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Insurance Advisory Committee members

Member Roster

Consumer Representatives


​​Family Involvement Manager
Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs
Office phone: 503-494-0865


Tamara Bakewell works with families of children and young adults in Oregon who experience special health needs. She manages the state’s grant-funded Family to Family Health Information Center, helping families navigate complex health care systems, including commercial and public insurance. She facilitates the inclusion of family/consumer voices in key health systems agencies around the state.

​​​1690 Hallinan St.
Lake Oswego OR 97034​

Jerry Cohen has joined his spouse Ruth as a partner in Evolving Elders, dedicated to address the opportunities and transitions of aging. He moved to Oregon in 1996 from Kansas City to establish one of AARP’s first state offices. He served as AARP’s State Director in Oregon for 23 years, working with local, state and national staff, volunteers, members and businesses, and community organizations. AARP is the premier organization for people 50+ and their families.

He previously managed legislative and regulatory advocacy and supported volunteers for AARP in a five state region in the Midwest. Past career positions have included working for: University of Missouri-Kansas City, heading a nationally-funded research and training center on aging and intellectual challenges; Legal Aid of Western MO, establishing a volunteer attorney program with the Kansas City Bar Association; and the Missouri Division of Aging, serving as the State’s first Legal Services Developer under the Older Americans Act.

Forces and Advisory Committees. He currently serves on the advisory council for the Oregon WINGS project under the Oregon Judicial Department and the Financial & Health Insurance advisory council for the Department of Consumer & Business Services. He also is a partner (volunteer) for Social Venture Partners PDX. He is a past-chair of Congregation Shir Tikvah’s board.

​Executive Director
Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens
United Seniors of Oregon
President, Oregon Consumer League

5816 SW Westdale Court
Portland, OR 97221
Phone: 503-720-4908


Industry Representatives

​Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Cambia Health Solutions

200 SW Market Street
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-525-6523

Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs
The Standard
Standard Insurance Company

1100 SW Sixth Avenue ​
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (971) 321-6245
Cell: Cell & Text: (971)200-9739

Ryan Chieffo is the director of Government and Regulatory Affairs at The Standard. Ryan joined The Standard in 2016 as an attorney in the Legal and Compliance division. Before coming to The Standard, Ryan was an assistant director at the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation and an employee benefits attorney at Perkins Coie LLP. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Siena College in New York and his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

​Eric Cutler, CPCU, CIC, LPCS
Senior Vice President, Operations
Sublimity Insurance Company

100 SW Sublimity Blvd, P.O. Box 219
Sublimity, OR 97385-0219
Phone: 503-769-3919, Office

Eric is a 32 year insurance industry professional processing a prior regulatory background. He has lead and managed numerous teams throughout his career, with a major focus on Oregon for the vast majority of his time. He is currently the Vice President of Operations for Sublimity Insurance Company in Sublimity Oregon.

Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Regulatory Affairs
Moda Health and Delta Dental of Oregon and Alaska

Phone: 503-412-4053

Dave Nesseler-Cass is Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Regulatory Affairs at Moda Health and Delta Dental of Oregon and Alaska. Dave oversees the compliance program for all lines of business including commercial, Medicare and Medicaid medical and dental plans. He is also responsible for maintaining strong relationships with regulators and advocates on the company’s behalf regarding regulatory policy issues. He currently serves on the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services Insurance Advisory Committee and has served on various other regulatory workgroups. Dave holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Portland State University. He is also a volunteer board member for the American Cancer Society’s Oregon and Southwest Washington Area. Dave has worked on health insurance compliance and regulatory issues since 2005.

​Oregon Mutual Insurance


Industry Producers

Wendy Abel-Hatzel

President, ​​​​​Abel Insurance Agency
​ P.O. Box​ 1780
​Coos Bay, OR 97420​
Phone: 541-267-4124 ext 208
​Fax: 541-267-2002

President of Abel Insurance Agency, a family owned independent corporation headquartered in Coos Bay with branch office locations in Gold Beach, Florence and Newport. Wendy volunteers on a local fire department board and the Western Alliance of the Professional Insurance Agents.

Christopher Boone
​​Vice President, Boone Insurance Associates

72A Centennial Loop #125
Eugene OR 97401
Phone: 541-345-3707

Chris Boone serves as the president of BIA (Boone Insurance Associates) an independent insurance agency based out of Eugene OR. Chris’s primary area of focus is senior and individual product lines and has been licensed for over 15 years.

Dawn Miller
​​Employee Benefits Specialist
Hagan Hamilton Insurance Services

P.O. Box 847
McMinnville, OR 97128
Phone: 503-424-3361
Fax: 866-540-5596

Patrick O'Keefe
​​Owner and managing partner
Cascade Insurance Center

1201 NW Wall St., Suite 100
Bend, OR 97703
Phone: 541-382-7772

Patrick O’Keefe is the owner of Cascade Insurance Center, and insurance agency that was established in Bend, Oregon in 1975. Cascade Insurance Center has fourteen employees and handles personal and business lines of insurance as well as life, health, employee benefits and Medicare. Patrick has consistently been involved with insurance carrier advisory committees, leadership in both local and state industry associations, as well as appointments to State committees.

David Willis MSW, CLU,CASL,ChFC
​​David C Willis Ins Agency, Inc.
State Farm Insurance

212 Q St. 
Springfield, OR 97477
Office: 541-747-1499
Fax: 541-747-9304


Committee contact

Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings will take place virtually.

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