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:


Carly alves

Community Role: Lake District Hospital, RN and Patient Care Coordinator
Home: Lakeview

Carly is a OHSU BSN graduate in 1999 at OIT, Klamath Falls campus. She has worked the spectrum in Lakeview - physician office, rural hospital acute care, public health, and now back at Lake District Hospital as a Patient Care Coordinator. She leads Acute Care Quality Assessment Performance Improvement, Patient Safety Programs, and Nursing Student Education (to name a few). Carly shared "I think we have to be creative about education and recruitment of all health care providers in Rural Oregon. I am excited to participate with CEAHEC to help expand those opportunities for rural Oregon's healthcare. I would like to think outside the box in helping with financial and retention challenges related to education and recruitment."

Carly’s husband is Rod Alves and they have two sons, Dayton and Benny.


Carolyn Bauer

Community Role: Member of Harney District Hospital Board of Directors
Home: Burns

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.


Barry Canaday

Community Role: Associate Professor, Program Director of Echocardiography – Oregon Institute of Technology
Home: Klamath Falls

Barry obtained his Master of Science degree in biology from Western Washington State College (now Western Washington University) in 1973. He then held a number of jobs, as varied as houseparent at a facility for troubled teenage girls, to Seasonal Park Naturalist at Olympic National Park. In 1976 he entered an AAS Program in Nursing at Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA, graduating in 1978, and obtained his RN license.

As a Registered Nurse, Barry worked primarily in intensive care environments at Sacred Heart General Hospital in Eugene, OR prior to entering the AAS Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program at Spokane Community College in 1990, graduating in 1992. The 17 years prior to joining Oregon Tech in September 2009, were spent employed at Bend Memorial Clinic, Bend, Oregon, as a Cardiac Sonographer, then as Lead Cardiac Sonographer, in hospital, clinical, and mobile echo working environments. Barry maintains his Oregon RN license, and has RDCS and RCS registry in Adult Echocardiography.

Barry’s primary outside interests include photography, astronomy, and travel.


Julie Downing

Community Role: Instructional Dean - COCC
Home: Bend

Julie grew up on a lake in Northern Minnesota. She attended North Dakota State University (NDSU) on a cross-country and track scholarship where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Corporate & Community Fitness with a minor in Coaching. She went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, and her PhD in Human Performance with a minor in Public Health from Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Julie has been at Central Oregon Community College (COCC) in a full-time capacity since 1991. She began as a full-time faculty member in the Health & Human Performance (HHP) Department and an assistant track and cross-country coach. She has taught a wide variety of health and exercise science classes and twice chaired the HHP Department for a total of 9 years.

In 2007, she was named a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and in that same year was inducted into the NDSU Bison Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2010, Julie was the recipient of the prestigious COCC Faculty Achievement Award that is given to one full-time faculty member each year in recognition of outstanding teaching and service to the college. She has been the President of the Northwest Regional chapter of the ACSM, as well as President of the COCC Faculty Forum.

Julie chaired the COCC Nursing Department for a year prior to becoming the Instructional Dean overseeing Allied Health, Health & Human Performance, Nursing, and Science areas. Julie is finishing up her 27thyear at COCC and serves on several local advisory boards such as Cascades East AHEC, Central Oregon STEM Hub, and the Central Oregon Research Coalition.

 Julie stays busy outside of work enjoying outdoor activities such as cross-country skiing, paddle boarding, running, mountain biking, and camping with her husband, their two daughters, and Corgi.


Heather Ficht

Community Role: Executive Director – East Cascades Workforce Investment Board
Home: Bend

Heather Ficht has over 15 years of experience in workforce development ranging from the direct service in the field to working for local workforce boards. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of Wisconsin, Madison and her Master’s in Social Work from Portland State University. Heather has supported the start-up of several organizations, as well as programs, and has extensive experience with youth workforce programming and re-engagement strategies that launch young people on to careers.  

Heather lives in Bend with her husband and two daughters. Currently she is the Executive Director of the East Cascades Workforce Investment Board serving the ten (10) counties east of the Cascades Mountain range in Oregon.  


David Golda

Community Role: Senior Director of Operations, Madras and Prineville - St. Charles Health System
Home: Bend

David Golda is currently the Senior Director for Operations for the St Charles Madras and Prineville Hospitals.  He comes to us from Providence Health & Services in the Portland area where he served in many roles ranging from providing direct patient care as a physical therapist to operating a statewide Occupational Medicine Program.

David has lived in Oregon most of his life, recently relocating to the Bend area in 2015. He lives there with his wife Stephanie and two children, Cooper and Finnley.  


Sheila Jordan

Community Role:  Manager, Continuing Medical Education and Clerkship - St. Charles Health System
Home: Bend

Sheila Jordan is the Continuing Medical Education and Clerkship Manager for St. Charles Health System. Her area of responsibility includes undergraduate medical education, as well as professional development for licensed physicians. With her guidance, St. Charles Health System regained its Accreditation with Commendation from the Oregon Medical Association, which then appointed her to their Institutional Accreditation Committee (IAC). She is an active volunteer in the community, and holds board of director positions with community radio station KPOV and an early child development organization - Healthy Beginnings.

