lives in Eugene with his wife. When the Legislature is not in session, Floyd works as a municipal prosecutor and serves on various boards and commissions.


Wally Hicks - Legal Counsel, Josephine County

Wally Hicks presently serves the community as Josephine County's elected Legal Counsel. Following service as a U.S. Marine in the Iraq War, he completed law school and prosecuted criminal cases as a Deputy District Attorney. He then served in the Oregon House of Representatives for two terms. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and of the University of Oregon School of Law.



Jessica Kampfe - Public Defender and Executive Director

Jessica Kampfe, received a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Vermont in 2002. She earned her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2006 and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in September of that year. She began her practice as a criminal defense attorney at Metropolitan Public Defender in Washington County and Multnomah County from 2006 until 2009. In 2010, Ms. Kampfe joined the Public Defender of Marion County. As a trial attorney she represented hundreds of clients charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses. In her advocacy Ms. Kampfe strives to provide clients with high quality representation and to always treat her clients with dignity while empowering them to make informed decisions in their cases. Ms. Kampfe became the executive director of the Public Defender of Marion County in 2015. As the executive director Ms. Kampfe overseas the public defenders office and collaborates with state and local public safety stakeholders to improve criminal justice systems while protecting the rights of the accused.


Jessica Beach - Yamhill County Department of Community Justice Director

Jessica Beach received a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Correctional Administration from Western Oregon University. She began her career with the Marion County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Parole and Probation Officer working primarily with sex offender and high risk special needs caseloads. In 2017, Jessica became the Director of Yamhill County Department of Community Justice, overseeing an Adult Parole and Probation Department, Juvenile Probation Department, 24-bed youth Detention Facility and Pretrial Justice Program as well as Parks and Work Crew Divisions.

Jessica is pleased to have been given a tremendous opportunity to participate in the Evidence Based Decision Making Initiative (EBDMI) technical assistance grant through the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) when Yamhill County was selected as one of seven sites nationwide, commencing local work in Pretrial Justice and SMART Sentencing alternatives.

Jessica is currently the Secretary for the Oregon Association of Community Corrections Directors (OACCD) and the Northwest Regional Director representing eight states on the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) Board. She also represents Oregon on the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Pretrial Executive Network.


Duane Stark - Representative, Grants Pass

Representative Stark is a Pastor of Local and Global Outreach at River Valley Community Church in Grants Pass. Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Representative Stark went on to complete a bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Oregon and master's from Multnomah University. He is a community advocate and planner, coordinating volunteers and non-profit organizations to work with local governments.

Representative Stark's professional background includes Community Service Supervisor for Josephine County Parks and Recreation, Inner-City At-Risk Youth Director for World Impact, Supervisor for Kairos Residential Psychiatric Treatment Center, a fitness club manager and sheet metal fabricator.

In the community, Representative Stark has conducted seminars for Josephine County focusing on crime prevention and emergency preparedness. He has also served on the FireWise Advisory Committee in the Grants Pass area to prevent losses from wildfires. He was an organizer for a community wide program called SERVE GP, Director of A.C.T (Abolish Child Trafficking) Southern Oregon, and leader for K.I.D.S in Uganda to help rescue orphans. In addition, Representative Stark was involved in CAFAY, the Community Alliance for At-risk Youth. He has participated in the Grants Pass and Josephine County Chamber of Commerce as well as the Eagle Point and the Upper Rogue Chamber.

Representative Stark has been married to his wife for more than 10 years, they are the proud parents of three children and have been certified foster parents for several years.

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