Julie_Scholz_Headshot.pngJulie Scholz | Executive Director | julie.scholz@oraap.org

Julie Scholz comes to OPS from Portland’s Coalition of Community Health Clinics—a collaboration of 14 independent community health centers serving 60,000 low-income patients—where she directed fundraising, communications, and one of the most successful 2013 – 2015 Medicaid outreach and enrollment projects in Oregon.  She has also worked on health access, medical research, and child resources projects for Spokane, Washington; the National College of Natural Medicine; and Cancer Prevention Institute of California. Julie has 30 years of professional work experience in nonprofit management; health research and promotion; grant writing; marketing and public affairs; international video production; children, youth and adult experiential and psychosocial trainings. A lifelong learner, storyteller, and child advocate, Julie received high honors with her Bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkeley and MBA, which she finished in 2013. Julie’s community affiliations include serving on two City of Beaverton advisory boards and as an ambassador with a San Francisco Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.




VF_headshot_2.jpgValerie Feltman | 
Office Manager, Membership | valerie.feltman@oraap.org


I was thrilled to become a part of the OPS! My love of children began years ago when I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Being a mom and grandmother has enhanced my devotion to young people over the years.  Before moving to Oregon in 2007, I lived in California’s wine country and worked for a school-based mentoring program for young people in the Sonoma Valley.  As a lifelong advocate for children, I see the important work done here by the Pediatricians and their Associates in Oregon who support our organization and the effective programs that reach out to help our youngsters in communities all over the state.





Laura_Willson_web.jpegLaura Wilson | 
START, Program Assistant | laura.wilson@oraap.org


Laura Wilson attended college at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.  She has a degree in Healthcare Administration.  After getting married, her husband's job brought her cross country to Oregon!  She fell in love with the state and decided to raise her family here. Laura has three children and her oldest experiences Autism.  The struggles of having a child with a disability have shaped the path her life has taken.  Laura is passionate about helping other children with developmental disabilities and their families find support.  Laura has worked in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program as well as the Autism Clinic at Oregon Health and Science University before transitioning to Oregon Pediatric Society.  In her spare time Laura enjoys volunteering for local autism organizations, watching her kids play sports and reading.