Joseph Leykam is a licensed clinical social worker and 12 year veteran of the Oregon mental health system. Mr. Leykam has worked across a wide array of services including clinical and leadership work with the state hospital youth and adult settings, as well as community mental health settings within much of Western Oregon's public and private sectors. Mr. Leykam has worked across multiple levels to advocate for increased quailty care for all people with mental health concerns. His advocacy is not limited to quality of services but also to safeguard the civil and human rights so often denied to people with severe mental health conditions. Currently Mr. Leykam is the lead clinical provider with the Benton County Developmental Diversity Program's Integrated Mental Health/Developmental Disability Specialty Clinic in Corvallis.
Board Chair Term: July 2018 to June 2019
Term(s): June 2017 to May 2021
JW was born and raised in Ashtabula, Ohio. He joined the US Navy in 1963 and served for over 30 years. After retiring from the Navy, he was on the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department, was Office Manager for the Maricopa County Home Health Care Department, and attended Lampson Jr. College. In 2000, he was an instructor for the Navy's NROTC program in LaVerne, CA and came to Bend as an instructor at Mount View High School in 2001. He is currently the State and Bend Chapter President of the Band of Brother's, is the past Commander of Post 4 American Legion, and is a Lifetime member of Vietnam Veteran's of America Chapter 820. He enjoys family time, golf, and his 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandsons.
House Minority Leader Appointment
Term(s): October 2016 to June 2020
Diana Allen spent her entire professional life in the field of special education. Early on in her career she was the program administrator for infants and toddlers, first withBenton County Mental Health and later through Linn Benton Lincoln EducationService District (LBL ESD). Diana also worked for the Oregon Department of Education as the Director of EarlyIntervention/Early Childhood Special Education Programs and Director ofRegional Programs for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities. She finished her career as the program administrator for students with severe disabilities at LBL ESD. Diana never imagined that upon retirement she would develop a passion for working with and for people living in long-term care communities. As soon as she retired, Diana immediately completed the training to become a Certified Long-Term Care Ombudsman. She has a special interest in advocating for the quality of life and care of residents experiencingAlzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Diana also volunteers for the Red Cross and serves on the Patient and Family Advisory Council for Good Samaritan RegionalMedical Center, in Corvallis.
Term(s): July 2019 to June 2023
Dwight D. Mowry earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Colorado State University and then completed his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Clinical Psychology from Washington State University. He briefly worked in a prescription drug treatment program before consulting with the Bureau of Substance Abuse in Idaho. He worked briefly for a Mental Health Center in Boise, Idaho, he also helped to evaluate child abuse and neglect resource centers. He next was employed as a Psychologist for a mental health center in Southwest Idaho and then transitioned into opening his own office as a Psychologist in Ontario, Oregon. Over the years his services changed from primarily providing treatment for families, children, and adults to primarily providing evaluations for children and adults. Often those evaluations were provided at the request of agencies in Idaho and Oregon and some evaluations occurred for Social Security. Many evaluations were provided at the request of attorneys and at the request of the Courts in both Idaho and Oregon. Dr. Mowry retired during September of 2014 but as of December of 2016 he continued to serve as President of the Eastern Oregon Psychological Association.
Senate Minority Leader Appointment
Term(s): November 2016 to June 2018 and July 2018 to June 2022
Helen Kao is Medical Director of Clinical Innovations at Lumina Hospice and Palliative Care in Corvallis, OR, and Associate Professor of Geriatrics with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She is board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, and hospice & palliative medicine. Helen’s clinical work has focused on the care of frail, homebound, and vulnerable older adults for over a decade. Throughout her career she has provided care to patients directly in their place of residence, including long term care facilities, memory care facilities, and foster homes. She has particular interests in dementia, home-based care, palliative care, and joint medical-legal care of patients with complex medical-social needs. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and completed all of her medical training at UCSF. Helen moved to Oregon in 2016 and has since been actively involved in her community, speaking and teaching regularly about issues related to older adult health and well-being.
