About ORPRN's Advisory Board
The ORPRN Advisory Board (the Board) serves as the connection between and with primary care throughout the state of Oregon and the ORPRN faculty and staff at OHSU. They provide visioning and directionality to ORPRN and help steer the conversation about what matters to primary care practices and the communities they serve.
The Board is both reactive to proposals and ideas generated by ORPRN staff and research colleagues -- answering questions, providing guidance, making suggestions, approving participation and assisting with recruitment, and proactive – bringing practice concerns, topic areas, and subjects of interest to ORPRN staff.
The Board also represents ORPRN in their home practices and communities. Board members share research, educational and healthcare initiative opportunities with peers and colleagues, encouraging participation.
Specifically, Board members perform the following tasks:
- Participate in monthly, hour long phone meetings (currently 7 – 8 am the fourth Monday of the month)
- Participate in 1 or 2 in-person half day meetings each year
- Review 1 page summaries of proposed research to be done within ORPRN practices/communities
- Assess for appropriateness for primary care practices in Oregon
- Provide verbal feedback during phone meetings
- Vote to recommend/not recommend ORPRN participation
- Bring to ORPRN staff via email or during regular meetings ideas, concerns concerns and interests from their practice and community
The Board can have up to 12 members. Each member serves a 3-year term and may renew once for 6 total years. They may return to Board after at least one year away for another 3-year term.
Categories of Board members:
- Primary care physicians and advanced practice clinicians (at least 6, with representation from across Oregon)
- Medical student, resident or other primary care focused learner (public health, advanced care nursing, physician assistant, etc.) (one year term, may renew once for 2 total years)
- Non-physician office staff or providers (nursing, behavioral health, office manager, medical assistant, care coordinator, quality improvement, etc.)
- Community partners or patients, including CCO staff, health care system staff, primary care patients, primary care organization staff, etc.
Current Advisory Board Members
Monica DeMasi is the Core Faculty Member for the Providence Family Medicine Residency in Milwaukie. She joined Providence after serving as Academic Site Leader at the Samaritan Health Services Family Medicine Residency for the Geary Street Clinic in Albany, Oregon. She moved to Oregon after nine years seeing patients at the Cambridge Health Alliance with teaching and leadership roles at Harvard Medical School. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Case Western Reserve University where she studied medical anthropology and focused on primary care. She completed her family medicine residency at Brown in 2006. She was a senior Innovation Fellow at Harvard Medical School's Center for Primary Care and was the 2014 Eisenberg Family Fellow of the Academy of Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. Monica spent several years as the Scholarly Program Leader at the Center for Primary Care at Harvard Medical School. In 2014, her clinic won the Robert Wood Johnson Project LEAP award as an exemplary Patient Centered Medical Home. Her passions include serving the under-served, quality improvement, immigrant health, and medical education. Monica is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She enjoys yoga, reading, hiking and traveling with her husband and two young children.
Keli Dennis was born and raised in Baker County, specifically Richland, Oregon, and completed her B.S. in Business Administration at Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande. She is currently the Chief Operations Officer at Winding Waters Community Health Center in Enterprise, Oregon, and has been involved with healthcare since moving to Wallowa County in 1989. Keli’s first love is her two daughters and their families, followed closely by quilting, gardening, and raising Jacob sheep.
Scott Graham was born in Prineville, Oregon. He graduated from Grant Union High School in John Day and did his undergraduate work at Oregon State University. Scott completed medical school at Ohio University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a three year family medicine residency in Casper, Wyoming. Scott is married to Jody, a Lakeview native, and they have three children, Jack, Brette, and Max. They enjoy ranch activities such as roping and winter sports including snowmobiling. Scott enjoys hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities. OSU football games are a must.
Korey Ham is a nurse practitioner at St. Luke's Clinic – Eastern Oregon Medical Associates in Baker City. He is a family medicine provider, and has completed additional training in the treatment of hepatitis C as well as gender-affirming care. His interests include diabetes management, gerontology, hospice and palliative care, as well as sexual and gender minority health. Korey earned his Bachelor’s and Master's Degree in Nursing, as well as his Doctorate in Nursing Practice, from Oregon Health and Science University.
Brigit Hatch grew up in Corvallis, Oregon and completed a B.S. in nutrition from Cornell University before returning to the Pacific Northwest for medical school. She received a medical degree and master's in public health from Oregon Health and Science University, and then continued on at OHSU to complete dual residencies in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine. She currently practices at OHSU Family Medicine in Scappoose. In addition to caring for patients, Brigit conducts community health research at OCHIN, where she leads the research program in reproductive and family health. Her research focuses on the impacts of health policies on access to care and health outcomes, particularly among women and children. Outside of work, Brigit can often be found biking long distances, hiking in the snow, wielding power tools, or playing in the garden with her husband and son.
Robert Jackman is an Associate Professor with the OHSU Department of Family Medicine, and the Medical Director of Clinical Operations at the Cascades East Family Medicine Residency Program, OHSU, located in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He received his undergraduate degree from University of California at Santa Cruz in Biochemistry, and then received his medical degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine. Before completing his family medicine residency at Cascades East Family Medicine, he served in the USNR. While in the navy, he served as an Undersea/Diving Medical Officer and was certified in submarine and diving medicine. He was a surface supplied oxygen decompression diver (hard hat diving with surface decompression in a chamber) billeted to the New London dive locker and salvage team.
His passions include serving the under-served, quality improvement, endoscopy in primary care, chronic pain and medical education. He enjoys reading, hiking and traveling with his wife, visiting his two children, and any outdoor activity.
