Matthew Buck (Chair)
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.
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.
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.
Ellen is the Vice President of Private Label Programs and Genesis Financial Solutions in Beaverton, OR. Her experience includes more than 14 years in financial services in the areas of product management, marketing, analytics, and risk management. Ellen brings to the board financial management and marketing analytics skills, and a passion for helping the local community, particularly initiatives impacting schools and families. Ellen holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Management.
Dawn M. Richardson is an Assistant Professor of Community Health at Portland State University. Dr. Richardson’s research is influenced by community-based participatory research principles and explores neighborhood context as a social determinant of health. Specifically, she examines how the neighborhood environment is conceptualized and measured, and how neighborhood characteristics influence and perpetuate health disparities among youth as they transition to adulthood. She is particularly interested in spatial and visual methods to capture the social, economic, and physical aspects of neighborhoods that impact health and social mobility with the aim of developing place-based interventions in response. Dr. Richardson received her Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health and her Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.) at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University.