Our Team

Leadership Team

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

Vice President, Equity and Inclusion
Associate Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
Associate Director, Knight Cancer Institute

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.

Administrative Team

Robert Hansen

Executive Assistant

Robert is a native Oregonian who returned home to rejoin OHSU in 2019. During his previous service at OHSU, he worked in administrative positions in the Department of Medicine, Telecommunications, and the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division.  Robert has a long history of volunteering in the Portland metro area, including recording books and magazines for people with disabilities for Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Golden Hours” radio service. He also served as a board member and volunteer at Esther’s Pantry (a food bank for those in need living with HIV),  as well as a board member and volunteer at the former Kendall Community Center in North Clackamas County.  He also ran once for public office.

CDI Staff Robert Hansen

Wesley Studer

Administrative Assistant

Wes is a native Portlander who is dedicated to supporting diversity as one of OHSU’s core values. While growing up, he volunteered as an assistant coach for youth sports teams with disabilities. His devotion to inclusive causes has led him to his current role. In his spare time, he enjoys biking, walking and playing ping pong. 

CDI Staff Wesley Studer

Rebecca Sutton-Kanyako, M.A.

Administrative Coordinator

Rebecca Sutton-Kanyako holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training, with a focus on Public Health. Her continuum of learning, awareness and practice includes 15 years within the nonprofit sector primarily providing support to HIV/AIDS and International Development programs. Through such experiences, Rebecca gained a profound understanding of health being a human right and therefore embraces the opportunity to work at OHSU toward the vision of improving health and wellbeing for all.

CDI Staff Rebecca Sutton-Kanyako

Faith J. Wilson

Administrative Coordinator

Faith joined OHSU in 2016, after trading sunny California and palm trees for the beautiful Northwest. She is a graduate of California State University Dominguez Hills with a degree in kinesiology. Faith has done administrative work since 2012, mostly spent by providing support to mental health counseling, and recently within Family Medicine at OHSU. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and recently founded WO:KE PDX, a community organization focused on developing cultural competency through compassion, curiosity and dialogue to foster a global WO:KE collective.

CDI Staff Faith J. Wilson

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.

Diversity Recruitment and Retention

Andrew Justicia

Program Manager, Diversity Recruitment and Retention

Andrew was born in Ketchikan, Alaska, and raised in La Paz, Bolivia. He has a degree in linguistics from Portland State University. Having worked in the Perinatology Clinic and Graduate Medical Education in the School of Medicine's Dean's Office, Andrew is extremely familiar with OHSU. Prior to OHSU, he worked as a Spanish/English TEFL teacher in the Portland Metro area for 5 years at Berlitz Language Center, Da Vinci middle school and Uplands Elementary. His volunteer work consists of reading with SMART program (Start Making a Reader Today) and coaching soccer.

CDI Staff Andrew Justicia

Diversity Trainers

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. 

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.