Project Access NOW 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 for more than 11 years in our community.
With representatives from business, health care, and community, the Board of Directors 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 of Directors is passionately engaged in living out the mission of Project Access NOW.
Jennie Leslie, MD, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center – Chair FY21
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.
Tim Hatfield, Stoel Rives, LLP – Outgoing Chair
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.
Carly Hood-Ronick, MPA, MPH, Oregon Primary Care Association – Secretary
Carly Hood-Ronick is the Director of CCO Strategy and Health Equity at the Oregon Primary Care Association where she oversees social determinants of health and Medicaid engagement efforts alongside community health centers around the state of Oregon. Carly has worked with communities in multiple states and countries to develop upstream programs and has published work on best practices in financing social care efforts. With over a decade of experience in domestic and international work, she is called upon as a leader in systems-level equity efforts, including past Co-Chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board’s Health Equity Committee, supporting Medicaid metric and measurement development with regard to upstream investments, and advising on community and social health data sharing efforts. She received her Master of Public Affairs in Social Policy from the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs and her Master of Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.
Daniel Valliere, REACH Community Development – Treasurer
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.
Erin Fair-Taylor, CareOregon
Erin Fair Taylor, MPH, JD, is the Chief Legal Officer at CareOregon, a community-based, nonprofit health services organization.
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.
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.
Lauren Foote Christensen
Lauren Foote Christensen previously served as the Legacy Health vice president of community relations and marketing.
Prior to joining Legacy Health, Foote Christensen 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.
Outside of Legacy, she spends family 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 directors for Friendly House.
David Fuks, Fuks Consulting
David has been involved in human services leadership in Oregon for over 40 years. From 1998 to 2015 David Fuks was CEO of Cedar Sinai Park, an organization providing services to elders and people with disabilities. He was also an Adjunct Professor at the Portland State University School of Social Work where he taught graduate classes in leadership and fundraising. He has worked in the human services arena in Oregon, since 1974, in leadership roles both in the non-profit and governmental sectors including: Director of the Oregon Juvenile Services Commission, Executive Director of the Edgefield Children’s Center, and Metro-Region Child Welfare Administrator. David was President and Legislative Chair of both the LeadingAge Oregon and the Vice-President and Legislative Chair for the Association of Jewish Aging Services, a North American Association.
He is a graduate of University of Michigan where he received both a BA and MSW. Fuks works as a consultant serving nonprofit organizations and an actor and was a member of the improvisational comedy group, “Waggie and Friends.” He is a published author of short stories and poetry. Fuks lives in Portland, Oregon with his very patient wife and has two adult sons.
Pam’s passion in health care has focused on improving the health of low-income populations. She started her health care career earning Bachelors in Nursing from OHSU and then practicing clinically.
Her work in various clinical settings prompted her to look “upstream” for systems solutions to improvement in individuals’ health. She spent time helping to usher managed care into the Oregon’s workers Compensation system while at SAIF Corporation. Seeing the fragmentation in that system propelled her into the intersection of clinical and health plan work, investing 9 years as the COO for a physician-hospital-community organization, the Tuality Health Alliance. While in this role, she completed her health care focused MBA with UC Irvine.
Striving for increased involvement in health care transformation, she became the Health Policy and Community Engagement Director for CareOregon, which at that time was Oregon’s largest Medicaid health plan. Next, she spent time consulting with Kaiser Permanente in Oregon on their Medicaid transformation work.
She joined Providence in the spring of 2012 as the Executive for the Community Health Division. Her journey has led her to focus on systems issues to address those social needs that most impact health, particularly for people living with poverty.
She serves on the Boards of Qualis/HealthInsight and Project Access NOW. Her husband is a private practice pediatrician and they live with their family in Beaverton.
After receiving degrees in Speech Pathology, Audiology, and Healthcare Management, Leigh served for 35 years at Ear Medical Group, P.C. providing direct patient health care and practice management. Currently, she is Practice Administrator for a neurotologic practice responsible for human resources, records, bookkeeping, contracting with insurance providers, and more.
During her career, she has been a member of numerous professional associations and is passionate about giving her time to nonprofit agencies and boards. She is chair of the Project Access NOW Marketing and Development committee as well as the Events Committee responsible for the annual fundraising gala.
When not dedicated to the field of healthcare, Leigh enjoys time with family and friends, travel, golf, needlepoint, and spiritual retreats.
Hengameh James, Intel
Seth Wainer, Providence Health Plan
In 2020, Seth became the Director of Commercial Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at Providence Health Plan. Previous to this position, he was Associate General Counsel II at Cambia Health Solutions. Seth has a Doctorate of Law (J.D.) from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Masters of Public Health from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, and a B.S. in Physical and Biological Anthropology from Emory University. Seth has also served as Director Of Finance and Administration at Medical-Legal Partnership of Oregon, Principal Consultant at Wainer Consulting LLC, and spent five years as Associate General Council at Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In his free time, Seth also volunteers as a board member and magician at Open Heart Magic.
Henry Vera, Providence Health & Services
Joseph Ichter, Providence Health & Services