Board of Directors
The OHSU Board of Directors has 10 members. Mandated positions on the board include the president of OHSU, a member of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education and an OHSU student. The other seven members serve at the governor of Oregon's discretion and must be confirmed by the Oregon Senate. The university president serves on the board throughout his or her presidency, the student board member serves a two-year term, and each of the other members is appointed for a four-year term.
Jay Waldron joined the OHSU board October 2007. He is an attorney practicing in the areas of environmental and energy law with Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt, a regional, multi-service law firm. Waldron recently completed six years as president of the Port of Portland Commission. He also has been the chairman of the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section's environmental law committee.
Vice ChairwomanMaria Pope
Senior Vice President of Power Supply, Operations and Resource Strategy for Portland General Electric
Maria Pope joined the OHSU Board March 2010. Prior to this appointment, she served on PGE’s Board of Directors. She was previously the vice president and chief financial officer at Mentor Graphics. She also has served as vice president and general manager at Pope & Talbot, Inc., as well as in management positions at Levi Strauss & Co., and at Morgan Stanley. Pope currently serves on the boards of Premera Blue Cross, where she is the lead director, chairing the executive committee and serving on the compensation committee; and TimberWest Forest Corp., where she chairs the audit committee. She also serves on the OHSU Foundation Board of Trustees. She is a past chair of the Council of Forest Industries and the Oregon Symphony.
Oregon AFSCME executive director
Ken Allen has been the Oregon AFSCME executive director since 1995. He is a member of the board of Inside Oregon Enterprises and is a former Port of Portland commissioner.
President and CEO, The Sumati Group
Prashant Dubey joined the OHSU Board November 2013. He leads The Sumati Group, which is a strategy consulting firm with clients in the pharmaceutical, bioscience, and high technology sectors, including large global companies with some of the most recognized brands in the world. He has an extensive background in health care strategy and operations consulting. Prior to being appointed CEO of The Sumati Group, Dubey was a senior operating executive for public as well as private high-growth companies such as Baxter International, Fios, Covansys, ProSight, Tripwire and ABC Technologies.
Poorav Patel joined the OHSU board October 2012. He is an M.D. candidate in the OHSU School of Medicine. He has deep ties to Oregon and a first-hand understanding of health care in small communities. The son of Indian-immigrant parents, he was raised in Brookings, where his father has been a physician for the past 25 years. Patel has an undergraduate degree in Bioengineering and The Study of Religion from the University of California San Diego, and a master’s degree in Genetic Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He currently serves as a Dean’s Advisor in the OHSU School of Medicine and President of the OHSU chapter of the American Medical Association-Medical Student Section.
Joe Robertson, M.D., M.B.A.
Joe Robertson, M.D., M.B.A., appointed OHSU's president in 2006, has led numerous initiatives aimed at providing improved health care access to Oregonians. Other professional interests include the development of healthcare delivery systems and the application of cost accounting principles to medical practice, with the goal of reducing expenses for care while enhancing patient outcomes. He began at OHSU as a resident in 1979 and held numerous posts, including director of the Casey Eye Institute, and most recently, dean of the School of Medicine. Robertson is an acclaimed surgeon and researcher who has participated in numerous clinical trials.
Chief Governance Officer and Corporate Secretary for NW Natural
MardiLyn Saathof was appointed to the board of directors of OHSU in October, 2009. In addition to her current position at NW Natural, she has worked for Tektronix, Inc. as Assistant General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Before that position, she served as General Counsel to Oregon’s Governor Kulongoski and was also his Business and Economic Development Advisor. Saathoff has played a variety of legal roles in her career, including operations counsel at Tektronix, as well as a supervising attorney for the Oregon Department of Justice, Business Transactions Section. Saathoff began her legal career at Stoel Rives, LLP, where she focused her practice in corporate, securities and finance.
Frank Toda, Ph.D.
President of Columbia Gorge Community College
Frank Toda has been President of Columbia Gorge Community College since 2001, and is a nationally known educator. He was the only individual college president from Oregon to be invited to the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges and was recognized as one of the first college presidents to embrace the President’s initiatives to grow American entrepreneurship. He also served 10 consecutive terms on the review board for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award – a board that reports directly to the President of the United States. He has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California, as well as a master’s in systems engineering.
President and chief executive officer of BendBroadband
Amy Tykeson is the president and chief executive officer of BendBroadband. She is past president of the Oregon Cable Telecommunications Association Board, and continues to serve on that board as well as those of Economic Development for Central Oregon, Associated Oregon Industries and the Oregon Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.
David V. Yaden
Retired executive director of policy and planning at Tri-Met
David V. Yaden was appointed to the board of directors of OHSU in October, 2009. He also serves on the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. Now retired, he has more than 35 years experience in public affairs in Oregon. In addition to chairing the Sustainability Initiative Committee of the State Board of Higher Education, he is on the board and has been chair of Sightline Institute, a regional sustainability think tank based in Seattle. He has also been an independent public policy consultant and international environmental advisor; served as director of the Oregon Department of Energy; worked in corporate planning in the private sector; served as special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and as chief-of-staff to a U.S. Congressman; owned his own public opinion research firm; and worked in various local government positions.