Practice Enhancement Research Coordinators (PERCs)
Priscilla joined ORPRN in 2020 after serving as a program coordinator for College Possible Oregon, a non-profit that works to support low-income students with college access and success. Prior to that, she worked as a case manager at a YMCA supporting a youth workforce development program.
She holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon.
Priscilla loves that her work allows her to provide support for rural areas in Oregon, like her hometown of Nyssa. She enjoys traveling, hiking, boxing, eating tacos, and spending time with her family.
Before joining ORPRN in 2019, Cort worked as the alcohol and drug prevention and education coordinator with the Jackson County Public Health Department in Medford. He has also worked on a wellness initiative called the Blue Zones Project in Klamath Falls and Grants Pass
He has a B.S. in Communication Studies from Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls.
Based in Medford, Cort appreciates working with ORPRN because it allows him to get back to his roots working in community engagement with rural communities. When he’s not working, Cort enjoys mountain and road biking in the warmer months and skiing in the winter months. He is an avid reader, picking up just about anything recommended to him
Laura joined ORPRN in 2018. Previously, she worked as a research coordinator on clinical trials and qualitative studies at the University of Washington Medical Center; an administrator at the University of Washington Institutional Review Board; and an administrator at the Group Health Cooperative (Kaiser) IRB.
She has a Master’s degree in Demographic and Social Analysis from University of California at Irvine.
A resident of Hood River in the Columbia Gorge, she is delighted to contribute to improving the wellness and healthcare of people who live in rural areas. She enjoys serene kayaking, hiking and especially tent camping with her husband and two young children.
Stephanie joined ORPRN in 2019 after working as a research coordinator in the psychiatry department at OHSU on projects related to long-term opioid use and chronic pain.
She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling
Based in Portland, Stephanie says that working in healthcare research is gratifying because it allows her to be involved in improving the health and wellbeing of patients state-wide, and get to know a variety of professionals within the field of medicine. When not at work, Stephanie enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her son.
After 7 years as the Wellness Coordinator at the Eastern Oregon University Student Health Center, Kylie joined ORPRN in 2019. She has a B.S. in Health Promotion and Health Behavior.
Working at ORPRN gives her the opportunity to assist clinics with research and quality of care. Because she grew up in Eastern Oregon and is now based in La Grande, she especially values the work ORPRN does to enhance rural healthcare.
Being outdoors, photography, hanging out with her German shepherd, and family and friends are all pursuits Kylie enjoys outside of work.
Prior to joining ORPRN, Emily obtained her Bachelors at the University of Oregon, where she studied Human Physiology and Global Health.
While completing her degree she was a research coordinator for a nonprofit, ACT For Families, which provides parents and professionals knowledge and experience around family wellbeing.
Emily is based in Portland. One thing she loves about the work at ORPRN is that she is surrounded by likeminded people who promote the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. Out of the office Emily enjoys doing hot yoga, listening to the podcast “On Purpose,” and spending quality time with family and friends.
Mackenzie joined ORPRN in 2021. She holds a B.S. in Public Health from Oregon State University and an M.B.A. from Eastern Oregon University.
Her past work has focused on long-term care and leading nursing teams. She is eager to implement quality care initiatives in Oregon's resource-limited patient populations to improve health care outcomes.
When she's not working, Mackenzie enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking, running, golfing, snowboarding and getting out on the water.
Maya joined ORPRN in 2021 following work as an outreach and enrollment specialist for access to affordable health insurance in Pennsylvania. She is excited to bring her qualitative research skills to ORPRN's ANTECEDENT and PINPOINT projects, and enjoys helping facilitate community-based conversations about health issues in Oregon.
She holds a B.A. in Contemplative Studies and an M.S. in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences from Brown University, where she researched barriers to emergency care for neurodivergent children and teens.
Outside of work, Maya enjoys long walks, writing letters, and cooking elaborate meals for friends and family.
Prior to formally joining ORPRN in 2019, Eliana interned with us for two summers.
She earned her B.S. in data science and biology from Minerva Schools at KGI, where she applied these disciplines to exploring how adverse experiences in childhood affect health in later life.
