Board of Directors

Organizations thrive because of vision and leadership. Project Access NOW is proud to be actively engaged in improving community health and equity in our community.

With representatives from business, health care, and community, the board of Project Access NOW continues to evolve and strengthen its leadership to support the organization and the community it serves.

There are many opportunities ahead of us and this board is passionately engaged in living out the mission of Project Access NOW.

Executive Committee

Lauren Foote Christensen – Chair

Lauren Foote Christensen previously served as the Legacy Health Vice President of Community Relations and Marketing. Prior to joining Legacy Health, she oversaw clinical trials and was the manager of regulatory affairs at Biotronik in Lake Oswego. She holds a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Portland State University and a BA in biology and chemistry from Linfield College.

Laurent enjoys spending time with her husband and teenage daughters hiking, biking, and skiing. She balances teenagers and work by training for marathons. In addition to Project Access NOW, she also serves on the board of Friendly House.

Erin Fair Taylor – Incoming Chair

Vice President of Medicaid Programs, PacificSource Health Plans

From 2007 to 2009, Erin served as a lead health policy staff person in the Oregon Legislature 2007 to 2009, which heralded landmark health reform legislation and laid the groundwork for successful implementation of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Erin then applied that policy experience to lead CareOregon’s innovative, collaborative development of five Coordinated Care Organizations, which have transformed how Oregonians access and experience Medicaid services, and how the Oregon Health Plan is administered. Erin has served on the board since 2017 and brings a deep knowledge of Medicaid policy, investments that promote equity, and community health strategies to improve access to care.

Prior to her arrival in Oregon to study law at the University of Oregon, Erin studied Public Health at the Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine in New Orleans. She is a proud Florida Gator.

Daniel Valliere – Treasurer

CEO, REACH Community Development 

Dan joined REACH in May 2013, with over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. His previous role was Executive Director of Chicago Commons, a 100+ year old settlement house organization providing educational and human services serving Chicago neighborhoods.  At Chicago Commons Dan led a strategic turnaround of the organization during a period of financial instability.  He was a co-founder of the Back Office Cooperative (BOC), a consortium of Chicago non-profits that consolidated administrative services and achieved significant cost-savings and continues to operate today.  Dan served as the 2nd Board Chair of BOC for three years.

Dan’s interest in community based health care and access grew significantly during his service as a Board Member for Near North Health Services, a federally qualified health center serving the West and South sides of Chicago with an historical focus on serving majority African-American communities.

Jenny Robinson – Secretary

Executive Director, Legacy Health Partners

With more than 25 years of health care experience, Jenny’s interest and passion can be traced back to her first job as a teenager, working in food service at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of health care settings, including the last 13 years with Legacy Health. Jenny received a Master of Public Health degree in Health Management and Policy from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Willamette University.

In her current role as Executive Director of Legacy Health Partners (LHP), Jenny guides the strategic direction and oversees the governance and operations of Legacy Health’s clinically integrated network. She is also responsible for ambulatory quality improvement efforts across the network of 200 practices.

Outside of work, Jenny enjoys traveling, running, live music and spending time with friends and family. She has also never met a trivia competition she didn’t like.

Jonathan Weedman

Vice President of Population Health, CareOregon

Jonathan Weedman, LPC, CCTP is the Vice President of Population Health at CareOregon. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Jonathan received his BA in Psychology from Lewis-Clark College in Lewiston Idaho and his MA in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon. He is a previous adjunct instructor at Portland State University and Lewis and Clark College. Jonathan has worked across the life-span and with a variety of populations including secured residential treatment settings, community based organizations, intensive case management, outpatient mental health, school settings and in private practice.

 

At Large Members

Andrew Suchocki, MD, MPH

Medical Director, Clackamas County Health Centers

Andrew Suchocki, MD, MPH has served as the medical director for Clackamas County Health Centers for nearly a decade. He has helped lead the growth and evolution of CHC in a variety of aspects including increasing access to health care, expanding its scope to include addictions, improving resources and safety for patients experiencing chronic pain, and collaborating regionally and on a statewide level with other FQHC systems and CCOs. Dr. Suchocki has a strong interest in health disparities, and has worked tirelessly to expand treatment for opioid, alcohol, and other substance use disorders in primary care, community corrections, and those experiencing chronic pain. He also serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Oregon Primary Care Association and is a member of the Oregon Statewide Pain Commission. Prior to working in safety net health centers, Dr Suchocki had significant clinical and policy experience in eastern and sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Suchocki completed his undergraduate education at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and family medicine residency at The University of Cincinnati/Christ Hospital program. After several years of practice in safety net healthcare, Dr. Suchocki completed a preventive medicine residency and Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

He and his wife, dog, and chickens reside in Portland and is an avid cyclist and world traveler.

