Welcome new Board members 2018-19!

Posted on August 15, 2018 in CEO Updates

Please join All Hands Raised in welcoming five new members to our Board of Directors! Each of these distinguished community leaders was elected to serve a three-year term starting from July 1, 2018. They will join a Board led by Immediate Past Chair Jennifer Messenger Heilbronner of Metropolitan Group, Chair Trever Cartwright of Coraggio Group, Vice Chair Mo King of Nike Golf and Treasurer Larry Bekkedahl of Portland General Electric. The All Hands Raised Board currently includes 23 members from a diverse cross-section of the community, with more than 50% self-identified as people of color and representing a wide range of organizations connected to our work.

Our new Board members are:

Whitney Grubbs, Executive Director, Chalkboard Project
Whitney Grubbs has more than a decade of experience in education, public policy, and cross-sector collaboration. She was recently appointed the Executive Director of the Chalkboard Project, a collaboration of Oregon’s five largest foundations that joined together for the purpose of improving public education. As former chief of staff to the Oregon Education Investment Board and senior staff to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, Grubbs provided strategic guidance to policy makers and successfully moved significant public policy aimed at improving education outcomes, reducing disparities, and supporting educators.

Lenin Jimenez, Co-Founder, Home Equity Investments
Originally from Cuernavaca, Mexico, Lenin moved to Oregon in 2003. Lenin saw an unexpected opportunity with the growing Hispanic community in the state and started his first business targeting this underserved market. Lenin’s career has focused on the finance and insurance industry. Along with his own ventures, he has had the opportunity to work and consult for Key Bank, Allstate Insurance, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon, AAA Oregon/Idaho among others. He is the current owner of Home Equity Investments.

Karis Stoudamire-Phillips, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Moda Health
Karis Stoudamire-Phillips, a native of Portland, is a proud graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, alumnus of Saint Mary’s College of California and earned her master’s degree from Washington State University. Karis manages Corporate Social Responsibility at Moda Health. Her focus is to develop, direct and implement Moda’s community engagement strategy and action plan in Oregon and Alaska. In her role, Karis leads the company’s community engagement strategy, ensuring alignment with best practices and core values, mission and overall business strategy.

Michelle Taylor, M.D.
Michelle Taylor M.D., M.B.A., is a surgeon and consultant. As a surgeon, she served as chief of general and vascular surgery, developed new service lines, and lead hospital system-wide initiatives in health informatics and clinical quality. She has acted as the medical director for quality and health policy in a managed-care organization, responsible for overseeing initiatives for clinical quality, value-based insurance design, and accountable care organizations. As an advocate for eliminating healthcare disparities, she’s been awarded state and federal appointments to collaboratives that focus on health equity and population health. As a consultant, she helps physicians and healthcare organizations develop strategies that define their unique market position and increase revenue.

Claire Verity, Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare
Claire Verity is a native Oregonian who has spent her career focused on helping drive positive change in health care delivery. She has been an influential servant leader, creating positive momentum for those with whom she works, and using her authenticity and communication skills to influence and elevate others to achieve their desired goals. Claire has a passion for serving the community, with a focus on K-12 education equity and women’s and children’s health and wellness. Her philosophy is to stay true to her authentic self, lead with integrity and a sense of humor, and build trust and forge valued, long-lasting relationships.


For a full list of our Board of Directors, click here.