Eliana is based in Portland. She is passionate about contributing to building healthy communities and excited to be able bring her data science skills to ORPRN to help tackle health issues in Oregon. Outside of work, Eliana enjoys going on adventures on her bike, swimming in cold bodies of water, and going to farmers markets.
Chrystal spent her first year and a half at ORPRN as an NIH BUILD EXITO Research Scholar before joining as a research assistant in 2021.
She has a background in health promotion and developing health programming and services for underserved communities. Her experiences with this work are what led her to be interested in research that improves access and quality of healthcare. Her specific research interests include implementation science, qualitative analysis, and community engagement.
Chrystal has a BS in Health Studies with a minor in Philosophy from Portland State University. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling and reading.
Anders joined the ORPRN team on 8/15/2022. He was born and raised in Portland and attended the University of Oregon for his bachelor’s degree, where he was first introduced to sociology.
He initially began pursuing a PhD, but after receiving his master’s degree in sociology from the University of Chicago, decided to pursue other avenues of research. After moving back to Portland, Anders began work at the VA where he was introduced to clinical sociology and implementation science. An interest in research that more immediately connected to helping people led him to pursue implementation science and social determinants of health research, ultimately leading him to ORPRN.
When not pursuing research, he enjoys reading, writing, the outdoors, and supporting the Portland Timbers and Trail Blazers.
Prior to joining ORPRN in 2020, Jean worked as a research associate, data analyst, and program evaluator for STEM education and behavioral health projects with RMC Research.
She holds an M.S. in Data Analytics from Oregon State University and a B.A. in Cinema Studies from Oberlin College.
As a current resident of Estacada, she appreciates the opportunity to contribute her quantitative skills to supporting rural healthcare projects at ORPRN. When she's not crunching numbers, Jean enjoys learning new homesteading skills, growing food in her garden, and working on various art projects.
Erin officially joined ORPRN in 2020 after providing assistance to the ANTECEDENT project. She is a systems scientist with a background in the behavioral and social sciences. She has worked in various roles in research and the nonprofit sector, including several years doing homeless prevention and conflict mediation in rural Colorado.
Currently a doctoral candidate in Systems Science at Portland State University, Erin is studying how to use systems mapping to aid decision-making for health and sustainability. She also holds an M.Sc. in Sustainability Science from Lund University in Sweden and B.S. degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from Western Michigan University.
She loves being involved in research design and finding innovative ways to collect and analyze data, all with the goal of improving health for the people of Oregon. When she is not working or studying, Erin enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, cooking, traveling, and gardening.
James joined ORPRN as an informatician after serving as a consultant on several projects including substance abuse risk screening, workflows for capturing social determinants of health at the point of care, and quality reporting for behavioral health integration.
He has over 30 years of experience working with large and small healthcare organizations to implement, use, and optimize a variety of EHR platforms. After 13 years with Cerner, he earned his Ph.D. and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Informatics at OHSU before dividing his time between teaching, consulting, and supporting independent medical practices improve clinical quality, patient satisfaction, and clinician experience through the use of health information technology.
Most recently, James served as director of clinical informatics with a large independent practice association, providing expertise in health IT, supporting members with quality reporting and incentive programs (MIPS, PCPCH, CPC+, ACO), population health analytics, integrating workflows for behavioral health, interoperability, and extracting and managing clinical data from a variety of EHRs.
Nithya formally joined ORPRN in 2021 after providing assistance on the CARAVAN project. Prior to joining ORPRN, Nithya was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the OHSU Department of Family Medicine focused on understanding how clinics make improvements in the way they deliver care and identifying which strategies are most effective across different types of clinics. She then spent a year and a half directing the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, leading efforts to strengthen and support the career and professional development of postdocs.
She holds a B.S. in Integrated Life Sciences from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in Health Implementation Science from Virginia Tech.
Nithya is drawn to the opportunity to be part of a team that focuses on the community voice and the needs of rural Oregon. She is eager to dig into questions at the intersections of implementation science, social determinants of health, and community experiences. To recharge, she enjoys reading, baking, and exploring Oregon via kayak or on foot.
