Board of Directors
Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades is governed by a 12 – 15 person Board of Directors. As Central Oregon leaders, all of VIM’s board members are engaged in fundraising. They have expertise in medicine, banking, law, education, accounting, insurance, non-profit and for-profit management, giving us a well-rounded, big-picture way to look at our work and its impact on the community.
Our Board is a dedicated group, with deep roots in VIM and its mission. We are fortunate to have each of them as part of our team.
(Photo Credits: Individual and Group Board Photos - Dornbusch Photography Except: Rev. Steven Koski, John Teller, MD, and Kate Dunning)
Cynthia Kane, PhD - ChairCynthia brings an understanding of the big-picture medical challenges facing uninsured individuals and the organizations that serve them. In her work with Clear One Health Plans and the Clear One Foundation, Cynthia became aware of VIM’s mission and the value that our services bring to the community. As she states, “The emergency department should not be the medical home for low-income Central Oregonians.” Cynthia has a Masters Degree in Education from Oregon State University and a PhD in Health Education from the University of Oregon. She now owns Kane Health Care Consulting, LLC, and in her spare time enjoys cooking, traveling, golf, cross country skiing and hiking.
Kate Dunning, CPA, Board TreasurerKate is the Director of Marketing and Sales Finance at American Licorice Company in Bend. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and has a Masters in Business Administration from Portland State University. As VIM’s newest board member, Kate fills an important role as Board Treasurer. As she states, “I know VIM volunteers and employees, as well as patients. VIM is filling a great need in our community, one that, unfortunately, has only been growing.” A Wisconsin native, Kate is an avid cyclist and snowboarder.
Kurt BarkerKurt Barker has worked for VIM as an attorney for several years since moving to Bend from Portland in 2008. Prior to moving to Bend, Barker practiced labor and employment law with Stoel Rives LLP in Portland, where he focused his practice in employment related issues. He currently serves as the Chair of Karnopp Petersen’s employment law department, where his practice continues to emphasize the defense and counsel of clients in employment matters. “It’s hard not to be inspired by the practitioners I’ve met who love their work at VIM, and by the stories of success that can be found here,” Barker said. He is also involved with numerous other organizations, including the Human Resources Association of Central Oregon (HRACO), the Deschutes County Bar Association, and the Society of Human Resources Management.
Michel Boileau, MDMichel Boileau, MD is the Chief Clinical Officer of St. Charles Health System. He is also in private practice on a limited basis at Bend Urology, where he has been since 1987. Prior to moving to Central Oregon, Boileau served as chief of urologic oncology at the University of Texas in Houston, and at the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle.
“VIM fills a gap that exists within our community with medically uninsured low-income workers," he said. "I am very pleased to be working with them to help Deschutes County become healthier, and to support the work of such dedicated and highly skilled volunteers and community partners.”
Deb Davies, RDHAs a Registered Dental Hygienist, Deb has been the Director of the Dental Assisting Program at Central Oregon Community College for the past 14 years. Her involvement with VIM began in 2004, when the COCC-VIM Dental Clinic partnership was launched to provide basic dental care to VIM patients. This model has been highly successful, providing practicum hours to COCC dental assisting students, community service hours for volunteer dentists, and much needed dental care for VIM's low-income, uninsured patients. A 20-year Bend resident, Deb enjoys cycling, hiking and skiing, and spending time with her sons, Nick, Ben and Seth.
Bob Hakala, MDDr. Hakala practiced family medicine at Bend Memorial Clinic for nearly 26 years. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, completed his internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and returned to OHSU to complete his residency in family practice. During his career he served as Medical Staff President of St. Charles Hospital and as Chairman of the Executive Committee at Bend Memorial Clinic. He is currently one of the two Co-Medical Directors of VIM.
Tanya HaydenTanya Hayden is a Vice President and member of the management team at Bend Research where she is responsible for design and implementation of project management initiatives. A Bend native, she looks to put her experience in strategic plan development and fundraising to use at VIM. “VIM is an exceptional non-profit, focused on the community I grew up in, and offers nice parallels to the purpose of my profession,” said Hayden. “It will be a pleasure to serve the community through VIM.”
