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Oregon Health Policy Board Members

Oregon Health Policy Board Members

The nine-member Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) serves as the policy-making and oversight body for the Oregon Health Authority. The Board is committed to providing access to quality, affordable health care for all Oregonians and to improving population health.

OHPB was established through House Bill 2009, signed by the Governor in June 2009. Board members are nominated by the Governor and must be confirmed by the Senate. Board members serve a four-year term of office. The Board is responsible for implementing the health care reform provisions of HB 2009.

Use Health Policy Board E-mail to contact Board ​members and staff. Please indicate in the subject line to whom your e-mail is directed. Board members receive public comments weekly.

Board member biographies

Please note that the Board is currently filling one vacated seat.

Zeke Smith 

Chair - Zeke Smith, Portland

Term ends December 31, 2017

​​​​Zeke Smith is the Chief Impact Officer of the United Way of the Columbia Willamette, where he leads the community impact strategy through grant-making, volunteerism, community convening and policy work. Previously, Zeke served as the Chief of Staff to Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith from 2007-2012. ​He was responsible for managing the executive leadership team, providing strategic planning leadership for the district and managing connections with community organizations, elected officials, and other jurisdictions. Prior to that, Zeke served as the director of community engagement for All Hands Raised (formerly known as the Portland Schools Foundation), where he built strong relationships with Portland Public Schools and a wide array of civic institutions and communities of color. He developed and implemented "Connected-By-25," a program designed to connect every Portland teen and young adult to school, work and citizenship by age 25 through a coalition of public and private organizations. Zeke's early work experience was in youth development and education, working for the Boys & Girls Club in Portland and Oakland, CA, the Youth Employment Institute - a local, community-based alternative school - and Worksystems, Inc., a local workforce investment board.

Zeke is also a Portland Public Schools parent. His two children attend Beaumont Middle School and Vernon Elementary.

Carla McKelvey 

Vice chair - Carla McKelvey, MD, MPH, Coos Bay

Term ends December 31, 2015

Carla McKelvey, MD, is a pediatrician in private practice at the North Bend Medical Center in Coos Bay, and is the former president of the Oregon Medical Association. Previously she served as Medical Director for Doctors of the Oregon Coast South, which manages the Oregon Health Plan for Coos County. Dr. McKelvey has a BA with honors in English from the University of Texas at Arlington. She completed her medical training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1993 and her pediatric residency there in 1996. She recently received her MPH in Health Policy and Administration from Oregon State University.

Oscar Arana 

Oscar Arana, Portland

Term ends December 31, 2017

Oscar Arana is a private and nonprofit consultant specializing in communications, grant writing, program and business development, and event planning. Oscar has 10+ years of experience working in Portland’s premier, culturally-specific nonprofit organizations overseeing educational programs, as well as raising restricted and unrestricted funds. Oscar was the director of strategic development and communications for Portland's Native American Youth and Family Center, and the President of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Oscar was a television news producer in Central Washington and a print reporter in Mexico City. Oscar is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s Journalism School and the Executive MBA program and is a member of the UO Alumni Association Board.​

Carlos Crespo 

Carlos Crespo, MS, DrPH, Portland

Term ends December 31, 2016

Carlos Crespo, DrPH, is a professor and director of the School of Community Health at Portland State University. He has over 60 publications in the areas of exercise, minority health, obesity and nutrition. He is also a contributing author to five textbooks on minority health and sports medicine and more than 10 government publications. Carlos received the 1997 U.S. Secretary of Health Award for Distinguished Service as part of the Salud para su Corazon campaign and in 2003 became a Minority Health Scholar from the National Institutes of Health. He is an emeritus board member of American Council for Exercise. Currently Carlos is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research; the director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Urban and Health Sustainability, and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He graduated from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and holds a master's degree in sports health from Texas Tech University and a doctorate of public health in preventive care from Loma Linda University.

Felisa Hagins 

Felisa Hagins, Portland

Term ends December 31, 2017

Felisa Hagins is the political director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 49. SEIU is the largest union nationally with over two million members and the largest union in Oregon with over 50,000 members. SEIU Local 49 represents over 7,500 janitors and health care workers who work in the private sector throughout the state of Oregon. Felisa has been with SEIU for seven years, prior to her experience with SEIU she has been a legislative aide, fundraiser and campaign manager. Felisa also served as a member of the Eligibility and Enrollment Committee of the Oregon Health Fund Board.

Brenda Johnson 

Brenda Johnson, Medford

Term ends December 31, 2017

Brenda Johnson serves as the Chief Executive Officer of La Clinica, a community and migrant healthcare organization in Southern Oregon. Brenda holds a MBA from Purdue University, a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University, and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Southern Oregon University. Brenda has more than 15 years of non-profit leadership experience in health care and community development.


Karen Joplin 

Karen Joplin, MPA, Hood River

Term ends December 31, 2018

Commissioner Karen Joplin has lived in the Hood River Valley since 1975. She holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Portland State University. Karen is a 2012 graduate of the Luke Center for Catalytic Leadership, Pacific Program.

Karen is a founding member of the Columbia Gorge Health Council, the regional CCO governance body and has remained Board Chair since inception. She is also a founding member of the 4 Rivers Early Learning Hub for Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Wheeler and Gilliam County and is Board Chair of the regional CMHP, Mid-Columbia Center for Living. She has numerous years of experience in social service working with children and families and serving on the governing boards of service agencies. Karen has a passion for developing effective public policy and ensuring the wise use of public resources. She strongly supports the use of evidence based programming for justice-involved individuals and other vulnerable populations.

Karen and her husband, Todd Clay, have two children and have owned and operated Gorge Electric, Inc. since 1999 and more recently Gorge Audio Video, Inc.​​​

Joe Robertson 

Joe Robertson, MD, MBA, Portland

Term ends December 31, 2016

Joe Robertson, MD, is the president of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Joe holds a bachelor's degree from Yale and an MD from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed an ophthalmology residency at OHSU and fellowships in retina and vitreous disease and surgery at OHSU and Devers Eye Institute, Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital. Joe has served as the director of the Casey Eye Institute at OHSU and as the chair for the Department of Ophthalmology. Prior to his becoming president, he served as dean of the OHSU School of Medicine. Joe also holds a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He and his wife, Patricia, live in a floating home on the Willamette River.