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​​​​​​​New Salem Address - effective June 1, 2020

As of June 1, 2020, HECC has a new address for its Salem offices that were previously located in the Public Service Building and in the Employment Department.  The new address is:​

Higher Education Coordinating Commission
3225 25th Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97302​

The addresses for the HECC Eugene office and the Portland satellite office are unchanged. The HECC offices remain physically closed to the public at this time.​

Physical Offices Temporarily Closed - effective March 25, 2020

In order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Higher Education Coordinating Commission has closed its offices to the general public. However, the agency is continuing our work and services, and staff are available to the public by phone and email.

Agency Directory​

Office of the Executive Director

NamePositionContact Info
HECC General Inquiries503-378-5690
info.HECC@state.or.us
ADDRESS 3225 25th Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97302​
Osvaldo F. AvilaTalent, Innovation, & Equity Administrator503-508-2497
osvaldo.avila@state.or.us
Ben CannonExecutive Director, HECC503-947-5948
ben.cannon@state.or.us
Patricia CunoHuman Resources Analyst503-934-0956
patty.cuno@state.or.us
Lisa EllsworthOffice Manager503-378-5690
lisa.ellsworth@state.or.us
Endi HartiganCommunications Director503-378-6769
endi.hartigan@state.or.us
Susie HosieHuman Resources Director503-934-0955
susie.j.hosie@state.or.us
Karen HowardCommission Administrator, and Assistant to Executive Director503-947-2379
karen.lynne.howard@state.or.us
Rudyane Rivera-Lindstrom Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion503-934-3477
rudyane.rivera-lindstrom@state.or.us
Terry Robbins Chief Audit Executive503-947-5980
terry.robbins@state.or.us
Ramona RodamakerDeputy Executive Director503-947-2436
ramona.r.rodamaker@state.or.us
Christina SteeleHuman Resources Support Specialist503-934-3482
christina.steele@state.or.us
Kyle ThomasDirector of Legislative and Policy Affairs503-947-2678
kyle.thomas@state.or.us
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Office of Academic Policy and Authorization

NamePositionContact Info
ADDRESS 3225 25th Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97302​
GENERAL INQUIRIES ON PRIVATE POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION 503-947-5716
info.pps@state.or.us​
Tiffany CaldwellPrivate Postsecondary Support Specialist 503-947-5716
tiffany.caldwell@state.or.us
Karyn ChambersEducation Specialist, Private Postsecondary Education503-947-5773
karyn.chambers@state.or.us
Veronica DujonDirector503-947-5744
veronica.dujon@state.or.us
Rebecca FullerCompliance Specialist, Private Postsecondary Education503-947-5751
rebecca.fuller@state.or.us
Peter GertenrichEducation Specialist, Private Postsecondary Education503-947-5719
peter.gertenrich@state.or.us
Tabatha HeaterCompliance Specialist*, Private Postsecondary Education 503-934-3480
tabatha.heater@state.or.us
Anthony MedinaOperations Policy Analyst, Public University Coordination503-947-2442
Anthony.D.Medina@state.or.us
Sean PollackProgram Administrator, Private Postsecondary Education503-947-5925
sean.pollack@state.or.us
Kia SorensenAcademic Policy Specialist, Public University Coordination503-947-2448
kia.sorensen@state.or.us
Erin Weeks-EarpAlignment and Articulation Policy Specialist, Public University Coordination503-947-5659
erin.weeks-earp@state.or.us
Barbara ZealDegree Authorization Specialist503-947-5727
barbara.zeal@state.or.us
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Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development