Rev. Steven KoskiRev. Dr. Steven Koski has been the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Bend since 2006. He has served on the Board of Volunteers in Medicine for the past two years. Steven is passionate about VIM's mission and excited to be part of an organization that offers such a comprehensive umbrella of compassion and quality care in these challenging times.
John MacMillanAs Vice President, Principal Business Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo Bank, John brings the perspective of a banker to our non-profit work. A lover of snow and water sports, John originally hails from Southern California. He moved to Bend nine years ago after spending 10 years in Portland. John’s been volunteering with VIM for the last three years, both on the Board of Directors and on the Development Team, because it gives him an opportunity to give back to the community – specifically to those less fortunate with medical needs. John and his wife, Erin, have two children, Gabe and Marlo.
James Lussier - Former ChairJames Lussier (Jim) is the founder of The Lussier Center/TLC which is focused on performance excellence through the development of optimum governance and leadership approaches that creates a preferred future for organizations. He has served at the executive level and as a CEO in healthcare organizations and provided counsel and training to hospitals and health systems in The Netherlands, Africa, Japan, Canada and the United States. Jim was CEO of Cascade Healthcare Community and St. Charles Medical Center for 15 years.
James Petersen - Former ChairJim is a founder and serves as immediate past Board Chair of VIM. Jim was selected by the Bend Chamber of Commerce as Bend’s Citizen of the year in 2004 for significant and lasting contributions to the Bend Community. In addition to being an active Rotarian, he is a past Board Chair of Cascade Healthcare Community, the parent organization that owns St. Charles Medical Center - Bend and St. Charles Medical Center - Redmond. Jim is an attorney with Karnopp Petersen where he has practiced law since 1980.
Rod Ray, PhD - Former ChairRod’s interest in Volunteers in Medicine stems from his lifelong love of Central Oregon and the people who live here. Rod moved to Bend in 1965 and grew up here, graduating from Bend High School before earning his bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University and receiving his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1983. Rod is the President and CEO of Bend Research Inc., a research and development company that specializes in the development of pharmaceutical and health science technologies. The firm has been a mainstay of the region’s high-tech industry since it was founded in 1975. Dr. Ray participates in numerous professional and civic activities, such as serving on Central Oregon’s Higher Education Assessment Team (HEAT) and the Oregon State University Foundation Board of Trustees. He has served on VIM’s board since 2003.
Dan StevensDan Stevens relocated to Central Oregon in 2010 after serving for 20 years in various healthcare leadership roles in the Portland area. He is Senior VP with PacificSource Health Plans, and the Chief Operating Officer of PacificSource Community Health Plans, which houses the company’s Medicare and Medicaid lines of business. Stevens adds years of experience working within the nonprofit medical sector to the VIM Board of Directors. “I have a passion for improving the health of our population in Central Oregon,” said Stevens, “and would love to help VIM take its efforts even further.” Stevens is a member of the Board of several other organizations, including the Central Oregon Health Council and United Way of Deschutes County.
John D. Teller, MDJohn feels that it is a privilege to support VIM as a vitally important option for health care delivery in Central Oregon. As a Board Certified Family Medicine physician at Bend Memorial Clinic, Dr. Teller brings a primary medical care perspective to VIM’s Board of Directors, representing both the volunteer providers and the patients who depend on them. John received his undergraduate degree at Oregon State University, and his medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University. He completed his residency at Lutheran Family Practice in Brooklyn, New York, as well as a short-term teaching fellowship from Michigan State University. Dr. Teller also worked as the Medical and Site Director for Legacy Clinics and as a Family Physician at HealthFirst Medical Group and Tualatin Medical Center. John moved to Bend six years ago and enjoys alpine skiing, mountain bike riding and community arts in Central Oregon.
Emeritus Board Members
Valerie Bailie, MD
Ronald E. Carver, MD
Ed Cheeney, Sr.
Rev. William Ellis, Jr.
Richard Ettinger, MD
Madelle Friess, RN
Neal Goldsmith, MD
H.M. Kemple, DDS*
Marianne Lebre, RN
Pam Steinke, RN
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