PAM CURTIS, MS
Pam Curtis is the Director of the Center for Evidence-based Policy. In addition to providing direction for the Center, she directs work pertaining to policy development and application, social indicators of health, consensus building, strategic planning and organizational development. Prior to working at the Center, Ms. Curtis served as policy advisor to three-term Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber on children's issues and human services. In this role, Ms. Curtis authored the Governor's initiatives on juvenile crime prevention and early childhood education. Prior to joining the Governor's staff, Ms. Curtis was the Interim Director and Field Manager for the Oregon Commission on Children and Families. She has additional professional experience in local government and the private sector fields of substance misuse and addiction, adoption, child abuse prevention, youth development and policy, and organizational development. Ms. Curtis has authored articles and reports on policy coordination, system redesign, and comprehensive planning. Ms. Curtis holds a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin, and has received several honors for her work, including the Robert F. Utter Award for Civic Leadership, State of Washington, 2010; the Mental Health Award for Excellence, State of Oregon, 2002; the Distinguished Service Award, Citizen's Crime Commission, 2001; and the Outstanding Service Award, Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, 1999.
Susan Aromaa is the Program Manager at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. She currently works on the Medicaid Evidence-based Decision Project (MED) and the Drug Effectiveness Review Project (DERP). In this role, she plans and oversees the operations of these two state Medicaid program collaboratives. Ms. Aromaa has a background in alcohol and drug policy and an interest in reducing health disparities. Prior to joining the Center, she was the Community and Practice Research Program Manager for the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute. She also worked for several years at the Boston University School of Public Health where she developed and launched an online alcohol self-screening and referral tool and worked on other addiction issues. Ms. Aromaa has a degrees in Psychology and Applied Communications Research from Boston University.
Jane Beyer is a Program Officer at the Center for Evidence-based Policy and the Milbank Memorial Fund (MMF) as of October 2015. Her position is a shared partnership between the Center and MMF, advancing both organizations' health-focused, state-based missions. She served as Assistant Secretary for Behavioral Health and Service Integration in the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services from September 2012–August 2015. She also served as senior counsel to the Washington State House of Representatives Democratic Caucus from 1988 through 1994, and again from January 1999 to 2012. In that position, she handled a broad range of health care, human services and criminal justice issues, with a focus on Medicaid and access to health care. From 1995 through 1998, she served as the Washington State Medicaid director. She began her work in health law as a legal aid attorney in Tacoma, Washington.
SUSAN CARSON, MPH
Susan Carson is a Research Associate at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. She works primarily on the MED Project. Prior to coming to the Center, she spent 15 years at OHSU's Evidence-based Practice Center, preparing systematic reviews to support decision-makers such as the US Preventive Services Task Force, The Brain Trauma Foundation, and the Drug Effectiveness Review Project. She has held positions as a data analyst with Oregon Department of Human Services' HIV/STD/TB program, a research associate with the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, and a contractor with Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. Ms. Carson received her MPH from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in 1996. While at Columbia, she was a research associate for children's asthma health education programs, working with families, primary care providers, and public school personnel to increase asthma self-management skills among low-income children. She began her career as a case manager for adults with serious mental illness, linking individuals to housing, medical, and social services, and she currently volunteers as the lead of a course for parents of preschool-aged children with developmental disabilities, focusing on literacy and early learning.
Debbie Dion is a Project Coordinator at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. Her primary focus is providing assistance to state Medicaid agencies through the Medicaid Evidence-based Decision (MED) Project by assisting with webinars, state inquiries, and conference planning. Prior to joining the Center in 2013, Ms. Dion was the Office Manager at the Colorado Community Managed Care Network. Debbie has a B.A. in Anthropology from Linfield College.
Landon Donsbach is the Office Manager at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of many facets of the Center including administrative support, network/computer support, telephone support, special projects, and the Center's web presence, both public and proprietary. Mr. Donsbach has an A.A. in Commercial Music Performance and a B.A. in English Literature.
RHONDA DRIVER, R. Ph.
