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Our Board of Directors
Michele "MiMi" Bernal-Graves, MS, Treasurer
Spending her childhood 5 miles outside of her hometown of Vernonia, Oregon gave MiMi an appreciation of the relationship between the environment and human health early in life. Her feeling of connection to Earth's interconnected biosphere inspired a desire to help humans and the natural world to co-exist in harmony, which is why she chose to study the environment and education. MiMi attained her BS in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Biology from Pacific University and her MS in Leadership for Sustainability Education from Portland State University. MiMi joined Oregon PSR’s Board of Directors in Fall of 2010 and currently serves as our Treasurer.
Susan Katz, MD, Board Vice-President
Susan grew up in New Jersey, went to college at Brown University, and then moved west, first to Pasadena and then to Portland 40 years ago. She taught biology and chemistry and worked as a research assistant before attending medical school in 1977 at OHSU. After medical school, a Pediatrics residency, and a Child Psychiatry fellowship, Susan moved to McMinnville, where she had a private practice for 20 years. Susan is very happy to have the time and a great interest in the evolving research in the field of environmental health, especially toxins and neurodevelopment, and so is active with Oregon PSR's Environmental Health Working Group. She expects to continue learning and communicating what she learns to fellow physicians and health practitioners, who may be too busy to keep up with it all. Peace and nuclear issues are also important to Susan, who currently serves as Oregon PSR's Board President.
Chris Lowe, PhD
Raised outside of Boston, Chris came to Oregon to study at Reed College in 1977, graduated in 1982, and went on to a PhD in African History at Yale University. In 1991 he returned to Portland as a visiting professor at Reed and later studied epidemiology and biostatistics at OHSU in the MPH program, partly due to his experiences researching in Swaziland, which has the world’s highest HIV prevalence. Chris's focus at OHSU was on environmental and social epidemiology, and his work has included teaching at Reed, Clark College, WSU Vancouver, Linfield College and Portland State, professional editing, research for Oregon Public Broadcasting, and trade union research. Some of his earliest activism was in the anti-nuclear power Clamshell Alliance in New England, and he attended the great Nuclear Freeze Rally in New York in 1982. Chris is a long-time activist with Portland Jobs with Justice and serves as Vice President for the statewide Health Care for All (Oregon) coalition, advocating for universal publicly funded "single payer" health care.
Elaine McKenzie, RN, MPH
Patricia Murphy, ND, LAc, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), Secretary
Pat is originally from New England and has enjoyed living in Oregon since 1979. She received a BS in Psychology from of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA, an ND from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR, and is a graduate of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, OR. She also has postgraduate training in Environmental Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe, AZ. For several years Pat was an instructor at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and currently presents guest lectures about environmental medicine to acupuncture students at the masters and doctoral levels, to practitioners and to the public. Since 1984 she has created a blended private practice of acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. Over the years she has become more and more concerned about effects of toxic chemicals on human health, and she is dedicated to helping people learn about how to decrease toxic exposures. Pat takes to heart the naturopathic tenet “prevention is the best cure.” She has been a member of the Oregon PSR Environmental Health Work Group since 2007.
Joan Nugent, RN, MN
Joan's educational background includes a BS in Nursing and a MS in Community Health Care Systems, with a specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. In addition to work in a number of clinical areas (critical care, pediatrics, and emergency care), she was privileged to work for twenty years in Public Health with the State of Alaska. Prior to relocating to Portland, Joan served the Southeast Alaska region of PeaceHealth for twelve years as a member of the executive team, in business development, human resources and organizational development. She is pleased to be a member of the Oregon PSR Board of Directors and to work with our team of passionate, socially conscious professionals who are committed to making a difference through their education and advocacy efforts around environmental health and peace issues. Joan considers Oregon PSR a good fit because our organization is comprised of a professionally diverse group of individuals, led by physicians (using only evidence based, scientific data within a public health construct to support their positions and work).
Patrick O'Herron, MD, Board President
Pat is a medical doctor and general surgeon practicing acute care surgery in Salem. His focus at Oregon PSR is climate change, which fits well with our mission of addressing the greatest threats to human health. Pat lives in Portland with his family.
