Executive Committee


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Karen Howard – Chair

Karen is a Research Analyst in the Central Services Division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). Her primary area of expertise is with occupational injury and illness data, including Oregon worker’s compensation claims. During her 13 years with DCBS, she has led and participated in numerous analytical projects and studies related to occupational injuries and illnesses. In addition to informing agency policy decisions, her work is used by employers, workers, researchers, and others for accident prevention and education efforts.
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Hannah Osinga - Vice Chair

Hannah is a Research Analyst in the Central Services Division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. She currently supports the workers’ compensation business intelligence tool as well as the forecasting and analysis of data related to regulation in the financial and insurance industries. In college, she majored in business and economics. She then earned a graduate degree in economics, with a specialization in public economic policy, from the University of Amsterdam.
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Kim Toews - Secretary

Kim Toews is the Manager of the Economic Regulation/Complaint Resolution Section at the Motor Carrier Transportation Division of the Oregon Department of Transportation. Kim is a results-driven, multifaceted, performance-focused professional with over 20 years of comprehensive experience in the regulatory industry. She is an expert at formulating innovative solutions to complex problems and developing cost-effective strategies to drive an organizations’ advancement and growth. Kim is a veteran of the United States Air Force with a Certification in Inventory Management and she holds a Certification in Public Management from Willamette University, Atkins Graduate School of Business. Kim, currently serves as the Division’s Administrative Rules Coordinator and Public Records Coordinator. She is also a Division Lay Representative. Previously, she served as the Division’s Legislative Liaison from 2009 to 2014.
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Tasha Chapman - Communications Coordinator

Tasha is a Research Analyst in the Central Services Division at the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, serving as lead analyst in support of Oregon OSHA and the Workers Compensation System. She has been an employee of the State of Oregon since 2005, and has previously worked with the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Human Services. She received a Master’s degree from the University of California, Riverside in personality psychology research, with an emphasis on personality assessment and psychometrics.
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Alethia Miller - Workforce Development Coordinator

Alethia is a legislative analyst at the Legislative Policy and Research Office (LPRO) with the Oregon state legislature. Her work requires administering the House and Senate committees, while providing policy analysis on proposed legislation. She performs non-partisan research for legislators and staff. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in politics from Willamette University and a Master of Public Policy degree from Oregon State University. Alethia previously worked for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission as an operations and policy analyst, while providing legislative analysis, coordinating statewide programs and doing program evaluation.
Samina Panwar - Volunteer Coordinator

Samina serves as an Operations and Policy Analyst for the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Health Information Technology. She provides project management support to the IT projects which entails managing budget, contract administration, and developing funding requests for federal funding. Prior to joining OHA, Samina worked in environmental consulting addressing complex water contamination issues in Pacific Northwest and at Emory University working on research projects focused on health effects associated with drinking water distribution. One of her publications is a Springer book chapter published in 2018 tiltled ‘Upstream Policy Recommendations for Pakistan’s Child Mortality Problem’. Samina holds masters’ degrees in environmental engineering and public policy.
Julie Huber - Web Coordinator

Julie has worked in the employment and disabilities field for over two decades as a provider and in employment services for state developmental disabilities agencies in Oregon and Tennessee. She holds a Masters in Public Administration.
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Felicia Bechtoldt

Felicia is a projections economist at the Oregon Employment Department’s Workforce and Economic Research Division. She forecasts employment by industry and occupations for the state and sub-state areas. She writes articles about industries, occupations, demographic, employment and income trends. Felicia has a Bachelor of Science in International Economics and Management from Bocconi University and a Master’s degree in European and International Policies from Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy.
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Will Burchard

Will is an Economist for the Oregon Employment Department’s Workforce and Economic Research Division. He analyzes labor market information for the state of Oregon, including employment and unemployment data, both by industry and occupation. Before joining the Oregon Employment Department, Will worked as an intern at the Department of Transportation. He received a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Oregon, and did his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.
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Jerry Curry

Jerry is a reference librarian at the Oregon State Library since 1998. He is the lead editor of the Library’s eClips news clippings product and specializes in research in/around legislative issues. In addition, he performs literature searches and provides research support to state employees. In a past life, he worked as an environmental chemist before changing careers and obtaining a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Tennessee. He also holds a B.S. in Environmental Health from Purdue University and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas.
Stephen Kooyman

Steve is a project manager in the Division of Financial Regulation (DFR) at the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. He’s working on building a formal project management framework around the always growing list of work the division takes on. He formerly worked on the DFR Product Regulation team as a health insurance Rate Review Analyst, ensuring the group reached key milestones and met deliverables, and supported division strategic planning and performance tracking. He is certified in project management and change management, and holds a master’s degree in Applied Information Management from the University of Oregon.

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Daniel McKay

Daniel works for the Office of the State CIO as a strategic sourcing specialist. His team coordinates IT procurement projects across state agencies, units of local government and educational organizations. Daniel specializes in performance management, and holds certifications in public performance measurement, project management, and data visualization. Daniel has experience in research methodology, experimental/survey design, and statistical analysis. Published work includes research studying the Italian Mafia and its effects on entrepreneurship, and the development of an index that attempts to measure mafia presence. Daniel holds a Masters’ in International Development Economics and Bachelors’ degrees in Political Science and Economics.