SAIF promotes Brigitte Hamilton to vice president of claims

Hamilton is currently director of business and software solutions.

Brigitte Hamilton is SAIF’s new vice president of claims. Hamilton previously served as the director of business and software solutions on SAIF’s IT team. In her role, Hamilton is responsible for setting the vision, direction, and strategy for SAIF’s claims department. This includes the regional and critical claims teams as well as SAIF’s return-to-work services program, claims projects and operations, medical services program, and investigations.

“I know Brigitte will do a wonderful job leading claims and she will strengthen our executive leadership team with her talent and strategic perspective,” said Chip Terhune, president and CEO of SAIF. “Her strengths in relationship building, technical expertise, and strategic thinking will serve us well.”

Hamilton will start her new role in January after the retirement of SAIF’s current vice president of claims, Kathy Gehring. Gehring is retiring after more than 30 years with SAIF.

A graduate of Tafe University in Australia, Hamilton has worked at SAIF for more than 20 years, starting as an administrative assistant in claims. Since then, she’s held many roles in IT including lead web designer and developer, business services manager, and director of portfolio and project management.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on