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.

Jennie Leslie, MD – Outgoing Chair

Obstetrics and Gynecology, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

Virginia (Jennie) C. Leslie, MD is an Ob/Gyn committed to underserved care and teaching. She began practice in Washington, D.C. as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ob/Gyn at Georgetown University and George Washington University and faculty at Washington Hospital Center’s Ob/Gyn residency. There she served as a National Health Service Corp Scholar working with underserved patient populations.

She subsequently worked as an Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Her primary research interests are Latina birth outcomes, maternal and child health for HIV positive mothers and clinical scribes.

She completed her undergraduate training at Rice University in Houston, Texas, medical school at Mercer University in Georgia, where she was born and raised, and Ob/Gyn residency training in Asheville, North Carolina at a UNC affiliated program. She has also served on the Ethics committees of each hospital with which she has been affiliated, beginning with medical school.

She is board certified in Ob/Gyn and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and served on their Committee for Health Care for Underserved Women as both a member and then Vice-chair. She is also an ABOG board examiner.

She now practices at the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center clinics and completes surgeries with the OHSU Ob/Gyn Residents at Providence St. Vincent through the Providence Women’s Clinic. Her focus is underserved care and particularly Latina healthcare. She speaks Spanish, and she is a dedicated teacher of learners at all levels in medicine both in and out of the operating room and clinics.

Dr. Leslie as worked abroad in both New Zealand and Guatemala.

Daniel Valliere – Treasurer

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.

Tim Hatfield – Secretary

Attorney, Stoel Rives LLP

Tim is a health care attorney at Stoel Rives who helps his clients deliver innovative health care products and services in a complex and ever-changing regulatory environment. He has particular expertise in health fraud and abuse, insurance regulation, and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement. Tim represents clients in disputes with state and federal administrative agencies and advises health care entities regarding internal investigations and self-disclosures. His knowledge of the health care industry also makes Tim a valued advisor in business transactions involving licensed and regulated health care entities, including investments in and sales of insurance companies, long-term care facilities, and health care startups.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives Timothy was an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York and an analyst at The Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC. He also has experience at the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Trade Commission.

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 healthcare, 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 has 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.

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.

Hengameh James

Director of Software Programs, Intel Corporation

For over 20 years, Hengameh Manavi James has been with Intel Corp holding various leadership positions. She started as a process engineer developing future technologies to build new microprocessors and served in served technical roles, and profoundly contributed to Intel’s high-profile products. The engineering innovation and delivering customer solutions are the bases for her motivation to thrive and push boundaries.

Currently, Hengameh manages highly technical software programs across multiple organizations, receiving several divisional and excellence awards for her contributions. Her primary focus is to increase Intel products’ value and quality with collaboration across diverse organizations and reaching out to brilliant minds.

Hengameh believes “success is being away from comfort and discovering new abilities while empowering others.”  When Hengameh is not occupied with her work responsibilities,  she loves to travel around the world and immerse herself in unfamiliar cultures.

Hengameh graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Chemical Engineering degree and obtained her MBA from Oregon Health and Science University, focusing on technology and science.

Henry Vera

Strategic Business Partner, Providence St. Joseph Health

As Strategic Business Partner at Providence St. Joseph Health, Henry helps to keep one of the nation’s largest health systems running smoothly. As a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP), Henry helps to guide the healthcare system in making sound financial judgements so it can best serve our community. As Providence continues to advocate for vulnerable populations and needed reforms in health care, the Revenue Cycle Strategy and Innovation Department is a key component in ensuring accessibility and affordability for all. Prior to his current role, Henry was Revenue Cycle Manager in the department of Financial Counseling. After spending several years as a Project Access NOW program partner, Henry has served on the board since 2019.

Henry is originally from New Jersey and graduated from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. However, having lived in Oregon for more than three decades, Henry and his family consider themselves Oregonians. Prior to his work in finance, Henry spent time making wine in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In his free time, you can frequently find him hiking and enjoying time with his family, enjoying all that Portland has to offer.

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.

Jenny Robinson

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.

Joseph Ichter, MHA, DrPH

Director of Community Health Investment, Oregon Region Providence Health and 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.

Linda Lang

Director of Quality and Population Health, Samaritan Health Plans

Linda Lang is the Director of Quality and Population Health at Samaritan Health Plans where she is responsible for Quality Improvement, Population Health, Health Data Analytics, and Patient Safety. Prior to joining Samaritan Health Plans, she worked as Primary Care Division Director for PeaceHealth. Previously Lang worked for the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems as Director of Strategic Initiatives. She developed the Oregon Rural Healthcare Quality Network and Peer Review Network for rural providers and served as President of the Oregon Rural Health Association. She is passionate about population health and using data to improve outcomes and eliminate health disparities.

Lang is a registered nurse and certified case manager. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of St. Francis, Joliet Illinois.

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.

Osmani R. Alcaraz Ochoa

Executive Director, VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project

Osmani was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and grew up in Richmond, California. He has been a community organizer for nearly 20 years on issues ranging from educational justice, youth power, labor rights, LGBTQ justice, mass incarceration, and migrant rights. After graduating from the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University in 2006, Osmani moved to Tucson, Arizona, where they worked as an organizer with immigrant families, day labor workers, and LGBTQ asylum-seekers in immigration detention. Previous to becoming Executive Director of Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project in Portland, Osmani was Director of the Southside Worker Center in Tucson, Arizona.

Rosalind Lindsay

Vice President of Operations, OCHIN

As Vice President of Operations, Rosalind leads projects and initiatives with a focus on operating efficiency while delivering a seamless products internally and externally. Rosalind ensures Oregon Community Health Information Network (OCHIN) has strong administrative and reporting control structures and the systems in place to match OCHIN’s growth. Prior to her current role, Rosalind was a Practice Director with Kaiser Permanente. She has spent her entire career in the healthcare sector and has held leadership, project management and workflow design roles with Kaiser Permanente, OHSU, Kryptiq (now Enli) and Epic. She started her own scribe consulting company and helped various organizations design and implement a cost-effective scribe programs to reduce clinician burnout. Rosalind received her BA from University of California, Berkeley and MBA from the OHSU/PSU Healthcare Administration program.

Rosalind currently also serves as Board President for the Oregon Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.