Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our Board

Health Share of Oregon is governed by a Board of Directors that includes individuals from our eleven founding member organizations—including health systems, health plans, counties, and social service agencies serving OHP members in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties—the community at large, physical, behavioral, and oral health providers, and a member of our community advisory council.


Health Share of Oregon Board of Directors recognizes the importance of board diversity to enhance our company culture, performance, and social impact and are looking for new board members. We are currently recruiting for a diverse leader.

BIPOC and Latinx community members are encouraged to apply.

Please email completed applications to Karla Tupper at 

Meeting Agendas

May 15, 2024 | Board of Directors (Agenda)

April 17, 2024 | Board of Directors (Agenda)

March 20, 2024 | Board of Directors (Agenda)

February 21, 2024 | Board of Directors (Agenda)

January 17, 2024 | Board of Directors (Cancelled)

December 20, 2023 | Board of Directors (Agenda)

November 15, 2023 | Board of Directors (Agenda)

October 18, 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Agenda)

September 19, 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Agenda)

July 19, 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Agenda)

June 21, 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Agenda)

April 19, 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Agenda)

February 15, 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Agenda

January 18, 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Agenda

Meeting Minutes

March 2024 | Board of Directors Meeting (Minutes)

Febuary 2024 | Board of Directors Meeting (Minutes)

January 2024 Meeting (Cancelled)

December 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Minutes)

November 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Minutes)

October 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Minutes)

September 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Minutes)

July 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Minutes)

June 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Minutes)

May 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Minutes)

April 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Minutes)

March 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Minutes)

February 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Minutes)

January 2023 | Board of Directors Meeting (Minutes)

Public Engagement Board meetings are held when the Board makes substantive decisions. These meetings are open to the public and include public comment. All meetings of the Board are documented by meeting minutes that will be posted on this webpage upon approval by the Board.

If you have questions about a Board meeting, would like to request accommodation, or would like to provide public comment please contact Karla Tupper.

R.J. Gillespie, MD, MHPE

The Children's Clinic

Board Chair

R.J. Gillespie is a pediatrician with The Children’s Clinic in Portland. He attended medical school at Oregon Health & Sciences University, and completed his residency and chief residency at Rush Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, in 2001. He earned a master of health professions education from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007. 

R.J. has worked on a variety of statewide quality improvement initiatives, including as the chair of the Oregon Pediatric Society’s QI Committee, the medical director of quality improvement for the Children’s Health Alliance, and medical director of the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership. He has advised the American Academy of Pediatrics through the Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence Project Advisory Committee, Resilience Project, and the National Screening Initiative and STAR Center for Screening in Practice. His current passion is studying parental adverse childhood experiences and their effects on early child development. He recently published his findings in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma and in Pediatrics.

Christa Shively

Providence Health Plan

Board Vice Chair
Christa Shively is the Vice President of Business Delivery & Management at Providence Health Plan, based in Beaverton, Oregon.  PHP is an affiliate of Providence St. Joseph Health, a mission-based, integrated health system that provides a full spectrum of health services in seven states. Business Delivery & Management is responsible for strategic delivery and project management spanning transformation to run-the-business, client and product implementations, operational diligence, and runs the Operating Committee.  Christa has represented Providence on the Health Share of Oregon Board of Directors since 2018.

Prior joining Providence Health Plan to lead the Quality Department, Christa worked for ten years in health policy, focusing on Medicare payment policy and coverage expansion.  As director of federal regulatory affairs for Providence Health & Services, she led national engagement and advocacy on new alternative payment models. From 2011 to 2013, Christa worked at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation where she led the program design and implementation of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPC+), a large-scale, medical home initiative and the first multi-payer initiative out of CMMI. During the passage of the Affordable Care Act, she worked for Rep. Earl Blumenauer as senior legislative aide for health care, supporting his work on the Ways and Means Committee.

Christa was born in Oregon and graduated from the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.