Mellodie worked as a student worker at ORPRN since July 2021 and recently completed a B.S. in Public Health, with a major in Community Health Promotion from Portland State University. She plans to continue her education and pursue an M.P.H. to further study the upstream individual, environmental, policy, and community-level factors shaping health disparities and the health of disadvantaged communities.
Melodies’ experience as a student worker at ORPRN has strengthened her general research and administrative skills as well as her ability to support current and future research projects aimed at improving health equity and attenuating health disparities faced by rural Oregonians.
She is looking forward to working more closely with and getting to know folks on more of ORPRN’s projects. In her free time, Mellodie enjoys spending time outdoors, snuggling with her cats, watching Star Trek, and trying a hand at new recipes.
Research Project Management
Brittany joined ORPRN in 2020 with a background in direct patient care, chronic disease prevention program management, care management department coordination, and primary care operations.
She earned her B.S. in Health Studies: Community Health Education from Portland State University and her M.P.H. from the University of Arizona.
Brittany enjoys her work at ORPRN because it allows her to participate in health systems transformation through community-based participatory research. Outside of work, she enjoys camping, hiking, reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two kids.
Leah (she/her) joined ORPRN in 2020.
She was raised in Oregon and did her undergraduate studies at OSU. She completed her dietetic internship at OHSU and earned her MPH from OHSU-PSU.
Leah is passionate about health care quality improvement and collaborating with an interdisciplinary team to promote health, especially among older adults. She worked as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in a long-term post-acute care facility for 11 years doing clinical assessments and food service management. She spent 5 years at the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), Comagine Health.
In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking and paper crafting.
Jennifer came to ORPRN in 2019 after working at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research for more than 15 years as a Scientific Editor, Project Manager, and Team Manager. She has also acted as a consultant for CareOregon managing a cancer screening program.
She earned her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon and her M.S. from Reed College.
Jennifer has worked with Melinda Davis as a research partner for several years and is excited to join ORPRN because it gives her an opportunity to help work on eradicating urban-rural health disparities. She notes that helping people access these kinds of screenings can save lives.
Outside of work, you can find Jen traveling (or dreaming about travel). She also likes hiking, reading, and cooking.
Prior to joining ORPRN in 2015, Caitlin worked for OHSU’s department of OB/GYN on research projects focused on patient safety and improving teamwork and leadership among healthcare personnel.
She holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Denver and an M.P.H. from Oregon State University.
She is grateful for many aspects of her work including engaging with practice staff and community members and feeling like the work ORPRN does makes a difference. She appreciates that her job utilizes her talent for problem solving and putting out fires. In her leisure time, she enjoys singing and dancing with her young child, baking, reading murder mysteries, running, hiking, and volunteering.
Tuesday joined ORPRN in 2019 after serving as a Disease Intervention Specialist with Multnomah County Health Department. She also has served as a Health Educator and Compliance Specialist Lead for the Oregon Health Authority Immunization Vaccines for Children Program and as the HIV Prevention Coordinator for Deschutes County Health Department.
She earned her B.S. in Public Health from Oregon State University.
She enjoys going on walks with her two Maltipoos, visiting the Oregon Coast, exploring wine country with her husband, and visiting family in Central Oregon.
Mary joined ORPRN in 2019, after working as the Operations Manager for a group of dental practices and coordinating a research network with tribal groups in the Yukon River watershed.
She recently earned an M.B.A. in Healthcare from the OHSU/PSU School of Public Health and holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Whitman College.
ORPRN is a good fit for her because she has always been interested in the political landscape of rural communities—her work allows her to help communities navigate challenges and improve quality and access to care.
Reading, camping, hiking, and baking are activities she enjoys outside of the workplace.
Kati joined ORPRN in 2021 after managing population health projects at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, focusing on topics ranging from cancer screening and palliative care to adolescent reproductive health.
Originally from Panama, she holds a B.A. in Spanish and Psychology with a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an M.S. in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas.
In her spare time, Kati enjoys everything BBC and cats, and she is looking forward to exploring Oregon's outdoor activities.
Martha began her career at ORPRN in 2017 after having worked for several types of employers, including the CDC, research institutions, and non-profits. She has always focused on helping disadvantaged populations get access to healthcare.
She received her M.P.H from Emory University, and her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Oregon.
