Board Of Directors
As a 501(c)(3), Volunteers in Medicine is governed by a Board of Directors. They have expertise in medicine, banking, law, education, accounting, insurance, data & analytics, hospital administration, 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.
Kate Wells | Chair | PacificSource Health Plans
Kate has followed VIM’s history with great interest since its inception. She admires the clinic for its core mission and believes the depth of volunteer talent that VIM has cultivated strongly positions it to adapt with health care reform, even to the point of offering the community a new level of resiliency to a changing landscape. Kate is currently employed at PacificSource Health Plans as Director of Community Health Development. She brings to the board of directors a wealth of experience in community health, resource development, fundraising, marketing and communications.
Reverend Dr. Barry B. Heath | Vice Chair | Retired
After growing up in Philadelphia, Dr. Barry Heath went to San Francisco for graduate work in Seminary and never looked East again. He has served three Presbyterian Churches in the Northwest over 24 years. After earning a Doctor of Ministry degree in Medical Ethics, he served 15 years as Director of Pastoral Care at Salem Hospital and focused on Medical Ethics and Oncology and ICU patients. After “retirement” and moving to Central Oregon in 2008, Barry served as Administrator and taught courses for the Sacred Art of Living Center in Bend. He now enjoys serving in volunteer capacities with patient care and teaching and facilitating support groups. Like most who move to Central Oregon, Barry and his wife Connie are avid year-round outdoors folks.
Of his interest in VIM Barry says: “To be a part of an organization that doesn’t let the less visible parts of our community go unnoticed and unserved is a privilege. As providing health care services continues to challenge our society, I am grateful to share in the work of the outstanding Board and Staff of VIM."
Kurt Barker | Board Secretary | Karnopp Petersen, LLP
Kurt 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 on 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.
Jennifer Welander, CPA, MBA | Board Treasurer | St. Charles Health System
Jennifer Welander joined the Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Board of Directors in order to support the strong linkage of services and mission between VIM and St. Charles Health System, Inc. where she serves as the Chief Financial Officer. Jennifer obtained her education in accounting from the University of Oregon and began her career at KPMG LLP in Portland. She joined St. Charles in 2009 and has been in her current role since early 2015.
“VIM plays an important role in addressing a gap in coverage that Medicaid expansion and other services have not fully addressed. It is an honor to be a member of the VIM Board and provide a direct connection to St. Charles to support the patients both organizations serve.”
Tyler Fix, DMD, MA | PureCare Dental
After volunteering as a dental provider in Bend for three years with VIM, Tyler was given the privilege of joining VIM’s Board of Directors in October 2020. He works as a private practice dentist four days a week with PureCare Dental of Bend. When caring for VIM patients, he aims to humanize and personalize their dental experiences with an open ear, an open mind, and an open heart. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, skiing, hiking, and giving back to the community. Tyler serves as a Courtesy Faculty member at OSU-Cascades to guide students applying as pre-health professionals to doctorate programs; as a Chairman of Professional Development on the Alumni Council at Midwestern University in Arizona; and as a Councilman on the New Dentist Council for the Oregon Dental Association.
Roxana Ocaraza | Bridges to Communication
Roxana owns and operates Bridges to Communication LLC, a medical interpreter service for clinics in Central Oregon. In 2010, she was appointed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski to a 25-member Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreters for a three-year term. The Council was advisory to the Oregon Department of Human Services to develop standards with respect to education, training, and testing.
Karina Smith | High Desert Education Service District
She's enthusiastic about the impact VIM has on the underserved in our community and how she can help. Karina says, "I realize I'm here to serve. I help students see education as a tool to navigate the world and give back to create systems of change. The more I can talk and engage with the community, the more I can heal and help others."
20 years ago, with one year left of law school, Karina moved from Argentina to the United States. In the end she felt she couldn't serve the community in the capacity she wanted to as a lawyer. Karina began to develop a sense of personal responsibility for educating her community in cultural competence and equity. She wants to make sure the next generation doesn't have to face the same challenges she faced, so she started a career in social services. Karina joined the VIM board in January and is currently working as the Director of Regional Migrant Education Services at The High Desert Education Service District and obtaining her doctorate in education.
Stephen K. Hacker | Transformational Systems International, LLC
Stephen is an author and consultant focused upon transformational leadership, teaming and organizational performance. He is engaged with organizations throughout the world, delivering transformational initiatives and coaching leaders in today’s environment of accelerated change. Among the ten books Stephen has authored are: Transformation Desktop Guide, Transformational Leadership, Transformation Fieldbook, Leading Peak Performance, Surfing Tsunamis, The Trust Jogger, and most recently, Lead Self First before Leading Others.
After completing his corporate career as a senior leader with Procter & Gamble, he served as the Executive Director of The Performance Center, a multi-university organization conducting action-research. He is currently CEO and a founding partner of Transformation Systems International, LLC. He is a Past Chair and a Fellow of the American Society for Quality.
Sarah Hall | Morgan Stanley
Sarah has owned a community driven business in Central Oregon for 15 years. After being in the finance industry for 7 years, she opened The Vibe Dance Center in 2004 to give dancers a place to not only train in a variety styles of dance, but to build a culture that kids could belong to a community, create lasting friendships and build self-confidence and leaderships skills for their future. Sarah has transitioned back to the finance industry with Morgan Stanley. As Sarah continues to evolve in her career she is excited to be part of the VIM board. “It is important to me to serve and give back to our community where I feel my skills and network can be greatly utilized.”
