The Medicaid Advisory Committee (MAC) is a federally-mandated body consisting of not more than 15 members appointed by the Governor. The Committee advised 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.
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Janet Patin, MD, Co-Chair, Reedsport
Dr. Patin has practiced full-spectrum family medicine at Dunes Family Healthcare in rural coastal Reedsport since 1997. She completed her residency at Oregon Health & Sciences University, where she served as Chief Resident in Family Practice. She completed her undergraduate education at Yale University with a degree in Religious Studies, and went to the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is accredited in acute cardiac life support and trauma life support.
Dr. Patin's interests include a capella choral music and gardening; she also plays both harp and flute. She has been a volunteer on the local library board, the AHEC board, and the Presbyterian church session. She is currently on the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization board, and co-chair of the statewide Medicaid Advisory Committee to the Oregon Health Policy Board.
Karen Gaffney, MS, 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.
Romnee L. Auerbach, MS, ANP, PMHNP-BC, Beaverton
Romnee Auerbach is an Adult Nurse Practitioner at New Perspectives Center and is ANCC board certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Mental Health Specialist in primary care. She specializes in pediatric and adolescent evaluation, diagnosis and psychopharmacology and provides services for a variety of mental, emotional, behavioral, and developmental disturbances for children, adolescents and adults.
She has a special interest in the treatment of children and adolescents with FASD and neurobehavioral conditions and is a “Train the Trainer” in the subject. Romnee has a Master’s degree from the University of Portland and postmasters’ certificates from both Rush University and OHSU and hopes to complete her doctoral studies within the year. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, ISPN, Nurse Practitioners of Oregon, ONA, and American Psychiatric Nurses Association/ board member for the Oregon Chapter of APNA.
Karen Berkowitz, JD, Portland
Karen Berkowitz has been an attorney with the Oregon Law Center’s State Support Unit and Portland Regional Office since 2004. Prior to that, she was an attorney with Oregon’s Legal Aid programs (since 1988). She works exclusively in the area of public benefits, medical benefits and administrative law. She graduated from DePaul Law School in 1977. She currently serves on the Oregon State Bar’s Administrative Law Section, the Oregon Medicaid Advisory Committee and the Family Services Review Commission.
Lenore Bijan, Client, Oregon Health Plan, Portland
Lenore Bijan worked during the 1960s and 1970s iin public relations and as a medical scientific writer. After moving to Portland in 1976, she worked as a media liaison. In her seventies, she received accreditation to teach yoga and has since specialized in pro bono classes for senior citizens and is the Medicaid Client representative on the Committee.
Rhonda Busek, MBA, Ex Officio, Sweet Home
Rhonda Busek is Deputy Director for the Oregon Health Authority’s Medicaid programs. She works closely with Oregon’s newly formed coordinated care organizations (CCOs) to bring better health outcomes and reduce overall costs by better integrating care for Oregon Health Plan members. Rhonda has a background in developing strategic public-private partnerships to ensure programs achieve strong financial and operating performance, offer adequate provider access, remain compliance- and audit-ready, and deliver high quality of care. Rhonda joined OHA from PacificSource Community Solutions where she served as director of Medicaid programs. Prior to that, Rhonda served as the Chief Operations Officer for Lane Individual Practice Association (LIPA) and Senior Vice President of Government and Community Services for Agate Healthcare.
Carol Criswell, BA, Portland
Carol Criswell is a board member of the Healthy Kids Steering Committee and a Family Navigator, Oregon Health Science University, Portland Oregon, working with families who have a child who experiences special healthcare needs. She is a family Consultant Trainee, Oregon Health & Science University. She is a public and private school volunteer including designing a parent/teacher speaker series, Inspiring All Learners, to help our community better understand and serve the non-typical learner.
Carol is the mother to four wonderful children, including a child who has Autism.
Kay Dickerson, Portland
Kay Dickerson previously lived in Louisiana, where she was a children’s librarian and worked at the Mississippi Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. She and her husband Tommy survived Hurricane Katrina in 2005, relocating to Portland where they enrolled as members of the CareOregon health plan. That allowed her to receive regular health services for the first time in a number of years, which significantly improved her life. Diagnosed with diabetes and other medical issues, Kay turned her focus to personal health and wellness. In doing so, she inspired her neighbors and community members to take control of their own health, improve services and expand access to care.
Kay is a respected and active participant in many organizations that are changing the way health care is delivered to Oregonians. With her engaging Southern personality, she hopes to “pay it forward” to others in the Pacific Northwest by helping to shape health policy. One of Kay’s primary roles is as a member of Community Health Engagement Advocates of CareOregon, a Medicaid advisory group that has met monthly for three years. She also serves as a board member and executive secretary of OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond and the Patient Engagement Panel at OCHIN (Oregon Community Health Information Network).
Kristen Dillon, MD, FAAFP, Hood River
Dr. Dillon is a family physician with Columbia Gorge Family Medicine, a private practice group in Hood River, Oregon. She and her colleagues provide a full range of primary care services, including hospital, nursing home, and maternity care, to a diverse patient population with a substantial number of Medicaid clients.
Dr. Dillon earned an A.B. summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed residency at the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency Program where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Dillon was a founder of the Columbia Gorge Health Council, the governing board for the Columbia Gorge CCO, and is the Vice-Chair of the board. She serves on the boards of the Central Oregon Independent Practice Association and One Community Health, the region’s community and migrant health center.
Leslie Sutton, JD, 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.
Thomas M. Turek, MD, Williams
Dr. Turek has been a family physician in active practice for 28 years. He is the Medical Director of Mid Rogue Independent Physician Association. He was the past State of Oregon Medicaid Medical Director and past Vice President of Medical Affairs Asante Health System, and currently sits on the Board of Directors-Asante Health System.