Stephanie Laudert practices full spectrum outpatient family medicine in Gold Beach, Oregon, with an emphasis on women's health and prenatal care. In conjunction with an OB/GYN colleague, she is in the process of developing an OB department for practicing obstetrics, including surgical obstetrics. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at OHSU. Stephanie received her B.S. from Michigan State University and M.D. from OHSU, where she was the first Oregon FIRST participant, participating in a rural immersion program in her fourth year of the Cascades East Family Medicine Residency Program in Klamath Falls, during which she received additional training in obstetrics and c-sections. Stephanie’s other roles in Curry County are as a member of the Board of the Curry Health Foundation and Chair of the Medicine Committee. Along with her husband, Stuart, and son, Max, Stephanie loves living on the coast and has made strong ties in the community. They enjoy getting outside as often as possible, with unlimited access to the beach and the Rogue River, as well as many opportunities to hike the surrounding mountains.
Robert "Robbie" Law was born and raised in Astoria, Oregon, and received an A.B. from Stanford in 1976 and a B.S. from University of Oregon in 1983. Robbie graduated from medical school at OHSU in 1988 and from the OHSU Family Medicine residency in 1991. He practiced at Dunes Family Health Care in Reedsport for almost 23 years before moving back to Astoria in 2013. He and his wife, Tricia, have a daughter, Alison, and two sons, Brian and Duncan. Robbie is active in the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians and has served as President. He is a former board member of the Southwest Oregon AHEC. He enjoys parenting, reading, and volunteering in local schools, serving as a team physician and playing bass with the Highland School Melody Makers. He also plays bass in a local band, the PBA.
Jean McCalmont is a Family Nurse Practitioner who currently works at Cascades East Family Medicine in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Jean is originally from Barrington, Rhode Island. She received a B.A. from Vassar College in 2007. After working as a medical assistant, she went on to obtain her RN/BSN at University of Colorado in 2011. She worked at a FQHC in Prineville, Oregon, as an RN Care Coordinator for three years and then went back to school to get her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. After receiving her DNP, she completed a one-year FNP residency program at Yakima Valley Farmworkers’ Lancaster Family Health Center clinic in Salem before moving to Klamath Falls. In her free time, Jean enjoys running, biking, skiing and cooking with her husband and their dog.
Kate McKenna lives and works in Hood River, Oregon, as a family doctor at the local FQHC, One Community Health. She provides obstetrics and pediatric care at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and serves as core faculty at the Providence Hood River Family Medicine Residency Rural Training Program. She grew up in the Midwest and received her B.A. in Latin American History from Carleton College. Between college and graduate school, she served in the Peace Corps both in the Pacific Islands and in Guatemala, specializing in community development and infrastructure for family health. Kate graduated from Tufts University Medical School, where she also earned a master's in Public Health and then completed her family medicine residency at OHSU. Her graduate public health thesis was in quality improvement, working with the World Diabetes Foundation on screening and prevention in Guatemala. She is fluent in Spanish and currently treats a majority Spanish-speaking population. Kate loves living in the Gorge with her husband and fellow family doctor, Peter, taking care of the same small community with nature and outdoor adventure at their fingertips. Currently, Kate enjoys white water rafting, ultimate frisbee, and playing fiddle and Irish whistle.
Liz Powers, M.D., works with three physicians and two nurse practitioners at Winding Waters Clinic in Enterprise, Oregon. Winding Waters Clinic has been caring for rural Wallowa County (population 7,000) since 1972. Liz was born and raised in Michigan, receiving a B.A. from Vassar College in 1999 and an M.D. from Stanford School of Medicine in 2003. She graduated from OHSU Family Medicine residency in 2006. Liz has been active in her state and national academies since starting residency. She served on the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Rural Health and was a resident delegate to the national Congress of Delegates. She is currently President of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians. Liz, her husband Nic, and sons Malaki and Atticus, enjoy managing their five-acre ranch. They love Wallowa County's offering of backpacking, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, hockey, kayaking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Liz has played the violin since she was four years old. She plays with the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra and also plays Irish, Old Time, Bluegrass and Country Western "fiddle."
Brenda Riojas is a second year Physician Assistant student at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). She is also a Registered Dietitian and serves as a Lieutenant for the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps since 2015. She graduated from California State University, Fresno, in 2011 as a first-generation college graduate with her undergraduate degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences and completed her Dietetic Internship in 2013 at Phoenix Indian Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. Brenda has been a Registered Dietitian for over 8 years and has served in several capacities including public health, diabetes prevention, ambulatory and inpatient settings throughout California, Oregon, as well as the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona. She has deployed for response and relief efforts during Hurricane Maria and Covid-19 missions. She continues to stay proactive in leadership organizations such as The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Student Leadership Academy.
Lenora Waconda was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a tribal member of the Pueblo of Acoma. She received her B.S. in Biology from Arizona State University and her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of New Mexico. While in graduate school, she worked as a cross country coach for the Notah Begay III Foundation whose mission is to combat obesity and Type II Diabetes among Native American youth. She also attended Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to work towards receiving her Certificate in American Indian Public Health. Much of her experience comes from working as a substance use epidemiologist at the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center, where she first acquired a passion for serving tribal communities and underserved populations.
Lenora recently moved to Portland to begin medical school with the class of 2025 at Oregon Health and Science University. This year, she will serve as an officer for both the Association of Native American Medical Students and Student National Medical Association chapters at OHSU. She is excited to be a part of the ORPRN advisory board and looks forward to bringing her voice to the table.
Outside of medical school Lenora’s interests include finding the best running trails and local breweries in Portland, as well as, keeping up with her favorite baseball team (Go Rockies!).