Individually, Cascades East AHEC’s Advisory board members are outstanding people. Together, these dedicated volunteers are the force that motivates and shapes the organization’s vision and programming. Without their voices and experience, CEAHEC’s mission of making health care more accessible for all people would seem nearly unattainable. The CEAHEC staff is proud to present the CEAHEC Advisory Board:
Community Role: Member of Harney District Hospital Board of Directors
Biography: Wife, mother, community activist”The diplomat” to her husband, Carolyn Bauer is a medical technologist by training and dental receptionist by work experience. But community activism is her true calling. She began supporting CEAHEC early on, and joined the community hospital board in 1987. She served through its transition in jurisdiction.”Our situation still is tenuous,” Bauer says. “There are people who already have chosen to live here and who would like to become X-ray technicians, physician assistants or mental health therapists. But they need local degree training and education.”She says CEAHEC is helping her isolated community “grow its own” and attract providers through the rural rotation program.
Carolyn received the honor of being the Oregon Office of Rural Health’s “2009 Hero of the Year” award winner. CLICK HERE to watch the video!
Community Role: Clinical Nurse Manager – Lake District Hospital
Robert Collins, MD
Community Role: President, Sisters Science Club
Home: Sisters, Oregon
Biography: Bob retired from the UCLA Medical Center in 2002, where he had been Chairman of the Neurology Department for 15 years. Shortly after moving to Sisters in 2004, he began donating time to Volunteers in Medicine in Bend. In this position he learned about the needs of underinsured patients and doctor shortages in Central Oregon. In 2011, he co-founded the Sisters Science Club, a community organization of over 350 people that strive to enhance science and math in the schools and community. In addition to running a science fair each February, sponsoring teacher development, and running a community lecture series, the Club fosters health education K-12.
An important part of this is building a health career pipeline: sending high school students to St Charles Medical Center for shadowing, to OHSU for summer experiences, and to the Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for research experience.
Community Role: Program Manager, Continuing Education at Central Oregon Community College
Home: Bend, Oregon
Biography: Nancy obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Southern Oregon State College in 1982. She has worked with COCC’s Continuing Education program since 1997 at the Madras, Redmond, and Bend campuses. For the past seven years, her program focus is coordinating continuing education for health care professionals, as well as entry-level health care training. This has included continuing education for nurses, pharmacy technicians, physical therapists, health care administrative staff, as well as customized training for local clinics including Spanish for health care workers and medical terminology. Nancy coordinates Nurse Assistant level-two training working closely with COCC’s nursing program. Most recently, she has taken on coordination of the Oregon AHEC Spanish Health Care Interpreter training, working with the developers of this program to transition the curriculum to a blended format using online, classroom, and clinical learning. COCC’s Community Health Worker course was approved by the Oregon Health Authority in April, 2014 and is offered in COCC’s Continuing Education program under her management.
Nancy has a husband, two sons, and one grandson.
Community Role: Director, Human Resources – Harney District Hospital
|Greg Pak, M.D.
Community Role: Assistant Professor at Oregon Institute of Technology
Home: resided in Klamath Falls since 2008
Biography: Dr. Pak moved to Klamath Falls in 2008 with his wife after she was offered a position, as the only physician, to provide health care to underserved population in two rural towns of northern California (Tulelake and Dorris). While residing in Los Angeles, he ran a business providing medical interpretation services to hospitals and nursing homes for patients whose native language was not English.
In 2009, he started teaching various medical courses at Klamath Community College and OIT moving into a full-time position the following year and currently teaches Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Immunology. He also serves as a liaison for some of ACP (Advanced Credit Program) courses offering college credit to a number of local and rural high school students interested in pursuing a degree in health care. When he is not teaching, he enjoys playing golf and traveling with his wife.
| Todd Shields M.B.A., RT(R)(CT)
Community Role: Director of Outreach & Support Services at St. Charles Health System
Home: Bend Oregon
Biography: A resident of Central Oregon since 1997, Todd has served in a number of leadership roles within St. Charles Health System over the past 17 years. Todd is the Director of Outreach and Support Services, working to connect rural hospitals with programs and services that best address the healthcare needs of their communities.
