Meet Our Team

Our Health Care Coalition team works daily to promote change for the better. We are driven to improve health care access, equity and outcomes throughout Southern Oregon, and advocate for our region’s most at-risk populations. We believe in being creative, innovative and mission-focused to meet our goals — ensuring everyone has the resources they need to reach their highest level of health.

Staff

Health Care Coalition Staff Amy Thuren

Amy Thuren

Executive Director, Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon

(she/her)

Amy joined HCCSO in 2019 as Executive Director, bringing along her decades of nonprofit management and community engagement experience. After graduating with a degree in Political Science from University of California, Santa Barbara, Amy and her family discovered Southern Oregon in 2002 and have lived, worked and played here since. Over the past 18 years, Amy has rooted herself thoroughly into the community by serving on numerous nonprofit boards and committees, running for public office, and leading trainings related to Equity and Inclusion in Health Care. Her background in forging community partnerships has given her momentum to guide the continued growth of HCCSO for years to come.

Away from HCCSO, Amy enjoys volunteering with her kids’ many activities, spending time outdoors, cooking, running, swimming and gardening (in other words, staying busy).

Health Care Coalition Staff Juliet Rutter

Juliet Rutter

Douglas County Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator

(they/she)

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 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, Juliet has 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 help fellow locals in their life’s journeys.

Coming Together

We are looking for our next:

– Healthy Start Program Manager

– Community Outreach & Engagement Coordinator!

Learn more on our Jobs page.

“It has been rewarding to see the work of HCSSO moving through local collaborations with an increasing lens on diversity, equity and inclusion. We are making a positive difference in the lives of southern Oregonians.”

 

– Diane Hoover, Board Member

Board of Directors

The Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon is a non-profit organization governed by a board of directors who guide and support the organization’s work in a multitude of ways. The board is made up of community leaders throughout Jackson, Josephine, and Douglas counties who are responsible for setting policy, strategic planning, and fiscal oversight.

If you’re passionate about advancing health equity in Southern Oregon and would like to serve on our board, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us with your statement of interest.

Officers

Mike Feldman, MPA

Mike Fieldman, MPA
President

Former Executive Director,
United Communities Action Network (UCAN)

Michael Fieldman has worked in the field of social services for over 40 years. He has worked in both the non-profit and government sectors overseeing anti-poverty programs, as well as mental health and drug and alcohol treatment programs. This lifelong career focus stems from his personal commitment to helping enhance social justice and equity in our society. Mike has a Bachelor degree from Sangamon State University in Springfield, IL., and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.

Peter Buckley

Peter Buckley
Vice President

Project Manager,
Southern Oregon Success

Peter Buckley served for six terms representing south Jackson County in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2005-2017, including eight years as House Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways & Means. His work in the legislature followed a career of over 20 years in regional theatre. He now serves as Program Manager for Southern Oregon Success, a collaboration of all levels of education, health care, mental health care, human services, public safety and workforce development in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Bruce McKee, CPA

Bruce McKee, CPA
Treasurer

Chief Financial Officer,
Siskiyou Community Health Center

Bruce McKee has been the Chief Financial Officer for Siskiyou Community Health Center in Grants Pass since 2006. With over thirty years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, Bruce has served a variety of businesses in the financial, tax and business advisory areas. Bruce earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with concentration in Accounting and Finance from California State University, Fullerton.

Natalie Jones Health Care Coalition

Natalie Jones, Secretary

Deputy Chief Medical Officer,
Aviva Health 

Natalie Jones, FNP, grew up in Roseburg where she also received her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree through Umpqua Community College. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Oregon Health and Science University, her Master of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner through Frontier Nursing University, and is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Natalie has experience in Public Health, with a focus on Maternal and Child Health. She enjoys working with children to provide an upstream approach in helping them attain lifelong health and improving the overall health of the population in the future.

