Oregon Office of Rural Health

ORH Staff

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Robert Duehmig

Robert Duehmig has nearly 20 years of experience working in education and health policy at the state and national level.  As Interim Director, he is responsible for overall office communication and the Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference.  In addition, he oversees the State Office of Rural Health Grant and the ORH Workforce Team, including provider incentives and recruitment and retention services.  Contact Robert if you have questions regarding the Oregon Rural Health Conference, state or federal policy relating to workforce and rural health or communication.

Administrative Manager

Laura Potter

Laura Potter joined the ORH after years of experience as an attorney and manager of a large nonprofit focused on cancer. Laura oversees the ORH Administrative Team. In addition, she supervises logistical support for the Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference and the Annual Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon, office HR and compliance issues. Contact Laura if you have questions regarding conference logistics and program administration.

Administrative Coordinator

Kate Hubbard

Kate Hubbard joined ORH after serving in administrative and support capacities at OHSU for several years.  She provides support to the entire ORH team and AHEC leadership, keeping the behind-the-scenes machinery of our programs working smoothly.  Contact Kate if you need help finding your way to the right person at ORH or AHEC.

Administrative Coordinator

Eric Jordan

Eric Jordan provides IT and communications support for the office, including website design and strategy and mailing list administration. He also determines eligibility for the Oregon Rural Practitioner and Oregon Rural Volunteer EMS Provider tax credit programs, the Rural Practitioners Insurance Subsidy Program. Contact Eric for information about the Oregon Rural Practitioner and Oregon Rural Volunteer EMS Provider tax credit programs and the Rural Practitioners Insurance Subsidy Program. Eric grew up in a rural area elsewhere in the US.

Field Services Director

Sarah Andersen

Sarah Andersen has over 20 years of experience in non-profit, private business, and grant management with a focus on increasing access to healthcare for underserved Oregonians. Sarah supervised the ORH Field Services team to provide expertise, evidence-based support, advocacy and technical assistance for rural and frontier Oregon health facilities and community stakeholders.  Contact Sarah if you have questions regarding the Medicare Flexibility Grant (Flex) and technical assistance to rural and frontier healthcare facilities.

Field Services Program Manager

Rebecca Dobert

Rebecca Dobert joined ORH in 2016. Rebecca is a former health policy legislative staffer, who also has experience working as a Certified Nursing Assistant and volunteering as an EMT in rural and frontier communities. Rebecca oversees the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) grant and ORH's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) assistance and support, including the HERO Rural Volunteer EMS Grant Program. Please contact Rebecca for assistance or questions on SHIP or EMS activities as well as technical assistance for Rural Health Clinics.

Field Services Program Manager

Rondyann Gerst

Rondyann Gerst is the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Program Manager at the Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH) and is ORH’s subject matter expert on RHCs. In her role, she provides technical assistance to RHCs in compliance activities, billing and coding, and operational improvements. She also assists private physician offices who desire to convert to RHC status. Based in La Grande, OR, she has over 28 years of experience in healthcare administration, working for both private clinics and hospital owned provider-based RHCs. Rondyann is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) with the American Academy of Professional Coders, a Certified Rural Health Clinic Professional (CRHCP) with National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) and a Certified Medical Professional Executive (CMPE) with the Medical Group Managers Association.  She is currently a board member with the Oregon Medical Group Management Association (OMGMA). Please contact Rondyann if you have any questions relating to RHCs in Oregon.

Field Services Program Manager

Rose Locklear

Based in Central Oregon, Rose Locklear joined ORH in 2017 after completing two internships at ORH as part of her Master's Degree in Public Health at Oregon State University.  Rose oversees ORH's administration of grant programs and the Annual Forum on Aging, as well as the Rural and Frontier Listening Tour. Please contact Rose about rural and frontier grant opportunities, applying for ORH grants, requesting ORH participation on your grant review committee as well as any questions on the Rural and Frontier Listening Tour, and the Annual Forum on Aging.

Data/GIS Analyst

Emerson Ong

Emerson Ong joined ORH in 2000, after learning about Access databases and survey tools at the Department of Nursing Administration at Johns Hopkins Hospital. At ORH, he has expanded and consolidated demographic, health status, and health utilization data and established ORH as a statewide resource for rural Oregon ZIP code level health data. Emerson utilizes GIS to present this data in graphical maps of the state. Data reports (e.g., demographic and health community profiles) and maps (e.g., the number and location of Psychiatrists across the state) are available on our website. For customized data or maps to inform facility operations or community health improvement planning, please contact Emerson.

Field Services Program Manager

Stacie Rothwell

Based in Burns, Stacie Rothwell joined ORH in 2015.  Stacie has over 16 years of healthcare administration experience, which includes both private and hospital owned clinic administration as well as being a member of a Critical Access Hospital administrative team. Stacie is ORH’s subject matter expert on rural clinic and hospital quality improvement. Please contact Stacie for technical assistance with quality improvement reporting or projects, becoming a Rural Health Clinic or Patient Centered Primary Care Home, meeting facility regulatory requirements and improving facility operations.

Workforce Services Coordinator

Rachel Burgraff

Rachel Burggraff joined ORH in 2021, after 5 years’ experience supporting dental education.  Rachel worked with underserved urban communities for years, so when the opportunity to help underserved rural communities presented itself, she jumped at the opportunity.  Rachel, a member of the Workforce Team, coordinates post-award support for the Oregon Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program (PILP), the Oregon Partnership State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP), Oregon Behavioral Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program (BLRP), the Scholars for a Healthy Oregon Initiative (SHOI), and the Primary Care Loan Forgiveness Program (PCLF).

Workforce Services Coordinator

Brittney Cullen

Brittney joined ORH in 2020 after working with OHSU School of Dentistry students in clinical training. Brittney provides support across all Workforce Team activities and coordinates applications and awards for the  Oregon Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program (PILP), the Oregon Partnership State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP), the Scholars for a Healthy Oregon Initiative (SHOI) and the Primary Health Care Loan Forgiveness Program (PCLF)  Please contact Brittney with any questions you have on these programs.

Program Manager – Incentive Programs

Bill Pfunder

Bill Pfunder joined the ORH in 2016. Bill has over 10 years’ experience in emergency medical services, including rural Alaska. He also has experience with nonprofit social services agencies that assist families caring for children and young adults with special needs. Bill served as the Oregon/National POLST Coordinator and Office Manager at the OHSU Center for Ethics. Please contact Bill for questions on Oregon’s provider incentive programs, including the Oregon Partnership State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP), Oregon Health Care Provider Loan Repayment, the Scholars for a Healthy Oregon Initiative (SHOI), and the Primary Care Loan Forgiveness Program (PCLF).

Program Manager — Recruitment and Retention

Stacee Reed

Based in Madras, OR, Stacee joined the ORH in 2016. Stacee has over 10 years of experience working in rural hospitals and clinics including Practice Operations Manager focusing on recruitment and retention of providers. Stacee brings a broad knowledge of hospital/clinic/patient/community cultures to her role overseeing the ORH Recruitment and Retention activities. Please contact Stacee if you have workforce needs including hiring and retention of providers.


Individual contact information is listed above. For general information: Oregon Office of Rural Health | ruralweb@ohsu.edu | 503-494-4450 | toll-free 866-674-4376