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Medicaid Advisory Committee Members

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.

Karen Gaffney, Co-Chair, Eugene


Karen Gaffney is Assistant Director for Lane County Health and Human Services in Eugene, Oregon, where she leads programs including Behavioral Health, Primary Care (FQHC), Public Health, Developmental Disabilities, and other human services. Her work included supporting the development of Lane County's Mental Health Organization, LaneCare.

She currently serves as Lane County's Local Public Health Administrator, and is a Certified Prevention Specialist. Most recently, Karen has joined the Board of Directors for Trillium Community Health Plans, the Coordinated Care Organization serving Lane County. Term: 01/08/2015-01/07/2017.

​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: 2/1/15 - 1/31/17.

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: 2/1/2015-1/31/2017.

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: 2/1/15 - 1/31/17.

Alyssa Franzen, Portland

Dr. Franzen is a dentist and the dental director at CareOregon. Dr. Fanzen graduated from the University of Portland and Oregon Health and Science University and is a lifelong Oregonian. She completed a public health fellowship program after dental school, providing an opportunity to practice in a variety of environments. Dr. Franzen spent 14 years with the Multnomah County Health Department, initially as a clinic provider and then as their dental director for five years. Her clinical practice has been limited to pediatrics since 2001. Maternal child oral health and the integration of oral health into whole person health are key areas of interest for Dr. Franzen. Term 9/20/2015-9/19/2017.

Marcia Hille, Portland

Marcia Hill

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 4/1/15 - 2/28/17

Anna Lansky, Portland

Anna Lansky, PortlandAnna 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

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.

Ross Ryan, Mount Angel

Ross Ryan

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 2/1/15 - 1/31/17.

David Simnitt, Portland

David Simnitt

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

Leslie Sutton, Salem

Leslie Sutton strives to protect and strengthen programs that allow people to live full, healthy and productive lives. She is the policy analyst for the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities where she analyzes and responds to public policy or program changes and initiatives that impact Oregonians with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to joining the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, Leslie worked for Disability Rights Oregon where she handled Medicaid, Social Security and disability matters. Before returning to Oregon in 2010, Leslie worked for the Northwest Justice Project, one of Washington State's legal services providers, where she represented clients in Medicaid and other disability law cases. Term: 1/8/15 - 1/7/17.​