Members at Large

Jackson Baures

Jackson Baures

Public Health Division Manager,
Jackson County Public Health Services

Jackson Baures is the manager of Jackson County Public Health Division, which provides a variety of programs and services including Communicable Disease; Immunizations; Maternal and Child Health; Women, Infants, and Children; Health Promotion/Prevention; Environmental Public Health; Animal Services; Ambulance Service Areas; and Public Health Emergency Preparedness. He received a Bachelors of Science from Willamette University, a Masters in Management from Southern Oregon University, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from Oregon Health & Science University. He currently resides in Medford with his partner, Zahra, and has two teenage children, Joe and Lucy.

Dr. Tanveer Bokhari

Dr. Tanveer Bokhari

VP of Quality & Health Equity Officer,
Umpqua Health Alliance

Dr. Tanveer Bokhari is Umpqua Health Alliance’s VP of Quality and is also the Health Equity Officer. Dr. Bokhari is a trained physician in Internal Medicine from Pakistan, and has lived in several countries outside the United States; besides English he is fluent in Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi, with a working knowledge of Arabic. He has extensive experience in Quality Improvement, especially from a systems’ level.  As the Health Equity Officer, he works with stakeholders to ensure the application of equity across all UHA departments and programs. Dr. Bokhari is a participant of the 2020 DELTA cohort and has completed two Health Equity courses run by the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) and the FamiliesUSA.

Chris Guastaferro

Chris Guastaferro

Executive Director, Area Health Education
Center of Southwest Oregon (AHEC)

Chris has been a leader in the nonprofit sector of health and education for almost 20 years specializing in development and change. As a Director and consultant, he has helped to creatively expand organizational capacity through resource development, developing innovative systems of delivery, and the engineering of organizational strategies for scalability and sustainability. Chris currently holds an Executive Director position with the nonprofit organization Area Health Education Center of Southwest Oregon. He is also active in several Boards of Directors as well as being an Elder at his church.

Diane Hoover, PhD, MPA

Diane Hoover, PhD, MPA

Director, Continuing Ed Work Force Development,
Rogue Community College

Diane’s family has lived in Southern Oregon since 1978. She is a retired Navy Captain with over 30 years of healthcare administration experience. She served as the Josephine County Public health Director for six years and is currently employed at Rogue Community College as the Director for Workforce Training & Continuing Education.

Shanel Mahr Health Care Coalition

Shanel Mahr

Residential Treatment Counselor,
Family Solutions

Nshong nshong, Shanel Mahr shi-ghwoo-she’.Hello, my name is Shanel Mahr. I am a Wailacki and Wintun native woman from Northern California, who has lived in Josephine County for over 10 years. I am a wife, mother, active community member, and pre-medical student. I have a passion for serving families, by way of figuring out their specific needs and working with the HCCSO board to find new ways of meeting those needs. I have been a member of the HCCSO board for 4 years, and am continuously proud to work next to the other members who have shown their love and care for the people of this valley.

Nshong-shaa-nul-lah

BelleBelle Shepherd, MPH Health Care Coalition

Belle Shepherd, MPH

Senior Policy Advisor
Oregon Health Authority

Belle Shepherd is an Innovator Agent for the State of Oregon. In this role, she promotes health systems transformation with a focus on Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) for the Medicaid population. Focus areas include Health Equity, Behavioral Health and Community engagement. Belle earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Washington. She has over 25 years of experience in public health, including work in emergency preparedness, communicable disease transmission, health education and health administration.

Maria Underwood Health Care Coalition

Maria Underwood

Development Director,
La Clinica Health Centers

Maria Ramos Underwood guides La Clinica’s fundraising initiatives and helps community partners join in our work to improve the health and well-being of our community. Maria, born in Mexico, was a child of seasonal farm workers and grew up using community-based health services similar to those provided by La Clinica. Maria graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She is a member of the boards of the Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon (HCCSO) and the Gray Family Foundation. She is a steering committee member of All in for Health Care, the team overseeing our regional community health improvement plan.

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