Advancing community wellness
I have always felt strongly about the importance of helping those in need in meaningful ways. I grew up just outside of Boise, Idaho, where my parents taught me the value of serving others. In every station of life, I have looked for opportunities to serve those in need. Some of the most memorable opportunities include: working as a religious service volunteer two years after high school on the streets of Chicago, volunteering with a mentoring program for at-risk youth during college and using some of my spare time during medical school to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to provide homes for families in the northern suburbs of Chicago. I have lived in Portland since 2009, long enough to call it home. Portland is a city of great opportunity, but like any city, there are also significant and unmet needs. I am excited to be a part of the inaugural board of The Portland Clinic Foundation and to help meet some of the needs present in our great city.
I grew up in Beaverton, and loved living close to just about anything I wanted to do while still having a small town feel in my schools and community. All throughout my schooling at Beaverton High School and Portland State University, I participated in one-on-one volunteer work, wanting to give back to my community. This continued when I moved to Iowa for medical school and residency. I enjoyed my time in the Midwest, but couldn’t resist the pull of family, friends and the beautiful outdoors, all of which drew me back to Oregon. I am now a pediatrician with The Portland Clinic, and I’m delighted to be part of the Foundation. I look forward to focusing my service on wide-reaching community wellness initiatives.
Doug grew up in and still resides in Portland’s Dolph Park/Grant High neighborhood, where he and his wife, Liz, raised two children. Doug attended the University of Oregon, graduated from Portland State University, earned a master’s degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and a law degree from Northwestern School of Law. Prior to retirement, Doug held executive-level positions in local, regional and state government agencies, and has been a consultant in public affairs and community/government relations, principally focused on urban planning, development and transportation issues. He has served in leadership positions on several local nonprofit boards dedicated to Portland’s community, cultural and civic life, including the Portland School Board and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral’s governing board. In addition to their involvement in the Portland community, Doug and Liz are experiencing the joys of being grandparents, with their two young grandchildren living in the Portland area.
Mike has been a CPA for more than 36 years and has provided tax and financial services to more than 200 charitable organizations. He has provided tax and consulting services to The Portland Clinic since 1987. Currently he owns his own public accounting firm, is a part-time novelist and is married with three kids. For more information about his books, visit mlouisbooks.com.
Dr. Roger Alberty was born in Kansas and, after graduating from the University of Kansas, was commissioned as an ensign in the US Navy and married his wife, Barbara. During his five-year naval career, he served as an officer in the submarine force. He then went to medical school at the University of Kansas and completed his surgical training at St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland and at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. Dr. Alberty joined the Portland Clinic in 1974, where he became head of the executive committee and helped develop the first successful outpatient surgical center in Oregon. He has received numerous awards for his service in the medical profession, and he has served in many positions of professional leadership and voluntary service. At OHSU, an annual excellence in teaching award is given in his honor.
I grew up in North Carolina and moved to Oregon to attend graduate school at Pacific University, where I received my doctorate in clinical psychology. My clinical emphasis is on multicultural psychology, including Latino with bilingual and LGBTQ+ focuses. In my behavioral health practice at The Portland Clinic, I strive to take an inter-sectional approach by attending to the impact of systemic injustices and marginalization on a person’s physical and mental health. I also believe that effective advocacy and wellness initiatives can include empowering individuals and communities to leverage their strengths and resources. I am proud to support the Foundation, which acknowledges the strengths of community members and works towards holistic, equitable community wellness. When I am not a work, I enjoy playing and coaching soccer, teaching courses focused on multicultural psychology, and exploring the Northwest hiking trails and beaches with my dog Kolya.
Dick joined The Portland Clinic as CEO in the summer of 2015, and has been a fervent champion of The Portland Clinic Foundation since taking the role. He has extensive philanthropic and nonprofit experience, serving as executive director of the Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation, Providence’s largest foundation in its system with $185 million in assets, and previously as the director of the Providence Together capital campaign, which raised more than $74 million. Prior to Providence, he was assistant executive director of the Portland Rose Festival Association. Dick is a lifelong volunteer with various community and church organizations, and has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Portland since 1996 and served as its president from 2007 to 2008. He served for two years as chair of the Oregon Ethics in Business program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Portland. A native resident of Portland, Dick and his wife, Liz, have been married 34 years and have two children.
As the CIO for The Portland Clinic since 2016, Shannon is responsible for all IS/IT activity. Previously, Shannon lived and worked in Seattle, Washington where she served as IS Strategic Partner at Swedish Health System/Providence Health & Services overseeing IS resources. Shannon held leadership roles at Virginia Mason Medical Center for 11 years, including serving as administrative director overseeing planning and implementation of clinical information systems across all ambulatory areas. Shannon earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington in Seattle and her Masters in Health Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. Shannon is a native Northwesterner who recently served on the board of Project Access NW; a nonprofit that focuses on improving access to specialty care for low-income and uninsured patients. Shannon is excited to continue supporting community wellness in many more ways via The Portland Clinic Foundation. Outside of work, Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and newly adopted puppy.
