Meet Our Faculty

Faculty members in The Healthcare MBA represent a diverse blend of healthcare professionals and academic professors.

  • Steve Kinder, Division Head

    BS, Nursing from Eastern Washington University, 1976
    MPA, Portland State University, 1989


    Steve Kinder is the Head of the Division of Management within the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Steve has over 40 years experience in healthcare management. He has served in a variety of progressive clinical and leadership roles in community hospitals, national health systems and physician clinics, most recently as CEO of a specialty hospital in Portland, OR. Steve has 15 years experience as a speaker and consultant on healthcare leadership, governance, and operational excellence.

    Steve currently serves as Division Head and full-time faculty within the Division of Management. He teaches Strategy, Leadership, and Operations in the Healthcare MBA and Master of Science in Healthcare Management programs.

  • Dawn Bonder, Adjunct Faculty

    B.S. Business Administration, Boston University
    J.D., New York University School of Law

    Dawn Bonder serves as president and CEO of Health Republic. Prior to leading Health Republic, Bonder directed the Oregon Community Health Information Network's O-HITEC initiative, which provides education, outreach, and technical assistance to Oregon's health care providers and companies transitioning to electronic health records. During her time there she successfully directed the investment of federal stimulus funds into state health information technology infrastructure, improving efficiency as well as the quality and effectiveness of heath care.Bonder also served as a senior policy advisor to former Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, focusing on health, human services and early childhood education. She also served as the Policy Director for the Oregon Business Association (OBA), working with OBA's members to advocate on issues affecting businesses and creating the organization's legislative agenda.Bonder received a J.D. from New York University School of Law and practiced law for several years, and has a B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University. Bonder lives in Portland, Oregon, and enjoys the chaos of raising three teenage sons.

  • Tom Culhane, Adjunct Faculty

    B.S. in Biology, With Distinction, Stanford University,Stanford, California, 1975
    M.D., University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, Portland, Oregon, 1979
    Master of Medical Management, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1999
    Master of Science in Medical Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, 2008

    Tom is a native of Portland. After graduating from Jesuit High School he attended Stanford University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences. He returned to Portland to attend OHSU where he completed his MD degree in 1979.
    Tom then traveled to Denver where he completed a Family Medicine internship and residency at St. Joseph Hospital. Right out of residency he was recruited by Denver Health and Hospitals where he worked in the Neighborhood Health Program for one year. He then entered private practice in suburban Denver where he practiced full spectrum family medicine for 17 years. In 1998 he helped form the Exempla Medical Group in Denver. This was a large multi-specialty hospital-owned medical group. For two years he was the Chief Quality Officer for this group.
    In 1999 he earned a Masters of Medical Management from Tulane University. In 2000 he became the Medical Director of Columbia United Providers, a hospital-owned health plan based in Vancouver, Washington. He has also continued to practice family medicine one day a week at the Vancouver Clinic during his term as health plan medical director. In June, 2008 he earned a second advanced degree in management: a Masters of Science in Medical Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
    His interests include health care finance, health care quality improvement, evidence-based care, pharmacy benefit management and maximizing value in the US healthcare system.

  • David Dilts, Adjunct Faculty

    Ph.D., Graduate School of Management, University of Oregon, 1983
    Majors: Management Sciences and Production/Operations Management.
    Minors: Computer Science, Behavioral Science, and Quantitative Methods.
    MBA, Graduate School of Management, University of Oregon, 1973
    BS, College of Business, California Polytechnic State University, 1972
    Major: Business Administration. Concentration: Computer Science