Rhonda Driver is a Pharmacy Policy Manager at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. She provides primary leadership for the Center's Drug Effectiveness Review Project collaborative and serves as the lead policy subject matter expert for all pharmaceutical policy issues. She recently joined the Center after having served as the Deputy Division Director for Clinical Policy and Operations for the MO HealthNet Program (formerly Missouri Medicaid). In Missouri Ms. Driver managed day-to-day administrative activities of the Medicaid program. As one of the Division's primary resources of clinical expertise, Ms. Driver was responsible for maintenance of the program's clinical editing tools, including: developing prior authorization and clinical edits;continued expansion of the Preferred Drug List, performing evidence-based therapeutic class reviews;development and implementation of clinical and technological programs;and evaluating patient care plans to encourage appropriate medication utilization and identify medical necessity. Ms. Driver provided executive leadership for the Managed Care program, overseeing health plan contracting, rate setting, contract compliance, and contract procurement. In addition, Ms. Driver managed the DME, Radiology, Optical, Laboratory and Hospital programs, and the Program Operations Unit, which administered Division's waiver programs. A native of Central Illinois, Ms. Driver earned her pharmacy degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Ms. Driver has practiced pharmacy in both hospital and retail settings.
RANDY EVANS, MA
Randy Evans is a Project Manager at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. He is charged with working to develop and manage collaborative and policy projects at the Center in coordination with project and research staff. Recent projects have included the Oregon Healthiest State initiative, an assessment and recommendations for the Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission and a stakeholder engagement project for the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. Prior to his current position at the Center, he was a Senior Project Manager at the Portland Development Commission helping to coordinate economic development projects, programs and policy for the City of Portland. Mr. Evans has a B.A. in Geography from Sacramento State University, an M.A. in Social Science from Humboldt State and holds a certification in Project Management from Portland State University.
MARTHA GERRITY, MD, MPH, PHD
Dr. Gerrity is a Clinical Epidemiologist at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. Her primary assignment is to the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions (MED) Project where her responsibilities include assisting participating states' in identifying and prioritizing topics for review, developing key questions related to the topics, reviewing and evaluating evidence, writing policy relevant reports summarizing the evidence, and facilitating participants access to other resources that might inform their policy decisions. Dr. Gerrity works closely with other project staff to assure that MED reports and those produced by outside vendors adhere to appropriate methodology and quality standards and provide education regarding research evidence. Dr. Gerrity is also an academic general internist at Oregon Health &Science University where she is Professor of Medicine and a staff physician at the Portland VA Medical Center. She continues to see patients on the inpatient wards and in the primary care clinic at the Portland VA Medical Center. Her research focuses on improving outcomes for patients with chronic medical conditions in primary care settings, medical education, and measurement and survey research. Her educational activities include teaching and evaluating evidence-based medicine (EBM) skills. She has been faculty for many national and international workshops on EBM and has served as the Chairperson of the Society of General Medicine's Evidence-Based Medicine Task Force from 1999 - 2002. From 2004 - 2009, she and William Tierney, MD were Co-Editors of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Gerrity graduated from Northwestern University's Honors Program in Medical Education, a 6-year combined BS/MD program. After an internal medicine residency at Oregon Health &Science University (OHSU), Dr. Gerrity pursued fellowship training through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Clinical Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). During her 8 years at UNC-CH, Dr. Gerrity completed a MPH in epidemiology and a PhD in education. She returned to Portland and OHSU in 1993 to do faculty development and program evaluation for the School of Medicine's major curriculum revision.
Mark Gibson is the Director Emeritus at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. He served as Chief of Staff to Oregon Senate President John Kitzhaber from 1985-1993. In this role Mr. Gibson supervised the staff of the Senate and advised the President on the full range of issues considered by the Senate. During this time Mr. Gibson participated directly in the drafting and passage of the groundbreaking Oregon Health Plan. From 1995-2003 Mr. Gibson served as Policy Advisor for Health, Human Services, and Labor to Governor John Kitzhaber of Oregon. In this role he led Oregon's numerous health initiatives from Worker's Compensation Reform to creation of the Oregon Children's Health Insurance Program as well as reorganization and expansion of the Oregon Health Plan. Most recently Mr. Gibson led the effort to enact the Practitioner Manager Prescription Drug Plan and served as Co-Chair of the Reforming States Group.
