Meet the team behind
Janine Monaco coupled with the Medical Society in 2015. With almost 18-years of experience as an Executive Assistant in the fast paced accounting industry, she was happy to hang up her briefcase and take on her new role with MSMP. Always searching for the perfect work-life balance, Janine found a familiarity with the organization’s Mission Statement “…adding value to their professional and non-professional lives.”
Whether she is answering the telephones, greeting staffing candidates or Medical Society members, updating the website, or helping to prepare for another sensational MSMP event, Janine finds her work and its environment to be both motivating and fulfilling.
Fun facts: Janine is passionate about all things food and spends a great deal of her free time on food blogs, watching cooking shows, studying up on the latest cooking techniques, and of course, cooking! Her boyfriend, Ray, says he’s happy to sample any of her latest creations. While they don’t have any children, Janine and Ray do have three pets who they adore – Charlie the dog, and sibling felines, Fred and Finn. And it's been said that happy people make their bed every day, which she does.
Sarah Parker, CMA (AAMA)
Sarah has experience in multiple clinic settings, has worked directly with over 100 hundred medical assistant students, and was a staff trainer with Claim Jumper - a nationwide restaurant company.
She was previously the externship coordinator at Anthem College and has been instrumental in helping medical assistant students to develop the necessary “soft skills” and “clinic smarts” needed to become a part of any medical team they join.
Sarah is active in her local chapter and is the Co-Chair of mentoring committee, and Chair of Communication committee for Oregon Society of Medical Assistants for 2014-2015.
Sarah and her husband Wiley have a daughter Addison. They have a dog Dakota and enjoy spending time with friends and family.
Amanda joined MSMP in 2003 as a recruiter in the staffing department. Amanda now serves as the Executive Director for Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland and the Metropolitan Medical Foundation of Oregon.
Current affiliations include; American Association of Medical Society Executives, member, committee member and national speaker, Wellness Coalition of Oregon, member and executive committee member, Metropolitan Medical Foundation of Oregon Wellness, work group committee member. Previous affiliations include; Oregon Society of Association Management secretary treasurer, Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation grant selection committee, Rotary Club of Portland Ethic in Business award selection committee.
Amanda and her husband, Seth, were blessed with a baby girl in 2009. They have two small dogs, three chickens, and maybe a goldfish in the future. She enjoys gardening, homesteading, playing the piano, laughing and cooking.
Paula Purdy, CMA (AAMA)
Ms. Paula Purdy has worked for the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland for 31 years’. Ms. Purdy has been actively involved with the healthcare community serving on several advisory boards for medical assisting schools, and has held the office of president for the Oregon Society of Medical Assistants organization three times. She currently is the resource when it comes to providing information about scope of practice for medical assistants. She has also held the certification for managing a staffing service at a time when the State of Oregon was certifying employment services.
Ms. Purdy is a Certified Medical Assistant® through the American Association of Medical Assistants. She joined AAMA over 20 years ago to learn more about the profession and how Medical Society Staffing could be of benefit. Since that time, she earned her credential through self-study and keeps current through continuing education. Ms. Paula Purdy was elected to the Board of Trustee for the American Association of Medical Assistants at the 52nd National Conference held in Chicago, IL over five years ago. Ms. Purdy was installed as the AAMA President in September 2015. This is a one year commitment.
Ms. Purdy is a resource to employers and staff alike when it comes to salaries; employment rules and guidelines; management needs; clinic assessments; career pathways; and much more. Ms. Purdy is involved with medical management organizations, as well as many other organizations that benefit the welfare and promotion of medical assistants and other healthcare titles and careers.
And, she has secretly always wanted to be a stand-up comedian.
Bob has over 20 years of experience as a recruiter. He is a graduate of the School of Art and Design and attended the State University of New York. He has continued his education taking courses in human resource management, business communication and employment law. Bob’s strengths come from his diverse experiences as a recruiter and the genuine desire to help people finding quality job opportunities.
Bob and his wife Beth (((love))) the Pacific NW - they spontaneously relocated to Portland from Connecticut after successfully summiting Mt Rainier (“what a long strange trip it’s been”). They enjoy hiking, biking and kayaking … art, photography and gardening, cooking, seeing live music (everything from jam bands to the Oregon Symphony) and last but not least … taking long walks with their Black Lab, Aiko.
