View our Steering Committee Charter posted April 7, 2016.
My name is Anahi Cervantes, I am 48 years old and married with 6 children. I was born in Guerrero, Mexico but have lived in the United States for 35 years, residing for many years in the state of California and migrating to the state of Oregon in 1995 with the purpose of giving my children a better education. I have worked for Harry & David for 15 years and am also a student at Rogue Community College. I am a candidate to obtain my CDA in Infant Development. Working with children and their families is my passion, and I had the opportunity to do that when my children were accepted into the programs offered at the Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC) in Ashland. My two youngest children, Cristina and Diego were accepted into the migrant seasonal Head Start program, and in the year 2000 I was elected by the parents as the Policy Council Representative at local and state level and have served in that position up to this date. It has been an honor to know that I can help and contribute my two cents in the community.
Besides helping out in my community, I’ve also traveled outside the state to Florida, Wisconsin, Texas, San Diego, Seattle, Georgia and Washington D.C. for different conferences and trainings so that I could better help children and their families in my community. I thank them for placing their trust in me. I am also a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul helping families so they can receive assistance, I am also a part of the Northwest Seasonal Workers Association (NSWA), an organization that helps low income families with food, medical/dental visits, and legal services, as well as other basic services at little or no cost. I am also the President of the Migrant Education Program in Southern Oregon, and am involved in the Hunger-Free Oregon program and SOELS Parenting Advisory Council. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to be part of SO Health-E because all the members are people who believe and love what they do.
Latino Partnership Program
I’m grateful to have the opportunity to be part of this coalition because all the members are people who love what they do. Equity means to me that every community member should have access to community resources and opportunities.
Oregon Health Authority
Chair of Data & Sustainability Work Group
Belle Shepherd has held the position of Innovator Agent for the Oregon Health Authority for the last 3 years. She works with Primary Health of Josephine County, Jackson Care Connect and Western Oregon Advanced Health CCOs as a liaison between the Oregon Health Authority, the CCOs, and the community. Belle earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Oregon and an MPH from the University of Washington. She has over 20 years of experience in Public Health, with her most recent position as the Jackson County Public Health Division Manager from 2011-2013. Prior to that Belle served 5 years as the Public Health Administrator in Josephine County.
Belle has been the co-owner, with her husband of 23 years, Jeff, of 3 small businesses, including their current business, an award-winning chocolate company. Belle and Jeff have an 18-year-old daughter, Lillie, who thrives on her participation in local community theatre.
Kairos Behavioral Health
Bio coming soon…
ESD/Indian Education & Outreach
josephine county leadership team
Candeena Jackson is a Modoc Indian enrolled in the Klamath Tribes and of Chetco and Tututni descent. As the Indian Education Facilitator for SOESD, she is passionate about working with Native American/Alaskan Natives to inspire them to stay in school and seek higher education. She embraces the Seven Generations Native philosophy: “In every deliberation we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” She enjoys hiking and running in local half marathons. As a certified Native Games trainer, endorsed by the state of Montana’s International Traditional Games Society, she enjoys teaching and playing Native Games, which provides cultural guidance for youth while revitalizing traditional values and customs.
Carolina Castañeda del Río
Carolina Castañeda del Río firmly believes that we are all agents of change. She is passionate about facilitating positive transformation, promoting social justice, and supporting the leadership of people who have been oppressed. She has a B.S. in Psychology, specializing in Family Therapy, and a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences, and graduated with honors. She has around 10 years of experience working with healthcare nonprofits that provide services to underserved communities and diverse minorities, such as people with disabilities, mental health conditions, and Hispanic/Latino communities, both in Mexico and the US. Carolina coordinates the Wellness Program at La Clínica, which offers innovative holistic and preventative services. She is also a member of the Latino Partnership Program at Oregon Community Foundation.
Southern Oregon Education Services District (SOESD)
Chair of Cultural Agility Work Group
Charlie Bauer has been the Migrant Education / English Language Learner / Indian Education Coordinator for the Southern Oregon Education Service District (SOESD) for twelve years. In those roles he serves students and families in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath Counties. Previous to his work at SOESD, he was one of the founding teachers of the Two Way Immersion Program at Phoenix Elementary School in Phoenix, Oregon. Additionally, he has taught in Oakland, Berkeley, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico.
I moved to the Illinois Valley seven years ago with my husband, Councilman Mark Dillinger. Being retired has afforded me the opportunity to volunteer with organizations in Josephine County. I want to empower people and soar to eliminate disparities among all. I enjoy quilting, volunteering, and when I can, walking on the beach with my husband and dog, “The Kingfish”
Jackson Care Connect
Heidi Hill is Regional Manager/Community Liaison with Advantage Dental Services who works with individuals and communities to bring population health strategies focused on oral health into the community setting. Heidi believes strong communities begin with strong and healthy individuals. Heidi helps bridge the gap between traditional healthcare services and community based services and organizations.
