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Meet the Oregon Health Authority VISTA Team!

Welcome 24 public health professionals who have joined the Oregon Health Authority AmeriCorps VISTA team from around the country. In a year of national service they will help build Oregon's capacity to reduce poverty and improve public health.

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After completing a year of VISTA service on our team, Allison Mora is now a Fall 2020-2021 VISTA Leader in Portland! Allison recently completed her year of VISTA service at Familias en Acción as the Development and Communications VISTA in Portland, OR. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health with a minor in global studies from Portland State University. Her studies also focused on intersectionality, social justice, and decolonizing methodologies. She also interned with Cascades AIDS Project to work on designing and implementing a grant-funded project that aims to understand cervical cancer screening disparities amongst the LGBTQ+ population in Portland. After her VISTA leader service, she hopes to receive her Master of Public Health in public health policy and management and apply that knowledge to work with communities and help them strive towards health equity and justice, sustainability, sovereignty, and cultural revitalization. A cool fact about Allison is that she has varying levels of fluency in five languages!
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Originally from Long Island, New York, Laura Chant joins our team as a Fall 2020-2021 VISTA Leader in Portland! Previously, she served in the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa, where she partnered with community health workers to design and implement health education and disease prevention initiatives. Prior to her Peace Corps service, Laura received a Bachelor of Science in Global Health with a minor in women & gender studies from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. While in school, she interned with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, where she provided support to a multi-national family planning program that aimed to increase the accessibility of quality reproductive health services in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, and Uganda. Following her time as a VISTA Leader, Laura plans to pursue a graduate degree in social behavioral interventions. A fun fact about Laura is that she was once on national TV in Burkina Faso!
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Originally from Ormond Beach, Florida, Casey Hazard joins our team as the Spring 2021-2022 Oregon Health Authority AmeriCorps VISTA Leader in Portland! Casey studied English and environmental studies at Florida State University, where she was first introduced to the concept of food justice. Since then she has been working in the world of food connectivity all over the US, focusing on farming, food bank support, and education. She aims to continue on this path and eventually open an educational community center that incorporates growing food as well as medicinal herbs. This year Casey is excited to experience more of the behind the scenes work that makes AmeriCorps VISTA service possible. She is also excited to connect with more like-minded people with a drive and passion for community health. One random fact about Casey is that she was slimed at Universal Studios when she was eight years old, living out a true 90s child's dream!

Welcome the Fall 2020-2021 Oregon Health Authority VISTA Cohort


Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Rachel Crowl joins our team as the Oregon Rural Accountable Health Communities VISTA in Portland. Rachel recently graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and International Studies. During her undergraduate studies, she interned with a refugee resettlement non-profit and clerked for the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. After her year of service, Rachel plans to attend law school and pursue a career in public interest law. Some of her interests include cooking, plants, poetry, and art. She is excited to be living in a new city and working with the OHA team to serve her local community!

Brigette Stickney is joining our team as the Live Healthy Lane Community Engagement VISTA in Eugene. Brigette is originally from a small town called Saxonburg just north of Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from Dickinson College in May 2020 as a biochemistry and molecular biology major. Brigette has led and participated in various U.S.-based service trips with Dickinson College, volunteered with the YWCA rape crisis hotline while attending college, conducted medical anthropology research on rural health in Tanzania, and interned for a summer at a rural community health non-profit in India. In the future, she plans to attend medical school and dedicate much of her career to working in non-profit clinics to improve healthcare access. Her favorite hobbies are hiking and backpacking! She is excited to learn more about ways to improve healthcare access for low-income and rural communities and to explore some of Oregon's beautiful trails.

Originally from Banks, Oregon, Ariel Slifka joins our team as the Community Health Connection VISTA in Tillamook. Ariel recently graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in public health and a minor in statistics. During this time, she interned with the Benton County Health Department and the Oregon Health Authority working on projects focused on identifying vulnerable populations in terms of STI's and HPV vaccination in order to better allocate resources. At OSU, she enjoyed volunteering with Student Health Services as part of a peer health outreach program where she helped coordinate events on campus highlighting sexual health. She is looking forward to expanding her understanding of public health and working with new communities during her year with AmeriCorps before pursuing an MPH in either epidemiology or health promotion. A fun fact about Ariel is that she spent this past summer going door-to-door asking residents if they were interested in a free, self-administered COVID-19 test as part of OSU's TRACE COVID-19 project. She has also been spending this time in quarantine as an opportunity to do more cooking and hiking (the hiking has been more successful)!