Ann Tseng, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer​, Neighborhood Health Center

Dr. Tseng joined Neighborhood Health Center in 2021 after serving as Associate Professor of Family Medicine, OHSU School of Medicine and as Associate Chief Medical Officer at OHSU Hillsboro Medical Center. In this role she served as senior physician leader, providing physician oversight of outpatient operations for 18 primary and specialty care practices.

Prior to this, Dr. Tseng was the medical director at OHSU Gabriel Park, a practice of 13,500 patients in SW Portland where she supervised 18 faculty physicians in their clinical practice and 11 resident physicians in their clinical education and practice.

Dr. Tseng attained her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed her Residency in Family Medicine at New York Presbyterian – Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Dr. Tseng obtained her Master of Business Administration (MBA), Healthcare from OHSU.

Anna L. Riedel, MPH, CPHQ ​

Continuum of Care Operations Director​, Kaiser Permanente​

Anna is an expert at integrating health care services to meet the medical and social needs of patients throughout the continuum of care. She has worked in a variety of quality of care and operational leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente since joining in 2005. She is currently the Director of Continuum of Care Operations and collaborates closely with many community organizations and health systems to coordinate solutions for high-risk members. Anna has a master’s degree in Public Health from Northern Illinois University, and a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University.

In her free time, Anna loves traveling with her husband and daughters, running and watching her kids play softball.

Cara Biddlecom

Deputy Public Health Director, Oregon Health Authority

Cara Biddlecom (she/her) is the Deputy Public Health Director for the Public Health Division at the Oregon Health Authority. In her role, Cara works with a talented and passionate team to build a cohesive governmental public health system, encompassing community-led work with local and Tribal public health authorities and community-based organizations. Cara’s role also includes developing and implementing statewide and cross-sector plans to build equity and address the social determinants of health and developing and implementing public health legislative and budget priorities.

In her spare time, Cara loves to sing, cook, and spend time outdoors with her young children, partner and pandemic pup.

Cara holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Emily Barclay

Director of Population Health, Oregon Health & Science University

Emily Barclay is the Director of Population Health at OHSU Health. Emily works with a diverse and experienced team of leaders advancing population health strategy.  In her role Emily develops key programs and initiatives across the OHSU Health System aimed at ensuring patients receive high quality, cost effective care. Many of these initiatives are aimed at underserved populations, where health disparities are most glaring. Emily’s role includes quality improvement, preventive health outreach programs, population health, and the data and analytics used to drive continuous improvements in care delivery. Emily has spent the last 10 years leading Primary Care transformation and has a strong passion for keeping Primary Care relationship-based models at the forefront of our health care delivery system.

Outside of work Emily enjoys spending time with her husband and son, Jack.

Gina Westhoff, MD

Gynecologic Oncologist, Legacy Health 

Trained at the nation’s finest medical institutions, Dr. Westhoff is a thoughtful physician with advanced surgical skills. She graduated AOA from Hopkins, received the resident research award at OHSU, and completed her fellowship in gynecologic oncology at UCSF/Stanford’s highly respected joint program. There, Dr. Westhoff gained expertise in the surgical and clinical care of patients with a variety of gynecologic cancers. She is focused on continuing her work to improve the standard of care through the use of minimally invasive surgical methods and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery pathways. Dr. Westhoff is highly regarded by previous patients for her warmth and compassion. Her humility is a reflection of the values she learned growing up in a small farm community and her time teaching middle school science. Her commitment to service for others includes traveling to Ethiopia to perform prolapse surgeries and developing an after school anatomy class for at-risk youth.

