Board & Staff

Health Care for All-Oregon is seeking an Executive Director:

Health Care for All-Oregon seeks a dynamic and creative Executive Director to shape, inspire, and manage the organization’s future, in close collaboration with its talented team of hard-working staff, enthusiastic statewide volunteers and committed Board of Directors.

Health Care for All-Oregon is a 501©(4) nonprofit based in Portland, OR, with a sister organization, the HCAO Education Fund, a 501©(3) charitable organization. HCAO is a statewide coalition of over 110 member organizations, working to bring universal, publicly funded health care to Oregon and (eventually) the entire United States.

The Executive Director is responsible for operations and personnel management, fundraising and fiscal oversight, board engagement and community relations, and working with a growing network of volunteers building Oregon’s health care reform movement.

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We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, a pleasant working environment and an exciting opportunity to work for one of Oregon’s foremost change campaigns. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale ranging from $45,000 to $55,000, commensurate with experience.

  HCAO is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Qualified candidates from diverse personal, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To apply: Send a cover letter describing why you believe you are a strong candidate for this position, a resume describing relevant education, training and employment and three references to: Health Care for All-Oregon, 619 SW 11th Ave., #121, Portland, OR 97205, or e-mail to Applications will be reviewed beginning April 30, 2015.

For further information contact Lee Mercer, President, Health Care for All-Oregon, 831-818-5247,


HCAO Officers

Lee Mercer. Presiden (Silverton, Small Business, Main Street Alliance of Oregon)
Lee is currently on the executive team (and former director) of the Main Street Alliance of Oregon. For the previous 11 years he did legislative advocacy, outreach and education on poverty, hunger and economic issues with Oregon Center for Public Policy and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County (California). He co-chaired the California Hunger Action Coalition and was part of the leadership team of the Human Services Coalition of Oregon. At OCPP he staffed Oregonians for Working Families, a coalition to increase the state Earned Income Tax Credit. Before entering the non-profit world, Lee was a small business owner for 20 years operating art and independent motion picture theaters in California and Nevada. He is also a free-lance writer and has done video and film production.

Steve Hawks, Vice-president (Warrenton, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Northwest region.)
Steve is a nearly life-long resident of Warrenton, Clatsop County where he works for North West Senior & Disability Services as an elder abuse investigator. He deeply supports single payer health care financing through his appointment as chair of the AFSCME Council 75 Health Care Committee. His other union activities include support for Oregon Strong Voice and voting membership on AFSCME Council 75’s Political Action Committee. In addition, Steve is active in his church and local politics and has served for six years on the City of Warrenton Planning Commission.

 Mark Lindgren, Secretary: (Corvallis, HCAO, Small Business, Valley).
Mark is a meeting minutes recorder and Corvallis area family farmer. He was HCAO Chair from 2001-2011, including the campaign for the single payer ballot initiative Measure 23 in 2002. He helped transition HCAO into its current form in 2011, and also to develop and promote HB 3510 that year. He served as the Secretary for the 501c3 Universal Health Care for Oregon (UHCO) (now the HCAO Education Fund) from 2000 to 2012, and currently serves as President.

William (Bill) Whitaker, Treasurer  (La Grande, Oregon Rural Action, Education, Cascades-East) 
Bill currently serves  as treasurer of both HCAO and the HCAO-Education Fund.  Professor emeritus of social work at Boise State University, Bill taught community organizing and social policy for 35 years. He is currently co-chair of the Oregon Rural Action Health Care Reform Action Team, organizing in five counties in eastern Oregon, and board member of the Rural Organizing Project. Bill’s strong motivations are rooted partly in a background in the Civil Rights movement.  He brings understanding of the crises in rural health care, how a single payer system can help address these crises, and a commitment to ensuring those concerns are reflected in the Coalition’s work, as true statewide organizing requires. Bill is committed to leaving a livable and just world to grandchildren everywhere.

HCAO Board Members

Wes Brain (Ashland, SEIU, Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice, Southern Oregon Central Labor Council)
Wes is a retired member-activist with the Service Employees International Union Local #503. He is also a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, Lane Branch.   He worked previously as a Firefighter for 16 years with Jackson County Fire District #5 followed by 15 years employment with Southern Oregon University providing occupational health and safety services for campus employees. Wes hosts the Brain Labor Report, an hour-long radio show every Wednesday at 9 a.m. on KSKQ, the Rogue Valley's community radio station,  For 15 years he has been a delegate to the Southern Oregon Central Labor Council and he is on the board of Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice,  Wes believes very strongly that Health Care is a Human Right!

