SPADO History

In 2010, in response to the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, the State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in Oregon (SPADO) Task Force was formed and included non-profit organizations, state government agencies, academic researchers, issue experts, physicians, family caregivers, care providers, and state legislators. The SPADO Task Force heard public input from a variety of sources. This input informed and validates the recommendations crafted by the SPADO workgroups. In 2012 SPADO was released.

Structure & Leadership

Today, we continue our efforts to serve Oregonians and their family affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As no segment of our community is untouched by Alzheimer’s, it requires coordinated efforts to address this public health crisis. The SPADO Steering Committee works together to encourage engagement of public and private sector stakeholders to improve the state’s response to community needs associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

SPADO Steering Committee

Patrick Gillette, M.D.

Patrick Gillette, M.D.

Medical Director, Rogue Community Health

Dr. Gillette started his medical education in 1980 at Southern Oregon State College, where he studied pre-medicine and chemistry. He received his medical degree four years later from the Centro de Estudios Universitarios Xochicalco in Ensenada, Mexico, before completing his residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia Affiliated Hospitals from 1988-1991.

Jan Karlen

Jan Karlen

Policy Analyst, State Unit on Aging, Dept. of Human Services

Jan works for the Department of Human Services (DHS) as a policy analyst with the State Unit on Aging. She coordinates and participates in several workgroups connected with the Program, and the Oregon Partnership to Improve Dementia Care.

Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan

Executive Director, Alzheimer's Assocition

Tracy Morgan started with the Alzheimer’s Association in 2012 and currently serves as the Executive Director. Tracy oversees the five Alzheimer’s Association offices in Portland, Eugene, Bend, Salem and Medford  and works to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias in Oregon.

Lynn Szender

Lynn Szender

Director of Health Services, Mary’s Woods Continuing Care Retirement Community

Lynn earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Portland and a graduate certificate in gerontology from Marylhurst University. Lynn is certified as an administrator of assisted living and residential care facilities and licensed as a nursing home administrator.

Acknowledgements

Over the years, SPADO has benefited from the invaluable commitment of numerous taskforce and workgroups members. Including:

Claire Agner , Roger Anunsen, Matt Baldwin, Stephanie Barnett-Herro, Jon Bartholomew, Holly Berman, Warren Bird, Kevin Call, Margaret Cervenka, Lynda Crandall, Don Crites, Penny Davis, Rep. Michael Dembrow, Nirmala Dhar, Petronella Donovan, Nicole Easley, Lee Girard, Sarah Goodlin, M.D., Kristrún Gröndal, Theresa A. Harvath, Ken Hector, Jason Hess, Anne P. Hill, Jana Hirsch, Sarah Holland, Kathy Irwin, Katherine Jimenez, Jan Karlen, Jeffrey Kaye M.D., Mark Kinkade, Tiffany Kirkpatrick, Jeannette Launer, Roberta Lilly, Glenise McKenzie, Ann McQueen, Jennifer Mead, Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, Maureen Nash, M.D., Tim Nay, Kathryn Nunley, Ana Potter, Mary Ruhl, Mary Scott, Bandana Shrestha, Fred Steele, Melissa Taber, Steve Winegar, Catherine Zimmerman.