View our STEERING COMMITTEE CHARTER (last updated JuNE 2018).
Oregon Health Authority
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.
Southern Oregon Education Services District (SOESD)
Co-Chair of equity, diversity, & inclusion 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.
Community/Women’s Crisis Support Team
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”.
Ivonne Martínez Razo
Jackson County Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE)
co-chair of steering committee
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.
AllCare Health CCO
co-chair of steering committee
I retired September 1, 2001, ten days before 9-11 from the U.S. Navy after 20 years. Before I retired, I became a certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor at Point Loma, CA. I continued to work in the addiction field after retiring from the Navy @ Scripps Hospital, McDonald Treatment Center in La Jolla, CA. I moved to Southern Oregon October 2003 and continued to assist Veterans in addiction recovery at the Veteran’s Administration in White City. During my time at the VA-SORCC, I became a committee member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (EEOC). While on the EEOC, I came to understand how federal employment measures are met.
I was introduced to SO Health-E’s Steering Committee working @ United Community Action Network (UCAN). At UCAN, I got first-hand account of assisting Veterans and civilians on how to navigate barriers encountered in housing. I also observed how social determinants impacts health equity throughout Josephine County. I continued to increase my understanding of health equity as I was re-introduced to SO Health-E Steering Committee at my current position @ AllCare Health. Working on the SO Health-E Steering Committee helped me develop my empathy gene. My supervisor and Health Equity Manager encouraged me to participant in the SO Health-E program and I was excited to be a part of such an important program. It is my hope during my time with the committee that I learn how to challenge workplace attitudes of indifference and contest the culture conditioning as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion. It’s been proven that when a company embraces and celebrate DEI, not just tolerate it (DEI), the company attracts all types customers. Rapport with a company shifts to a lifelong relationship of trust that improves the company’s bottom line. I also hope to learn to challenge my implicit basis and better understand how to grow and become an effective advocate for marginalized communities’ who lack health equity.
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.