About the MBL Group

MBL Group was founded in 1993 by Jim Morris, Paul Barber and Jack Lewis out of a desire to capitalize on the strategic expertise gained from years leading human resources functions inside organizations and leverage that experience to help businesses across our region grow and thrive.  Over the years, MBL has been privileged to provide services to businesses large and small in building human resources solutions that generate success.

Today, MBL’s focus continues to be on partnering with our clients to understand the unique needs and goals of each project in order to create solutions that work.  We are honored to have clients that we have worked with over many years and we delight in getting to know new clients every year. We believe in building strong relationships on a foundation of trust and respect.  Our approach is unpretentious, transparent and collaborative. Our goal is your success.

Our Clients

At MBL, we enjoy the diversity and inspiration found in partnering with organizations across all industries and working with them to achieve their goals.  Some of our valued clients include:

A-dec Mt Hood Community College
Albertina Kerr Miller Paint
Alliance for a Healthier Generation NWEA
BBSI Oregon Food Bank
Boys and Girls Aid OHSU Foundation
City of Eugene Oregon Community Foundation
City of Manzanita Oregon State Bar
College Housing Northwest PAE Engineering
Dave’s Killer Bread Papa Murphy’s International
DePaul Industries Precision Castparts & PCC Structurals
Deschutes Brewery Rose Villa
EWEB Sunriver Owner’s Association
Holt International Children Services Tillamook County Creamery Association
The Joinery Travel Portland
Leatherman Tools Willamette View, Inc.
Lifeworks Worksystems

Since our founding, MBL has been dedicated to serving the nonprofit community with discounted rates and fees to nonprofit firms to ensure access to our consulting services.

MBL Team

Dianne Burt-Green, CCP, SPHR

Principal & Operating Manager

MBL Group is led by Dianne who brings over 30 years of human resources expertise. Dianne has led Human Resources teams for prominent firms such as Mentor Graphics, Boyd Coffee, Lilly/Miller and Holladay Park Hospital.  Dianne has been a faculty member for Portland State University’s Professional Development Program, teaching Human Resources Compensation.  She is a former Board member and Board President of Columbia Willamette Compensation Group (CWCG), is Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification and has a Bachelor’s from Marylhurst College.

Away from the office, Dianne can be found most often outside with her husband Mike, bicycling, skiing and hiking. Dianne loves to cook and entertain, working in her garden, and is an experienced seamstress.  Dianne and Mike enjoy traveling and experiencing cultures all over the world and have recently traveled to Thailand, China and Iceland.

Mike Green
Principal & Managing Director

Mikes Monster BrownMike’s career spans several decades of executive management, technology and operations experience. During that time he has guided business process improvement teams, led organizational change and directed technology modernizations, for companies both big and small in North America, Asia, and Europe.  Mike has held a number of senior executive positions in diverse industries including technology consulting, third party logistics, public utilities, wholesale distribution, health care and business services. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration (Finance and Law), a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Finance and Quantitative Methods) and has done significant work toward a PhD in Systems Science.

Outside the office, Mike’s passion for all things outdoors has him on trout streams with a fly-rod, in the forest hiking, mountain biking, or skiing. He is an avid traveler and loves experiencing cultures and landscapes all over the world with his wife Dianne.  Together they have travelled to more than 50 countries and always have at least one trip in the planning stages.  Most recently they hiked Bosnia, Croatia, and Montenegro

Elsie-Ann Sager-Knopf
Office Administrator

Office Manager for MBL Group;Elsie-Ann joined MBL in late July 2014. Elsie-Ann has a Business degree from Sweden and 2 years of Accounting with Portland Community College. Elsie-Ann also has 25 years of accounting experience, the majority of that with Hanna Andersson Corporation here in Portland. Elsie-Ann has volunteered as the Treasurer for Swedish School and assisted with the bookkeeping for Prostate Awareness Research Foundation.

Outside the office Elsie-Ann loves to ski, travel to Sweden and likes to go camping with her husband, two sons and dog. She also likes to make jewelry and create photo albums.

Elizabeth Zapien

AssociateMBL is proud to introduce our newest Associate – Elizabeth Zapien. Elizabeth joined MBL in late March 2015 and is proud to have received her Bachelor’s Degree in June 2015 from Portland State University in Human Resource Management and Leadership, with a minor in Psychology. During school, she held part-time HR positions for KEEN Footwear and Portland State University, and was also involved in extracurricular activities by being the president of SHRM’s student chapter, Human Resource Management Association, at PSU while her senior year in the HR program.

Outside the office, Elizabeth enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband, Wesley, and her dog, Walter. Her favorite time of year is Fall, because it gives her an excuse to bake and make the house smell like heaven.

Terry O’Connor

Professional head shot 4-10-14Terry brings 35 years of consulting experience to the MBL Group, and leads the strategic planning and executive coaching practices. He has guided strategic planning in more than 60 corporations, government, and nonprofit organizations on four continents, linking executive leadership with employee engagement and operational excellence. Client references praise his proprietary project management system in helping them translate elegant strategy to bottom line results.  In contrast to many consultants, he has experienced the demands of executive leadership first-hand, having assumed executive positions to assist client organizations through critical periods of growth and change. Since 2008, Terry holds an appointment as senior Fellow for Global Leadership at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University.

In his spare time, if he is not tending to his fruit orchard or triathlon training, you can find Terry sailing the waters of the world!