Galen Tribble joins our Fall team as the Oregon Rural ECHO Network VISTA in Portland. Galen grew up in Cody, Wyoming just east of Yellowstone National Park. He attended the University of Wyoming where he studied physiology and minored in international studies. Galen volunteered at the Laramie Downtown Clinic which provides healthcare access to underserved populations. He also volunteered and worked as ski patrol at a local mountain. Galen’s career goals are to attend medical school and become a physician focusing on rural and wilderness medicine. He is an avid climber, skier, and mountain biker and is excited to explore the outdoor potential of the Pacific Northwest while serving his VISTA year.


Clara Hare-Grogg is joining our team as the Breastfeeding and Health Equity Coordinator VISTA in Coos Bay. Originally from North Carolina, Clara graduated from Davidson College with a double major in anthropology and music. During college summers, she studied intermediate Arabic in Jordan, interned at the International Rescue Committee, and worked in Public Information as a Nonprofit Leadership Fellow for the Town of Davidson. She also spent a semester in Nepal and studied menstrual health in the Himalayas. After graduating from Davidson, Clara was a Young Adult Volunteer in the Philippines, where she promoted reproductive health and supported survivors of sexual violence. Having conducted a project on breastfeeding advocacy during college, she is excited to further engage with maternal health promotion in this VISTA position. In her spare time, Clara enjoys working on the side as a wedding violinist. Fun fact: Clara performed onstage with Noel “Paul” Stookey of the popular folk group Peter, Paul & Mary when she was a violinist with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra!

Carolina Peña-Navarro joins our team as the CARES-Flu Outreach VISTA with the Oregon Health Authority Immunization Program in Portland. Originally from Henderson, Nevada, Carolina attended the University of Portland and graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After graduating, she had a summer internship with OHSU's Occupational Health program. From there she has been working with kids that have autism to help them learn different life skills, ranging from tying shoes to improving social skills. Carolina would like to pursue a graduate degree in public health to help those that need it most. Interesting Fact: Carolina found out through experience that predators, like hyenas, don't go after tents in the Serengeti as long as there is no food in them!

Sara Graber is joining our team as the Multnomah County Youth Advisory VISTA in Portland. Sara is originally from San Diego, where she also graduated from the University of California San Diego in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and global health. While in college, she developed a passion for social justice, particularly in health and educational equity. After graduating, she served as an AmeriCorps member with Safe Passages, Oakland, working with youth in under-resourced schools and later as a prevention specialist with San Diego Youth Services’ Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Program, teaching students and training teachers in comprehensive sexual reproductive health. Most recently, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, working with a community to develop and facilitate life skills HIV education.  During her VISTA year, Sara is excited to raise the voices of youth to decision-makers. In the future, she hopes to earn a dual MPH/MSW degree and help in developing interventions to prevent adverse childhood experiences. A fun fact is that she speaks Swedish!

Justine Ecker joins our team as the Deschutes County Public Health VISTA in Bend. Justine grew up in McMinnville, Oregon and is a graduate from the Multi-Disciplinary Design program at the University of Utah. While in school she developed an interest in platform-based and research-intensive design projects. Some of her projects include a proposed park structure and artist in residence program for Bears Ears National Monument, an immersive exhibit platform for Yellowstone National Park and a video project sharing stories of perseverance and activism from women in the Four Corners Region. Outside of work, Justine likes making music, pottery, clothing and anything else that gets her working with her hands. This upcoming VISTA year she is excited to see how to apply her degree to public health and work in a setting that is outside the classroom.