    David Dilts, management scientist, is managing partner of Dilts+Partners, LLC, a firm dedicated to reducing the time required to open and run clinical research trials. From 2009-13, he was Director of Strategy Alignment for the Knight Cancer Institute.
    Before coming to OHSU in 2009, was the sole joint Professor between the Owen Graduate School of Management and the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University. He has researched and consulted in multiple industries (including oncology, optometry, automotive, capital equipment, floral, and world-class track & field athletes), for a diverse set of products (from the Trident II D-5 Fleet Ballistic Missile to single-use cameras) and services (from opening of clinical trials to the impact of quality certification on firm stock prices to critical success factors for business incubation).
    In his current consulting position he is responsible for managing a firm that is helping align all the diverse pieces of a major oncology research institute for strategic and research excellent. His work has been published in over 200 articles, editorials, conference papers and presentations, book chapters, books and monographs, and his research has been supported at nearly $20 million for the past decade.
    His work has appeared in a wide variety of journals, including: Nature Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, Clinical Cancer Research, Science Translational Medicine, J. of Operations Management, J. of Supply Chain Management, J. of Clinical Oncology, Medical Decision Making, and Health Economics. He is Associate Editor of J of Operations Management, Decision Sciences J of Innovative Education, and J of Supply Chain Management.
    His work has resulted in numerous awards including best paper finalist for the J. of Operations Management and, most recently a 2011 National Institutes of Health Award of Merit.

  • Gudrun Granholm, Adjunct Faculty

    MBA, Stanford University, 1975
    B.A., Harvard University, 1973
    CFP® 1987

    Gudrun is the CEO and founder of Box One, Inc., an organization that provides custom financial training for companies and universities, with a focus on the medical and biotech market. For the past 25 years her training has centered on helping session participants understand and use financial information, connect strategy and finance, and understand how their decisions and actions impact the financials. Gudrun brings to each session the practical, real-world experience of a seasoned CFO, blended with a great desire to financially empower managers and help participants enjoy the process of discovering "what's behind the numbers." She received her BA from Harvard University and her MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
    Over the years she has delivered university training programs such as Health Care Finance, Physicians Executive Leadership Program, Financial Issues in Health Care, Financial Management in Health Care Organizations, and Financial Decision Making for Health Care Managers. Her clients for custom in-house programs in the medical industry include UCSD, Children's Hospital of San Diego, UCI Management Development Program in Health Care, American Medical Group Association, Sharp Hospital, American Psychiatric Association, FHP (merged with PacifiCare), Sun Healthcare Group, St. Joseph's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Orange County.

  • Gina Hawley, Adjunct Faculty

    DrPH, Health Management and Leadership, Johns Hopkins University
    MHA, Healthcare Administration, University of Minnesota
    BS, Health Administration and Policy, Creighton University

    Gina Hawley is the Senior Director of Neuroscience and Spine at OHSU where she oversees operations, finance, and strategic planning for the hospital service line. Prior to coming to OHSU, Gina was the Assistant Administrator for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital directing hospital operations and performance improvement. Gina's previous experiences include being a Senior Project Analyst for the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, acting Clinic Manager for Park Nicollet Health Services, and Nursing Assistant for the High Risk OB and Labor &Delivery units at Nebraska Methodist Hospital.

  • Denise Hoover, Adjunct Faculty

    MBA, Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University, 2004
    BS, English, The Colorado College, 2001

    Professional Certifications
    Senior Professional in Human Resources, awarded 2006
    Project Managament Professional, awarded 2009
    Compensation Management Specialist, awarded 2009
    Certified in Healthcare Human Resources, awarded 2013

    Denise Hoover is a Service Line Director for Salem Health, a not-for-profit regional health system in the mid-Willamette Valley. She leads Salem Health's Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, and Neuroscience service lines. Prior to her current role, she served as a manager and director in Human Resrouces as well as project consultant roles.
    Denise earned a B.A. in English from The Colorado College, and an M.B.A. from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University. She hold certifications both in HR and Project Management.

  • Jim Huntzicker, Professor

    B.S. Chemistry, University of Michigan
    Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
    MM International Masters for Health Leadership, McGill University

    Dr. Huntzicker joined Oregon Graduate Center (subsequently renamed to Oregon Graduate Institute) in 1974 and served in a number of capacities, including several department headships (in particular, his home department of Environmental Science), provost, and acting president. He joined OHSU in 2001 when Oregon Graduate Institute became the OGI School of Science & Engineering at OHSU. In 2004 he became Head of the Department of Management in Science & Technology, which subsequently became the Division of Management in the OHSU School of Medicine. Dr. Huntzicker served as head from 2004-2017 and during that time he co-led the development of the OHSU-Portland State University MBA in Healthcare Management and the Paths to Leadership program for faculty in the School of Medicine. He was formerly chair of the board of directors for Saturday Academy, an organization providing outstanding educational opportunities for children to follow their curiosity.

