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More than 100 faculty members work within the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. They have a wide range of expertise, from monitoring and assessing health risks and opportunities in populations, to helping build health-supporting social environments through policy, advocacy, and programs. They are educators, advisors, researchers, practitioners and community leaders. They come from backgrounds in quantitative, behavioral, environmental and social sciences, policy and government, exercise and health sciences and anthropology, among many other areas. They all work in collaboration with each other and with community partners, and are especially focused on the training and education of future leaders and practitioners in the public health fields.

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Chen, Yiyi - MA, MS, PhD

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Associate Professor Biostatistics Office OHSU – HRC 12D92 Phone: (503) 346-0790
Biography

Yiyi Chen is an associate professor of biostatistics at the School of Public Health. Her primary areas of expertise include statistical methods in clinical trials, adaptive design, Bayesian method, decision theory and computational statistics. She has been heavily involved with research projects through the Biostatistics Shared Resource of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institution for over eight years. During that time, she has collaborated with investigators on grant applications, study designs, randomizations, data analyses and manuscript developments.

Chen has taught five courses in statistics over the years at OHSU and has independently developed an online biostatistics course – Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials – which has become a required course for all students in the biostatistics program. She also is a member of the Curriculum Committee of Biostatistics at the School of Public Health.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Zhejiang University, 1998
M.A., Fudan University, 2001
M.A., University of Iowa, 2004
M.S., University of Iowa, 2005
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2008

Awards and Honors
  • 2015, Outstanding Reviewer (Contemporary Clinical Trials)
  • 2008, student scholarship for excellent research from Society for Clinical Trials
  • 2007, University of Iowa Graduate Summer Fellowship
  • 2007, Charles B. Sampson Student Poster Award 1st Place, 30th Annual Midwest Biopharmaceutical Statistics Workshop, Muncie, Ind.
Notes
  • 1U01 CA154602 (Huang and Ryan) 9/01/2011 – 8/31/2016
  • 1 UL1 RR024140-01 (Orwoll, Eric) 7/01/2011 – 06/30/2016
  • VA (RR&D) Merit Review (Bourdette, Dennis) 7/01/2012 –6/30/2017
  • 5 UL1 TR000128 09 3/01/2015 – 6/30/2016
  • Valvano Foundation Translational Award (Alexander Guimaraes) 10/01/2015 – 9/30/2018
  • 1 R01 CA120861-01A2 Huang (PI) 09/17/2007 -07/31/2010

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  • OCTRI/Knight Cancer Institute pilot project funding Chen (PI) 12/01/2009 – 11/30/2010
  • 7005-11 Specialized Center of Research (Druker, Brian) 10/1/2010 – 9/30/2015

Choi, Dongseok - PhD

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Professor Biostatistics Office OHSU – CSB 680 Phone: (503) 494-5336
Biography

Dongseok Choi is a data scientist who led the creation of two new biostatistics graduate programs that are now part of the School of Public Health – the Master of Science in Biostatistics and the Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics. He served as the co-director of both programs from 2010 to 2015.

His current research interests are developing semi-supervised learning and “bump hunting” algorithms for big data, statistical methods for next generation sequencing data, and hierarchical generalized mixed-effects models by h-likelihood. He is a sought-after collaborative scientist working on the interdisciplinary and translational research in ophthalmology, otolaryngology and inflammation diseases.

Choi founded the Korean International Statistical Society in 2011 and was the founding president. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2012 and became an elected member of the International Statistical Institute in 2013. In 2016, he was nominated to serve in the American Statistical Association Fellows Committee that selects new fellows of the association.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Seoul National University, 1988
Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 1999