Clara Morris is excited to be a part of the AmeriCorps VISTA program as a COVID-19 Response Assessment VISTA in Lakeview! She was raised in St Louis, Missouri before attending Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus in Spain where she graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in intercultural communication. Upon returning to her hometown, she worked as an Administrative Assistant II at her alma mater and studied to receive a Post-Bac Certificate in Organizational Development from Saint Louis University as well. In her free time, she volunteered with Bilingual International Assistant Services assisting with events and continues to find any reason to explore the outdoors. She hopes that the program will be an opportunity to collaborate effectively with the community she is serving whilst growing and developing skills that would aide future projects and initiatives in the non-profit space. In the future, she looks to pursue graduate school in psychology, public health or social work.

Coming from St. Louis, Missouri, Mikayla Seabaugh is joining the team as the CARES-Flu Planning VISTA for the OHA Oregon Immunization Program in Portland. Mikayla will be receiving her bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of Missouri Kansas City in December 2020. She previously worked with the Dramatic STD/HIV Program in Kansas City as a health educator to middle and high school students, and it was this experience that sparked her interest in communicable disease prevention and community health education. Mikayla is looking forward to getting to know her new community in Portland and learning about how they can work together to improve access to health services.

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Lindsey Johnson is serving as the COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery VISTA in Prineville. She attended Colgate University, where she double majored in Peace & Conflict Studies and Russian & Eurasian Studies. During college, Lindsey was a Bystander Intervention Intern at Shaw Wellness Institute where she worked to promote active bystander behavior in dangerous situations including sexual assault, harassment & discrimination, and drug & alcohol abuse. She also interned at Unitas, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing human trafficking and providing opportunities for survivors to thrive. In the future, she is interested in obtaining a MPH/JD dual degree where she can continue to pursue her passion for public interest work and social justice. A fun fact about Lindsey is that she studied abroad for a semester in Moscow, Russia in 2018!
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Originally from near Minneapolis, Minnesota, Emily Short joins our team as the North Central Public Health Promotion VISTA in The Dalles. Emily attended school at UCLA, where she worked in a health psychology lab and managed a research study that investigated the effects of weight stigma. She also worked as part of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative to create a healthier college campus. She is excited to start her journey to becoming a public health professional through this VISTA year. She hopes to learn more about health promotion and how to make healthy eating and exercise more accessible, and she is planning to get an MPH in the next few years. Emily enjoys exercise (yoga, dancing, and hiking especially), drinking tea, and reading in my free time, and is looking forward to exploring Oregon!

Chris Sanders joins our team as the Jefferson County Connects VISTA in Madras. Chris is originally from San Antonio, Texas, and he has lived there his entire life up until now. He recently graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, which is a super small liberal arts college in a small town just north of Austin, Texas. Chris loves to fly fish and play soccer and is really looking forward to exploring the beautiful scenery in Oregon!

Welcome the Spring 2021-2022 Oregon Health Authority VISTA Cohort


Originally from Hillsboro, Oregon, Eileen Douglas joins our team as the Community Access Facilitator (Vaccine/Hepatitis) VISTA member with Marion County Health & Human Services in Salem! Eileen is a recent graduate of Oregon State University, where she studied public health with a focus on health promotion and behavior and a minor in sociology. She has spent time interning with the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition to address local food insecurity as well as with the local System of Care to connect families in need to resources. Eileen’s goal for her career is to promote health and address issues of equity in underserved communities. She is looking forward to beginning such work during her year of AmeriCorps VISTA service, and she is excited to work alongside other individuals who share her passion for public health.

Isna Waqas is joining our team as the SERV-OR and Community Engagement VISTA member serving with the Oregon Health Authority’s Health Security, Preparedness & Response Program in Portland! A recent graduate of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Isna studied public health with a focus in health management and policy and a minor in business and entrepreneurship. This year she interned with Benton County’s Home, Opportunity, Planning and Equity Advisory Board where she collected survey data from the general public and the unhoused, homeless community in the county, analyzed the results, and assisted with policy recommendations based on the data. In the past Isna has volunteered with the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence Advocacy center at their reception desk and their wish list drives. After a year of service, Isna plans to go to graduate school for a Master of Public Health degree. In her free time Isna has taken up embroidery and enjoys making patterns for friends and family.