Heidi has been involved with the Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) movement since 2012, as a member of the founding staff team for Jackson Care Connect. Her role as Community Engagement Program Manager oversaw the development of the social determinant work. This “framework” of community based work has been included in a study done by Dartmouth on Accountable Care Organizations, and her work with Rogue Valley Family YMCA has been recognized by Governor Kate Brown as a primary example of healthcare transformation.
Heidi Hill holds a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Walden University. She is also a graduate of the Developing Equity and Leadership through Action (DELTA) program, is knowledgeable in the science surrounding Adverse Childhood Events and trauma-informed-care, and is a Certified Personal Trainer with nearly 30 years of coaching/training in the fitness/dance industry.
Ivonne Martínez Razo
Jackson County Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE)
For 10 years, I have worked as a Multicultural Specialist at Jackson County Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education. I was born in Mexico and am proud to be a fourth generation immigrant. I am married with two children, one of which is on the autism spectrum. I am a founding member of Familias Especiales, a support group for families who speak Spanish who have a loved one with special needs. I am devoted to helping Latino families and advocating for differently abled individuals. I am working hard every day to become a better, more humble human being.
OHSU School of Nursing
Lead Researcher of data & sustainability work group
Joanne Noone, PhD, RN, CNE is Campus Associate Dean and Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing on the Ashland Campus. I am also on the Jackson County Public Health Advisory Board and State of Oregon Office of Equity and Inclusion Community Advisory Council. In addition, I am the project manager for a HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant, Advancing Health Equity through Student Empowerment & Professional Success. The purpose of this program is to address social determinants of health to enroll, empower, and graduate nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including underrepresented ethnic and racial minority populations to improve health equity within their communities through professional nursing practice. I am committed to developing a nursing workforce who can provide expert nursing care to diverse populations. I am passionate about addressing health equity issues in our community because as a nurse, I want my practice and the practice of all nurses in our community to be of the best benefit to all people we serve.
Rogue Community Health
My name is Larissa Medina I was born in Culiacán, Sinaloa Mexico. My family and I immigrated to the United States when I was four years old. We originally lived in Redwood City, California, however when I was 12 we moved to Medford, Oregon, and I have been living in the Rogue Valley ever since. This is my home. I graduated high school in 2003 from North Medford, then attended RCC, and graduated from Oregon Health & Science University in 2011.
I have been involved in many community-based activities that have promoted education, immigration reform, and health equity. I am currently a member and co-chair of our Southern Oregon Health Equity Coalition, S.O. HEALTH-E Steering Committee, and a board member of the Jackson County Health Advisory Board.
For the past three years I have been working at Rogue Community Health at the White City location, as the Clinic Director. Throughout my journey, I have experienced many health disparities and barriers to access care: as a member of a minority population, including being Hispanic, a Woman, and undocumented for 26 years of my life. My passion is to help bridge the gap between the Latino population and our health care system.
A quote that has been helpful for me during my trials and periods of ups and downs has been: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill.
Medford Police Department
Lilia Caballero has served as cultural liaison coordinator for the city of Medford’s police department since 2007 and was elected to the Medford School Board in 2015. She is an active advocate for bringing together diverse populations within the community and works to create quality of life for all residents of Jackson County. This commitment drew her to service as part of SO Health-E’s Steering Committee as well.
“I deeply believe that we are at our best when we all work together to create the community we want,” she said. “Having access to health care is part of a good life. No one should have to worry that they won’t be able to get help when they need it.”
Lilia is a former respiratory therapist whose life took on a public role in the late 2000s. She has served on the Medford School District’s Latino Advisory Committee, Jackson County Homeless Task Force, and Southern Oregon Early Learning Services board.
Lilia currently chairs the Hispanic Interagency Committee (HIC) and serves on the board of the Center for Nonprofit Legal Services, and is a member of the Greater Medford Multicultural Fair Organizing Committee, Jackson County Community Services Consortium, Jackson County Gang Prevention Task Force, Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team, Rogue Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster Committee, and Southern Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund Advisory Council
Maria serves on SO Health-E steering committee and is also the board chair of the Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon, or HCCSO, the fiscal and backbone agency for SO Health-E.
Professionally, Maria serves as La Clínica’s Development Officer, a position she has held for eleven years. In total, Maria has worked at La Clínica for sixteen years, serving as the organization’s deputy director and wellness and prevention coordinator.