NamePositionContact Info
GENERAL CCWD INQUIRIES 503-947-2401
ccwd.info@state.or.us
ADDRESS 3225 25th Street SE Salem, Oregon 97302​
GED® TEST INQUIRIES 503-947-5608
oregon.GED@hecc.oregon.gov
KC AndrewCTE Education Specialist503-947-5742
kc.andrew@state.or.us
Nick BenderAdult Basic Skills Specialist503-947-2423
nick.bender@state.or.us
Patrick CraneDirector, Community Colleges and Workforce Development503-947-2414
patrick.crane@state.or.us
Brooklyn CruzOffice Secretary and Travel Coordinator 503-947-5701
Brooklyn.cruz@state.or.us
Kasena DaileyProgram Coordinator503-947-5608
kasena.dailey@state.or.us
Helen DunfordAdult Basic Education State Leadership Coordinator503-373-0014
helen.dunford@state.or.us
Luis JuarezCTE Education Specialist503-947-2430
luis.juarez@state.or.us
Eric JuenemannCareer Connected Learning Specialist503-947-2431
eric.juenemann@state.or.us
Donna LewellingDeputy Director, Office of CCWD503-947-2428
donna.j.lewelling@state.or.us
Cat McGrewCCWD Policy Analyst503-934-3485
cat.mcgrew@state.or.us
Brittany MilesTransfer & Articulation Specialist503-934-0830
brittany.miles@state.or.us
Adrienne OchsOregon GED® Administrator503-934-0957
adrienne.ochs@state.or.us
Tamy PerkinsAdult Basic Skills, Administrative Specialist 503-947-2427
tamyra.d.perkins@state.or.us
Kelly ZinckEducation Team Research Analyst503-947-2409
kelly.zinck@state.or.us
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Office of Operations

NamePositionContact Info
ADDRESS 3225 25th Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97302​
Lori AllenSystem Analyst503-947-2425
lori.allen@state.or.us
James BennettInformation Systems Specialist 503-947-1654
james.bennett@state.or.us
Oleksandr Bilobrovchuk Network Analyst / Security Officer 503-508-1746
oleksandr.v.bilobrovchuk@state.or.us
Brandon BlairSystems Analyst503-947-2407
brandon.blair@state.or.us
Terry BouieSupport/Network Analyst503-947-2410
terry.bouie@state.or.us
Lisa ChandlerAccounting Technician503-947-5932
lisa.chandler@state.or.us
Karen DeHutProcurement and Contract Specialist503-947-5986
karen.e.dehut@state.or.us
Derek DizneyProcurement and Contract Specialist503-947-2405
derek.dizney@state.or.us
Marron Easly-HolmesProgram Fiscal Analyst503-378-5159
marron.a.easly-holmes@state.or.us
Brandon FoxSystem Analyst541-687-7301
brandon.j.fox@state.or.us
Lisa GrishamExecutive Assistant503-947-2457
lisa.grisham@state.or.us
Donna K. Haole-ValenzuelaFiscal Services Manager503-947-2424
donna.k.haole-valenzuela@state.or.us
Jordi HumphreysSystem Analyst541-687-7303
jordi.humphreys@state.or.us
Lisa Kelly-HarrimanProcurement and Contract Specialist503-947-5677
lisa.m.kelly-harriman@state.or.us
Mona McMullen Lead Budget Analyst503-947-5933
Mona.McMullen@state.or.us
Aaron MeyersNetwork Analyst541-357-9304
aaron.m.meyers@state.or.us
Monique MurphyProgram Accountant503-947-5935
Monique.Murphy@state.or.us
Anthony NelsonProject Manager 503-934-3481
anthony.nelson@state.or.us
Theresa PietzoldProject Manager503-689-2571
theresa.pietzold@state.or.us
Tom RielDesignated Procurement Officer (DPO)/Contracting Manager503-947-2250
tom.e.riel@state.or.us
Duane RitchieProgram Accountant503-947-2419
duane.l.ritchie@state.or.us
Ramona RodamakerDirector of Operations503-947-2436
ramona.r.rodamaker@state.or.us
James RorickIT Support Specialist503-947-2443
james.rorick@state.or.us
Derek SimmonsProgram Accountant503-947-5789
derek.r.simmons@state.or.us
Kari StocksQuality Assurance Analyst503-947-5623
kari.stocks@state.or.us
Robel TadesseInformation Technology Director503-947-2458
robel.tadesse@state.or.us
Angela TottonPayroll Analyst503-947-2449
angela.totton@state.or.us
Jessica ZacharyAccountant 3503-947-1288
jessica.zachary@state.or.us
Shannon ZiglinskiProcurement and Contracts Assistant503-947-2403
shannon.ziglinski@state.or.us
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Office of Postsecondary Finance and Capital

