Michael J. Garland, D.Sc.Rel
Vice President, AON Consulting
Executive Director, Oregon Child Development Coalition
Executive Director, Western Institute of Nursing
Executive Director of the North Sound Accountable Community of Health
Liz Baxter recently became the first Executive Director of the North Sound Accountable Community of Health, which encompasses Snohomish, Skagit Island, San Jan and Whatcom Counties. Prior to moving to Whatcom County Liz was Executive Director of the Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI), and spent seven years leading We Can Do Better (founded as the Archimedes Movement). The common element in each of her roles is a belief that community voice is essential to sustainable change to impact policy and practice, and influence the state and national dialogues on health and health care reform. Liz has spent her career building bridges between complex policy discussions and the public’s ability to understand and weigh in on these issues.
Liz chaired the board for Cover Oregon for more than three years, and serves on the board of Oregon Health Decisions. She was vice chair of Oregon’s Future of Public Health Task Force, and remains an elected member of the Oregon Health Authority’s Health Equity Policy Committee. She has a Bachelor’s degree in social welfare, two years of graduate study in gerontology and a Master’s in Public Health.
Lauren Frank, MHS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Communication at Portland State University.
Romana Hasnain-Wynia, MS, PHD
Director of the Addressing Disparities Program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
In this role, Dr. Hasnain-Wynia provides leadership and sets strategic direction for funding patient-centered comparative effectiveness research focused on reducing disparities and advancing equity in health and healthcare.
Prior to joining PCORI, Dr. Hasnain-Wynia was the director of the Center for Healthcare Equity and Associate Professor at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She also held an appointment as an Associate Professor for Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy and served as the associate director of Northwestern’s AHRQ Funded
T-32 post-doctoral training program in health services and outcomes research. She has been the principal investigator for a number of national studies focusing on advancing equity for underserved populations.
Margaret Klein, RN, MS, MSN, JD
Oregon Director of Clinical Operations for KEPRO
Margaret is a nurse, attorney, ethicist, educator, and published author with over 40 years of experience in healthcare, law, ethics and the insurance industry. She has held positions in direct patient care, management and administration – serving in healthcare leadership positions for Legacy Health System, Oregon Health Sciences University, Providence Health and Services, and Vibra Specialty Hospital. Currently, Margaret chairs the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council and is the Oregon Director of Clinical Operations with KEPRO.
In her spare time, Margaret helps at the family-owned restaurant Tebo’s with her husband and co-owner, Craig; has served as the photojournalist and team administrator for a medical mission team to Guatemala through Faith in Practice out of Houston Texas; serves on the board for the local chapter of Hockey Ministry International; grows roses, and has three beautiful Shih Tzu pups, Porsche, Lincoln, Tesla and their domestic cat, Miss Bentley.