CATHY GORDON, MPH
Cathy Gordon is a Program Administrator at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. Her primary focus is engaging healthcare stakeholders in the Effective Health Care Program (EHC) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health &Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In this role she assists stakeholders to develop health care topics for consideration by AHRQ for comparative effectiveness or effectiveness research reviews, and provides staff support and guidance to increase interface between stakeholders and scientific processes. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Gordon worked as a Research Associate for the John M. Eisenberg Clinical Decisions and Communication Science Center at Oregon Health &Science University (OHSU). The Eisenberg Center develops plain language summaries of comparative effectiveness research reviews for the Effective Health Care Program. Ms. Gordon oversaw and conducted qualitative research activities with various stakeholder audiences including consumers, clinicians and policymakers. Ms. Gordon's previous research experience includes work on a number of NIH funded clinical trials, as well as social services and health policy research. She also has a background in clinical care where she worked in allied health for more than 20 years. Ms. Gordon has a Master's in Public Health in Health Education/Health Promotion.
Rachel Hackett is a 2016-2017 Hatfield Resident Fellow at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. Her primary role involves providing support to the Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) project. Rachel has previously worked for a community health center serving agricultural workers throughout Illinois on a variety of projects including Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Meaningful Use (MU), and the identification of service gaps. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan and a BA in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology (PNP) and Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.
CURTIS HARROD, MPH, PHD
Dr. Curtis Harrod is the Associate Research Director at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. His educational background and training includes earning a Master in Public Health in community health and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in epidemiology. As an epidemiologist, Dr. Harrod has extensive knowledge on risk factor and disease relationships. He has over a dozen peer-reviewed publications, which includes Cochrane systematic reviews, and serves as a peer-reviewer for multiple world-renowned journals. Recently, Dr. Harrod was acknowledged as a top peer-reviewer by Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also has extensive training and application in advanced statistical methods and data management. Before coming to the Center, he served as a Database Manager for two large prospective studies. At the Center, in conjunction with the Research Director, Dr. Harrod's primary responsibilities are to ensure the necessary detail and quality for research products, and to work with policy makers to understand, and more importantly apply, evidence to policy.
Scott is the Financial Administrator at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. He joined the Center in February 2015. Prior to this, he worked in a variety of leading financial roles during his 16 years at OHSU. Some of the positions include: Assistant Director of Hospital Financial Services, Accounting Manager for the Hospital and the University and also Budgeting Director for the University. His current responsibilities at the Center include managing the accurate and timely reporting of the financial statements, managing the budgets and forecasts of new and existing projects, tracking expenses and revenues, strategic financial planning for the Center, and also being a resource for contracts in which the Center is involved. Scott is an active member of the Oregon HFMA Chapter and is currently in the Treasurer role. He has B.S. in Business Administration from Boise State University.
Christopher Kelleher is a Project Director at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. He works primarily on the Pay for Prevention Project. Before joining the Center, he directed an NIH-funded program to develop open-source collaboration software and participated in a coalition that created standards for ontology-based knowledge sharing. From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Kelleher served as Deputy Director of the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute. In that role, he guided a program in cross-disciplinary research and helped to shape a nationwide research consortium. Prior to that work, Mr. Kelleher was a Senior Research Associate at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, where he managed a diverse research portfolio. His work at Kaiser included a multinational study of pulmonary disease, a range of projects focused on health economics and implementation science, and path breaking web initiatives directed at parenting and adolescent depression. Mr. Kelleher has also worked at the University of North Carolina and holds degrees in English and History from Vassar.
VALERIE J. KING, MD, MPH
Dr. King is the Director of Research at the Center for Evidence-based Policy where she oversees research methods and a variety of health services and clinical evidence research projects. She has been with the Center since 2007 and is also a Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health &Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. From 2005 through 2008 she was the Associate Director of AHRQ's Eisenberg Clinical Decisions and Communications Science Center, part of AHRQ's Comparative Effectiveness Program, at OHSU. Dr. King has been an author of and served as an advisory panel member and peer reviewer for multiple AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center evidence reports. Dr. King is a cum laude graduate of the School of Medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) where she also completed residency training in both Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine and a Master's degree in Epidemiology. From 1995 through 1997 she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UNC. Dr. King was an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University from 1998 to 1999, studying maternity services, health policy and systematic review methodology. She completed a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholars fellowship in 2007 with a focus on maternity health policy. She is actively involved with the Cochrane Collaboration and the GRADE Working Group. Dr. King maintains a consulting and teaching clinical practice devoted to women's health, maternal and newborn care.
