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Oregon Health Policy Board Members

The nine-member Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) serves as the policy-making and oversight body for the Oregon Health Authority. The Board is committed to providing access to quality, affordable health care for all Oregonians and to improving population health.

OHPB was established through House Bill 2009, signed by the Governor in June 2009. Board members are nominated by the Governor and must be confirmed by the Senate. Board members serve a four-year term of office. The Board is responsible for implementing the health care reform provisions of HB 2009.

To learn more about serving as an OHPB member and to apply please click here. Position 7 is vacant. 

Board member biographies

Zeke Smith, Portland

Zeke Smith  

Term ends December 31, 2021 Pos. 8

Zeke Smith is the Vice President of Programs for FoodCorps, a nonprofit focused on connecting kids to healthy food in schools across the country. Prior to this, Zeke served six years as the Chief Impact Officer of the United Way of the Columbia Willamette and as Chief of Staff at Portland Public Schools for five years before that. In Zeke's other work experience, he worked in a variety of positions and community-based nonprofits to improve the lives of kids, particularly those of color and living in poverty. Zeke has extensive professional experience as a facilitator and strategic consultant with numerous local, state and national organizations, with a particular focus in communities of color.


Zeke is proud of his Dutch, Indonesian, Oneida & Osage heritage, has two daughters in college, and lives in Portland with his partner Mari. He is also an American Leadership Forum of Oregon Senior Fellow and a German Marshall Memorial American Fellow and former Chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board.

Chair - Carla McKelvey, MD, MPH, Coos Bay

Carla McKelvey  

Term ends December 31, 2019 Pos. 1

Carla McKelvey, MD, is a pediatrician in private practice at the North Bend Medical Center in Coos Bay, and is the former president 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 has a BA with honors in English from the University of Texas at Arlington. She completed her medical training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1993 and her pediatric residency there in 1996. She recently received her MPH in Health Policy and Administration from Oregon State University.

Oscar Arana, MBA, Portland

Oscar Arana  

Term ends December 31, 2021 Pos. 5

Oscar Arana is a private and nonprofit consultant specializing in communications, grant writing, program and business development, and event planning. Oscar has 10+ years of experience working in Portland's premier, culturally-specific nonprofit organizations overseeing educational programs, as well as raising restricted and unrestricted funds. Oscar was the director of strategic development and communications for Portland's Native American Youth and Family Center, and the President of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Oscar was a television news producer in Central Washington and a print reporter in Mexico City. Oscar is a graduate of the University of Oregon's Journalism School and the Executive MBA program and is a member of the UO Alumni Association Board.

Kirsten Isaacson, Portland

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Term ends December 31, 2022 Pos. 3      

Kirsten Isaacson is the Research Coordinator for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 49 where she applies her over fifteen years of experience in government and nonprofits focused on industry-specific research and policy analysis. SEIU is one of the nation’s largest unions. In Oregon, SEIU Local 49 represents more than 13,000 healthcare and property service workers. Kirsten has worked for the last five years as a healthcare policy researcher and advocate, promoting a health care system that responsibly and equitably serves all communities. 

Kirsten and her family live in Portland and she is a parent of two children who attend Portland Public Schools.

Brenda Johnson, MBA, Medford

Brenda Johnson  

Term ends December 31, 2021 Pos. 4

Brenda Johnson serves as the Chief Executive Officer of La Clinica, a community and migrant healthcare organization in Southern Oregon. Brenda holds a MBA from Purdue University, a bachelor's degree in Nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University, and a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Southern Oregon University. Brenda has more than 15 years of non-profit leadership experience in health care and community development.

Rosenda Shippentower, JD, MA, Pendelton

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Term ends December 31, 2022 Pos. 9

Rosenda Shippentower is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) in Mission, OR (near Pendleton). She is an elected member of the CTUIR governing body and she also serves on the CTUIR Health Commission. Rosenda has lived on the Umatilla Indian Reservation most of her life and she has served the CTUIR and Umatilla County on various boards and commissions throughout the years. Most of her work experience has been in policy analysis and human services. Rosenda holds a JD from the University of Oregon School of Law, a master’s degree in Corrections from the UO, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the UO. 

Vice-Chair David Bangsberg, MSc, MD, MPH, Portland

David Bangsber  

Term ends December 31, 2020 Pos. 6

David Bangsberg, MSc, MD, MPH is an Oregon native and the Founding Dean of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. He was previously a Professor at Harvard School of Medicine and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. After completing a Masters Degree in Philosophy of Science from Kings College London and MD at Johns Hopkins. He completed his medical residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in north Harlem to care for patients afflicted by urban poverty and HIV. Upon moving to the University of California, San Francisco and completing fellowships in infectious disease and AIDS prevention as well as Master's Degrees in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, he became the leading expert in HIV and homelessness. He then turned to sub-Saharan Africa to find that the poorest HIV-infected people in the world had some of the highest levels of HIV treatment adherence. His work was described by President Bill Clinton as the "nail in the coffin" on the debate as to whether HIV-infected people in sub-Saharan Africa would adhere to antiretroviral medications and neutralized the major criticism to providing multinational funding for global HIV treatment. As former Director of Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health, he brought together the expertise of Harvard and MIT to improve physical, mental, social and economic health to the poorest regions of the world in several signature areas, including: HIV care, disaster response, cancer care, and medical technology innovation. He received the Clifford Barger Mentoring Award, given annually to 5 of the 12,000 Harvard Medical School Faculty. He has published over 400 manuscripts and is a member of the Association of American Physicians.

John Santa, MD, Portland

Dr. John Santa  

Term ends December 31, 2019 Pos. 2

John Santa currently works for OpenNotes, based at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, where his focus is the national dissemination of OpenNotes. He lives in Oregon and has over 40 years of experience in clinical medicine and administration, having worked in leadership positions for hospitals, physician groups, insurers and state government. Before coming to OpenNotes, he was Medical Director for the Drug Effectiveness Review Project, one of the country's most robust comparative effectiveness programs, as well as the Director of the Health Ratings Center at Consumer Reports from 2008 to 2014. John practiced primary care internal medicine from 1976 to 1992 and 2003 to 2008. He has taught in multiple venues—introductory courses to clinical medicine, resident courses in public health and preventive medicine and health policy courses. His work has been possible because of the education and training he received at Stanford, Tufts Medical School, Portland Good Samaritan Hospital and Portland State University.

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