Meet Our People

When you want to do the right thing, in the right way for your people, rely on our people.

Our brain trust of experts is available to your organization when you become a member. You'll find our people are never stuffy, always practical and completely reliable. We respond quickly and work proactively—so you can focus on your business and not worry about employment issues.

What did one member have to say after talking with one of our staff? "I feel better after talking to you ... naked ... but better." That's why we're here. That's why we do what we do—to work with inspiring people whose common goal is to invest in the most important part of their business—their people. Please meet our people.


Erin BairErin Bair

Title: Director, Training & Organization Development
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.485.5932

Erin loves helping members create innovative work environments that activate their employees’ intrinsic motivation through training, coaching and team building. She also excels at meeting/retreat facilitation and board development. Prior to joining the Cascade team, she was the VP of Research & Development at Personal Resource Management Associates, Inc., where she specialized in leadership development and management consulting. She currently serves on the board of the Association of Talent Development (ATD) Cascadia Chapter and has been an active member of the Oregon Organization Development Network (OODN), where she provided consulting to the leadership of many Portland-based nonprofits through the organization’s Community Consulting Project. Prior to her work in organization development, Erin worked as an attorney in California in the public interest sector. Erin received her B.A. from UCLA and her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

When she’s not working, Erin loves learning new skills and going on new adventures with her husband, Jon, and their 115-pound black lab, Buster.

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Angela BergersonAngela Bergerson

Title: Technology & Media Manager
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.485.5936

With a zeal for technology, producing positive experiences for users of Cascade’s Web site and social media tools comes naturally for Angela. Also responsible for design, integration and management of internal systems, Angela has mastered "on the fly support" for both members and staff. She came to Cascade in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Literature from George Fox University. Her expertise is the perfect mix for sustaining Association technology systems and disseminating information to develop good employers into great employers.


Jocelyn Billings

Jocelyn BillingsTitle: Training Coordinator
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.485.5937

Probably one of the most helpful people you’ll ever experience (no kidding), Jocelyn works confidently and thoroughly to ensure employers are linked to the right learning programs – softskills training for employees, supervisors, managers and executives. She is the primary coordinator of both public and on-site training programs. She also maintains the Association’s DVD library of over 100 selections on leadership, communication, and safety topics. Jocelyn is a graduate of Chemeketa Community College’s Business Technology Program and in 2008 earned a certificate in HR Leadership through Cascade’s Human Resource Leadership Certificate Program. Her first stint with Cascade was from 2007 to 2011 and in 2013 she rejoined our Training Team, of which we couldn’t be happier.


Ann Blancher

Ann BlancherTitle: Member Service Specialist
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.585.4320

Ann is typically your first point of contact when calling Cascade Employers Association, always eager to get you to the right help, quickly. Joining the Cascade team in 2015, Ann has extensive customer service and administrative support experience working for Cover Oregon and in a variety of other diverse industries. Ann is working toward obtaining her Administrative Office Professional degree at Chemeketa Community College. Ann spends her leisure time reading, doing crafty projects and exploring unique little towns. She loves to putter in the garden and she is passionate about animals.



Mary Brunke

Monica BrilesTitle: HR Flex Staff Consultant
Phone: 503.585.4320

A Senior Human Resource professional with a track record of partnering with business leaders to achieve results through motivation and employee development, and aligning talent to business strategies. Mary’s 30-year career includes a variety of industries from shoes and apparel to senior housing; working in almost every aspect of HR from recruitment to talent management and coaching. Mary brings a wealth of HR knowledge and a calming demeanor; she enjoys working with a variety of leaders to solve people challenges at all levels of the organization. Mary’s passion to help organizations succeed through partnership, leadership and teamwork are what keep her excited to be in HR.

Mary grew up in Portland, and earned her SPHR & SHRM-SCP certifications while working full-time and raising 2 kids and a husband. Mary is part of Cascade’s HR Flex Consultant staff and when not doing projects for Cascade, you’ll find her with family and friends, or in Palm Desert soaking up the sun.

HR Flex Staff


Gayle (Klampe) Gilham

Gayle GilhamTitle: President
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.485.5929

With Cascade since 1976, Gayle’s history and her diverse industry perspective make her the perfect person to engage in a conversation about Cascade’s mission and its unsurpassed value to employers. Applying her experiences from various Association roles, Gayle instinctively assesses the workplace landscape, ensuring Cascade attracts and retains a team of professionals that provides collaborative, responsive, and solution-oriented services. Routinely participating in numerous professional organizations and chambers of commerce, Gayle currently serves on the Board of the Willamette Workforce Partnership as past president and is an active member of the Employer Associations of America. She reports to a Board of 17 executives from Cascade member organizations.

When Gayle manages to take a break from her Association schedule, she enjoys working in her half-acre garden and fishing on Oregon’s coastal rivers.

