OHSU Foundation Announces New Board Members

03/02/05    Portland, Ore.

Contact: Cate Soulages, 503 412-6368; soulages@ohsu.edu

The Oregon Health & Science University Foundation has announced the election of new and returning members to the OHSU Foundation Board of Trustees. John H. Fitchen, M.D.; Norwood W. Knight-Richardson, M.D., M.B.A.; Luis F. Machuca; M. Wakefield Mack, J.D.; Ralph S. Michael III; Stephen W. Patterson, J.D.; and Julie N. Stott have been newly elected to the OHSU Foundation Board of Trustees. Robert L. Ridgley, J.D., has been re-elected to the board.

John H. Fitchen, M.D., is a professor emeritus in the OHSU School of Medicine and chief executive officer of Revitus, a pharmaceutical startup developing products for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. He also serves as an officer of the Medical Research Foundation, an affiliate committee of the OHSU Foundation.

Norwood W. Knight-Richardson, M.D., M.B.A., is an associate professor of psychiatry in the OHSU School of Medicine and serves as director of OHSU's Public Psychiatry Training Program. He has held a number of national advisory positions and currently serves as senior policy adviser to the director of the National Institutes of Mental Health. He has also served on the U.S. Presidential New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and the National Advisory Committee for Injury Prevention and Control for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other commitments.

Luis F. Machuca is president, chief executive officer and co-founder of Kryptiq Corp., a high-tech company that sells secure e-mail and software packages to health care systems. A veteran of the high-tech industry, Machuca served as a senior executive at Intel, NEC and eFusion (now ITXC) before founding Kryptiq. He is affiliated with a number of local nonprofit organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, Jesuit High School and Portland Metropolitan Family Services.

M. Wakefield Mack, J.D., is an attorney and senior vice president of U.S. Trust Company. He is incoming president of the OHSU Foundation's affiliate board, the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation board of directors. Mack has many additional nonprofit affiliations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Oregon and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Ralph S. Michael III is president of U.S. Bank in the Portland market and executive vice president for West Commercial Banking for U.S. Bancorp. He serves as a board member for Associated Oregon Industries, Oregon Business Council, Portland Art Museum and the Portland Business Alliance.

Stephen W. Patterson, J.D., is president of the Portland Trail Blazers NBA franchise. Prior to joining the Trail Blazers in 2003, he served as the senior vice president and chief development officer of the Houston Texans NFL franchise. Patterson is affiliated with a number of regional nonprofit and civic organizations, including the Oregon Business Council, the Oregon Sports Authority and the Citizens Crime Commission.

Julie N. Stott is a prominent Portland interior designer and community volunteer. She is a member of OHSU's Center for Women's Health Executive Committee and has served on fund-raising committees in support of the center. Stott also serves on a number of national and local boards, including the National Committee for the Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center and the Portland Art Museum.

Robert L. Ridgley, J.D., was re-elected to the board after a one-year hiatus. He is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Northwest Natural Gas. Before joining NWNG, Ridgely was a partner with Stoel Rives for nearly two decades. He also currently is co-chairman of the Casey Eye Institute Development Council.

"There is nothing more important to the success of OHSU's fund-raising effort than the commitment of our board," said Lori Mueller, chief financial officer of the OHSU Foundation. "We are indebted to the outstanding community leaders now joining the board for their commitment of time and expertise."

The OHSU Foundation is governed by a board of trustees comprising civic leaders and members of Oregon's business communities. Trustees are responsible for formulating long-range goals, policies and operating procedures.

The OHSU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that exists to secure private philanthropic support for Oregon Health & Science University. The foundation raises funds from individuals, companies, foundations and organizations, and invests and manages gifts in accordance with donors' wishes.