Getting to know the people face-to-face who serve their communities in Oregon is the most rewarding part of her work at ORPRN. When she isn’t at work, she likes to play Scrabble and cuddle with her cats.
Prior to joining ORPRN in 2021, Sara worked for the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, managing a research project focused on improving the health, safety, and well-being of sedentary workers. She also spent two years in rural Panama serving as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Sara holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University and an M.P.H. from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. She values the opportunity to contribute to health equity work in Oregon by addressing upstream health factors and creating large scale impact.
Outside of work, Sara enjoys backpacking and gardening, eating chocolate, and spending time with her husband and two young children.
Prior to joining ORPRN as a Research Project Coordinator in 2022, Hannah served as ORPRN's Accountable Health Communities AmeriCorps VISTA. Her year of service supported various health equity projects focused on bridging the gap between healthcare and the social determinants of health.
Hannah earned her B.S. in Environmental Public Health from The Ohio State University, where she deepened her passion for sustainability, collaboration, and advancing health equity.
In her free time, Hannah enjoys painting, cooking, and hiking.
Sarah joined ORPRN in 2019 after earning her B.S. in Pre-Med Health Studies at Portland State University.
During her research internship, she worked on a project that focused on Stratification of Protein Expression across the Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Disease Axis to Inform an Early Detection Platform through the Knight Cancer institute.
The innovation and collaborative nature of working in research is what drew her to the field.
When she isn’t working, she purses a diverse set of passions, including hiking, yoga, painting, reading, baking, travel, and spending time with friends and family.
Ferrik joined ORPRN in 2020 after working for the Portland Art Museum's events team. They also volunteered at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education with the collections and archives team, maintaining their physical collection.
They hold a B.S. in Social Sciences focused on History and Archaeology from Portland State University.
Ferrik is excited to help make healthcare more accessible for all Oregonians. When not at work, they enjoy spending time at home with family, playing games or reading a good book.
Cristina comes to ORPRN from the Oregon Law Center as a paralegal, providing legal resources for tenants facing eviction. Additionally, as a certified Community Health Worker (CHW), she has valuable experience working with diverse low-income populations. Her educational background is in Community Health Education and she is interested in pursuing an MPH.
Cristina's goal is to reduce health disparities, especially among the Latino/Hispanic Community, and her desire to have a role in community-engaged research that further reduces disparities for underserved populations.
In her free time, Cristina enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, and – fun fact – did pole vaulting in high school!
Prior to joining ORPRN, Kristina received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from OHSU-PSU School of Public Health with a specific focus on Community Health Promotion. Her community health coursework has provided her with great understanding of advancing health equity and the impact of social determinants of health.
After earning her degree, Kristina led research and data collection for COVID-19 outreach and education strategies and was a part of a variety of projects to advance health equity for a community-based organization. She values ORPRN's mission to improve health equity for all Oregonians through community partnership because it aligns with what drives her work in public health and what she is most passionate about.
Kristina is excited to use her skills at ORPRN to support a variety of projects to advance health equity and eliminate health disparities. In her free time, Kristina enjoys spending time with family, baking, and practicing yoga.
Kat joined ORPRN full time in 2021 after working as a student research assistant on the Accountable Health Communities project. She recently earned her B.A. from the School of Social Work at Portland State University, where she was also a Build EXITO Scholar.
Originally from Colombia, Kat's experience as an immigrant has informed her passion for reducing health disparities and connecting people with culturally and linguistically appropriate resources.
Outside of work, Kat enjoys volunteering with youth organizations, listening to live music, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Prior to his time at ORPRN, Fazeel worked as a Pediatric Neurology clinical research coordinator at Maine Medical Center and an EMT/Firefighter for his hometown of Veazie, ME. He has a dual B.S. degree in Microbiology and Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Maine.
Growing up in Maine, he is passionate about addressing health disparities that exist in rural communities. He aspires to be a physician and use what he has learned with ORPRN and past work experiences to aid in research and advocacy for rural health access.
In his free time, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and skiing. He also loves cooking, reading, and telling ‘dad jokes’.
Matt joined ORPRN in 2022 with a background in human subjects research at the VA's Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care. He holds a B.S. in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon and a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Informatics from OHSU.