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Kasha Halvorson

Kasha HalvorsonTitle: HR Flex Staff Consultant
Phone: 503.585.4320

Kasha has dedicated her entire 30+ year career in the Human Resource profession and partnering with business leaders to achieve goals. Her experience includes working in a wide variety of industries, from shoes to helicopters; and working in almost every aspect of HR, from staff development to executive recruitment. She enjoys the diversity of HR challenges, problem solving and working with people – whether the work settings are local, national or international.

Much of Kasha’s passion as a Senior HR professional is focused on individual, team and organizational performance and success. She is enthused and skilled at collaborating with others to create and develop desired HR systems and practices, process improvements, leadership and teamwork.

Kasha grew up in West Linn, attended Portland State for her HR studies and certifications, and received her Business degree from the University of Oregon. She enjoys sports and Northwest outdoor activities.

HR Flex Staff


Sheryl Kelsh

Sheryl KelshTitle: Membership Development Manager
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.485.5927

Sheryl is the person behind the Cascade membership curtain, identifying the greatest needs of prospective members and helping current members fully engage in the programs and services that will generate the most value for their membership investment. With nearly 20 years’ experience working with organizations of all sizes and industries, Sheryl is skilled at linking employers to the resources that advance workplace success.

Sheryl received a BA in Business Management from Linfield College and holds a certificate in Nonprofit Organization Management. In her spare time Sheryl enjoys fishing with her husband on the high lakes of Central Oregon, playing with her two black labs, Molly and Lucy, kayaking on the Willamette River or planting a ridiculous number of flowers in her backyard.


Carey Klosterman, PHR

Carey Klosterman, PHRTitle: Director, Research and Compensation Services
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.485.5938

With a down-to-earth style and focused approach, Carey inspires confidence in Cascade’s survey and compensation customers. Based on her extensive wage and salary survey experience and customer orientation, she is highly valued by local, regional and national industry groups for the target surveys she conducts. In addition to market pay surveys, her specialized compensation knowledge and experience enables her to help members align employee compensation with individual and overall organizational goals and strategies.

A graduate of Western Oregon University, Carey earned a degree in Psychology with a focus on data assessment and analysis. She joined the Cascade staff in December 2000 and currently oversees our Survey and Compensation Service areas. She is a highly valued and sought-after compensation professional. Carey has also earned the Professional in Human Resource (PHR) certification from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Human Resource Certification Institute.

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Courtney LeCompte, MPS, PHRCourtney LeCompte

Title: Research and Compensation Consultant
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.485.9341

With experience at both small non-profit organizations and large global companies, Courtney brings to the team a broad knowledge of human resource practices. Through a personable and analytical approach, Courtney enjoys working directly with companies to develop, analyze, and build compensation structures that fit organizational needs. When she isn’t administering market pay and benefit surveys, conducting research, or assisting with compensation structure design, Courtney enjoys spending time outside, drinking coffee, and watching Duck games.

Courtney earned her Bachelor’s degree of Education at the University of Oregon, her Master’s degree in Strategic Human Resource Management at the University of Denver, and obtained her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute.


Diane McBrideDiane McBride

Title: Director, Finance and Accounting
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.485.5926

As our Director of Finance and Accounting, Diane is responsible for a broad array of accounting functions – from Member billings to accounts payable to Trust accounting. She works closely with our President in the strategic management of Association financial resources. With her extensive payroll knowledge, Diane is also available to assist Members with payroll-related questions. Diane brings over 20 years experience in accounting, and is an advisor on QuickBooks Pro applications. Approachable, diligent, and easy to work with, Diane was a perfect fit when she joined the Cascade team in February, 2008.


Alexis Millett

Alexis Millett<Title: Leadership Facilitator
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.585.4320

Alexis is a natural problem solver, a seasoned trainer and facilitator, and a people person. She has extensive background in organizational development consulting, facilitation and training. Her areas of specialty include: leadership development; effective communication; supervision; diversity, equity and inclusion; and general organizational effectiveness. Attendees of Alexis’ trainings consistently report that her sessions are thought-provoking, energizing, interactive and (of course!) educational. She believes that each person is a leader in some way, and that we each have much to learn from one another.

Alexis thrives on working with people to identify inclusive and creative solutions to complex organizational and societal challenges. She has extensive background in facilitating difficult conversations on race, which she has been doing since 2006. She has a Masters of Arts in Community Development and Planning from Clark University, specializing in Youth Development and Nonprofit Management.

When not working with people to make organizations more effective, you can find Alexis being unusually active! She teaches Boot Camps, loves to backpack and climb mountains, and is also known to box and cycle. She is originally from Seattle, and currently lives in Portland with her husband.


Gustavo ParedesGustavo Paredes, SPHR

Title: Trainer
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.585.4320

Gustavo’s experience as a Human Resources Director provides him with a real-life perspective on common issues employers are faced with every day. He enjoys the challenge of finding creative solutions to workplace problems and is very personable in his training sessions. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) since 2017 and is bilingual, dominating both the English and Spanish languages.

