Our stakeholder board includes customers and service delivery partners - by working together we can first imagine and then deliver improved services to our shared customers and to one another.
Service Delivery Partners
Service delivery partners represent state agencies or divisions that share essential processes to the operation of the UI Program (such as tax filing, tax collection, business registration, benefit payment, technology hosting, or printing and distribution).
The members representing these partners are:
- BLAKE JOHNSON | Central Services Division Administrator, Department of Consumer and Business Services
- KAREN L. COLEMAN | Project Executive, Department of Justice - Division of Child Support
- KATIE LOLLEY | Business Division Administrator, Department of Revenue
- DAN HAUN | Self Sufficiency Director, Department of Human Services
- MICHAEL KAPLAN | Deputy State Treasurer, State Treasurer's Office
- ELOISA MILLER | Corporation Division Director, Secretary of State's Office
Customers represent either non-state organizations served by the UI program including businesses, workers, and job-seekers,; and state agencies that do not share processes, but either serve or are served by the UI program, including data sharing.
Our board members representing these organizations are:
- COURTNEY CROWE | Staff Attorney, Portland Regional Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon
- JAMES WEANT | Manager Government Relations, Equifax Inc.
- KURTIS BARKER | Self Sufficiency Program Director, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
- STEVE FERREE | Owner, Mr. Rooter
- TOM CROWLEY | Director Government Affairs, ADP
- GERHARD TAUEBEL | Interim Paid Family and Medical Leave Director, Oregon Employment Department
- LINDSI LEAHY | Unemployment Insurance Division Director, Oregon Employment Department
- RENEE ROYSTON | Modernization Director, Oregon Employment Department
Read UI Modernization Stakeholder Board Charter.
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Service Delivery Partners
BLAKE JOHNSON | Central Services Division Administrator, Department of Consumer and Business Services
Blake Johnson was born and raised in rural Iowa. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Petroleum Engineering and got is MBA from University of California, Davis. Prior to working in state government, he spent 11 years of management experience in the oil and gas industry. His 18 years state government experience include California Department of Finance, Oregon Department of Administrative Services Chief Financial Office, Cover Oregon, Oregon Department of Energy, and currently Department of Consumer and Business Services Central Services Division administrator.
KAREN L. COLEMAN | Project Executive, Department Of Justice - Division of Child Support
Karen Coleman is currently the Business & Technical Services Chief for the Oregon Department of Justice Division of Child Support. Karen has been with the Department of Justice since 1995, serves on the Child Support Program's Executive team, and most recently led the Oregon Child Support Program’s System Replacement project. Prior to coming to DOJ Karen spent nearly nine years working in labor relations for Teamsters Labor Union. Karen was born and raised in Oregon, enjoys the outdoors, and is an avid hunter.
KATIE LOLLEY | Business Division Administrator, Department of Revenue
DAN HAUN | Self Sufficiency Director, Department of Human Services
MICHAEL KAPLAN | Deputy State Treasurer, State Treasurer's Office
ELOISA MILLER | Secretary of State's Office
COURTNEY CROWE | Staff Attorney, Portland Regional Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon
JAMES WEANT | Manager Government Relations, Equifax Inc.
KURTIS BARKER | Self Sufficiency Program Director, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
Barker is the Director of the 477 Self-Sufficiency Program for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. He's held several positions within the Program in his fourteen years of experience. He currently administers welfare assistance, employment / training (WIOA), youth services, early childhood home visiting and vocational rehabilitation services. Barker is currently attending Eastern Oregon University and is seeking his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Leadership, Organization and Management.
In his years with the Siletz Tribe, Barker has had the opportunity to participate in several workgroups and committees. Under his leadership, the 477-Self Sufficiency Program was recognized nationally as an outstanding grantee for excellence in performance (2015).
Barker was born in Corvallis, Oregon but spent most of his life growing up in Siletz, Oregon. He's a member of the Siletz Tribe and has spent the majority of his adult life serving the membership. Barker was instrumental in the development of the Siletz Tribal Marriage and Dissolution Ordinances. This created marriage equality for the Siletz membership. Barker is constantly seeking ways to improve programs and services that benefit all Native Americans in our area.
STEVE FERREE | Owner, Mr. Rooter
One of the top performing Mr. Rooter franchises in the country, Steve and his wife and business partner Michele, focus on creating a culture that defines "a great place to work," while delivering exceptional customer service.
With 42 team members and a 30-truck fleet, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Portland & Vancouver was honored by Mr. Rooter Corporation with their International Franchise of the Year Award in 2009. The team was also honored with the International Franchising Association -- Franchisee of the Year award.
Steve champions small business in several leadership roles. He is “Past" chairman of the Oregon chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and serves on the State Apprenticeship & Training committee/Area I Plumbers. He is also the current President of PHCC of Oregon and serves on the AGC/ABC Construction Workforce Coalition. He is former chair of the Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC) for the City of Portland, and former president and board chair of the Oregon Executives Association. For Mr. Rooter Plumbing, he is former chair of the organization's National Franchisee Association.
On the personal side, when Steve is not flying his airplane, he enjoys taking a ride on his Harley or jumping on his bike that requires pedaling. He and Michele enjoy spending time with their grandson; cooking; and barbeques with family and friends. They also make time to travel.
TOM CROWLEY | Director Government Affairs, ADP
Tom has served as a Director of Government Affairs for ADP since January 2015 where he is responsible for relationship management for ADP with state unemployment insurance (UI) tax agencies. He also serves as the current Chairman, Board of Trustees of the National Foundation for Unemployment Compensation and Workers' Compensation (UWC), as well as the Chairman of the UWC.
Prior to joining ADP, he served for nearly nine years as the UI Tax Chief for the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington DC, where he provided national leadership for the Office of Unemployment Insurance to fulfill Federal oversight responsibilities for the state UI tax programs.
Prior to Federal service he served for 30 years in various leadership positions for the State of Maryland in the area of UI tax administration.
He is a graduate of Loyola College in Baltimore, MD with a degree in accounting and currently resides in Apollo Beach, Florida.
GERHARD TAUEBEL | Interim Paid Family and Medical Leave Director, Oregon Employment Department
LINDSI LEAHY| UI Division Director, Oregon Employment Department
RENEE ROYSTON | Modernization Director, Oregon Employment Department
Renee is a member of the Oregon Employment Department executive leadership team and is currently leading the agency's Modernization Program as the Interim Modernization Director. She has been a State of Oregon employee for over 25 years, leading state programs, initiatives and projects including the Department of Revenue's Core System Replacement (CSR) project and Oregon Employment Department's Modernization Program. She invests herself into developing emerging leaders and seeing others succeed. Renee loves the outdoors. Outside of work you'll find her with her family enjoying Oregon's beautiful wilderness, lakes, and hiking trails.