LTC/COO Study Group

CMS/LTC/CCO Study Group Members

Members of the CMS/LTC/CCO Study Group were selected by Bruce Goldberg, MD, Director of OHA and Erinn Kelley-Siel, Director of DHS through an application process. With over 120 applications, the group was selected to equally represent stakeholders including long term care (LTC) advocates, medical and service providers, Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO) and people who utilize both LTC and CCO services.

Members will meet on a monthly basis between May 2013 and October 2013. The final report will be issued and sent to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services by Dec. 31, 2013.

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Carol Burgdorf-Lackes

Carol Burgdorf-Lackes, MA is the Community Engagement Manager for FamilyCare, an Oregon-based health plan which serves people on Medicaid and Medicare. Carol has been with FamilyCare for five years serving in a diversity of capacities including managing service coordination and community outreach. She currently leads FamilyCare's development of innovative partnerships with community based organizations, development of health priorities and provides support for the Community Advisory Council.

Prior to joining FamilyCare, Carol has been dedicated to assisting individuals in accessing health care in various capacities for over 25 years. Her interest in the needs of individuals receiving Long Term Care services has been an ongoing professional passion for which she has provided strong advocacy. Other areas of focus have included inpatient psychiatry; mental health and addictions; and adult foster care. Her career took her from Georgia to Hawaii, before coming to Oregon. She holds a Master’s in Psychology from the University of West Georgia.

Chris Flammang

With a law enforcement background, Flammang helped create the criminal justice program at Fresno City College. He originated the police consultant position for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service, The University of Tennessee, and later was on the faculty of the University of Illinois. Flammang was awarded the rank of emeritus professor by the Board of Trustees upon retiring in 1987.

Relocating to Coos Bay in 1988, he was visiting faculty at the local college for eleven years.

The Board of Governors of the Oregon State Bar appointed him to the State Professional Responsibility Board as a public member for the one term permitted.

He served two terms on the Governor's Commission for Senior Services, and was appointed by the governor as an Oregon delegate to the Fifth White House Conference on Aging in 2005.

Flammang is a member of a number of local advisory councils, including Coos County Area Transit and Area Agency on Aging. His past affilliations include the RSVP advisory council, board member of Friends of Coos County Public Health, and service on the Citizens Review Board in Coos County.

Ellen Garcia, MPH

As the Executive Director of Providence ElderPlace Portland (PEPP), Ellen has leadership responsibilities for the only PACE--Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly-- in Oregon.

PACE is a community-based alternative for nursing-home eligible persons over the age of 55 years which fully integrates financing with interdisciplinary care delivery. PEPP, celebrating its 23rd year of operation, currently serves 1000 participants through seven PACE sites, two RCFs and an ALF.

Prior to her current role, Ellen was Executive Director of Providence ElderPlace Seattle for 10 years. Dedicated to the growth of PACE nationally, she served as Chair of the National PACE Association Board of Directors from 2002-2008. She is currently on the NPA Board of Directors.

With a Masters of Public Health from the University of Hawaii, Ellen has over thirty years of health care experience in both acute inpatient and not-for-profit community sectors, including 12 years directing hospices. She has successfully taken programs through accreditation by The Joint Commission and the transition to permanent PACE Provider status.

Ellen has served in many other leadership roles including: Member, SCAN Foundation Dignity Driven Decision Making Advisory Group; Board Member, Hospice Association of America; Nominating Committee, National Association for Home Care; President and Treasurer, Oregon Association for Home Care; Board Member, Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation; and Board Member, Washington Adult Day Services Association.

Ellen has been appointed to Governors’ Task Forces in the States of Oregon and Washington addressing Long-Term Care and Medicare/Medicaid Integration. She has dedicated her career to the provision of high quality, interdisciplinary geriatric and palliative care. Ellen received her BA in Biology and Psychology from Chaminade University in Honolulu.

Jerry Cohen

Jerry Cohen has been AARP’s first State Director since 1996. He moved to Oregon from Kansas City, Missouri with his wife, Ruth, a social worker who is specializes in care coordination and management.

He previously managed legislative and regulatory advocacy for AARP in five mid-west states. Career path includes:

  • Headed a nationally-funded research and training center on aging and disabilities (University of Missouri-Kansas City);
  • Established a volunteer attorney program with the Kansas City Bar Association and Legal Aid; and
  • Served as Legal Services Developer with the Missouri Division of Aging.

Jerry serves on the boards of Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation, Shir Tikvah, Oregon Elder Abuse Task Force, and AARP national workgroups. He is past member of the Oregon Task Force on the Future of LTC and the Oregon Commission for Affordable & Accessible Health Care. He has received several leadership awards from AARP, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Young Lawyer’s Section of the Missouri Bar, Missouri Association on Mental Retardation, and Mid-America Congress on Aging.

He holds a BA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a JD degree from Washington University-St. Louis, and a MPA degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with concentration in gerontology and health administration.

