Who We Are

LJ Fagnan, MD

Lyle J. (LJ) Fagnan, MD, Network Director and Investigator

Dr. Fagnan received his medical degree from the University of Oregon Medical School and following a rotating internship in Hartford, Connecticut, he joined the United States Public Health, Indian Health Service and practiced in Bethel, Alaska, for three years. He completed his family medicine residency training in Boise, Idaho, at the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency of Southwest Idaho. In 1977, LJ founded a medical clinic, Dunes Family Health Care, in Reedsport, Oregon, which was funded as one of thirteen model rural practices with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Rural Practice Project. He joined the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in 1993. In 2002, LJ became the director of the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN). LJ maintains an active family medicine practice and was named as the "Family Doctor of the Year" by the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians in 2005. LJ's research portfolio includes studies and publications related to population-based health, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based medicine into practice, quality improvement, and rural health care systems.
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Kelsey Branca

Kelsey Branca, MPH, CCRP, Columbia-Willamette Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC)

Kelsey Branca joined ORPRN in 2014 with the role of Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator serving the Columbia-Willamette region. She earned a Master's degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor's degree in health education from San Francisco State University. Prior to joining ORPRN, she coordinated research studies with older adults at the University of Pittsburgh and spent several years working with LGBT communities in behavioral health and social services settings. Kelsey was born and raised in Humboldt county, which is located on northern California's Redwood Coast. Back to top

Steven Brantley

Steven Brantley, MPH, CCRP, Southern Oregon Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC)

Steven joined ORPRN in October 2015 as a Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator. He earned a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Oregon State University, as well as Bachelors' degrees in Biochemistry/Biophysics and Spanish. His previous experience includes coordinating several health promotion programs for OSU's Student Health Services and applying evidence-based research to develop a prenatal drug use screening program. Steven is also an active PADI scuba instructor working with Eugene Skin Divers Supply and the University of Oregon Scuba program. He is originally from Eugene, Oregon. Back to Top

Angela Combe

Angela Combe, MS, Eastern Oregon Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC)

Angela is a Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator serving the Eastern Oregon region. She holds a Master of Science in Community Health Education and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Nutrition/Dietetics, both from the University of New Mexico.  Prior to joining ORPRN, Angela worked as Faculty for the Extension Services of Oregon State University and Washington State University.  Her research and professional experiences working with youth, adults, and families have assisted in her continual development to plan, implement, and evaluate comprehensive nutrition, heath promotion and prevention programs.  Angela grew up in Portland and has called La Grande home for the last 10 years.  In her personal time, she enjoys running, gardening, and exploring Oregon's northeast corner with her husband. Back to Top

Cullen Conway

Cullen Conway, MPH, CCRP, Northern Willamette Valley Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC)

Cullen Conway joined ORPRN in August 2015 as a Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator for the H2N project.  Cullen received his Master's degree in Public Health from Columbia University, and his Bachelor's degree in psychology from Lewis and Clark College. His prior experience includes connecting young men in Harlem to community health clinics and as a research coordinator at OHSU's Center for Spoken Language Understanding where he worked on several interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Cullen's professional interests have focused on the social determinants of health,social justice, and working to reduce health disparities among under served demographics. While away from work, he enjoys staying active outdoors: hiking, fishing, camping, climbing, snowboarding, and whatever else he can find to do with his time in the great outdoors. Cullen is originally from Avon, Minnesota. Back to Top

Sara Crowell

Sara Crowell, Oregon Pacific Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC)

Sara joined ORPRN in 2018 as a PERC for the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative. Her past experience includes coordinating community-based research projects on health disparities in rural areas, providing technical assistance to clinics applying for Patient-Centered Primary Care Home recognition in Southern Oregon, and managing projects to improve care delivery and performance on state and federal clinical quality metrics at the health plan level. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Biocultural Anthropology from Western Washington University. She is originally from Seattle, WA. Back to top

Sankirtana Danner, MFT

Sankirtana Danner, MA, CCRP, Senior Project Manager

Sankirtana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. Prior to joining ORPRN, she worked in Seattle managing NIH funded research trials studying the dissemination of evidence based treatments to behavioral health clinicians. Sankirtana has a particular interest in the integration of mental and behavioral health treatment into primary care settings. At ORPRN, she manages the execution of projects to ensure timely completion and standardized implementation. In her personal time, she volunteers with a community organization to promote health care accessibility to rural and urban populations in southern India. Back to top

Melinda Davis, PhD, CCRP

Melinda Davis, PhD, CCRP, Community-engaged Research Director

Dr. Davis spent four years in La Grande, OR, as a Practice Enhancement Research Coordinator (PERC) for ORPRN prior to accepting a position in Portland following the completion of her PhD in Social-Developmental Psychology from the University of Vermont in May 2010. Melinda uses participatory research approaches and mixed method study designs to explore health service delivery in community and primary care settings. Her work focuses on rural populations; interventions to facilitate healthy/optimal aging across the lifespan, addressing topics such as childhood obesity, mental health care, unmet dental needs, and management strategies for multiple chronic conditions; and evaluating effective strategies for supporting practice change. Melinda grew up in the beautiful rural Columbia River Gorge (Stevenson, WA), and she enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, trail running, and practicing yoga in her spare time. Back to top

Caitlin Dickinson
Caitlin Dickinson, MPH, Project Manager

Caitlin serves as project manager for ORPRN's Healthy Hearts Northwest (H2N) R18 project. Prior to joining ORPRN, she worked for OHSU's department of OB/GYN and coordinated career development (K12) programs and research projects focused on evidence-based medicine, comparative effectiveness, patient safety, and improving teamwork and leadership among healthcare personnel. Caitlin grew up in the Portland area. She holds a Bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Denver and a Master of Public Health degree from Oregon State University. In her leisure time, she enjoys cycling, swimming, reading, and relaxing with her family. Back to Top