Prior to moving to Bend, she has held leadership positions at a medical education company, a Fortune 500 healthcare company, and a leading academic medical center. She earned her Master of Management from Penn State’s School of Graduate Professional Studies and her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to earning her certification from the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education in the Health Professions, she has completed Executive Education programs at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and Harvard Business School.

Sheila lives in mid-town Bend with her husband, two rambunctious sons, and their rescue dog. They enjoy Central Oregon’s various festivals, parades, and outdoor activities year round.


Nancy Jumper

Community Role: Program Manager, Continuing Education at Central Oregon Community College
Home: Bend

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.


Sammie Masterson

Community Role: Director, Human Resources - Harney District Hospital
Home: Hines

Sammie graduated from Burns High School and is a graduate of Southern Oregon State College (now SOU) in 1983 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has been employed at Harney District Hospital for over 25 years.  It is here she became involved with organizing school-to-career programs for local students at the hospital. “It is exciting to be able to offer local students an opportunity to explore careers in healthcare and then see them pursue those fields through college and training after high school. I take personal pride when I see our former students beginning their new careers knowing we may have contributed in helping them achieve their goal.” In addition to CEAHEC, Sammie is also involved in PEO (an organization providing scholarships for women), Harney Hospital Foundation, and she participates in a local community forum for economic development in Harney County.

Sammie is a long term resident of Harney County. Married to Mike Masterson (retired x-ray tech/sonographer) and they have two grown children Anna, an agricultural lab aide and Jay who is serving in the US Navy.


Jennifer Oppenlander

Community Role: OSU Open Campus Coordinator
Home: Madras

Jennifer grew up a farm girl in Madras, Oregon.  Graduated from Madras High School and attended Oregon State University and received a Bachelors in Science degree in Elementary Education.  She taught for a few years and then stayed home with her three children - Ian who is in his early 20s and attends OSU, Jace recently graduated from Culver high and headed to OSU and Avery who is finishing high school at Culver high.  Her kids are all consuming and keep her hopping!

After raising her kids, she went back to teaching part-time then decided to take a new job (position) with OSU as an Open Campus Coordinator.  While in this position she went back and received a Master’s Degree in Adult Education. She has been in this position going on seven years and is now the central/eastern Oregon Open Campus Manager.  

She is still living on the farm where she was raised working to help students and community members find their educational and career pathways and develop plans to accomplish those goals.


Racyne Parker

Community Role: Klamath Site Coordinator, Campus for Rural Health – OHSU
Home: Klamath Falls

Racyne returned to Klamath after recently completing her Bachelor of Arts from Willamette University where she majored in both Biology and Anthropology with a minor in Chemistry. In addition to her academic pursuits, She was a two-sport athlete at Willamette, participating on both the Willamette Women’s Basketball and Track and Field Teams. Racyne has a long history of volunteer service in both Klamath and Marion Counties and also has several years of experience as a research assistant to a project funded by a National Science Foundation grant.

Her return to her hometown stemmed from her desire to be close to her family and to find work in a rural community. She recently became part of the OHSU family when she filled the position of the Campus for Rural Health Site Coordinator.  She shared that “I would like to improve opportunities for young people, especially recent grads and high school students, to gain experience working in rural healthcare environments. After graduating from college, I felt like many of the experiences that I wanted to get before pursuing graduate or medical school were based in urban areas – and I wanted to go home to Klamath Falls!” As site coordinator, Racyne not only hopes to facilitate rural experiences for OHSU and other graduate students, but also aims to act as a conduit for college graduates and high school students to gain similar experiences. She is excited to work with CEAHEC to expand the CEAHEC presence in Klamath County.

Raycne is a native of Klamath Falls and a recent college graduate.


Todd Shields

Community Role: Director of Outreach & Support Services - St. Charles Health System
Home: Bend

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.

Todd’s 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.


Gary Smith

Community Role: Central Oregon Site Coordinator - Portland State University
Home: Bend

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.


Jaylyn Suppah

Community Role: Education Committee Chair-woman & Community Planner for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Home: Warm Springs

Jaylyn Suppah was raised in Simnasho, Oregon and graduated from Madras High School, then received 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. She worked as a Native Outreach Assistant for the Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition which worked on building community strength through diversity. She facilitates trainings on cultural competency, historical trauma and healing. She is currently serving a three year term on the Education Committee appointed by Tribal Council as well as the Community Planner for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.  

Jaylyn is a Tribal Member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, currently resides in Warm Springs, Oregon and is a proud mother of two beautiful children Mateja and Brennan.  As a family, they practice their cultural traditions and immerse their children in these teachings from birth. They also enjoy traveling, reading, and very much enjoy basketball. Jaylyn has dedicated her career to education, youth, families and her community.



Joyce Hollander-Rodriguez, M.D.

Regional Associate Dean, Campus for Rural Health – OHSU Physician - Cascades east Family Medicine


Curt Stilp, EdD, PA-C

Associate Professor, Division of Physician assistant Education – OHSU