Term(s): September 2017 to June 2018 & July 2018 to June 2022
Jan Friedman, an attorney for 26+ years, is with Disability Rights Oregon. She has also worked with clients with disabilities to enhance opportunity, access, and choice. She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and attended Oberlin College and Northeastern University. Ms. Friedman serves on the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit Advisory Committee; the State's Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics and Orthotics Work Group; the Oregon State Bar Elder Law Executive Committee and numerous work groups focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities.
Term(s): November 2015 to June 2018 & July 2018 to June 2022
Mark Williams is an attorney with a practice in Bandon, Oregon, is of counsel to Gaydos Churnside & Balthrop in Eugene, Oregon, and a fifth generation Oregonian. Mark focuses his practice in estate planning, probate, elder law(medical and financial issues facing the aging and incapacitated), and legal ethics. He is past chair of the Oregon State Bar Elder law Section, a member (and past president) of the Oregon Law Institute board from 1995 to 2013, and adjunct professor at Concordia University and University of Oregon School of Law. He has addressed estate planning issues at a number of national and local forums including the National Academy of Elder LawAttorneys Annual Symposium, American Society on Aging; Joint Conference on Law and Aging; the Oregon Law Institute; and Oregon State Bar. Mark is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School and the University of Portland where he graduated magna cum laude.
Term(s): December 2018 to December 2022
Roberta retired from the State of Oregon as a Human Resource Program Manager and retired as a Colonel from the Oregon Army National Guard. She then took a part time position as the Executive Director for the Oregon National Guard Association which allowed her time to become a Certified Long Term Care Ombudsman for Washington County. She saw this volunteer work as an opportunity to have another set of eyes on what is happening in long-term care facilities. It also allows her first-hand knowledge of how residents are cared for and ensure they are treated with dignity. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington and the Board of Directors for the Oregon National Guard Association. While volunteering in other areas, she sees her work with seniors in LTC facilities as a way to improve the quality of services they receive and maintain their rights as Oregon citizens.
House Speaker's Appointment
Sherry Stock, a Neurogerontologist, is the Executive Director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon (BIAOR), the only statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of creating a better future for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families through prevention, research, education and advocacy. Sherry is also the co-owner of Brain Logistics, LLC, providing education, training, and individualized assessment and implementation for individuals and organizations relating to neurological issues. Sherry’s educational highlights include: ABD/PhD in Systems Science, focusing on applying Chaos Theory to epidemics and international aging; Master’s degrees in Medical Sociology, International Gerontology, and Neuro-Gerontology, with minors in Biostatistics, Hospital Administration, Epidemiology and Health Science; Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer with the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists. Sherry has taught numerous University courses in Sociology, International Gerontology, Systems Science, Chaos Theory and Medical Sociology, Accounting and Statistics. Sherry has been appointed by the Governor of Oregon to: The Governor’s Task Force on Traumatic Brain Injury (GTFTBI), Oregon WINGS (Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardian Stakeholders), Co-Chair of the Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council (MLTCQRAC), the Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council for both Oregon and Idaho; and the Oregon Reintegration Team working with returning military. She is a Board member on numerous National and Oregon non-profits, State and National Steering Committees. Sherry has authored dozens of handbooks, monographs, articles, book chapters and books and is a national speaker. Sherry is the mother of a severely brain injured son, life member of the VFW Auxiliary, and the wife of a retired Navy Officer.
Senate President's Appointment
Term(s): October 2019 to June 2023
Ms. Schreiber retired in 2006 after a career as an executive in administrative positions in both the public and private sectors. She served on the Human Resources committee of the SMART Program/Oregon Children’s Foundation; was a member of the State Executive Council of AARP; spent nine years-two as president - on the Board of Directors of Multnomah County CASA; served on the boards of The Dougy Center, Mt. St. Joseph’s Residential Care Facility, Burnside Projects, and Our Children’s Store; served on the board of the Classical Chinese Garden Trust; and served on the CASA Cards for Kids™ team.
Ms. Schrebier is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a BA in Political Science and an MA in Urban Studies from Yale University/Occidental College. She was selected as a National Urban Fellow in 1973-74 and assigned to the Mayor of Portland.
Recently, Ms Schreiber spent time in local facilities for rehab following surgeries where she got first hand experience and learned a little about the operation and world of Long-Term Care Facilities.
Term(s): March 2017 to June 2020