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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 OHPB 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.

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


Zeke Smith, Portland

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, MD, Coos Bay

Vice chair - Carla McKelvey, MD, 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.


Carlos Crespo, MS, DrPH, Portland

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.


Brian DeVore, Portland

Brian DeVore, Portland

Term ends December 31, 2015

Brian DeVore, the Director of Healthcare Ecosystem & Strategy, provides strategic guidance and oversees the national and local partnership efforts of Intel necessary to provide healthcare to its employees. He works with senior executives in the healthcare and technology industries as well as business and government leaders to drive care, payment and data changes necessary to deliver improved quality at a repeatedly lower cost.

Mr. DeVore represents Intel's views at the Pacific Business Group on Health, the Oregon Coalition of Healthcare Purchasers and two Oregon Business Healthcare Task Forces. He is a former alternate member of HHS Sec. Leavitt's American Health Information Community (AHIC) and was an advisor to the National Governor's Association State Alliance for eHealth. In 2009, he was appointed by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski to be the employer voice on the Oregon Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC) and has served on other state's IT advisory committees in WA and TX. Additionally, he worked directly with former Intel CEO and Chairman, Craig Barrett on Dr. Barrett's policy and technology initiatives and drove his involvement in promoting health IT during his US and international travels.

Prior to joining Intel, Brian formed and led Kryptiq Corporation's Government Affairs/Initiatives efforts positioning Kryptiq as a leader in HIT health policy. Brian was also a principle with Myhealthbank, an early entry into the consumer driven health space. Brian holds a degree from Evangel University and has additional executive training from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.


Felisa Hagins, Portland

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.


Joe Robertson, MD, MBA, Portland

Joe Robertson, MD, MBA, Portland

Term ends December 31, 2014

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.


Lisa Watson, Portland

Lisa Watson, Portland

​​​​Term ends December 31, 2017

Lisa Watson is the owner and founder of Cupcake Jones, a Portland-based bakery that opened in 2007 and today employs ten people. As a small business owner, Lisa is committed to providing majority employer paid health insurance to her staff. She believes in the value of affordable, accessible, and quality health care. Lisa's previous work experience is in food industry sales, where she worked for numerous companies including Sara Lee Foods. Lisa also worked for Kaiser Permanente in their continuing education and professional development department.

Currently, Lisa serves as a board member for Travel Portland, a committee member for Our House of Portland, and is a member of Entrepreneur Organization's Accelerator Program. In the past, Lisa has served as a business leadership council member for Basic Rights Oregon and volunteered with the Oregon Food Bank, the Portland Classical Chinese Garden, Cascade AIDS Project, and Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette.

Lisa Watson is a native Oregonian and a tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde. She graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor of science in sociology. She lives in NE Portland with her husband, Peter, and her dog, Brinkley.