Agency Leadership Team

​​​​​​​​​​​Kip Memmott​

Audits Director

Kip Memmott
​​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.

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.

​​​​​​​​​​​Tasha Petersen​

Human Resources Director

Tasha Petersen

As the Human Resources Director, Tasha is responsible for the Human Resources Division which supports the Agency in hiring and retaining a top notch work force. Areas of focus include recruiting, affirmative action, leaves management, classification and compensation, payroll, operations, employee training and development, employee relations and organizational development. Tasha has more than 19 years of state service with more than 15 of those years spent in the Human Resources profession. This is not an unfamiliar role for her as she has served as the HR Director for Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Employment Department. Before coming to this role, she served as the Employee Relations, Labor Relations and Litigation Manager for Oregon Department of Transportation. Tasha has a love for the culinary arts and enjoys spending time cooking and baking for her family and friends.

Roland Rivera​

Chief Information Officer

Roland Rivera

As the Chief Information Officer, Roland provides strategic information technology policy and direction to promote the successful execution of the Secretary of State business and legislative objectives. He leads the Information Systems Division, enforces life-cycle management strategies for all IT assets, and directs all IT projects. Roland has an extensive public service background including 22 years with the Federal government where he served as the CIO for the Air Force Technical Applications Center, and 4 years with the State of Washington, providing IT procurement & contracting, telecommunications, and network services to 60 state agencies. Most recently he served 7 years with the University of Washington, where he led the university’s premier global research and education networks, and collaborated with 27 local municipalities to build a $34M high speed optical network. Roland holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a double Master’s degree in Computer Resource Management and Space Systems Management from Webster University. Over his 33 year IT career, Roland has gained practical experience in the entire spectrum of IT services including strategy formulation, design, implementation and operations. He has certifications in IT project management, IT service management, and IT procurement. Roland is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, and is married with two daughters.


​​​​​​Mary Beth Herkert

Director, State Archives Division

Mary Beth

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 team win the Super Bowl in her lifetime.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​