Our leadership team is comprised of a wide variety of professionals with unique backgrounds who all share a dedication to helping patients heal and learn to overcome obstacles.
Director of The Military Program
Mario, MSW, LCSW, received his undergraduate degree in Psychology as a member of the scholar’s program at Portland State University. He also completed his graduate degree at Portland State University. Mario has extensive clinical and administrative experience in community mental health psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment programs, and as a contributor to the Department of Defense Military Programs throughout the Western States and the Pacific Northwest. Mario has a special interest in multicultural treatment, military trauma and substance use disorders.
Business Office Manager
Ashley is an Oregon native who has been with Cedar Hills Hospital since 2010. In that time, Ashley has worked in the Assessment Center, Reception, Utilization Review and as an MHT, so she has worn many hats throughout the facility and has an extensive knowledge of various departments. She is in her last year at Warner Pacific University and will have her Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration in 2019. Her tenacity and passion for providing quality healthcare services makes her a valued asset to Cedar Hills Hospital. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and attending her three children’s many activities and sports events.
Director of Outpatient Services
Alex Drilling, MHA has worked at Cedar Hills Hospital since 2011, having served in both coordinator and management roles with the Cedar Hills Hospital Outpatient Department prior to becoming the Director of Outpatient Services in 2018. Alex received bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Portland State University, and his Master of Healthcare Administration from Walden University. As a native Oregonian and Portlander, Alex has a passion for the outdoors, spending time with his family, and rooting for the Blazers.
Director of Nursing
Jennifer has been a nurse for 6 years, with all of that time spent in mental health and chemical dependency. She started her career at Cedar Hills Hospital as a nurse on our Crisis Stabilization Unit. She is now using her nursing experience and human resource background in nursing leadership.
Dietary Manager & Executive Chef
Chef Dave has returned home to Portland as the Dietary Manager/Executive Chef at Cedar Hills. With extensive food production management experience in healthcare and restaurants, he has consulted for Portland restaurants, designing kitchens, seasonal menus, cost analysis, staff training, and safety standards. Now in Healthcare, Dave is driven by his passion and values to create “food as medicine.” Recently, he managed food production and purchasing for the largest hospital in the Providence system, Sacred Heart in Spokane. Dave has led a seminar in Washington D.C focused on creative cost control in healthcare food service and was asked to do a live cooking show for PBS, “Farm-to-Table.” Born and raised in Portland, Dave spends his free time enjoying sports and outdoor activities with his two boys.
Manager, Health Information
Michele, R.H.I.T. has worked at Cedar Hills Hospital since 2010, and has held the position of Health Information Management Program Manager for three and a half years. She is a graduate with highest honors of Davenport University in Dearborn, Michigan. Michele received associate degrees in Health Information Technology, and Health Insurance Claims Management. Her outside interests include traveling internationally and taking care of her three dogs Alli, Lexi, and Cara.
Director of Performance Improvement, Risk Management, and Compliance
Interim Director of Human Resources
Marty began working at Cedar Hills Hospital as the Director of Assessment Services and has since stepped into his current role as Director of Performance Improvement. Additionally, he currently serves as the hospital’s Compliance Officer and its Privacy Officer. Marty received a master’s degree from the University of North Texas in Counseling Psychology, after which he worked in a community mental health setting and later a private counseling practice. Marty went on to eventually join the management team of a psychiatric hospital in Texas and then a substance abuse treatment center in Minnesota before moving to Portland in 2009 to join the Cedar Hills team that opened the hospital.
Director of Plant Operations
Dennis has more than 36 years of leadership and management experience, with the last six at Cedar Hills Hospital. A career military veteran, Dennis brings a diverse and expansive background in project and safety program management, as well as facility operations to the Cedar Hills team. A native Oregonian, he received his bachelor’s of science degree at Eastern Oregon State University in La Grande, Oregon.
Director of Clinical Services
Interim Director of Intake
Lori is the Director of Clinical Services and Interim Director of Intake for Cedar Hills Hospital and has more than 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field. Lori is a licensed professional counselor and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degree in psychology with honors, both from Chapman University in Orange, California. Her work experience includes counseling, management, and director positions in California, Colorado, United Kingdom, and Alaska before coming to Oregon.
Manager of Utilization Review
Daron received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Memphis. Shortly after completing her degree, she began her three-year stint in psychiatric admissions at a UHS hospital in Memphis. She transferred her position to Cedar Hills Hospital in July 2015, and in January of 2017 moved to the Utilization Review department. Daron stepped into the managerial role in August of 2017. She has thoroughly enjoyed the Pacific Northwest’s gorgeous scenery since moving here and likes to take it in by hiking with her corgi. She has been told that her lack of an accent is surprising given that she is originally from Tennessee.
Associate Director of Training & Education
Julia has 36 years of psychiatric nursing experience. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Nursing in 1982 and received her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her experience includes positions in direct patient care, leadership & management as well as research & education in both general and specialty psychiatric care areas. Julia decided to join Cedar Hills because of the opportunity to move back into clinical education, an area that she is very passionate about.
Dr. Mayo Powers
Manager of Pharmacy
Dr. Mayo Powers, PharmD is a board certified clinical pharmacist who works with physicians and nurses to provide safe and effective pharmacotherapy for patients who are in treatment at Cedar Hills Hospital. She earned her clinical pharmacy degree and specialization in aging from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Mayo Powers, PharmD completed her residency in Inpatient Pharmacy Practice at Providence Health & Services in Portland, OR. She brings 13 years of clinical pharmacy expertise to Cedar Hills Hospital.
If you or a loved one is struggling with mental illness, substance abuse or psychiatric distress, please call us at 503-944-5000 for a no-cost, confidential assessment. We cannot offer diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online, but professionals are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.