NEON’s Board of Directors

NEON’s Board of directors is widely diverse group of individuals from

Union, Baker and Wallowa Counties.


Robert Kleng, Board Chair

Robert is the current Family and Community Partnership Manager for Eastern Oregon Head Start. His professional history specializes in Education, working as a teacher and Vice Principal in Quito, Ecuador. He has a Bachelor of Arts, with an emphasis is Multidisciplinary Studies with minors in Elementary Education, English Speakers of Other Language, and Spanish, and a Master of Science studying Curriculum and Instruction. Robert has a positive energy in serving his community’s needs from healthcare, to education, to social services.

Kelly Rice, PH.D, Vice President

Kelly Rice achieved her PH.D in 2012 from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University, emphasizing in Health Promotion. She earned a Master of Science in Health and Exercise Science in Health Promotion in 2005 from the University of Oklahoma and Studied Health and Human Performance in her undergraduate degree to achieve her Bachelor of Science at the University of Montana in 2002.

Kelly currently serves on the Executive Committee for Union County Fit Kids to increase physical activity and healthy food options in rural Eastern Oregon, along with obesity prevention and treatment for children. Kelly Directed the Health Home Child Care Project, while attending OSU, to develop and implement Physical Activity and Nutrition Programs for Family Child Care Homes. She served as the Senior Community Health Specialist in Physical Activity in Missoula City’s County Health Department for three years during her time earning her undergraduate degree, where she developed worksite wellness programs, developed and implemented community interventions aimed at improving physical activity and developed and implemented community wide parent survey assessment on Physical Activity.

Kelly is familiar in grant management in other community interventions, including tobacco free interventions, in addition to the health and wellness and physical activity. She has conducted graduate research assistance, developing and implementing physical activity study protocol, along with evaluation of effective physical activity interventions. Conductions of analysis of qualitative and quantitative data is familiar to her profession. Kelly has written several peer reviewed publications regarding physical activity interventions and studies.

Lisa Dawson, Board Treasurer/Secretary:

Lisa Dawson, the Executive Director for Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) has worked in economic development since 1989. She helps organizations flourish by improving their long term viability. She has worked with elected officials, non-profit organizations and community groups. Lisa also enjoys working with entrepreneurs and appreciates their role in the region’s economy. Lisa grew up on a farm in the Wallowa Valley and enjoys working with the people and communities that define the rural region in which she makes her home.

Carrie Brogoitti, MPH

Carrie Brogoitti, MPH, joined the Center for Human Development as public health administrator in August 2008. Carrie provides leadership and oversight of all local public health authority functions and services for this nonprofit organization delegated to serve as Union County’s local public health authority. Carrie is part of the organization’s Administrative Council, a six-member Executive Team responsible for organizational oversight. In her role Carrie assures the delivery of core public health services and functions in addition to leading Center for Human Development’s efforts to become an accredited local public health department.

She is also active in a number of community-based projects including service on the Union County Economic Development Corporation, U.C. Fit Kids Executive Committee (Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition), and Union County Safe Community Coalition (Youth Substance Abuse Prevention). Carrie is an active in the Coalition of Local Health Officials, a venue for collaboration between the local and state public health, and the Conference of Local Health Officials, which advocates for effective and improved public policies, programs, and financing of local public health in Oregon. She was recently elected as the small county representative to the Conference of Local Health Official’s Executive Committee and appointed as the Co-Chair for its Health Systems Transformation Committee.

Prior to joining the Center for Human Development, Carrie worked for over 10 years in health-related service delivery and fundraising for a number of health and social service organizations. She earned her Master’s in Public Health in 2004 from San Francisco State University and her Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in Women’s and Scandinavian Studies from the University of Oregon in 1997. She was born and raised in La Grande, Oregon, giving her a personal understanding of life in rural Oregon and the health issues experienced by its residents.

Dr. Liz Powers, M,D.

Elizabeth Powers, MD, Winding Waters Clinic, Lead Clinician: Dr. Powers graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine in 2003 and established a full-scope rural practice in Wallowa County in 2006 after receiving her specialty training from OHSU’s Family Medicine Residency program. Dr Powers is one of three physician/owners of Winding Waters Clinic, which is a Rural Health Clinic and an Oregon Health Authority recognized Tier 3 Patient Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) located in rural Northeast Oregon. She is the Winding Waters Clinic representative and one of the founding members of the Wallowa Valley Network of Care; a non-traditional alliance of health care and social services providers across Wallowa County, who believe that coordinating care is the way to give the best care to the most people. Dr Powers has successfully lead Winding Waters Clinic through adoption of an electronic health record, transformation to a PCPCH, and a physical move to a new facility designed around team-based care.

She continues to seek ways to hone her leadership skills – She is attending the AAFP’s Annual Leadership Forum, and receives ongoing mentoring and leadership training through Oregon Primary Care Association with their Facilitative Leadership Training and Leadership Forum through the Quality Improvement Research Study Tomorrow’s HealthCare.

Dr Powers is committed to evidence-based clinical practice and serves on the steering committee for two practice-based research networks, Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) and Safety Net West (SNW). She is currently the Vice President of the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians and advocates for improved health for her patients and her community on a state and national level. She is an OHSU Affiliate Assistant Professor and works to instill passion for community health and patient-centered care by mentoring and teaching medical students and residents. She participated as a plenary speaker on care coordination and the patient centered primary care home at CCO Oregon’s Transforming Care 2013 Conference. She is the plenary speaker for the ORPRN annual convocation at the OAFP 2013 Spring Convocation and will be speaking on “Moving from Health Care to Health: The transformation of primary care practice and the social determinants of health.”

Larry Davey, RN, MBA

Larry Davy RN, MBA is the Chief Executive Officer for Wallowa Memorial Hospital and has served in a number of hospital nursing and leadership positions for the past 35 years. He earned undergraduate degrees in Religion and Nursing from Walla Walla University and a Masters in Business Administration from Regis University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on a wide variety of healthcare, education and community boards, and has special interest in healthcare transformation and community health improvement.