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 physical 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.
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 U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and former Governor John Kitzhaber, and she 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.
Rachael Banks is the public health director for Multnomah County Health Department. She is also the principal investigator for Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH). As the director of the largest local public health division in the state of Oregon, Rachael oversees strategies to protect, assure, and promote the health of over 700,000 people across six cities. During her past 15 years in Public Health, she has led the Multnomah County Health Department’s Healthy Birth Initiative (HBI), Tobacco Prevention, and REACH programs.
She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Gonzaga University and her masters of public administration from Portland State University. She is a proud mother, dedicated wife, and faithful children's church teacher.
Adventist Medical Center
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.
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.
R.J. Gillespie, MD, MHPE
The Children's Clinic
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.
Joe Hardman, MD
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.
John Hunter, MD
Dr. John Hunter attended Harvard College, where he graduated with a degree in English literature. He then attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2001, Dr. Hunter traveled to Oregon Health & Science University to become the Mackenzie Chair of Surgery and surgeon in chief of the OHSU health system. He was the interim dean of the OHSU School of Medicine in 2016-17, and the chief clinical officer and chair of the OHSU Practice Plan. He now serves as the executive vice president and CEO of the OHSU Health System.
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. He 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.
Marni Kuyl is the director of the Department of Human Services in Washington County. Ms. 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.
Community Advisory Council
Abigail Jessie Lawrence serves on Health Share’s Community Advisory Council, where she acts as the liaison to the board. She is also currently an OHP member. Abigail got involved with the Community Advisory Council after North by Northeast Community Health Center saved her life. She started working with their Patient Wellness Council because she wants to make sure everyone knows about and utilizes the health care and preventative measures that are available to them.
Addictions Treatment Director
Jacqueline Mercer serves as 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 and CEO in 1998.
Jean-Claude Provost, NP
Nurse Practitioner Director
Jean-Claude (J.C.) 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 and program development, quality assurance, and performance improvement.
Eli Schwarz, DDS
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 Dentistry, University of Sydney); in the USA (executive director of the American and International Associations for Dental Research); 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 DDS and a Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen and an MPH from Hadassah Medical School, University of Jerusalem.
Providence Health Plan
Christa Shively is the senior director of quality and medical practice integration at Providence Health Plan, based in Beaverton, Oregon. She manages Providence’s Medicare Advantage Stars program, NCQA accreditation, and Medicaid CCO quality and performance in the Quality Rating System for qualified health plans in the health insurance marketplaces.
Prior to joining Providence, Christa worked for 10 years in health policy, focusing on coverage expansion and Medicare payment policy. As director of federal regulatory affairs for Providence Health & Services, she led national engagement and advocacy on new alternative payment models and MACRA.
Christa is a native Oregonian and graduated from the University of Oregon Clark Honors College in 2004.
Central City Concern
Rachel became Central City Concern’s president and CEO in October 2017. She came to CCC after serving as medical director and then chief medical officer of Old Town Clinic. She provides clinical care in several of CCC’s health care programs, with a focus on individuals with chronic pain or substance use disorders. Her work also includes overseeing the clinical quality and safety of CCC’s patients, clients, and residents.
Rachel graduated from Brown University, attended Dartmouth Medical School and completed her medical residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She also earned a master’s degree in clinical research from OHSU while completing a health services research fellowship. Rachel is board certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine.
Richard Swift is the director of Clackamas County’s Health, Housing, and Human Services Department. He has been with Clackamas County since 2011. Previously, Mr. Swift held senior leadership positions for 17 years with Multnomah County, serving in the departments of Health, County Management, and Business and Community Services.
Community at Large Director
Ramsay has been committed to public service since his days as a Vista Volunteer. He helped 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 nonprofit community development sector. In subsequent years, he founded and later served for 13 years as executive director of the Community Housing Fund, a nonprofit housing trust fund in Washington County. He recently retired.