Pat Sublette, Interim Commission Chairperson
Pat Sublette, Ph.D. is the Special Education Director at Douglas Education Service District. She has worked in evaluation and programing for children who experience Autism in various capacities since 1995.
Formerly a classroom teacher, special educator and university professor, Pat has focused her career on supporting children with a variety of challenges. Prior to returning to Douglas ESD Pat served as the Oregon Traumatic Brain Injury Coordinator for the State of Oregon.
Currently, Pat is the Assistant Special Education Director of Douglas County ESD and coordinates the Early Intervention / Early Childhood Special Education Program.
Bruce Baker has over 20 years developing supports for children and families across child-serving systems including: mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice and education. He currently serves as Manager of Children’s Services for the Oregon’s Office of Developmental Disability Services since 2009.
Lisa Darnold has been an educator for over 30 years and serves as the Director at the Oregon Department of Education. Before her current role she was the principal at Reynolds and Knappa School Districts, Special Education Director at the Beaverton School District and a Special Education Teacher in the Sherwood and Hillsboro School Districts.
Senator Chris Edwards
Senator Chris Edwards was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2006 and serves 128,000 people of Eugene and Junction City. As the parent of a child with Autism, Sen. Edwards understands first hand the importance of early intervention and early childhood special education. As the appointed Commissioner of the Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder and chief legislative architect of the commission, Chris will continue to work at bettering the lives of children and adults with special needs and their families.
Dr. Dana Hargunani is the Child Health Director for the Oregon Health Authority and a general pediatrician with clinical experience in academic and safety-net settings. She has held leadership positions in resident education, community health and injury prevention, and has pursued clinical interests in caring for children with special health care needs. As Child Health Director, Dr. Hargunani is responsible for leading and directing OHA Child Health activities.
Dr. Michele Raddish is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician at the Providence Neurodevelopmental Center for Children. She provides ongoing management and support for children and young adults impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Dr. Mark Whitaker is a Senior Medical Director with the Providence Health Plan and is the Commission’s health insurance representative. Dr. Whitaker practiced general pediatrics in the Kansas City area for 16 years before moving into administration. He has been a medical director at a number of health plans including Premera Blue Cross in Seattle, Presbyterian Health Plan in Albuquerque, and Kaiser Permanente in Kansas City.
Wanting to do more for families who experienced more complex support issues, Sydney became involved with The Arc as a volunteer and in 2011 was hired by The Arc Lane County as a Program Development Specialist and the Family Network coordinator.
Her new role is co-founder and co-executive director of North Star Pathways, a new provider agency geared toward community employment outcomes for middle and high school youth.