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Roger Fogg, FNP
Chair

Roger Fogg, FNP, studied at Cal. State San Bernardino, San Bernardino Valley College, Loma Linda University, and Western University of Health Science completing degrees in chemistry, nursing, health administration and a Master of Science/Family Nurse Practitioner program. 

He owns his own office in rural Josephine County practices in-office and at multiple memory care facilities and nursing homes. He was previously the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Oregon state representative. 

He believes it is the duty of all NPs to support both their state and national organizations because they assist in protecting and advancing the role of nurse practitioners and encourages NPs to join to share stories and ideas, network, take advantage of NPO's outstanding continuing education opportunities and to protect and advance NPs role. 

Kat Chinn, RN, MS, FNP-BC
Immediate Past Chair

Kat Chinn, RN, MS, FNP-BC, is a longtime NPO leader and former NPO chair. She currently serves on the Oregon State Board of Nursing. Kat began her career as a pediatric nurse practitioner. During her Master’s studies at OHSU, she was awarded a fellowship to the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center. Her work concentrated on improving team-based care for chronically ill children. Building successful care teams for patients with chronic illnesses eventually helped her transition into her current practice treating geriatric patients at PeaceHealth’s Senior Health and Wellness Center in Eugene.

Before becoming an NP, Kat spent eight years as an medical office assistant and worked as the restaurant and wine columnist for the Eugene Weekly.


Jennifer Barr, DNP, FNP-C 
Secretary

Jennifer (Jen) Barr, DNP, FNP-C, completed her bachelor's degree in Spanish from Oregon State University and her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing at the University of Portland. In 2014, she graduated from the University of Portland with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice as a family nurse practitioner.

She is currently completing a post-master's certificate program at Texas Tech University Health Science Center for acute care pediatric nurse practitioners.

She has served in multiple ONA/NPO leadership roles including as a member of ONA's Cabinet on Health Policy and Political Action Committees. 

Jen practices at Doernbecher Children's Hospital and OHSU as the nurse practitioner for the Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgery team. 

Brooks Gaston, FNP-C
Treasurer

Brooks Gaston, BSN, MS, FNP, studied at St. Olaf College and the University of Texas Pan-American before earning his Master’s degree from OHSU. He has served in multiple NPO leadership positions including on NPO’s professional standards committee and as chair of NPO’s nominating committee. He currently practices as an FNP in North Portland.

In his spare time, Brooks volunteers teaching Sunday School at his church and coaches youth basketball.

Patricia Cox, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC
Nominating Committee Chair

Patricia (Patty) H. Cox, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC, is a professor at the University of Portland’s School of Nursing. Patty started her career as an Army nurse where she served in active duty and in the reserves. During her time in the reserves, she worked closely with vulnerable populations including migrant farmworkers, refugees, the frail elderly, Native Americans, and HIV/AIDS patients.

She continued working while earning a Master’s of nursing, Master’s of public health and her doctorate of nursing practice at UCLA, Johns Hopkins University and Case Western Reserve University respectively.

Patty has been practicing as a certified family nurse practitioner for more than 30 years and is a regular presenter on health topics. 

Nancy Ronan, DNP
Education Committee Chair

NPO’s Education Committee Chair Nancy Ronan, DNP, MSN, BSN, BA, FNP, RN, has been involved in nursing education and professional development for her entire career. As staff development officer, then chief of nursing of Portland’s Air Force Reserves, she became passionate about identifying areas of educational need and using a team-based approach to address them.

Her current work includes caring for her own panel of approximately 2,000 birth-to-geriatric patients at Adventist Medical Group in Portland. She also works part-time providing care for acute, chronic and urgent needs at Adventist Urgent Care. In addition, Nancy provides weekly on-site assessments and care for minimum to maximum security prisoners at Columbia County Jail in St. Helens, Oregon.

Carol Willeford, PMHNP
Professional Standards Committee Co-Chair

Carol Willeford, PMHNP, operates a private practice in Lake Oswego. She earned a bachelor of science in biology from the National Taiwan Normal University and a BSN from OHSU.  She later worked as a staff RN, charge nurse, and clinical nurse specialist while earning.a her masters degree in nursing from OHSU. She completed her doctorate from Pacific University in 2006, where she also worked as a psychopharmacology instructor. 

She is a proud member of the NPO, the Oregon Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association and Pacific Northwest Providers. 

Kindra Scanlon, RN, FNP
Professional Standards Committee Co-Chair

Kindra Scanlon, RN, FNP, is an instructor at OHSU’s School of Medicine in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Kindra worked as a translator, horseback trainer and computer programmer before deciding to follow her passion and become a registered nurse. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at OHSU where she was actively involved in nurse advocacy and outreach, becoming president of OHSU’s Student Nurses Association, a leader in the National Student Nurses Association, and serving on ONA’s Cabinet on Health Policy.

In addition to English, Kindra speaks fluent German and some Russian and is a talented artist.


Laurel Hallock-Koppelman, DNP, FNP-C, APRN
Marketing/Membership Committee Co-Chair

Laurel Hallock-Koppelman, DNP, FNP-C, APRN, is a family medicine instructor in OHSU’s School of Medicine and practices at OHSU’s Richmond clinic. She previously practiced at Mid-County Health Center, a Multnomah County health clinic in southeast Portland. Laurel strongly believes in serving those who struggle with access to health care services and is constantly searching for upstream solutions to keep patients healthy and out of hospital emergency rooms.

She is a former winner of Oregon’s primary care loan repayment award in recognition for her work aiding underserved communities and the recipient of a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant to study substance use disorders and strengthen connections between emergency departments and primary care providers to fast-track patients’ entry to care.

In her spare time, Laurel is a Girl Scout leader and volunteers for Project Erase, a tattoo removal service for people with little or no insurance.

 

Kelly Witbeck, MSN, FNP-C
Marketing/Membership Committee Co-Chair

Kelly obtained her BSN from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida and attended the University of Alabama-Birmingham where she earned her my MSN-FNP. She is currently attending Washington State University for her post master's DNP-PHMHNP certification.

She has worked in integrated primary care, in-home primary care and express care and specializes in family practice. 

She encourages NPs to join and get involved with NPO so they can contribute to the larger collective voice that supports NPs as they work to advance the profession and continue improving the lives of patients and the communities they serve.


Julie Foster, MSN, FNP
Independent Practice and business Owners Committee Chair

Julie Foster, MSN, FNP, is the founder and director of Pohala, a Portland clinic that combines traditional family practice with integrative care. Her clinic offers a range of holistic and preventative services and specializations from primary care to body work and naturopathic/homeopathic medicine.

Julie earned her Bachelor's Degree from Linfield College and her Master's from Gonzaga University and has a passion for education. She Waldorf-homeschooled her children when they were young and regularly precepts nursing, NP and medical students.

Growing up, Julie volunteered as a candystriper volunteer at Portland Adventist Hospital and later worked as an emergency room technician during nursing school. She loves traveling, kundalini yoga and hula dancing.

Calendar

4/6/2019
9th Annual NPO Pharmacology Conference

4/20/2019
NPO Quarterly Meeting

7/13/2019
NPO Quarterly Meeting


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