Bruce Goldberg
Bruce Goldberg, MD, Senior Associate Medical Director

Dr.Goldberg is a family medicine physician with a long history in Oregon. He served two Oregon Governors in a number of roles including Director of the Oregon Office for Health Policy and Research, Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services, and led the formation of the Oregon Health Authority from February 2011 through 2013.  He guided the transformation of Oregon's Medicaid system to one based on a model of coordinated care, and headed efforts to establish Oregon's Healthy Kids program to provide health coverage for all children, improve Oregon's mental health system and transform the delivery of public human services to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.  Dr.Goldberg has been a practicing clinician in Oregon and in rural New Mexico, a teacher/academician, a county health officer, a medical director and a director.  He is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and completed his family medicine training at Duke University.  Back to top

Rose Gunn
Rose Gunn, MA, Project Manager

Rose holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Oregon and a Master's degree in Anthropology from San Francisco State University. Prior to joining ORPRN, she worked in the department of Family Medicine at OHSU managing a range of federal and foundation-funded grants. Rose has a particular interest in mixed methods research, anthropological approaches to health services research, and health IT. In her personal time, she runs a museum website and chases after her two wild children. Back to Top

Alisa Jackson

Alisa Jackson, Administrative Coordinator

Alisa became ORPRN's Administrative Coordinator in 2015.  Prior to joining the world of Research, she worked in the Social Services, supporting community mental health agency Morrison Child and Family Services for over 10 years.  She specializes in Human Resources and general Administrative functions, and appreciates using her knowledge and skill set to improve systems and assist the efforts of those serving our communities. Alisa is a Portland native, has hiked 1000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, sings with the Portland Peace Choir, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Theatre from Portland State University. Back to Top

Anne King

Anne King, MBA, Director of Health Care Initiatives

Anne King was ORPRN's first Network Manager from 2003-2008, and rejoined ORPRN as its Director of Health Care Initiatives in 2016. During her time away, Anne continued her affiliation with ORPRN, assisting with strategic planning and business development, while serving as Associate Director of Administration for the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute at OHSU, and Director of Operations for the Center for Evidence-based Policy at OHSU. Anne brings extensive experience in strategic planning and research program development, process optimization and evaluation. Anne holds a master's degree in Business Administration, a certificate in Public and Non-profit Management from Boston University, and an undergraduate degree from Smith College. Her personal interests include music, art, 4-H activities with her daughters and travel to warm places. Back to Top

McDonnell, Maggie

Maggie McLain McDonnell, MPH, Program Manager

Maggie became the Program Manager for the Oregon ECHO Network in 2018 after being a Project Manager at ORPRN since 2015. As an ORPRN Project Manager she worked on projects ranging from care coordination to chronic pain forums to supporting open patient notes within the electronic medical record. Prior to joining ORPRN, she was curriculum development manager for OHSU's Healthy TEAM Healthy U employee wellness program. Maggie earned a Master's degree in Public Health and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is particularly interested in preventive care and wellness in primary care to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Maggie grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and enjoys singing, hiking, cooking, and traveling. Back to top

LeAnn Michaels

LeAnn Michaels, Program Manager

LeAnn became a Program Manager in 2018 after being the ORPRN Network Manager since 2008. She holds a Bachelor's degree in nutrition, and worked as the Clinical Research Manager of the Clinical Outcomes Research Initiative (CORI) at OHSU prior to coming to ORPRN. Previously she coordinated clinical trials and received certification as a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator with the ACRP. While working for CORI, LeAnn worked as the project manager for the Colonoscopy in Rural Oregon Practice (CROP) study, a joint project between CORI and ORPRN. As an ORPRN Program Manager, she works with researchers to complete grant proposals and carry out implementation research projects. She received her degree from North Dakota State University. Back to top

Martha Snow

Martha Snow, MPH, Project Manager

Martha joined ORPRN in 2017 as a PERC working primarily on the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative, and became the Project Manager for the initiative in 2018. She received her Masters of Public Health from Emory University, and her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Oregon. Her previous experience includes research and program evaluation for nonprofit services in New York City, chronic heart disease and stroke prevention with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, and disabilities and development with OHSU. Martha has two deaf siblings, which rooted her interest in reducing health disparities, and her fluency in American Sign Language. Martha is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana.  Back to top

Miriam Wolf

Miriam Wolf, Program Assistant

Miriam joined ORPRN in 2018 to support the Oregon ECHO Network. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Health Studies from Portland State University in 2011. Since then, she has worked in wellness and healthcare administration. She enjoys using her skills and education to improve health in individuals and populations. Prior to her career in health, she was a journalist and continues to write extensively on topics such as food, health, exercise, and books. When not working, she enjoys long-distance trail running, hiking, and bicycling. Back to Top

Melissent Zumwalt

Melissent Zumwalt, Network Manager

Melissent holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon and is currently working towards her Master's degree in Public Administration at Portland State University. Prior to joining ORPRN, Melissent was an administrator in the Department of Neurology at UCSF for over a decade. She brings extensive experience in financial and administrative management, team building and strategic planning. She appreciates the collaborative nature of administration, and how well-managed processes, people and finances support the larger mission. Melissent is a native Oregonian who enjoys dancing, writing, practicing yoga, and is an avid traveler. Back to Top