2018 – 2019 Occupy Medical Board Members

Current Occupy Medical Board members

Interim President/Vice President – Donna Grant RN – Donna is a Registered Nurse who joined us in 2012. As an Occupy Medical pioneer, she has trained many nurses and nursing students to work with the vulnerable population we serve. She developed our wound care team and stepped in as our Vice President in 2014. She is currently serving as interim Board President.

Secretary – Debra Harrow (Sue Sierralupe assisting) – Debra Harrow has 35 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist in mental health practice, including case management, and has been a member of the Support Service Team of Occupy Medical since 2012. She has served on the OM Board from 2016 to the present. Debra’s previous board experience includes 5 years with the board of the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County and the Green Sangha board from 2010-2012.

Treasurer – David Williams – David Williams has been our trusty Treasurer since 2015. His use of his financial education at LCC proves that local resources help build local needs. He works with OM volunteers to write grants, file tax paperwork, and answer other financial questions.

At Large Board of Directors members-

Terra Williams – Terra joined Occupy Medical in 2013 and quickly made herself indispensable. Terra has labored long hours as a community activist, IT specialist, volunteer coordinator, intake specialist and hospitality volunteer. Terra serves as and Egan Warming Center volunteer, the Secretary for Board of Directors at Nightingale Public Advocacy Collective and Volunteer Coordinator, and as a member of Board of Directors at Occupy Medical since 2015.

Sue Sierralupe – Sue is one of Occupy Medical’s co-founders, our clinic manager and the treatment team lead. She has served as the Secretary of the Board to Lane County Master Gardener’s Association and served on Occupy Medical’s Board of Directors since 2012 in a variety of roles. She is currently stepping in to assist our Board Secretary Debra Harrow as an interim co-Secretary. Sue’s primary motivation to serve on the Occupy Medical BoD is to promote public health, education and the healthcare for all model.

Donna Riddle – Donna has been  a volunteer with Occupy Medical since October 2011. She is retired but is just as busy as ever volunteering her time as the Intake Team Lead. She has 55 years experience working as a resource developer in community services. She established a community dental clinic and day center for homeless families. She previously served on boards of Head Start and White Bird.Clinic.

Jennifer McCall  – Jen has been a steadfast volunteer since 2012. She currently serves as a OM board member and the long time Hospitality Lead. Jen has 20 years in the Medical field as a X Ray Technologist. She also volunteers with Relay for Life. Past President- Cottage Grove Garden Club. She is a proud supporter of Bohemia Days Festival which is Cottage Grove’s annual history festival. Her hobbies include photography, quilting, and crafting.

Dr. Willy Foster – Dr. William (Willy) Foster is a critical care specialist in Florence, Oregon. He received his medical degree from University of California San Diego School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.  He is the Emergency Department Director at Peacehealth Hospital in Florence, Oregon. Dr. Willy is a consummate volunteer. He works with Volunteers in Medicine,  Doctors without Borders and Rural Oregon Accessible Medicine. He has been volunteering with Occupy Medical since 2014 and works with Dr. Bruce Harrow as our Medical Director. He joined our Board of Directors in 2018.

Pam Garrison RN – When Pam retired from psychiatric nursing at Sacred Heart Hospital, Occupy Medical managed to attract the time and skill base of this experienced activist and nurse. Pam has spearheaded many social justice causes including 350 Eugene and the International Women’s Day March. She joined the Occupy Medical Board of Directors in 2018.

Connor Salisbury – Connor started volunteering with Occupy Medical as a Peacekeeper in 2012. His calm demeanor and finely honed de-escalation skills made him a perfect fit for the job. Connor has also worked as a project manager, a software developer and a game developer which makes him a perfect fit for Occupy Medical’s IT team as well. He joined the Board of Directors in 2018.

Jesse Etter – Jesse was the first to offer his name as a candidate when the Board of Directors decided to bring students onto Board. He has been volunteering with Occupy Medical since 2017 as he balanced his time with his Journalism studies. He has spent many hours in Hospitality and working as a Volunteer Coordinator Assistant.

