Oregon AWHONN

Promoting the Health of Women and Newborns

About Us

Section Leaders

Section Chair

Becky Moore, RNC-MNN, BSN

chair@oregonawhonn.org

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

treasurer@oregonawhonn.org

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 Co-Coordinators

Nancy Alt, BSN, RNC-OB

legislative@oregonawhonn.org

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.


Amy Brase, MSN, RN, CNE
legislative@oregonawhonn.org

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.


Membership Chair

Julie Hannah, MN, RNC-OB

membership@oregonawhonn.org

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.


2019 Oregon Section Conference Co-Chairs

Sara Mosher, RN, BSN, MHA

conference1@oregonawhonn.org

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.


Amy Brase, MSN, RN, CNE

conference2@oregonawhonn.org

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.


Nominating Committee Chair

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

nominate@oregonawhonn.org

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

neonatal@oregonawhonn.org

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

womens@oregonawhonn.org

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

communications@oregonawhonn.org

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.


Social Media Director

Rosemary Clark, RN-BSN, RNC-OB

socialmedia@oregonawhonn.org

Hi! my name is Rosey. I grew up in Oregon, graduated from OHSU School of Nursing- Portland campus in 2013 and fell into labor and delivery nursing. I have been practicing L&D nursing for 4 and half years, and just within the last year have taken a new job on an LDRP-style floor, learning the ins and outs of postpartum nursing as well. This has given me a great respect for every aspect of a woman's labor and recovery process. I have a wonderful husband and a wild fur-baby at home. 

Chapter Leaders

Chapter Liaison

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

nominate@oregonawhonn.org

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

pdxmetro@oregonawhonn.org


Mid-Willamette Valley Leader

Michelle Hirschkorn, MSN, RNC-OB, CNS

mwillamette@oregonawhonn.org

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

swillamette@oregonawhonn.org

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
swillamette@oregonawhonn.org

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 

soregon@oregonawhonn.org

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

soregon@oregonawhonn.org


Central Oregon Co-Leaders

Sara Mosher, RN, BSN, MHA

coregon@oregonawhonn.org

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.


Jessica Williston, RN, LMT

coregon@oregonawhonn.org

Jessica has been an Orthopedic and Neuroscience nurse for one year at St Charles Bend. She first became involved with AWHONN two years ago as a nursing student and has since been working to become a Family Birthing nurse. Her passion for providing compassionate, patient and family centered care with a strong educational component in her driving force. “I just love women’s health in general and look forward to the opportunities for growth as a nurse and individual that AWHONN has to offer.


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.

chapter@oregonawhonn.org

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