Who We Are

Our Staff

 

Lynne Terry is our editor-in-chief. She’s a veteran journalist, with more than 30 years of experience in print, radio and television. They include working as National Public Radio’s correspondent in Paris for nine years and 18 years at The Oregonian/OregonLive. At The Oregonian, she worked on the breaking news team, reporting in-depth on high-profile stories like the disappearance of Kyron Horman at age 7. She later became the outlet’s sole consumer health and wellness reporter, focusing on that beat for about five years. She specialized in food safety as well. She’s won multiple national awards, including a National Headliner Award, the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association’s C.B. Blethen Memorial awards, a Best in the West award, one from Association of Investigative Reporters and Editors and others.

She can be reached at [email protected].

Jessica Floum is a news and investigative reporter for The Lund Report. She is an award-winning reporter who has covered politics and business for several major metro publications. She previously covered Portland City Hall for The Oregonian/OregonLive and business and venture capital for The San Francisco Chronicle. She worked as an investigative reporter at The Sarasota-Herald Tribune, where her series about a cancer charity's finances and its bankruptcy won the Society of Business Editors and Writers' award for best print investigation and was honored as an award finalist by the Investigative Reporters and Editors association.

She can be reached at [email protected].

Rian Sands is our office manager. Her diverse work history includes tutoring non-native English speakers at the University of Oregon, retail management, market-research into the high-tech industry, assessments of search-engine performance and copy editing. She grew up in Massachusetts and Kansas and has lived in Oregon since 2001. She earned an associate degree from Linn-Benton Community College and has studied graphic design at Portland State University.

She can be reached at [email protected].

 

Our Contributors

 

Christian Wihtol worked as a journalist nearly four decades at daily newspapers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Oregon before retiring from full-time work this year. He spent a majority of that time as an editor and writer at The Register-Guard in Eugene, where he served variously as the newsroom's senior editor, associate editor writing editorials, government and public policy team editor and business editor. He holds a master's in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and a bachelor's degree from Oxford University. He lives in Eugene.

 

Our Nonprofit Board

 

Diane Lund-Muzikant is the board chair and editor emeritus of The Lund Report. She launched the news site in April 2009 after spending the previous three decades working as a health care journalist. Diane was also the founder and former executive director and editor of Oregon Health Forum/Oregon Health News, an organization she ran for more than 16 years. Under her leadership, it became the leading resource for health policy issues in the Pacific Northwest. Earlier, as a freelance journalist, her work appeared in Good Housekeeping, People Magazine, The Oregonian and national health policy journals. Lund-Muzikant is also a 22-year breast cancer survivor and was the co-founder of Rachel’s Friends Breast Cancer Coalition, an educational and advocacy organization focused on the environmental impacts of cancer.

She can be reached at [email protected].

Leonard Bergstein is president of Northwest Strategies, Inc., a consultant firm that advises companies and Sovereign Tribal Nations on public affairs. He’s worked on some of the most sensitive issues in the region, including environmental regulations, health care delivery and insurance systems, agri-business, financial services, Indian gaming and others. He also has directed complex government relations assignments in Washington state, California and Washington D.C.

Bergstein is a political analyst for KGW TV (8) and is regularly invited to speak on political and business topics to Northwest audiences. A native New Yorker who made Oregon his home in 1972, Bergstein’s earlier career in Oregon included running statewide political campaigns for candidates and ballot measures and serving as a Vista volunteer attorney with Multnomah County Legal Aid.

Kathy Formella is a Council Representative for Oregon AFSCME Council 75 with a focus on the behavioral health industry. Prior to her time at AFSCME, she worked as the Statewide Engagement Manager for Basic Rights Oregon, where she worked on a variety of community and social justice campaigns including the freedom to marry for all Oregonians, affordable housing, driver’s cards for undocumented immigrants, banning conversion therapy for minors, and the freedom to marry for all Oregonians. Formella graduated with distinction from the Willamette University with a degree in Sociology.

