Karen Shimada, MPH
Karen Shimada, MPH, brings more than 30 years of public health, gerontology, nonprofit and primary care clinic management experience to her current role as Executive Director (ED) of the Oregon Oral Health Coalition (OrOHC).
Prior to joining OrOHC, Karen served five years as the ED of the Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) free clinic. Each day she saw evidence that oral health is one of the most significant gaps in the continuum of services that patients need.
She is the Oregon State Rep to the DentaQuest Foundation and serves on various committees and task forces that advocate for the integration of oral health and primary care.
Karen completed her BS from University of Wisconsin and her MPH from University of Hawaii under a US Public Health Service Traineeship. She has two grown children and lives on the Columbia River with Nellie and Petey, her mini-blue heelers.
Caroline Freeman, MA
Director of Communication and Outreach & Conference Coordinator
Caroline Freeman, MA, joined OrOHC in February 2018. She has spent over a decade working in various aspects of communication and writing, three years in advocacy, was a freelance writer and communication consultant, and enjoyed her time as a Lecturer of College Composition at the State University of New York. She holds an undergraduate degree in speech communication and a graduate degree in English.
Her career has spanned national and international cultural variations across two languages in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. During her time as a Peace Corps volunteer, she managed a campaign to improve environmental practices and oversaw several health campaigns in rural El Salvador. She also worked as a campaign manager for a progressive county legislative candidate in Monroe County, New York, and volunteered on the communication team for a nonprofit advocacy organization focused on human rights for birthing mothers.
She lives in the St. Johns area of Portland with her husband, mother, and two adorable yet stubborn tabby cats.