About Us - HSD

Human Services: Making a Difference in People's Lives

The field of Human Services is a broadly defined one, uniquely approaching the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. The Human Services profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but by also seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery.


Karen Saxe, Human Services Division Manager

Karen Saxe

Karen Saxe is the Human Services Division Manager within Health & Human Services.  She brings over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, providing high-level leadership, staff development and oversight of a suite of programs including financial literacy and asset building programs, matched-savings accounts, foreclosure prevention and housing stability programs including rental assistance, supportive services for at-risk youth and services for residents in affordable housing.  Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seattle University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oregon.

Stephanie Talbott, Energy Programs Supervisor



Stephanie Talbott brings decades of experience in non-profit administration and management to the role of Energy Services Supervisor.  She served in senior positions at several Eugene nonprofits and has extensive experience in operations and program management.   Stephanie appreciates the intersection of Human Services and Conservation that the Energy Services programs represent because there she can build on two of her professional interests.  She is continually looking for new and creative partnerships to build on these two tenets of Energy Services. 

She is a third generation Oregonian who graduated with a BA from the University of Oregon and has dedicated her career to organizations that improve our community.

Joseph Reiley, Veterans Programs Supervisor


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Joseph Reiley grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Lafayette College. In 1992, he moved to Oregon to attend law school. After graduating from the University of Oregon Law School in 1995, he performed a year of service with AmeriCorps through the NorthWest Service Academy in Trout Lake, Washington. Following a clerkship with the Honorable Robert Herndon, Clackamas County Circuit Court, he worked for Multnomah Defenders, Inc., and then in private practice in Lane County. 

He is currently inactive with the bar and has been the Lane County Veterans Services program supervisor since 2003. He has served as the President of the Oregon County Veterans Service Officer Association from 2009 - 2012.

Deanna Strachan-Wilson, Workforce Programs Supervisor

Deanna Strachan-Wilson

Deanna Strachan-Wilson brings 17 years of public service management experience including 12 years designing and implementing Workforce Development Programs for people with mental illness. She held two California State Governor appointed positions providing policy oversight and accountability for the State Department of Rehabilitation and the Mental Health Services Act.  Continuing her service in Lane County, Deanna acted most recently as Employment Specialist & Housing Navigator for the SNAP Training & Employment Partnership.  She also currently serves on the Human Services Division’s Trauma Informed Care Change Team and the Poverty & Homelessness Board Workgroup.  She believes in supporting customers and employees through empathy and trauma awareness while promoting inclusivity, integration, accountability, and overall growth and professional development.