HCAO welcomes new officers and board members
Tom Sincic, President Health Care for All-Oregon
Tom holds an M.A. in Community Health Nursing from Yale University, and has been a Family Nurse Practitioner for 35 years, serving an African-American/Puerto Rican community, rural eastern Tennessee, the Saginaw Chippewa people of Michigan, and the incarcerated of Multnomah County. He finished with 25 years in School-Based Health Clinics serving students of every background. As a volunteer, he has spent time in the homes of Vietnamese families mentoring their children, with Latinos in Hacienda, with African refugee families in Kateri Park, and with the kids who are homeless at the Community Transition School.
He has been an Oregon Nurses Association member, treasurer of Nurses for Single Payer, on the Oregon League of Conservation Voters Multnomah Leadership Committee, on the Oregon Health Policy and Research Patient-Centered Primary Care Home, Pediatric Standards Advisory Committee, Adjunct Professor Concordia University School of Nursing in Community Health, Adjunct Faculty Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine, and Past President of the statewide Oregon School-Based Health Care Network for four years.
Bud Laurent, HCAO Treasurer
Bud holds a B.A. in Marine Biology from San Francisco State University and an M.A. in Marine Biology from the SFSU/Moss Landing Marine Lab . He was a Russian translator for the United States Air Force Security Service for four years. His extensive career includes Marine Biologist, Ecological Research and Marine Resource Management for 20 years in California; elected County Supervisor for eight years in San Luis Obispo County; executive director for five years of the Santa Barbara Community Environmental Council; interim executive director for The Dunes Center, Guadalupe, Ca.; principal, Omnium Associates, Solvang, CA. His consulting company specialized in sustainable development, notably in housing, land use and renewable energy.
A partial list of Bud's community involvement in Oregon includes serving as vice chair of the Linn County Democrats and as a delegate to the Democratic Party of Oregon State Central Committee; on the Health Care for All-Oregon Legislative Committee; on the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Steady-State Economy discussion group; as founding chair of the re-organized Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates, as a candidate (D) for Oregon State Representative, House District 15; and as treasurer and board member of the Marys River Watershed Council.
Steve Hawks, Board Member at Large
Steve is a past Vice President for HCAO. He was an Elder Abuse investigator for the State of Oregon until the office was transferred via contract to NorthWest Senior and Disabled Services, where he worked until retirement on March 1 of this year. Steve is Past Chairman of the Oregon AFSCME Health Care Committee and was a continuously active representative for his brothers and sisters in the Locals in the Northwest Region of the state until his retirement. He is happy to continue his association with AFSCME through Retiree Chapter 75 . Steve brings a conservative perspective to his representation of his region, with the realization that Health Care is a Human Right is a priority above all else.
Lauri Hoagland, Board Member at Large
I am excited to be part of the HCAO board. I have been interested in getting Single Payer health care in this country since I started my nursing career in 1981, and now I am close to retirement! I have worked as a nurse practitioner in California at Kaiser for 25 years and in Oregon at La Clinica in Medford for five years. My goal has been to provide the same high quality health care to every patient I see. Our current system does not let me do this because of all the barriers patients face in getting care.
I have been an activist with the California Nurses Association for the last 20 years, working on many campaigns to bring access to health care and a healthy environment to all residents of our country. I look forward to grassroots organizing across this state for a single payer measure on the 2020 ballot.
Nico Serra, Board Member at Large
Nico is a mixed-race transgender person with disabilities. They are from Detroit Michigan and are a trained and experienced teacher. Nico was a Delegate for Bernie Sanders to the Democratic National Convention and has continued to work for positive change as a servant leader within the Democratic Party at the local, state and national levels. Nico is also passionate about organizing non-violent direct action street protests.