Robert Blake III is the co-founder of Innovative Anesthesia, a national anesthesia services company that is expanding into staffing and related areas. He has an enduring interest in increasing the affordability of health care and promoting the practice of medicine. Since 1985, he’s worked in the area of health care, finance and insurance, helping develop a number of regional and statewide provider-sponsored health maintenance organizations.

Sarah Hammer Stevens has an acupuncturist practice in Portland, To the Point PDX, which caters to busy professionals. She graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine as an acupuncturist practitioner of Chinese Medicine. While a student, she served on the Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine board of directors and assisted with fund-raising and branding. Earlier, she was an account manager at Pac/West Communications handling media relations and event management. Her social media work was recognized in the Wall Street Journal. Sarah graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism.

Warren Johnson is the founder and CEO of Scribe-X Northwest, LLC and leads its business development and strategic direction.  He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having founded STAT Medical Services in 1997 and led it to become the largest nurse staffing company in the Northwest with $20 million in revenue and nearly 700 employees.  Johnson then founded an innovative SasS company, ShiftWise, in 2004 which linked all the medical staffing providers together to serve the clinical staffing needs of nearly 1,000 hospitals. Subsequently, he founded a consulting firm focused on advising some of the largest hospital systems on the West Coast how to ensure they have enough staff to care for their patients.

Johnson’s passion for medical staffing fueled him to start Scribe-X, which he saw as a win-win. The benefits of the medical scribe services improve the patient experience, the quality of life for the provider, the clinical and work experience for the scribe and ultimately improves patient care. He holds bachelor’s degrees in physical education and nursing as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in community health nursing from Oregon Health & Science University.

Robin Moody is executive director of the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative grantee that is assisting more than 700 practices nationwide to prepare for and achieve success under value-based health care payment models, including CMS' new Quality Payment Program.

Prior to joining Caravan Health and the Consortium in 2016, Moody worked for the Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems for seven years. As senior director of public policy there, she spearheaded a successful effort to improve and standardize hospital financial assistance policies, and co-led an initiative that moved half of Oregon’s rural hospitals off Medicaid’s cost-based reimbursement and on to alternative payment methodologies. Moody also worked for more than a decade as a health care journalist and newspaper editor for newspapers around the Pacific Northwest, including six years as the health care reporter for the Portland Business Journal. Robin graduated from Gonzaga University with Bachelor’s degrees in journalism, Spanish and economics, and received her master’s in public health degree from Portland State University.

Dr. Michael Rohwer is the executive director of Curandi, an innovative startup working to restore community health using recent developments in network and system science.  He also founded Performance Health Technology, a company supporting services and software to Community Health Plans. He was a voting member of the Oregon Engineering Technology Industry Council, created by the Legislature to support higher education.

With extensive and varied management experience in health care, Rohwer is passionate about the dynamics of the complex social and biological networks needed to support a healthy community. He believes in transparency and collaboration around common goals to help patients, practitioners and institutions.

Mike Shirtcliff is president of RMS Dental Director Inc. He was formerly president and a founding member of the Advantage Dental Community; a dentist-owned, dental services company headquartered in Redmond, Oregon. He is a sought-after speaker locally and nationwide on the subject of Medicaid dental and the medical management of caries, or cavities. His passion is helping to lead oral health initiatives, especially those that support underserved populations.

Derald Walker is president and CEO of Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare in Portland, Oregon’s largest nonprofit provider and housing resource for persons with serious mental illness. Walker’s 40-year career began in community mental health as a psychologist. He quickly moved into leadership, including serving as Oregon’s director for Child & Adolescent Services. In the early 90s, he joined the growing industry of managed behavioral health care, working for United Behavioral Health and Value Options as CEO of various subsidiaries in Washington, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas. He also served as the lead mental health administrator for Oregon’s largest county, Multnomah County.

His career has come full circle back to community mental health with the leading of a large, comprehensive mental health and addictions provider with a determination to integrate primary health care into Cascadia’s services. Cascadia’s new Garlington Health Center, which opened in the spring of 2018, embodies the efforts to move community mental health into an integrated health care setting.