Meet the team behind
Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland

Janine Monaco
Executive Assistant

Phone: 503-944-1138
Email: janine@msmp.org

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 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)
Development Associat
e

Phone: 503-944-1124
Email: sarah@msmp.org

Sarah has experience in multiple clinic settings from pediatrics to urgent care, as well as internal medicine to specialty clinics. She 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 has recently joined Clackamas Community College as an adjusted professor in their Allied Health Program.

Sarah and her husband, Wiley, have two children, Addison and Wendell. They have a dog Dakota and enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Amanda Borges
Executive Director

Email: amanda@msmp.org

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.

Deena Stradley
Chief Financial Officer

Phone: 503-944-1135
Email: deena@msmp.org

Meet the team behind
The Scribe

Barry and Melody Finnemore
Editors

Email: scribe@msmp.org

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
Graphic Designer

Email:  heather@pixel37design.com

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
Freelance Writer

Email: tundra95877@mypacks.net

Cliff Collins began freelancing full time in the Portland area in 1984, and has written for numerous publications and organizations, including as a former health columnist and contributing writer for The Oregonian. His work has been recognized with two media awards from the American Heart Association-Oregon Affiliate, and with shared awards from the American Academy of Dermatology and from the Society for Technical Communication. A longtime Scribe contributor, he was honored by the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland with its 2012 Presidential Citation.

Jon Bell
Writer

Email:  jontbell@comcast.net

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
Writer

E-mail: rumler@hevanet.com

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. 

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