Our Team


Assistant Chief Diversity Officer
Director, Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Leslie is the Assistant Chief Diversity Officer and Vice Provost at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She is the Director of the OHSU Center for Diversity & Inclusion, serving faculty, students and staff through a variety of programs, services and initiatives that address diversity and inclusion issues and initiatives across OHSU.

As Co-Chair of OHSU's Diversity Advisory Committee, Leslie advises the OHSU Executive Leadership Team. She co-supports and manifests the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion as an institutional priority at OHSU.

Adrienne ThompsonDiversity Manager, Faculty Recruitment and Retention

Adrienne is responsible for assisting the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and the Research Mission to increase the diversity outreach of our faculty ranks. In her role, she supports search committees and provides expertise on academic diversity, training, strategies for diversity recruitment and retention.

Prior to OHSU, Adrienne worked for California State University, Sacramento for nearly 20 years. She has served in various capacities: as a research administrator, lecturer, and an instructor in the Ethnic Studies Department.

Maileen Hamto, Communications Manager

Communications Manager

Maileen serves as CDI's Communications Manager, responsible for getting the word out about university-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs across OHSU and the broader community, through print publications, web and social media. She is the CDI communications resource for diversity and inclusion initiatives, and manages the creation, development and ongoing updates of CDI communications materials. She also conducts community outreach among diverse groups.

An avid hiker and photographer, Maileen enjoys exploring national parks in the American West, and is enamored by Colorado's 14ers.

Diversity Community Outreach Specialist

In her role, Michelle facilitates and strengthens relationships with Native American and other diverse communities. She fosters partnerships with federal, state and tribal government, health, human services, and educational organizations. A native of Salem, Oregon, Michelle is a citizen of the Navajo Nation. Her professional and personal background are strongly rooted in Indian education, Indian health, and Indian affairs. 

Rola Khouri, Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant

Rola is responsible for a host of office and administrative duties. She coordinates sponsorship requests, assists with budget planning, and helps manage logistics for CDI events. She assists OHSU student groups with event planning, and provides communications support for the CDI Director and team. Rola identifies as Arab-American, and enjoys traveling, attending and planning cultural and community events.

Jose Garcia

Office Assistant

Jose Garcia works closely with CDI staff on various events and activities, and works in CDI's front-office reception area in Mackenzie Hall 1115.  

Since receiving his Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences at Portland State, Jose has provided support for diversity and inclusion programs and events. He also was selected as a research intern for the 2013 summer Equity Internship Research Program, an intensive research stint at an OHSU laboratory, working alongside Dr. Hiroyuki Nakai. In his spare time, Jose enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is also getting ready to continue his long-term goal, which is to attend medical school and get his MD/MPH.  

Communications Intern

Jillian_TodaJillian recently earned an MBA from Willamette University in 2013 and is now serving as CDI's Communications Intern. She has a background in marketing communications, with over two years of experience working in the non-profit sector. Her background in Rhetoric and Media Studies, as well as a Minor in Ethnic Studies, sparked an interest in how all forms of communications can be used to have a positive social impact.

She lends her social media management skills to CDI to engage the online community in topics of diversity and inclusion. Jillian is also a 2013-2014 Fellow in the Asian American Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute, and enjoys cooking, reading, and creative writing.