IPMA-HR Oregon Chapter

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chapter officers

steve herron, president     

Steve Herron is the Labor Relations & Class/Comp Director for Multnomah County, where he's been since July 2011. Steve oversees negotiation and administration of eleven labor agreements for the county. Steve attended law school at Lewis & Clark's Northwestern School of Law and is a member of the Oregon State Bar.


Brandi Leos IPMA-SCP, PHR, is a Senior HR Business Partner with the City of Tigard and focuses on labor and employee relations, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and recruitment.  Through traditional employment and consulting work has supported a variety of cities, counties, and districts throughout Oregon.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management and Human Resources from the University of Phoenix, actively serves on the NW Public Employees Diversity Conference planning committee, and writes a regularly published HR column for the Engaging Local Government Leaders Network's (ELGL) #morningbuzz.

After becoming a chapter member with the IPMA-HR Oregon Chapter in 2014, she joined the board in 2015 and was elected Vice President in 2018.

An Oregon native, Brandi enjoys spending time outdoors any time of the year.


Debra Bullard, IPMA-SCP, SHRM-SCP, is Senior HR Analyst at the City of Tualatin.  In addition to her HR generalist responsibilities, Debra is also responsible for risk management, property and liability insurance, and safety. Debra earned a Bachelor of Science degree in both Business Administration and Business Management from the University of Phoenix and has received her Master’s in Liberal Studies - Human Resource Management through Fort Hays State University in Kansas. 


Doug Detling, IPMA-SCP, currently serves as Chairman of the seven-member Board of the HRA VEBA Trust, a three-state health benefits trust serving more than 50,000 local government participants in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Doug was elected to the HRA VEBA Board in March 2005, and has served as its Board Chairman since September 2009. He served as Human Resources Director for the City of Medford from January 2000 until retiring in September 2013. Doug has more than 40 years’ public service to State and local governments in California and Oregon.

Doug has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. He has several years’ experience as a newspaper reporter, has edited numerous publications for state and local agencies, and has extensive experience in web-based communications.

Doug is a Life Member of the International City/County Management Association, and an Emeritus Member of IPMA-HR. He is an active genealogist and member of numerous family societies in the United States and Germany. Doug also serves on the City of Eagle Point, Oregon’s Community Development Commission, and the Patient and Family Advisory Council for Providence Medical Group in Medford.

jim loeffler, past president

Jim Loeffler, IPMA-SCP, SHRM-SCP, served Human Resources Director for the City of Oregon City from June 2008 until his retirement in 2018. Prior to joining Oregon City, Jim worked in Human Resources for Multnomah County and facilitated undergraduate Management and Communications courses for the University of Phoenix Portland campus. He has more than 37 years of public service in both federal and local government in various capacities throughout the world. Jim holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management Systems from Chapman University and a B.S. in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

board of directors 

Angie Bond     

Angie Bond is currently serving as the Total Compensation Manager for Metro.  Angie worked for the City of Hillsboro in Human Resources for 19 years prior to making her move to Metro.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Portland State University and comes from a family of public servants.

She has taken on the role of IPMA Board Member to help grow the Human Resources field in the Portland regional area.  Angie has spent the last 18 years as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life where she held the position of Chair for the Relay for Life of Hillsboro for 6 years.  She is passionate about finding a cure for cancer and honoring those who have battled and lost their fight to cancer.  She has also volunteered for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for 6 years in various roles. 

Pamela Bowles 

Pamela Bowles is the HR Generalist/Analyst for the CIS Hire to Retire program.  Valuing the importance of excellent customer service, she has spent over twenty years as a licensed Oregon insurance agent working with numerous employers in a variety of industries ensuring successful implementation of fully and self-insured health insurance products.    In 2005 she started with CIS as a Benefits Representative to assist members with the administration of their CIS benefits package.   Her commitment to ensuring that members and employees had a strong foundation and understanding of their health coverage made it an easy for her to transition to her new position as the HR Generalist/Analyst in 2015.  Pamela is now assisting members manage the complexities of human resources and committed in ensuring that members are complying with federal and state regulations.  Pamela is focused on creating a foundation of resources and tools on the website, performing assessments to ensure member’s HR best practices are supporting their organization, and working in collaboration with HR consultants to provide risk-management services to member cities and counties.  An Oregonian native, Pamela graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Pamela eagerly started her career in human resources by obtaining her IPMA-CP, SHRM-CP and PHR certifications.  She has recently been elected to the board of directors with Oregon IPMA and is actively involved with the Salem SHRM chapter. 

