Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Employer Survey - PFMLI is working with a research firm to survey Oregon businesses on what they want to know about PFMLI and what topics are important to them for the new program. This survey is legitimate, completely voluntary, and a one-time activity. The purpose is to give employers a chance to provide feedback on the program and inform our outreach efforts. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact OED_PaidFamilyandMedicalLeave@employ.oregon.gov​

Meet the PFMLI Leadership Team

Gerhard Taeubel, Acting Director, PFMLI

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Gerhard Taeubel is the Acting Director of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Division. Prior to joining the Oregon Employment Department, he worked for 18 years at the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, most recently as the agency’s Wage and Hour Division Administrator. During this time, he helped to implement the state’s paid sick time law. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in English and received a master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon






Ashley Carson Cottingham, Acting Deputy Director, PFMLI 

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Ashley Carson Cottingham is the Deputy Director for Paid Family Medical Leave Insurance Division. Prior to joining the Oregon Employment Department, she served as the Agency Deputy Director for the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman. She also led the Department of Human Services’ Office of Aging and People with Disabilities where she expanded the home care worker program for older adults and people with disabilities as well as improved safety and quality of long-term care for Oregonians. Prior to returning to Oregon in 2012, Ashley worked in Washington, DC for two non-profits and for the U.S. Senate, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging with a special focus on economic security, health care and family caregiving. She became a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a nonpartisan organization made up of the nation’s leading experts on social insurance in 2009 (upon invite) for her advocacy and education on Social Security at the national level. Ashley holds a BA from the University of Oregon and a JD from Vermont Law School.


Phoebe Colman, Program Manager, PFMLI

Colman LinkedIn 2019 cropped.pngPhoebe Colman leads a team of project managers and analysts who support all aspects of program implementation. Phoebe is proud to have been the very first employee hired to work in the PFMLI Division! Prior to PFMLI she served the Oregon Employment Department for 12 years in various roles including project manager, strategic business analyst, performance measures analyst, and policy analyst. Phoebe has also worked in the private sector as a business manager for veterinary hospitals. She graduated from the Portland State University Honors Program with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and pursued doctoral studies in History of Science and Technology at the University of California, Los Angeles. ​


Lois Williams, Operations and Policy Manager, PFMLI

Lois_Williams.jpgLois Williams is the Policy Manager for the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Division. Prior to joining the Oregon Employment Department, she worked for 27 years at the Oregon Department of Revenue, most recently as the agency Administrative Rules Coordinator. Lois graduated with an Accounting degree from the University of Montana, but insists she's a native Oregonian. She enjoys visiting the beautiful sights around Oregon whenever she can, from the coast to the mountains, to Central Oregon and the Gorge. She loves spending time with her large family, including caring for her parents and spending time with her grown children and grandchildren on exciting travel adventures.


Isela Gonzalez, Policy Lead, PFMLI

Isela.jpgIsela Ramos Gonzalez is a Policy Lead in the PFMLI Division. Isela had dedicated more than 15 years of her career to the labor and employment field. She is an attorney admitted to practice law in Oregon and California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from American University, and Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law.




Shannon Ball, Policy Lead, PFMLI

Shannon.jpgShannon Ball is a Policy Lead for the PFMLI Division with a focus on drafting administrative rules, legislation, and assisting in design sessions with Modernization and PFMLI. Prior to working with OED, she worked at the Oregon Department of Revenue for almost 18 years in Personal Income Tax. The last nine years she worked on administrative rules, legislation, developing forms and instruction, and conducted annual outreach and training to tax practitioners on the new law updates for the Personal Income Tax division. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the University of Oregon. Shannon is excited to create policies for the PFMLI program that will allow families to have stability in their income so they can take time off with their children and loved ones during a critical time of need. 


Ayesha Khalid, Economist, PFMLI

Picture_AK.jpegAyesha Khalid was born and raised in Pakistan and moved to the U.S. in 2010. She did her undergraduate in Economics in Pakistan and received her Masters in Economics from Portland State University. In 2020, she graduated from the University of Oregon with a PhD in Economics. In her doctoral dissertation, she analyzed the impact of pollution and climate change on educational outcomes in a developing country context. Ayesha joined the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Division at OED in February 2020. She spends her free time with her 6-year-old daughter and 3-month-old son.