Matt is excited to be a part of the Meta-LARC ACP team to explore shared decision making and implementation to better serve communities. When he is not working, Matt loves to be outside, from camping with his dog, Cash, to backcountry rafting trips.
Minnie joined ORPRN full time in 2021 after working as a student research assistant on the Accountable Health Communities project. She recently graduated from Knox College with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in History.
Minnie is particularly interested in research-driven healthcare and promotion of community health. She enjoys learning about the various psychological mechanisms affecting people as well as the social and historical context those people occupy.
When not working, Minnie can be found spending time with friends, going to concerts, and frequenting thrift stores.
Jessica joined ORPRN full time in 2021 after serving as a student research assistant on the Accountable Health Communities project.
She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Portland, where she did research related to inclusivity and acceptance on campus.
She is eager to contribute to the valuable work ORPRN does using a communication lens, and she finds it meaningful to work alongside people who are just as dedicated to inclusivity and equal opportunity within the healthcare realm.
Outside of work, Jessica likes to spend time with family, thrift anything and everything, make art and read.
Prior to joining ORPRN as a Research Project Coordinator, Claire supported data collection for the AHC Study as a Student Worker beginning in 2020. Claire has worked in diverse roles in food systems and community health, including extensive farm to institution education and procurement technical assistance and coordinating clinical community partnerships.
Claire’s research interests lie in environmental exposures and chronic illness, especially the influence of diet and climate change on Type II Diabetes Mellitus and cardiovascular disease.
Claire holds a Master of Public Health from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, and a B.A. in Sustainable Food Systems from Green Mountain College. Through her work at ORPRN Claire hopes to contribute to meaningful systems change that result in more equitable health resource access and healthier environments for all Oregonians.
In her free time Claire enjoys making food for friends, gardening, listening to live music, and spending time outside.
Xavi joined ORPRN in 2018. Prior to joining ORPRN, she spent five years at State Farm as a customer service representative.
Xavi has a B.S. in biology from Washington State University.
Xavi appreciates being able to contribute to many projects within ORPRN as well as how the research ORPRN does connects directly to practices and changes the way they interact with their patients. When she’s not at work, Xavi volunteers at the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington as an interpreter. She also likes to watch anime, play Dungeons & Dragons, and go salsa dancing.
Prior to joining ORPRN, Alex obtained an MPH from Boston University, where she specialized in Community Health Sciences: Assessment, Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation.
While completing her degree, Alex both interned with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on a home visiting QI project and served as the editorial assistant for a public health journal based at the University of Utah.
Working at ORPRN gives her the opportunity to help improve access to care for marginalized communities in rural areas. Outside of the office, Alex enjoys reading, writing, and training for her next half marathon.
Prior to Joining ORPRN as a Research Project Coordinator, Kerry worked at ORPRN as a Student Worker, initially on the AHC project and later on the EOCCO team. She started at ORPRN in September of 2020 and has since finished her M.P.H. in epidemiology from OHSU-PSU’s school of public health.
Kerry primarily grew up in West Linn, Oregon, and briefly hopped over to the east coast where she did her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her primary research interests are firearm injury and violence prevention and increasing access to rural healthcare.
Kerry loves to spend her free time hiking, camping, baking, and reading. She dabbles ever so slightly in skiing and kayaking. Kerry has really enjoyed her time at ORPRN reaching out to patients on AHC and connecting with grantees on EOCCO. She looks forward to enjoying more time with ORPRN; addressing social determinants of health and healthcare access for rural Oregonians, building meaningful relationships with community members/organizations, and improving her research skills.
Prior to joining ORPRN, Brent worked as a multimedia specialist for EdCOMM at OHSU, creating live events and streaming videoconferences for the university.
He holds a B.I.S. in Political Science, Journalism and Film Studies from the University of Minneapolis and an M.F.A. from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Brent values the opportunity to use his skills to connect the diverse populations and providers in Oregon. In his leisure time, he enjoys photography, painting, and visiting museums, cinemas and restaurants.
Isabel joined ORPRN in 2018 after working at the Oregon Health Authority, where she worked in the Immunization Program for the Vaccines for Children Program.
She has a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University.
