is a native Oregonian with a long history of public service and experience in health and human services issues.
served in the Oregon Legislature for 10 years and became the first Republican woman in Oregon's history to serve as Speaker of the House.
She moved to the Senate in 2000 and became the Senate Republican Leader, also becoming the first woman to serve in both leadership positions of the 2 chambers.
In addition to her work in the Legislature, Bev served as Interim director of the Deschutes County Commission on Children and Families in Bend.
She was Coordinator of the Public Safety Council in Bend, which worked with local law enforcement to coordinate services to children and families with programs directed to reduce juvenile crime.
She was a board member of Central Oregon Independent Health Services in Bend.
is a mother of four, grandmother of 6 and has been a foster parent.
has been a commercial and residential real estate broker, real estate appraiser, and a small business owner and manager.
husband, Ray, now own a ranch in Bend, Oregon, where they raise hay and cattle.
Bev received her Bachelor's degree in Communications and Management from Marylhurst College in Lake Oswego.
She started her post at HHS in August 2003.