He currently provides the following training sessions in English and Spanish:

  • Harassment Awareness in the Workplace (Employee and Supervisor sessions)
  • Manténgase alerta contra el acoso laboral (Para empleados y supervisores)
  • Leadperson Effectiveness
  • Cómo Ser Un Líder Efectivo

On his free time Gustavo likes to spend time with his family, usually with a barbeque nearby.


Jenna Reed, JD, MBA

Jenna Reed

Title: General Counsel and Director, Compliance Services
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.485.5935

As an employment law attorney and HR professional, Jenna integrates compliance and practical management solutions to help organizations manage risk, build confidence, and gain new perspective on familiar (and some not so familiar) employment related challenges and opportunities. By seeking to understand your specific circumstances, obstacles, and goals, her approach will help you sort through the clutter and determine your best path.

As Cascade’s General Counsel and Director of Compliance Services, Jenna primarily focuses on employment law compliance, training, employee engagement and leading a team of HR professionals in providing practical and solution oriented support. A nationally recognized speaker on employment topics, Jenna is also a member of the Oregon State Bar.

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Juan Rodriguez

Juan RodriguezTitle: Spanish Translation Specialist
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.585.4320

Juan has over 13 year’s experience in the field of Spanish interpretation and translation services. His specialties include understanding a variety of regional accents, linguistic styles, indigenous accents and slang. He is especially gifted in the field of simultaneous interpretation, making his services invaluable in high priority assignments dealing with sensitive content. In the interpreting field Juan regularly works with people from various backgrounds and age groups on assignments ranging from public services to the medical industry. Working with Cascade Employers Association on a variety of translation projects, he has a wide understanding of the human resource management field.

Juan was born in Mexico City and has lived in the United States since 1985. He is active in Portland's Hispanic community, thanks to his translating and interpreting services. In his spare time he is an avid rock climber and regularly travels to foreign countries and the north American continent in pursuit of his climbing adventures.


Kelli Slinger

Kelli SlingerTitle: Accounts Receivable/Payroll Clerk
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.485.5934

With over 10 years of bookkeeping and accounting experience, Kelli is a valued addition to our Finance and Accounting Department. After completing her Associates Degree in Accounting and Technology, Kelli worked for a variety of organizations in the areas of administrative support and finance. At Cascade she supports billing processes, assists members with billing-related questions and offers expert guidance on payroll compliance issues.

Kelli has a love of the outdoors and spends her free time camping with her husband and two sons.


Bill Swift, M. Ed.

Bill SwiftTitle: Leadership Facilitator
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.585.4320

A trainer, counselor and executive coach, Bill has been engaged in enhancing workplace learning and productivity since 1981. He is an expert at facilitating organization development that embraces forward-looking leadership and direct communication.

Bill is a Certified Achieve Global Trainer in both Genuine Leadership and Stellar Customer Service. His wealth of workplace experience includes 10 years as the Director of Employee Assistance Programs for Southwest Washington Medical Center ,15 years as the President and CEO of EASE, a premier Northwest Employee Assistance Program and Executive Director of the Ketchikan, Alaska Chamber of Commerce. In consulting with hundreds of workplaces, Bill teaches practical management techniques with real-world applicability. His clients vary from landscapers to CEOs, from welders to college professors. Bill has a Bachelor degree in Psychology/Sociology from Duke University and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Florida Atlantic University.

Bill is generally accompanied to the office by his furry friend, Flynn (think blond Toto). He spends much of his spare time outdoors and enjoys running, hiking, and Timbers games.

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Nancy Van Dyke

Nancy Van DykeTitle: Director, Administrative Services
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.485.5928

If you’ve ever made a telephone call to Cascade, chances are you have spoken with Nancy. Nancy leads Cascade’s administrative support staff, providing exceptional support to our members, our Board of Directors, our President, and our staff. She maintains our beautiful facility, and coordinates office resources. Nancy ensures that Cascade maintains its designation as an Oregon Top 100 Best Green Company and our Marion County "Earthwise" Certification. No area of Association service goes untouched by her attention to detail and outstanding customer service. Nancy holds a certificate in HR Leadership and has been with the Association since June, 1991.

Nancy spends her weekends gardening, working on projects around her 1910 farmhouse and scouring local antique stores for hidden treasures.


Bethany Wright

Bethany WrightTitle: HR Consultant
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 503.485.9342

With more than 13 years of HR experience in differing industries, Bethany brings a wealth of hands-on knowledge to the Cascade team. As a consultant, Bethany provides practical solutions to HR issues in many areas including handbook development, HR compliance and best practices, HR program assessments, job description development, and recruitment, to name a few. She also provides on-site HR support to Members, as needed.

Bethany wants to live in a world filled with innovative businesses, constant sunshine, and people who can have entire conversations using only quotes from her favorite TV show, “FRIENDS”. When she’s not reviewing handbooks or providing on-site support to our members, Bethany can be found catching a plane to some random destination with her best friend, building a Millennium Falcon out of Legos, or watching the Avengers save the world from Total Annihilation - for the bajillionth time.

Bethany is a native Oregonian, University of Portland graduate, and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She currently holds both PHR and SHRM-CP certifications.

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