  • Brian McCarthy, Adjunct Faculty

    BA, History, University of Washington
    MBA, Finance and Marketing, University of Washington

    Brian K. McCarthy is a member of the full-time faculty in the Portland State University Graduate School of Business. He teaches marketing and managerial communication classes in the MBA and MIM programs, advises the school of business on its marketing strategy, and coaches MBA and MIM students on achieving school and career success. He also teaches graduate-level marketing and leadership classes at the University of Oregon and has been awarded the Oregon Executive MBA Outstanding Instructor Award seven times.
    Prior to teaching at Portland State, Brian was the general manager of a $120 million sales, marketing, and consulting business unit at the Microsoft Corporation. He also held a number of other management positions at Microsoft, including Group Marketing Manager and National Channel Manager, and earned Top Corporate Contributor and Top Manager awards. Before joining Microsoft, Brian was a sales representative at IBM, where he was a proud member of the IBM 100% Club and earned a Frontrunner Achievement Award.
    He holds a BA in history and an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Washington. In 2011, he completed the Columbia University Executive Coaching Certification Program. He also holds certifications in the Hogan Personality Assessment, the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator, and the Polaris 360.

  • Vishnu Mohan, Adjunct Faculty



    Dr Mohan is a clinical informaticist and primary faculty at DMICE. He is board certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics, and a graduate of the certificate and MBI programs at DMICE.

    He is a clinician, an educator, a researcher, and an avid gamer (not necessarily in that order, as he is quick to point out). He is also a Qel. That's Klingon for physician, as any hard-core Trekkie can tell you. ("For a while, every time I entered a patient's room," Mohan says, "instead of my usual "how can I help you today?" I would start each visit with "please state the nature of the medical emergency". With the exception of a single medical student who was rotating with me at the time, no-one else got it. Alas.")

  • Jeff Oltmann, Adjunct Faculty

    M.Eng, Florida Atlantic University
    BSEE, Valparaiso University

    Jeff Oltmann has over 20 years of experience in engineering, line management and program management with industry leaders such as Sequent, IBM, Prisma and Gould. He built a 50 person hardware development organization delivering boards, integrated circuits and systems and achieving ISO 9000 compliance in the process.
    Jeff has received his PMI certification and his management experience includes running programs with budgets of over $100 M and worldwide teams of over 100 members spanning marketing, engineering service and manufacturing. Jeff is an expert in the use and adaptation of many PM tools including Microsoft Project. Jeff has a consulting practice, Synergy Professional Services, specializing in new program management technology.

  • Laura Pierce, Adjunct Faculty

    M.S. Healthcare Management, Oregon Health Sciences University
    M.S.W., Portland State University
    B.S. Psychology, Oregon State University

    Currently, Laura is the Standards and Design Director, Real Estate and Construction, for Providence Health & Services (PH&S). She leads stakeholder groups in the development of design standards to reduce variation, improve the patient experience and to meet the healthcare needs of our communities.
    Laura is a patient-centered leader whose values and commitment to the well-being of others are anchored in her early role as a social worker and leader. This experience included private practice in family therapy, emergency department social work and crisis intervention. During this time Laura provided operational management of social work services to three PH&S Emergency department and participated in the design and build out of a new Emergency Department. This was the catalyst for a move into designing health care environments to better serve patients and those who care for them.

