Meet the Ombuds Staff

Brett Hathaway Harris, university ombudsperson, joined the University of Oregon in 2016. Previously she served as the ombudsperson at the University of Mississippi. Brett holds a JD from the University of Idaho College of Law with a degree emphasis in Native American Law and a BA in American Studies from Idaho State University. She completed mediation training through the Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution and was a court-approved mediator and court mediation director in Idaho. She worked at various law offices in Idaho and had a private dispute resolution practice focusing on family and workplace dispute resolution before her work as an ombuds. 

Jennifer Hudson, associate ombudsperson, has been with the UO Ombuds Program shortly after it was established in 2014. Jennifer holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a M.S. in Conflict and Dispute Resolution from the University of Oregon, School of Law. She holds certificates and has training in mediation, facilitation, bereavement facilitation, negotiation, and collaborative governance with expertise in restorative justice. She is also a member of the International Ombuds Association.

Becky Couch, ombuds program administrator, has been at the UO since 1997 and has worked extensively providing administrative services at senior levels, including working previously in the Office of the President and the Office of Government and Community Relations.  Becky earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees at the UO.  In addition to her work at the university, she served for six years on the Lane County Human Rights Advisory Committee.  She manages the Ombuds office intake processes, calendar, administrative and trends tracking systems, and appointment triage.