Amanda Christensen

Amanda Christensen, IPMA-SCP, has been involved in human resources in the local government setting at the City of Independence for the past 6 years, working her way up from a Human Resources Analyst to her current position as Human Resources Manager.

Amanda has been/is responsible for: updating the Personnel Policy Manual; working with three collective bargaining units; established the city’s first-ever employee benefits fair; acts as the city’s management representative to the Safety Committee; and oversees the city’s workers’ compensation program.

Amanda is a Willamette Valley native and has lived in the Pacific Northwest her entire life.  She volunteered as a Firefighter and EMT for 15 years at her local fire department until she moved out to the country to raise her children. She has been with the City of independence for 8 years.  Amanda has an Associate’s degree in Fire Prevention.

Machell DePina

Machell DePina, IPMA-SCP, SHRM-SCP, PHR has been Human Resources Director for the City of Keizer since 2008. She has more than 15 years’ experience with the State of Oregon as well as many years’ management experience in the private sector. Some of her prior roles include: Training Manager for the Oregon Lottery; Human Resources Director for the Oregon Employment Department; Statewide Training Associate for the Department of Administrative Services and Recruitment & Records Manager for the Department of Human Services. Machell has a BA in Business Administration from Linfield College, a Certificate of Public Management from Willamette University Atkinson Graduate School of Management and professional certification with the Society for Human Resource Management and the Oregon Project Management Program. Machell is proud to have been part of the pilot group completing the very first Oregon IPMA-HR Competency Model training. In addition to IPMA-HR, Machell is also a member of both national and local chapters of SHRM and NPELRA/ORPELRA.

Mel Gregg

Mel Gregg is an experienced HR professional with almost 25 years of experience in both public and private sector, having worked in five states and three countries as a generalist in human resources management roles. She has a M.S. in Business and Industrial Management Counseling and a B.A. in Psychological Counseling, in addition to ICMA-SCP, SHRM-SCP and ADATCP certifications. Currently, she is the HR Director for the City of Woodburn. Mel also is trained to train other HR professionals in ICMA-SCP certification.

Mel is a transplant to Oregon but felt like a native Oregonian from day one. She loves her twin daughters, all animals and nature.

Kaci KorInek

Kaci Korinek is a human resources professional who has passion and experience in many areas, including performance management, employee and labor relations, workplace wellness, employee and organizational development, and employee engagement. She currently serves as the Assistant Human Resources Director for the Oregon Employment Department, which includes developing and implementing employee development, performance, and retention strategies so that the agency can most effectively serve the public.

She gained her HR experience in both the public and private sector, as has previously served as a Human Resources Business Partner and Learning and Organizational Development Specialist with the State of Oregon, and as a Learning and Development Manager with the Gallup Organization. She earned a Master of Science in Strategic Human Resources: HR Management and Development from the University of Denver and is a PROSCI certified change practitioner.

Lucy Shipley 

Lucy Shipley, SHRM-SCP, CCP, SPHR, has been an HR leader in Portland Metro public sector organizations for more than 20 years. Lucy has partnered with senior management to provide strategic solutions in areas such as total rewards (benefits and compensation), talent management, employee relations and human resource information systems to improve organizational performance. She has worked for the Oregon Education Association, OHSU, Multnomah County, TriMet and currently serves as the HR Director for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

Lucy is a member of a non-profit organization, Women Helping Women, and previously served with the Oregon Education Association Foundation. Her other interests include spending time with her family and friends, hiking, reading and gardening.

Kyle Weraky

Kyle Weraky is the Executive Recruiter and Special Projects Manager for the Oregon Department of Administrative Services . He has a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Oregon and graduated in 2017 with his MBA from Willamette University. Kyle has spent the last 10 years in the public sector and has a passion for recruitment and branding. Prior to coming to the Department of Administrative Services, Kyle spent 8 years working for the State of Oregon with the Department of Transportation and the Department of Education. Kyle most recently was the Recruitment Manager for Metro Regional Government in Portland before coming back to the state.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for IPMA-HR Oregon Chapter, Kyle also serves as a Steering Committee member for the Western Oregon University Student Employment Committee and is a Steering Committee member of the Portland Metropolitan Equity and Diversity Network (PMDEN). Kyle lives in Salem Oregon with his wife and two children. When he is not at the office, he loves spending time with his family, hiking, curling and losing sleep over his fantasy football lineup.  

The Oregon Chapter of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  Tax ID #45-5602679. 

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