ALLISON LEOF, PHD
Allison Leof, PhD, is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. She prepares evidence and policy reports for the MED Project and other Center clients and contributes to the Center's stakeholder engagement projects. Dr. Leof manages Project TEAM, a Bureau of Justice Assistance funded project to assist tribes and local governments in creating joint jurisdiction, justice-related collaborations. Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Leof taught American politics and policy and worked in a number of policy and advocacy positions concerned with health care, public education and technology policy at the federal, state and local level. Dr. Leof graduated with honors from Yale College and received her PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.
ROBYN LIU, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Dr. Liu is a family physician and a clinical epidemiologist at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. Dr. Liu received her medical degree at the University of Kansas. She came to Oregon Health &Science University to complete the joint residency program in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine, obtaining both specialty board certifications as well as her MPH degree in Health Management &Policy. Dr. Liu practiced full-scope primary care in rural Kansas before returning to OHSU as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Liu's undergraduate training was in the history of science, and her interests lie in understanding how medical science exists in the public sphere, both influencing and being influenced by political and cultural forces. Dr. Liu has served at the local, state, and national levels to help physicians organize and advocate for a better health care system.
CRAIG MOSBAEK, MPH
Craig Mosbaek is a Research Associate at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. He has worked as a consultant in the health field for the past four years with Rede Group and Mosbaek Consulting. In 2010, he received a fellowship from the American Public Health Association and worked for Congress in the offices of Senator Akaka and the House Ways &Means Health Subcommittee. Previously, he was a research analyst for the Oregon Public Health Division, first with Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention and then with Program Design and Evaluation Services. Earlier, he worked in criminal justice for ten years studying sentencing policies. Mr. Mosbaek earned a Masters of Public Health in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from OHSU and an undergraduate degree in physics from Reed College. Mr. Mosbaek was the founding president of the Portland Farmers Market for ten years, and he was on the founding board of Upstream Public Health.
ADAM OBLEY, MD
Dr. Obley is a Clinical Epidemiologist at the Center for Evidence-based Policy where he works on a wide variety projects applying clinical and health services research to policy development. He is an academic general internist at Oregon Health &Science University (OHSU) where he is Assistant Professor of Medicine and a staff physician at the Portland VA Medical Center. He continues to see patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings at the Portland VA Medical Center. His research interests are in medical education (particularly at the intersection of evidence-based medicine, clinical reasoning, and high-value cost conscious care), and physician workforce issues. He teaches clinical epidemiology to medical students and residents, and also teaches principles of clinical medicine in the pre-clinical medical school curriculum. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Obley was as a special assistant to Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius from 2003-2005. His portfolio in the office included health policy, as well as K-12 and higher education. During his time in the governor's office, he worked on a major reorganization of state health care programs as well as substantial revisions to the school finance formula. Dr. Obley graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at OHSU where he also served as Chief Resident.
MELLISA PENSA, MD
Dr. Pensa is a Clinical Epidemiologist at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. She primarily works with the New York State Evidence-based Benefit Review Advisory Committee, which makes coverage recommendations to the New York Department of Public Health. Mellisa is dual board certified in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine after completing OHSU's combined residency program in 2012. She served as National Conference Chair for the Resident and Student Section of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2011. During her training, she worked at the Center on a variety of projects including birth certificate analysis to determine hospital-specific rate of elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation. Upon graduating, she became an assistant professor and Associate Residency Director at the University of Virginia, where she practiced full-scope family medicine. Currently, Dr. Pensa resides in Connecticut, where she practices family medicine and is completing a fellowship in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Yale.
CATHERINE PETTINARI, PHD
Catherine Pettinari is a Research Associate at the Center for Evidence-based Policy where she conducts research for rapid reviews of clinical evidence and policy for the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions project. Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Pettinari contributed to the development of mental health guidelines for the National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) for England and Wales from the start of the NICE guideline program through 2008 during which she served as Centre Manager for the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, one of the four national guideline centers. Dr. Pettinari's research interests include communication in a range of health care settings, including nurse-led telephone advice helplines, health advocate home visiting, surgical education, and prison healthcare in which she developed a research program on the social organization of prison health care funded by the UK National Health Service and the Economic and Social Research Council. Dr. Pettinari earned a degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Michigan.
