Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cassandra SkinnerLopata is the new OLCC chair

by Joy Spencer

Cassandra SkinnerLopata has been named Chair of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s board of commissioners. She was recently appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber on July 5. SkinnerLopata has been a member of the OLCC’s board of commissioners since June 2009, representing the 4th Congressional District.

Chair SkinnerLopata has brought a tremendous amount of insight to the Commission from her rich background in public health and law. Her experience with children and families brings an important perspective to the board.

She is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law and is currently General Counsel and Medicaid Program Director for Agate Healthcare, the parent company of Lipa (Lane Individual Practice Association) and Trillium Community Health Plan, all located in Eugene. She has held positions on the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence, the Lane County Human Rights Advisory Committee, and the board of directors for Breaking Free, a non-profit organization promoting empowerment and self-defense for women and girls. SkinnerLopata’s broad range of community service includes volunteering for the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, Lane County Legal Aid, and several programs with the Oregon State Bar and the University of Oregon School of Law. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Head Start of Lane County, the Advisory Board for the Stop Violence Against Women Clinic Project and the Board of Directors for Oregon Women Lawyers. SkinnerLopata was recently recognized as one of Eugene Register Guard Blue Chip’s 20 under 40 for 2010.

SkinnerLopata replaces Philip D. Lang as the Chairman of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Lang was appointed by Governor Kitzhaber as the OLCC Chair in February 1998 and after serving 13 years at the OLCC, announced his retirement in June 2011.

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