Staff

PAM CURTIS, MS

Pam Curtis is the Co-Director of the Center for Evidence-based Policy. In addition to providing direction for CEbP, Ms. Curtis leads the Center's work on 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.

MARK GIBSON

Mark Gibson is the Co-Director of the Center for Evidence-based Policy. Mr. Gibson 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. In addition to his work with the Center, Mr. Gibson is currently a program officer for the Milbank Memorial Fund.

DEBBIE DION 

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, Debbie was the Office Manager at the Colorado Community Managed Care Network. Debbie has a B.A. in Anthropology from Linfield College.

LANDON DONSBACH

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. Prior to accepting the position at the Center, Mr. Donsbach worked at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA, participating in and administrating a Women's and Children's Health Care Research Program with Elizabeth McGlynn, a nationally recognized expert on the issue.  Mr. Donsbach has an A.A. in Commercial Music Performance and a B.A. in English Literature.

RANDY EVANS, MA 

Randy Evans is a Project Manager for the Center for Evidence-based Policy. Mr. Evans is charged with working to develop and manage collaborative and policy projects at the Center in coordination with project and research staff. Prior to his current position at the Center, Mr. Evans was a Senior Project Manager at the Portland Development Commission helping to coordinate economic development projects, programs and policy for the City of Portland. 

MARTHA GERRITY, MD, MPH, PHD

Clinical Evidence Specialist

Dr. Gerrity's 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.

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.

CURTIS HARROD, MPH, PHD

Curtis Harrod is a Research Associate for the Center for Evidence-based Policy. Dr. Harrod's primary responsibility is conducting rapid reviews for the Center's Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions Project. Prior to joining the Center in 2014, Dr. Harrod worked as a Database Manager for two large cohort studies in Colorado. He also worked as a graduate research assistant for Dr. Carolyn DiGuiseppi focusing on primary prevention of suicide. He earned a Master of Public Health in Community Health and a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Harrod has several published peer-reviewed manuscripts, including Cochrane systematic reviews. He completed a graduate thesis and doctoral dissertation. Dr. Harrod has presented his research at national conferences and also serves as a reviewer for multiple clinical journals.  

ANNE KING, MBA 

Anne King is the Operations and Finance Director of the Center for Evidence-based Policy. In addition to directing the operations of the Center, she provides consultation and technical assistance in the areas of: strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, research program development, process improvement, grant writing, project management and program evaluation. She joined OHSU in 2001, first managing the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network, a collaboration of primary care and pediatric practices statewide that jointly conduct clinical and health services research. Her next position was as Associate Director of Administration of the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute where she was responsible for operations, finance, strategic planning, program evaluation and grant development. She holds a masters degree in business administration and a certificate in public and non-profit management from Boston University and an undergraduate degree from Smith College. 

VALERIE KING, MD, MPH

Valerie King is the Director of Research and Policy at the Center for Evidence-based Policy and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. From 2005 through 2008 she was the Associate Director of AHRQ's Eisenberg Clinical Decisions and Communications Science Center at OHSU. Dr. King also works as an investigator for the Oregon EPC. Dr. King has been an author of and served as an advisory panel member and peer reviewer for AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center evidence reports as well as several other systematic reviews. She serves on the AAFP's Commission on Science, and chairs its Subcommittee on Clinical Practice Guidelines. She was a delegate to the 2006 NIH Consensus Conference on management of abnormal cervical cytology and histology and to the 2008 NICHD workshop on electronic fetal monitoring. She also serves as the AAFP liaison to ACOG's obstetrical practice bulletins committee. Dr. King has degrees from the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she also completed residency training. From 1995 through 1997 she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UNC and subsequently completed a fellowship in health services research at that institution. She was an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in the UK from 1998 to 1999, studying the application of evidence in maternity care and decision-making. She moved to OHSU in 2004 and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholars fellowship in 2007 that focused on evidence and decision-making. Dr. King is board certified in both Family Medicine and General Preventive Medicine. She is the director of the combined Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine residency program at OHSU. She also works with the Family Physicians Inquiries Network to help clinicians ask and answer pertinent clinical questions and develop evidence-based patient education materials from those answers and serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Family Practice.

