Who We Are

LJ Fagnan, MD

Lyle J. (LJ) Fagnan, MD, Network Director and Investigator

Dr. Fagnan received his medical degree from the University of Oregon Medical School and following a rotating internship in Hartford, Connecticut, he joined the United States Public Health, Indian Health Service and practiced in Bethel, Alaska, for three years. He completed his family medicine residency training in Boise, Idaho, at the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency of Southwest Idaho. In 1977, LJ founded a medical clinic, Dunes Family Health Care, in Reedsport, Oregon, which was funded as one of thirteen model rural practices with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Rural Practice Project. He joined the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in 1993. In 2002, LJ became the director of the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN). LJ maintains an active family medicine practice and was named as the "Family Doctor of the Year" by the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians in 2005. LJ's research portfolio includes studies and publications related to population-based health, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based medicine into practice, quality improvement, and rural health care systems.
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Bruce Goldberg
Bruce Goldberg, MD, Senior Associate Medical Director

Dr.Goldberg is a family medicine physician with a long history in Oregon. He served two Oregon Governors in a number of roles including Director of the Oregon Office for Health Policy and Research, Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services, and led the formation of the Oregon Health Authority from February 2011 through 2013.  He guided the transformation of Oregon's Medicaid system to one based on a model of coordinated care, and headed efforts to establish Oregon's Healthy Kids program to provide health coverage for all children, improve Oregon's mental health system and transform the delivery of public human services to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.  Dr.Goldberg has been a practicing clinician in Oregon and in rural New Mexico, a teacher/academician, a county health officer, a medical director and a director.  He is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and completed his family medicine training at Duke University.  Back to top

Anne King

Anne King, MBA, Director of Health Care Initiatives

Anne King was ORPRN's first Network Manager from 2003-2008, and rejoined ORPRN as its Director of Health Care Initiatives in 2016. During her time away, Anne continued her affiliation with ORPRN, assisting with strategic planning and business development, while serving as Associate Director of Administration for the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute at OHSU, and Director of Operations for the Center for Evidence-based Policy at OHSU. Anne brings extensive experience in strategic planning and research program development, process optimization and evaluation. Anne holds a master's degree in Business Administration, a certificate in Public and Non-profit Management from Boston University, and an undergraduate degree from Smith College. Her personal interests include music, art, 4-H activities with her daughters and travel to warm places. Back to Top

LeAnn Michaels

LeAnn Michaels, Network Manager

LeAnn became the ORPRN Manager in 2008. She holds a Bachelor's degree in nutrition, and worked as the Clinical Research Manager of the Clinical Outcomes Research Initiative (CORI) at OHSU prior to coming to ORPRN. Previously she coordinated clinical trials and received certification as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator with the ACRP. While working for CORI, LeAnn worked as the project manager for the Colonoscopy in Rural Oregon Practice (CROP) study, a joint project between CORI and ORPRN. As ORPRN Manager, she works with researchers to complete grant proposals, manages the ORPRN team and oversees Network operations. She received her degree from North Dakota State University. Back to top

David Buckley, MD, MPH

David Buckley, MD, MPH, Investigator

Dr. Buckley received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque in 1993 and did his residency in the school's Department of Family and Community Medicine. From 1996 to 1998 he served as an attending physician at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic in Keene, New Hampshire. In 1999 he joined Kaiser Permanente as an attending physician until 2001, when he joined the faculty of the Oregon Health & Science University as an Assistant Professor in Family Medicine. Dr. Buckley completed an NIH NRSA post-doctoral fellowship in primary care research, which included work on an MPH degree in epidemiology and biostatistics. He has been a research investigator with ORPRN since 2003 and serves as Vice Chairman of the Scientific Review Committee. Dr. Buckley is Co-PI of the ORPRN Preventive Services study in 2004 and is preparing to serve as PI on an ORPRN study examining the provision of preventive services to rural residents receiving chronic opioid therapy. He is also working with OHSU's Alzheimer's Research Center on a study of dementia screening in rural primary care practices. Back to top

Sankirtana Danner, MFT

Sankirtana Danner, MA, Senior Project Manager

Sankirtana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. Prior to joining ORPRN, she worked in Seattle managing NIH funded research trials studying the dissemination of evidence based treatments to behavioral health clinicians. Sankirtana has a particular interest in the integration of mental and behavioral health treatment into primary care settings. In her role with ORPRN, she manages the execution of projects to ensure timely completion and standardized implementation. In her personal time, she volunteers with a community organization to promote health care accessibility to rural and urban populations in southern India. Back to top

Melinda Davis, PhD, CCRP

Melinda Davis, PhD, CCRP, Community-engaged Research Director

Dr. Davis spent four years in La Grande, OR, as a Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC) for ORPRN prior to accepting a position in Portland following the completion of her PhD in Social-Developmental Psychology from the University of Vermont in May 2010. Melinda uses participatory research approaches and mixed method study designs to explore health service delivery in community and primary care settings. Her work focuses on rural populations; interventions to facilitate healthy/optimal aging across the lifespan, addressing topics such as childhood obesity, mental health care, unmet dental needs, and management strategies for multiple chronic conditions; and evaluating effective strategies for supporting practice change. Melinda grew up in the beautiful rural Columbia River Gorge (Stevenson, WA), and she enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, trail running, and practicing yoga in her spare time. Back to top

