HCAO-EF Officers

Mark Lindgren, President

Mark is a meeting minutes recorder and Corvallis area family farmer. He was HCAO Chair from 2001-2011, a time that included the campaign for the single payer ballot initiative Measure 23 in 2002. Mark helped transition HCAO into its current form in 2011, and also developed and promoted HB3510 that same year. He served as secretary for the 501(c)(3) Universal Health Care for Oregon (UHCO) (now the HCAO Education Fund) from 2000 to 2012. Mark currently serves as president of Health Care for All-Oregon Education Fund.

Hyung Nam, Vice-President

Hyung emigrated from South Korea, graduated from Reed College with a degree in political philosophy, volunteered in India, and worked for Greenpeace. He returned to Portland to make a positive difference in young people's lives first working with the homeless and runaways. and then next as an aide for "at risk" youth and then teaching immigrant and refugee teens.  He attended graduate school in education and now teaches social studies at Portland's Wilson High School. He also represents the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) at the Oregon Education Association (OEA) where he introduced and helped pass a motion calling for the OEA to actively support HCAO.  Hyung is an active member of Portland Area Rethinking Schools (former member of the editorial board), the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference Committee, and Portland Social Equality Education. In addition to his role as vice-president of Health Care for All-Oregon Education Fund (HCAO-EF), he currently serves on the board of Health Care for All-Oregon (HCAO).

Bill Whitaker, Treasurer

A professor emeritus of social work at Boise State University, Bill has taught community organizing and social policy for 35 years.  He is currently an active member of the Oregon Rural Action Health Care Reform Action Team and board member of the Rural Organizing Project.  Bill's strong motivations are rooted partly in a background in the Civil Rights movement.  He brings to HCAO-EF an informed understanding of the crises in rural health care, including how a single payer system can help address these crises, and a commitment to ensuring those concerns are reflected in our work, a requirement for true statewide organizing.  Bill is committed to leaving a livable and just world to grandchildren everywhere. He currently serves as treasurer of both Health Care for All-Oregon (HCAO) and Health Care for All-Oregon Education Fund (HCAO-EF).




Jerrry Silbert

For over 40 years, Jerry focused on improving the education of at-risk children. After earning an degree in accounting, he worked for UNICEF. Next he worked as a community organizer in New York City on a campaign to organize people on welfare, who had difficulty accessing health care. In Minneapolis, Jerry worked to set up a community health care center in a poverty-stricken area, where he helped develop sliding scale payments for patients. Jerry was a teacher for 12 years, then worked as a teacher trainer and consultant for low-income schools. Over the course of his varied career, he co-authored 15 books, and provided support for community groups trying to improve their school districts. Jerry has worked on education and health policy at state and federal levels, and currently volunteers with Volunteers in Medicine. 


Linda Alband

Linda is the Development Officer for both Health Care for All-Oregon Education Fund (HCAO-EF) and Health Care for All-Oregon (HCAO). She has been a professional fundraiser for more than 20 years.  As either a consultant or development staff member, she has raised significant funds to support diverse non-profit organizations and projects. She earned a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) recognition in 2008. Currently, she holds leadership positions with the West Columbia Gorge Rotary Club and its associated foundation.  She is also a founding member of the Women Artisans Resource Enterprise, a newly emerging nonprofit that supports women artisans in the developing world including training them to produce and sell fairly traded handicrafts internationally. In 2013, Linda was named a Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance she has given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world. Linda earned an AAS in Business Technology, a BA in Technical and Professional Writing summa cum laude, and in 2014 an AAS (with honors) in Business Management-Accounting from Mt. Hood Community College.