OUR Board of Directors
/Chair of the Board/
Chair of the Board
In 1985, Norman Peterson developed the OUR System, a transitional work program and founded NPA. Norman has a diverse background that includes teaching at the college level, hosting a radio talk show and heading the Strategic Systems Studies at Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Inc. A Master’s degree in Public Administration and post-graduate work in Organizational Theory and Behavior at the University of Oregon provided the framework that led to his development of the Optimal Utilization of Resources (OUR) System. During his tenure, Norman was a featured speaker at workers’ compensation conferences worldwide. In Fall of 2020, Norm retired from NPA, stepping down to pass the torch to his son, Erik Peterson. With passion and commitment, Norm continues as Chair of the NPA Board and as a private consultant, sharing his expertise from over 35 years of leadership.
Erik Peterson, President of NPA Return-to-Work Services (NPA), joined NPA in the Return-to-Work (RTW) field in 2005. As President, Erik leads all aspects of operations, sales, client relations and design, development, and implementation of the OUR System Return-To-Work program. Erik’s unparalleled passion for Return-to-Work, dynamic people skills and creative approach to problem-solving are appreciated by both his customers and co-workers. Erik’s professional background and innate business sense provide NPA’s customers with practical, real-life solutions while carving the future of Return-To-Work with a client-centric approach.
Sarah Morris-Peterson, Vice President, joined NPA in 2006. Sarah’s background in systems analysis, software design, and quality management provides the foundational expertise to effectively manage NPA’s operations. Originally from Canada, Sarah holds a degree in Information Technology as well as a Certificate in Business Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition to overseeing daily operations at NPA, she performs data analysis for management reports and spearheads the BridgIT software project.
Since 1987, Michelle Eddy-Wels has been an integral part of the NPA team and brings over 30 years of accounting and business ownership experience. As NPA’s Director of Finance, Michelle manages all aspects of NPA’s finances, assists in HR and business development. Michelle’s longevity defines her as well-versed expert in the OUR System, from implementation and Bridge Assignment development to client management and strategic support. Outside of NPA, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family camping, at the coast or cooking for family gatherings. She has a passion for zip lining and exploring the forest with her dog, Shadow and husband.
Joining NPA in 2016, Skye brings over 15 years of marketing, communications and project management excellence across a variety of industries including collegiate retail, software development and multi-media design. In addition to driving NPA’s marketing, Skye coordinates with the sales team and supports management in daily operations. Skye holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science, from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. During her free time, Skye is likely to be found playing outside with her family and friends, preferably near water on warmer days.