NICOLA PINSON, JD
Nicola Pinson is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. She works primarily with the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions Project (MED) to develop policy analyses and resources that that assist state efforts to implement evidence-based policies. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Pinson worked as an attorney specializing in health law and policy. Her practice areas included Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance law. Ms. Pinson also served as the Policy Director and Legal Counsel for the Oregon Primary Care Association, representing Federally Qualified Health Centers in Oregon. In addition, Ms. Pinson has worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, conducting national studies of federal health care and public health programs. She graduated with high honors from Middlebury College in Vermont, and holds a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Ms. Pinson is a member of the Oregon State Bar, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Health Law Section. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Oregon Public Health Institute.
MOIRA K. RAY, MD, MPH
Dr. Ray is a Clinical Epidemiologist at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. She also maintains a primary care practice in Family Medicine at Oregon Health &Science University (OHSU). A 2003 graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, she originally envisioned a career in ecology and ornithology. After a short stint as a field biologist, she opted to pursue a new direction and began work in HIV prevention and clinical research with vulnerable populations. Merging her interests in ecology, systems thinking, health and environment, she enrolled in a combined program in medicine and public health from OHSU, graduating with her MD and MPH. She then completed residencies in Family and Preventive Medicine. Her interests continue to focus on the health and wellness of vulnerable populations, specifically women's health, family planning, and poverty.
JILL SCANTLAN, MSc
Jill Scantlan is a Research Associate at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. Ms. Scantlan's work at the Center focuses on conducting rapid reviews for the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions project, providing technical assistance on social determinants of health projects, and supporting other special projects. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as a senior data analyst and monitoring and evaluation advisor for Mercy Corps. She continues to work with Mercy Corps as a monitoring and evaluation consultant. Her humanitarian work focuses on women's empowerment, food security, and economic development. Ms. Scantlan earned a Master's of Science in Social Epidemiology at the University College London, and a B.A in International Development Studies at Portland State University.
Sharon Schuyler is an Administrative Coordinator at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. In addition to providing administrative support to Pam Curtis, she works on special projects such as the Pay for Prevention and Washington HTA projects. She has held positions at Indiana University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and her most recent position at Butler University where she served as an administrative assistant to the Associate Provost and her staff. She holds an A.A. in Business from Indiana University and a B.S. in Organizational Management from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida.
Duke Shepard is the Deputy Director at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. He arrived at the Center in January 2015 after serving for four years as a policy advisor to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber where his portfolio included labor, human services, housing, and early learning. In this role Duke advanced the Governor's aggressive agenda to reshape early learning in Oregon, expand integrated employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, improve family stability and reduce foster care, reform Oregon's public employee pension structure, and develop a sustainable long-term budget. Duke's diverse array of experiences spans economic development and strategy, workforce training, local government, political campaigns, and labor union advocacy. He has, uniquely, worked for both the Portland Business Alliance (Oregon's largest Chamber of Commerce) and the Oregon AFL-CIO (Oregon's largest union organization). As a volunteer, Duke was elected to two terms on the Board of Mt. Hood Community College and has served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Oregon Commission for Voluntary Action and Service and the Oregon Progress Board. Duke is a graduate of the University of Oregon.
SAMANTHA SLAUGHTER-MASON, MPH
Samantha Slaugher-Mason is a Project Lead at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. Samantha's work is focused on effective stakeholder engagement, and process evaluation and design. Prior to joining the Center, Samantha worked for several non-profit organizations on health and environmental issues, and as a health educator. Samantha is currently working on her PhD in Health Systems and Policy at Portland State University, with a focus on medical cannabis policy. She previously earned a Masters of Public Health in International Health from Oregon State University, and holds degrees in Psychology and Health Communication from the University of Southern California.
