OSPA Board of Directors

ALISA GIFFORD, PA-C

ALISA GIFFORD, PA-C

President

Alisa is OSPA President. She has previously served as Director at large, on the House of Delegates, and part of the membership and communication committee. 

Alisa has worked in patient infectious disease, family medicine, emergency medicine, and skilled rehab/ geriatrics. 

Alisa has been active in her state associations. She is passionate about advancing the PAs profession to be able to practice at the top of their license and ensure there is equitable and affordable healthcare to all. 

In her spare time she enjoys being with her husband and three kids. She enjoys being outdoors and traveling.

HEATHER ROBBINS, PA-C

HEATHER ROBBINS, PA-C

President - Elect

Heather works as a surgical PA at Adventist Health of Portland. Most recently she was appointed as the first PA on the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee. 

She’s been a member of OSPA since she moved to the state in 2017. Starting out on the CME Committee, she also participates in the Government Affairs Committee and is on House of Delegates. Seeing the business and legislative aspects of healthcare is interesting and challenging. 

BRIAN MILLS, PA-C

BRIAN MILLS, PA-C

Past President

Brian Mills is the OSPA Past President. He has been a PA at Childhood Health Associates of Salem since he graduated in 2014. He served as a student rep for OSPA during his time at OHSU and joined the board in 2017. He initially served two years as a Director at Large before being elected President-Elect.

He has found his time on the Board to be very enlightening and motivating in his career. Seeing what the OSPA does for the profession on a legislative level is very inspiring. He also sits on the Racial Equity Task Force which allows him to participate in the important work of developing a more equitable healthcare profession for both patients and colleagues.

CLAUDEMIR DE SILVA LIMA

Secretary

BRANDY PESTKA

Treasurer

Jessica Wright

Jessica Wright

Director At Large

Mrs. Jessica Wright is a physician assistant and clinical instructor at OHSU on the Inpatient Geriatrics Consult Service. She has been an active member of the OSPA Government Affairs Committe since 2020. She believes strongly in the role of PAs as leaders in healthcare and is pleased to be able to serve on the OSPA board.

NELYA CURRY

Social Media Chair

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES

Allie Bahling – OHSU 1st Year

Megan Pearlman – OHSU 2nd year

Sarah Shindler – Pacific 1st Year

Cassidy Berg – Pacific 2nd year

Morgan Kuiper – George Fox 1st Year

Sam Packham – George Fox 2nd year

 

HOUSE OF DELEGATES REPRESENTATIVES

Saje Davis-Risen (Chief Delegate)

Jessica Wright

Heather Robbins

Alisa Gifford

OSPA COMMITTEES

BRENDA LAVIGNE, PA-C

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

The OSPA membership and Communications Committee is responsible for increasing membership numbers in OSPA as well as communicating with the members. Much of the success of OSPA is dependent on membership numbers. This, as well as the fall conference, generate the greatest revenue for the organization and allows OSPA to be successful on the legislative level as well as offer more fun opportunities to the members.

The committee created a fun networking opportunity for members called Sips and CME in 2020. These occur the first Wednesday of each month and cover one JAAPA article. This is an opportunity for members to get some Category 2 CME but also a chance to meet other colleagues and share experiences.

The committee also started monthly OSPA Chats in order to keep the membership informed on what is happening in the organization and how they can be further involved or assist.

 

RUSSELL WIMMER PA-C

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

The Government Affairs Committee is an active group of PAs across practice settings with an interest in engaging with legislative and regulatory agencies about topics relevant to PAs and the profession. The committee works closely with OSPA’s board and legislative affairs staff (lobbyists) to monitor political trends and to effect changes benefiting the profession and patients.

LILLIAN NAVARRO-REYNOLDS, PA-C

RACIAL EQUALITY TASKFORCE

The OSPA Racial Equity Task Force works to close an equity gap that is pervasive in healthcare as well as in the PA profession. This committee provides professional development opportunities for OSPA members to further increase their understanding of racial health disparities.

The Task Force focuses on community outreach to promote the profession to diverse Oregonians who may otherwise not have been aware of the PA profession. The Task Force also actively interacts with PA schools in Oregon in order to provide mentoring services to prospective PA students who may request it.

The Task Force understands the intersectionality of this work and is committed to eliminating barriers for our patients and colleagues.

BRIANNA HANSON

CME COMMITTEE

The CME committee is responsible for organizing and developing the Fall CME conference that OSPA hosts each year. This committee works closely with OSPA’s management company to recruit speakers and create the conference schedule. The committee also helps with marketing to members to increase registration.

JOSE GUILLEN

EARLY CAREERS COMMITTEE

Early Careers Committee looks to be a place for PA students as well as recent graduates to seek resources and networking opportunities. The committee holds a yearly social at the Fall Conference providing these individuals with the chance to network with each other. The committee has also held in person socials during the year as well. This committee also helps with coordinating pre-PA students with shadowing opportunities.

All committee members get a discount at the Fall Conference each year. Contact OSPA if you are interested in joining any of the above committees!