The Medicaid Advisory Committee (MAC) is a federally mandated body consisting of not more than 15 members appointed by the governor. The committee advises the Oregon Health Policy Board, the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research and the Oregon Health Authority on the operation of Oregon's Medicaid program, including the Oregon Health Plan. The MAC develops policy recommendations at the request of the governor and the legislature.
Use MAC E-mail to contact committee members and staff. Please indicate in the subject line to whom your email is directed.
Laura Etherton, Co-Chair, Portland
Laura Etherton is the state and federal policy director at the Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA.) Working closely with the OPCA policy committee, Laura is responsible for effective education and advocacy on behalf of health centers and the communities they serve. Laura has over 20 years of experience in public interest advocacy, with a focus on health care policy and strategy. Before joining OPCA, Laura served as the health policy analyst for U.S. PIRG, the Federation of State PIRGs. Previously, she developed and led the health care program of the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) and the OSPIRG Foundation. Term: 2-1-2017 - 1-31-2019.
Jeremiah Rigsby, Co-Chair, Portland
Jeremiah Rigsby moved to Oregon in 2011 to attend Lewis and Clark Law School. Before moving to Oregon, Jeremiah was a congressional aide to US Congressman Henry Cuellar (2006-2009) and US Congressman Kurt Schrader (2009-2011). During his time on the Hill, Jeremiah worked on a number of policy issues, but focused on health care policy through the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act. After completing law school, Jeremiah joined CareOregon to help develop and advocate for Medicaid and Medicare policy development. Term: 3.1.2017 – 2.28.2019.
Tamara Bakewell, Portland
Tamara is the Family Involvement Coordinator for the Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs and Project Coordinator for the Oregon Family to Family Health Information Center. Her career as an advocate and trainer for families of children with special health needs began in 1990, when her daughter entered early intervention/special education services. Over the years, she has provided a family voice to many policy efforts, learning from families all around Oregon. She has conducted listening sessions and trainings about health care advocacy and resources to families throughout the state, and her hope is to bring those family/consumer voices to the Medicaid Advisory Committee. Term: 12-1-2016 - 11-30-2018.
Glendora Claybrooks, Portland
Glendora has an extended career in the healthcare environment. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1995, and continued to work as a National Certified Medical Assistant. She served in many capacities such as clinical management, clinical and administrative instructor, phlebotomist, x-ray technician, and medical records technician, medical receptionist, medical transcriptionist, nurse's assistant, and as a community health worker. These opportunities allowed her to expand her knowledge in and about patient-centered care, cultural competency, risk and case management, private and public Medicaid, and Medicare insurance policies.
Additionally, Glendora is proficient in policy development, quality improvement, HIPAA, JC, ACA, and AHRQ, medical terminology, patient documentation, referrals, scheduling, billing, diagnostic, and procedural coding. Lastly, she is experienced in electronic medical records, health information technology (HIT), Oregon's health insurance exchanges, prior insurance authorizations, treatment regimen, injections, clinical and medical procedures, and data analysis and collection of patient histories. Term: 2-1-2017 - 1-31-2019.
Regina Dehen, Portland
As the Chief Medical Officer at NUNM, Dr. Dehen creates and administers the clinical curriculum and is responsible for developing clinical policies and procedures together with the clinical faculty. Chairing clinical supervisor meetings, establishing professionalism guidelines and monitoring and continuously improving clinical quality measures, as well as assessing clinical outcomes and adherence to guidelines also falls under her purview. She develops and evaluates competencies for evidence-based clinical judgment, provides oversight of all didactic classes with clinical impact, and evaluates and manages clinical supervisors and interns. As a clinical supervisor, she has an active practice at the University clinic. Term: 12-1-2016 - 11-30-2018.
Bob Diprete, Amity
Bob DiPrete, formerly Deputy Director of the Oregon Office for Health Policy and Research, is retired from health reform, having worked for 40 years on various attempts (with varying success) to address inefficiencies, misplaced priorities, and gaps in coverage and access in the health care system. He attended Swarthmore College, where he studied philosophy (much of which he has forgotten) and literature (some of which he recalls). Bob also serves on the boards of the Institute for Health Policy Solutions, the Oregon Health Equity Policy Committee, and Woodworking Ideas Northwest, a not-for profit that teaches advanced woodworking to high school and community college students, and veterans. Term: 2-1-2017 - 1-31-2019.
Miguel Angel Herrada, Bend
Miguel Angel Herrada is the Health Equity and Diversity Strategist at PacificSource. He studied art history and ethnomusicology, and graduated from the Université de Montréal in Canada. For some years he combined his career as a music teacher with social work, implementing educational programs geared towards social service through the dissemination and promotion of the arts in poor communities in Mexico. Miguel Angel is a DELTA (OEI) graduate, currently volunteers as Medical Interpreter for Volunteers in Medicine in Bend, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Development and Disability (IDD) for Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), and is a member of the Board of Directors of Mosaic Medical Group in Central Oregon. He performs solo as a Flamenco guitarist, or as the leader of the Middle Eastern Band "Nomads," which specializes in Balkan, Arabic, Turkish, and Klezmer music. Term: 12-1-2016 - 11-30-2018.
