From left to right, Alyssa Nichols, Melany Klemmer, Serena Locke, Devon Linebaugh, Katherine Mcnight, Heather Burkhart, Regan Trapp, Cailin Tang, Angela Keppler, and Michele Van Grieken.
Past President: Michele Van Grieken, City of Springfield
Hi I’m Michele, Past President for the OPTA. Being new as a Permit Technician in 2016, I’ve thrown myself in to learn as much as possible. Having spent the last 20 years in kitchen and bathroom design in Northern California’s Bay Area, I was burnt out and needed change. That led me and my family to move to Eugene, Oregon. I found that building codes included all of the things I enjoyed. After graduating from Chemeketa’s Building Inspection Technology program in 2021, took me from Residential Plans Examiner to Commercial Plans Examiner for City of Springfield. With two kids, two dogs and cats we are busy with our free time. We love everything Oregon has to offer.
President Elect: Regan Trapp, City of Ashland
Hi! I’m Regan Trapp, President-Elect for the OPTA. I have worked for the City of Ashland Community Development Department since 2014. I had ONLY “customer service” experience when they took a chance on me back then. Since then, I have grown in my career and have obtained my Permit Technician Certificate as well as doing what I can with OPTA. In my spare time I enjoy reading, wine tasting, and traveling. I have 2 sons (15 and 20) and have been married to my husband for 22 years. I look forward to meeting you in person soon!!
Director at Large: Alyssa Nichols, City of Woodburn
Hey there, my name is Alyssa and I am a Permit Technician for the City of Woodburn. I got my degree from Linfield College studying business and sports management, which eventually led me to Woodburn running youth and adult sports in the recreation department until 2020. During the pandemic, I moved into a new role in a new department – Permit Technician in Community Development. I had zero experience or knowledge in what this role was, but I found so many resources from organizations like OPTA, that helped make my transition successful. In 2021, I received certifications from the state for residential plans examiner and building inspector, and in 2022 I became an ICC Certified Permit Technician. I got married in May of 2023 and soon after we bought our first house. My husband and I like to keep busy with house projects, hiking and camping with our dog Tallulah, gardening, cooking, and more house projects. Of course we get permits for everything!
Director at Large: Devon Linebaugh, Josephine County
Director at Large: Angela Keppler, City of Creswell
Director at Large: Katherine Denight, BCD - Umatilla, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties
Director at Large: Heather Burkhart, Jackson County
President: Serena Locke, Jackson County
Hello, I am Serena Locke, President for OPTA. I have worked for Jackson County as a Permit Technician since September 2016. This is my first foray into this kind of field, and I love it. My first OPTA conference was in November 2016, and I really support this organization and the passion behind it. I became an ICC Certified Permit Technician in September 2018 with a lot of help from the classes offered by OPTA. I thought the best way to give back to an organization that helped me is to join it. I want to encourage and empower permit technicians to continue their learning experiences. I think that continued education leads keeping us engaged in our lives and our jobs. When I am not at work, I am a wife and mother. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, in nature, watching movies, or reading. I am also the President of PermitTechNation.
Treasurer: Melany Klemmer, City of Cottage Grove
Hello! I’m Melany and I work for the City of Cottage Grove as their Sr. Permit Specialist and Residential Inspector and Plans Examiner. I’ve worked there since March 2018 and love what I do and who I work with. Before switching over into the public sector, I worked for an HVAC company for 16 years. In my free time I love spending time at home with my handsome boyfriend and adorable cat Julius. I also love getting outdoors hiking, biking, paddle boarding & camping (just to list a few).
Secretary: Cailin Tang, Northwest Code Professionals
Hi, I’m Cailin and I work for Northwest Code Professionals as the supervising Permit Technician. I’ve been a certified Permit Technician since 2018. I graduated from the University of Oregon in 2007 with a bachelor’s in art, but never really found a career that I enjoyed until I started working as a permit technician. I was recently awarded Employee of the Year with my fantastic company and couldn’t be prouder to work for a Third-Party Building services company. I get the privilege of working with several jurisdictions around Oregon and Washington which helps me diversify my knowledge of how building departments work. I never have two days alike working for so many jurisdictions.
When I’m not working, I love spending time with my family. I have three children (ages 13, 6 and 4) and a husband who keep me super busy all the time! I’m super excited to work with OPTA to gain more knowledge about our field and to have a community I can help support as well as grow from.