Meet the team behind
Portland Physician Scribe
Barry and Melody Finnemore
Barry has been with The Scribe since 2013. A writer and editor for about 25 years, he’s covered the health care field, business, government and individuals making a difference in their communities. He feels blessed to meet and write about accomplished Portland-area providers and future physicians during an incredibly dynamic time in medicine.
In mid-career, he and his wife, Melody, served in the Peace Corps in South America, learning about a new culture and getting back much more than they gave.
When not working, he loves to hang out with family, especially around the fire pit. He plays the guitar (badly), tries to hit a golf ball straight, and enjoys drawing and Lego building with his son, Sam.
Melody joined The Scribe in 2013 and enjoys learning new things every day about Portland’s talented, compassionate and diverse medical community. She has written about health care since she was a newspaper reporter in the 1990s and has seen the evolution that has occurred - and continues to occur - in this ever-changing profession.
After a decade as a newspaper reporter and a South American adventure with her husband, Barry, Melody began a freelance writing and editing career that centers around the medical, legal, architectural, construction, and transportation engineering and research sectors.
Her hobbies include reading, kayaking, cheering for the Portland Trail Blazers and hanging out with Barry, Sam and Henry (a vizsla). She also dedicates a fair amount of time to dodging Nerf darts, discussing Star Wars at the dinner table and stepping on Legos in her bare feet.
Heather White joined the Medical Society in 2016 as the graphic designer for The Portland Physician Scribe. She has been in the publishing industry for over 15 years, working on everything from calculus textbooks to conference programs to monthly magazines. One of Heather’s favorite aspects of graphic design is the chance to work with so many different industries. “I love having a diverse group of clients – it’s an honor to be a small part of their world, and I’ve learned so much that I wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise.”
With an English degree from the University of Illinois, Heather has a hard time ignoring an out-of-place apostrophe or errant comma. She still bleeds orange and blue even though football and basketball games can be “a bit painful to watch”. Heather sees layout and typography as the invisible forces that create a user-friendly publication. Her motivation for design is customer service; her goal is to create easy-to-read pieces that get the correct message to their intended audience.Outside of design, Heather loves cooking and eating all types of food. She and her husband, Barry, have dabbled in beer-making; they also love cooking with their smoker and spending time with their pug, Akasha.
Cliff Collins’ experience encompasses over three decades as a Portland-area freelance writer and editor. His work in national and regional publications has garnered media awards from the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Heart Association-Oregon Affiliate and others. A longtime Scribe contributing writer, he was honored by the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland with its 2012 Presidential Citation.
His specialty areas include health care and medicine, law, personal health and people profiles. Cliff also brings extensive experience writing about business, higher education, accounting and construction. Hailing from the hills of east Tennessee, he claims to be "a native Oregonian (since 1978)."
Jon Bell is an Oregon writer, photographer and author of the book, "On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon’s Perilous Peak.” For nearly two decades as both a staff journalist and a freelancer, he has written about everything from the outdoors and travel to health care, business, real estate and an array of other subjects.
Jon lives in Lake Oswego with his wife, two children and a black Lab.
John Rumler, who began writing for the Scribe in 2012, grew up on the Mississippi River in Illinois and kept a journal from the age of 7-years old. He moved to Kansas City in 1974 and became a respiratory therapist specializing in critical care, and worked in some of the largest and busiest hospitals in the area, including St. Luke's Midwest Heart Institute, The University of Kansas Burn Center and Truman Medical Center. He moved to Seattle in 1983 and found his way to Portland a few years later.
John began writing professionally in 1992 and in his first year writing, he was awarded the Oregon Rookie of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists and has since published upwards of 1,500 articles.
He is a blues musicologist and a vinyl aficionado with his vintage stereo in his living room along with his collection of over 1,200 albums. He is also an animal lover has rescued several Labradors and is also a regular volunteer at Arabian Horse Rescue and Education in Clackamas County. John has been very active in Toastmasters for 20 years and has achieved the Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest award given. John and his wife of 30 years, Yae Sook, an artist specializing in seascape oil paintings, live in the Mt. Tabor area in SE Portland.