Executive Director, Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon
In 2019, Amy Thuren joined HCCSO as Executive Director, bringing her extensive experience in managing non-profits and community engagement to the organization’s work in health equity.
Over the past two decades, Amy has been actively engaged in the Rogue Valley, leading organizations like the American Red Cross, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, and The Valley Charter School; serving on a multitude of Boards and Committees; raising her school-aged kids; and enjoying all the beauty this region has to offer.
She is excited to bring her broad knowledge and relationships to the mission of advancing health equity through key partnerships with public health agencies, non-profit community health centers and other community organizations.
Manager, Healthy Start of Southern Oregon
Lee Ann Grogan joined Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon in Fall of 2017 to manage the Healthy Start program across Douglas and Josephine County. Lee Ann brings a wealth of experience of working with and supporting children and families in many capacities.
She has been living and working across Southern Oregon since 2007, when she relocated to serve in the AmeriCorps VISTA program. This experience was life-changing and set the course for Lee Ann to dedicate her work in public service to support children and families of marginalized groups. Lee Ann has remained in Oregon to attend graduate school and has worked in education and mental health settings throughout her career.
Lee Ann holds graduate degrees in both Mental Health Counseling and Education from Southern Oregon University and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Hendrix College, located in her home state of Arkansas. When she is not at work, Lee Ann loves to be outside and enjoying nature with her dog, Sweet Rosie.
Douglas County Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator
Juliet Rutter joined HCCSO in the spring of 2020 driven by a passion to improve the lives of people in Southern Oregon. As a third generation resident of Douglas County, Juliet has sought out ways to connect people and develop systems that are more effective and efficient in a rural setting.
Through years of study in performing arts and community development culminating in a M.S. in Arts Administration and a G.C. in Nonprofit Management, they have come to appreciate creative, collaborative, and community driven initiatives that lead to long term success. Juliet is excited to put their interpersonal skills, creativity, and research skills to use by facilitating productive partnerships and programs with HCCSO.
By doing this work Juliet hopes to expand their knowledge of a healthy collective impact process, contribute creative and modern ideas to influential groups, and to help fellow locals in their life’s journey.
Josephine County Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator
Bridgette started with HCCSO in the Spring of 2020 and has a passion for seeing families be successful. With her experience as a Healthy Start Community Health Worker her expertise is helping families connect with their community. She is excited to bring about organizational change with her drive and positive attitude!
Bridgette has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Management, extensive knowledge around lactation, and enjoys being a positive influence for families. Because of this, she strives to establish healthy partnerships in the Rogue Valley.
Bridgette has lived in the Grants Pass area for her whole life and doesn’t plan on leaving!