Rod Marchiando, PharmD | St. Charles Health System
Rod Marchiando is Senior Vice President of Improvement and Strategy for St. Charles Health System, serving in this role since 2015. At St. Charles he provides support to the organization’s Strategic Planning, Value Improvement Practice (lean), Human Resources, Communications/Marketing departments and Community Engagement and Foundation. He also provides strategy and process assistance to the board of directors. Prior to his time with St. Charles, he served in an array of leadership roles spanning two decades with Regional Health in South Dakota. These include vice president of performance improvement, administrative director of academic affairs and clinical faculty with Regional’s Family Medicine Residency Program. Rod’s areas of interest include continuous improvement, people development, strategy models and clinical research. He holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Idaho State University. Marchiando completed his clinical pharmacy residency at University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Frances McCabe, MD | St. Charles Health System
Fran is a board certified Emergency Physician who has worked in the Emergency Department at St Charles Hospital, Bend, Oregon for the last 17 years. During that time, she served as the Medical Director of Central Oregon Emergency Physicians and more recently as Director of Acute Care Clinical Informatics. She served on the Bend Medical Staff Executive Committee from 2012-2018.
Fran attended Georgetown University for undergraduate studies, obtaining degrees in American Studies and Physics, as well as a MS in Biomedical Engineering. She attended Stanford Medical School and UCLA for residency training in Emergency Medicine. She obtained a Diploma of Tropical Medicine from the University of London. Fran used her training in Global Medicine throughout the 26 years of her Air Force career. She retired as a Colonel from the Air Force Reserves, and looks forward to other opportunities to care for underserved populations both globally and locally.
Erika McCalpine | OSU Cascades
Erika McCalpine is an instructor in business. Erika served as an adjunct business instructor at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. Prior to entering higher education, Erika spent over 15 years in industry working for companies like AT&T and Fidelity Information Services. Erika has devoted her new career path to enriching the lives of students through teaching subjects like human resources, organizational behavior, leadership and ethics.
While at the University of Alabama, Erika was awarded the Morrissette Award for excellence in teaching Leadership and Ethics as well as the J. Craig Smith Integrity Award. In February, 2019, Erika was named Woman of the Year by Source Weekly for her efforts to raise awareness surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion in Bend. Erika is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.
Cody Michael, CFP | US Bank
Cody Michael moved to Bend in 2018 from Iowa, where he was raised, attended Iowa State University, and started his career with US Bank. He became familiar with VIM through the nonprofit’s relationship with US Bank and was immediately inspired by the mission, and the passion with which the volunteers and board pursue it. He says, “After two years in Bend, I am eager to give back to this warm and welcoming community.” In addition to his role as a Wealth Management Trust Advisor for US Bank, he works to promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace. Outside of work, he enjoys skiing, hiking, cycling, and exploring creative endeavors like stand-up comedy, dancing and acting.
Dennis Percell | Percell Law
After graduating from law school in 1975 Dennis moved to Eugene and began working as an attorney. He helped found a firm in Eugene where he practiced until 2015, primarily representing physicians. Dennis and his wife were part time Bend residents since 2009. In 2015 they moved to Bend full time to be near their three children and two grandchildren and to enjoy Central Oregon activities. As a native Oregonian he spent a good deal of time in Central Oregon attracted to the outdoors, especially skiing and golf. At the end of 2019 he retired. Through his work he knew several physicians who volunteered their time for VIM. He says, “What I learned about their commitment to volunteering and the need in the community for medical services caused me to become involved. As I learned more about VIM I was impressed with the quality of leadership and commitment to providing excellent care. I am proud to have the opportunity to serve along with the dedicated Board and staff of VIM.”
Bob Hakala, MD | Emeritus | Formerly with Volunteers in Medicine
Dr. Bob Hakala practiced family medicine at Bend Memorial Clinic for nearly 30 years. He is a graduate of Oregon Health Science University (OHSU), 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, as Chairman of the Executive Committee at Bend Memorial Clinic, and served on the St. Charles Board of Directors for six years. He retired from VIM as one of the clinic's Co-Medical Directors in June 2016 and now volunteers as a medical provider at the clinic.
James Lussier | Emeritus | The Lussier Center | VIM Founder
James 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 | Emeritus | Formerly with Karnopp Petersen, LLP | VIM Founder
Jim Petersen 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 has retired as an attorney with Karnopp Petersen where he has practiced law since 1980.
Rod Ray, Ph.D. | Emeritus | Bend Research | VIM Founder
Rod Ray, Ph.D. is the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Bend Research, Inc., where he worked for over 30 years. Bend Research, Inc. was purchased in 2014 by Capsugel and is now owned by Lonza. Rod still remains involved as a member of their Scientific and Business Advisory Board. During his time at Bend Research, Rod held numerous positions specializing in the development and commercialization of a wide range of products. He was instrumental in directing the management of large-scale programs to advance pharmaceutical compounds through the development process to commercialization and served as the primary management contact for client companies. In addition to his expertise in advancing pharmaceutical processes and products, Rod has extensive experience in commercializing diverse products for the electronics, energy, medical, agricultural, and space industries. He is currently a consultant and board member for various pharmaceutical and technological companies.
John D. Teller, MD | Emeritus | Formerly with BMC Summit
John D. Teller, MD 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 recently retired from 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 from 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. Dr. Teller moved to Bend over 13 years ago and enjoys alpine skiing, mountain bike riding and community arts in Central Oregon. In December 2020 Dr. Teller ended his ten year tenure on the board.