Meet Our Faculty

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

  • 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.

  • Tim Burdick, Adjunct Instructor

    BA, Dartmouth College, 1989
    MSc, Virginia Tech, 1996
    MD, Dartmouth Medical School, 2002
    MBA, OHSU, 2017

    Tim is a rural family physician with interests in clinical implementation, quality improvement, and research informatics. While living in Portland, OR, he was the Chief Medical Informatics Officer at OCHIN for 2 years, then as Chief Clinical Research Informatics Officer at OHSU. As he was completing his MBA, he returned to Dartmouth Hitchcock Health (NH) to be the Medical Director of Primary Care in the Manchester, NH regional practices. He then moved back to the Hanover, NH, area to increase his academic interests. Currently he is the Director of Research at the DHH Primary Care clinic, teaches a statistics for quality improvement course in the MPH program, and is co-PI or co-I on multiple QI or research projects. When he can, he enjoys hikes with is family or trail running.

  • Aaron Caughey, Adjunct Instructor

    B.S., University of Washington, 1989
    M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1995
    M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 2001
    Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2006

    Dr. Caughey teaches Healthcare Economics in the Healthcare M.B.A. program.

  • 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.

  • Charles “Bud” Garrison, Adjunct Instructor

    M.B.A., OHSU

    Bud has focused a large part of his career on aligning technology with organizational strategies, implementing process improvement, and enhancing productivity for clinical area. In his most recent role, he was the Director of Clinical Informatics and Health Information Services at OHSU. During his 12 years at OHSU he developed the Clinical Informatics Department to enhance the use of the Electronic Medical Record in all clinical areas.

    Prior to joining OHSU in November of 2007, Bud was a partner in a small consulting firm in perioperative and critical care information systems and process improvement. He also worked for several startup companies in health care information systems integration, data warehousing and process improvement. He started his career working at Denver General Hospital as a Surgical Technician. Since his semi-retirement in December 2019, he divides his time between taking care of elderly family members, working in Real Estate with his wife and providing consulting services for small business and healthcare clients.

  • 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.

  • Jawanza Hadley, Adjunct Instructor

    M.S. Healthcare Manageement, OHSU

    As the Program Director for Work2BeWell, Jawanza will spearhead national program expansion, oversee curriculum development and digital asset development, and build community partnerships with local and national education and behavioral health organizations.

    Jawanza is moving to Work2BeWell from Providence’s mental health strategy team where he served as senior project manager for nearly two years supporting the expansion of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Prior to joining Providence, he served as practice leader for a large multi-specialty digestive health clinic at Oregon Health & Science University. He is a champion of education, particularly as it relates to adolescent behavioral health and well-being, having served as a high school teacher for 11 years in Portland, Oregon.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tracy Quan, Adjunct Instructor

    Tracy Quan is a healthcare professional with 15 years experience in creating valuable solutions for a variety of sponsors. She finds motivation in cultivating engaged multidisciplinary teams. She thrives in the cross-section of technology, organizational culture, and strategy. She is a proud graduate of The Healthcare M.B.A.

    Tracy is the Senior Director of Implementation at AccessHope, a provider of employee benefits in leading-edge cancer support. Prior to her current role, she enjoyed roles in portfolio/program management, healthcare technology implementation, and consulting. Her professional interests include employee engagement, strategic communications, and applying Agile methodologies to non-traditional use cases.

  • Judy Richardson, Adjunct Instructor

    M.D. Dartmouth Medical School
    M.B.A. OHSU/ PSU


    Judy Richardson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, and the Division of Management, with time currently allocated to the Oregon Health Authority in support of the Covid Recovery and Response Unit. At the OHA, she is the Deputy Director for Strategy and Implementation for the Heath Centers and Supply Chain Branch of the CRRU. Prior to the pandemic, she was the Director for Primary Care Services for OHSU at Mid-Columbia Medical Center where she practiced Family Medicine for the previous 18 years.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mary Tanski, Adjunct Instructor

    M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2009
    M.B.A., Oregon Health & Science University, 2016

    Mary co-teaches the healthcare quality course in the Healthcare M.B.A.

  • Hans VanDerSchaaf, Adjunct Instructor

    Hans VanDerSchaaf is inspired by research and initiatives that harness innovation, human-centerdness, technology and service improvements to create step changes in organizational performance and improve customer experiences.

    He received a Ph.D. in Technology Management from the Engineering and Technology Management program at Portland State University, a Master of Public Administration from Portland State University, and a Bachelor of Science from Ithaca College.

    He works at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, where he champions OHSU Health’s mission to make care available to Oregonians anywhere, anytime, by focusing on digital health technology innovations.

  • Jessica Walter, Assistant Professor

    B.S., Psychology, University of Oregon
    M.A., Psychology, University of Colorado
    Ed.D., Organizational Leadership & Change, University of Southern California

    Jessica is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Division of Management at Oregon Health & Science University. Jessica has more than twenty years of experience in student development, higher education management, and teaching. Originally trained as a behavior change researcher, she approaches leadership as a quest for continuous improvement, bringing together teams to create purpose-driven cultures of excellence.

    She joined the Division of Management in 2011. Within the graduate programs, she teaches graduate courses, develops and offers professional and career development workshops, and directs the capstone program. She collaborates with local and international organizations to create customized executive education and offers organizational assessments and meeting facilitation. Her administrative duties include overseeing Division operations, strategy, and finance. She supervises staff and adjunct faculty, leads student services and enrollment management, and facilitates the assurance of learning processes. She serves as a new manager mentor and conflict coach for the University.

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