Camille Applin-Jones

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest

Board Secretary

Camille Applin-Jones is a distinguished healthcare executive and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) with a wealth of professional experience and varied educational background. Currently serving as the Northwest Market Vice President for Ambulatory Care and Clinical Services at Kaiser Foundation Hospital and Health Plan in Portland, Oregon, Camille brings a strategic vision focused on quality, access, service, affordability, and growth to the organization. 

Known as a people-focused leader dedicated to serving others, Camille considers her role as a healthcare executive not just a job but a mission to positively impact the lives of those she serves. Her educational achievements include completing the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School in 2021, earning a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in healthcare from Frederick Taylor University in 2009, and attaining a Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 1998. Complementing her business acumen, Camille also holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing, further enhancing her understanding of healthcare from a clinical perspective. 

Camille's educational journey began when she obtained a Nursing Diploma from the United States Army Academy of Health Sciences, laying the foundation for her career in healthcare leadership. By intertwining her educational accomplishments, professional experiences, and FACHE status, Camille exemplifies a well-rounded and highly capable healthcare executive dedicated to driving innovation, quality, access, service, affordability, and growth in the industry. 

On a personal note, Camille finds joy in serving in her local community with volunteer organizations, spending quality time with her family, pursuing her passion for basketball (Go Warriors), and cherishing outdoor walks with her shelter rescue pet. These personal pursuits reflect her well-rounded personality and commitment to a fulfilling life outside of her professional endeavors.

Kyle King 

Vice Chair of the Board
Adventist Medical Center

Kyle King has been involved in health care leader for more than 16 years. Joining Adventist Health Portland in 2011, he has worked in a number of leadership roles. Most recently, he has overseen operations and market development at Adventist Health Portland. In this role he has been responsible for program growth and development with our OHSU partners as well as service-line development and COVID-19 efforts. He has been highly successful in building physician relationships and service lines to improve the financial viability of partnership. 

Jeff Conklin

OHSU Health

Jeff Conklin serves as SVP and Chief Payor Strategy Officer for OHSU Health. He has executive leadership responsibilities for payor strategy, managed care contracting, and the Office of Health Services which provides administrative services to value-based networks including OHSU Health IDS, the system’s Medicaid entity under contract to Health Share of Oregon, and Tuality Health Plan Services, a clinically integrated network. He is responsible for setting and implementing strategies to align with payors and employers by building and operating networks and managed care arrangements in support of the quadruple aim (i.e., improving health outcomes and patient and provider experience while reducing costs).

Before joining OHSU in 2019, Jeff served as senior vice president and Payor & Network Strategies Executive at Adventist Health for more than 10 years. Adventist Health has hospitals, physicians and health services in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. He is a health care executive with extensive experience in senior leadership roles for health systems, hospitals, physician groups and management services organizations.

Rod Cook

Clackamas County Health, Housing, & Human Services

Rod Cook has been with Clackamas County for 25 years. Before his time with the county, Rod was the Executive Director of Yaun Youth Care Centers in Portland. Starting in 1996, Rod led the Clackamas County Children, Family & Community Connections division as Director until he was appointed Health, Housing & Human Service’s Deputy Director in 2019.

Recently appointed Director of Health, Housing & Human Services, Rod has worked to make the department efficient and responsive to both internal and external stakeholders. He has also focused on leading a cultural change within the department to align with the One County approach that seeks internal collaboration and providing quality services for the public of Clackamas County.

Having played a significant role in developing the Clackamas Youth Gang Task Force, Local PreventNet School-Based System, Clackamas Family Justice Center, Clackamas Early Learning Hub, Leaders for Equity & Inclusion Council, and serving in leadership positions at both the State and National level, Rod has the respect and admiration of external stakeholders and colleagues throughout the entire country.

Rod brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and the passion to support the Healthshare Board move forward in accomplishing its strategic goals and objectives.

