Agency Leadership Team

​​​​​​​​​​​Leslie Cummings​​

Deputy Secretary of State

Leslie Cummings
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.​​

​​​​​​​​​​​Mary Wenger​

Interim Audits Director

Mary Wenger
​​Mary is responsible for all state audits and auditors. She began working for the Office of the Secretary of State in 1990, following four years with the California Office of the Auditor General where she performed financial and performance audits. Mary graduated from Oregon State University in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, and has been a certified public accountant in the State of Oregon since 1990.

Jeff Morgan

Director, Business Services Division

Jeff Morgan, Business Services Division Director
​​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 a guitarist and rocks a mean Les Paul.


​​​​​​Peter Threlkel

Director, Corporation Division

Peter Threlkel, Corporation Division Director

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.​


Ruth Miles

Small Business Advocate, Office of the Secretary of State

Ruth Miles, Small Business Advocate, Corporation Division

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.


​​​​​​​​​​​Stephen Trout​

Elections Director

Steve Trout
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.

Jackie Steffens​

Director, Human Resources Division

Jackie Steffens, Human Resources Division Director

Jackie provides leadership in developing and executing human resources strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the agency, specifically in the areas of talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development. During her 25 years in the human resources field, she’s worked for the Oregon Department of Justice, Pitney Bowes and General Electric. Jackie has earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources certification. Her dog, Myles, a Hungarian Vizsla, is the toast of her neighborhood.


Chris Molin​​

Director, Information Services Division

Chris Molin, Information Services Division Director

The agency’s Chief Information Officer, Chris manages all information technology resources by providing leadership and support to Secretary of State divisions in the planning, development, functionality, and maintenance of networks, computing resources, and Web applications. He draws on over 20 years of experience implementing and managing enterprise and integrated solutions in both the public sector (SoS, U.S. Air Force) and private sector (SAIC). The employees under Chris’s direction provide an array of technical services, including project management, software development, and network, database and computer systems administration and support. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management and an Associate of Arts in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. After a long workday in the digital domain, Chris retreats to his den to unwind, analog style, by spinning vinyl records on his vintage stereo. Family time is spent exploring Oregon’s majestic natural beauty.


​​​​​​Mary Beth Herkert

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 2006 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 Records Manager. Born and raised in Buffalo, Mary Beth is a die-hard Bills fan who hopes to see the team win the Super Bowl in her lifetime.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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