Executive Office Team

A. Richard Vial​

Deputy Secretary of State

Rich Vial

On April 17, Secretary of State Bev Clarno announced the appointment of former Oregon State Representative Rich Vial as Deputy Secretary of State. Read the press release >​


​​​​​​Mary Beth Herkert

Director, Civics Education

Mary Beth

As a member of the Secretary’s Executive Office, Mary Beth is charged with creating and implementing the Civics Education Program on behalf of the Secretary. She is responsible for managing the Kid Governor Program as well as other civics education components, including providing access to the Oregon Constitution to classrooms all across Oregon. Mary Beth served as the State Archivist for 14 years, after serving the Archives Division for many, many years before that. 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 team win a Super-Bowl in her lifetime. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Email: mary.e.herkert@oregon.gov​​

Andrea Chiapella

Legislative Director

Andrea Chiapella

Andrea is the Legislative Director for the agency, which includes managing legislative affairs and policy development. She brings over a decade of experience from the Oregon Legislature working in both the House and Senate. In addition, she has been involved in working on national policy issues in cooperation with other states, professional development for legislative staff around the country, and efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics with a minor in Asian Studies from Willamette University. She has numerous interests some of which include spending time with family, traveling, and reading. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Email: andrea.chiapella@oregon.gov​​