Leadership

Finding the Path Forward

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in 2020, Community, Community information, COVID-19, featured, Leadership | 0 comments

Finding the Path Forward

Our society is currently consumed with finding a way back to “normal” after months of staying home. But what of the other part of that line–staying safe? We have succeeded in “flattening the curve” here in Oregon, meaning that we have slowed this disease from tearing through our population at the deadly pace at which it began. But we have done so at great cost, through the extraordinary measures of closing down businesses, schools, recreation, and non-essential medical care. How do we keep from undoing all of our good work by allowing the virus to travel freely among us? This is a question we will be grappling with for months to come. In...

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The COVID-19 Impact on Oregon’s Budget

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in 2020, 2021 Legislative Session, Advocacy, Budget Cuts, Community, Community information, COVID-19, Engagement, featured, Leadership, Legislative Session | 0 comments

The COVID-19 Impact on Oregon’s Budget

We are all tired. Tired from worrying about how we’ll meet our needs without work or support. Tired from caring for our families and keeping them well and safe. Tired from adjusting, constantly, to our changing world. And the last thing we all want to talk about right now are budget reductions. That is true for our government officials, our state agency leadership, and each and every person attached to social services in Oregon. But, this is where we are–the Office of Developmental Disabilities, at the request of the Governor’s Office, has released a proposal of reduction options this week. So, let’s set our tired aside for a moment, and review the facts, and what to...

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COVID-19 and Oregon’s Brokerage Community

Posted by on Apr 21, 2020 in 2020, Advocacy, Case Management, Community, Community information, COVID-19, featured, History, Leadership | 0 comments

COVID-19 and Oregon’s Brokerage Community

Oregonians are all working incredibly hard to keep up with the changing rules and realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. For our social service entities, this has meant delaying long-term projects and other critical work in order to pick up the work of sharing goods, resources, and information with their communities. Health and safety in the time of COVID-19 is an ever-changing effort. It requires an immense amount of extra work, communication, and personal connection with people, even as in-person contact is limited. To hear a problem and figure out how to address it is at the core of what we do. We solve it through listening, identifying resources, and tapping anyone and...

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Happy anniversary, OSSA! A note from our Executive Director, Katie Rose

Posted by on Dec 20, 2019 in Brokerage Basics, Brokerages, Executive Director, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, Leadership | 0 comments

Happy anniversary, OSSA! A note from our Executive Director, Katie Rose

Today, the Oregon Support Services Association celebrates its nine year anniversary of incorporation. The collection of 14 Support Service Brokerages created the association in 2010, 10 years after Brokerages were formed and began serving people with developmental disabilities and their families. Since our beginning, we have had the pleasure to get to know many thousands of people across the state, including the nearly 8,000 people currently in services. The increasing complexity of our agencies, as we’ve grown, and of Oregon’s service system over the past nine years, has called for our increasing participation in advocacy, policy work, and in encouraging...

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Leadership Changes at OSSA: Laura Noppenberger

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in 2020, Brokerages, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, History, Leadership, OSSA officers, Treasurer | 0 comments

Leadership Changes at OSSA: Laura Noppenberger

Our organization is welcoming new leadership for the first time in nearly five years. We’ll be posting a series of articles over the next couple of weeks to introduce our new officers. We invite you to follow along and get to know us a little bit better. Laura breaks the mold of this posting series, and that is nothing new for her. She has been serving OSSA as our Treasurer since 2017, when Bill Uhlman stepped down from his position as Director of Eastern Oregon Support Services Brokerage and with OSSA. Laura deftly took over both leadership at Eastern Oregon Support Services Brokerage, and the Treasurer responsibilities for OSSA, and has spent the last two years...

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Leadership Changes at OSSA: Sarah Noack

Posted by on Oct 30, 2019 in 2019 changes, Brokerages, featured, Future of Brokerage Services, History, Leadership, OSSA officers, OSSA's Vision for Oregon, Positions, Uncategorized, Vice President | 0 comments

Leadership Changes at OSSA: Sarah Noack

Our organization is welcoming new leadership for the first time in nearly five years. We’ll be posting a series of articles over the next couple of weeks to introduce our new officers. We invite you to follow along and get to know us a little bit better. Calling Sarah Noack “new” does not seem right. Truly, all of our new faces in leadership have been a part of important moments in Brokerage history from our inception. Sarah has always been ready for more–more responsibility, more progress, more challenge, more growth. She visualizes her goals with a clear and steady eye; the entirety of the Brokerage community has benefited from her vision. Sarah...

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