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Public Employees' Benefit Board

About The Board

The Public Employees' Benefit Board designs, contracts for and administers employee benefits for Oregon state employees and their dependents - about 138,000 Oregonians - who live and work in every county in the state. 

The benefit program includes core health care benefits (medical, dental and vision) and optional benefits such as life and disability insurance and flexible spending accounts.

The Board comprises eight voting members - four represent labor and four represent management. Certain management members serve in an unofficial capacity; the rest are nominated by the governor and approved by the senate. The Board also includes two non-voting members of the legislature. See who's on the Board below.

Board Members

Kimberly Hendricks was appointed to the Public Employees' Benefit Board in June 2017. Kimberly is superintendent of Santiam Correctional Institution for Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC). She has also served as superintendent at Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend. Kimberly has been with DOC since 2001, when she joined the start-up team at Coffee Creek Correctional Institution. In addition to 16 years of corrections management experience, Kimberly has been a volunteer firefighter, emergency medical technician, and an occupational health technician at Silverton Hospital. Kimberly attended Willamette University, where she received a certificate in public management. Kimberly is a member of the Board of Public Safety Standards and Training's Corrections Policy Committee. Kimberly and her husband Kevin, a retired fire chief, enjoy fishing and camping.
Shaun Parkman was appointed to the Public Employees’ Benefit Board in 2015.  Shaun works as an evaluation specialist in the Oregon Public Health Division and is a rank and file member of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 503.  He is a Southern/Midwest transplant and has loved living in Portland since 2010.  Shaun stays active by hiking and running with his wife and daughter.
Dana is OHA’s chief medical officer. She has over 16 years of experience as a pediatrician and public health professional.

She is recognized by colleagues as a respected leader who is passionate about designing and implementing innovative strategies for improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities. She uses her medical experience to help inform health care policy and strategy for OHA.

Before coming to OHA, she was chief executive officer for the Oregon Public Health Institute, assistant professor of pediatrics and chief resident of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University. She will continue to work part-time as a pediatrician at the Children’s Community Clinic.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in molecular biology at Princeton University, her Doctor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and her Master of Public Health at Portland State University.
Kim Harman was appointed to the Public Employee's Benefit Board in 2017 and has serves as a Council Representative with Oregon AFSCME in Salem.  Kim has been a labor and community organizer for more than 20 years. Prior to working with Oregon AFSCME, Kim served as Lead Organizer for UNITE HERE Hawaii, the State Policy Director for Faith Action for Community Equity,  Executive Director of Eastside PRIDE in Buffalo NY and National Housing Organizer and Nation People's Action in Chicago. Kim has also had more than a dozen articles published as a freelance writer.
Senator Betsy Johnson is the Senate's non-voting member on the Board. She is serving her third term in the Senate after three terms in the House. Prior to serving in elected office, she founded an aviation company, managed the Aviation Division of the Oregon Department of Transportation and represented the Oregon Pilots Association. She is vice co-chair of the legislature's Joint Committee on Ways and Means.
Siobhan Martin is the deputy executive director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 503. She has worked with the labor movement for over 18 years. Her background in social work led her to an interest in labor. She moved from Missouri to Oregon in 2000 to defeat both anti-worker and anti-government ballot measures. Siobhan stays mentally active by thinking about how employers can change the workplace to keep workers healthy and stays physically active by holding as many walking meetings as her co-workers will allow. Siobhan lives in Portland with her son.

Kate Nass is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the state and works in the Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Administrative Services (DAS). The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for putting together the Governor’s Recommended Budget every two years and advising the Governor on financial matters that impact the state.

Prior to coming to DAS, Kate was the deputy director of finance at the Oregon Health Authority after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She also served a stint as the interim Chief of Staff for the Early Learning Division when the state stood up early learning hubs. She has also been a CFO analyst focused on early learning, health and human services. Kate holds a degree in Finance from the University of Oregon. ​​

Dr. Mark Perlman has been professor of philosophy at Western Oregon University since 1998, with a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Arizona.  He is the author of several scholarly papers and books on philosophy of mind, biology, law and music. He is currently President of the Western Oregon University Federation of Teachers, Local 2278 of AFT-Oregon. In addition, he is a musician, both bass player and conductor, and has been music director and conductor of several orchestras. His vigorous orchestra conducting is his main source of aerobic activity, but he also enjoys hiking and biking.
Representative Andrea Salinas serves House District 38, which encompasses Lake Oswego and SW Portland. She was appointed to the position in 2017 and won her first election to the seat in 2018. She serves as the Chair of the House Committee on Health Care, Co-Chair of the Oregon Complete Count Committee and Assistant Majority Leader. In addition, Rep. Salinas serves on the newly formed House Subcommittee on Behavioral Health, Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services, and the Energy & Environment Committee. Prior to becoming a legislator, Andrea worked as an advocate in Salem to help provide Oregon families with a fair shot. She lives in Lake Oswego with her husband Chris, daughter Amelia, and labradoodle Cooper.
Jeremy Vandehey, J.D. is the Director of the Health Policy and Analytics Division for the Oregon Health Authority, which is responsible for developing and implementing the state’s vision for health reform. His teams’ work includes policy analysis, health care cost and quality reporting, advancing evidence-based care and best practices, spreading the use of electronic health records, advancing payment reform, and purchasing health care for nearly 300,000 public employees.

Before joining OHA, Jeremy served as Health Policy Advisor to Governor Kate Brown. Jeremy previously led government relations for Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest Region and served as the legislative director for OHA during the design and implementation of Oregon’s coordinated care organizations. Jeremy received his Juris Doctor from the University of North Dakota School of Law and his undergraduate degree in public policy and administration from Western Oregon University.

Coordinated Care 

The Coordinated Care Model exhibits the Key Components of the Board's Vision.

We seek optimal health for our members through a system of care that is patient-centered, focused on wellness, coordinated, efficient, effective, accessible, and affordable. The system emphasizes the relationship between patients, providers, and their community; is focused on primary care; and takes an integrated approach to health by treating the whole person.

  • An innovative delivery system in communities statewide that uses evidence-based medicine to maximize health and use dollars wisely
  • A focus on improving quality and outcomes, not just providing health care
  • Promotion of health and wellness through consumer education, healthy behaviors, and informed choices
  • Appropriate provider, health plan and consumer incentives that encourage the right care at the right time and place
  • Accessible and understandable information about costs, outcomes, and other health data that is available for informed decision-making
  • Benefits that are affordable to employers and employees.​

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