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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

Interim Director

Dave Baden 

Dave Baden

Dave Baden, formerly 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 was deputy CFO. His accomplishments at OHA include managing OHA’s procurement process for Coordinated Care Organizations, as well as multiple critical roles during the pandemic. He was one of the statewide incident commanders in response to COVID-19, procuring and distributing personal protective equipment to health care systems in Oregon amidst a nationwide shortage.

He also oversaw staffing support for hospitals and long-term care settings during the height of surges brought on by variants, bringing in more than 2,000 staff to Oregon to help keep providers afloat. Additionally, he also led effective vaccine distributions, which contributed to Oregon having the second-lowest COVID-19 case rate and eighth-lowest death rate in the nation. 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.

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

Equity and Inclusion Division

Leann Johnson  

Leann Johnson

Leann Johnson, M.S., is the director of the Equity and Inclusion Division. 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.

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.

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.