Keith Dempsey

Mental Health Clinician and Consultant

Dr. Keith Dempsey earned a PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision from Oregon State University (OSU) in 2009. He is the former Department Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Counseling at George Fox University. He is the first African American to receive tenure at the Institution. He has conducted national presentations regarding counseling issues and the plight of Black men. He is the past President of the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES).

Dr. Dempsey has 20+ years of professional experience in the helping field. He served as a multi-systemic therapist at Self Enhancement Inc. He was also a clinical social worker at the Casey Family Programs. He later went on to develop substantial programs at the African American Health Coalition (AAHC) designed to combat physical and mental health disparities. He currently operates a private practice in Portland and conducts individual, couple & family therapy.

Dr. Dempsey has provided substantial volunteerism with organizations such as The Salvation Army, MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility and The Prospective Gents Organization. As a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., he coordinated the Kappa League youth program. The program provided mentoring for young men from 3rd grade throughout High School. He currently partners with Northeast Fellowship Community Church, providing monthly discussions about the power of mental health in the Black community.

Dr. Dempsey’s accomplishments have not gone un-noticed. He received the Outstanding Service Award from the Oregon Youth Authority; Alpha Kappa Alpha Emerald Award for excellence in education; Portland Community College Social Justice Comrade Award; WACES outstanding leadership award; Martin Luther King Jr. lifetime achievement award; Most recently, Oregon State University Black Achievement Award.

Joe Hardman, MD

Tuality Healthcare

Dr. Joe Hardman is a general internist who has been practicing at OHSU for nearly 10 years. His primary clinical focus is outpatient primary care internal medicine. He has also worked on the inpatient teaching service at OHSU. Dr. Hardman received his medical degree from UC San Diego School of Medicine, and completed his residency and chief residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He enjoys hiking, cooking, music, photography, and spending time with his wife and two children.

Katrina Holland

Katrina is a visionary who believes Oregon can be a place where all who live here can exist and THRIVE. She serves as Executive Director of JOIN, a homeless service agency dedicated to supporting community members secure permanent housing and attain stability. Katrina is deeply engaged in volunteer efforts to empower community members to make Oregon equitable for all. She’s been involved in many housing and community initiatives, including the nation’s first Preference Policy aimed at returning the Black community to their historic roots in North and Northeast Portland; Portland’s Relocation Assistance policy aimed at compensating renters’ who have been unjustly removed from their home; the nation’s first Statewide Rent Control policy; Portland Metro’s Supportive Housing Services measure that will generate several billion dollars over 10-years to help end Portland's homeless crisis; Oregon’s COVID-focused Eviction Moratorium and Landlord Compensation Fund. She serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Here Together, a member of the A Home For Everyone Coordinating Board in Multnomah County, Katrina has her Bachelor’s Degree from Portland State University in Community Development: Housing & Economic Development with an emphasis on Race, Policy, and Communications. Katrina is a mother of two children, Gabriella and Gavin, a keyboardist and singer. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, singing, playing piano, watching Marvel movies, and roughhousing with her babies!

Eric Hunter


Eric Hunter is the CEO of CareOregon. With more than 20 years of leadership experience in the health care field, he brings deep knowledge of Medicaid policy, commercial plans, and the integration of medical and behavioral health care. Eric served most recently as the chief operating officer of Boston Medical Center Healthnet Plan. Previous roles include CEO of ValueOptions Behavioral Health in both Texas and Illinois, and CEO of Heartland Health Plan in Oklahoma. He also served as COO of Managed Health Services at Centene in Indiana and as COO of Total Carolina Care in South Carolina.

Candice Jimenez

Candice is Chief of Staff at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB), where she has supported tribal health research and policy efforts since 2013. She has a Master of Public Health degree and a strong background in data analysis, cultural responsiveness, and public health. Candice supports Northwest Tribes in their advocacy, policy research, analysis, and innovation on various health and wellness topics, including behavioral health, maternal child health, and Medicaid/CHIP.

