OSB Board of Governors Standing Committees



Some of these committees meet quite regularly and others meet only as needed. The membership on these committees is exclusively BOG members. A senior staff member is assigned to assist each committee.



Policy and Governance Committee


Develops and monitors the governing rules and policies relating to the structure and organization of the bar; ensures that all bar programs and services are in compliance with organizational mandates and are achieving desired outcomes. Identifies and brings emerging issues to the BOG for discussion and action.


Vanessa Nordyke, Chair
Per Ramfjord, Vice Chair

Jim Chaney
Elisabeth Zinser
Kerry Sharp
Julia Rice
Eddie Medina
Tom Peachey
Staff: Helen Hierschbiel



Public Affairs Committee


Oversees the bar's government relations program, keeps the BOG abreast of legislative developments, makes recommendations regarding legislative priorities and actions.


Kathleen Rastetter, Chair
John Mansfield, Vice Chair

Guy Greco
John Bachofner
Chris Costantino
Rob Gratchner
Eric Foster
Liani Reeves
Staff: Susan Grabe



Board Development Committee


Identifies desired skills and attributes for the BOG and searches for individuals who have an interest in serving and possess the requisite criteria. Reviews applications, conducts interviews, and recommends candidates for public member positions. Identifies training needs for the board. May recruit candidates for other governance positions.


Per Ramfjord, Chair
Guy Greco, Vice Chair

Elisabeth Zinser
John Bachofner
Chris Costantino
Rob Gratchner
Liani Reeves
Traci Rossi
Staff: Dani Edwards



Appellate Screening Special Committee


Interviews candidates for appellate court appointments and makes recommendations to Governor in accordance with established policy; serves as a resource for local bar screening committees. There is at least one appellate screening process each year, which requires one or two days depending on the number of candidates to be interviewed.


Per Ramfjord, Chair
Jim Chaney
Guy Greco
Vanessa Nordyke
Kathleen Rastetter
Julia Rice
Eric Foster
Traci Rossi
Staff: Susan Grabe



Budget and Finance Committee


Provides oversight of the bar's financial operations; makes recommendations to the BOG about the annual budgets and assessments; manages OSB reserves and investments; receives biennial audit. Provides guidance on long-range forecasts, operating expenses and capital purchases.


Jim Chaney, Chair
Vanessa Nordyke, Vice Chair

John Mansfield
Kathleen Rastetter
Kerry Sharp
Julia Rice
Eddie Medina
Tom Peachey
Staff: Rod Wegener