Awards and Honors
  • 2013, elected member, the International Statistical Institute
  • 2012, Fellow, The American Statistical Association (Elected)
  • 2003 Travel award for National Bureau of Economic Research/National Science Foundation Time Series conference
  • 1997, Young Professional, The Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development
  • 1988, Magna cum laude, Seoul National University
Notes
  • P30EY010572-20 (Morrison)  7/01/2015 – 6/300/2020  NIH/NEI   Ophthalmology Core Facility, Role: Co-Investigator
  • 5R01EY010145-16 (Morrison)  4/1/2013 – 3/31/2018 NIH/NEI Studies in Glaucomatous Optic Nerve Damage, Role: Co-Investigaator
  • 1R15DE024317-01 (Machida) 09/15/2014 – 08/31/2017 NIH/NIDCR Dominant Mutans Streptococci Genetic Strains in Caries Active Children,  Role: Co-Investigator
  • R01 DC011034 (Barr-Gillespie) 7/1/2015 – 6/30/2020 NIH/NIDCD Hair Bundle Structure and Dynamics, Role: Co-Investigator
  • R01 DC014427(Barr-Gillespie & Müller, MPI) 12/01/15 – 11/30/20 NIH/NICDC Functions of Myosin VII in Mechanosensory Hair Cells, Role: Co-Investigator
  • R24 EY022023 (Hauswirth/Weleber) 6/01/2013 – 5/31/2018 NIH/NEI rAAV-CNGB3 Gene Therapy for Achromatopsia: Translational Research Studies, Role: Co-Investigator

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  • 2R01EY020249-05  (Rosenbaum) 9/1/2016 – 8/31/2021 NIH/NEI  Gene Expression in Nonspecific Orbital Inflammatory Disease, Role: Co-Investigator

Cohen, Carrie - MA, MS

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Instructor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: (503) 725-4401
Biography

Carrie Cohen is an instructor with both the School of Public Health and the PSU University Studies departments, where she teaches classes primarily focused on birth and breastfeeding. She also assists with administering and coordinating the lactation practicum courses for students pursuing the International Board Certification for Lactation Consultants.

Carrie has a background teaching secondary science education before transitioning into women’s health and her work with PSU.  She has worked as a  health educator and labor doula and currently works as a Lactation Consultant with a hospital system in Portland.

Education, Degrees

M.S., PSU, 2005
M.A., Pacific University, 2005
I.B.C.L.C., University of California, San Diego 2014

Cooper, Cara -

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Administrative Coordinator Dean’s Office Phone: 503-494-2550

Coronado, Gloria - PhD

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Professor Health Systems & Policy
Biography

Dr. Gloria Coronado has a secondary appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Health Systems Management and Policy programs, primarily Health Systems & Policy. In this role, Professor Coronado’s work includes collaborating on research with primary SPH faculty members, and mentoring or advising PhD students in HSP.

An experienced epidemiologist, Professor Coronado champions affordable, long-term solutions to health disparities issues. She currently serves as the Mitch Greenlick Endowed Distinguished Investigator in Health Disparities Research at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. She completed her training at Stanford University and the University of Washington.

Professor Coronado’s research has focused on understanding and addressing disparities in the occurrence and burden of disease in underserved populations, with a special emphasis on testing cancer prevention intervention in underserved and Medicaid-enrolled populations. She has developed several innovative and cost-effective interventions to improve rates of participation in cancer screening among patients served by community health centers. Her innovative work has led to successful partnerships with large health plans, state institutions, and clinics serving migrants and the uninsured.

She currently directs or co-directs three programs that use systems-based approaches to raise the rates of colorectal cancer screening in health plans and clinics in Washington, Oregon and California. Over the course of her career, Professor Coronado has served as the PI, co-I or co-PI on over 35 federally funded grants worth over $80 million in direct costs; she has authored or co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Stanford University, 1994
M.S., University of Washington, 1998
Ph.D., University of Washington, 2001

Crusoe, Kristen - MSN, EdD

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Assistant Professor Primary Health Care & Health Disparities; Public Health Practice Phone: (541) 297-2155
Biography

Kristen Crusoe’s interest lays in exploring and developing frameworks for leadership and management that bring a holistic rather than reductionist perspective to systems. She has experience in both acute and community based care systems. She has practiced in a variety of leadership positions in healthcare and academia, including nurse manager, clinical director, sexual assault nurse examiner, dean and consultant. She currently teaches in the OHSU School of Nursing’s Health Systems Organizational Leadership Program along with the School of Public Health.

Crusoe has extensive organizational leadership experience at all levels of organizational functioning, specializing in group dynamics and “complexity science” applications to organizational settings. With a clinical background in psychiatric and mental health nursing, her experience working with individuals and groups translates into principles that apply in organizational settings, especially in managing conflict and building positive group and team interactions.