Brian Chastain – Brian was elected as an at-large board member in 2018. He has been a volunteer with Occupy Medical since July 2017. He is a senior, pre-medical student at the University of Oregon studying General Science  and is currently triage team lead . His career goals are attending OHSU, practicing emergency medicine, and returning as a physician to Occupy Medical after completing his education.

Wesley Force – Wesley was elected as an at-large board member in 2018 and has been volunteering with Occupy Medical for 2 years. Earlier in 2018, he took on the role of triage team co-leader along with Brian Chastain. He is a University if Oregon graduate with a Bachelor of Science in human physiology with an ultimate goal of attending medical school. His interests in medicine are varied, but center around public health and health policy.

Dr. Bruce Harrow -Dr. Bruce is a physician that specializes in geriatric care. He received his medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is the co­-medical director for the Hospice Program and director of the new Palliative Care Program.  Dr. Harrow is board certified in Hospice & Palliative Care, Geriatric Medicine, and Family Medicine. He joined our team in 2012 within weeks of moving to Oregon from Florida. He works with Dr. Willy as our Medical Director. Dr. Bruce joined our Board of Directors in 2019.

Occupy Medical Board Meeting 4/27/18

Occupy Medical Board Meeting


Lane County Medical Society

990 W. 7th Ave. Eugene, Oregon



President/Vice President – Donna Grant

Secretary – Debra Harrow (attended via Skype)

Treasurer – David Williams

At Large – Terra Williams, Sue Sierralupe, Donna Riddle, Jen McCall, David Knowlton (not in attendance)

Also in attendance: David Erickson, Dr. Willy Foster, Pam Garrison, Connor Salisbury, Jesse Etter, Brian Chastain

Dr. Willy Foster – facilitator

Sue Sierralupe – note taker


Topics for the Board:

Board Meeting notes – Sue moved that we approve last board meeting minutes. Donna seconded. All approved. No objections.


David Knowlton’s resignation – Donna G. moved to approve David Knowlton’s resignation from the board. Donna R. seconded. All approved. No objections.


Elections – Connor Salisbury, Pam Garrison, Dr. Willy Foster submitted interest as board membership as at-large board members.

Donna G. moved to approve Connor Salisbury’s election to the board as an at-large board member. Donna R. seconded. All approved. No objections.

Donna G. moved to approve Pam Garrison’s election to the board as an at-large board member. Donna R. seconded. All approved. No objections.

Donna G. moved to approve Dr. Willy Foster’s election to the board as an at-large board member. Donna R. seconded. All approved. No objections.


Advisory Council – Sue suggested that we have an advisory board as a board of reference. She would like to see a lawyer, a medical expert and an accountant on this board. David Erikson is interested in serving on this council. The council should be member approved.  Dr. Willy moved that we start an advisory council. Terra seconded. All approved. No objections.


Student board reps – The idea of the student board representatives was the fact that we have so many student volunteers, we need them to be represented. Dr. Willy moved that we open the board to a minimum of 2 student representatives to serve a minimum of 1 year and that these positions will include broad spectrum Occupy Medical organizational training among others. The student representatives primary responsibility on the board is learning the rules of board membership and the broad spectrum management of Occupy Medical. Donna G seconded. All approved. No objections.


Student board representative candidates – Jesse Etter and Brian Chastain submitted interest as student representative to the board.

Donna R. moved to approve Jesse Etter’s election to the board as a student board member. Terra seconded. All approved. No objections.Terra seconded.

Donna R. moved to approve Brian Chastain’s election to the board as a student board member. Terra seconded. All approved. No objections.