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Adam Schmuki joins our team as the CVIM Communications VISTA member serving with Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine in Oregon City! Adam has studied at both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University. They previously worked for an experiential event company and has frequently volunteered with disabled sports organizations in Phoenix. During and beyond their year of service, Adam is eager to learn more about non-profits that work to help disabled individuals get access to the outdoors and medical care. Outside of work, they are a big fan of adventure sports such as white-water kayaking and climbing.


Ashlea Hartz is joining our team as the Multnomah County Food Coordinator VISTA member serving with Multnomah County Integrated Clinical Services in Portland! Ashlea has moved around a lot since she was young and has lived in 6 different states so far, and Oregon will be her 7th. She studied at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and majored in communications with a concentration in public relations. Ashlea has spent over 10 years working in film and commercial production, and now wants to shift her focus to public health communications.  She is also a certified yoga teacher and holistic nutritionist. Ashlea is very excited to work in this role with the Community Supported Agriculture for Health program and also looks forward to working with PSU on data research. 


Originally from a small town in rural Virginia, David Ross joins our team as the Social Determinants of Health VISTA member serving with Waterfall Community Health Center in North Bend! David went to school at Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied anthropology and religion. In college David volunteered with Tricycle Gardens, a nonprofit dedicated to providing fresh produce to areas of Richmond deemed food deserts. After graduating he pursued cooking as a career in Asheville, NC for a year. Following that, he served with AmeriCorps as a Supply and Logistics Coordinator in New Jersey and South Carolina, helping people get their homes rebuilt after natural disasters. David’s career goals are to help people and learn more about the social nature of health. In the future, David is considering becoming a licensed clinical social worker. In his spare time, David enjoys skateboarding, cooking, and making music. He is excited to move out to the coast and learn more about starting a new career!


Originally from Corvallis, Oregon, Ammara Molvi is joining our team as the OHA EMS & Trauma Systems Program VISTA in Portland! Ammara recently graduated from Oregon State University, where she received a degree in public health. During her time at OSU, Ammara participated in student government and frequently volunteered at a local free clinic. During her VISTA service, she is most excited to learn more about ways to improve access to emergency services in vulnerable communities.  After completing her year of AmeriCorps VISTA service, she plans to attend medical school and pursue an MD/MPH to pursue her future goals of becoming a pediatric emergency medicine physician and working towards health equity locally and globally. In her free time, Ammara loves to spend time outdoors with family and friends and read books on science fiction and philosophy.

Originally from St. Charles, Illinois, Anna Garcia joins our team as the HIV Alliance Education & Outreach VISTA member with HIV Alliance in Eugene! Anna graduated from Augustana College with a degree in anthropology and a minor in public health. During her time in college, Anna planned service events with organizations she was a part of on campus to give back to the Quad Cities region. She also assisted with coordinating events on campus to educate and inform students on sexual health. Anna is looking forward to learning more about public health, and getting to be a part of a new community during her service year. In the near future, Anna hopes to pursue a Master of Public Health degree to follow her passion: giving back to the communities she is a part of. In her free time, Anna enjoys exploring the outdoors, finding the best places for food, practicing yoga, and watching movies.


Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Cailin Osborne is joining our team as the Oregon Health Authority Statewide Ombuds Program VISTA in Portland! After completing high school, Cailin moved to Denver, Colorado to attend Regis University. There, she studied peace and justice, anthropology, and community-based food systems. She also participated in community service projects, mainly coordinating volunteers and facilitating conversations about homelessness. After graduation Cailin worked at a food justice nonprofit where she worked on food policy and as a farmer. After AmeriCorps, Cailin hopes to attend graduate school for social work and be trained in trauma-informed care. Some interesting things about Cailin are that she is a certified yoga instructor, and she has completed the Buffalo Wild Wings Hot Wing Challenge! She is excited to meet like-minded folks through AmeriCorps, serve in her home community, and learn more about the healthcare system.

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