Education, Degrees

B.A., International Affairs & Asian Studies, Florida State University, 1970
A.S., Nursing, Tallahassee Community College, 1985
Master’s, Nursing, OHSU 2001
Ed.D., Oregon State University, 2010

Awards and Honors

2009, Oregon Psychiatric Association Access Award

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Darney, Blair - PhD

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Assistant Professor Health Systems & Policy Office OHSU – MP3602C Phone: (503) 494-1190
Biography

Dr. Darney has a secondary appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the Health Systems Management and Policy programs, primarily Health Systems & Policy. In this role, Professor Darney’s work includes collaborating on research with primary SPH faculty members, mentoring or advising PhD students in HSP, may serve as preceptor, and participate in the School at large.

Dr. Darney is a reproductive health services researcher and has an OHSU primary faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor on the OHSU Dept of OB/Gyn, Family Planning Section. Her work focuses on obstetric outcomes, maternal mortality, contraception, and abortion. She primarily engages in secondary analyses of existing data but also has experience with intervention and feasibility studies. Her areas of expertise include working with survey, census, claims, and medical chart data, improving causal inference in non-randomized designs, measuring quality of care, and health insurance and financing.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1994
M.P.H., Yale University, 2002
Ph.D., University of Washington, 2012

Awards and Honors
  • Outstanding Researcher in Training Award, Society of Family Planning, 2012

 

Dart, Alyssa - EdM

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Academic & Career Advisor Office OHSU – GH 230 Phone: (503) 494-8078
Biography

Alyssa Dart is an undergraduate academic and career advisor for the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Previously, she was a student advisor in the PSU College of Urban & Public Affairs, working with undergraduate students in the criminology and criminal justice and political science programs.

Dart has also worked for the dean’s office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Willamette University and as an academic coordinator for Psychology and Anthropology departments at Washington State University in Vancouver.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Oregon State University, 2008
Ed.M., Washington State University, 2010

Davis, Melinda - MA, PhD

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Assistant Professor Community Health Office South Waterfront – MDY 160S Phone: (503) 494-4365
Biography

Melinda Davis is the director of community engaged research for the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network, research assistant professor in the OHSU School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine and assistant professor in the School of Public Health.

Davis, who was raised in the Columbia River Gorge, currently co-leads the Community Health Advocacy and Research Alliance, a community-academic collaboration based in the Gorge with a mission to “identify, develop, and conduct health research to answer questions that matter here.” She has over 10 years of experience working with patient, community and health system partners to identify and address health disparities in rural and underserved settings. She has a strong commitment to improving access to care and reducing rural health disparities.

Davis is currently conducting mixed-methods research to understand regional variation in colorectal cancer screening and to identify and implement evidence-based interventions to improve screening rates in rural and underserved settings.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Biology/Environmental Studies, Whitman College, 2002
M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of Vermont, 2006
Ph.D., Social-Developmental Experimental Psychology, University of Vermont, 2010

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Emerging Leader Award, Oregon Public Health Association
  • 2009, George W. Albee Graduate Student Award in Community Psychology, University of Vermont Psychology Department
  • 2002, Phi Beta Kappa, Whitman College
  • 2002, Sigma Xi, Whitman College
Notes
  • Participatory Research to Advance Colon Cancer Prevention (PI: Gloria Coronado). National Institute of Minority and Health Disparities,  10/1/2016 – 9/30/2021, Role: Co-Investigator/Site PI.
  • Assessing the Potential for a State Medicaid Reform Model to Reduce Disparities (PI: K. John McConnell). National Institute of Minority and Health Disparities, 9/1/2016 – 8/31/2021, Role: Co-Investigator
  • Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) – Colorectal Cancer Screening Evidence-based Intervention Modeling Cross-Center Workgroup (PI: Stephanie Wheeler). Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 10/1/2015 – 09/29/2016, Role: Site-PI.
  • Oregon Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) K12 Program (PI: Melinda M. Davis). Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 10/15/2014 – 7/31/2017.
  • Evaluation of the Oregon Colorectal Cancer Screening Project (PI: Melinda Davis). Oregon Health Authority, DHS Department of Human Services,  11/1/2016 – 7/31/2020.
  • Connecting Research and Real Life: Building a Network in the Columbia River Gorge Part III (PIs: Melinda Davis and Kristen Dillon). Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), 8/1/2016 – 7/31/2017.

