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HLO recruiting for public members for several boards

​Are you interested in getting involved with state service but unsure where to begin? Consider serving on one of Health Licensing Office's regulatory boards. You don't have to be a member of one of the regulated professions to serve. In fact, many of the openings are for public members. A public member is typically someone who represents a consumer's point of view (and has no conflicts of interest in the board's business). Serving on a volunteer citizen board is a great way to dip a toe into the waters of state service. Board members participate in the rulemaking process, helping enact the laws adopted by the legislature and getting a better sense of how government works on the state level. (Click headline to learn more)​

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Practitioner information

The following regulated profession is overseen by the Board of Licensed Dietitians; learn how to apply for a license or more at the link below:

About the board

The Oregon Board of Licensed Dietitians oversees the practice of dietitians, who integrate and apply principles derived from the sciences of nutrition, biochemistry, food, management, physiology and behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain people's health through a number of approaches.

The Board of Licensed Dietitians consists of seven members appointed by the governor:

  • Two are members of the general public
  • One is a physician trained in clinical nutrition
  • Four are licensed dietitians who have been engaged in dietetic practice for a least five years

The term of office is four years, but a member serves at the pleasure of the governor. If a person serves two consecutive terms, a period of at least four years must elapse before the person is again eligible for appointment.

Board members

Bert Connell

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 3/23/2018
Happy Valley


Bert C. Connell, PhD, RD, FADA, LD served for more than 40 years as an educator and administrator with an emphasis in food systems management. After graduating from Walla Walla University in 1968, he served a dietetic internship at Brook Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He completed a Master's of Science degree in food systems management at Loma Linda University in 1972 and a Ph.D in food systems management at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1981. He served as chair and program director of the nutrition and dietetics at Loma Linda University Medical Center from 1984 to 2012. He is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has served in many volunteer positions. He has served as a consultant and educator in China, Northern Ireland, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Romania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and the Russian Federation.

Diane Stadler

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 5/9/2018
Portland


Diane Stadler has been Director of Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition at Oregon Health & Science University since 2008 and an Assistant Professor in the OHSU Department of Medicine, Divisions of Health Promotion and Sports Medicine and Endocrinology, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism since 2000. At OHSU, Stadler oversees the Dietetic Internship and Master's in Clinical Nutrition programs, conducts clinical and community-based research, and teaches and serves as research mentor for dietetic interns, nutrition graduate students and medical students. Previously at the University of Iowa, she worked as a metabolic dietitian providing nutritional counseling to parents of children with genetic disorders of metabolism that are treated primarily by extreme changes to diet. Stadler graduated from Davidson College, Davidson, NC, with a bachelor's of science from the Center for Special Studies: Human Genetics and Development, from Virginia Polytechnic, Blacksburg, VA, with a master's of science in Nutrition Science, and from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, with a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition. "Unfortunately, there are many opportunities for the public to be exposed to misinformation or incorrect practices about foods and nutrition and their role in health and disease," she says. "It is critical that the State of Oregon serve the public by preserving the integrity of those hired to deliver nutrition education and services and medical nutrition therapy to those with the knowledge, training, and experience required to maintain the credential of a licensed dietitian."

The Board of Licensed Dietitians currently has an opening for a Public Member. To apply, fill out the Application form.

Penny Harrison

Penny Harrison

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 3/31/2018
Portland


Penny Harrison is a graduate of Brown University. She has a Master's in Teaching from Northwestern University and a J.D. degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. Harrison has worked as a teacher of English and American literature, Assistant Attorney General with Oregon Department of Justice, and Editor/Publisher of the nation's first Environmental Law Review, Open Spaces magazine.
Paula Koeller

Paula Koeller

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 4/9/2018
Portland


Dr. Paula Koeller is Adolescent Medicine Physician at Greenfield Health, where she uses her graduate work in nutrition to assist her patients with eating disorders or for those struggling with obesity. Dr. Koeller has held other positions in adolescent health, pediatrics and with student health clinics. Dr. Koeller has helped develop programs such as "It's My Choice," a multimedia teen pregnancy prevention program, contributed to publications related to adolescent health, including "Body Basics," a monthly teen health newsletter, and lectured on such topics as "So, I Have an Eating Disorder, When Can I Run Again?" She graduated with a bachelor's of arts in Human Biology from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, graduated with a medical degree from University of Minnesota, did her pediatric residency at Children's Hospital National Medical Center, Washington, D.C., and received an Adolescent Medicine Fellowship to the University of Washington, Seattle. "The dietitian is an important member of the multidisciplinary medical team when addressing medical issues beyond eating disorders," says Dr. Koeller. "My background in nutrition has been helpful throughout my medical career."

The Board of Licensed Dietitians currently has an opening for a Dietitian. To apply, fill out the Application form.

The Board of Licensed Dietitians currently has an opening for a Dietitian. To apply, fill out the Application form.

Board recruitment

Are you interested in serving as a volunteer citizen board member? HLO-regulated boards seek new members as current board member terms expire.

Overview of HLO-regulated professions and boards
Current board vacancies and information on how to apply

Questions?

For policy questions, contact Policy Analyst Anne Thompson at 503-373-1904 or anne.p.thompson@state.or.us.

For licensing qualification questions, contact Qualifications Specialist Sarah Bye at 503-373-1989 or sarah.e.bye@state.or.us.

For board recruitment questions, contact Amanda Schuck at 503-373-1915 or amanda.r.schuck@state.or.us

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