Advisory Board

George AustinGeorge_Austin_pic.jpeg

George recently retired after a 45-year association with Lewis and Clark College’s Department of Communication. His areas of focus were public speaking and interpersonal, organizational, and small group communication. With his wife, Carol, he led overseas study programs for the college in Australia and India, as well as in Washington, DC. George formed his own organizational development consulting and training practice in 1981. He specializes in the areas of organizational communication, leadership development, team building, and strategic planning.

Sonia_Buist_pic.jpgSonia Buist, MD

Sonia is currently a Professor of Medicine at OHSU. She obtained her medical degree at St. Andrews University in Scotland, did her residency at University of Colorado Medical School, and completed fellowships in pulmonary medicine and pulmonary physiology at the University of Oregon Medical School. Her primary areas of research are the epidemiology and management of asthma and COPD and, in particular, the overlap between asthma and COPD in older adults. She has been the Principal Investigator of the Portland Center of the US Lung Health Studies I, II, and III and is Chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease.

Martin_Donohoe_pic_2.jpgMartin Donohoe, MD, FACP

Martin practices internal medicine, is the author of Public Health and Social Justice, runs the public health and social justice website, and is the host of the television show Prescription for Justice. He received his BS and MD from UCLA, completed internship and residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Stanford University. His career has included clinical practice in academic medical centers, community hospitals, and homeless clinics. Martin has taught at UCLA, UCSF, Stanford, OHSU, Clark College, and Portland State, and frequently lectures.

Ben_Duncan_pic.jpgBen Duncan (he/him/his)

Ben is the Chief Diversity and Equity Officer for Multnomah County Health Department and former Board Chair of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. His work focuses on the relationships between health and social, economic, and environmental conditions though both public policy and community-based empowerment work. Ben also works with the Diversity and Quality Team and is currently Chair of the Oregon Governor's Environmental Justice Task Force.


Charles_Gallia.jpegCharles Gallia, PhD

Charles is a semi-retired Health Services Researcher. His PhD is in Public Administration and Policy from PSU. He worked as the Senior Policy Advisor for Research and Evaluation for the Oregon Health Authority, focused mostly on the effectiveness of the Oregon Health Plan. He is Chair of Clackamas County’s Economic Development Commission, a special consultant to Health Care for All Oregon, and a Board of Trustees member for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Willamette Falls.

Brian_Gibbs_pic_cropped.jpgBrian K. Gibbs, PhD, MBA

Brian is an experienced administrator in higher education. His career spans the fields of academic medicine and health professions including public health and occupational therapy. His expertise in recruitment and retention of faculty and students of color into health professions, community-based participatory research, and teaching in complex institutional settings include Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Florida A and M University School of Allied Health Sciences. Brian most recently served as Vice President of Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at OHSU.

Chisao_Hata_pic.jpegChisao Hata

Chisao is a performing artist, educator, and social activist who creates collaborations with artists of color, incorporating themes of Asian-American identity, social justice, and community engagement through movement, drumming, ritual, and poetry. Her work has been recognized by the Lila Jewel Women Artists of Oregon, Dance Coalition of Oregon, and the former Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center through Master Fellowship and Lifetime Achievement awards. She designs and directs Arts Integration curriculum and original performances for K-12 schools as a dance educator for Portland Public Schools. 


Charles Hudson 

Charles is a former Oregon PSR Board of Directors member and currently works as the Intergovernmental Affairs Director at Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. He is a member of the Mandan-Hidatsa Nation, and he created the Many Dances Family Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation with his three sons, Kent, Cray, and Stone. The fund is named in honor of his great grand-mother Many Dances, a strong, resilient Native woman.


Zeenia Junkeer, ND (she/her/hers)Zeenia_Junkeer_pic.jpg

Zeenia is a Board-certified Naturopathic Physician who grew up in Beaverton, OR. She is a founding director of Naturopaths Without Borders, a non-profit supporting prevention-based, community-led holistic initiatives in Haiti, Mexico, and the US. She is Director of Equity & Community Engagement for NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health. She has a BS in Justice Studies & Social Inquiry from Arizona State. As adjunct faculty at National University of Natural Medicine, her classes focus on popular education methodology, social/racial/gender justice frameworks, and the role of power and privilege.

