Board of Directors
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 in Multidisciplinary Studies with minors in Elementary Education, English Speakers of Other Language, and Spanish, and a Master of Science in studying Curriculum and Instruction. Robert has a positive energy in serving his community's needs from healthcare, to education, to social services.
Meg Bowen graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 1999 with a degree in Microbiology and the intention of going on to medical school, however life got in the way of her best-laid plans. Meg has experience working in primary and specialty care as a Certified Medical Assistant, in Emergency Medicine as a Nationally Registered Paramedic/Firefighter and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor, and in primary care as a Certified Decision Support Coach and Quality Improvement leader. Before joining the team at Winding Waters, Meg was the Compliance Specialist for the Oregon Health Authority’s Patient Centered Primary Care Home program where she was privileged to visit over 100 high-performing primary care clinics across Oregon. Meg also has extensive State and Federal Health Policy experience through her work with the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation in Boston, and spent many hours in Washington DC pushing for patient-centered care and development of quality payment strategies. Meg and her partner Kathy live in Joseph Oregon and enjoy hiking, kayaking, traveling to warm climates and good coffee.
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.
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.
Bob spent 18 years as a full time rancher just out of Haines. Having a degree in accounting from that cow college, University of Oregon (the one in Eugene), he came to the conclusion in 1998 that he needed to get a job to support his ranching habit. Bob went to work for Guyer, Lindley, Bailey and Martin CPAs (aka: Guyer & Associates), became a CPA and then became a partner in 2007, opened the La Grande Guyer & Associates office and after 10 years as a partner, was offered the job of CFO at Grande Ronde Hospital where he works now. Bob is married to Livia 35 years now, has 4 children and 4 grandchildren. He has lived in La Grande for 8 years but after the last two children left home, he and his wife moved back to the ranch. Bob runs run cattle in the summertime (about 750 yearlings), volunteers with Haines Fire Protection District and pretty much works all the time. He's also a member of the La Grande Nazarene Church.
Jessica Reker, MPH, RN works at Good Shepherd Health Care System in Hermiston, OR as the Director of Community Health & Outreach. Jessica is a Registered Nurse with a master's in public health and has worked in community health & patient education for over 10 years. Originally from Kansas City, Jessica then moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and worked for over 3 years as a critical care nurse at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She then started travel nursing, travelling across the country, eventually leading her to the west coast and ultimately Good Shepherd. Jessica has a passion for community health and helping others to live healthy, independent lives.
Sarah Poe is the Malheur County Health Department Director, committed to improving the health and wellbeing of her community. As a previous Certified Prevention Specialist, End of Life Doula, and K-6 Toolbox Project teacher, Sarah understands the importance of a holistic approach to building resilience to protect people of all ages and backgrounds. Sarah graduated from the College of Idaho with a degree in Creative Writing and is finishing her MS in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning at Boise State University. She brings a background in hospice leadership, state department grant management, and non-profit strategic planning to her work in public service. She is a graduate of the Ford Institute Leadership Program, a member of the Malheur County Equity Stewards, and volunteer at her church.
Erin is an outpatient nurse case manager for Grande Ronde Hospital’s primary care clinics in Union County. The primary focus of her professional life is keeping patients healthy in the community with a focus on health and wellness of the aging population. She received her Associates Degree of Nursing at Central Oregon Community College in 2004 and the completed the RN to BSN online program with Linfield College in 2013. When she is not at work she can be found on her property in Summerville or whitewater rafting or skiing with her husband and two girls.