ALLISON LEOF 

Allison Leof, PhD, is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center. 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

Robyn Liu is a Clinical Epidemiologist at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. She primarily works with the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions (MED) Project, assisting public payers across the country in evaluating bodies of medical literature and translating that evidence into a format that is relevant and useful for policy formation. She helps participant states identify, hone, and prioritize topics for review; creates lists of key questions to be addressed for each subject; evaluates literature and creates reports that summarize the most relevant and important information; and helps ensure that MED participants understand the overall quality and risk of bias in the literature presented. Dr. Liu is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, where she practices full-scope primary care including obstetrics and inpatient medicine as well as outpatient clinical care, and provides clinic-based instruction to family medicine residents and medical students year-round. She completed a combined residency program in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine at OHSU in 2007, achieving dual board certification, and practiced in a frontier region of Kansas prior to returning to Oregon and the Center. She is involved in primary care advocacy, serving as the New Physician representative to the American Academy of Family Physicians' Board of Directors from 2011-2012, and in numerous leadership roles within the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians and the Oregon Medical Association.

MEGHAN MAYER

Meghan Mayer is a Policy and Outreach Specialist at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. She primarily works on the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions Project (MED), serving the needs of the policymakers participating in this multi-state collaborative. Her responsibilities include developing policy and evidence resources, shaping agendas for MED member meetings, and conducting speaker outreach. Meghan has previously worked for non-profits in the economic development field and has experience in local, state, and federal policy issues. She has a degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  

ADAM OBLEY, MD 

Adam Obley, MD, 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. Dr. Obley 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. 

CATHERINE PETTINARI 

Catherine Pettinari is a Research Associate at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. Dr Pettinari’s primary responsibility is conducting rapid reviews of clinical evidence and policy for the Center’s Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions Project. Prior to joining the Center, Dr Pettinari contributed to the development of clinical guidelines for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as Centre Manager of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health. She has continued to contribute to projects at the Centre, including a recent review of qualitative evidence synthesis in guideline development. While in England, Dr Pettinari also conducted a program of prison health care research supported by the National Health Service and the Economic and Social Research Council. Dr. Pettinari earned a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, with a focus on medical discourse, 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 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 RAY, MD, MPH

Moira Ray is a Preventive Medicine resident completing her practicum at the center. Her time at the center involves work with the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions (MED) Project.  Dr. Ray is board-certified in Family Medicine. She completed her medical training, master of public health, and residency at Oregon Health & Science University. She is currently co-chair of the Houseofficers Quality and Safety Council, a multispecialty collaborative working to improve and organize quality efforts at OHSU. Her previous work has focused on substance abuse research, HIV prevention and outreach, and patient-physician communication.  Prior to entering the medical field, Dr. Ray was an aspiring ornithologist, graduating from the University of Connecticut with a degree in biological sciences.    

DUKE SHEPARD

Duke Shepard joined the Center as Deputy Director in January 2015.  He arrived at the Center 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 Slaughter-Mason is a Program Administrator/Research Associate 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 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. Slaughter-Mason worked for several non-profit organizations on health and environmental issues, and  as a health educator. Most recently she worked in Tajikistan for a program working to prevent iron-deficiency anemia during pregnancy. Ms. Slaughter-Mason earned a Master of Public Health in International Health from Oregon State University, and degrees in Psychology and Health Communication from the University of Southern California.

AASTA THIELKE, MPH 

Aasta Thielke is a Research Associate at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. Her primary focus is providing technical assistance to state Medicaid agencies through the Medicaid Evidence-based Decision Project and various other smaller projects. Prior to joining the Center, Aasta worked as a research assistant at Portland State University focusing on policy implications for the planning and development of health information technology and health information exchange in Oregon. Aasta 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.  

AL YANG

Al Yang is the Financial Analyst for 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, Al helped oversee finances for a local retail start-up specializing in bags and 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.      

ERIKA ZOLLER, MPH 

Erika Zoller is a Research Associate for the Center for Evidence-based Policy. She joined the Center in 2012 after working for the Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program, an OHSU program designed to prevent work-related fatalities throughout Oregon. Ms. Zoller conducted research and managed the operations and planning components of the program. In addition, Ms. Zoller has prior experience in health and social services research in the areas of housing and long-term care services. Before her career in public health, she worked in inpatient pharmacy. She holds a Masters in Public Health from Portland State University and a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management from OHSU.