John Pearson, MD
John is a retired pediatrician specializing in Pediatric Neurology. He retired in 2000 after being Chief of Pediatrics for Kaiser Permanente in Portland for the previous ten years. He is currently an Investigator in Epidemiology at the Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente and an adjunct professor at OHSU. John has been active on the Board of Directors of Oregon PSR since 2003, was Board President in 2007-2008 and from 2010-2012, and has contributed significantly in outreach and education about the health effects of war and solutions to the issue of terrorism.
Our Advisory Board
George recently retired after a 45-year association with Lewis and Clark College’s Department of Communication. His areas of focus were public speaking and interpersonal, organizational and small group communication. With his wife, Carol, he led overseas study programs for the college in Australia and India, as well as in Washington, D.C. George formed his own organizational development consulting and training practice in 1981. He specializes in the areas of organizational communication, leadership development, team building and strategic planning. He was drawn to Oregon PSR through his association with his good friend Dr. John Pearson and served on the Board of Directors for a number of years before joining the Advisory Board in 2014.
Sonia Buist, MD
Sonia is currently Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She obtained her medical degree at St. Andrews University in Scotland, did her residency at the University of Colorado Medical School in Denver, and completed fellowships in pulmonary medicine and pulmonary physiology at the University of Oregon Medical School. Her primary areas of research are the epidemiology and management of asthma and COPD and, in particular, the overlap between asthma and COPD in the older adult. She has been the Principal Investigator of the Portland Center of the U.S. Lung Health Studies I, II, and III. She is also presently engaged in health services and outcomes research as an investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland. Sonia has been a member of numerous federal advisory groups, including NIH Study Sections, FDA Pulmonary and Allergy Advisory Committee, NHLBI Pulmonary Disease Advisory Committee, NHLBI Advisory Council, NIH Task Force on Research and Education of Prevention and Lung Disease, and the National Asthma Education and Prevention Coordinating Committee. She is a past member of the New England Journal of Medicine Editorial Board and a current member of the editorial committee. She has held numerous positions within the American Thoracic Society, and was President in 1990-1991. She is presently Chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease.
Martin Donohoe, MD, FACP
Martin is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health at Portland State University and senior physician at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Hospital. He serves on the Board of Advisors of Oregon PSR and was Chief Scientific Advisor to Oregon PSR’s Campaign for Safe Food from 2003-2011. He received his BS and MD from UCLA, completed internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Stanford University. His career has included clinical practice in academic medical centers, community hospitals, and clinics for homeless and un/underinsured patients. Martin has taught courses in public health, medical humanities, social justice ethics, women’s health, and the history of medicine at UCLA, UCSF, Stanford, OHSU, Clark College, and Portland State. He is the author of Public Health and Social Justice (2013, Jossey-Bass/Wiley) and has published articles and frequently lectures on public health and social justice, activism, and the medical humanities. Martin's articles, course syllabi, and open-access PowerPoint slide shows are available at Public Health and Social Justice.
Ben is the Chief Diversity and Equity Officer for Multnomah County Health Department, and Board Chair of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. His work focuses on the relationships between health and social, economic, and environmental conditions though both public policy and community based empowerment work. Ben also works with the Diversity and Quality Team and is currently Chair of the Oregon Governor's Environmental Justice Task Force. Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, Ben moved to Oregon in 1997 to pursue a degree in Environmental Science from University of Oregon and has lived in Portland since 2001.
Andy Harris, MD
Andy is the Founder and Director of Professionals’ Training in Global Health at Oregon Health & Science University’s Global Health Center. He is a board certified ophthalmologist, a Clinical Assistant Professor at Casey Eye Institute, and a Clinical Correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia Medical School, and he completed a residency and fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Health Sciences Center. He has worked overseas on medical missions and teaching in Labrador, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Moldova, China, India, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone. Andy served on the PSR National Board of Directors for 13 years and as National President in 1998. In 1985 he co-founded the Salem/Simferopol (Ukraine) Sister City Relationship and in 1988 he co-founded the Salem Outreach Shelter (SOS) homeless shelter.