Susan Stuard is a Project Director at the Center for Evidence-based Policy, on the SMART-D (State Medicaid Alternative Reimbursement and Purchasing Test for High-cost Drugs) initiative, funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. She addresses issues ranging from practice transformation models to payment reform and state innovation. From 2008 to 2015, Susan led THINC, the not-for-profit convening organization that established research-based criteria to enhance health care quality and value in the Hudson Valley. Prior to THINC, she was the director for technology policy development at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH). Ms. Stuard was also the vice president of regulatory affairs for the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) where she led GNYHA's efforts with respect to clinical information technology and the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules. She has also held regulatory affairs and hospital operation roles at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In addition, Susan serves on the Standards Committee for the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA), the Advisory Board for the New York State Health Foundation, the United Hospital Fund's Quality Institute Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of HealthlinkNY. She holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College.
AASTA THIELKE, MPH
Aasta Thielke is a Research Associate at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. She is a health services research professional with experience in evidence review, policy analysis, project management, and process development. Ms. Thielke works closely with state Medicaid staff on creating, understanding, and developing processes for incorporating evidence into policy decision-making and implementation. She works on several projects, including the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions Project (MED), New York Medicaid Basic Benefits Review Advisory Committee &Dossier Process, Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission, PCORI Expert Interviews Project, Texas Medical &Dental Coverage Decision Process Redesign, and the Washington HTA Program Stakeholder Engagement Project.
Prior to joining the Center, she worked as a research assistant at Portland State University focusing on policy implications for the planning and development of health information exchange in Oregon. Ms. Thielke earned a Master of Public Health from Portland State University, and a degree in anthropology from the University of Victoria. Before her career in public health, Aasta was an instructor for Outward Bound Wilderness in Minnesota and Alaska.
Dan Vizzini is a contractor at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. He joined the Center in 2015 following a long career in public finance, policy analysis and development, and community engagement. Mr. Vizzini's public service career began as a budget and program analyst at the New Jersey State Bureau of the Budget. Following a move to Oregon in 1979, he focused on local government service at Multnomah County and the City of Portland. In 2012, he left the City to pursue a variety of professional experiences in the private sector, including software design and development at Thetus Corporation and public utility consulting at Carollo Engineers. Mr. Vizzini's advocacy for early childhood development programs and interest in prevention and early intervention date back to the late 1980s and his appointment to and chairmanship of the Oregon Commission for Child Care during the development of Oregon's first federal child care block grant plan. In addition to his half-time position with the Center, he is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Public Service at Portland State University and serves as a facilitation consultant at the National Policy Consensus Center. Mr. Vizzini's dedication to community engagement included ten years of service as a commissioner and frequent chairman of the Lake Oswego Planning Commission. In 2002, the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association recognized him for Distinguished Leadership by a Community Planner. He serves as a board member and treasurer at the Willamette Partnership, a diverse coalition of conservation, city, business, farm, and science leaders dedicated to increasing the pace, scope and effectiveness of conservation in watersheds throughout the US. Mr. Vizzini attended Boston University where he graduated with a BA in economics and a minor in public finance.
Taylor Woods is a Research Associate at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. He came to the Center as a Hatfield Resident Fellow in July 2015 and has been working full-time as a Research Associate since February 2016. Currently, Mr. Woods is part of the Medicaid Evidence Decisions (MED) project. As a Hatfield Fellow, he supported projects such as technical assistance for the Pay for Prevention project and evaluating community health grants for the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization. Previously, he staffed Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation as a Staff Assistant and Legislative Assistant. He holds a B.A. in American History and Politics from Washington and Lee University and a Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.
ZOE WYSEZoe Wyse is a Research & Policy Intern at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. She assists with the Medicaid Evidence-based Decision Project (MED) and other projects at the Center. She has previously assisted with projects aimed at improving the health of vulnerable populations, including people with intellectual disability and people with serious and persistent mental illness. She loves working with others to use the power of rigorous research to inform policies that may improve the health and well-being of whole populations of vulnerable people. She earned a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Oregon Health & Science University and a Bachelor of Science in Social Science from Portland State University.
Al Yang is the Financial Analyst at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. His responsibilities include accurate and timely reporting of financials, managing the budgets and forecasts of new and existing projects, tracking expenses and revenues, as well as other pivotal accounting functions for the Center. Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Yang helped oversee finances for a local retail start-up specializing in accessories for brands such as Converse, and was the Budget Manager and Financial Analyst for Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery's Marketing Department. He has a B.S. in Finance from Oregon State University.