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Our Board of Directors
Michele "MiMi" Bernal-Graves, MS, Treasurer
MiMi Bernal-Graves is a Professional Development Coordinator with Kaiser Permanente. In this role, MiMi coordinates inpatient job shadows for KSMC, supports KPNW regional classes, and leads KSMC Hospital Orientation for New Employees. MiMi is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with emphasis in Biology from Pacific University, and a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University. MiMi currently serves on Oregon PSR’s Board as Treasurer. In her spare time, MiMi loves to spend time with her husband and their two four-legged children Indy and Bella. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, and all the natural wonders the northwest has to offer.
David Chatfield moved to Portland after working in the environmental and social justice movements for most of his life. From 1997 to 2011, he was the Executive Director of Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR), an advocacy coalition fighting for reduced use of pesticides and improved regulation of current pesticide use. David worked closely in California with PSR Los Angeles. Before CPR, he worked for Greenpeace as Regional Director and International Pesticide Coordinator, and he chaired the board of Greenpeace Fund, the national organization’s tax-deductible arm, until 2012. David was International Director of Friends of the Earth (FOE), a founding board member of Pesticide Action Network and on staff of the American Friends Service Committee. Outside of volunteer work, he is learning about the pleasures of biking in Portland and hopes to join a choral group in Portland.
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 at Oregon Health Sciences University (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. She has a great interest in the field of environmental health, especially toxins and neurodevelopment. Susan has studied links between environmental factors and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, autism, and learning disabilities. She is the current Chair of the Environmental Health Work Group and is Vice-President of the Board of Oregon PSR.
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.
Joel Nigg, PhD
Dr. Nigg is a long-time community activist in the area of homelessness (having volunteered almost continuously in direct service to homeless populations over the past 30 years), and social justice, in peace and nuclear weapons, and for the past 15 years on climate change work in Michigan and now in Oregon. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Environmental Council. He is a long time member of the Union of Concerned Scientists and a member of the UCS National Science Advisory Board. He founded and directed the local Northwest Friends of the Union of Concerned Scientists. He has also been active in children’s health and toxic environments and was active in testifying and lobbying in 2015 for the successful passage of the Toxic Free Kids Act in Oregon. His central environmental passion at this time is climate change and he has strong interests in doing more advocacy related to climate and health and mental health.
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. 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 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. 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 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.
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 is a retired family physician from Portland Oregon. Her career has been varied; first a high school teacher and then a pediatric nurse practitioner, she eventually became a physician, specializing in women’s care, including obstetrics, and pediatrics. She was the chair of a hospital Ethics Committee, and was also on the OHSU Task Force that helped frame policy for the Death with Dignity Act. She has been a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility and served on the Board in Oregon. Bonnie was the 2010 Oregon Family Doctor of the Year and a finalist for the national award.
In April 2013, several years after retiring from medical practice, she co-founded Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestras with Seth Truby . BRAVO is a program bringing rigorous group music instruction to underserved children in Portland as a tool to transform their lives. Our program, based on the El Sistema program in Venezuela and part of a worldwide movement, now serves over 350 children in North Portland. Bonnie serves as President of BRAVO’s Board of Directors, also volunteers with the second graders, and just started violin lessons. In 2015 she was elected to the Board of Directors of El Sistema USA, and also was the inaugural winner of the Jordan Schnitzer Wonder Award, presented by the Oregon Symphony.
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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