Jim Carlson

Mr. Carlson serves as the President and CEO of the Oregon Health Care Association (OHCA), one of the largest trade associations in the state. OHCA represents over 600 licensed skilled nursing, assisted living and residential care facilities, in addition to more than 60 licensed in-home care and home health agencies throughout Oregon. In this capacity he is responsible for the management of OHCA and its related subsidiaries, including a for-profit service corporation and a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. He has served as OHCA's President and CEO since 1997. OHCA was recognized by Oregon Business Magazine as one of the "Top 100" Non-Profits in Oregon.

Prior to joining OHCA in 1994, Mr. Carlson worked in government and regulatory affairs for the Oregon Medical Association. During his tenure at OMA, Mr. Carlson was actively involved in the drafting, passage and implementation of the Oregon Health Plan. Prior to OMA, Mr. Carlson worked for the U.S. House of Representatives.

He is a past member of the Board of Governors of the American Health Care Association, the Board of Directors of the National Center for Assisted Living and is the Immediate Past-President of the American Society of Health Care Association Executives.

Liz Baxter

Liz is the Director of We Can Do Better, founded in late 2005 as the Archimedes Movement, an organization that believes in the power of leverage – that small groups of people can have great impact. Liz has spent her career building bridges between complex policy initiatives and the public's ability to understand these issues. In addition to We Can Do Better, her recent experience includes:

  • Five years with the Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research;
  • Twelve years with Legacy Health System, managing public and private funded grants in chronic care, primary care and care management, focused on connecting traditional medical care and community-based supportive services;
  • Eight years working with people on Medicaid and Oregon Project Independence in Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties.

Liz has her undergraduate degree in social work, two years of graduate study in gerontology and completed her Master’s in Public Health at Portland State University. She currently chairs the Board of Directors of the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Corporation

Mary Guillen

Mary (Eckerman) Guillen is a Salem, Oregon native and graduate of North Salem High School. She spent two years at OSU as a double major in vocal performance and physical education. However, after an OSU-sponsored Spring Break trip to Mexico City, her college career was interrupted by a romance with Mexico City native Alberto Guillen, now her husband of 40 years.

After 15 months in Mexico City and the birth of first son "Tito," the Guillens returned to Salem, where Maria and Daniel were later born. Fluent in Spanish, Mary began interpreting as a favor for a friend who worked for SAIF, and thus began her medical interpreting business. Mary took classes at Willamette University while working there, and completed her BA in Spanish.

Already a part-time faculty member for Chemeketa Community College's (CCC) PE Department, Mary began teaching "Specialty Spanish Classes" for agencies and businesses, and later added classes in English as a second language both for CCC and as a volunteer. She also taught Spanish at Corban University for six years.

She advocates for the poor and disabled, volunteers and interprets, and as a veteran member of the Willamette Master Chorus, she continues to sing.

Michael Volpe

My name is Mike Volpe. I was born in Lake Forest Illinois. I moved to Minnesota to go to college and received Bachelors in Forestry in 1978. I was also diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1978. I moved to Oregon in 1985 and went to Oregon State University where I received a Masters degree in teaching English as a second language.

The progression of my MS shortened my career and I retired in 1993. I started receiving long-term services and supports in 1994. At first I did not realize how fortunate I was to live in the state of Oregon where the home and community-based services and supports system was well known throughout the country for its quality and low cost.

I have been involved in a number of advocacy groups which include Disability Services Advisory Council, the Homecare Commission, and the State Independent Living Council, as well as a number of short-term advocacy programs.

I am looking forward to contributing to the work that this committee will be doing to improve the long-term services and supports system in Oregon.

Rodney Schroeder

Rodney Schroeder is currently the Executive Director (Operations) for NorthWest Senior and Disability Services (NWSDS), and the current Chair of the Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities (O4AD).

NWSDS is an Area Aging on Aging that provides Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Oregon Project Independence and Older Americans Act services to seniors and people with disabilities throughout a five-county service delivery area – Clatsop, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Yamhill counties.

O4AD is a membership advocacy organization, comprised of the various Area Agencies on Aging across Oregon, whose purpose is to advocate for the independence, dignity and choice of Oregon's seniors and people with disabilities.

Rodney has worked for NWSDS for more than eight years and has also worked as a Manager in state offices within the Aging and People with Disabilities division. He has served on many committees, groups and advisory councils that shape and impact Oregon's Long-Term Services and Supports system.

Rodney's educational background includes a Bachelors in Business Administration from Oregon State University and a Masters in Business from Webster University.

Ruth Bauman

Ruth Rogers Bauman has an extensive and impressive background in the health insurance industry. She is currently CEO of ATRIO Health Plans, a Medicare Advantage health plan in Douglas, Klamath, Marion and Polk counties in Oregon.

Prior to taking the helm at ATRIO in 2011, Ruth was the Executive Vice President of Corporate Analytics and Government Programs at Clear One Health Plans in Bend, Oregon, and a principal with Mercer, a health care consulting and brokerage firm, working with large employers. She spent more than 25 years with The Regence Group and Regence Blue Cross and Blue Shield, serving as vice president of actuarial and underwriting services for the Oregon Plan, as well as director of actuarial systems.