Susan_Katz_pic.jpgSusan Katz, MD

Susan went to college at Brown University before moving to Portland 40 years ago. She taught biology and chemistry and worked as a research assistant before attending medical school at OHSU. After medical school, a Pediatrics residency, and a Child Psychiatry fellowship, Susan moved to McMinnville where she had a private practice for 20 years. She has a great interest in environmental health, especially toxins and neurodevelopment. Susan has studied links between environmental factors and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, autism, and learning disabilities. Susan served as Oregon PSR’s Board President, then Vice-President, before joining the Advisory Board in 2017.

Yukiyo Kawano

Yukiyo is a third-generation hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) who grew up decades after the bombing of Hiroshima. Her work is personal, reflecting lasting attitudes toward the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Art, and her work has been seen in the US, Japan, and Australia. She has lectured around the world and received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation's, RACC, Oregon Arts Commission, and many others. Since 2016, her project Suspended Moment has been selected by the New York Foundation of the Arts for fiscal sponsorship.

Regna_Merritt.jpgRegna Merritt

A retired Physician Assistant, Regna built and directed Oregon PSR’s Healthy Climate Program from 2012-2019. She worked as co-director of the regional Power Past Coal coalition (2017-2019) and served on leadership teams of Stand Up to Oil, Power Past Fracked Gas, and other local coalitions that successfully prevented the development of new fossil fuel infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoyed work with elected officials to maintain a stable climate and establish model policies that protect communities. She continues to support Oregon PSR’s Healthy Climate Action Team. With Kelly Campbell, she received National PSR’s Visionary Leaders Award in 2019. Regna previously served as Executive Director of Oregon Wild.

Joel_Nigg.jpgJoel Nigg, PhD

Joel is a research and clinical psychologist in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University. He specializes in understanding the roots of common neurodevelopmental conditions in children, particularly attention deficits and hyperactivity and impulsivity. His interests in the role of toxic chemicals and other environmental influences on children’s brain/behavior development overlaps with priorities of Oregon PSR. In addition, he has been active for two decades in efforts to address climate change through community and volunteer efforts.

Bonnie_Reagan_pic.jpgBonnie Reagan, MD, RN

Bonnie is a retired family physician from Portland. Her career has been varied; first a high school teacher and then a pediatric nurse practitioner, she eventually became a physician, specializing in women’s care, including obstetrics and pediatrics. She was the Chair of a Hospital Ethics Committee and was also on the OHSU Task Force that helped frame policy for the Death with Dignity Act. Bonnie was the 2010 Oregon Family Doctor of the Year and a finalist for the national award. In 2013 she co-founded Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestras, a program bringing rigorous group music instruction to underserved children in Portland as a tool to transform their lives, and the program now serves over 350 children in North Portland.

Karen_Steingart_pic.jpgKaren Steingart, MD, MPH

Karen was a founding member and the first President of Oregon PSR. She received her MD from the New York University School of Medicine and her MPH at the University of Washington, and her primary research interest is in the performance of systematic reviews on tuberculosis diagnostics and treatment and the translation of this evidence into policy. She has participated in several World Health Organization Expert Group meetings to develop policies on tuberculosis and has served as a mentor for physicians and students interested in performing systematic reviews.

Fran_Storrs_pic.jpgFrances Storrs, MD

Fran retired from a career as an academic dermatologist at OHSU and has been active in national and local dermatology associations. She has a long-standing interest in civil liberties and peace, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the ACLU. Fran chaired a committee for the City of Portland that resulted in a ballot measure and institution of an oversight committee for the Internal Affairs Division. She has been President and Board member for the City Club of Portland and a Board member for Outside In, Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra.