Our Team

Oregon State University Center for Health Innovation

Allison Myers began as the Center's director in 2018. Allison previously served as a Health Policy Fellow to U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. In 2011, she co-founded a non-profit technology start-up, Counter Tools, dedicated to advancing place-based public health. Allison earned her MPH and PhD in health behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Ann comes to Oregon State University from Linn-Benton Community College where she served as faculty from 2004 to 2016, most recently as Department Chair for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, and previously as Program Chair for the Health Occupations/Services Education Center. She held positions as a Healthcare Educator, a Rehabilitation Manager, and an Occupational Therapist in a variety of practice settings in the Southwest and Midwest. She earned a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri in Columbia.


Oralia Mendez
Community Health Worker Program Training Coordinator & Instructor
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Oralia joined the Center in 2019. Prior to her role, she served as a Health Navigator, also known as a Community Health Worker (CHW), for the Benton County Health Department. Oralia received her bachelor's and MPH in Health Management and Policy from OSU. She is orginally from Nyssa in Eastern Oregon.


Carly Castaneda, CPS
Graduate Assistant, Operations

Carly is currently completing her MPH in Health Management and Policy. Prior to coming back to school, she served as a coalition coordinator under a Drug-Free Communities grant in Pacific County, Washington. Her academic focus is in policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change strategies and health equity.


Marissa Song Mayeda, BS
Graduate Assistant, Healthy Places Research

Marissa received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a double option in Community Health Education and School Health Education from California State University, Long Beach. She is currently a second-year MPH student in Health Promotion & Human Behavior, while concurrently completing pre-med coursework. Marissa is passionate about bridging the gap between research, public health practice, and clinical care.


 Vaishali Patil
Graduate Assistant, Community Health Workers Evaluation

Vaishali is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Health, Health Policy. She has a master’s in Medical Humanities from Drew University. After completing her undergraduate degree in Homoeopathic Medicine and a post-graduate in Hospital Management in India, she moved to Saudi Arabia working as a high school science teacher. She has played leadership roles in establishing and popularizing science streams in multinational, conservative expatriate communities.