OHD Board

Michael Garland

Oregon Health Decisions Co-Founder
Michael J. Garland, D.Sc.Rel
Michael J. Garland is a co-founder of Oregon Health Decisions and served as its first Executive Director from 1983 to 1986. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1987. Michael is a professor emeritus in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University OHSU. He is a co-founder of the Center for Ethics in Health Care at OHSU. Michael received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and letters from St. Louis University and a master’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame. He earned a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Strasbourg in France, where he focused on the theory of responsibility in ethics.
Dr. Garland has been active in the field of biomedical ethics since 1973 when he joined the Health Policy Program at the University of California, San Francisco. He is published widely in the field of biomedical ethics with particular focus on ethical issues in the allocation of health care resources, social ethics education in health professions’ curricula, ethics in human experimentation, ethical issues in withholding treatment from the terminally ill, and the community’s role in guiding ethical choices in health policy.

Paige Sipes-Metzler

Paige Sipes-Metzler, DPA, MSN, RN
Vice President, AON Consulting
Paige Sipes-Metzler is Vice President at Aon Consulting. Her focus area is working with employers to achieve health transformation. She has been actively involved in health care reform in both Oregon and California.
Dr. Sipes-Metzler has a Doctor of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, MSN from the University of California San Francisco, and BSN from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
In addition to serving as the Board President for Oregon Health Decisions, Dr. Sipes-Metzler serves on the Oregon Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church, Board of Pensions as Vice Chair and the Oregon Public Health Institute Board of Directors as Immediate past President. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and three children.

Donalda Dodson

Donalda Dodson, MPH, RN
Executive Director, Oregon Child Development Coalition
Donalda Dodson is the Executive Director for the Oregon Child Development Coalition providing executive leadership for all aspects of the organization under the guidance of the Oregon Child Development Coalition Board of Directors and Head Start Policy Councils.
Donalda has over 36 years experience in Management and Administration of public health programs. The majority of this work has been in the area of Maternal and Child Health in the public sector. She has held leadership and administrative positions at county, state, and national levels. Donalda was the Public Health Manager for the fourth largest county in Oregon for 27 years. She then took a position with the State of Oregon as the Administrator for the Office of Family Health, Oregon Department of Human Services.

Paula McNeil

Paula McNeil, MS, RN
Executive Director, Western Institute of Nursing
Paula McNeil is Executive Director of the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN). WIN brings together nurses from education, practice, and research to improve the health of the public in the western region. WIN sponsors the oldest Communicating Nursing Research Conference in the nation at which hundreds of nursing research projects are reported in podium and poster sessions.
Previously, Paula was the Executive Director for Oregon Health Decisions where she facilitated the implementation of the Oregon Health Plan by providing policy makers with citizen values information collected from focus groups around the State of Oregon. She was also instrumental in the development of OHD’s Advance Directive project “Making Health Care Decisions”. Paula also served as Associate Executive Director for Government Relations and then Executive Director of the Oregon Nurses Association.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and scrapbooking.

Liz Baxter

Elizabeth Baxter
Executive Director of the North Sound Accountable Community of Health

Liz Baxter recently became the first Executive Director of the North Sound Accountable Community of Health, which encompasses Snohomish, Skagit Island, San Jan and Whatcom Counties.  Prior to moving to Whatcom County Liz was Executive Director of the Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI), and spent seven years leading We Can Do Better (founded as the Archimedes Movement). The common element in each of her roles is a belief that community voice is essential to sustainable change to impact policy and practice, and influence the state and national dialogues on health and health care reform. Liz has spent her career building bridges between complex policy discussions and the public’s ability to understand and weigh in on these issues.

Liz chaired the board for Cover Oregon for more than three years, and serves on the board of Oregon Health Decisions. She was vice chair of Oregon’s Future of Public Health Task Force, and remains an elected member of the Oregon Health Authority’s Health Equity Policy Committee. She has a Bachelor’s degree in social welfare, two years of graduate study in gerontology and a Master’s in Public Health.


Lauren Frank, MHS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Communication at Portland State University.

Lauren Frank is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Portland State University.  She used to work on maternal and child health research with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and she worked with collaboratives advocating for access to healthcare throughout California.  In her current role, she researches health communication.  Her projects include studies of how to design messages to be effective and involve families.  She has worked to promote informed decision making on health issues such as cervical cancer prevention and family planning.


Romana Hasnain-Wynia, MS, PHD
Director of the Addressing Disparities Program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

In this role, Dr. Hasnain-Wynia provides leadership and sets strategic direction for funding patient-centered comparative effectiveness research focused on reducing disparities and advancing equity in health and healthcare.

Prior to joining PCORI, Dr. Hasnain-Wynia was the director of the Center for Healthcare Equity and Associate Professor at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She also held an appointment as an Associate Professor for Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy and served as the associate director of Northwestern’s AHRQ Funded
T-32 post-doctoral training program in health services and outcomes research.   She has been the principal investigator for a number of national studies focusing on advancing equity for underserved populations.

Margaret Klein, RN, MS, MSN, JD
Oregon Director of Clinical Operations for KEPRO

Margaret is a nurse, attorney, ethicist, educator, and published author with over 40 years of experience in healthcare, law, ethics and the insurance industry. She has held positions in direct patient care, management and administration – serving in healthcare leadership positions for Legacy Health System, Oregon Health Sciences University, Providence Health and Services, and Vibra Specialty Hospital. Currently, Margaret chairs the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council and is the Oregon Director of Clinical Operations with KEPRO.

In her spare time, Margaret helps at the family-owned restaurant Tebo’s with her husband and co-owner, Craig; has served as the photojournalist and team administrator for a medical mission team to Guatemala through Faith in Practice out of Houston Texas; serves on the board for the local chapter of Hockey Ministry International; grows roses, and has three beautiful Shih Tzu pups, Porsche, Lincoln, Tesla and their domestic cat, Miss Bentley.