NamePositionContact Info
ADDRESS 3225 25th Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97302​
David JarvisPostsecondary Fiscal Analyst503-947-5985
david.jarvis@state.or.us
Bruce JohnsonPostsecondary Capital Analyst503-947-0004
bruce.johnson@state.or.us
Jim PinkardDirector, Office of Postsecondary Finance and Capital503-947-5984
jim.pinkard@state.or.us
Terry RogersPostsecondary Capital Analyst503-947-2440
terry.rogers@state.or.us
Kayla WinslowFinance Analyst 503-934-3478
kayla.winslow@state.or.us
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Office of Research and Data

NamePositionContact Info
ADDRESS 3225 25th Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97302​
Amy CoxDirector of Research and Data503-947-2454
amy.cox@state.or.us
Leeta DasSolutions Architect503-947-0606
leeta.das@state.or.us
Olga LevadnayaResearch Analyst503-947-3406
olga.levadnaya@state.or.us
Elizabeth MartinezPolicy and Research Analyst503-947-5999
elizabeth.martinez@state.or.us
Vern MayfieldPolicy and Research Analyst503-947-3407
vern.mayfield@state.or.us
Jason MesserSystem Architect503-378-5159
jason.messer@state.or.us
Rahevin Potter-Clark Research Analyst503-934-3476
rahevin.potter-clark@state.or.us
Paul SchroederResearch Analyst503-947-2432
paul.schroeder@state.or.us
Betsy SimpkinsResearch Communications Specialist 503-947-5676
betsy.simpkins@state.or.us
Shiyan TaoInstitutional Research Analyst503-947-3408
shiyan.tao@state.or.us
Ben TateDirector, Oregon Longitudinal Data Collaborative503-378-2764
ben.tate@state.or.us
Scott YamamotoResearch Analyst503-947-5666
scott.yamamoto@state.or.us
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Office of Student Access and Completion

NamePositionContact Info
GENERAL OSAC INQUIRIES General inquiries541-687-7400
osac@hecc.oregon.gov
ADDRESS 1500 Valley River Dr., Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401
Melissa AdamsScholarship Processing Coordinator541-687-7409
melissa.adams@state.or.us
Juan Baez-ArevaloDirector, OSAC541-687-7307
juan.baez-arevalo@state.or.us
Lisa BrookshierASPIRE Access Specialist503-318-3011
lisa.g.brookshier@state.or.us
Ben BrumundASPIRE Access Specialist503-931-8580
ben.brumund@state.or.us
Catherine ConklinASPIRE & Outreach Technical Specialist541.687-7455
catherine.conklin@state.or.us
Cheryl ConnollyScholarship Portfolio Coordinator541-687-7422
cheryl.a.connolly@state.or.us
Peggy CookseyScholarship Portfolio Coordinator541-687-7443
peggy.d.cooksey@state.or.us
Carol CornacchiaFront Desk Reception541-687-7323
carol.cornacchia@state.or.us
Shannon Donivan-JohnsDeputy Director, OSAC541-687-7451
shannon.donivan-johns@state.or.us
Lori EllisASPIRE Administrator541-687-7471
lorianne.m.ellis@state.or.us
Gavin HoldgreiweTraining and Development Specialist541-687-7379
gavin.holdgreiwe@state.or.us
Kyra KingState Grants Administrator 541-687-7352
kyra.king@state.or.us
Erin PischkeResearch Analyst541-687-7433
erin.pischke@state.or.us
Vickie PotoskiScholarship Portfolio Coordinator541-687-7387
vickie.l.potoski@state.or.us
Horalia ("Lala") RangelOregon Teacher Scholars Program Coordinator503-881-6059
horalia.rangel@state.or.us
Robert SmallSenior Policy Advisor503-934-3479
bob.small@state.or.us
Stacey Stonesifer ASPIRE Access Specialist 541-515-4513
stacey.stonesifer@state.or.us
Kerry ThomasAspire Access Specialist (503) 378-2761
kerry.thomas@state.or.us
Lacie TolleScholarship Program Administrator541-687-7394
lacie.a.tolle@state.or.us
Kristin VreelandState Grants Administrator541-687-7456
kristin.vreeland@state.or.us
Holly WillefordOperations & Policy Analyst541-687-7466
holly.j.willeford@state.or.us
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Office of Workforce Investments