Isabel is based in Portland and she appreciates that working at ORPRN allows her to get out into the community and enhance the delivery of care for all Oregonians. In her free time you can find her zipping around Portland on her moped, exploring a nearby mountain, or at PDX getting ready to depart on an adventure.
Mari joined ORPRN in 2022. Previously she was a program coordinator for OHSU’s wellness and fitness facility and a research coordinator for a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial and serology studies. Prior to OHSU, she worked for Providence in Hood River as a cardiac rehabilitation exercise physiologist.
She has a B.S. in Exercise Science from Linfield University and starting in the fall of 2022 will begin a master’s degree program with the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in public health practice.
She is interested in community outreach, research and projects that support sustainable change that is relevant and specific to that particular area and population.
ORPRN aligns with her passion to reduce the incidence of chronic disease by identifying the barriers and unique needs within certain populations and facilitate improvement to healthcare equity.
Mari balances her work/life with outdoor activities, mainly surfing, mtn biking and hiking with her husky. She also volunteers on a committee for the Tillamook County Wellness coalition that aims to reduce negative health outcomes in the local communities by improving access to physical activity.
Tiff joined ORPRN in 2020 after completing her M.A. in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She holds a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Previously, she worked as a research assistant for TransCollaborations, a project with aims to create principles of transgender affirming healthcare throughout Nebraska.
She is passionate about equitable access to healthcare and excited to support ORPRN's research efforts that have meaningful impacts on Oregon's communities. Outside of work, Tiff enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her two cats.
Melinda started at ORPRN in 2007 as a practice facilitator (aka PERC) and became faculty in 2010 following the completion of her Ph.D. in Social-Developmental Psychology from the University of Vermont. In 2022 she stepped into the role of Interim Director. Before joining ORPRN she facilitated challenge course activities, managed her university’s outdoor program, and sailed around the world as a deckhand.
She is energized by getting to work with partners in Oregon and around the world to improve health and health care delivery, build cross-sector collaborations to address upstream determinants of health, and to blend implementation science and improvement science. Her work also helps her stay engaged with rural parts of the state. To recharge, she enjoys outdoor activities and exploring new places, especially when they take her to places where there’s no access to technology.
Nancy joined ORPRN in 2018 as Director, following 17 years at the University of Cincinnati, where she led the research division and directed the Cincinnati Area Research and Improvement Group (CARInG) Practice Based Research Network. She stepped down from the Director role in 2022.
She holds an M.D. from the University of Minnesota and an M.P.H. from the University of Missouri.
Nancy values primary care research because assisting practices to improve, studying how best to treat or prevent a disease, and helping connect community resources to primary care offices all contribute to the ultimate goal of helping people be healthier and happier.
In her off-hours, she is reconnecting with the Pacific Northwest on foot and by bike and enjoys spending time with her husband, adult children and neurotic dog.
Alisa joined ORPRN in 2015 with a background in human resources and administration from her years at the community mental health agency Morrison Child and Family Services.
She holds a B.A. in theater from Portland State University.
Alisa is happy that working at ORPRN allows to her use her knowledge and skill set to improve systems and participate in serving communities. Outside of work, she has hiked more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, sings with the Portland Peace Choir, and enjoys swing dancing.
Anne has worked in health care research and administration at OHSU for over 17 years and is the Project Director for the Accountable Health Communities project which is working to implement social determinants screening and navigation for Medicaid and Medicare members in 9 Oregon counties. She serves as principal investigator for several projects focused on improving health and health care for Oregon’s Medicaid populations.
Anne earned a B.A. at Smith College and an M.B.A. and a Certificate in Public Administration at Boston University.
Anne loves the variety and challenge of her position and appreciates that her work through ORPRN allows her to make a difference. Her extra-curricular passions include spending time with her family and volunteering with a local animal shelter.
Maggie joined ORPRN in 2015 after starting her OHSU career as curriculum development manager for OHSU’s employee wellness program.
She earned her B.A. in Business Administration and her M.P.H. from George Washington University.
She enjoys planning projects and creating programming that is valuable to ORPRN’s partners. Her wellness background means she is particularly interested in preventive care and wellness in primary care and its ability to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. When not at work, she loves to hike, cook, and travel. She also has a passion for singing with others.
