OSPA Board of Directors
Ben Johnson is the OSPA President. He previously served on the OSPA Executive Committee 2004-2006 and as OSPA president in 2005. He has served as OSPA chief AV technician at all OSPA conferences since 2002. He has served as an OSPA delegate to the AAPA House of Delegates for most of the past 15 years. Ben has served on various OSPA committees over the years including CME, legislative and website.
Ben Johnson currently practices in urgent care and family practice in Cottage Grove. In the past, he has practiced in ER, and extensively in treating injured workers in Oregon.
He is very committed to facilitating high quality education for PAs in Oregon and in working with OSPA and AAPA to protect and advance the ability of PAs in Oregon to care for their patients. He has been, and continues to be, a strong advocate for OTP within OSPA and the AAPA House of Delegates.
Brian Mills is the OSPA President-Elect. He has been a PA at Childhood Health Associates of Salem since he graduated in 2014. He served as a student rep for OSPA during his time at OHSU and joined the board in 2017. He served the previous two years an OSPA Director at Large.
He has found his time on the Board to be very enlightening and motivating in his career. Seeing what the OSPA does for the profession on a legislative level is very inspiring. He hopes to continue to grow in this capacity and play a part in the further development of the PA profession.
Saje Davis-Risen is the OSPA Immediate Past President and represents Oregon on the House of Delegates for the American Society of Physician Assistants.
She has served OSPA in various roles since moving to Oregon in 2011, including serving as the Co-Chair of the CME Committee, Director-at-Large, President-Elect, President and now in her current roles. She has been a PA-C since 2006 and has been an active member of her state and national associations since graduating from PA school.
She is an associate professor at Pacific University School of PA Studies in Hillsboro Oregon and enjoys sharing her passion for patient care and advocacy for the profession with students.
Katie Volk is the OSPA Secretary. She started her OSPA involvement in 2014 as the Pacific University OSPA student representative. She currently participates on the CME Committee, is an alternate for the House of Delegates (2017-2018), and previously participated with the Government Affairs Committee. Katie practices at a Central Oregon rural health clinic in both family medicine and urgent care.
Tamara Houston is the OSPA Treasurer and has been a member of the OSPA board since 2014. She has also served in the role of Director-at-Large, is currently a member of the Oregon House of Delegates, and previously has also served on the CME Committee. Tamara currently practices in both family medicine and psychiatry, and is committed to providing health care services to Oregon's medically underserved population.
Alisa received her Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies with an emphasis in research at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. She has practiced in family practice and inpatient infectious disease. She has served on Arizona state association for physician assistants board. She moved to Oregon in 2017 and works at OHSU. She is excited to be part of OSPA and helping PAs in Oregon.
Lillian graduated from Northeastern University with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2006. After graduation she practiced family medicine in Seattle before relocating to Hawaii where she worked in endocrinology and internal medicine. During her five years of practice in Hawaii, she also served as a sub-investigator in clinical drug trials and became a Certified Diabetes Educator.
After moving to the UK in 2013, she joined the team of PA educators at St. George’s University of London and practiced family medicine in Southern England. Currently, Lillian is the Director of Academic Education and Assistant Professor in the Oregon Health & Science University PA program. She also works with İSalud! providing care to Oregon’s vineyard workers.
Heather Robbins is an OSPA delegate to the AAPA House of Delegates. She works as a surgical PA at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University PA program in 2016. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient medicine as a PA. She has been a member of the OSPA CME Committee since 2017.
She is excited to represent Oregon PAs at the AAPA House of Delegates. She has volunteered in public affairs in the past and is looking forward to getting back into the fray to represent our professional interests.
In her spare time she cooks, bakes and chases after her two boys and crazy dog, when she's not napping, of course.
The OSPA Membership Committee works to:
The members of this committee are fun, diverse, and interesting personalities who all get along and have lots of different ideas. If you like brainstorming, marketing, and trying new things, this is a great committee for you!
Leza Hayes is the chair of the OSPA Government Affairs Committee. She is an Urgent Care PA in Portland. She has been practicing since 2014. She has been a member of the GAC working to protect and further the PA profession since beginning practice.
The Government Affairs Committee is an active group of PAs across practice settings with an interest in engaging with legislative and regulatory agencies about topics relevant to PAs and the profession. The committee works closely with OSPA’s board and legislative affairs staff (lobbyists) to monitor political trends and to effect changes benefiting the profession and patients.
Early Careers Committee is charged with developing relationships with current PA students as well as recent graduates. The committee will look to be a liaison between new PAs and the OSPA. This committee will work closely with the PA programs in the state in order to develop these relationships. This committee also intends to provide guidance and assistance as needed to new PAs looking for jobs. We look to help answer any questions regarding resume building or hiring practices. We intend on providing easy accessibility to answer these questions across various communication platforms.