Deputy Secretary of State
As Deputy, Leslie jointly directs daily operations responsibility for the divisions of Archives, Audits, Corporations, and Election, under the Secretary. She will serve closely with the Secretary, providing leadership and oversight to these divisions, as well as providing guidance for the Agency’s supporting services. Leslie’s private and public work experience of over 35 years includes significant business, educational, information technology, and management-related experience in multiple western states including Alaska, Montana, Washington, California, and Oregon. She will focus on helping improve Agency services for all Oregonians. Leslie received her Bachelor of Arts in Management Information from Eastern Washington University and her Master of Business Administration and Ph.D. in Leadership — both from Gonzaga University. In addition, she holds professional certifications in security (ISC2 - CISSP) and project management (PMI – PMP). Most recently she helped establish security, risk management, and quality programs to help protect and improve Oregon citizens’ health and employment related services. Leslie grew-up in Oregon enjoying farm life and animals. She was thrilled to return with her family to Oregon in 2008 and is now able to enjoy this wonderful state’s many blessings. With an adventurous spirit and a heart for sharing her varied experiences with others, she pens stories in her prolific series of children’s books.
Kip is responsible for all state audits and auditors. He began his professional career in 1993. Kip’s professional positions include Chief Audit Executive for the Oregon State Treasury, Director of Audit Services for the City and County of Denver, Colorado, Audit Manager for the County of San Diego, California, Performance Audit Supervisor for the State of Arizona’s Office of the Auditor General, and Senior Consultant for KPMG. He holds a BA from the University of Utah and a MA from Arizona State University. Kip is a graduate from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Executives in State and Local Government executive education program and has earned a Certificate in Public Leadership from the Brookings Institute. Kip has attained the Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP) and Certified Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) credentials. Kip serves on the Institute of Internal Auditors’ (IIA) American Center for Government Auditing Advisory Board and previously served as an officer on the Association of Local Government Auditors’ (ALGA) Governing Board. In 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 performance audits he directed received Knighton Awards for excellence and impact from ALGA. Additionally, in 2014, the IIA identified the City and County of Denver, Colorado’s Auditor’s Office as one of eleven best practice audit functions for major cities in the United States and Canada. Kip and his wife Lisa have two children, Abby and Ben. He is an avid skier and U.S. history buff and is a proud husband and father of accomplished bagpipers and a tenor drummer.
Director, Business Services Division
Jeff manages the business and administrative support center for the agency. This includes budgeting, purchasing, safety and risk management, and sales of Secretary of State publications. With over 33 years in public service, most with the State of Oregon, Jeff has filled roles in five state agencies. In addition to a Certificate in Public Management from Willamette University, Jeff is a Certified Public Purchasing Officer and Certified Professional Public Buyer. He's
Director, Corporation Division
As director, Peter leads the formation of business in our state. He manages the registration of businesses for the Secretary of State. A strategic thinker and tireless doer, Peter was an important force behind Business Xpress, Oregon’s all-in-one business portal. Prior to entering Oregon public service, he held leadership positions with U.S. Bank. While Peter has a well-earned reputation as a deep thinker, he’s also a deep diver: He enjoys scuba diving and has explored reefs in Hawaii, Mexico and the Northwest. He earned a Certificate of Public Management/Public Administration from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University. Peter has a Bachelors of Science in Economics from Western Oregon University.
Small Business Advocate, Office of the Secretary of State
Ruth works collaboratively with small businesses, nonprofits,
state and local government
to help streamline and improve Oregon’s business climate. She brings a unique combination of public and private sector experience to her work in the Secretary’s Office of Small Business Assistance. With 18 years of experience running small businesses, Ruth understands first-hand the challenges that entrepreneurs face. An avid kayaker, she comes to the Secretary of State after nine years in the legislative branch, where she helped constituents navigate the shifting waters and complexities of state government.
Steve is responsible for ensuring the uniform interpretation and application of Oregon’s election laws. He oversees voter registration, state initiative and referendum, candidate processes, campaign finance reporting, and the production and distribution of the state voters’ pamphlet—which is distributed to approximately 1.7 million households for each primary and general election. Steve has more than 20 years of state and local government election experience, both in the public and private sectors. He earned a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science-Public Service all from the University of California-Davis. Steve treasures his family, especially when they sing Schoolhouse Rock songs, and he looks forward to March Madness every year.
Human Resources Director
Cheryl began her HR career while in the army. After 24 ½ years in the army she retired in 1999 as a Master Sergeant. She was hired by the Department of Human Services (DHS) as an office manager for the Yamhill County Child Welfare office in 1999. In 2001, she had the opportunity to move back into HR with DHS holding a variety of positions including HR Manager for Oregon State Hospital, Sr. HR Manager for DHS and Oregon Health Authority culminating in becoming the HR Director for the Oregon Health Authority. She retired Jan. 1, 2017, but was enticed out of retirement to become the HR Director for the Oregon Secretary of State’s office.
Director, State Archives Division
As State Archivist, Mary Beth is in charge of records management and reference services for the state. The Oregon Administrative Rules – the rules all agencies must abide by – are part of her division’s portfolio, and she oversees publication of the Blue Book, the state directory and almanac. Mary Beth was appointed State Archivist in 2005 after serving in the Archives Division for many years. She holds a master’s in history from the State University of New York at Albany and is a Certified Archivist and Certified Records Manager. Born and raised in Buffalo, Mary Beth is a die-hard Bills fan who hopes to see the
Super Bowl in her lifetime.