The college's Community Advisory Council assists the college in planning, implementing and evaluating its instructional, research, outreach, workforce development and service activities through:

  • Assuring sensitivity to the perceptions and needs of the community
  • Informing the college of emerging trends and community and professional needs
  • Articulate the continuing education needs of the public health and human sciences workforce
  • Educating the community about the college's work
  • Serving as ad-hoc advisory groups to advise curricula and field placements and to identify community-based research opportunities for outreach and engagement
  • Ensuring program quality and organizational impact
  • Providing feedback to college administration on other issues where constituent input is critical


Leonard Aplet | Community Advisory Council

Leonard Aplet

Thomas Aschenbrener

Thomas Aschenbrener

Philanthropist; Founder and former President of North West Health Foundation

Doris Cancel-Tirado

Associate Professor, Western Oregon University; Intercultural communication, cultural competency and diversity consultant

Sarah Foster | Community Advisory Council

Sarah Foster

Executive Director, Oregon Healthiest State, Oregon Business Council

Candice Jimenez | Community Advisory Council

Candice Jimenez

Research Coordinator, N.W Portland Area Indian Health Board

Kelley Kaiser | Community Advisory Council

Kelley Kaiser

Chief Executive Officer of Samaritan Health Plans, Inc. and Vice President, Samaritan Health Services

Phyllis Lee | Community Advisory Council

Phyllis Lee

Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties; Advisor, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO); former Director of Multicultural Affairs at Oregon State University

Linda Modrell | Community Advisory Council

Linda Modrell

Former Benton County Commissioner; Former developer of the Oregon Health Plan

Ken Provencher | Community Advisory Council

Ken Provencher

President and Chief Executive Officer of PacificSource Health Plans; Chair, Board of Oregon Medical Insurance Pool

Larry Rodgers

Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Sara Rothschild | Community Advisory Council

Sara Rothschild

Global Health, Community and Mental/Behavior Health Advocate

Sheree Smith | Community Advisory Council

Sheree Smith

Public Health Director, Morrow County