Practice Enhancement Research Coordinators (PERCs)
Prior to joining ORPRN in 2019, Julian worked at OHSU as a research coordinator at the Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center and then as a coordinator on the trauma unit of the OHSU hospital.
He has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Julian enjoys how his work at ORPRN regularly brings him into contact with new people and new concepts; it offers a sense of purpose because the work has a meaningful impact upon both individuals and society. During spare time, Julian enjoys being in nature, traveling, playing music, working with animals, and staring up at the stars to reflect on his place in society and the world at large
Prior to joining ORPRN in 2019, Jean managed qualitative research projects regarding high-risk drinking in young adults and opioid overdose in Central Oregon. Before that, she worked in quality improvement for a substance abuse treatment center for women in Chicago.
Based in Bend, Jean earned her MPH in Health Sciences with a maternal and child health concentration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BA from California State University, Sacramento.
Jean enjoys working with ORPRN because the diversity of projects allow ample opportunity to be involved in the meaningful work of building relationships with local healthcare leaders that impact patient care and outcomes in real time. Outside of work, she enjoys photography, hiking, volunteering with her local women’s shelter, and exploring Central Oregon.
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
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.
Although Sara is based in Portland, 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.
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 began her career at ORPRN in 2019. She recently earned her M.P.H in Epidemiology from OHSU and holds a 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.
Julia is based in Portland. Off-line, she enjoys live performances including music, plays, and comedy as well as drawing, playing board games and trying new restaurants.
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.
Before joining ORPRN in 2019, Zoe was the Site Operations and Administrative Manager of Cascadia Woodland Park Health Center where she ran administrative operations of the clinic and participated in numerous workgroups that helped connect patients in the community to appropriate care.
She has a B.S. in Health Studies from Portland State University
Based in Portland, Zoe appreciates working at ORPRN because reducing barriers to healthcare access and ensuring that every human has comprehensive healthcare available to them. In her spare time Zoe can be found plotting her next international adventure, lifting heavy objects in the gym, hiking, and cooking as well as reading about economics and public affairs.
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.
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 is based in Portland. She enjoys running and training for endurance races, cooking big family dinners, and spending time with her husband and son.
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.
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.
Research and Administration
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After working in administration and the travel industry, Meg joined ORPRN in 2019.
She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Montana. Meg’s Montana background has led her to be interested in helping mitigate rural health obstacles; working at ORPRN allows her to learn about and support a wide variety of projects that address this.
On the weekends, you can find Meg exploring Oregon, hiking, meeting dogs, drinking cider, and reading a good book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zoe joined ORPRN in 2020 after interning with the SHARP (Sharing History through Active Reminiscence and Photo-Imagery) study at OHSU and with Oregon state Rep. Karin Power.
She earned a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College.
Zoe appreciates being able to do meaningful and relevant work at ORPRN while exploring the intersections between policy and healthcare. Outside the office, she enjoys running, biking, reading, and baking.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Lisa joined ORPRN in 2019 after earning her B.S. in Psychology from Portland State University. While there, she worked on several research projects, which led her to explore research as a career.
She was attracted to ORPRN because of ORPRN’s wide variety of projects exploring different aspects of Oregon’s health system. She appreciates being able to use her research skills and knowledge to contribute to the impact ORPRN projects and teams are having on improving Oregonians’ health.
When Lisa isn’t at work, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and exploring new destinations with her husband.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students and Volunteers
Coming from the island of Saipan, Roselie is a transfer student studying Health Sciences at Portland State University. As a BUILD EXITO Scholar, she supports work at ORPRN exploring the intervention and implementation outcomes of direct mail programs in increasing colorectal cancer screening.
Chrystal is a senior at Portland State University majoring in Health Studies with a focus in Community Education. As a BUILD EXITO Scholar, her research interests include primary care interventions, trauma and social determinates of health, addiction, patient-centered outcomes, and rural or other underserved communities.
Rachel earned her B.A. from Ohio State University, where she double majored in Philosophy and World Economy & Business, along with a minor in French. Before joining ORPRN, she clerked with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus and interned with US Together, a non-profit refugee resettlement agency.
She serves as the AmeriCorps VISTA for the Accountable Health Communities project and is excited to see her work inform policy that addresses health-related social needs and improves the quality and accessibility of healthcare for low-income communities.
In her free time, she enjoys biking, creating art, cooking, and caring for her 25+ houseplants.
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.
Shanthia is majoring in Public Health Studies at Portland State University with an interest in Community Health Promotion. As a BUILD EXITO Scholar, Shanthia...
Eathen is studying Public Health at Portland State University, with a minor in Child, Youth and Family Studies. As a BUILD EXITO Scholar, Eathen assists with patient communication for the CASCADE study, and his research focus is prevention care for chronic diseases.
Galen earned his B.S. in Physiology from the University of Wyoming, with a minor in International Studies. Since graduating, he has been working in the restaurant industry and volunteering at a needs-based clinic for the underserved in Laramie, Wyoming.
Galen serves as the AmeriCorps VISTA for the Oregon ECHO Network and PINPOINT (Improving Pain and Opioid Management in Primary Care). He is excited to be involved in engaging and meaningful work that addresses health disparities in rural communities.
Outside of ORPRN, he is an avid climber, skier and mountain biker, and he enjoys cooking, reading and playing cribbage.