Matthew Hough, MD
Dr. Matthew Hough received his undergraduate degree from Brown University. He obtained his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr. Hough completed his pediatric residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Hough and his wife practiced pediatrics at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico. Matt currently practices at Southern Oregon Pediatrics. In addition to his medical interests, Matt enjoys running and spending time with his wife and two children.
Ida Saito is the Partnership Engagement Manager for Rogue Workforce Partnership. Ida spent 27 years with the Oregon Department of Human Services which included 17 years in management services before serving 15 years as Chief Operations Officer for La Clinica. She holds a Certificate in Community Health Leadership from University of Washington and is a graduate of the UCLA Health Care Executive Program. Ida was born in Baker City, Oregon and moved to Grants Pass in 1977 where she continues to live with her husband, two adult sons and 5 grandchildren.
Shane Hunter, CPA
Shane Hunter was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and travelled around before finding a place to call home in the Rogue Valley during 2009. He received his Master of Business Administration from Southern Oregon University in 2014 and became a licensed CPA in 2019.
Shane started his professional career at SOU in 2011 where he analyzed financial and student data for stakeholders and consulted with different departments on budgeting and improving financial health. Shane moved on to CPA firms with his business strategy work and after consulting with S&B James Construction for two years, he started as their Chief Financial Officer in 2019.
Shane enjoys going to the gym, camping, hiking, biking and spending time with his significant other and their two boys. He can also juggle and ride a unicycle. Shane is part Alaska Native (Athabascan) and serves on a shareholder committee of the regional Native Corporation. He is also active in the local community as treasurer of the Oasis Center of the Rogue Valley, board member of the Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity, treasurer of the Helman Elementary PTA, and a citizen member of the Ashland Budget Committee.
Denise Cheek, LCSW
Denise is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Rogue Valley Medical Center with 25 year’s experience in multidisciplinary teamwork, crisis intervention, psychosocial assessment, care planning and community resource referral for the pediatric population. She holds a Masters of Social Work from Sacramento State University.
Honorable Charles Kochlacs, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge
The Honorable Charles Kochlacs is a Jackson County Circuit Court Judge. Prior to his appointment and subsequent election to the bench, much of his law practice was dedicated to representing children and parents in Child Welfare cases. He attended UC Santa Barbara and University of Oregon.
Michele Morales, MA, MSW, PhD
Michele Morales is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Portland State University and the Site Coordinator for PSU’s Southern Oregon Distance Option. She began her social work career in addiction services, working in detox, outpatient, prevention and research. Prior to PSU, she worked as the Addiction Services Manager for Jackson County Health and Human Services. She helped found the Collegiate Recovery Program (CORE) at Southern Oregon University and has written numerous grants to support creative approaches to health access, substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion.
Nadejda Razi-Robertson, LCSW, PhD
Nadejda Razi-Robertson is the Managing Director of Synergy Health Consulting, as well as Synergy’s project lead for the Oregon Health Authority’s Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Project. Nadejda is a practice facilitator within health systems around the State of Oregon and provides technical assistance to clinics that are focusing QI efforts around safe opiate prescribing, MAT program development, and behavioral health integration. Over the past twelve years, she has worked in private practice with a specialty in trauma treatment, as a behavioral health provider in two Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and as a consultant with Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) and the Oregon Health Authority supporting efforts in addressing the opioid epidemic throughout the state of Oregon.