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Contact Us: Office of Equity and Multicultural Services

General inquiries

Oregon Department of Human Services, OEMS
500 Summer St NE
Salem, OR 97301-1063

 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

 Phone: 503-945-5700

 Fax: 503-581-6198


OEMS staff

Leadership team

Dion Jordan, OEMS Director

Dion Jordan is currently the Director of the Office of Equity and Multicultural services where he helps lead the Oregon Department of Human Services to become more equitable, accessible and racially just. Prior to serving as Director of OEMS, Dion was the Equity and Inclusion Manager of Multnomah County’s Human Resources Department. With over 15 years of experience in this field, Dion has helped to bring a sense of trust, safety and belonging to all, while embedding equity and inclusion within organizations people, places, policies and practices.

LeMont Boyd, Race and Equity Transformation Manager

LeMont Boyd is a Race and Equity Transformation Manager with a focus on Service Equity Management. LeMont started his career at the Oregon Department of Human Services in 2000 and spent 19 years working in Child Welfare Programs as a caseworker, family visitation program supervisor and protective services supervisor. He has served as one of the founding members and chair of the ODHS Employee Resource Group, B.E.S.T. (Black Employee Support Team). Later serving as vice chair and advisor, LeMont supported B.E.S.T. through their development of many initiatives regarding community engagement efforts and internal learning opportunities for the ODHS workforce. Currently, LeMont serves as a Race and Equity Transformation Manager for the Office of Equity and Multicultural Services. LeMont is the recipient of the 2018 Gloria M. Anderson Diversity Award and supports the African American Management Council (A.A.M.C.) Employee Resource Group as part of their leadership team. LeMont holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a master's degree in Social Work from Portland State University.

Melissa Sampson-Grier, Race and Equity Transformation Manager

Melissa Sampson-Grier is a Race and Equity Transformation Manager where she is tasked with re-imagining and supporting equity efforts across the organization. She has over 20 years of Child Welfare, Tribal and community engagement experience and is known for her skills as a facilitator, curriculum developer and leader in racial equity efforts. Prior to transitioning to the State, Melissa worked as the Foster Care Program Coordinator for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. She is a member of the Yakama Nation and proud alumni of Washington State University where she majored in Human Development and Sociology. Outside of work Melissa enjoys spending time with her three children, Brittany, Alayna and Eddie.

Shantika Green, Race and Equity Transformation Manager

Shantika Green is a Race and Equity Transformation Manager with a focus on Training and Workforce Development. Shantika has nearly 20 years of combined experience working within the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice system. Most recently her work has focused on research, curriculum development, training and being a leader in the art of facilitation. She is an alumni of Portland State's Culturally Responsive Leaders program and later, serving as the facilitator of the program. In addition to her work at ODHS, she is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and works as a part time therapist. This fuels her passion and commitment to continue serving children, adults and families struggling with mental health conditions. To balance her professional life, Shantika enjoys traveling with her family and doing hot yoga.