Location options – Sue is in dialogue with Kris McCalister of Compassion Center to use the back of his clinic in Springfield that he is buying. Donna suggests both the county owned Butterfly lot and parking lot of the old EWEB building as options. All agree that the dirt, lack of water and lack of electricity at Washington Jefferson Park is an issue that is difficult to overcome for our placement. Sue has also spoken with Roxann at St. Vincent de Paul Lindholm Station about sharing space there. We need to wait until the parking lot is finished. Jen saw the SVDP space as an asset as we have so many visitors that are from that area. Bus access is good at all areas. Any transition will need a 1 month grace period to inform the public and our permit and bathroom rental supervisors.


Financials – Our Treasurer, David Williams, reported that we were doing much better this year than last year. Food for Lane County donations have reduced our spending considerably and financial donations have increased. Our 990 is finished after a short delay. David would like to attend trainings on how to be a more effective treasurer. Donna G had copies of our bank account transactions for 2017. She had reviewed separately from David W and found no irreularities. She confirmed David W’s report. Other board members looked through the bank statements for confirmation. An Advisory Council meeting with an accountant would be a boon to us all. Both Sue and Dr. Willy know retired accountants that may be interested in assisting as Advisory Board applicants.


2017 review – Sue passed out her 2017 Year in Review Report. See attachment. Printed copies are available for perusa. Sue will put an electronic version on the website.


Future plans – Debra proposed that we use our upcoming retreat to brain storm on future plans. We have had great success in past retreats at future plan making as we had much more time for brain storming and discussing. See discussion below for information on the retreat below.


Narcan – Pam pointed out that Elliott Gray, who taught the last Triage training in April 2018, included Nracan training. Pam would like to get Narcan donated and as many staff trained in its use as possible. It can be stored on the bus in the prescriber area. Pam moved that we obtain a donation of Narcan and offer training for staff to use it. Donna R seconded. All approved. No objections.


Retreat – We missed our retreat last year due to the move from 509. We need to begin scouting locations for a retreat this year. More HIPAA training can be covered there.


Descalation training – Connor noted that we need more peacekeepers and thus more de escalation training. All volunteers needs deescalation training. One could argue that all citizens need deescaltion training.


Trello – Connor has set up project management program which serves a a virtual cork board for volunteers to post and view projects that OM should or could attend to. This will serve to encourage more involvement from the rest of the volunteers and take pressure off those that tend to put in the lion’s share of hours. Slack is an instant message system that can be installed on phones making it easier to communicate to all volunteers at clinic rather than messaging individually or physically finding them for in-clinic messages. Connor moved that we adopt the Trello and Slack communication systems at Occupy Medical. Terra seconded. All approved. No objections.


Quarterly Board Meeting dates – David W suggested that our winter quarterly board meeting be in February before taxes are due. Donna G moved to end the board meeting and reconvene for our next quarterly board meeting in July after the Country Fair. Sue seconded. All approved. No objections.

Occupy Medical’s Annual Review 2015

Occupy Medical’s Annual Review 2015

Occupy Medical’s year included the recognition of our 501c3 status
. This has been a project that took much longer than originally expected for a variety of reasons. One of them was that the IRS changed its rules about the expected paperwork for organizations such as ours after our 1st draft was completed. Many hands went into the completion of this project and it is opening many doors for us financially. A big sigh of relief goes out now that we have attained this tax status.

Retreat/Training – April of 2015 held a big retreat and training opportunity for volunteers. We not only learned about HIPAA, deescalation techniques, harm reduction and OM’s history but we had a visioning segment that resulted in practical options for the future. We refined our mission statement and another job description as well as establishing official contact with the local SEIU reps. We look forward to holding another retreat/training next year.

November had another training and potluck for volunteers. This was held at a local neighborhood association building and offered a chance for attendees to share what brought them to OM before learning HIPAA basics from Dr. Bruce and OM history and structure from Sue.

We also joined Nonprofit Network at Donna R’s suggestion as they offer cost effective and valuable training which caters to organizations such as ours.

Other trainings in the community have been attended by OM volunteers in order to share this knowledge with the rest of the group. De-escalation techniques, for example, were taught to Ben and Ken of the Support Service team and they have done a fine job of sharing these principles with the team.

