Our Team

Leadership Team

Brian Gibbs, Ph.D., M.P.A.

Vice President, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor, School of Public Health, OHSU-PSU

Dr. Gibbs serves as the chief diversity officer for OHSU, overseeing the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and is responsible for institutional diversity and inclusion initiatives within the clinical, educational, and research missions. 

Prior to OHSU, he served as associate vice chancellor for diversity at the University of New Mexico Health Science Campus and the associate dean for diversity and cultural competence at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Gibbs also spent 10 years as the founder and director of the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he was a senior research scientist within the Department of Health Policy and Management. He was the principal investigator for "Breaking It Down: Our Health Our Way," a pilot initiative, funded by the Education Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials to translate cancer clinical trials into a valuable and accessible community resource. Dr. Gibbs also served as the center director, community outreach, intervention co-director, and co-investigator for two consecutive NIH-funded National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Centers of Excellence.

Dr. Gibbs received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University, where he was a Pew Health Policy Fellow, and completed post-doctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health. He received his Master's in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills and his Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Michigan University. He practiced as an occupational therapist for 10 years in Los Angeles.

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Leslie Garcia, M.P.A.

Assistant Chief Diversity Officer and Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Leslie leads institution-wide initiatives to create an environment of respect and inclusion for all people. She supports staff, faculty and students through her work in a variety of programs within and outside of OHSU, as well as serving as advisor on a number of institutional committees. As co-chair of the Diversity Advisory Committee, Leslie counsels the OHSU executive leadership team. 

Leslie has experience working in both public and private sectors, providing leadership and consultation related to diversity, cultural competency, as well as curriculum and program development.  

Leslie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Eastern Washington University and her Master’s Degree in public administration from Portland State University. She was the 2014 recipient of the National Association of Minority Medical Educators’ Diversity Leadership Award, as well as the 2015 winner of the Individual Leadership Award from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

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Administrative Team

Jon Garcia, M.A.Ed.

Administrative Coordinator

Joining OHSU in 2016, Jon brought his experience in curriculum design, learning theory and passion for empowering others to his role as an administrative coordinator. As part of the team at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, he supports the Summer Equity Research and Ted R. Lilley CURE internships, various events and the campus-wide unconscious bias initiative. Utilizing his experience in outreach, project management and steering large-scale initiatives, Jon has collaborated with more than 50 departments throughout the institution.

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Melanie Wong

Executive Assistant

Melanie serves as the executive assistant to Dr. Brian Gibbs and Leslie Garcia. She has more than seven years of executive support experience, and started at OHSU in 2016 after moving to Portland from Honolulu, Hawaii. Melanie also supports the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in event planning and other logistical support. Melanie enjoys giving back to her community. She joined Hands On Greater Portland and volunteers at a number of organizations, such as the Cat Adoption Team and Urban Gleaners.

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Communications

Tracey Lam, A.P.R.

Communications Specialist

Tracey joined OHSU in late-2017 after five years as the communications manager at Make-A-Wish Oregon. Prior to that, she spent 15 years as a journalist in TV news, five of those years working as the executive producer of an investigative news team. In 2015, Tracey co-founded API Forward, a nonprofit that provides education and training for local Asian and Pacific Islander students to build skills and behaviors needed to be successful leaders in our community.

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Diversity Recruitment and Retention

Jenny Lee Berry

Program Manager, Diversity Recruitment and Retention and Regional Director, Greater Oregon Higher Education Recruitment Consortium

Jenny is a native Oregonian, born and raised in Beaverton. She is a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in business administration and minored in cultural anthropology and ethnic studies. She came to OHSU in 2016 after working for the State of Oregon. She provides project management support for OHSU’s employee resource groups and manages the Greater Oregon Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, a national job board aimed at diversity recruitment and retention.

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Diversity Trainers

Eric Annala, M.A.Ed., M.S. HROD

Lead Diversity Trainer 

Eric graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.A. in psychology, a Master of Education degree in counseling and personnel services, and a Master of Science degree in human resources and organizational development. Eric has worked in healthcare education since 2009, serving as a student success coordinator and a director of academic support services. He is a certified trainer for professional tutors and has developed numerous continuing education programs for students, faculty and staff to increase the understanding of diverse populations. 

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Octaviano Merecias Cuevas, M.A.

Lead Diversity Trainer 

Octaviano is a multilingual educator with more than 15 years of experience working in diversity, equity and inclusion programs with an emphasis in inter-cultural collaborations, outreach, engagement and learning development. Previous to OHSU, Octaviano served as the manager for policy and civic engagement at Latino Network and as the associate director of outreach for Oregon State University’s Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement. He also served as a faculty of extension at OSU’s School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences. 

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Crystal Roberts, J.D.

Program Manager and Lead Diversity Trainer

Crystal is a certified Cook Ross Consultant and serves as the program manager for OHSU’s unconscious bias campus-wide initiative. She facilitates two-hour unconscious bias trainings to help participants understand the impact of our actions. Prior to this role, Crystal was a civil rights investigator at OHSU’s Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity department and an equity and compliance consultant in Portland State University’s Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion. She received her law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.

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