Governor Kulongoski Announces Appointments to Taskforce on Equality

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April 5, 2006

Governor Kulongoski Announces Appointments to Taskforce on Equality

Taskforce on Equality will convene its first meeting next week

Salem – Today Governor Ted Kulongoski announced the appointments to his Taskforce on Equality in Oregon, which the Governor created in February by executive order 06-03 (governor.oregon.gov/Gov/p2006/press_020906.shtml ).

When the Governor signed the executive order and named Paul Kelly chair of the taskforce, he charged the members to analyze current law and identify statutory changes necessary to guarantee that all Oregonians receive adequate protection from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and other opportunities, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Taskforce will also review anti-discrimination legislation adopted by other states, as well as the Governor’s bill that he introduced last year and other bills that came before the 2005 legislature.

"My commitment to this issue dates back to my first term in the state legislature when I introduced a bill to end discrimination based on sexual orientation. More than 30 years later, we’re still fighting to protect all Oregonians from being turned down or fired from a job, denied housing or service at public institutions based on sexual orientation," Governor Kulongoski said. "This taskforce will do the important work of identifying changes in the law that must occur if we are to reach our goal of ending discrimination."

The Taskforce will provide a report to the Governor by December that will include recommended changes to Oregon law to ensure all levels of state government afford the same rights and privileges to all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, including an appropriate legal pathway for grievance, enforcement and resolution if Oregonians experience unequal treatment or discrimination in either the public or private sectors. The Governor will take those recommendations to the 2007 legislature.

To link to the Executive Order, go to: http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/pdf/eo0603.pdf The Taskforce will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, April 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the BOLI Bldg., 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 120C, Portland, Oregon.

The Governor’s Taskforce on Equality in Oregon

Paul J. Kelly, Jr. (Chair): Of Counsel, Garvey Shubert Barer. Kelly retired in 2005 after a long career as Global Director of Public Affairs for Nike, Inc. Prior to Nike, Kelly was in private law practice for more than a decade where he focused on civil trial and appellate work in state and federal courts, as well as general business and family law matters. Kelly began his legal career in public service as a legal aid lawyer which led to the position of executive director of Multnomah County Legal Aid Service, Inc.

Annabelle Jaramillo: Jaramillo is currently serving her second term as Benton County Commissioner. Jaramillo has served as president of National Image, Inc., a national Hispanic civil rights organization, the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, Governor Atiyeh’s Education Mission and as president of the Oregon Women’s Political Caucus. She currently serves on the Board of the Oregon Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Oregon Progress Board.

Bruce Samson: Samson currently serves as Treasurer and board member of The Library Foundation (Multnomah County), Trustee and Secretary of Oregon School Funding Defense Foundation and Co-chair of PSU Graduate School of Education Advisory Board. Samson has served as General Counsel and Director of Public Affairs for Portland Public Schools, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Northwest Natural Gas and President of Public Policy for U.S. West. He also served as chair of the Portland Chamber of Commerce.

Calvin O. L. Henry, Ph.D.: Dr. Henry is an educational consultant in Corvallis. Dr. Henry is founder and president of the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs. He is the founder of the Salem and Eugene Branches of the NAACP and the founder and first president of the Corvallis Branch of the NAACP. As a member of Oregon State University's Board of Visitors for Minority Affairs, Dr. Henry worked with OSU Presidents to establish the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Oregon State University. Henry served as a Captain in the United States Air Forces and the Oregon Air National Guard.

Clara Padilla Andrews: Andrews is the owner and publisher of El Hispanic News and is a strong advocate for women and minority-owned businesses in Oregon. She has dedicated most of her life to achieving social justice and equity for underserved communities in New Mexico and Oregon. Andrews is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Publications and has chaired the Hispanic Media Summit in Washington, D.C. for the last four years.

Dan Bryant: Bryant is the Senior Minister of First Christian Church in Eugene, and the President of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Bryant has been recognized for his strong leadership throughout Oregon and Lane County through numerous awards, including: Ecumenist of the Year Award from Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon; Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Jewish Federation of Lane County; Murnane Social Justice Award from Catholic Community Services; Faith in Action Award from United Way of Lane County; and Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award from the Eugene Human Rights Commission.

Eugene Ross: Ross is a United Church of Christ Minister in Portland. Reverend Ross is a former member of the Board of Directors and past-president of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Reverend Ross led the development and implementation of education programs to assist United Church of Christ congregations in exploring the call to become open and affirming churches, welcoming gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. Reverend Ross currently serves on the Advisory Board of Equity Foundation and is a member of the Board of Directors of FolkTime.

Kenneth "Rick" Brissette: Brissette is a Lincoln City Councilor and Co-owner of Little Antique Mall, Inc. Brissette is a founding member of Gay & Lesbian United Effort, a PAC established in Lincoln County. In the past, Brissette served as board president of the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce, vice-chair of the Lincoln City Planning Commission and a member of the Lincoln County Committee for Citizens Involvement.

Sara S. Mason: Mason is a senior health care consultant and principal for CareOregon, Inc. in Lake Oswego. Mason has 25 years of experience in health care, insurance, strategic planning, contract administration, business development, regulatory affairs and professional management. Mason has also served on numerous boards for non-profit organizations, including the Oregon Business Association, Oregon Health Forum, Loaves & Fishes Centers, Inc., and Vision Northwest.

Sho Dozono: Dozono is President and CEO of Azumano Travel in Portland. Dozono received the Torchbearer Award presented by the Equity Foundation in recognition of his "profound commitment to building a strong and diverse Oregon;" the 2005 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Oregon Chapter, and; the 2005 Angel Award for his work in connection with the Cascade AIDS Project.

Tiffany Telfer: Telfer is the President of Pinpointe, an advertising and marketing firm in Bend. Telfer is a native Oregonian who has been active in the Bend community over the years. Telfer’s business experience, coupled with her strong roots in Central Oregon, brings a unique perspective to the Taskforce.

In addition, Amy Klare from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries,Don Arnold from the Oregon Department of Justice and the Governor’s office will assist the Taskforce as non-voting members.

Media Contacts:

Lonn Hoklin (503.378.6169)

Anna Richter Taylor (503.378.6496)