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​​​​Fariborz Pakseresht, ODHS Director

Fariborz Pakseresht, DHS Director

Fariborz Pakseresht (Fair'-borz Pahk'-ser-esht) became the Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) in September 2017.​​

Fariborz came to ODHS from the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) where he was responsible for the state's juvenile corrections agency. During his time at OYA, he was honored with the Outstanding Administrator Award from the Council of Juvenile Corrections Administrators for his leadership and contributions in the field of juvenile justice.

Earlier in his career, he served eight years with ODHS in a variety of leadership roles. He also spent 11 years with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services.

Fariborz earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Willamette University and holds a certificate in public management from Willamette's Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

Liesl Wendt, ODHS Deputy Director

Liesl Wendt, DHS Deputy Director

Liesl joined ODHS in November 2018 as the deputy director. She brings experience from both inside and outside the ODHS during her more than 20 years working in the government and non-profit sectors.

Liesl has served as a technical advisor to the Oregon Department of Justice on the temporary lodging of children and youth in our Child Welfare program. She also was the director of Self-Sufficiency Programs, departing in 2014 to serve as an interim Multnomah County commissioner and later taking on the director of Multnomah County Human Services role.

She built strong and enduring connections at the state and local levels as the Chief Executive Officer of 211Info, a community information organization. During her five years with 211Info, Liesl led the organization's expansion across Oregon, adoption of new communications technologies and an increase in the specialization of services.

She also has worked in Oregon local government and with other non-profits in policy advocacy, community engagement and program management positions, and has held leadership roles with United Way Worldwide.

Don Erickson, Chief Administrative Officer

Don Erickson, Chief Administrative Officer

Don Erickson is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Oregon Department of Human Services. He oversees 12 programs which help support the work of the department, including: Contracts and Procurement; Facilities; Imaging and Records Management Services; Background Check Unit; Business Information Systems; Publications and Creative Services; Payment Accuracy and Recovery; and Program Integrity.

Erickson is a licensed mental health therapist in several states including Oregon.​​ He began his career in a Weste​rn Montana outpatient behavioral health clinic specializing in substance abuse and mental health treatment. In addition to counseling, throughout most of his career, Don has taught graduate-level courses, provided clinical supervision and served on licensing and ethics review boards. He has been recognized as an authority on the treatment of post-traumatic stress and trauma informed care and suicide prevention. Increasingly, Erickson's work has focused on the development and implementation of innovative behavioral health and human service programs.

Erickson has worked as the Bureau Chief of Behavioral Health Services for the State of Arizona where he implemented evidence-based programs for children's wraparound services, employment and housing services for consumers in behavioral health system, intensive adult case management and peer delivered services. He has authored and implemented policies for behavioral health services for infants and toddlers, children's trauma informed treatment and served as executive sponsor for Arizona's Driving Suicide to Zero program.

In 2012 Don was awarded the National Council of State Governments annual award for Innovation, Excellence and Ingenuity for his role in creating and implementing a statewide suicide prevention program.

Eric Moore, Chief Financial Officer

Eric Moore, Chief Financial Officer

In July 2008 Eric moved to the Children Adults and Families Division of ODHS and became the Chief Financial Officer of ODHS in July 2011.

Eric received a BS in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark.

After becoming a member of the Oregon State Bar, Eric began his public service career with the Department of Revenue in November 1995. In 1997 he joined the Oregon Department of Transportation to do personal services contract work. In 1998 Eric moved to the Oregon DMV to become the first Records Policy Unit manager. From 2000 to 2005 Eric was a Presiding and then Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge with the Oregon Office of Administrative Hearings. In 2005 Eric moved to the Budget and Management Division of DAS as the O​​​DHS Health Services and Children Adults and Families Budget and Policy Analyst for the Governor's budget.

Michael McCormick, Aging & People with Disabilities Interim Director

Michael McCormick, Aging, People with Disabilities Deputy Director

With more than two decades of state service, and a majority of those with the Oregon Department of Human Services, Mike McCormick has extensive knowledge of the agency's program structure, client needs and policy guidelines.

Mike served as the Deputy Director of the Aging and People with Disabilities program in 2012 and from December 2015 to October 2019, when he assumed the Interim Director position. Mike was a key leader in securing approval for Oregon's 1915(K) State Plan Option. He then used these tools to dramatically expand the percentage of individuals receiving services in their own home.