LeAnn has worked in research for most of her career. She joined ORPRN in 2008 as the ORPRN manager and transitioned to senior project manager in 2018.
She holds a B.S. in Food and Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics from North Dakota State University.
She is excited to come to work each day to implement projects with talented and interesting teams who have new ideas about how to solve problems and loves to watch the study data roll in. In non-work hours you can find her getting messy in nature, playing piano, and riding her bike to the library to indulge her passion for Nordic crime novels.
Dr. Betlinski assumed the role of clinical advisor to the Oregon ECHO Network in 2021 after serving as the lead faculty for the Adult Psychiatry ECHO since 2014.
Betlinski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at OHSU, where he also is the Director of the Division of Public Psychiatry. He also serves as Medical Director for the Oregon Psychiatric Access Line about Adults, as Program Committee Chair for the Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association, and as a certified trainer for adult and youth Mental Health First Aid.
LJ founded ORPRN in 2002 and lead the organization until he stepped down as Director in 2018.
Prior to founding ORPRN, he established the Dunes Family Health Care clinic in Reedsport, which was designated one of the 13 model rural practices in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Rural Practice Project. He joined the Department of Family Medicine at OHSU in 1993.
He is passionate about connecting with primary care practices and their health care teams because it teaches him what is relevant and meaningful to the care they provide to their communities.
An avid birdwatcher, LJ enjoys traveling, exploring Oregon’s rivers, and connecting with his kids and grandkids on the East Coast.
Prior to joining ORPRN in 2015, Bruce served two Oregon Governors as the Director of the Oregon Office for Health Policy and Research and the Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services. He was the founding Director of the Oregon Health Authority. He has also been a practicing clinician, a county health officer, a medical director for a managed care organization as well as a teacher/academician.
He is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and completed his family medicine training at Duke University.
The opportunity to improve the health and well-being of Oregonians is what drives him, but he also makes time for his passions: family, pizza, outdoor recreation, the New York Yankees, and playing in a working R&B band.
Isabelle became part of the ORPRN team in 2022. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2015.
In 2020, she started working at the medical university Rocky Vista University in Colorado, before moving to Portland and pursuing a career with OHSU, where she a maintains a passion for healthcare, and access to healthcare.
In her personal life, Isabelle enjoys playing video games with friends, and watching horror movies.
Miriam joined ORPRN in 2018. Prior to that, she worked as a health coach and has had a long career as a journalist.
She has a B.S. in Health Studies from Portland State University.
She enjoys using her skills and education to improve health in individuals and populations. When not working, she enjoys trail running, hiking with her daughter, bike commuting, and cooking.
Students and Volunteers
Daisy is a Portland State University student pursuing her bachelor's degree. She is happy to be part of a team that cares for their patients. In her free time, she likes to be athletic such as, running or weightlifting.
Derrile is a junior at Portland State University majoring in Health Studies with a focus in Nursing. As a BUILD EXITO Scholar, Derrile works with the Accountable Health Communities project, screening for health-related social needs and connecting patients to community services. He is passionate about addressing health disparities in low-income communities.
Bahar is a first-year undergraduate Student at Portland State University Honors College, majoring in Public Health, on a pre-medical track. She aspires to become a physician that provides accessible healthcare for low-income communities, refugees, and undocumented residents. Knowing that her work will have the potential to save lives and bring hope to families, communities and society as a whole, gives Bahar a deep sense of motivation and inspiration to pursue medicine.
Marissa went to Oregon State University for a year and moved back home, where she continues her education at Portland State University. She is majoring in Public Health: Pre-Clinical sciences and will finish school at PSU in 2023. Marissa would like to go into nursing as her future career path and plans to apply to nursing schools after Portland State University.
One of the things she values most in life is healthy living and promoting healthy living, so her student position with ORPRN is a great way to learn more about and participate in the ways in which we can progress towards a world where everyone can have equal and equitable access to live a life with optimal health.
Marissa stays busy a lot more than not, but when she does have free time, she likes to spend time with family and friends, binge watch movies, paint, and loves to travel and explore! If the sun is out, she tries to spend time outside too because she loves the sun!