Glendora Claybrooks (Beaverton) Nominations and Election Committee Chair.
Glendoraadvocates for communities of color to reduce and or eliminate not only health care access barriers, but also social, criminal, political, economic and educational challenges.
She was born on a plantation in Blytheville, Arkansas. She endured social injustices, school segregation and racial discrimination and was inspired by those fighting for Civil Rights. She moved in her youth to Chicago and then to the Pacific Northwest in 1995, where she achieved undergraduate and graduate degrees in Community Health and Health Education Studies, Health Sciences, Civics, Health Administration and Public Management.
She has a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from University of Phoenix, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Management from Portland State University. She is currently undergoing her doctoral degree in Health Services Administration, specializing in Public Health Policy. She has worked in both the nonprofit and health care industries as a national certified medical assistant (NCMA), medical assistant instructor, clinic manager, and as a community organizer for SEIU 503. She serves on committees and boards of area councils and political organizations including the Washington County Democratic Party, the State Central Committee, the Platform and Resolution Committee, Health Share of Oregon (HSO) and the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs (OABA). She is president of the National Action Network of Portland, Beaverton Oregon (NANPBO) chapter.

Joanne Cvar,  (Waldport, Rural Organizing Project, IIRT, Northwest Region) 
Joanne  participated in OSPC preparatory work for launching the expanded Coalition.  After 20 years in banking, she earned an MA in English at Portland State University in 1988 and taught writing classes there and at the Oregon Coast Community College. She has served as executive director of Vision Northwest, a 501(c)3 network of peer support groups for severe vision loss; reporter and editor for the South Lincoln County News; media coordinator for the Pacific Green Party of Oregon; and managing editor of Green Pages (newspaper of the Green Party US). She is a published author of nonfiction and currently publishes CoastNet, a weekly email newsletter of activities in Lincoln and South Tillamook Counties. She is also active with the Immigration Information Response Team, working for public education about immigrants' rights and issues. Her past activism in defending human and civil rights brings her a fresh commitment to the cause of making quality affordable health care available to everyone who needs it, regardless of ability to pay. 

Sandra Hernandes, Ph.D, (Portland-Gresham, Spect-Actor Collective, Communities with Barriers, Communities of Color, Education, Metro)
Sandra is an educator, Jungian psychologist and a Theatre of the Oppressed director who creates and implements trainings with communities of color, immigrants, and allies in support of social movements. As a theatre director she uses an interactive form of theatre and story-telling that evokes power-sharing and self-expression of spectators to become “spect-actors.” Sandra also uses Popular Education to bring people to use their experience in organizing for change, crucial elements of our base-building methods. She has collaborated with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA)/Office of Equity and Inclusion since 2010. In 2011 Sandra also collaborated with OHA/Health System Transformation for the creation of the Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs). As executive director of Spect-Actors Collective since 2006, Sandra offers organizational experience and connections to organizations and communities working for health equity through policy analysis and bill proposals.
Sandra’s Spect-Actors Collective helped create the People of Color Health Equity Collaborative (Oregon Action, APANO, and Urban League of Portland), which evolved into the Oregon Health Equity Alliance. Together with five Latino and African organizations, Sandra created CHARLA (Collective Health Advocacy and Rights of Latinas/os and Africans), which connects organizations, including HCAO, and implemented Legislative Forum Theatres to work on policy changes such as Cultural Competence (SB 97). Sandra has high energy, determination and a clear vision of what matters and ways to achieve it.

Mark Kellenbeck. Legislative Committee Co-Chair (Medford. Main Street Alliance)
Mark is a 2008 founding member and statewide co-chair of the Main Street Alliance, a coalition of over 2000 small businesses throughout Oregon.  He is an active member and chair of the HCAO Rogue Valley chapter and a long time single payer advocate.  He and his wife, Kathleen, are co-owners of BrainJoy Neuro Wellness Center, which assists individuals in discovering optimal neural health and enjoying their lives to the fullest.

Peter Mahr M.D. (Portland, Physicians for a National Health Plan, Oregon)
Peter is the president of the Portland Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. He is a family physician who currently works at the Student Health and Counseling Center at Portland State University and is attending Portland State University's Masters in Public Health program. He previously worked for 10 years at East County Health Center in Gresham, which is a primary care clinic run by Multnomah County. He is dedicated to the care of the under-served and a strong proponent of a national, single-payer health program. He is also a clinical assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science University in the Department of Family Medicine. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 1998 and finished his residency in Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in 2001. 

Hyung Nam (Portland Association of Teachers [PAT], represents education, Metro region)
Hyung emigrated from South Korea, graduated from Reed College with a political philosophy degree, volunteered in India, and worked for Greenpeace. He returned to Portland to make a positive difference in young people’s lives first with the homeless and runaways and then through education as an aide for “at risk” youth and then teaching immigrant and refugee children. He attended graduate school and gained certification. He now teaches social studies at Portland’s Wilson High School and represents the PAT at the Oregon Education Association (OEA) where he introduced and helped pass a motion calling for the OEA to actively support HCAO. He is an active member of Portland Area Rethinking Schools, NW Teaching for Social Justice Conference Committee, Portland Social Equality Educators and a former member of the editorial board of Rethinking Schools.