Prior to his work with Aging and People with Disabilities, Mike led the Department's Office of Rates, Contracting and Research. During his tenure, Mike provided leadership on financial management, effective use of data in administering programs and establishing fair, competitive rates for long-term care providers.

During his leadership role for the Provider Audit Section, Mike adopted a data analytics approach towards assessing risk of errors, fraud and abuse in Oregon Health Plan's medical programs. Under Mike's leadership, millions of tax dollars were recovered and ultimately were used to fund needed services for Oregonians.

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Mike graduated from University of Oregon with a BS in Business Administration.

Rebecca Jones Gaston, Child Welfare Director

Rebecca Jones Gaston, Child Welfare Director

Rebecca became the Child Welfare Director in November 2019 after serving as the executive director of the Social Services Administration at the Maryland Department of Human Services. In that role, she oversaw both child welfare and adult services, which focuses on the needs of the elderly, disabled and vulnerable adults.

Rebecca has worked in human services and child welfare for more than 24 years as a social worker, advocate, therapist, consultant, and administrator. She spent eight years with Casey Family Programs, providing technical assistance to child welfare agencies throughout the United States. Rebecca also served as the national director of a campaign for foster and adoptive families in collaboration with the Ad Council and Children’s Bureau. She was a program director with the National Association of Former Foster Care Children of America and a program coordinator for the National Center on Permanency for African American Children at Howard University.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lacey Andresen, Child Welfare Deputy Director, Program and Practice

Child Welfare Deputy Director, Program and Practice

Lacey was appointed Deputy Director of Program and Practice in February of 2019. She first began working for ODHS Child Welfare in an internship in her Master’s Social Work program. After finishing graduate school, she spent five years in various types of casework, including supervising a unit of caseworkers serving children with complex behavioral and mental health challenges and older youth in foster care. She has also managed a federal grant for retention and recruitment of resource families and served as program manager for the Title IV-E waiver project. When she became the Child Permanency Program Manager, she formally created a reunification program and oversaw permanency planning and post-permanency supports. When she is not working, she loves to cook, read, travel and spend time with her incredible family and friends.

Aprille Flint-Gerner, Child Welfare Deputy Director, Equity, Training and Workforce Development

Aprille Flint-Gerner, Child Welfare Deputy Director, Equity, Training and Workforce Development

Oregon Child Welfare Division Deputy Director Aprille Flint-Gerner is a social worker with over 25 years of public service ensuring sound implementation and provision of social work “best practices” as well as culturally appropriate, trauma-informed services and supports to children, youth, families, communities and Tribal Nations. She is considered an expert in many promising practice frameworks in child welfare and human services having worked in various systems in both California and Nevada. With a strong commitment to promoting equity and inclusion and modeling cultural humility, and an awareness of how healthy relationships can shift organizational culture, she has helped countless leaders and organizations work towards transformation of the human service workforce.

Aprille’s past work includes serving as the Child Welfare Workforce Development Manager at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she created, implemented, and managed effective workforce development assessment and training to Nevada child welfare workers, supervisors, and providers. Aprille is very active with several initiatives aimed at eliminating disparate outcomes for youth most impacted by the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.​​

Lilia Teninty, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services Director

Lilia Teninty, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services Director

In her role as the Director of the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) in O​DHS, Lilia Teninty is responsible for the development, oversight and delivery of intellectual and developmental disability services across Oregon.

Lilia began her career working for a small non-profit that provided assistive technology to people with disabilities. She then became the supervisor of the Medicaid waiver unit in the State of Indiana, later becoming the Chief of Staff for the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services. In 2007, she became the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities for the State of Illinois. In 2011 she moved to Oregon to work for the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI). As a Senior Policy Specialist at HSRI, she provided consultation on Medicaid policies and funding mechanisms for people with I/DD to several states. She became the director of ODDS six years ago.

Lilia holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Mills College and a Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University. Lilia has a passion for public service and has dedicated most of her career to serving those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also serves on the board for the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), which represents the nation's agencies in 50 states and the District of Columbia providing services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.​

Anna Lansky, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services Deputy Director

Anna Lansky, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services Deputy Director

Anna Lansky became the Deputy Director for the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services in 2015. In partnership with the​ DD Director, she works to set and implement the strategic vision for DD programs in Oregon, and shares accountability for services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and for the work of the DD program staff.

Prior to ODHS, Anna worked at the UALR Survey Research Center and was co-author and leading contributor to several of the studies. Since 2005, she worked on automated cost allocation, financial systems and business process improvement projects at the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Anna also worked with the O​​DHS Office of Policy and Planning, and lead efforts related to health care reform.

