Who We Are

ORPRN holiday party 2018

Practice Enhancement Research Coordinators (PERCs)

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Steven joined ORPRN in 2015. He has a background in health promotion, having previously been a tobacco cessation counselor and a health coach.

He holds a B.S. in Biochemistry, a B.A. in Spanish, and an M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Spatial Statistics, all from Oregon State University.

Based in Medford, Steven says that working with such a broad range of clinics, providers and staff gives him an amazing breadth of perspective on healthcare in Oregon.  When he isn’t working, he teaches scuba diving and enjoys the outdoors and fixing old cars.

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In 2015, after receiving his M.P.H. from Columbia University with a certificate in the Social Determinants of Health, Cullen joined ORPRN.

He also has a B.A. in Psychology from Lewis and Clark College. Previous to ORPRN, he worked at OHSU’s Center for Spoken Language Understanding as a Research Coordinator.

Cullen values his role because it has enabled him to make many personal and professional connections with a diverse roster of people across the state. He has also been able to apply his educational interests in population health and addressing health disparities directly to Oregon communities. He has a passion for the outdoors and spends his free time fishing, backpacking, skiing, and biking.

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Sara joined ORPRN in 2018 after coordinating community-based research projects in health disparities for a nonprofit based on the Oregon Coast and working for a Portland-area CCO.

She has a B.A. in Biocultural Anthropology from Western Washington University.

Working with ORPRN allows her to travel and explore the state of Oregon while learning about the innovative practice transformation work Oregon clinics are doing. Closer to home, she enjoys getting lost running on trails around Forest Park and Mt. Tabor, reading in Laurelhurst Park, and experimenting with baking different kinds of sourdough bread.

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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.

Julia Heinlein

Julia began her career at ORPRN in 2019. She is currently a student in the Epidemiology program at OHSU after earning her B.S. in Biochemistry from Southern Oregon University.

Her focus on epidemiology allows her to combine her love for statistics, biology, anthropology, history and policy in her work and research.

Off-line, she enjoys live performances including music, plays, and comedy as well as drawing, playing board games and trying new restaurants.

Kylie Lanman

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, 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.

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Lindsey joined ORPRN in 2018. Before that, she worked in a Portland non-profit as the Patient-Centered Research Manager where she managed the Foundation’s survey efforts and PCORI-funded projects.

She received a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington and an M.P.H. from the University of Montana and has experience with interdisciplinary patient-centered and community-based research and interventions. She is particularly focused on helping communities experiencing barriers access appropriate high-quality services.

Originally from Sacramento, Lindsey enjoys running and training for endurance races, cooking big family dinners, and spending time with her husband and son. 

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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.

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.

Other staff

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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.

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Angela joined ORPRN in 2015 after having worked as faculty for Extension Services of Oregon State University and Washington State University.

She has an M.S. in Community Health Education and a B.S in in Nutrition/Dietetics, both from the University of New Mexico. 

She has lived in La Grande since 2005 and loves the fact that the work she does directly affects the community where she lives and the people she knows and cares for. When she’s not at work, she enjoys running, traveling, and exploring the outdoors in Eastern Oregon with her husband and dog.

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Sankirtana came to ORPRN in 2012 after working with a research group in Seattle studying the effectiveness, implementation, and dissemination of evidence based treatments in mental health settings.

She has an M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois.

Her passion for working with communities to help decrease health care disparities makes her a perfect fit for ORPRN. After hours, chasing after her two young daughters recharges her batteries and keeps her busy.

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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 Graham

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.

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Rose began at ORPRN in 2017, although she has been at OHSU since 2012. Prior to that, she worked with the Oregon Research Institute and the Pacific Institutes for Research along with the Oregon State Museum of Anthropology. She also taught in San Francisco and Japan.

She holds a B.A. from University of Oregon and an M.A. from San Francisco State, both in Anthropology.

Working alongside rural communities to find answers to important questions – and turn that evidence into action – are important aspects of her work at ORPRN. She also enjoys spending time with her two sons, reading lowbrow literature, and eating good food.

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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.

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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.

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Nick joined ORPRN in 2018.  Prior to joining ORPRN, he worked for a fabrication shop as a project engineer.  

He received B.A.s in Cultural Anthropology, American Indian Studies, and History from the University of Washington.  He received an M.A. from the University of Montana in Anthropology.  While at the University of Montana he helped develop and implement a training program for Tribal liaisons with in the U.S. Air Force. 