Through the years, Ruth’s expertise has proven invaluable to a variety of state and federal government task forces on issues ranging from local access to care concerns, to Medicaid and Medicare.

Bauman received a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from The Ohio State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Portland State University.

Ruth Gulyas

Ruth has over 30 years’ experience in the field of long-term care. Since 2002 she has served as Chief Executive Officer of LeadingAge Oregon (formerly, the Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services), the statewide membership association of not-for-profit and other mission-directed providers of quality housing and services for seniors and persons with disabilities. LeadingAge Oregon members include nursing homes, assisted living, residential care, home care, continuing care retirement communities, market rate housing and federally subsidized housing for low-income seniors.

Prior to being at LeadingAge Oregon, she worked seven years at the American Association of Homes and Services for Aging, now called LeadingAge in Washington, D.C., as the director of Assisted Living.

Before going to D.C., Ruth spent 13 years with the State Unit on Aging in Alaska, planning, developing and implementing Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) for the elderly. Here, she worked in several positions including manager of the LTC Development Unit where she developed Alaska’s Medicaid HCBS Waiver Program for the Elderly.

She has a Master of Health Administration and a Certificate in the Study of Aging from the University of Washington in Seattle, as well as a Retirement Housing Professional Certification and Assisted Living Manager Certificate.

Ruth McEwen

Ruth is currently the Vice Chair of Oregon Disabilities Commission, a member of North West Senior and Disability Services (NWSDS), Senior Advisory Council (SAC), and Disability Services Advisory Council (DSAC), Co-chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee, and Representative of Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) to Governor’s Commission on Senior Services (GCSS).

In addition to the councils and commissions that Ruth is involved with, she has also worked on:

  • OHA Transition Team
  • CCO development
  • CCO rules
  • LTC 3.0
  • K-plan committee
Stephanie Dockweiler

Stephanie Dockweiler, is the Malheur County Health Department Director. Upon arrival in Ontario, she immediately became immersed in numerous partnerships within the county, including helping to kick off the Eastern Oregon CCO Malheur County Community Advisory Council.

The majority of her 18 years of nursing has been spent in community nursing, specifically within the field of public health. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from San Diego State University in 1995. She is certified as a Public Health Nurse (PHN) in the state of California. She has worked in public health in city, urban settings as well as rural, frontier settings.

She has provided direct public health nursing services to vast clientele and populations, as well as supervising, managing, and now directing services within a public health department.

Terry Coplin

Terry W. Coplin, M.B.A., Chief Executive Officer, Trillium Community Health Plan. Mr. Coplin has over two decades of experience in financial and administrative management of health care organizations, including health plan design, development and medical group management. Mr. Coplin earned his MBA from Gonzaga University and holds additional degrees in medical technology and mathematics.

Mr. Coplin has provided leadership for the community efforts to build a collaborative and integrated healthcare system structure in Lane County into a Coordinated Care Organization (CCO). Following certification by the Oregon Health Authority, Trillium launched the Lane County CCO on August 1, 2012.

Tim Malone

Undergraduate at Fairhaven College with a BA in Social Work; Portland State University MSW program graduate; Gero-psychiatric Specialist at Deschutes County Behavioral Health; Supervisor of the Seniors Program for 20 years; former vice-chair of the Governor's Commission on Senior Services; Instructor at OSU and PSU in social work courses.

Long-Term Care representative, Operations Council, Central Oregon Health Council (local CCO) Member, Central Oregon Gero-Leadership Alliance

Tina Treasure

Tina Treasure has been the Executive Director of the Oregon State Independent Living Council since 2002. Prior to that time she was the Director of SPOKES Unlimited, a Center for Independent Living in Klamath Falls, Oregon where she held that position since the agency opened in October, 1988.

Tina is a wheelchair user, who has been involved in disability advocacy issues for over 35 years, serving on numerous committees, boards, and commissions for agencies such as the Department of Human Resources' Interagency Coordinating Council, State Rehabilitation Council, Oregon Cross-Disability Council, and the Oregon Disabilities Commission.

Among her duties as Director of the Oregon SILC, she oversees day-to-day operations of the council, conducts community education presentations, develops and implements special statewide IL projects, reviews and advises on disability policy, and provides technical assistance and consultation on various disability issues.

She is a frequent guest speaker on disability issues including appropriate language, disability rights, benefits, accessibility, disability awareness and more.

Wayne Miya

Wayne Miya, Executive Director of Our House, former Board Chair of Our House and former Board Chair of Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. He has been CEO of Unity, Inc., which was a predecessor to Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare (mental health and addiction services), and is a retiree of PacifiCorp where he has held several management positions over a 30-year career, including HR Management, Project Management and System Design and Analysis.

He has a B.A. degree in Mathematics, and a Masters of Business Administration. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Oregon Health Care Association Leadership Award.