Damien Fair, PA-C PhD (Chair)
Damien is a cognitive neuroscientist at Oregon Health and Science University. He studies brain maturation using imaging techniques, such as MRI, in typically and atypically developing populations. His current work focuses on finding better ways to characterize individual patients with disorders, such as ADHD and Autism. He hopes this work will ultimately lead to improved preventative and treatment strategies. His past clinical experience as a Physician Assistant focused on cerebrovascular diseases, including stroke treatment and prevention.
Jennifer Bryman (Vice-Chair)
Jennifer has 13 years of experience as a senior level business professional and private consultant with specialties in strategic planning, marketing, sales and managing budgets in excess of $30 million. She is a graduate of the University of Akron, the Robert Reynolds Chef Studio culinary program and is Treasurer of the board at the Portland Culinary Alliance. She is Co-founder of The Heart's Kitchen, whose mission is to help moms-to-be cook delicious, whole foods to support the lifelong health of their children.
Mellie Pullman, PhD (Treasurer)
Mellie Pullman is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Portland State University. Her major research interests address sustainability practices in food and beverage supply chains. Currently, she is researching social networks of sustainability practices and food cooperatives. She works with other food non-profits including Food Alliance and the Slow Food Chapter of Wallowa County and many regional sustainability-focused food and beverage producers, distributors, and retailers.
Myde Boles, PhD
Myde is a Principal Investigator with Program Design and Evaluation Services, a public health research and evaluation unit within Multnomah County Health Department and Oregon Public Health Division. She has worked in health research and evaluation for over 20 years. The current focus of her work is on policy and environmental strategies for physical activity, nutrition, and chronic disease prevention. She recently led studies to evaluate the impact of menu labeling policy in Multnomah County and school policies for improving youth physical activity and nutrition in Washington and Oregon.
Stephanie Ann Farquhar, PhD
Stephanie is an Associate Professor at the School of Community Health at Portland State University and a researcher on several projects, including a National Institutes of Health grant to address environmental and occupational health concerns of indigenous and migrant farm workers in Oregon. Her work draws upon the principles of community-based research to address how environmental and social justice issues impact public health.
Philip Wu, MD
Dr. Wu is a retired pediatrician from Northwest Permanente who is now working exclusively in the areas of active transportation, total health, and pediatric obesity prevention and treatment. He is on staff with Kaiser’s Community Health Initiative and National Weight Management Initiative. Dr. Wu has developed expertise around the issues of physical activity, transportation and health and currently serves on several community boards including: The Intertwine Alliance, Executive Council for Active Transportation, Westside Transportation Alliance, Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) at Portland State University, Upstream Public Health, and the Northwest Health Foundation. Dr. Wu was a clinical pediatrician for fourteen years with the Medford Clinic in Medford, OR before joining Kaiser Permanente in 1997 as a general pediatrician. He retired from active clinical practice in January, 2012.
Marilyne is a healthcare technology and information technology marketing consultant based in Portland, Oregon. Her professional experience includes more than 9 years in planning and leading execution of Intel Corporation’s healthcare IT marketing strategies. In her role, Marilyne visited healthcare authorities and hospital systems around the world and gained first-hand insight into some of the common challenges they face. She also witnessed how policy changes and innovative technologies positively impact delivery of quality care and enable improvements in community health programs. In addition to this experience, Marilyne brings to the board a passion for helping underserved populations gain access to healthcare and education programs that will enable them to optimize their overall well-being. Marilyne holds a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Matthew is a food systems consultant providing planning, evaluation, and other services to clients including Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Food Bank, and Ten Rivers Food Web. Previously, he served as Assistant Director of Food Alliance, a national nonprofit that develops standards for sustainable agricultural practices, and as Communications Director for Sustainable Northwest, a regional non-profit promoting environmentally sound economic development. In that time, he published over 100 case studies of sustainability initiatives by individuals, businesses and communities in Sustainable Agriculture: Continuing to Grow and the Founders of a New Northwest book series. As board chair for Friends of Zenger Farm, Matthew also led a successful effort to develop an education center on an historic 16-acre farm to provide programs for youth on food, farming and the environment, and to promote access to healthy food in the communities of outer southeast Portland.