His education includes a bachelor’s degree in medical imaging and a master’s degree in business administration. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been active with United Way for nine years – serving as a Board member for the past five years). He has been instrumental in coordinating the United Way fundraising Caregiver Campaign for St. Charles Health System during this time.
Community Role: Career Coordinator and English Teacher for Grant School District #3, John Day, Oregon
Home: John Day, Oregon
Biography: Elizabeth Shelley was raised in Echo, Oregon and obtained her AA degree from Blue Mountain Community College, a Bachelors Degree (Interdisciplinary Studies and Secondary Education) from Western Oregon State College and a Master’s Degree from Western Oregon University. For 14 years, she taught at Culver High School and most recently at Grant Union JR/SR High School in John Day where she is the Career Coordinator and English teacher teaching Dual Credit Writing 121 and English 104 for Eastern Oregon University.
Elizabeth lives in John Day with her husband, Curt, who is the high school principal; as well as her two children Kellen and Reagan who are actively involved in sports, 4-H, and student leadership. As a family, we like to travel!Being a part of the Cascades East Area Health Education Center Advisory Board will help her provide information and expand options for her community, as well as collaborate with professionals from varied backgrounds who collectively work to problem solve and expand options, especially to rural community citizens.
| Gary Smith, L.M.S.W.
Community Role: Central Oregon Site Coordinator, Portland State University
Home: Bend, Oregon
Biography: Gary has been the Central Oregon Site Coordinator since August 2009. He graduated from the PSU School of Social Work and has had a distinguished career in Oregon’s social service system, including serving as the mental health director for Multnomah County, and the mental health program director for Tillamook and Deschutes counties. He also has been the executive director of two non-profit agencies.
Gary started his career as a direct service practitioner; but, as a macro thinker, he has spent the majority of his career in management, planning, policy development and organizational consulting. Gary was honored to be named co-winner of Oregon’s Social Worker of the Year award in 1998 and is currently President-Elect of the Oregon chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
Community Role: Diversity Outreach Assist/Best Care Treatment Services
Home: Madras, Oregon
Biography: Jaylyn Suppah was raised in Simnasho, Oregon and graduated from Madras High School then obtained her Associates Degree from Portland Community College. For the past ten years, she has worked in her community advocating for youth and their families with organizations such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Northwest Indian Youth Conference, and the Early Head Start program. Currently she is working as a Native Outreach Assistant for the Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition which is working on building community strength through diversity. She facilitates a program called Papalaxsimisha also known as the Junto’s program in the new Warm Springs K-8 Academy.
She is a Tribal Member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, currently resides in Madras, Oregon and a proud mother of two beautiful children Mateja and Brennan. As a family, we practice our cultural traditions and immerse our children in these teachings from birth. We also enjoy traveling, reading, and very much enjoy basketball.
Ex-Officio Advisory Board Members
|David Robinson, PhD,
Community Role: Professor and Executive Vice Provost at OSHU
Home: Portland, Oregon
Biography: David was born and raised in rural North Yorkshire, England, before obtaining a B.Sc. in Physiology at University College London and a Ph.D. at Cambridge University. In 1992 he moved to the United States to do post-doctoral training at the University of California at Davis, where he subsequently became a research track faculty member before moving to Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) in 1997.
David holds a faculty appointment as Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology with joint appointments in the Department of Ophthalmology and the Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology. David’s research interests have been directed toward gaining a better understanding of the role retinal development plays in the maturation of the circadian and visual systems. Most recently David has been leading the OHSU participation in the NCRR funded eagle-i Consortium, made up of nine member institutions, which is building a prototype of a national research resource discovery network that will help biomedical scientists search for and find previously invisible, but highly valuable, research resources. His research has been published in multiple academic journals, most recently in the Journal of European Neuroscience (2009), Behavioral and Brain Functions (2010) and Database (2011).