Board of directors
A five-member board of directors, appointed by the governor, oversees SAIF’s operations. By law three board members must be affiliated with organizations insured by SAIF. Member terms are four years.
Board handout, agenda, and minutes
Minutes and agendas from the latest board meetings are available from our News & Media section.
John Mohlis, the board chair, served as the executive secretary of the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council, an umbrella organization for approximately 30,000 union construction workers in Oregon. He began his apprenticeship as a bricklayer and stonemason in 1978 in Local 5 Montana after attending the University of Iowa.
Mohlis also served on the Management-Labor Advisory Committee (MLAC), the "gatekeeper" to changes in workers' compensation law in Oregon. And he served three terms as a commissioner on the Portland Development Commission, and two terms on the Oregon State Apprenticeship Council.
Mohlis began his term on SAIF's board in May 2018.
Krishna Balasubramani is a partner in the firm Sather, Byerly and Holloway, LLP, in Portland. Balasubramani represents employers in the Pacific Northwest in employment-related matters, including wrongful termination lawsuits, administrative complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and workers' compensation cases. Prior to joining Sather, Byerly and Holloway in 1996, he was a pro tem administrative law judge for the Workers' Compensation Board.
Balasubramani is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the Washington State Bar Association, as well as the workers' compensation and labor and employment sections of the Oregon State Bar. He also serves on the board of the Disability Management Employer Coalition and is a founding board member of Kids' Chance of Oregon. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of California, San Diego, and earned his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.
Balasubramani began his service on the SAIF board of directors on September 18, 2013; he was reappointed in September 2017.
Tammy Baney currently serves as the executive director of the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC). Previously, Baney served as a 12-year county commissioner and two terms each on the Oregon Housing Stability Council (OHSC) and Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC). In addition to her extensive public sector leadership experience, Baney has more than 25 years of experience in the private sector. She brings an in-depth knowledge of the hospitality and real estate industries to the board, as well as a passion for worker safety and health.
Baney began her service on the SAIF board on November 9, 2022.
Johnell Bell is chief executive officer of Espousal Strategies LLC, a boutique government, community, and public affairs firm. Through his extensive work in the office of United States Senator Jeff Merkley and his tenure helping lead public entities, he has developed a reputation as a thoughtful, creative strategist and balanced, passionate leader who understands the needs of diverse stakeholders.
Bell began his service on the SAIF board on November 9, 2022.
Hans Bernard currently serves as a registered lobbyist for an Oregon based corporation. Before this position, he worked as the associate vice president for state affairs at the University of Oregon and in several legislative and executive branch offices in Oregon. Bernard has deep experience in legislative and public policy issues important to the work of SAIF and its policyholders. Bernard is a graduate of Willamette University.
Bernard began his service on the SAIF board on November 9, 2022.