We forecast more trainings such as cultural sensitivity training and effective communication training along with updates of the traings mentioned above for 2016.

OM Teams – Currently, we have basic teams: intake, triage, prescribers, treatment, wound care, hospitality and now a combined team support/peacekeeping/translator team. Each team has at least one team lead. The combined team has 3 lead positions. These teams combined as their work interconnects fluidly during clinic. The requirements for each position are different but working together makes this team more efficient.

The treatment team took on another project: Rescue Packs under the guidance of treatment team member Dandy. The rescue packs consist of a bag of basic survival items such as toothbrushes, water bottles and nutritional supplies to be handed to unhoused “panhandlers”. The project was originally inspired by the death of an activist for the unhoused and veterans. It was clear that we needed to take an extra step during the week to keep our citizens set up with basic supplies. Originally put together to aid unhoused vets, this projects has broadened its reach.

Each team is working on their own protocols. Some have their approved version of protocols on our website for other agencies to use a template for patient driven care. More protocols are in process and we look forward to a finished copy in 2016.

Outreach – We have always strived to affirm healthy connections with other service organizations in our community. We believe that mutual support makes for a healthy community. Our work with St. Vincent de Paul, Hearts for Hospice, CALC, the Rotary Club, Egan Warming Center, Food not Bombs, and Burrito Brigade has resulted in more help for those we serve. This year we met with HIV Alliance to strengthen our bond. They have in turn, invited us to trainings and enjoyed sharing donations.

A new ally this year is Catholic Community Workers led by Brother Charlie. He and his crew serve breakfast to the hungry at the Park Blocks as we are setting up clinic which has resulted in toning down some behavioral issues stemming from malnutrition for the unhoused. We strive to make more allies in 2016.

Our members sent representatives to serve at a free clinic in cooperation with Centro Latino Americano this fall. This was a success and we look forward to extending this project with more volunteers from more teams in 2016.

Outreach is often achieved via speaking engagements, rallies, conferences and the media. To this end, both Sue and Ben have spoken at events and to the media on OM’s principles and concerns. Many members of OM have written op-eds and letters to the editor on topics relating to public health topics. Every month, we have at least one member of OM speak during the public comment section of city council (such as Crys, Lonnie, Terra, Donna R and Sue). We have attended and tabled at many conferences and rallies. Social media has been kind to us. Our website and Facebook group are active with new members seeking inclusion every week. We started a Facebook page at the advice of Connor and this is growing steadily. A feed from this page is included on our website. Twitter may be the next social media step for OM.

Bus Development – The bus has been getting regular maintenance work over the years and a few minor improvements but 2015 brought us a gift in the guise of Carrier RV Service. They offered to do the remodeling of the bus at cost for supplies and not charge us for the labor. The first improvement was installing much needed heat. The source is a propane heater system that solves several problems at once. This was the brain child of Scott, our hospitality volunteer. It was tried out this November and worked like a dream.

The future remodeling will include better shelving and room dividers.

Grants/Awards – This year started with a grant from Church of the Resurrection. We are looking to write more grants for paid staff and, ultimately, a brick and mortar.

December 10th, 2015 Occupy Medical is receiving the Humanitarian of the Year award by the city of Eugene’s Human Rights Commission.

Note: This review is by no means complete but serves as bare bones assessment of the year from the clinic manager’s perspective.

Annual Membership Meeting & Board Elections

Hello all Occupy Medical members!

We are having our annual membership meeting this Wednesday, February 24 at 6:00pm!
This is when we hear from leadership concerning the state of Occupy Medical and the vision for 2016.
We are also going to review Occupy Medical’s Bi-Laws and this is our opportunity to amend them.

In addition, this meeting will hold our elections for seats on our board of directors.
If you’d like to run for an available board seat, please announce on candygram and/or tell an existing board member.

Your participation is needed and appreciated!

It will held at “The Campus Glenwood” at 13th & Alder.