Tim Roach (Corvallis, Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates (MVHCA), Interfaith Health Care Network, representing faith communities, Valley region.)
Tim moved to Corvallis from North Carolina in 2012. He is a retired Presbyterian minister having served congregations in North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania over his 40 year career. Tim graduated from the University of North Carolina, earned a Masters of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree. He is father of two daughters and grandfather of four. Tim is an avid sports fan and enjoys playing pickleball several times a week. He is a member of MVHCA’s Communication Committee and was recently nominated as vice-chair of MVHCA. He has participated in speakers training and assisted with training speakers with a focus on faith communities.

Jim Robison, Communications Committee chair  (Portland, East Side Democratic Club, small business owners and the Metro region)
Jim has managed Democratic campaigns, progressive nonprofits and public projects as well as provided computer consulting and software development. He served as president of the East Side Democratic Club from 1997 to 2000 and chair of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County from 2000 to 2004. He has been involved in political campaigns as a volunteer, staffer, consultant, manager and candidate. He served simultaneously as president of the oldest Toastmasters Club in Oregon (Portland Toastmasters) and at the time the newest Toastmasters Club in Oregon (Portland Progressives Toastmasters). Jim currently serves as the chair of the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, which provides community oversight of the Superfund cleanup of the Willamette River in Portland.

Terry Rogers, Finance Committee Chair (Portland) 
As the chairperson of the Finance Committee, Terry additionally has responsibility for fundraising. She joined the Portland Jobs with Justice Health Care Committee in 2010 and participated in the activities of the Oregon Single Payer Campaign.  She has fundraising experience both professionally and as a volunteer with various non-profit community groups.  She practiced law for seventeen years at Multnomah County Legal Aid Service and subsequently lived abroad for 11 years working in international development of the rule of law. 

Cheryl Simpson, MSW, Cascades East Region (La Grande, Oregon Rural Action Health Care Action Team,)
Cheryl’s social work career includes a wide range of community and organizational development positions in the U.S and abroad. In 2003 she founded and led the Idaho Statewide End-of-Life Coalition, Inc., now Idaho Quality of Life Coalition, Inc. During her tenure the Coalition won the prestigious Rallying Points Emerging Coalition Award of Excellence from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2009 Cheryl took part in the Mad as Hell Doctors Tour traveling from Ohio to Washington DC. As co-chair she organized the Oregon Rural Action Health Care Reform Action Team and has worked on a variety of organizational development activities with HCAO since 2012.  Cheryl appreciates the opportunity of co-chairing the HCAO Mobilization Committee, which she sees playing a key role, with other HCAO committees, in bringing universal, publicly funded, affordable health care to all people in Oregon – and the U.S. 

Lou Sinniger, Organizational Development Chair, (Eugene,AFSCME) 
About seven years after receiving a BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Oregon, Lou helped organize a union with his co-workers at the Bureau of Land Management in Eugene. He left BLM to become a union representative and continued representational work as a lifelong passion. The last 20 years of his career were spent with AFSCME Council 75. Throughout his career of bargaining for the members he observed health insurance costs always increasing and benefits decreasing. Now it is an obstruction to contract negotiations and is lowering the standard of living for most union employees. He decided upon retirement to work towards correcting this erroneous attempt to provide health care to people and.found HCAO, an alternative for decent publicly funded health care for everyone in Oregon and throughout the United States. 

Nancy Sullivan, CNM, MS, FACNM, Mobilization Committee Chair, holds a BA in American Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from the University of Texas at Austin.
She taught middle school and worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. She became interested in midwifery while living in France. On returning to the United States in 1975, she pursued an education in midwifery, obtaining a nursing degree from Cornell University and an MS in midwifery from Columbia University. Upon moving to Portland, Oregon in 1985, she worked for many years at Oregon Health Sciences University, teaching and practicing midwifery. From 1990-1993, she was the clinical director of Healthy Start, Inc., a maternity care program for indigent and uninsured women in Washington County.
Nancy has been active in the American College of Nurse-Midwives, serving two terms on the Board of Directors and most recently as secretary. She was also appointed to the Oregon State Board of Direct-Entry Midwifery and served for three years as a member. She has written several articles for the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health.

HCAO Staff

Linda Alband, Development Officer
Linda started working for HCAO in March 2014. Linda has been a professional fundraiser for more than 20 years.  As either a consultant or development staff member, she has raised significant funds to support diverse non-profit organizations and projects. In 2008, Linda earned recognition as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)—the global standard for the fundraising profession. Currently, she holds leadership positions with the West Columbia Gorge Rotary Club and its associated foundation. She is also a founding member of the Women Artisans Resource Enterprise, a newly emerging nonprofit that supports women artisans in the developing world including training them to produce and sell fairly traded handicrafts internationally. In 2013, Linda was named a Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance she has given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.