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.



Governance & Strategic Planning 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.


Chair: Richard Spier
Vice-Chair: Patrick Ehlers

Jenifer Billman
Theresa Kohlhoff
Joshua Ross
Charles Wilhoite
Elisabeth Zinser
Staff: Sylvia Stevens



Public Affairs Committee


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


Chair: Travis Prestwich
Vice-Chair: Hunter Emerick

Patrick Ehlers
Matthew Kehoe
Audrey Matsumonji
Timothy Williams
Ray Heysell
Caitlin Mitchel-Markley
John Mansfield
Simon Whang
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.


Chair: Caitlin Mitchel-Markley
Vice-Chair: Audrey Matsumonji

Hunter Emerick
Timothy Williams
John Mansfield
Simon Whang
Staff: Danielle 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.


Chair: Joshua Ross
Vice-Chair: Ray Heysell

Jenifer Billman
Theresa Kohlhoff
Charles Wilhoite
Jim Chaney
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.


Chair: Hunter Emerick
Vice-Chair: Matthew Kehoe

Patrick Ehlers
Theresa Kohlhoff
Richard Spier
Ray Heysell
Joshua Ross
Charles Wilhoite
Jim Chaney
Elisabeth Zinser
Staff: Rod Wegener



Executive Director Evaluation Special Committee


Conducts annual performance of executive director and makes recommendations to the BOG as to salary and benefits; as needed, serves as the executive director search committee. This committee usually meets two or three times over the course of the year.


Chair: Matthew Kehoe
Vice-Chair: Richard Spier

Jenifer Billman
Travis Prestwich
Caitlin Mitchel-Markley
Elisabeth Zinser