Candice’s mission is to honor tribal sovereignty and center health equity for all people, by collaborating across land, language, culture, access, and ability. She is guided by the values of being locally rooted and community minded, as a tribal citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and a fellow community member. Candice strives to nurture healing through a community of care, where people's stories and lived experiences are heard, known, and accounted for. She is passionate about serving Northwest Tribes with health policy leadership and advocacy.

Monta Knudson

Monta Knudson Consulting 

Monta Knudson is a dynamic leader dedicated to social equity and community transformation. With over two decades of recovery from addiction, he brings a powerful voice of lived experience to HealthShare. His journey began in 2003, and he quickly dedicated his life to helping others. Starting as a recovery mentor in 2007, he advanced to leadership roles by 2009.

From 2015 to 2024, Monta served as the CEO of Bridges to Change, where he dramatically expanded housing, behavioral health, and peer services by over 1000%. His strategic foresight and financial acumen were key to this growth. Recognized for his contributions, Monta received the Spirit of Recovery Award from Fora Health and was named Contractor of the Year by Washington County.

Monta's advocacy has been instrumental in shaping legislation that positively impacts behavioral health services. He serves on the Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, appointed by the Governor. Additionally, he provides contract and technical assistance in supportive housing across the state, leveraging his extensive experience and relationships with legislators and partners.

Outside of work, Monta enjoys racing motorcycles, surfing, and performing acrobatics. His passion for life and dedication to community well-being inspire those around him.

Rachel Banks, MPA

Multnomah County Health Department

Rachael is the Director of the Multnomah County Health Department-an agency that includes the state’s largest behavioral health and public health authorities, operates corrections health, and runs the largest federally qualified health center in the state of Oregon. Rachael began her health career in behavioral health before spending 2 decades in public health including being appointed in 2017 as the Public Health Director. As Public Health Director, she played a critical role in anticipating, standing up and leading an equitable public health response to COVID-19. Her leadership and values were essential to ensuring the County’s response was grounded, from the start, in equity and data, and centered communities most vulnerable to the virus. Throughout her time at the County, Rachael demonstrated a firm understanding of the functions of the Health Department’s core programs and strong insight into how they could connect more deeply to the communities we serve. 

After three years as the County’s Public Health Director, Banks went on to serve as the State of Oregon’s Public Health Director from 2020 to 2023. She was the State's first Black Public Health Director and first State Health Official of color. There, she oversaw critical stages of the State’s public health response during the pandemic. She led efforts to increase initial vaccination rates for communities of color including propelling lagging vaccination rates for African Americans adults to the highest in the Country. In addition, her work to modernize Oregon’s public health system and implement a statewide health improvement plan have been called exemplary and inspiring.

 Born and raised in Portland with deep community ties, Rachael began her career as a culturally specific community health worker focused on preventing sexually transmitted infections, HIV and hepatitis. She went on to become a health educator for Healthy Birth Initiative, a program she later led, along with the Healthy Families and Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) programs. 

Rachael also led many of the County’s chronic disease prevention efforts, including increasing healthy food access and implementing Oregon’s tobacco free workplace law for over 80,000 businesses. Under her leadership, the County implemented numerous culturally specific programs and strategies to decrease health inequities. Rachael Banks, MPA Rachael got her undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University and graduate degree from Portland State University. She is a proud mother, wife, daughter, sister and auntie.

Andrew Mendenhall, M.D., DABPM, DABFM, FASAM

Central City Concern

As President and CEO, Dr. Andy Mendenhall oversees all aspects of CCC.

Andy joined CCC in 2017 as Senior Medical Director for Substance Use Disorder Services (SUDS) and became Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in 2018. During his tenure, Andy has elevated and diversified CCC’s service level to offer a broad array of evidence-based practices to match client needs. As CMO, Andy brought oversight and responsibility for the agency’s medical and clinical services, provided leadership to staff, helped set the agency’s strategic direction, promoted ethical and quality care and led CCC through the COVID-19 pandemic. He became President and CEO in July 2022.