Working for ORPRN has given him the opportunity to utilize his education in anthropology to enhance the direct and indirect service of rural communities. In his spare time, he enjoys archery, mountaineering, cooking, and spending time with his wife and son. 

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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.

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Before joining ORPRN in 2018, Anna spent three years in Nicaragua as a Health Promoter with the Peace Corps, as well as collaborating on rural public health projects in the US-Mexico Borderlands and the Havasupai Reservation in Northern Arizona.

She has a Master’s degree in Public Health and Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Community Health from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

She is focused on improving maternal health, structural determinants of health, health disparities, and health policy. To relax, she enjoys baking bread, beading earrings, appreciating the changing seasons of Columbia Park, and seeking out live music.

Valeria Vazquez-Trejo

Valeria joined ORPRN in 2019 after earning a B.S. in Biology and Health Sciences at Portland State University.

Having an opportunity to work on a project looking at functional brain creativity sparked her interest in the field of research. She is excited to be using her skills to explore ways to reduce health disparity and improve access to health outcomes for everyone.

Valeria also enjoys trying new foods, hiking, spending time with family and friends, and the occasional run.

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Terry has been working in the Information Technology Group and Telemedicine at OHSU since 2009. He joined ORPRN in 2018.

He has an A.S. in Information Technology and Networking.

Terry appreciates his career because he values being able to translate technology to those who might be intimidated by it in a simple and relatable way that doesn’t belittle or demean. A tinkerer by nature, when he’s not working, he is happiest when he’s building, modifying or tearing something apart.

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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.

Leadership

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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. 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.

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Nancy joined ORPRN in 2018, 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 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.

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LJ founded ORPRN in 2002.

Prior to that, 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.

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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.

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Anne originally joined ORPRN in 2003 after working the Executive Director of an arts organization. She has also worked in administration at OHSU in the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute and at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. 

She earned a B.A. at Smith College and an M.B.A. 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, volunteering with a local animal shelter, and creating arts and crafts.

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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.

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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.

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After spending more than a decade as an administrator in the Department of Neurology at UCSF, Melissent joined ORPRN in 2018.

She earned a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Oregon and an M.P.A. in Public Administration from Portland State University.

Having come from a rural community, Melissent enjoys working at ORPRN because it allows her to use her skills to support rural communities, whose needs can often be overlooked in the larger societal structure.

An avid traveler, she has visited more than 30 countries, and enjoys dancing, writing, and practicing 

Advisory Board

steering committee member Neil Carroll, M.D.

An Oregon transplant, Neil Carroll grew up in rural Iowa graduating with a B.S. in Biology from Iowa State University, and then earning his medical degree at the University of Iowa.  He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Utah Valley in Provo, UT before joining St. Luke's Eastern Oregon Medical Associates in 2014 where he practices full spectrum rural family medicine, including surgical obstetrics and inpatient care.  Neil and his wife Amanda have three sons and they all enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including skiing,hiking, and kayaking.

Steering committee member Monica DeMasi, M.D.

Monica DeMasi is the Academic Site Leader at the Samaritan Health Services Family Medicine Residency Geary Street Clinic in Albany, Oregon. Monica recently joined the Geary Street Practice 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 underserved, quality improvement, immigrant health, and medical education. Monica is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She is enjoys yoga, reading, hiking and travelling with her husband and two young children.

Steering Committee member C. Scott Graham D.O.

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.

Steering Committee member Brigit Hatch, M.D., M.P.H.

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 masters in public health from Oregon Health &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 & 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. 

Steering Committee member Robert Jackman, M.D.

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 travelling with his wife, visiting his two children,and any outdoor activity.

Steering Committee member Robert Law, M.D.

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.

Steering Committee member Carla McKelvey, M.D., M.P.H.

Carla McKelvey is a general pediatrician who has spent her career on the South Coast. She is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Coast Community Health Center, a FQHC in Bandon, Oregon. In addition to her involvement in State health policy, she has also been involved with community pediatrics at the American Academy of Pediatrics. She enjoys traveling throughout Oregon to see its natural wonders.

Steering Committee member Elizabeth Powers, M.D.

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, received a BA 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."

ORPRN Steering Committee at 2019 Convocation