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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.

AARP Oregon past State Director & now volunteer; co-owner of Evolving Elders
Phone: 971-335-7417
Executive secretary, 2020, 2021

Jerry Cohen has both a JD and MPA and backgrounds in public policies around aging, disabilities and bioethics. He served from 1996-2018 as AARP’s first State Director in Oregon, working with local, state and national staff, volunteers, members and businesses, and community organizations on an array of issues across all ages. He and his wife Ruth, a care manager of over 30+ years, founded in 2019 to educate and consult on various care issues.

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

Phone: 503-720-4908

​Dr. Jim Davis is a social psychologist, gerontologist, educator and advocate. He has served on the Oregon Insurance Advisory Committee for more than 30 years. He retired in 2016 after serving for 11 years as an associate professor in the Human Sciences Department at Marylhurst University. Dr. Davis currently is the Chair of the Oregon Disabilities Commission and the state Older Adult-People with Disabilities Behavioral Health Advisory Council. Dr. Davis is also the long-time executive director of the Oregon State Council of Retired Citizens and United Seniors of Oregon (both of whom he has served since the 1970s), state affiliates of the National Council on Aging.

Industry Representatives

Director of Government Affairs Providence Health Plan
3601 SW Murray Blvd,
Beaverton, OR 97005
Phone : 503-574-7139
Exec chair 2020, 2021

Jennifer Baker is Director of Government Affairs for Providence Health Plan. She manages the Government Affairs team for PHP health plans in Oregon and Washington. She is the current Treasurer for the Oregon State Bar Health Law Section. She brings over 20 years of government relations experience in Oregon. Her focus for this committee is aiming to find new ways to provide access and affordability to quality health care for all Oregon consumers. She earned her law degree from Willamette University College of Law.

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.

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Oregon Mutual

Phone: 503-883-1402

James Workinger is the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Oregon Mutual. Founded two centuries ago in the beautiful Willamette Valley on the principle of neighbors helping neighbors, Oregon Mutual proudly continues its tradition of service to members as the West’s oldest mutual property and casualty insurer.

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

Phone: 503-424-3361

Dawn’s approach is unique when it comes to her role as an Employee Benefit Specialist. With 20 years of experience in the healthcare space she still has energy to help employers develop and implement new ideas. She is an excellent communicator and considers herself an extension of the HR department and looks to partner with her clients rather that work for them. Employee meetings are her favorite and she passionate teaching employees the tips and tricks of a very complicated system.

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

Phone: 541-747-1499

State Farm Agency 1989 to present.
Pres/Secretary Greater Oregon Chapter Society of Financial Service Professionals and member of NAIFA, Springfield, Eugene Chambers of Commerce, & Eugene Estate Planning Council.
Elected Board Member Springfield Utility Board past six years

B.A. French, Magna Cum Laude, UofU 1977,
Master of Social work, UofU 1979
Series 6 and 63/Securities Licenses 1997 to current, NMLS #321752 2009 to current
Thesis: University of Utah, 1979, AMCAP Journal-April 1982, Vol. 8, Issue 2, AMCAP Journal- Sept 1986, Vol 12 Issue 2, Journal of Social Work-“Purchase of Social Services: Another Look”, Nov/Dec 1984, Vol. 29, No. 6


Committee contact

Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings will take place virtually.

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