Oregon Board of Trustees
John A. Riherd, Chair and Consumer Representative
Attorney, Healthcare Management Consulting
Term expires: 2017
John Riherd has more than 35 years of experience in health care law, operations and management, working with health insurers, HMOs, third-party administrators and welfare benefit trusts. He served as senior vice president and chief legal officer of The Regence Group (now Cambia Health), in charge of legal affairs in Oregon, Washington, Utah and Idaho. Mr. Riherd also served as general counsel for other health plans, and is a co-founder of ReseLution, a company that audits medical practice reimbursements for underpayments from payers. He serves on the Health Policy Committee of the Oregon Business Association.
Mr. Riherd earned his law degree from the University of Iowa, where he also earned a bachelor's degree in political science. He holds a master's degree in religious studies from Gonzaga University. He has been an adjunct professor in Whitworth University's graduate studies in education program.
Beth Biggs, Vice Chair
Vice President of Operations, Consonus Pharmacy
Term expires: 2017
Beth Biggs is vice president of operations for Consonus Pharmacy, one of the largest long-term care pharmacies in the Pacific Northwest. In this position, she oversees the operational outcomes in service to approximately 15,000 seniors in skilled nursing and assisted living communities. Ms. Biggs has dedicated her 26-year career to post-acute services for seniors within the health care continuum. She currently serves on the Oregon Patient Safety Commission.
Ms. Biggs holds a master's degree in public administration/health administration from Portland State University and a bachelor of social work degree from Minnesota State University.
Sarah L. Iams, CPA, CMA, CHFP, CFE, Secretary/Treasurer
Corporate Controller, Wellpartner, Inc.
Term expires: December 2016
Sarah Iams has more than 10 years of combined experience in the health care industry and in public accounting for a wide variety of clients. She began her career with Delap LLP in Lake Oswego after earning a business administration degree from Eastern Washington University. After eight years of public accounting experience, Ms. Iams left Delap in 2011 to join The CHP Group, a complementary and alternative medicine provider network based in Beaverton, as controller and later as director of finance. In that role, she oversaw claims processing, including ensuring regulatory compliance, and led a committee focused on continuous quality improvement of the claims processing system. Sarah now serves as corporate controller for Wellpartner, Inc., a provider of pharmacy distribution solutions for health plans, Medicaid programs, and safety-net organizations throughout the United States.
Michelle D. Taylor, MD, MBA, FACS, Member at Large
Surgeon and Health Equity Advocate,
Term expires: 2018
Dr. Michelle Taylor is licensed as a physician and surgeon in Oregon and Washington. Dr. Taylor has served as chief of general and vascular surgery with Legacy Health, where she helped develop a new surgical program and was a physician champion for health informatics and clinical quality programs. She has also served as a medical director for quality and health policy with a managed care organization, responsible for overseeing key initiatives for clinical quality. A strong advocate for eliminating health care disparities, she has been awarded both state and federal appointments to national collaboratives that focus on health equity and on culturally and linguistically appropriate care.
Dr. Taylor received her medical degree from the University of Chicago. She holds a master's degree in business administration/health administration from the University of Colorado and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Harvard University.
Susan Clack, MD
Board Chair, Pacific Medical Group
Term expires: December 2016
Susan Clack joined Pacific Medical Group in 1987 and currently practices at the group's Tigard Clinic. She chairs the boards of Pacific Medical Group and the Portland IPA, and is a past board member of CareOregon, Inc. Dr. Clack received her medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University in 1984 and completed a family medicine residency at OHSU in 1987. She is board certified in family practice, with a special interest in women's health. Her goals with patients include building long-term relationships in treating the whole family, and helping educate them so they can improve their mental and physical health in all stages of life.