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OHA Leadership Team

Here are brief bios of the leadership team at the Oregon Health Authority. If you wish further information, please call 503-945-6691 or you can email OHA.ExternalRelations@state.or.us​


Lynne Saxton

Lynne Saxton is the director of the Oregon Health Authority. The Oregon Health Authority protects and promotes the health of all Oregonians, provides access to health coverage for over 1.1 million Oregonians through the Oregon Health Plan and sets policies that drive the delivery of care across the state.

As OHA’s director, Lynne’s top priorities are to make the Oregon Health Plan work better for its members, improve behavioral health so our state’s system works for all Oregonians and continue to transform Oregon’s health care system to produce better care, greater access and lower costs.

Other priorities are modernizing Oregon’s public health system to ensure all Oregonians are served by a health department that provides foundational public health services that are critical for protecting the health of Oregonians where they live, work, learn and play. Lynne also oversees the Oregon State Hospital’s two campuses that provide patient-centered, psychiatric treatment for adults who need hospital-level care to help people recover from their illness and return to the community. 

Lynne previously held the role of executive director at Youth Villages Oregon, a nonprofit providing results-driven services to youth and families. She is active in community and civic leadership positions, including service on the Early Learning Council, the International Women’s Forum and the Willamette University Board of Trustees. She also served on the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission and as chair of the Metropolitan Family Service Board. She recently received the Gordon and Sharon Smith New Freedom Award from the Oregon Chapter of NAMI. Lynne graduated with honors from Willamette University and attended the University of Michigan Business School Executive Program.

Office of Equity and Inclusion

Leann Johnson

Leann Johnson, M.S., is the director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. She joined the Oregon Health Authority in 2010 as an executive manager for the Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights unit. Leann has more than 20 years of leadership experience developing equity, diversity and intercultural programs in the public and non-profit sectors. Past employers include Clark College, the City of Vancouver and the YWCA of Clark County. She also has served as a consultant to multiple agencies and organizations including the Vancouver Police Department, Portland General Electric, Bonneville Power Administration, Hewlett-Packard and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Leann is a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory and the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory. She holds a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology with program focus in multicultural organizational development and indigenous psychology. Leann also has a bachelor’s degree in communications management from the University of Portland.​

External Relations Division​

BethAnne Darby

BethAnne Darby directs external relations, which includes county, state and federal legislative and government affairs; communications; the Office of Consumer Activities; and the OHA ombudsman. BethAnne has extensive experience in both government affairs and communication, and has a law degree from Willamette University. Most recently, she was the assistant executive director for public affairs at the Oregon Education Association. She also served as the executive director for the Oregon Board of Psychological Examiners and lobbyist for the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Fiscal and Operations Division

Mark Fairbanks

Mark Fairbanks is the chief financial officer and chief operating officer for the Oregon Health Authority. Prior to joining OHA in May of 2015, Mark worked with the St. Charles Health System in Bend and United Healthcare in Portland. He also worked with Western Reliance Corporation, Northwest Natural Gas and LiveBridge, Inc. Mark has served on the boards of J Bar J Youth Services in Bend, and Metropolitan Family Service and Christie Care in Portland. He earned his MBA at the University of Oregon and is a licensed CPA.

Health Policy and Analytics Division

Leslie Clement

Leslie Clement has more than 30 years of professional experience working in health care organizations, including public health, managed care, long-term care, behavioral health and Medicaid. Leslie serves as the director of policy and leads efforts to extend Oregon's Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. Prior to joining OHA, Leslie served as the Idaho State Medicaid director. As one of three deputy directors in Idaho's Department of Health & Welfare, Leslie had responsibility for three department divisions including Behavioral Health, Medicaid, and Licensing & Certification. Leslie also led the development of state managed care strategies including a multi-payer medical home initiative, a behavioral health plan carve-out and a comprehensive benefit plan for people who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare. Leslie has extensive policy experience working with executive and legislative branches of state government. She started her health career working for Multnomah County Health Department. Her educational background includes a bachelor's degree in sociology from the College of Wooster in Ohio and a master's degree in public administration from Portland State University.​

Health Systems Division

Varsha Chauhan

Varsha Chauhan MD, MHA, is OHA's first chief health systems officer. Dr. Chauhan oversees the newly formed Health Systems Division that includes Medicaid services including the Oregon Health Plan. Dr. Chauhan most recently was the executive director for Alameda Health Systems, an award-winning provider with 849 beds and 1,000 physicians at nine facilities throughout Alameda County, Calif. She previously was the chief operating officer at a federally qualified health center in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Chauhan received her medical degree from Mangalore University in India, and her master of health care administration from California State University at Hayward.

Public Health Division​

Lillian Shirley

Lillian Shirley is the director of the Oregon Public Health Division. Lillian has been a local and national leader in advancing public health, and a leader in Oregon's effort to transform our state's health care system. Before coming to Oregon Public Health, she led the Multnomah County Health Department and helped launch one of the state's first coordinated care organizations as a member of the governing board of Health Share of Oregon. As vice-chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board, she also played a vital role in the state's move toward a health care system that provides better health and better care at lower cost. Before coming to Oregon, she was director of public health for the city of Boston and the first executive director of the Boston Health Commission. Lillian is also adjunct faculty at the OHSU School of Medicine and has been recognized by Research America as a "public health hero." She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of the State of New York, a master's in public health from Boston University and a master's in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Oregon State Hospital

Greg Roberts

Greg Roberts is the superintendent of Oregon State Hospital, which provides patient-centered psychiatric treatment for adults with mental illness from throughout the state on campuses in Salem and Junction City. Greg has a master's degree in social work and more than 40 years of experience in the field of mental health. Before taking the helm at Oregon State Hospital in 2010, he served as the CEO at each of New Jersey's five psychiatric hospitals as well as the director of the state's Office of State Hospital Management.