Marcia Hille, Portland
Marcia is a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of clinical, management and administrative experience in the non-profit, for-profit and public sectors of healthcare. She has provided leadership in a variety of behavioral health settings including inpatient, residential, outpatient and community based services. She previously worked as a Regional Child Welfare Administrator for the State of Oregon, the Senior Vice-President of Child and Family Services for the Albertina Kerr Centers and as the Manager of Behavioral Services for the FamilyCare Coordinated Care Organization. Marcia is currently the Executive Director for Sequoia Mental Health Services in Washington County.
Term: 4-1-2015 - 2-28-2017.
Leslee S. Huggins, Salem
Dr. Leslee Huggins is dual-trained in the specialties of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics and is a Board-certified Diplomate and Fellow in Pediatric Dentistry. With access to care being a cornerstone of her practice philosophy for 23 years, her passion is working with children, especially the underserved, including the special needs population, both children and adults. She’s had multiple practice experiences in various states including owning her own private practice in Raleigh, NC, working as an Attending in Pediatric Dentistry residency training programs in Chapel Hill, NC and Providence, RI, corporate dentistry, and the U.S. Navy. Additionally, in 2009, she began a creative program to enable children on state assistance insurance to receive desperately needed dental care that was a one-of-its-kind serving Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. In each practice environment, she’s been able to establish successful programs that provide needed care within the confines of limited finances and insurability. Her personal time is spent with her husband and three children exploring the beauty of Oregon, reading, running, and helping out with their film company, New Shepherd Films. Term: 11-1-2017 - 10-31-2019.
Anna Lansky, Portland
Anna Lansky was born in Khabarovsk, Russia. In 2002, she graduated with Distinction from Hendrix College (Conway, Arkansas) with BA in International Relations and Global Studies. In December 2005, she received a Masters Degree in Public Administration from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. While at UALR, she worked as a graduate assistant at the Survey Research Center and was co-author and leading contributor to several of the studies developed by the Center. Anna performed volunteer work in international nonprofit organizations such as Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (New York, NY) and Heifer International (Little Rock, AR). In 2004-2005, she served on the admissions committee for the inaugural class for the Clinton School of Public Service. In 2005, Anna took a position at the Arkansas Department of Human Services and worked on design of the automated financial systems and business process redesign. She also worked with the DHS Office of Policy and Planning leading projects, including efforts related to Health Care Reform. In 2012, she became an Assistant Director for Division of Developmental Disabilities Services, leading efforts on home and community-based services for DDS, including Community First Choice Program, Health Homes and Payment Improvement Initiative. In January 2015, Anna moved to Oregon to take a position of a Deputy Director with the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services. In her spare time, she helps her husband run a music production and recording business, enjoys playing piano, gardening, and hiking with her dog Misha. Term: 6-1-2015 - 5-30-2017.
Maria I. Rodriguez, Portland
Dr Maria I. Rodriquez is an obstetrician gynecologist who has completed subspeciality training in family planning. She is a committed leader in evidence-based, reproductive health policy and practice. She worked with the World Health Organization for 5 years generating evidence based reproductive health guidelines and currently serves as the State of Oregon's Medical Director for Title X contraceptive program. Her career centers on building the evidence and partnerships necessary to bridge the clinical, research and policy worlds, utilizing evidence to inform policy, thus improving reproductive health outcomes for all women.
Term: 9-7-2016 - 9-6-2018.
Ross Ryan, Mount Angel
Ross Ryan is a self-advocate and has lived in Mt. Angel for 27 years. Since 2014, Ross has been part of Partnerships in Community Living and member of the Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition and several committees such as IDD Coalition, ADRC Advisory Council and DOL Stakeholder's committee. His experience and commitment drive his passion for advocacy and equality. In the little free time he has, Ross enjoys watching movies, spending time with his significant other and learning about meteorology. Term: 2-1-2017 - 1-31-2019.
David Simnitt, Portland
David is currently the Health Policy Director for the Oregon Health Authority. Before coming to Oregon he spent fifteen years at the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, including 10 years with Idaho Medicaid. David has experience administering developmental disability clinical assessments, conducting provider quality assurance reviews, developing rules and regulations, implementing statewide behavioral health managed care, leading a five-year pediatric quality improvement collaboration between Idaho and Utah, and serving as co-chair of the Governor's multi-payer Patient-Centered Medical Home Collaborative working to transform Idaho's primary care delivery system.
Term: 5-2-2016 - 4-29-2018.