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.


Oralia Mendez, MPH
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.


Sandi Phibbs, Ph.D., MPH
Innovation, Evaluation, and Research Manager
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Sandi supports OCHI’s purpose to connect Oregon State University faculty and students with external community, industry, and government partners, in order to create new and expanded opportunities to partner on innovative public health and human sciences workforce development, practice and research. She has worked at OSU as a graduate instructor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the Graduate School since 2018. Prior to this, she was an Assistant Professor of Public Health in the Department of Health Science and Recreation at San Jose State University. Sandi completed post-doctoral training with Dr. Karen Hooker at OSU (2015-2017), focusing on the health effects of ageism and mental health among older adults.


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.