Yuri Hiranuma, DO
Yuri is in part-time private practice as an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Specialist in Portland. She was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan, and came to the US to attend college. After graduating from Eastern Oregon State College (now University), she received her DO degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. After the March 11th Fukushima nuclear disaster she began to get acquainted with radiation exposure issues. Being in a unique position to gather information in Japanese, she keeps informed of what's going on in Japan, including how the affected people are coping (or not coping) with the disaster, how inefficient and dysfunctional the government agencies are at managing the problem, and how there appears to be a systematic underestimation and dismissal of health effects. In early 2013, Yuri was invited by the late Dr. Jeff Patterson, past president of PSR National, to join PSR National’s Radiation and Health Committee. In June 2014 she co-authored a critique of the UNSCEAR 2013 report on the Fukushima disaster. She has been especially focusing on Fukushima thyroid examination results and watching all the related government committee meetings online, often streamed by freelance journalists. She publishes translations of the results and any other relevant information that may be available only in Japanese on her blog. Yuri is interested in pursuing the truth and sharing information in order to raise awareness and expand our collective knowledge.
John Howieson, MD
John completed an undergraduate degree in chemistry, a Master’s degree in human anatomy and an MD at the University of Kansas. While in the US Public Health Service he was transferred to the Armed Forces Special Weapons Service in Portland, where he studied topics related to radiological defense at Reed College. In 1960 he completed training in Radiology at OHSU (then called the University of Oregon Medical School) followed by a time in private practice and a stint on the faculty of the University of Kentucky medical school. He then completed a second residency in Neurology at Yale University in Connecticut. Returning to Oregon in 1977, John became Professor of Radiology at OHSU specializing in imaging of the nervous system where he worked until retirement from the faculty in 1994. After retirement from OHSU he received a Master’s degree in marine biology at OSU, where he also taught classes in human anatomy and physiology. John is a member of the USDOE’s Hanford Advisory Board, representing Oregon and Washington PSR, and is also a citizen member of the Oregon Hanford Cleanup Board.
Philip Newman, MD, FACS
Phil was born and raised in a small town in eastern Pennsylvania and received his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College and his MD from the University of Cincinnati. He interned at UCSF and did General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery training at UCLA Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, CA. Phil spent the following year as a Major in the US Army as the Chief of Professional Services of the 18th Surgical Hospital in Quang Tri, Vietnam (1970-71), an experience that significantly altered his understanding of human conduct and the futility of armed conflict.
Bonnie Reagan, MD, RN
Bonnie started her career as a high school teacher, became a nurse and nurse practitioner, and then attended what is now Oregon Health and Science University for medical school and residency in family medicine. She practiced for 22 years at Portland Family Practice, including obstetrics in her practice. She was a longtime member of the Oregon PSR Board of Directors, was the chair of the Ethics Committee at Adventist Medical Center for many years, and was on the Task Force to Improve the Care of Terminally-Ill Oregonians. She also was a member of the Choral Arts Ensemble for 20 years. Now in retirement, she is involved in many activities, including the Medical Advisory Committee of Komen for the Cure, the Health Matters Committee, the Outreach Committee of Baby Blues Connection (a group offering free services to women and their families with postpartum depression or anxiety), the Board of Directors of the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, the Board of Directors of Pilgrims' Partner Foundation, the Steering Committee of Healthy Kids (the insurance program for low income children in Oregon). She will also be working with the START program of the Oregon Pediatric Society. Bonnie was selected as the Oregon Family Physician of the Year for 2010.
Peter Spencer, PhD
Peter received baccalaureate and doctoral degrees from the University of London and, beginning in 1971, carried out postdoctoral research in the neurosciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he later served as Professor of Neuroscience, Neurology and Pathology (Neuropathology), and Founding Director of the Institute of Neurotoxicology. In 1988, he moved to Portland to found the Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET), a new research institute of Oregon Health & Science University that he directed for more than 20 years. He is presently Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine, CROET Senior Scientist, and Founding Director of the OHSU Center for Global Health. His pioneering role in establishing neurotoxicology as a scientific discipline is his major contribution and has enabled him to win individual, program and center research grant support from federal agencies, notably the U.S. National Institute of Health. His special expertise has been tapped by the World Health Organization, the National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine, the FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research, and the U.S. EPA, among others.