Andy is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine. He graduated from the University of Portland and trained as a medical student and resident family physician at OHSU. He worked at Providence Health Systems and CleanSlate Centers, and co-founded an outpatient integrated treatment program called HealthWorks NW, which was acquired by Hazelden Betty Ford in 2012.  Andy’s heart has always been anchored in service work to the most vulnerable and simultaneously resilient members of the Portland metropolitan region.

Andy’s favorite part of his role at CCC is supporting leaders to center, evolve and scale our services to best support the needs of the clients.

Merrin Permut

Legacy Health

Merrin Permut became vice president of Legacy Population Health and Payor Strategy in 2020. In this role, she has responsibility for ensuring Legacy Health’s successful evolution into a population health management organization. She oversees payor strategy, value-based programs and performance, clinical programs and partnerships as well as Legacy Health Partners and clinical improvement initiatives. She joined Legacy in 2010 as the administrative fellow and later moved into strategic planning and business development as a consultant. In strategic planning, she led a master facility planning process for the entire Legacy system to guide strategic facility investment. She was part of the initial care transformation team and went on to become the first executive director of Legacy Health Partners. LHP is now 2,500 providers strong and is focused on improving health and maximizing financial performance in its value-based arrangements. She also managed the CMS initiatives beginning with Meaningful Use and more recently MACRA and bundled payment programs, which have resulted in millions of incentives for good performance. Outside of Legacy, Merrin serves on the boards of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon and the University of Minnesota MHA Alumni Association. She is also a certified yoga instructor. Merrin earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology and a master’s in health care administration from the University of Minnesota.

Bettyna Rosales

Virginia Garcia Clinic

Bettyna works for Lifeworks Northwest as a Behavioral Health Provider in Integrated Services with Virginia Garcia Clinic. Most of her work is focused with the Hispanic community in Cornelius, OR. She used to work as a Mental Health Provider for Child and Family Program in Lifeworks Northwest and Mental Health services for children and adults in Behavioral Health Partners in Puerto Rico. She also provided Mental Health and Evaluation services in Corrections Administration in Puerto Rico (Parole, probation and prison systems) and Corrections Program in Mexico (Prison systems).

Bettyna has a PsyD degree in Clinical Psychology and a master's degree in Systemic Family Therapy.

Bob Stewart

Gladstone School District

Bob Stewart has worked in education for several decades and is currently the Gladstone School District superintendent. He has worked in the Gladstone School District since 1980 and became superintendent in 1999.

Bob is a graduate of Warner Pacific University and completed his Masters of Public Administration at Portland State University.

Bob has served in several leadership capacities. In addition to being a member of the Health Share of Oregon Board of Directors, he is a former member of the Clackamas County Commission for Children and Families, a former trustee and chair of the Warner Pacific University Board of Directors, and a current CareOregon board member. He is also a member of Gladstone Education Foundation Board, a member of the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) and a member and past president of the Gladstone/Oak Grove Rotary Club. Bob has also served as the President of the Oregon Association of School Executives (public school superintendents).

Bob has been married to his wife, Diana, since 1973. They have five children and nine grandchildren.

Mjere Simantel

Washington County

Mjere (“MĒR-ruh”) Simantel is the director of Washington County Department of Health and Human Services. Prior roles at the county include serving as the department’s assistant director as well as the supervisor for Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services.

Before joining Washington County in January 2017, Mjere spent nearly eight years at Willamette View, a continuing care retirement community located in Portland, ultimately serving in the role of health care services administrator. She also spent several years with Clackamas Education Service District in various roles.

Mjere earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from Portland State University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan.

Holden Leung

Asian Health & Service Center

Bio coming soon.