Courtney Sherwood is editor-in-chief of The Lund Report. She brings more than 15 years of Pacific Northwest journalism experience to the job. She is a past business editor at The Columbian newspaper, former healthcare reporter for the Portland Business Journal, and has covered breaking news and current events for Reuters and the New York Times. She served as an occasional fill-in editor of The Lund Report for four years before joining the organization full time. Her work history also includes time at Oregon Public Broadcasting and other print, digital and broadcast outlets throughout the region. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Rian Sands is our administrative assistant. 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.
Our News Reporters
Christopher David Gray is our full-time legislative reporter whose work has appeared in the Chicago Reader, Time Out: Chicago, Gapers Block, Cincinnati CityBeat and patch.com. He worked previously as a staff reporter at the Roseburg News-Review, covering city government and social services in southern Oregon, where he won awards from the Oregon Publishers Association and the Society for Professional Journalists. Earlier, he spent several years in Chicago, where he reported on issues affecting the South Side black community. He was recognized with a Rosa Parks Transit Equity Award by Developing Communities Project, the grassroots organization founded by President Barack Obama. He also worked with Physicians for a National Health Program and the Medicare News Group. A native of Defiance, Ohio, he is a graduate of Miami University and has a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan Johnson covers social determinants of health, environmental impacts on health, public health, palliative care, coordinated care organizations and affordable care organizations with a passion for all things Triple Aim. She comes most recently from the transformation of fossil-fuel-based energy to renewable energy as communications director of Iberdrola Renewables (formerly PPM Energy and PacifiCorp Power Marketing). She previously worked as a news director, editor and reporter at newspapers, TV and radio stations in Minneapolis, Eugene and Portland. She also works as a consultant, finished her MFA in writing and published a novel. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Our Nonprofit Board
Robert Blake III is the cofounder of Innovative Anesthesia, a national anesthesia services company that is expanding into staffing and other related areas. His enduring interest is to increase the affordability of healthcare and to promote the practice of medicine. Since 1985 he’s worked in the area of healthcare finance and insurance, helping develop a number of regional and statewide provider-sponsored HMOs.
Sarah Hammer Stevens graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine as an acupuncturist practitioner of Chinese Medicine and is opening a practice in Portland. 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, event management, and her social media work was recognized in the Wall Street Journal. Sarah graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism.
Diane Lund-Muzikant is the Board Chair and Editor Emeritus of The Lund Report, having launched this health policy news site in April 2009 after spending the past three decades working as a healthcare journalist. Diane was also the founder and former executive director and editor of Oregon Health Forum/Oregon Health News, an organization she ran for 16 ½ 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. Diane is also an 20-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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robin Moody is executive director of the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium, A CMS Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative grantee that is assisting more than 700 practices nationwide to prepare for and achieve success under value-based heath care payment models, including CMS' new Quality Payment Program (MIPS).
Prior to joining Caravan Health and the Consortium in 2016, Robin 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 of Medicaid cost-based reimbursement onto alternative payment methodologies. Robin also worked for more than a decade as a health care journalist and newpaper 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. Mike Shirtcliff is President and the 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 (cavities). His passion is helping to lead oral health initiatives, especially those that support under-served populations.
Advantage Dental provides dental care to over 300,000 Oregon Health Plan members at 42 clinics and over 200 contracted dentists throughout Oregon. As such, Advantage Dental is one of the largest Dental Care Organizations in Oregon and has contracts with all 16 Coordinated Care Organizations in all 36 Counties. Advantage Dental also has an individual, group and self-insured contract with PacificSource Health Plan. Earlier this year, Advantage Dental became a DentaQuest company. By joining forces with DentaQuest, a leading national oral health organization, the two organizations will achieve their joint mission to improve the oral health of all.
Dr. Derald Walker is President and CEO of Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare in Portland, Oregon’s largest non-profit provider and housing resource for persons with serious mental illness.
Dr. Walker’s 40-year career began in community mental health as a psychologist and then quickly moved into leadership, including serving the State of Oregon as its director for Child & Adolescent Services. In the early 90s he joined the growing industry of managed behavioral healthcare, working for United and then Value Options as CEO of various subsidiaries in Washington, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas. He also served as lead mental health administrator for Oregon’s largest county, Multnomah County.
His career has come full circle back into community mental health leading 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, scheduled to open in spring of 2018, will embody the efforts to move community mental health into an integrated healthcare setting. It is an exciting time in community mental health and Derald is very happy to be in the thick of it!