  • David Pollack, Professor for Public Policy

    1969, BA, Northwestern University
    1973, MD, Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
    1973-76, Psychiatry Residency, OHSU

    Diplomate American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)

    Academic Interests
    David Pollack, MD, holds joint appointments in the departments of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology. He has been a community psychiatrist in Oregon for 34 years. In 1987, he joined the Public Psychiatry Training Program at OHSU and was Medical Director of Mental Health Services West, a large mental health center in downtown Portland. His work on the Oregon Health Plan was pivotal to the successful inclusion of mental health services in the health plan's benefit package. In 1998, Dr. Pollack went to Washington, D.C., as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, and worked for a year developing health and mental health-related legislation in the Health Office of Senator Edward Kennedy. He returned to Oregon and OHSU in 1999 and provided consultation to numerous health and mental health programs across the state. From 2002-2006 he served as the Medical Director for the Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services within the Oregon Department of Human Services. In that position, he provided clinical and policy leadership for the state on numerous issues. Currently, he provides consultation to state and national organizations on a variety of issues associated with mental health and addictions services, policies, delivery system design, and services research. He works with Oregon’s Evidence-Based Practice Center as the Psychiatric Topics Investigator for the Effective Health Care Program.
    He has published many journal articles and several books on mental health issues in the public sector. In 2002, the American Psychiatric Association awarded Dr. Pollack its Assembly Speaker's Award "in honor of heroes of Public and Community Psychiatry," and in 2004, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) awarded him its Exemplary Psychiatrist Award for "developing and directing an innovative training program which demonstrates consumer and family- centered best practices."

  • Ron Sakaguchi, Professor

    MBA in Entrepreneurship, Babson College, Wellesley, MA, summa cum laude, 2008
    PhD, Biophysical and Numerical Analysis, University of Greenwich, London, England, 1988
    MS, Dentistry (Prosthodontics), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1984
    DDS, Northwestern University Dental School, Chicago, IL, 1980
    BS, Cybernetics, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 1976

    Ron Sakaguchi integrates a systems perspective, design tools, and strategic innovation and entrepreneurship with a focus on execution in collaborating with graduate students in healthcare management and executive leaders. Ron has a clinical and biomaterials science research background, with experience in business development, design for strategic initiatives, facilitation of strategy development, and coaching. In the Division of Management, Ron is the course director for an MBA course in healthcare innovation and the graduate capstone business consulting program.

  • Eric Schulz, Adjunct Faculty

    B.S. Biology, University of Oregon
    M.B.A. Healthcare Management, Oregon Health & Sciences University & Portland State University

    Eric serves as a Director at Toyon Associates. He concentrates on business development and organizational strategy while managing areas of Toyon's Medicare Reimbursement Practice. Eric is also developing Toyon's Population Health Practice and consults with clients throughout the West. Prior to joining Toyon, Eric was the Director of Business Development at Apprise Health Insights, a subsidiary of the Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems. He also spent 20 years in marketing, product development, and business development in the bio-pharmaceutical industry.
    Eric lives in Tualatin with his wife, two teenage children, and two dogs. He enjoys hiking, camping, and British cars.

  • Kerry Sharp, Adjunct Faculty

    BS, Civil Engineering, Michigan State University
    MBA, Harvard Business School


    Kerry Sharp is an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University. He teaches graduate-level finance and strategy courses in the MBA, GSCM, MSFA and MIM programs. He has also taught strategy courses in the Oregon Executive MBA program.

    In his current consulting practice, he leads strategy, process, and performance improvement initiatives for clients. His consulting experience also includes strategy and process excellence roles at Point B and at Accenture. Business and industry experience includes officer and director level positions at Standard Insurance Company, Louisiana-Pacific, and Boise Cascade.

    He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Niki Steckler, Associate Professor

    Ph.D., Organizational Behavior
    Harvard University, 1990

    Niki Steckler, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Division of Management in Oregon Health & Science University's School of Medicine. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. Dr. Steckler's expertise is in communication and collaboration across disciplines and organizational boundaries.

  • Aaron Lones, Adjunct Faculty

    MPH, Population Health, Columbia University
    BA, Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno


    Aaron Lones is a senior associate with Point B Management Consultants, an employee-owned company that helps organizations form, execute, and thrive. Aaron's work extends primarily to the areas of healthcare management, business, and technology. He has extensive experience in population health initiatives, public and private payer systems, health program planning and evaluation, strategic partnerships, Medicare compliance and Medicaid grants and contracts.

    Aaron lives in Portland with his wife and three daughters and enjoys family time, friends, reading and coaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is a long-time advocate and supporter of safety-net organizations and serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Public Health Institute.