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Commission Roster
Somnath Saha, MD, MPH, Chair
Physician Representative
Dr. Saha resides in Portland.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree at Stanford University.  He attended medical school and trained in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Saha completed fellowship training in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he also obtained a Masters degree in Public Health.  He currently practices as a general internist at the Portland VA Medical Center and is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.  He is an active member of the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center, where he has conducted critical reviews of studies on the clinical and cost effectiveness of diagnostic and therapeutic technologies.  He also has an interest in disparities in health care delivery. 

Lisa Dodson, MD, HOSC Chair
Physician Representative
Dr. Dodson of Portland, is a Board Certified Family Physician.  In addition to being the Director of the Oregon Area Health Education Centers at Oregon Health and Science University, she provides locum tenens physician service to rural communities.  Her academic interests include maternity care, chronic pain management and training physicians for rural practice.  Prior to returning to OHSU in 1999 she practiced for seven years in the frontier community of John Day, Oregon.  She previously served two terms on the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Dodson attended medical school at SUNY Stony Brook, Family Medicine residency at OHSU and faculty development fellowship at University of Washington.   

Bruce Abernethy
Consumer Representative
Mr. Abernethy is the Grant Writer for the Bend - La Pine School District.  Since moving to Bend in 1992, he has served in various elected and volunteer positions, including the Bend - La Pine School Board, Bend Park and Recreation District Board, Bend's Community Center and the Homeless Leadership Council.  In 2004, he helped found the Meth Action Coalition and he is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Central Oregon 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.  In addition, he served 8 years on the Bend City Council (including a 2-year stint as Mayor in 2007-08).  He did his undergraduate work at Swarthmore College earning a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Economics/Political Science.  He has a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. 

Lawrence Betcher, MSW, LSCW
Social Services Representative
Mr. Betcher, received his MSW degree from Boston University School of Social Work and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 14 years.  Mr. Betcher has practiced in a number of clinical settings, including psychiatric hospitals and outpatient mental health clinics.  He currently runs the Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) program at Providence Portland Medical Center.  Mr. Betcher is the past president of the NASW-Oregon Chapter and is currently serving a three year term on the national board of directors of the NASW (National Association of Social Workers).

Leda Garside, RN, MBA
Public Health Nurse Representative
Ms. Garside of Lake Oswego, is a bilingual, bicultural Latina registered nurse, and is the Clinical Nurse Manager for the ¡Salud! Program, an outreach program of the Tuality Healthcare Foundation in Hillsboro. Ms. Garside completed her nursing degree at the University of Alaska in Anchorage in 1983.  Her 25-year nursing career includes acute care, occupational health services and in the last 10 years community and public health. Ms. Garside is very active in many community outreach committees, coalitions and boards. Her career interests are: cultural competencies in health care, health promotion and prevention and facilitating access to health care to all Oregonians. She strongly believes that many things can be accomplished when there is collaboration, cooperation and commitment to better serve the needs of the community, in particular the underserved and at risk populations.  Ms. Garside is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Oregon Public Health Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the Oregon Latino Health Coalition.

K. Dean Gubler, DO, MPH, FACS
Physician Representative
Dr. Gubler is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, board certified in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.  He is Medical Director of Surgical Critical Care and Associate Medical Director of Trauma Services at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.  He is a retired Captain, Flight Surgeon and Senior Medical Officer in The United States Navy.  He was certified in 1998 in Preventative Medicine by the American Board of Preventative Medicine and received his Masters of Public Health from the University of Washington in Epidemiology.  Dr Gubler has clinical academic appointments at Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA and Touro University of Osteopathic Medicine, Vallejo, CA.  He has more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and is the recipient of multiple national and international awards for advancing the quality of care for patients. 
Bob Joondeph, JD
Consumer Representative
Mr. Joondeph lives in Portland.  He is an attorney and the Executive Director of Disability Rights Oregon, a nonprofit Protection and Advocacy program that provides legal assistance to Oregonians with disabilities.  Bob has worked at Disability Rights Oregon since 1986.  He came to Oregon in 1976 as a VISTA volunteer attorney, working in the Klamath County Legal Aid office.  He has served on the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Oregon Rehabilitation Committee, the Oregon Mental Health Planning and Management Advisory Council and the Oregon Health Fund Board Benefits Committee.  He also works as a consultant for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Carla McKelvey, MD
Physician Representative
Dr. McKelvey of Coos Bay, is a Board Certified Pediatrician.  She is in private practice at North Bend Medical Center in Coos Bay.  She is currently she is currently the President-Elect 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 attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and also completed her pediatric residency there.
Kevin Olson, MD
Physician Representative
Dr. Olson of Portland, is a hematologist and medical oncologist at Northwest Cancer Specialists in Tualatin.  Dr. Olson received his Bachelor of Science degree at Notre Dame University and his medical degree at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU).  He completed an Internal Medicine residency and fellowships in Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at OHSU.  He has served as the Legacy System Cancer Committee Chairman and as a member of the Oregon Health Plan Transplant Committee among his many professional activities.  He has also been a board member of his high school alma mater, Jesuit High School.  Dr. Olson has been recognized for his efforts over the years by numerous awards including American Cancer Society Fellowship in 1986, the OHSU Daniel Whitney Memorial Fellowship Award in 1993 and a Leukemia Society of America Fellowship in 1994. 
James Tyack, DMD FAGD MAGD
Dental Representative
Dr. Tyack of Rainier, is President and owner of Tyack Dental Group with clinics in Clatskanie and Astoria Oregon.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Oregon and attended Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry, graduating in 1976.  Following graduation, Dr. Tyack served in the Indian Health Service in Arizona and entered private practice in 1977.  Dr. Tyack is a Fellow and Master of the Academy of General Dentistry and serves as manuscript reviewer for the Academy’s publication “General Dentistry.”  Dr. Tyack has served as adjunct faculty at OHSU School of Dentistry and Dental Director for the Family Health Center and Cowlitz County Health in Longview Washington.  Dr. Tyack and his associates are currently providing the majority of dental care for Oregon Health Plan patients in Columbia and Clatsop Counties. 
Alberto Vasquez
Consumer Representative
Mr. Vasquez of Salem is a bilingual, bicultural Health Care Interpreter/Translator, and is currently serving and advocating for families with limited English as an in-house Interpreter/Translator at Childhood Health Associates of Salem.  Mr. Vazquez has worked on behalf of people with limited English, bridging language and culture barriers, helping them to have better access to health care and other services, and helping to reduce Healthcare disparities among the Hispanic population for over 5 years. He has completed an AAS in Electronics Engineering Technology and worked in the high tech field industry for 4 year before moving to Oregon in 2005.  Mr. Vazquez is currently working on completing a bachelor’s degree in Theology.  He is very active in his church on helping develop community outreach programs and services. His career interests are: technology in health care, communications, web design, media productions, photography and public relations.
Kathryn Weit
Consumer Representative
Ms. Weit is a policy analyst with the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities. Ms. Weit has worked on behalf of people with disabilities and their families for over twenty-five years, including advocating in the Oregon Legislature since 1987. She has served on numerous Boards of Directors, committees, commissions and workgroups with the Department of Human Services, Department of Education, the Oregon Legislature, and private nonprofit organizations. Ms. Weit is a former teacher who worked in inner city and low income high schools in Boston, Northern Virginia, and Portland. She is the parent of a 30 year old son with developmental disabilities. Ms. Weit received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and her Master’s Degree from Boston University.