Caitlin Dickinson
Caitlin Dickinson, MPH, Healthy Hearts Northwest Project Manager

Caitlin serves as project manager for ORPRN's Healthy Hearts Northwest (H2N) R18 project. Prior to joining ORPRN, she worked for OHSU's department of OB/GYN and coordinated career development (K12) programs and research projects focused on evidence-based medicine, comparative effectiveness, patient safety, and improving teamwork and leadership among healthcare personnel. Caitlin grew up in the Portland area. She holds a Bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Denver and a Master of Public Health degree from Oregon State University. In her leisure time, she enjoys cycling, swimming, reading, and relaxing with her family. Back to Top

Rose Gunn
Rose Gunn, MA, Project Manager

Rose holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Oregon and a Master's degree in Anthropology from San Francisco State University. Prior to joining ORPRN, she worked in the department of Family Medicine at OHSU managing a range of federal and foundation-funded grants. Rose has a particular interest in mixed methods research, anthropological approaches to health services research, and health IT. In her personal time, she runs a museum website and chases after her two wild children. Back to Top

Sonya Howk, MPA

Sonya Howk, MPA:HA, Research Associate

Sonya is a research associate with ORPRN. She manages study logistics and data collection, assists with qualitative data analysis, and supports the PERCs in their work with clinics. She has a Bachelor's in Political Science from University of Oregon, and Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from Portland State University. She is interested in program assessment and evaluation, and quality improvement in primary care settings. Sonya has work at the Oregon Office of Rural Health as an Information Coordinator, and as the Fellowship Program Coordinator for OHSU's Department of OB/Gyn.
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Alisa Jackson

Alisa Jackson, Administrative Coordinator

Alisa became ORPRN's Administrative Coordinator in 2015.  Prior to joining the world of Research, she worked in the Social Services, supporting community mental health agency Morrison Child and Family Services for over 10 years.  She specializes in Human Resources and general Administrative functions, and appreciates using her knowledge and skill set to improve systems and assist the efforts of those serving our communities. Alisa is a Portland native, has hiked 1000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, sings with the Portland Peace Choir, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Theatre from Portland State University. Back to Top

McDonnell, Maggie

Maggie McLain McDonnell, MPH, Project Manager

Maggie earned a Master's degree in Public Health and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.  Prior to joining ORPRN, she was curriculum development manager for OHSU's Healthy TEAM Healthy U employee wellness program and research coordinator for the Pregnancy Exercise & Nutrition pilot study. In her role with ORPRN, she serves as the project manager for a coordinated care project in eastern Oregon, among other projects. She is particularly interested in preventive care and wellness in primary care to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Maggie grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and enjoys singing, hiking, cooking, and traveling. Back to top

Katrina Murphy

Katrina Murphy, Research Assistant

Katrina joined ORPRN in 2016 to help with the implementation of the Healthy Hearts Northwest project. She holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Bioengineering from Oregon State University. Prior to joining ORPRN, she ran a materials engineering test lab, assisted a clinical nutrition and acupuncture practitioner, studied biomedical communication, and worked on a variety of biomedical research projects including liver welding, biodegradable stents, internal wound bandages and hemostats, and thin film anastomoses. Katrina is an Oregon native and enjoys yoga, anatomical illustration, and quality dark chocolate. Back to Top

Robyn Pham

Robyn Pham, Project Manager

Robyn joined ORPRN in February 2016. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Public Health from the University of Washington with a focus in global health. Robyn's previous research projects have included breast cancer prevention, smoking cessation, and juvenile arthritis studies. She is passionate about working with culturally diverse populations locally and globally, and has been impacted by her experiences in Kenya and Nepal. Robyn grew up in Sacramento, California and in her free time enjoys hiking with her dog, learning Nepali, and tutoring Bhutanese refugees in the Portland area.  Back to Top

Elizabeth Waddell, PhD

Elizabeth Needham Waddell, PhD, Director of Health Disparities Research

Dr. Waddell joined ORPRN in 2014 after serving 9 years as a Research Scientist and Unit Director at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. She received a PhD in Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in NIDA's Behavioral Sciences Training Program in Drug Abuse Research. Dr. Waddell served as principal investigator on the NYC Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the Manhattan Lupus Surveillance Project, and has directed multiple research and programmatic collaborations between government and academic partners. At ORPRN, Dr. Waddell directs a portfolio of projects focused on improving care coordination and integration of primary and behavioral healthcare, and serves as an invited workgroup member of the Integrated BehavioralHealth Alliance of Oregon. Nationally, Dr. Waddell is ORPRN's site PI forthe Western States Note of NIDA's Clinical Trials Network and the PCORI-funded Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care pragmatic trial. Dr.Waddell's academic appointment is in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she is Assistant Professor and Track Director for the Primary Health Care & Health Disparities MPH . 