In 2012, Anna became the Assistant Director for the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services in Arkansas, leading efforts to improve home and community based services.

Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Global Studies from Hendrix College, where she graduated with Distinction and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

She has volunteered with international nonprofit organizations such as Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Heifer International.

Jana Mc​Lellan, Self-Sufficiency Programs Director

Jana McLellan was appointed to the role of Interim Director of Self-Sufficiency Programs in March 2022. Prior to her current position, Jana represented ODHS in a joint department response to the COVID-19 pandemic as Director of the COVID Response and Recovery Unit. Building a large unit over two active years of the pandemic was one of the highlights of her career. Prior to this cross-departmental assignment, Jana served as Deputy Director of ODHS Child Welfare Programs beginning in 2018. For a brief eight months during this period, she also served as the Interim Director of Child Welfare while a permanent director was sought.

With years of experience in leadership roles in the public and private sectors, Jana has built a career on transformational change. As director of the State Operated Community Programs in the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services, she created the Stabilization and Crisis Unit. This effort involved working with more than 20 residential group homes to refocus their purpose and fulfill the state’s need for short-term, intensive treatment facilities for vulnerable Oregonians.

Prior to her work with ODHS, Jana served as executive director of the vocational rehabilitation nonprofit Port City Development Center, and held several roles in Multnomah County Government, including Chief Operating Officer. Jana holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in juvenile justice from the University of Oregon.​

Claire Seguin, Self-Sufficiency Programs Deputy Director

Claire Seguin, Deputy Director, Self-Sufficiency Programs

Claire Seguin joined ODHS as the Deputy Director of Self-Sufficiency Programs in July 2019.

Claire has over 30 years of experience in community development during which time she has led successful community development corporations in southern California, built affordable housing, worked on community revitalization and has been a strong advocate for anti-poverty programs.

Claire came to O​DHS from Oregon Housing and Community Services where she served as the assistant director of housing stabilization, overseeing Homeless Services, Energy Services, the Individual Development Account program and HUD Contract Administration from January 2015 to July 2019. She served five years as executive director for both the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO) and Community LendingWorks, its affiliate community development financial institution, which provides coordinated and comprehensive asset building programs to Lane, Marion and Clackamas Counties.

She attended the University of Arizona studying Communications-Radio and Television and has completed executive education programs at San Diego State University, Indiana University, the Harvard Business School and Notre Dame.

Ivonne Lopez, Self-Sufficiency Programs Deputy Director

Ivonne Lopez, Deputy Director, Self-Sufficiency Programs

Ivonne Lopez was named Self-Sufficiency Programs Deputy Directory in March 2018, overseeing statewide services. In this role, Ivonne provides guidance and direction to district leadership teams, supports branch offices in delivering equitable and seamless services for all Oregonians, and ensures Self-Sufficiency's service delivery reflects the diverse cultural needs of Oregon communities.

Ivonne has been a leader throughout her 27 years at ODHS, acting in roles with both Self-Sufficiency and Child Welfare. Ivonne started her career at the agency as an emergency assistance worker and has held many positions including lead worker, supervisor, community development coordinator, program manager and district manager in Umatilla/Morrow Counties. Ivonne lives by the principle of a multi-generational approach to family solutions.

Keith Ozols, Vocational Rehabilitation Director

Keith Ozols, Interim Vocational Rehabilitation Director

Keith Ozols was named the Director for Vocational Rehabilitation in July 2019. He has been with ODHS for eight years.

Keith previously served as the workforce and youth manager for Vocational Rehabilitation since 2015, overseeing expanding programs relating to workforce engagement, benefits planning, the Oregon Ticket to Work program and multiple transition programs for students with disabilities.

Before joining O​DHS, Keith was the executive director of Incight, a Portland-based nonprofit that provides educational and employment services for people with disabilities. His prior experience includes counseling English language learners in workforce, college and career readiness.

Heather Lindsey, Vocational Rehabilitation Deputy Director

Heather Lindsey, Deputy Director, Vocational Rehabilitation

Heather Lindsey was named the Deputy Director for Vocational Rehabilitation in September 2019.

Heather previously served as the secondary transition liaison for the Oregon Department of Education, providing statewide management in the area of special education transition services and supporting the Department as it addresses the Lane v. Brown settlement. Heather has more than 15 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation, as a vocational evaluator, VR Counselor, and specialist in the field.

She has a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from St. Louis-based Maryville University.


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