Jason Morris, Project Specialist | email@example.com
"She was not a slowpoke grownup. She was a girl who could not wait. Life was so interesting she had to find out what happened next.”
~ Beverly Cleary, Ramona the Pest
Jason coordinates American Academy of Pediatrics chapter membership and operations, as well as Continuing Medical Education for OPS’ annual conference.
Jason’s entrepreneurial background in personal fitness was enhanced by his Health Sciences studies at Portland State University. Community and public health inspired him. He has volunteered with various nonprofit groups focusing on temporary and rapid rehousing, as well as low-income youth programs to assist with high school diploma and GED completion in the Portland region.
Jason knows that every child is important. A child’s experiences, imagination, environment, and available resources build our adult—and society’s—future.
Jason grew up spending the school years in the wild west of Cody, Wyoming, and summers chasing dreams in the magnificent parks of east and north Portland. He thought it was so cool to be on a street that was in a book. (We all adore Oregon native, Beverly Cleary).
Jen Rountree, Project Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org
“Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away. So he said to his mother, "I am running away". "If you run away", said his mother, "I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.”
~ Margaret Wise Brown, The Runaway Bunny
Jen coordinates the OPS START program in addition to other OPS projects aimed at increasing the capacity of pediatric primary care and improving health outcomes for children and adolescents.
Jen studied cultural anthropology at the University of New Mexico before graduate studies focusing on community health through the lens of psychology. From 2010 to 2016, Jen served in research, project management, and fundraising capacities at the National Indian Child Welfare Association. She worked on several federal and foundation funded research projects, including a public education campaign to prevent tobacco use, cultural programs to prevent delinquency, and policy research for American Indian and Alaska Native children and adolescents. Jen has published several peer-reviewed articles on strength-based health and well-being indicators, and community development for Indigenous communities. She is coauthor of a text on global structural violence.
While every child may not enter the world with the same resources and supports, Jen believes it is our responsibility as a community—particularly as health advocates and practitioners—to ensure that all children receive the treatment and services that will help them become healthy and happy adults.
Jen grew up in Southern California and practically lived in the swimming pool. Although not evident in this photo, her hair was often bright green from the chlorine.
Julie Scholz, Executive Director | email@example.com
“Now listen, and I’ll tell you something: the day may come when the lions get sick. And if you don’t help the other animals now, the lions may find themselves left all alone when they are in trouble. That often happens to proud people.” ~
Hugh Lofting, The Story of Doctor Dolittle, 1920
Julie brings to OPS professional work experience in nonprofit management; health research and promotion; marketing and public affairs; international video production; and children, youth and adult experiential learning, mentoring, and psychosocial trainings. She attended Lewis & Clark College and U.C. Berkeley for undergraduate studies and went to graduate school when she returned to Portland.
Julie’s goal is for people of all ages and backgrounds to make healthy, informed, and effective decisions by accessing internal and external sources of support. She advocates for positive attachments and resiliency in children to build strong human foundations, and she knows it is possible to overcome adverse childhood experiences. Her professional toolbox includes relationship building and collaboration, training and coaching, strategic planning and communication, enthusiasm, stories, and the power of the imagination.
Julie wishes she remembered what made her child-self smile in delight. The ice-cream truck? Her grandmother’s arrival? Or perhaps she was imitating Jerry Lewis!
Laura Wilson, Program Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” ~ Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
Laura supports OPS’ quality improvement efforts, including the START clinical trainings, developmental screening cohorts, and adolescent health learning communities.
Laura studied healthcare administration in her home state of North Carolina. Laura has three children and her oldest experiences autism; the struggles of having a child with a disability has shaped her life path. 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 program as well as the autism clinic at Oregon Health and Science University. She has volunteered for various organizations whose focus is on supporting families with children who have special health needs.
As the only girl in the family, Laura’s mom loved dressing her in frilly dresses with fancy socks and shoes. Today she is more comfortable sitting by a campfire or with a fishing pole.