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Practice Enhancement Research Coordinators (PERCs)

Kelsey Branca

Kelsey Branca, MPH, CCRP, Columbia-Willamette Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC)

Kelsey Branca joined ORPRN in 2014 with the role of Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator serving the Columbia-Willamette region. She earned a Master's degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor's degree in health education from San Francisco State University. Prior to joining ORPRN, she coordinated research studies with older adults at the University of Pittsburgh and spent several years working with LGBT communities in behavioral health and social services settings. Kelsey was born and raised in Humboldt county, which is located on northern California's Redwood Coast. Back to top

Steven Brantley

Steven Brantley, MPH, Southern Oregon Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC)

Steven joined ORPRN in October 2015 as a Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator. He earned a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Oregon State University, as well as Bachelors' degrees in Biochemistry/Biophysics and Spanish. His previous experience includes coordinating several health promotion programs for OSU's Student Health Services and applying evidence-based research to develop a prenatal drug use screening program. Steven is also an active PADI scuba instructor working with Eugene Skin Divers Supply and the University of Oregon Scuba program. He is originally from Eugene, Oregon. Back to Top

Kristin Chatfield

Kristin Chatfield, MPP, Cascades East Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC)

Kristin joins ORPRN as a Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator and is passionate about data and research that make a difference. Her particular interests include food insecurity, poverty, and rural populations. Prior to joining ORPRN she worked with local community mental health programs to develop an outcomes driven system of evaluation, and has provided leadership for multiple collaboratives to improve educational outcomes. She received her Master's Degree in Public Policy from Oregon State University and a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies with an emphasis in International Economics from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Virginia. Kristin grew up in rural north Idaho and enjoys exploring culture and nature. Back to Top

Emily Chirnside

Emily Chirnside, Portland-Metro and Columbia Gorge Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC)

Emily is a Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator serving the Portland-Metro and Columbia Gorge areas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and Policy from Oregon State University with a focus on Gerontology. Her previous experience focused on care coordination, quality improvement, and patient centered care initiatives in Post-Acute Rehabilitation facilities. She is passionate about primary care transformation and bridging care gaps. Emily is originally from Grants Pass, Oregon. Back to Top

Angela Combe

Angela Combe, MS, Eastern Oregon Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC)

Angela is a Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator serving the Eastern Oregon region.  She holds a Master of Science in Community Health Education and a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition/Dietetics, both from the University of New Mexico.  Prior to joining ORPRN, Angela worked as Faculty for the Extension Services of Oregon State University and Washington State University.  Her research and professional experiences working with youth, adults, and families have assisted in her continual development to plan, implement, and evaluate comprehensive nutrition, heath promotion and prevention programs.  Angela grew up in Portland and has called La Grande home for the last 10 years.  In her personal time, she enjoys running, gardening, and exploring Oregon's northeast corner with her husband. Back to Top

Cullen Conway

Cullen Conway, MPH, Northern Willamette Valley Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC)

Cullen Conway joined ORPRN in August 2015 as a Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator for the H2N project.  Cullen received his Master's degree in Public Health from Columbia University, and his Bachelor's degree in psychology from Lewis and Clark College. His prior experience includes connecting young men in Harlem to community health clinics and as a research coordinator at OHSU's Center for Spoken Language Understanding where he worked on several interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Cullen's professional interests have focused on the social determinants of health,social justice, and working to reduce health disparities among under served demographics. While away from work, he enjoys staying active outdoors: hiking, fishing, camping, climbing, snowboarding, and whatever else he can find to do with his time in the great outdoors. Cullen is originally from Avon, Minnesota. Back to Top

Mark Remiker, MA

Mark Remiker, MA, CCRP, Oregon Pacific Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC)

Mark started with ORPRN in October 2012. Before joining ORPRN, Mark worked as a research coordinator for the Wisconsin Research and Education Network (WREN), a PBRN based at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His past research experience focused on implementing evidence-based guidelines for chronic kidney disease in primary care settings and validating EHR selection criteria for asthma and diabetes. Mark holds a BA in psychology from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a MA in biological anthropology from Washington State University. He is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Back to top

Ann Romer

Ann Romer, MS, CCRP, Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Initiative Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC)

Ann is a PERC serving the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) practices throughout the State of Oregon. She holds a Master’s in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University, and a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and Ecology from the University of Arizona. Her previous work experience includes several years in biomedical research at Providence, focusing largely on the therapeutic potential of adult bone marrow-derived stem cells, as well as a brief stint as an Office Manager at PSU. Ann has lived in Oklahoma, Ohio, Arizona, Germany, and the Philippines, but now calls Portland home. She enjoys raising her daughter, advocating for social justice, and learning new things with her husband. Back to top

Beth Sommers

Beth Sommers, MPH, CPHQ, Portland Metro Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC)

Beth is a Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator serving the Portland-Metro area. She received her Masters of Public Health from Portland State University and her Bachelors of Science in Physical Anthropology from Oregon State University. Her previous experience with primary care transformation research includes development and evaluation of communication best practices of the Multnomah County Health Department’s patient-centered medical home model, Building Better Care, and evaluation of two OHSU primary care improvement demonstration projects centered around the care of patients with chronic health conditions.
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