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  • Sustainable Relationships for Community Health (SRCH) Evaluation (PIs: Melinda Davis and Adrienne Zell). Oregon Health Authority, DHS Department of Human Services, 7/1/2016 – 8/31/2017.
  • Organized Approaches to Colorectal Cancer Screening (Melinda Davis and Gloria Coronado). Oregon Health Authority, DHS Department of Human Services, 4/1/2016 – 12/31/2016.
  • Collaboration for Healthy Oregon Through Systematic Evaluation (CHOOSE). (PIs: John McConnell and Lyle J. Fagnan). Oregon Health Authority, DHS Department of Human Services, 2/10/2016 – 2/09/2018, Role: Co-Investigator (Qualitative and Stakeholder Engagement Lead).
  • Disparities in CRC Screening: A Mixed-Methods Multi-Level Study of Oregon’s Medicaid Population (Melinda Davis and Cynthia Mojica). Knight Cancer Institute, 1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016.

Desilets, Michelle - MLIS

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Interim PSU Librarian OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Phone: 503-725-4575

DeVoe, Jennifer - MD, DPhil

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Professor Health Systems & Policy
Biography

Dr. DeVoe holds a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Health Systems Management and Policy programs, primarily Health Systems & Policy. In this role, Professor DeVoe’s work includes collaborating other SPH primary faculty members for research and mentoring or advising SPH students.

Professor DeVoe is the Chair of the OHSU School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine where her primary faculty appointment resides, and is Chief Research Officer at OCHIN.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Montana State University, 1993
M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1999
D.Phil, University of Oxford, 2001

Dinno, Alexis - MPH, MEM, ScD

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Associate Professor Health Promotion & Community Health Office PSU – URBN 450D Phone: (503) 725-3076
Biography

Alexis Dinno is an associate professor of Community Health at the School of Public Health. She teaches graduate courses in epidemiology, social epidemiology, environmental health and biostatistics, among others. Her broad areas of interest include social epidemiology, social ecology and quantitative modeling.

Dinno’s doctoral dissertation research unpacked relationships between urban residential property abandonment and elderly experiences of depression in New Haven, Conn., using both multilevel modeling techniques and loop analyses of causal feedback. Before coming to PSU, Dinno was an adjunct professor at California State University East Bay, where she taught epidemiology to graduate and undergraduate students and developed new methods in applied multivariate statistics.

In addition to her work in community health, Dinno is an avid practitioner of Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1996
M.P.H., Yale School of Public Health, 2000
M.E.M., Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2000
Sc.D., Harvard School of Public Health

Notes
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Evaluating media messaging on childhood obesity to inform advocacy on a Culture of Health (Collaborator—statistician; Project Directors Lawrence Wallack and Liana Winett). Award: $309,090. Awarded (Summer 2014)
  • Kaiser Permanente, Northwest Region Community Partnership Support. Dignity Village/Right 2 Dream Too Respiratory Health Study. (PI; Peter Geissert Co-Investigator). Award: $1,830. Awarded (Summer 2014)
  • United States Forest Service: Grant. Healthy Trees, Healthy People (Co-PI, with Vivek Shandas, Linda George and Todd Rosenstiel). Award: $250,000. Awarded (Summer, 2011)
  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality: Contract. Oregon Chemicals Policy and Management White Paper (Co-PI, with Professor Jennifer H. Allen). Award: $20,000. Awarded (Spring, 2011).
  • NIH Loan Repayment Program Grant for Health Disparities Research. Vulnerabilities in Tobacco Control Policy.

Droppers, Oliver - PhD

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Adjunct Assistant Professor PSU

Duncan, Brianna -

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Pre-award Grant Manager Dean’s Office Phone: 503-494-0181

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Eckhardt, Cara - MPH, PhD

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Associate Professor & Program Director for PhD in Community Health Health Promotion, Applied Health & Fitness, Health Studies Office PSU –URBN 450E Phone: (503) 725-4569
Biography

Cara L. Eckhardt is an associate professor in the School of Public Health and director of the school’s Ph.D. program in Community Health. Eckhardt  teaches the doctoral seminar in the Community Health Ph.D. program as well as two undergraduate courses – Introduction to Epidemiology and Global Health.

Eckhardt’s research focus is the prevention of childhood obesity. Her research has included projects investigating the impact of maternal nutrition during pregnancy on childhood obesity risk, elucidating how maternal nutrition during pregnancy might affect infant growth patterns and subsequent obesity risk, linking infant feeding practices to infant growth patterns, improving early screening methods for identifying children at risk for obesity and evaluating interventions to improve the diets of young children.

