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McKenzie River Clinic and Medical Foundation

Jane Wilson is the administrator at the Clinic and is also a Board member, where she is the liaison between Clinic staff and Board. Jane is a registered nurse and retired from Providence Hospital in Portland, Ore., where she supervised the obstetrics unit and its large medical staff. After retiring, she and her husband moved to the McKenzie Valley. Jane’s leadership, dedication to building strong medical teams, and expertise in managing medical operations are invaluable assets for the Clinic. We appreciate her laugh in the corridor as well as her leadership and business skills. As if one job wasn’t enough in retirement, Jane also volunteers for medical missions in Guatemala with Faith in Practice and does consultant work with hospitals in Portland. When she’s not working, Jane loves walking with her family and two large dogs, and fly-fishing..

Galen Phipps is currently the Treasurer. Galen has a 40+ year history of progressive leadership development, management training and technical assistance to public and nonprofit organizations in Oregon and across the USA. His expertise is building integrated service systems, developing manager and leader competencies and creating high performance humanistic workplace cultures. Galen is recognized as a state, regional and national organizational consultant. He has served on various state and local non-profit Board of Directors and provided consultation on national standards for integrated human service systems. He has an M.S.W from Sacramento State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He currently lives in McKenzie Bridge and he formerly served on the McKenzie River Trust Board of Directors for 8 years.  He continues to be an advisor to IHD consultants, a local firm providing teambuilding and leadership training throughout Oregon to public and non-profit organizations.

Priscilla Oxley has lived in Vida since 1988 and is both a retired librarian and retired mineral and fossil dealer. She is co-president of the O'Brien Memorial Library board, and is active in the McKenzie River Garden Club where she has served as president.  She feels very blessed to live here in the McKenzie valley where there is such a sense of community spirit.  She and her husband have three Model A Ford cars and are involved with a local car group.

Frances Letchworth  appreciates the opportunity to serve on the Clinic's Board of Directors.  Her previous experiences have included earning a Ph.D. degree in psychology and doing postdoctoral training in behavioral health and counseling.  She served as a professor at universities in Oklahoma and Arkansas, worked on research/writing, supervised graduate student practicums, and provided clinic services.  She also served for 5 years as the Health Department Director for Outpatient Behavioral/Mental Services for children, adolescents and families for the State of Oklahoma. When she and her husband George moved to Oregon, she provided behavioral/counseling services to students and  families in the  McKenzie School District. Frances and her family have had long-term ties to the McKenzie River area,  and especially like to hie and enjoy the many beautiful sites.

​​​​Pat Gripp was raised in Hollywod, CA, and came to Oregon with her husband and two young sons in the 1960s.  She earned her  BA and MA in English, and taught at Lowell High School, Thurston High School and and McKenzie, and coordinated the TAG program for Springfield Middle School. She has served on the McKenzie School Board, currently serves on the McKenzie Education Foundation Board, and has been a CASA volunteer.  Pat has been a patient at the McKenzie River Clinic for well over 20 years, and highly supports its service to the community

Linda Schaefers  ​serves as Board Vice President. She grew up in Salem, Oregon and moved to Nimrod in 1979.  She earned her BA and MA at UO, and was District Librarian with the McKenzie School District for 20+ years.  She and husband Mike have 2 daughters, both of whom graduated from McKenzie High School. Linda is a former administrator at the McKenzie River Clinic, serves on the board of the Vida-McKenzie Community Center, and is a docent at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the UO campus.

Mike VanWyck is Chairman of the Board Finance Committee. He grew up in Richland, Washington.  He earned his BA from Eastern Washington University and his MA from UO. MIke counseled, coached and taught in the Springfield School Destrict for 30 years, including 1 year of 5th grade at Maple Elementary, 5 years at Briggs JH, and 24 years at Thurston. He and his wife Marline moved to the McKenzie in 1995, where they enjoy hiking, fishing, golfing, kayaking, canoeing and drift boating.  They also enjoy being involved with community and friends.

Jim Baker is Past President of the McKenzie River Clinic and Foundation Board of Directors.  Born in Hollywood and raised in the San Fernando Valley, he retired in 1989 after 37 years as a cable splicer for a telephone company.He moved to Oregon in 1964 and to Blue River in 1967.  He and his late wife Judy raised two daughters in this area, both of whom graduated from McKenzie High School.


Jim has been chairman of the political action committee for the Oregon Natural Resources Council and is a Past President of Oregon Wild. He is also President of the Board of the Blue River Community Development Corporation, which is dedicated to improving the livability and environment of the McKenzie Valley.  Currently that group is working on a feasibility study for Voluntary Waste Water Treatment within the Blue River Water District. Jim also serves on the Board of the McKenzie Community Track and Field, having been involved since the very first meetings were held about development of the facility. His life in retirement has been devoted to volunteering for community and charitable organizations.

Valerie Rapp, who currently serves as Board President,  has lived in the McKenzie Valley since 1980. She is a retired science writer and forest firefighter. As a member of the Clinic’s Board of Directors since 2009, Valerie has led the strategic planning committee, written grant applications and press releases, and maintained the fundraising mailing list. Val loves hiking, and cruising the waters of British Columbia with her husband Gene Skrine, on their Ranger Tug.


 Operating Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 5 pm
(closed for lunch, noon - 1 PM)
(541) 822-3341

The McKenzie River Clinic is a community, non-profit facility and receives no government grants or assistance. To make a donation please mail a check to the McKenzie River Medical Clinic, PO Box 183, Blue River, Oregon 97413.