NamePositionContact Info
ADDRESS 3225 25th Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97302​
Jeremy AholaProgram Analyst, Oregon Youth Corp 503-689-6662
jeremy.w.ahola@state.or.us
John AsherWorkforce Program Analyst503-947-2413
john.e.asher@state.or.us
Carie Bauer Director, Oregon Volunteers 971-273-9144
carie.e.bauer@state.or.us
Jennifer DenningStrategic Programs Analyst503-947-3034
jennifer.l.denning@state.or.us
Douglas DenningOregon Youth Corps Director503-559-6003
douglas.denning@state.or.us
Wayne FannoWorkforce Education Specialist503-586-9385
wayne.l.fanno@state.or.us
Theresa FitzgeraldWorkforce Program Analyst971-345-1138
theresa.fitzgerald@state.or.us
Amy HollandNational Service Program Officer971-345-1137
amy.holland@state.or.us
Karen HumelbaughDirector, Workforce Investments503-551-9322
karen.m.humelbaugh@state.or.us
Sydney KingOffice Specialist503-480-6962
sydney.g.king@state.or.us
Clay MartinWTDB and Workforce Initiatives Analyst 503-779-5450
clay.martin@state.or.us
Brittany MelzerSupport Specialist503-934-3526
brittany.e.melzer@state.or.us
Todd NellExecutive Director, WTDB503-508-8916
todd.a.nell@state.or.us
Stephanie SolomonProgram Support Specialist, Board Administrator 971-345-1134
stephanie.b.solomon@state.or.us
Rachel SotoWorkforce Program Analyst503-779-5510
rachel.soto@state.or.us
Linda SozziAdministrative Specialist971-345-1133
linda.m.sozzi@state.or.us
Julia SteinbergerSTEM Council Director971-345-1136
julia.s.steinberger@state.or.us
Kurt TackmanDeputy Director, Workforce Investments971-345-1139
kurt.r.tackman@state.or.us
Debra WelterWorkforce Operations and Policy Analyst 971-345-1135
debra.a.welter@state.or.us
Kathy WilcoxWorkforce Program Analyst971-345-1132
kathy.wilcox@state.or.us
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 *Asterisk means a temporary, job rotation, or limited duration position. 
 


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Key Contacts

General Inquiries​

Info.HECC@state.or.us or 503-378-5690. 

HECC Addresses:

HECC Salem - new physical and mailing address
Higher Education Coordinating Commission
3225 25th Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97302​

HECC Eugene  (OSAC) physical and mailing address:
Higher Education Coordinating Commission​
Office of Student Access and Completion
​1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401

HECC Portland​ (satellite drop-in office), physical address. Please note HECC mail is not received at this address:
​Higher Education Coordinating Commission​
University Technology Services Building, Portland State University, 2121 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201, Suite 505 

​Public Records Requests

Media Inquiries
​Endi Hartigan, Communications Director, endi.hartigan@state.or.us, 
503-378-6769 (office), 971-701-4032 (cell)
Commission-related Inquiries
Karen Lynne Howard, Higher Education Coordinating Commission Administrator, karen.lynne.howard@state.or.us, 503-947-2379

​Student Complaints

Learn about the student complaint process here.​​

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