Karen Steingart, MD, MPH
Karen was a founding member and the first president of Oregon PSR. She received her MD from the New York University School of Medicine and her MPH at the University of Washington, and her primary research interest is in the performance of systematic reviews on tuberculosis diagnostics and treatment and the translation of this evidence into policy. She has participated in several World Health Organization Expert Group meetings to develop policies on tuberculosis and has served as a mentor for physicians and students interested in performing systematic reviews. Karen has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including the Award for Excellence in Environmental Health and the Award for Excellence in Creating Healthy Communities from the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Langmuir Prize from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Frances Storrs, MD
Fran currently works 3 days a week as an academic dermatologist at Oregon Health & Science University. She has been very active in national and local dermatology associations and chaired committees and held offices. She has a long standing interest in civil liberties and peace, and was a Board of Directors member of the American Civil Liberties Union Board and a VP for education. Fran chaired a committee for the City of Portland that resulted in a ballot measure and institution of an oversight committee for the Internal Affairs Division. She has been President and Board member for the City Club of Portland and a Board member for Outside In, Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. She is active in the Collegium of the Foundation for Medical Excellence, the Oregon Women's Forum, and a committee working on a history of medicine in Oregon for the Oregon Medical Association.
Maye Thompson, RN, PhD
Maye is the former Environmental Health Program Director at Oregon PSR and a current member of our Environmental Health Working Group. Her PhD in nursing focused on women's health and policy. She has been an environmental health advocate for 12 years, first as a volunteer, then with Oregon PSR. Her interest in environmental health was piqued early in her nursing career when she worked with farm workers in California's Central Valley.
Jan Wyers, PC
Jan is an attorney working in downtown Portland, doing mediation and arbitration as well as taking trial practice cases in personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning and family law. After closing his private practice of 23 years in 1999, he served seven years as a circuit court judge in Multnomah County, from 1999 until 2006. Then he served four years as senior judge, handling hearings and trials in 15 Oregon counties.
Kelly Campbell, Executive Director
Kelly brings more than fifteen years of experience in peace and environmental health organizing to her role as the Executive Director of Oregon PSR. She served previously as the Portland Area Peace Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and was a founding member of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, an organization that was nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. She has served on the steering committee of the national coalition United for Peace and Justice and currently serves as a member of the AFSC Portland Area Program Committee. Kelly worked in the environmental health and justice field as Communications Director for Pesticide Action Network North America, and as Campaign Coordinator for the statewide coalition, Californians for Pesticide Reform.
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Chuck Johnson, Oregon/Washington PSR Joint Nuclear Power Task Force Director
Chuck is an activist, writer, and development professional with roots in the anti-nuclear movement dating back to the 1970s. He was an active member of Trojan Decommissioning Alliance and was the co-author of a ballot measure which passed in 1980, placing a moratorium on nuclear power plant construction in Oregon until a permanent disposal site could be established for the high-level waste from that plant. Chuck served as a Regional Coordinator for the national office of PSR in the 1980s and as Executive Director of a national anti- nuclear clearinghouse, Nuclear Free America, based in Baltimore in the 1990s. After a hiatus to work raising funds for Western Oregon University and Portland State University and complete a book, Standing at the Water’s Edge: Bob Straub’s Battle for the Soul of Oregon. Chuck is happy to be back working to end the nuclear power experiment in the Pacific Northwest.
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Regna Merritt, Healthy Climate Program Director
Regna works with health professionals and effective coalitions to prevent negative health impacts of proposed fossil fuel exports, including but not limited to toxic coal and dangerous crude oil. Regna has worked for 25 years to protect municipal drinking water. She was instrumental in efforts to secure federal legislation which protects the Bull Run, source of the largest municipal water supply in Oregon. She also helped secure protections for Opal Creek Wilderness, Mount Hood Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers. She has served on Oregon DEQ's Drinking Water Advisory Committee and Portland's Water Quality Advisory Committee. Regna graduated from US Public Health Service’s Physician Assistant Training Program and received her BS from SUNY.
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Sean Tenney, Associate Director
Sean began his work with Oregon PSR in March of 2010. He is a longtime peace, environmental and social justice activist, having previously worked as a communications, membership and development specialist with American Friends Service Committee, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Sierra Club, and Georgia Council for the Arts. He is the former Membership Chair for the Georgia Chapter of Sierra Club and a Board of Directors member for the Club's Metro Atlanta and Columbia (Portland, OR) groups. Sean studied Anthropology and Criminal Law at Valdosta State University and has worked as a freelance writer, poet, graphic artist and social movement organizer in the United States and in Mexico.
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