Oregon AWHONN

Promoting the Health of Women and Newborns

About Us

Section Leaders

Section Chair

Becky Moore, 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 multiple 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 then became 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. She is now working in Clinical Informatics.


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. The majority of her clinical nursing career had been with Pediatrics and Women's Health. For the past several 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

Michelle Hirschkorn, MSN, RNC-OB, CNS

membership@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.


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. The majority of her clinical nursing career had been with Pediatrics and Women's Health. For the past several 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 19 years of experience as a staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical educator, and Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist in high risk obstetric and newborn care. She currently works for Providence Women and Children’s Services as Regional Program Manager Clinical Standardization-Perinatal focusing on clinical practice and education for the Oregon region.

Communications Director

Donna Talain, RNC-OB, BSN, MBA

communications@oregonawhonn.org

Donna’s obstetric experience spans multiple 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 then became 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. She is now working in Clinical Informatics.


Social Media Director

Rosemary Clark, RN-BSN, RNC-OB

socialmedia@oregonawhonn.org

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

Chapter Leaders

Chapter Liaison

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

chapter@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 Co-Leaders

Mary Hanson, MSN, RNC-OB

pdxmetro@oregonawhonn.org

Mary is an Associate Nurse Manager in Labor and Delivery at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. Her nursing career started as a postpartum nurse in 1994 and the year following she became a labor and delivery nurse. She has experience in low and high risk antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum care as well as Level II nursery. In 2017, she took on her current role at Kaiser Sunnyside. She is passionate about caring for the long term antepartum patients and their unique needs.


Ruth Offer

pdxmetro@oregonawhonn.org


Mid-Willamette Valley Leader

Kelsie Galusha

mwillamette@oregonawhonn.org

Kelsie is a current nurse in Labor and Delivery at Salem Health, starting her nursing experience just under 2 years ago. She is originally from Massachusetts and got her BS in Medical Biology in Maine. She later received her MSN degree at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland before moving to Oregon to start her nursing career. She has always been passionate about research, and continues to be involved in different projects and committees. She is extremely passionate about AWHONN and is excited to serve as Co-Leader to the Mid-Willamette Valley Chapter.


Audra Stauffer

mwillamette@oregonawhonn.org


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 started her career in nursing in 2007 and has always had a passion for maternal, newborn, and pediatric nursing. She is currently working as an RN, IBCLC for Eugene Pediatric Associates as their feeding specialist. She also teaches breastfeeding and newborn care for Pacific Women’s Center and newborn care for Women’s Care.  


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.


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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