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The OHA leadership team

Here are brief bios of the leadership team at the Oregon Health Authority. If you wish further information you can email OHA.ExternalRelations@dhsoha.state.or.us.

Interim Director

James Schroeder  

James M. Schroeder, PA-C, MPAS

A primary care clinician by trade, Schroeder has focused his career on serving others through direct care, innovation, and collaboration. He began his career as a primary care clinician, serving patients in rural, underserved areas of Nevada and Idaho.

Schroeder has held various executive roles for Kaiser Permanente, including Vice President of Safety Net Transformation and Executive Director of Medicaid. In addition to his medical background and Medicaid expertise, he has a track record of collaborative leadership through his role as Executive Director of Healthcare Systems at CareOregon, as well as through various executive-level positions including CEO of Family Health Services — a Federally Qualified Health Center based in Idaho —and as founder and CEO of Neighborhood Health Center in Portland, Oregon.

Schroeder is a medical officer in the Oregon Air National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is the commander of the Group Medical Unit on the Portland Air Base.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska. Additionally, he has completed the Community Health Leadership program at the University of Washington, and Kaiser’s Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.


Agency Operations

Mark Fairbanks 

Kristine Kautz

Kristine Kautz, Oregon Health Authority's deputy director, has been employed by the state of Oregon for 33 years. Previously Kris served as the Department of Revenue deputy director for almost six years and before that the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) deputy director for five-and-half years. She also has been deputy director for administration at the Department of Fish and Wildlife, assistant director for human resources at the Department of Corrections, senior budget analyst at DAS, and the Workers' Compensation Management-Labor Advisory Committee administrator at the Department of Consumer and Business Services. From March 2008 to February 2011 she served on the Oregon Employees Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. Kris also served from 2012 to 2014 on the board of directors of The Luke Center, which provides leadership development programs to the public sector. Kris is a graduate of the University of Portland with a bachelor's degree in business administration

Office of Equity and Inclusion

Leann Johnson  

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  

Dawn Jagger

Dawn Jagger, director of the External Relations Division, is a native Oregonian born and raised in Eugene. She received her BA degree from the University of Oregon in political science and her JD from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2013. Dawn worked for the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services 2014-2017, most recently as the senior health policy and communications advisor to the director. Dawn has always had a strong commitment to public service and a passion for helping Oregonians. In her spare time, you will find Dawn hiking, backpacking, or snowshoeing with her two greater Swiss mountain dogs, Zoe and Apollo.

Fiscal

Dave Baden 

Dave Baden

Dave Baden, Oregon Health Authority's chief financial officer (CFO), came to OHA from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he most recently was deputy CFO. He helped develop and present CDC's more than $7 billion budget to Congress, led multiple realignments to improve accountability and communications across the organization, and led a strategic plan to tighten the bonds between the finance and procurement staffs and improve the transparency of financial data. He previously served as management officer for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; was deputy country director of CDC–Kenya, one of CDC's largest overseas offices. Prior to that he worked as associate director for policy and global business manager for the CDC Center for Global Health and was a congressional legislative officer and senior advisor for the financial management office at CDC. He has a Master of Science in public affairs from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a Bachelor of Science in political science from Truman State University in Missouri.

Health Policy and Analytics Division

Ali Hassoun 

Ali Hassoun

Since 2018, Ali Hassoun has led the Public Employees’ Benefit Board (PEBB) and Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) programs as the Director. In that role, he’s been a catalyst in bringing Oregon’s health transformation strategies to PEBB and OEBB members by offering better coordinated care and containing health care cost growth to the more than 300,000 people they serve. Ali also brings many years of experience in state government finance, health care, and employee benefits, including working as the deputy director and director of operations for both PEBB and OEBB. Ali was part of the core team that initially stood up OEBB and the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange.

Before coming to OHA, Ali worked for nine years in the state budget office at the Department of Administrative Services (DAS). More recently, Ali has been a crucial leader in the implementation of Senate Bill 1067 (2017), the Oregon Legislative bill that merged the administration of the two boards. He established the SB 1067 work group that brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to formulate innovative approaches to improving the quality of health care, more efficiently delivering care, and reducing unnecessary costs.

Health Systems Division

Margie Cooper Stanton  

Margie Cooper Stanton

Margie Cooper Stanton is director of the Health Systems Division. She brings to OHA 20 years of executive management experience in the insurance industry. Margie most recently served as vice president of Healthcare Management Administrators, Inc. in Bellevue, Wash. Prior to that, she worked as vice president/regional manager and vice president of claims at Liberty Mutual in Portland, and as executive leader of Inner-City Underwriting in Chicago. Margie has a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Merchandising and Marketing from Texas Southern University.

Public Health Division

Rachael Banks  

Rachael Banks

Rachael Banks, MPA is the Director of OHA's Public Health Division. Prior to this role, she served as the Public Health Director for Multnomah County Health Department, the largest local public health division in the state of Oregon. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University and her Masters of Public Administration from Portland State University.

During her past 20 years in public health, she has led the Multnomah County Health Department's Healthy Birth Initiative (HBI), Healthy Families and REACH programs. She managed the tobacco policy program while it implemented Oregon's smokefree workplace law to over 80,000 businesses. She has worked to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, hepatitis C and drug overdoses, and provided injury prevention education to families in populations unfairly impacted by health inequities.

Advocating for health equity has been central to Ms. Banks' career. She helped develop Multnomah County's first disparity-focused Community Health Improvement Plan and led a unit that enacted culturally specific strategies in the African American/Black, Latinx/Hispanic, Native American/American Indian, Pacific Islander and immigrant/refugee communities.

Oregon State Hospital

Dolly Matteucci  

Dolores "Dolly" Matteucci

Dolly Matteucci is superintendent of Oregon State Hospital. She previously served for eight years as executive director at Napa State Hospital in California, responsible for the development, direction and management of the hospital. Dolly began her career at Napa State as a clinical dietician, and also served as administrative resident, assistant hospital administrator, and hospital administrator. As OSH superintendent she supervises two campuses, one in Salem and one in Junction City, serving more than 1,400 people per year and employing more than 2,000 staff. Hospital-level care provided by OSH includes 24-hour, on-site nursing, psychiatric and other credentialed professional staff, treatment planning, pharmacy, laboratory, food and nutritional services, and vocational and educational services.