Matthew Hough, MD – Board President
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.
Denise has spent her career advocating for the rights of trauma survivors to receive the physical, social and emotional supports required to heal. She has worked in partnership with Oregon Health Authority, Synergy Health Consulting, Oasis Center of Rogue Valley, and Lines for Life to bring project management to a variety of cross-sector behavioral health and substance use prevention and treatment initiatives. In partnership with Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Synergy Health Consulting, Denise convened medical, municipal, and community leadership and compiled statewide best practices for developing drug overdose task forces, implementing emergency response strategies, and connecting to statewide harm reduction and prevention resources. With this invaluable information, she drafted the OHA funded Drug Overdose Outbreak Plan Guidebook to assist Oregon counties in developing interagency emergency response plans that intercept and prevent drug overdoses.
In partnership with Lines for Life, Denise conducted focus groups for special populations experiencing the highest rates of suicidality where the insights from participants will inform the development of OHA’s Adult Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan. Denise conducted research and interviews to develop a multidisciplinary team workflow manual in partnership with the Oasis Center of Rogue Valley who is providing integrated primary care, Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT), and coordination between substance use disorder treatment services, community justice, child welfare and self-sufficiency services for mothers, their children and families. In partnership with Synergy Health Consulting, Denise also developed an integrated behavioral health process manual for Tillamook County Community Health Centers. Denise comes to the work of healing trauma through building resource networks with passion and intensity that is rooted in her lived experiences
As the Community Liaison for AllCare Health, Debbie continues a 40 year career in health care, philanthropy and community building. Her work with colleagues across the country focuses on
health care’s role with public and private partners in order to better serve the Pacific Northwest, especially southern Oregon.
Her education and work in health care leadership has inspired a commitment to quality and performance management. For example, she has served the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program (MBNQA) as a member of the board of examiners since 2007, currently as a mentor working with our nations highest performing organizations. MBNQA teams provide feedback on growing and sustaining performance excellence in seven key areas: Leadership; Strategy; Customers; Measurement, Analysis and Knowledge Management; Workforce, Operations and Results.
Growing up on a farm in rural Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she learned the value of the sense of community which can be seen in her volunteer efforts on behalf of Rotary programs supporting literacy, food bank and homelessness.
When possible, she bikes, hikes, sails or skis, traveling to places where, preferably, English is a second language and the people, food and cultures are diverse.
Shane Hunter, CPA – Treasurer
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.
Sandy Brown joined the team at Windermere in 2018 and has been a real estate broker licensed in the State of Oregon since 2013. Prior to becoming a realtor, Sandy was a certified land use planner (AICP) and had her own consulting company for more than nine years. She also worked in both city and county government as a land use planner, including as a Senior Planner for Jackson County, OR. Prior to that time, she worked for several environmental consulting companies as an environmental resource and planning specialist.
On a personal level, Sandy and her family moved to the Rogue Valley about 13 years ago. She is originally from Washington State but graduated from college and started a career in city land use planning in California. The Rogue Valley is where she and her family kept coming back to for the rural outdoor lifestyle and climate, as well as it being a good place to raise kids.
Sandy writes land use planning and real estate articles for the Jacksonville Review; her column is called “On Real Estate and More”. Each month she writes about real estate and how it pertains to land use, such as what zoning means, CC&Rs, doing your due diligence on a property, floodplains, etc.
In her free time she enjoys just about any sport that gets her outdoors and spending time with her son and husband. They enjoy camping, mountain biking and outdoor travel, and love the rural lifestyle the Rogue Valley offers.
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.