ANGEL HALE | Director of Rehabilitation Services, Commission for the Blind
BRIDGET DAZEY | Executive Director, Clackamas Workforce Partnership
Since joining Clackamas Workforce Partnership in 2008, and assuming the role of Executive Director in 2014, Bridget's focus has been on removing barriers to employment for all; improving WorkSource services; and building sector strategies, equity, and community engagement.
Bridget received a Master of Social Work from St. Ambrose University, as well as a Bachelor of Social Work from Loras College. Bridget's background in social services, her previous experience in education; criminal justice; substance abuse prevention; and advocacy, informs her approach to workforce development.
As the Executive Director CWP, Bridget supports the board of directors, staff, and partners in fully recognizing the role of coordination at a systems level, toward a shared goal of prosperity across Clackamas County.
DONNA LEWELLING | Director, Office of Community College and Workforce Development, Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Donna has been involved in state-level higher education policy since 2006. Donna has served as Oregon's Adult Basic Skills Director since 2018. In July, 2021 she was named Director of the Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development within the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
Donna holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management Administration and a Master's in Leadership and Management. In her role at the state, she as the privilege of leading a team that works every day to create accessible pathways to success for all Oregon students.
ERIN CARPENTER | Executive Director, Eastern Oregon Workforce Board
HEATHER STAFFORD | Executive Director, Rogue Workforce Partnership
CANDI QUINTALL | Employment and Training Program Manager, Oregon Department of Human Services
JULIA STEINBERGER | Director, Office of Workforce Investments, Higher Education Coordinating Commission
KEITH OZOLS | Rehabilitative Counseling Administrator, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
KURT TACKMAN | Deputy Director, Office of Workforce Investments, Higher Education Coordinating Commission
In his 20+ years with the State of Oregon, Kurt has worked for the Oregon Employment Department, the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, and the Office of Workforce Investments. He held a variety of positions including intern, support staff, front-line service provision, program manager, policy analyst, and management. Prior to joining state government, he spent twenty years in the private sector – mostly the retail and service industries – with a focus on customer service, training, and process improvement.
MICHELLE SIMPSON | HR Generalist, Josephine County
Michelle Simpson utilized WorkSource Rogue Valley and iMatchSkills while searching for her next career in 2017. She was successful in her efforts and joined Josephine County in the Human Resource Department and now uses the iMatchSkills program in recruitment efforts to fill job openings in local government. Before Josephine County, Michelle worked 15 years in a variety of positions in the retail sector, cashier to Management, with an emphasis on customer service and a heart for employee training. Michelle holds a Bachelor's in Business Management and the International Public Management Association for Human Resource certificate, IPMA-HR.
SAM THOMAS | Workforce Program Analyst, Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Sam Thomas is new to the HECC as a workforce program analyst with the Office of Workforce Investments but has jumped right in, spending the last several months working on the HECC Modernization Program. He has a background in web design, software development, and network hardware testing. Before coming to the State, Sam worked as a land use manager for an architecture firm in Salem.
JIM PFARRER | Workforce Operations Division Director, Oregon Employment Department
Jim is the Division Director for Workforce Operations Division with the Oregon Employment Department. He has been in this position for the past 8 years. Prior to that, he was Area Manager for the Employment Department, managing several Worksource Centers. Jim has been with the Department for more than 28 years working in various positions within the agency.
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 Modernization Director. She has been a State of Oregon employee for over 27 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.