Oregon AWHONN

Promoting the Health of Women and Newborns

About Us

Section Leaders

Section Chair

Becky Moore, RNC-MNN, BSN

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Becky is the Postpartum Nurse Manager at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart RiverBend in Springfield. She began her nursing career fifteen years ago as a postpartum Staff Nurse. Prior to becoming the Nurse Manager, Becky was the postpartum Clinical Manager/ Educator.

Secretary / Treasurer

Donna Talain, RNC-OB, BSN, MBA

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Donna’s obstetric experience spans five years. She began her nursing career as a Staff Nurse in Women’s Services at Legacy Emanuel Hospital working both in the Family Birth Center and Labor & Delivery. She is now a nurse at Legacy Medical Group -- Maternal-Fetal Medicine helping women with high-risk pregnancies navigate this joyous yet nerve-racking time of their lives.


Legislative Coordinator

Open Position

Contact Becky Moore with questions or if you are interested in this position.

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Membership Chair

Julie Hannah, MN, RNC-OB

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Julie has worked in obstetric nursing for 30 years. She started as a staff nurse and quickly moved to charge nurse, educator, manager, and is currently a director of Family Birth Place at Adventist Health in Portland. Her passion is to help obstetric nurses take great care of patients and families.


Oregon Section Conference Co-Chair

Nancy Alt, BSN, RNC-OB

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Nancy has worked in various aspects of obstetric nursing for the past 32 years. She previously worked in L&D and nursing education. She currently works as an OB/Gyn clinic triage nurse.


Oregon Section Conference Co-Chair

Robin Cothrell-Tubbs, MN, RN

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Robin is an obstetric nurse of 30 years whose roles have spanned from Staff Nurse to Nurse Educator. Robin is currently applying her knowledge and experience in obstetric informatics as an analyst for the system-wide adoption of a standard electronic medical record.


Nominating Committee Chair

Debbie Castile, MN, RNC-OB, CNS, NE

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Deb is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with 20 plus years experience in High Risk Obstetric care. Deb's passion is on patient safety and quality of care. She offers NRP and Fetal Monitoring education but finds her most rewards with direct patient care.  Deb is an independent perinatal nurse consultant and she holds a Resource Nurse position in Labor and Delivery at OHSU.


Evidence-Based Liaison - Neonatal

Pat Scheans, DNP, NNP-BC

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Pat is a neonatal nurse practitioner with 30 years of experience in the care of newborns and their families. Her current focus is on the education of clinical staff both at home in Oregon and abroad.


Evidence-Based Liaison - Women's Health

Kara Johnson, DNP, RNC-OB, CNS

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Kara has over 16 years experience as a staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical educator, and Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist in high risk obstetrics. She currently works as a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center focusing on clinical practice and staff education.

Communications Director

Donna Talain, RNC-OB, BSN, MBA

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Donna’s obstetric experience spans five years. She began her nursing career as a Staff Nurse in Women’s Services at Legacy Emanuel Hospital working both in the Family Birth Center and Labor & Delivery. She is now a nurse at Legacy Medical Group -- Maternal-Fetal Medicine helping women with high-risk pregnancies navigate this joyous yet nerve-racking time of their lives.

Chapter Leaders

Chapter Liaison

Debbie Castile, MN, RNC-OB, CNS, NE

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Deb is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with 20 plus years experience in High Risk Obstetric care. Deb's passion is on patient safety and quality of care. She offers NRP and Fetal Monitoring education but finds her most rewards with direct patient care.  Deb is an independent perinatal nurse consultant and she holds a Resource Nurse position in Labor and Delivery at OHSU.


Portland Metro Leader

Ruth Offer

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Mid-Willamette Valley Co-Leaders

Amy Brase, MSN, RN, CNE
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Amy is a Professional Development Specialist for Women's and Children's Services at Salem Hospital. She has been a nurse for 27 years with a clinical focus of Pediatrics and Women's Health. For the past 8 years, the focus has been on teaching -- instructing nursing students in the academic environment and professional development of nurses in the clinical environment.


Michelle Hirschkorn, MSN, RNC-OB, CNS

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Michelle has 12 years of experience as a perinatal nurse.  She has worked as a postpartum and labor and delivery staff nurse in both high risk urban and rural health care settings across the country. Currently, she is the perinatal clinical nurse specialist at Salem Health.


Southern Willamette Valley Co-Leaders

Kathy Nice, BSN, RNC-OB

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Kathy has 7 years experience as a perinatal nurse.  She has worked as a postpartum and labor and delivery staff nurse. She currently works in labor and delivery and is excited to expand AWHONN's mission in serving women and children's health.


Bonnie Root
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Bonnie has been a nurse for 9 years with both perinatal and pediatric focuses. She is currently working at Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend on Pediatrics and is the newborn baby care educator for Women's Care, an OB/Gyn clinic in Eugene and Springfield. Her absolute favorite job is providing free home visits to all newborns for Eugene Pediatric Associates in Eugene.


Southern Oregon Co-Leaders

Donna Dial, MSN, RN 

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Donna has been an obstetrical nurse for over 40 years which began at the Medical College of Virginia's OB ED, NICU and labor and delivery units. Her career has included clinical experience as a nursery manager, staff and triage nurse, staff and parent educator and most recently as an instructor for OHSU in Ashland.  High risk obstetrics, community and global health are among her interests. The goals for the southern Oregon Chapter are to recruit students and new members to improve their access to the AWHONN standards for practice and up to date education.


Donna Salazar, RN

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Central Oregon Leader

Sara Mosher, RN, BSN, MHA

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Sara has been a NICU nurse for 15 years in various roles. These include bedside nursing, NI/Peds charge nurse, clinical educator, Air Link Neonatal Flight nurse, and NICU manager. Sara also had the privilege of working as a NICU Family Support Specialist with the March of Dimes and served on their National Family Support Training Faculty. Sara's passion has always been to support families and improve the family experience in traumatic birth and NICU experiences. Currently Sara manages the Care Coordination/Nurse Navigation programs at St. Charles Health System and also runs her own business, Patient+Family Care, which offers education and support to both staff and families on the topics of Family Centered Care.


Eastern Oregon Leader

Northeast Oregon Leader

The chair positions for each of these chapters are currently open

Contact Deb Castile with questions or if you are interested in one of these positions.

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Upcoming Events

Sunday, Oct 15 at 1:00 PM - Tuesday, Oct 17 3:00 PM
Monday, Oct 23 at 11:30 AM - Tuesday, Oct 24 8:00 PM
Wednesday, Oct 25 at 7:30 AM - Friday, Oct 27 3:30 PM