View our Steering Committee Charter (last updated August 2017).
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.
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.
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”
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.
Ashland Police Department
Ashland Police Lieutenant Hector Meletich is from Brooklyn, New York and has served as a police officer for almost 25 years. He served in Florida as a police officer and police sergeant for sixteen years and now in Ashland for over eight. He has worn multiple hats as a supervisor working in the areas of homeless intervention, underwater search and recovery, SWAT, field training supervision, hostage negotiation, and patrol. He was also a narcotics and money laundering detective and speaks Spanish. He has a Master’s Degree in History and has served 24 years in the military with numerous overseas assignments. He and his wife Brooke have been together for 23 years and have two daughters and two grandsons.
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.
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.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
Nathan Sickler moved to the Rogue Valley in 1995 to attend college at Southern Oregon University. He graduated in 1999 with a Degree in Criminology and has been working in law enforcement since 1998. In 2017 he was chosen to be the Sheriff of Jackson County. During his professional career he has worked for both city and county law enforcement agencies and has had positions in the patrol division as an officer and a supervisor. He supervised the detective division for several years. Prior to being chosen as the Sheriff, he oversaw the Patrol Division for the Sheriff’s Office as a Captain. Sheriff Sickler has focused on building relationships in the community and is grateful for the opportunity to be a member of the Southern Oregon Health and Equity Coalition. He believes it is important for law enforcement to engage the community in roles outside of enforcement to build and maintain trust. He is married to his very supportive wife, DeAnna, and they are raising two energetic boys, Grady and Griffin. In his free time he enjoys coaching youth sports, camping and fishing.
Nicthé recently graduated from Oregon State University with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies (Chicanx/Latinx Studies) and a minor in Social Justice. In college, Nicthé was involved in student and worker’s rights organizing through M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán) and USAS (United Students Against Sweatshops). She is passionate about amplifying the voices of our marginalized communities by creating spaces for them to organize in order for them to make the change they want to see in their communities. Her upbringing, education, and involvement with these organizations, have been key in empowering her to become a social change agent in her community.
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.
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
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.