Michele "MiMi" Bernal-Graves, MS, Treasurer
MiMi is a passionate volunteer for several non-profit organizations and serves as Oregon PSR's Board Treasurer. She and her husband Ben also foster dogs through local dog rescues. Through various community groups, she volunteers her permaculture and human resources expertise to support local families and small businesses. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and holds a BS in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Biology from Pacific University and a MS in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University.
David moved to Portland after working in the environmental and social justice movements for most of his life, including working closely with PSR Los Angeles in California. From 1997 to 2011, he was the Executive Director of Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR), an advocacy coalition fighting for reduced use of pesticides and improved pesticides regulation. Before that, he worked for Greenpeace as Regional Director and International Pesticide Coordinator, and he chaired the board of Greenpeace Fund, the national organization’s tax-deductible arm, until 2012. David was International Director of Friends of the Earth, a founding board member of Pesticide Action Network, and on staff of the American Friends Service Committee.
Alejandrina “Alé” Felipe, RN, BSN
Alejandrina is a native Indigenous woman from Oaxaca, Mexico, and has lived in Oregon since she was eight years old. She currently works as a nurse in Obstetrics at Legacy Health in Gresham. She graduated from Linfield College in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Alejandrina believes that we can all build a better future by addressing racism, climate change, and all forms of injustice. She comes from and has lived in underserved communities that need organizations like Oregon PSR to work closely with community partners to advocate for policy changes.
Maxine Fookson, RN, MN
Maxine is a retired Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who spent her career working in public health settings providing care to diverse communities, including many immigrant communities. She's been committed to social justice her entire life and is interested in ending militarism and war, immigration justice, the Middle East, and intersectionality. Maxine has been a PSR supporter since 1982 and has traveled to Gaza on three Washington PSR health delegations. One of her best teachers was Mustafa, wounded by a US bomb in Iraq as a 5-year old, whose resilience is a reminder of the importance of our work for peace and justice.
Candice Jimenez, MPH
Candice is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Concordia University and a Master’s in Public Health from OHSU. In her work as a public health professional, she supports tribal community-driven efforts that amplify child passenger and motor vehicle safety as well as maternal child health that includes breastfeeding promotion and support.
Elaine McKenzie, RN, MPH, Vice-President
Elaine is a public health nurse who worked in Alaska before moving to Portland in 2005. She worked as an expert direct service public health nurse, Fairbanks Health Center Manager, and as Deputy Chief for Alaska's public health nursing system. After retiring from the State of Alaska, she studied for a PhD in Nursing at University of San Diego and taught at University of Portland's School of Nursing. Studying the consequences of collective violence and war and using a public health framework became a focus during her PhD studies. Elaine currently leads Oregon PSR’s Peace Work Group and Membership Committee.
Patricia Murphy, ND, LAc, Secretary
Pat received a BS in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an ND from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, and is a graduate of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM). For several years, Pat was an instructor at the OCOM and currently presents guest lectures about environmental medicine to acupuncture students at the masters and doctoral levels, to practitioners, and to the public. Since 1984 she has created a blended private practice of acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. Pat takes to heart the naturopathic tenet “prevention is the best cure,” and is dedicated to helping people learn how to decrease toxic exposures.
Patrick O'Herron, MD, Board President (he / him / his)
Pat attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine at Tempe and completed his residency training at Oregon Health Sciences University in Neurology. He practiced general surgery for one year in McMinnville prior to joining the Trauma and Acute Care Surgery service at Salem Health, where he is now a general surgeon practicing acute care surgery. His focus at Oregon PSR is climate change, which fits well with our mission of addressing the greatest threats to human health. Pat has served as Oregon PSR's Board President since 2015, and he currently lives with his family in Portland.
John Pearson, MD
John retired from his practice in Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology in 1999. He had been Chief of Pediatrics for Kaiser Permanente in Portland for the previous ten years. He is an adjunct professor at OHSU (Pediatrics). A member of PSR since the 1960's, John has been active on the Board of Directors of Oregon PSR since 2003, was Board President in 2007-2008 and again from 2010-2012, and has contributed significantly to our outreach and education efforts, particularly with regard to the impact of war on human health and the environment. He also continues to work on eliminating nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants.
Anita Randolph, PhD
Anita has extensive community service experience, including serving on organizational boards focused on human rights (Don’t Shoot PDX), recovery, and reentry (Bybee Lakes Hope Center), underrepresented youth (Youth Engaged in Science!), and African women and children (Harambee Centre). She co-founded the Safer Space program, a peer-to-peer mental health support group for the BIPOC community and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement. She is also the founder of Building Everyday Alliances by Delivering Support (BEADS), which aims to make STEM more accessible to underrepresented minorities in villages, hospitals, and orphanages around the world. Her greatest mission in life is to be a link in the chain, a bond of connection between people. She is committed to using her link in the chain to strengthen the bridge between the community through work with Oregon PSR.
Akash Singh, JD (they/ them/ theirs)
Akash is an attorney-in-training and an advocate for environmental, migration, and public health justice. They are receiving their law degree from Vermont Law School and completing their legal externship at OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. They are working on a series of novels about colonization, essays, and some stand-up comedy bits. They identify as openly gay, genderqueer, and use they/them pronouns.