Meet the Team

Kristena McAllister, MSN, RN

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, OR

Jana Bitton, MPA

Executive director

Jana is one of the few non-nurses in the United States who speaks fluent nurse. In 2009, she joined the world of nursing workforce when she accepted a position at the Oregon Center for Nursing as a Program Manager, which led her to be a Program Director, then the Development Director, and finally, the Executive Director. She is the Past President of the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, a nonprofit dedicated to providing support to nursing workforce centers nationwide. Jana holds a journalism degree, which allows her to tell amazing stories, and a master of public administration, which allows her to bring order to chaos. She has a background in marketing, nonprofit management, and local government.

Email: jana.bitton@oregoncenterfornursing.org
Phone: (503) 342-4047
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Rick Allgeyer, PhD

Research director

Rick Allgeyer is the Research Director at the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) where he coordinates OCN’s research agenda. His work has been used to inform policy decisions and has received state and national attention. Rick keenly understands the maldistribution impact on Oregon’s rural communities and frequently partners with organizations to conduct various research projects concerning the nursing workforce. Prior to joining OCN, Rick served as the Director of Strategic Decision Support at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Balancing work with play, Rick spends his recreational time as an avid disc golfer and fly fisher.

Email: rick.allgeyer@oregoncenterfornursing.org
Phone: (503) 837-6161
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Dawne Schoenthal

Program Director

Email: dawne.schoenthal@oregoncenterfornursing.org
Phone: (503) 444-9894
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Callie Gisler, CNA

Communication & Community Education Manager

With almost a decade of experience in communications and a degree in journalism, Callie manages community engagement and education for the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN). Before joining the OCN team in 2023, Callie worked with leading consumer brands, including Microsoft and Sony, and nonprofit organizations, such as Oregon Humane Society. She also spent two years working in acute care as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and is currently completing her BSN at Concordia University with plans to pursue a nursing career in emergency medicine alongside her healthcare workforce advocacy work at ONC.

Email: callie.gisler@oregoncenterfornursing.org
Phone: (503) 580-2206
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Hanna Stanley

Operations Assistant

Email: hanna.stanley@oregoncenterfornursing.org
Phone: (503) 342-4048
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Priscilla Pimentel

program Assistant

Email: priscilla.pimentel@oregoncenterfornursing.org
Phone: (503) 305-4732
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