After earning her doctorate degree, Eckhardt was a post-doctoral fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C. She returned to Oregon in 2008 and joined the PSU faculty in 2009.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Cornell University, 1995
M.P.H., Emory University 1999
Ph.D., University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, 2004

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Nick Norgan Award for Annals of Human Biology manuscript, Maternal vitamin D status and infant anthropometry in a US multi-centre cohort study, Eckhardt CL, Gernand AD, Roth DE, Bodnar LM, The Annals of Human Biology, 2015;42(3):215-22.
  • 2011-2016, Outstanding Teacher of the Year nominee, PSU, for five years running
  • 2003-2004, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • 2002, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of Nutrition Fellowship
  • 2001, American Society of Nutritional Sciences NABISCO Predoctoral Fellowship Award
Notes
  • R03 HD07584101A1 (ECKHARDT CL), NIH/NICHD, 2014-20106. Defining Infant Rapid Weight Gain to Best Predict Childhood Obesity. Role: Principal Investigator
  • R01 NR014245 (BODNAR LM, HUTCHEON J), NIH/NINR, 2013-2017. Informing Evidence-based Maternal Weight Gain Guidelines for Twin Pregnancies. Role: Co-Investigator
  • Meyer Memorial Trust Grant (IZUMI B), Meyer Memorial Trust, 2009-2015. Oregon farm-to-childcare for infants and toddlers. Role: Co-Investigator
  • Kaiser Permanente Healthy Food Access Grant (IZUMI B), Kaiser Permanente, 2012-2013. Farm-to-Head Start: Increasing Children’s Access to Regionally Grown Fruits & Vegetables. Role: Co-Investigator
  • R01 HD058061(STEVENS VJ), NIH/NICHD, 2010-2012. Weight Management for Improved Pregnancy Outcomes. Role: Funded via Administrative Supplement Grant under PA-08-191 for supplementary project: The Impact of Limiting Pregnancy Weight Gain Among Obese Mother

Ehrlich, Laura - MSEd, MLA

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Graduate Student Services and Registration Specialist Biostatistics & Epidemiology Office OHSU – Gaines Hall 233 Phone: 503 494-2557
Biography
Education, Degrees

M.S. Ed., Portland State University
M.L.A., University of Virginia
B.A.  Cornell University

Einspruch, Eric - MSEd, PhD

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Adjunct Professor Health Management & Policy Phone: (503) 621-2686
Biography

Eric Einspruch is an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health. He is the principal and founder of ELE Consulting, LLC. He started the firm after nearly 30 years leading, managing and conducting research and evaluation studies to inform policy development and program improvement. These studies included independent evaluations of educational and social service programs in substance abuse prevention, student support services, services to homeless persons with co-occurring disorders and emergency preparedness. He has conducted small-scale local evaluations, large multi-site studies, large-scale epidemiological surveys of adolescent health behavior, and randomized controlled trials.

Einspruch volunteers with professional and community-based organizations. He was one of the organizers of the Oregon Program Evaluators Network, a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association. He served as the group’s charter secretary during its first two years, and as the association’s fifth President.

Education, Degrees

B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1982
M.S.Ed., University of Miami, 1985
Ph.D., University of Miami, 1988

Awards and Honors

2012, Helen Tobin Writers’ Award for an article in the Journal for Nurses in Staff Development

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Faler, Jason - MHA, MSJ

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Adjunct Assistant Professor Health Management & Policy Office PSU – URBN 650 Phone: (503) 893-6220
Biography

Jason Faler has been an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Public Health since 2007. He currently teaches Health Care Law and Regulation and Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations.

Faler has worked with several healthcare delivery systems, including Atlantic Health, Salem Health and Providence Health & Services in Portland, where he currently is the director of business development.

Faler is a Major in the Reserve Component of the United States Army and has served in support of combat operations in Southwest Asia and the Horn of Africa. Among his awards and decorations are the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.

He also is the founder and former executive director of The Checkpoint One Foundation, a charitable organization helping Iraqi and Afghan nationals who face threats in their homeland because of their assistance to U.S. and coalition entities since 2001.

Education, Degrees

Graduate, U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer
Certificate, Arabic Studies, The American University in Cairo
B.A., Oregon State University, 2000
M.H.A., Seton Hall University, 2006
M.S.J., Seton Hall University School of Law, 2006

Awards and Honors

2009 Finalist, Congressional Medal of Honor Society “Above & Beyond Citizen Honors Award”

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