Board of Directors
Eric Hunter is the CEO of CareOregon. With more than 20 years of leadership experience in the health care field, Mr. Hunter brings deep knowledge of Medicaid policy, commercial plans and the integration of physical and behavioral health care. Eric served most recently as the Chief Operating Officer for Boston Medical Center Healthnet Plan. Previous roles include CEO for ValueOptions Behavioral Health in both Texas and Illinois, and for Heartland Health Plan in Oklahoma. At Centene, he served as COO, Managed Health Services in Indiana; also as COO of Total Carolina Care in South Carolina
Central City Concern
Ed Blackburn is the Executive Director of Central City Concern (CCC), a nonprofit committed to ending homelessness. Ed began at CCC in 1992 as the Director of the Hooper Detoxification Center. In 1997 he became the Director of Health and Addiction Services, and in 2007 moved into a Deputy Director position. Ed assumed his role as Executive Director of the agency in 2008.
In 2009, Ed was one of 49 people from around the world to be awarded an Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award by the Dalai Lama and the Wisdom in Action foundation for his work at Central City Concern.
Cyreena Boston Ashby
Community at Large Director
Oregon Public Health Institute
Cyreena Boston Ashby has served in leadership roles for over a decade within Oregon's nonprofit, political, and government affairs organizations. She has worked for US Senator Jeff Merkley, former Governor John Kitzhaber, and directed the Portland African American Leadership forum. With deep experience in the issues facing Oregon's diverse communities, Cyreena has worked on projects related to social determinants of health, including affordable housing and public education. From 2007 to 2010, Cyreena helped the Multnomah County Health Department launch its health equity initiative to focus energy and resources on reducing health disparities in Oregon's most populous and vulnerable communities.
Adventist Medical Ctr.
Dorane Brower has worked in the health care industry for more than 30 years. She is the Vice President of Integrated Physician and Health Plan Services of Adventist Health and President of HealthCare Resources NW. Before joining Adventist Health, Ms. Brower served as the vice president of sales for Regence BlueCross and BlueShield of Oregon.
George J. Brown, MD, FACP
Dr. George J. Brown, President and CEO of Legacy Health System, has over 40 years of health care experience. Prior to joining Legacy, Dr. Brown served as Chief Operating Officer of MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, Washington from 2005 to 2008, and is a retired brigadier general in the U.S. Army where he practiced medicine and served as commander of Madigan Army Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Brown received his Bachelor’s degree from Hampton University and studied medicine at Boston University’s School of Medicine.
Keith Forrester joined Kaiser Permanente Northwest in 2009 and is responsible for developing and implementing the Northwest Region's sales, marketing, and business development strategy to position the company as a health care leader in Oregon and Washington. Before joining Kaiser, Keith served in sales and operations leadership roles at Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, The Standard, and Prudential Insurance.
Keith graduated with an MBA from the University of Oregon and a bachelor's degree from Gonzaga University. He earned the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation from the Wharton School of Business in 1995, and completed Kaiser's Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School in 2013.
Jill Ginsberg, MD MPH
Primary Care Director
North by Northeast Community Health Center
Dr. Jill Ginsberg is the Medical Director and founding physician partner of the North by Northeast Community Health Center in Portland. She and Pastor Mary Overstreet met in November 2005 and opened the clinic doors in August of 2006. Dr. Ginsberg has been active in the pursuit of social justice for many years, including working with the Portland Jobs with Justice Workers’ Rights Board and serving on the Board of Directors and as Social Action chair of Congregation Beth Israel.
W. Gary Hoffman, MD
Specialty Care Director
Women’s HealthCare Assoc.
Dr. Hoffman is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and has been in practice at St. Vincent’s Hospital since 1991.
Dr. Hoffman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maine and attended medical school at St. Louis University. He completed his residency at Oregon Health & Science University.
Joan M. Kapowich is the Accountable Care Executive in Oregon for Providence Health & Services. Providence’s ACO portfolio focuses on population health and the move toward value based reimbursement models, accountability for health outcomes and improved well-being for populations served. From 2007-2013, Joan served as the Administrator of the two largest public employee benefit boards in Oregon with over 280,000 members.
Marni Kuyl is the Director of the Department of Human Services in Washington County. Kuyl received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Community Health Nursing from Arizona State University. Her career in health care and management spans 30 years and she has held positions in Arizona, Montana, Washington and Oregon.
Addictions Treatment Director
Jacqueline Mercer serves as the Executive Director for the Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA) of the Northwest. NARA is an Indian owned and operated program with a full array of services for mental health, addiction and family wellness care for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Mental Health Treatment Director
Mary Monnat is President and CEO of LifeWorks NW, an agency that promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan. She joined LifeWorks NW as a chemical dependency and mental health therapist in 1983 and moved through various management positions before becoming President/CEO in 1998.
Jean-Claude Provost, NP
Nurse Practitioner Director
Jean-Claude (JC) K Provost is a Family Nurse Practitioner who works with Housecall Providers, Inc., a medical practice that provides care to homebound Medicare and Medicaid patients throughout the Tri-County area. He is currently the chair of the Quality and Governance Committee. His areas of interest, beyond primary care delivery, include health policy/program development, quality assurance and performance improvement.
OHSU School of Dentistry
Dr. Eli Schwarz is Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Dentistry at the School of Dentistry at OHSU. Previously, he has held positions in Australia (Professor and Dean, Faculty of Denitistry, University of Sydney); in the USA (Executive Director of the American and International Associations for Dental Research [AADR/LADR]); in Hong Kong (Professor of Public Health Dentistry and Dean of Dentistry, University of Hong Kong); and in Denmark (Chief Dental Officer, National Board of Health, and Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen). Dr. Schwarz has a D.D.S and a Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen, and an M.P.H. from Hadassah Medical School, University of Jerusalem.
Richard Swift is the Director of Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services Department. He has been with Clackamas County since 2011. Prior to Clackamas County, Swift held numerous senior leadership positions with Multnomah County in the departments of health, county management and business and community services for 17 years.
Mitch Wasden is currently serving as the CEO of Oregon Health & Science University Healthcare. He holds a Doctorate of Education in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University, a Master's from the University of Michigan in Healthcare Management, and a Bachelor's from Brigham Young University. Mitch co-authored the book, Tension: The Energy of Innovation, which was endorsed by the CEO of Pixar, Ed Catmull, as a book that provides practical wisdom for leaders to harness creative tensions.
Community at Large Director
Ramsay has been committed to public service since his days as a Vista Volunteer, helping to establish an urban Indian Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, followed by 12 years as a Legal Aid lawyer representing low-income clients. Ramsay spent 12 years working for local elected officials in Portland and Multnomah County, serving as Chief of Staff to a City Commissioner and overseeing the establishment of the non-profit community development sector. In subsequent years, he founded and later served as Executive Director of the Community Housing Fund, a non-profit housing trust fund in Washington County, for 13 years. He recently retired.