Ifeoma Muoto, PhD

Director, Community Health Partnerships, CareOregon

Ifeoma’s background is in health policy research and health services delivery and her passion is improving population health for the underserved through health systems strengthening. In her current role as Director, Community Health Partnerships at CareOregon, Ifeoma’s focus is improving overall health and wellbeing among the health plan’s members and their communities, through strategic partnerships with community-based organizations in the Portland Metro. She also holds an adjunct faculty position at the OHSU/PSU School of Public Health where she instructs graduate – level courses in the Health Systems and Management Program.

Outside work, Ifeoma loves singing, running, and enjoying quality time with friends and family.

Joseph Ichter, MHA, DrPH

Director of Community Health Investment, Providence Health & Services

In his role with Providence, Joe oversees approximately $65 million in pro-active community benefit spending, including grants, programs and other community investments that serve to lift up our most vulnerable communities. As the primary conduit between the community and health system, he represents Providence on a variety of boards, community councils and collaborative initiatives. Prior to starting with Providence in May of 2018, he gained over 25 years of health care experience spanning public and private sector roles, academic and health services delivery roles, in both domestic and globally-based positions. Most recently he spent six years working with the Palladium Group, an international development consultancy, as a Senior Health Advisor on programs spanning from Central Asia into the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this work, he served as OHSU’s Assistant Vice Provost for Community Partnership. Joe has a Master of Health Administration and a Doctorate in Public Health, both from the University of Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Health.

Meredith Roberts

Executive Director, Comagine Health

Meredith Roberts is the Executive Director, Governance and Community Engagement at Comagine Health. Previously, she was a Senior Program Director for Q Corp, working with total cost of care and payment reform programs, and an Administrative Fellow and Manager of Clinical Planning at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Earlier in her career, Ms. Roberts worked as a benefits manager for a large self-insured employer and as a consultant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in health policy and management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Ms. Roberts volunteers with Kaiser Permanente’s hospice program, is a founding board member of Women in Healthcare-Oregon, and is the proud mama to three frisky felines.

Rosalind Lindsay

Senior Director of Application Technology, Optum Care

Rosalind Lindsay serves as the Senior Director of Application Technology for Optum Care in the Oregon and Washington markets, where she is responsible for overseeing the electronic medical record strategy and teams. Prior to joining Optum in 2022, Rosalind served as the Vice President of Shared Services at OCHIN, where she oversaw and sponsored the ambulatory Epic implementation portfolio as well as interoperability, data conversion and information technology teams. She has spent the last 15 years in the healthcare sector in both technology and clinical operations and has held practice leadership, project management and workflow design roles with Kaiser Permanente, OHSU, Kryptiq (now Enli) and Epic.

Rosalind received her BA from University of California, Berkeley and MBA from the OHSU/PSU Healthcare Administration program. Rosalind is active in the Healthcare Information Technology and local Pacific Northwest community, currently serving as Past President of the HIMSS Oregon Board, and Board Member of Project Access NOW, The Lund Report/Oregon Health Forum, and as an Executive Advisor to the University of Portland Operations & Technology Management program. In her spare time, Rozie loves bringing people together to learn from one another and enjoy the beautiful city of Portland.

Ruth Zúñiga, PhD

Executive Director & Co-Founder, Raíces de Bienestar

Dr. Ruth Zúñiga has a PhD in clinical and community psychology with a rural and indigenous emphasis from the University of Alaska. She has been working in collaboration with community-based organizations and community brokers such as promotores de salud, community health workers, and community leaders to address the mental and emotional health needs of the Latinx community. She has developed and managed multiple community-driven programs and grants focused on “bringing mental health” to the Latinx community, removing stigma and supporting mental health access and utilization of services by underserved communities. Dr. Zúñiga serves on several boards of directors and advisory boards of Latinx community-based organizations in Oregon. Dr. Zúñiga has been teaching, researching, consulting, and presenting on the subject of Latinx mental health and wellness and program evaluation for 10 years. She has been providing culturally grounded mental health services for over 15 years in the areas of resiliency, immigration, healing and trauma informed care, chronic disease management, and overall mental health concerns. She is a former associate professor, and founder of Sabiduría: Latinx Psychology Emphasis at Pacific University, an academic and clinical program focused on training culturally informed masters and doctoral level clinicians to work with the Latinx community. She is a licensed psychologist and serves as a senior health advisor for the Oregon Health Authority in the Covid Response and Recovery Unit.