Before joining La Clínica, she was the Hispanic Outreach Advocate for Dunn House, a Jackson County shelter for domestic violence victims. She worked her first year out of college for an Early Head Start program in Arizona. In addition to her support of SO Health-E and HCCSO, Maria’s community service includes membership on the Family Nurturing Center board.
Maria graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Maria relocated to Medford in 1997 from Tempe, Arizona, when her husband Verne was hired by Rogue Community College. The couple has two adult children. Born in Mexico and raised in Mesa, Arizona, Maria was the child of seasonal farm workers and grew up in a diverse and multicultural community. Her lived experience, education, and professional training all contributed to her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Southern Oregon University
Marjorie Trueblood-Gamble is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion as well as the Title IX Coordinator for Southern Oregon University. She works in collaboration with others to promote and foster inclusive community on campus and in the surrounding area.
Chair of Policy Work Group
Michelle’s commitment to health equity is rooted in her passion for community empowerment and organizing for social justice. Michelle believes that healthy, thriving communities are communities where everyone participates and decisions are based on community needs and input. That cannot happen if people are too busy trying to make ends meet, dealing with discrimination, or struggling to access education, transportation, or healthcare to participate in civic life. By working for health equity, Michelle believes that we are creating the conditions for vibrant, safe, and welcoming communities for all of us.
Chair of oral health coalition
Michelle was the Head Start and Early Head Start Health Services Director for eight years before moving into her current position as the Head Start Director. She graduated from the University of Oregon and did social work for several years before going to medical school in Portland. She is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and had a private practice for six years where she worked mostly with children with Autism. Michelle is a certified ACE Interface Master Trainer and volunteers her time working locally with the Self Healing Communities initiative.
Bio coming soon…
Former State Representative/Southern Oregon Success
Peter Buckley served six terms in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2005 to 2017, including eight years as the House Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means. Prior to his legislative service, he worked for 22 years in regional theaters as an actor, playwright, director, administrator and instructor. He currently works as the Program Manager for our regional achievement collaboration, Southern Oregon Success, and as a policy advisor to Governor Kate Brown. He is married to Joan Langley, the education director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and they have raised their 3 sons in Ashland.
Jackson County Public Health
chair of reproductive & sexual health work group
Tanya Phillips is the Health Promotion Manager for Jackson County Health and Human Services-Public Health Division. Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions. Tanya Phillips incorporates the Jackson County Health Promotion Programs into the SO Health-E Coalition and provides a health promotion approach to the coalition work.
josephine county leadership team
My name is Shanel Mahr, and I represent all of my ancestors, the people who came before me, and those who will come after me. I am a Wailacki and Wintun Native from the Round Valley Indian Tribes in Northern California. I am a first generation university graduate, who is pursing a career as an Emergency Medicine Physician (EMP). As someone who plans to make medicine her life’s work, I want to be a part of creating a community where equity in healthcare is the main goal.
AllCare Health CCO
Stick Crosby started in healthcare five years ago in Wyoming after he left a career in firefighting. He accepted a position with Community Health Centers Of Central Wyoming in a Facilities Management role. With previous exposure and training in Lean Six Sigma, they began to utilize him in a project management position. Through multiple successful projects around Population Health Management, Stick moved into an operations administration role. Two years ago he had an opportunity to move to Oregon and accept a position with AllCare Health. Through his position as Contracts Manager, Stick is able to look at inequities on a systems level within the provider network and find ways that we can change the system to work for everyone.
Medford School District
Terri was born and raised in Mt. Shasta, California. She attended Sacramento State and Chico State University where she received a B.A. in Liberal Studies and an elementary teaching certificate. Terri also attended the University of Oregon where she received a Standard Handicap Learners license, and then attended Southern Oregon University to obtain a Masters of Science in Education. Terri has taught regular and special education for 28 years. Her Initial Continuing Administrative degree was completed at Portland State. Terri was a principal and a special education teacher at Ruch School for four years. She is currently the Federal Programs and School Improvement Supervisor for Medford School District. Terri has been in that role for five years. Terri has been married for 38 years and has one grown son.
Grants Pass School District
Josephine county leadership team
Todd Bloomquist, EdD, is the Director of Special Services, Technology, and Instructional Improvement for the Grants Pass School District. He oversees operations for serving students in the Grants Pass community with special needs, and is the liaison to the county mental health department for the school district. Dr. Bloomquist enjoys serving in public schools and has been both a teacher and administrator over the last 26 years. He is committed to creating a better society that includes health and wellness for all of its community members. Dr. Bloomquist is also a certified Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) master trainer and serves on a several community boards.