Before retiring, Bob was CEO of the Oregon Medical Association for 33 years, and has been an esteemed and award-winning member of a number of professional affiliations for medical executives. He has spent much of his life in public service, serving as a Hillsboro City Council member for four years, holding leadership roles in Rotary Club of Portland, volunteering with Meals on Wheels and Boy Scouts of America, volunteering with Medical Teams International in the Hurricane Katrina cleanup efforts and serving on The Portland Clinic’s patient advisory board as well as several eminent committees and task forces across the state of Oregon. He and his wife, Karen, have five children and nine grandchildren.
Having grown up in the Seattle area (Puyallup, to be precise), I am naturally drawn to mountains and surrounding water. After training and working in Chicago, the Bay Area and Queens, New York, I love being back in the Pacific Northwest. My wife, Ashleigh, and I have put down roots here in Portland, along with our young twins, Poppy and Jack, and our two dogs, Misty and Charlie. I have always believed in the importance of giving back. I am a founding partner of the Gold Coast Foundation, which supports Ghanaian HIV orphans; the team physician of Beaverton’s Southridge High School football team; and am honored and excited to be a part of the Portland Clinic Foundation. Fundamentally, I became a doctor to help people, and joining the board of The Portland Clinic Foundation is another way to give my time and energy. I have seen the benefit that greater local nonprofits have had on my life and the lives of my patients, and I’m looking forward to helping the Foundation support its essential work.
Marvin A. Kaiser is Dean Emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. He followed this work by serving as the CEO of Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst, retiring in 2017. He received his B.A. degree in philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College, St. Louis, Missouri, an M.S.W. from the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1979. He has served as staff fellow and consultant to the United Nations Office at Vienna, Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs, as a staff fellow and consultant to the US Agency for International Development and to the House Select Committee on Aging, US House of Representatives. He has served on numerous community boards, including the Nativity School, Cedar Sinai Park, Catholic Charities of Oregon and the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation. He co-chaired Portland’s visionPDX. As the author of numerous articles, book chapters and monographs, Dr. Kaiser has focused his scholarly efforts on domestic and international aging issues and community development.
As a native Oregonian, I feel a strong sense to give back to the community I grew up in. The Portland Clinic Foundation has given me a platform to do jus that. I have fond memories from volunteering with my dad and brother around the holidays at The Sunshine Division, packing food boxes and delivering them to those in need. Collecting food and toy donations from generous holiday light viewers on Peacock lane. In my role as Branch Manager, I use my energy and excitement to reach the NE Branch team for our in-kind goods drives. Kris and I established a Branch Champion Committee where other TPC employees can join in, sharing the great work of our grantees are doing, advocate for the Foundation and get the word out to more employees regarding upcoming events and donation drives. I am so grateful for this opportunity to work with such accomplished and thoughtful people and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Foundation.
Liz is a certified athletic trainer and has been working in the Clinic’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Department for almost 10 years serving as its sports medicine outreach coordinator. She works with local youth clubs and athletes from all backgrounds, in addition to assisting physicians with fracture care, casting, bracing and concussion testing. Liz also coordinates The Portland Clinic’s employee volunteer calendar, which encourages staff members to get out in the community to help those in need. Liz says, “I became passionate about philanthropy many years ago when I was involved with a surgical mission trip to Ecuador. I am looking forward to all of the good work that we can do with The Portland Clinic Foundation.”
I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and attended college and medical school in the South. After graduating from medical school, my wife and I came to Portland for my internship and orthopedic surgery residency at OHSU. After 38 years, I retired from orthopedic surgical practice, but I still perform independent medical evaluations for insurance and legal matters. I was attracted to the service for The Portland Clinic Foundation by its strong mission focus on supporting the needs of our local citizens and the many worthwhile community organizations which serve them.
As an Oregonian my whole life, and a Portlander since the age of five, I am delighted to be working with The Portland Clinic Foundation as its executive director. My background is diverse: I went east for college and further east for grad school (I studied and taught English literature at the University of Oxford for a long while), and moonlighted in the British nonprofit world, including at London’s Dignity in Dying, an end-of-life rights and palliative care advocacy organization. When my British husband, Michael, and I decided to move back to Oregon, I moved full time into the nonprofit and philanthropic world, co-authoring a book about the impact and breadth of Oregon philanthropy (State of Giving, OSU Press 2015) and working with a number of excellent organizations, including the Oregon Community Foundation, Literary Arts, the Chalkboard Project, Rediscover the Falls, and the Oregon Humane Society. I’m also a passionate volunteer: currently, I am an adviser to the Women’s Foundation of Oregon and to the #OregoniansGive campaign, the board secretary of Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, a member of the Oregon Historical Society’s Cabinet, and grants chair of the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.