About Us

The Columbia Wound Care Community (CWCC), formerly Columbia Wound Care Consortium, is a group of physicians, nurses, and wound care specialists in the Portland / Vancouver Metropolitan Area who have joined together to promote the fields of wound medicine and hyperbaric medicine. Our members include inpatient and outpatient wound care providers from area hospitals. We share a philosophy of pooling resources and sharing information between local experts to benefit providers and those in need of specialized care of hard to heal wounds.

To raise community awareness of scientific advances in wound care and to be a resource to wound care providers through education, consultation, and promotion of evidence-based, advanced wound care practice.

We envision the highest level of wound care being available to people of the Greater Portland / Vancouver Metropolitan Area.

The Board

Elizabeth Phillips, MSN, FNP, works with geriatric patients in long term care facilities for Legacy Health in Portland, Ore. providing primary care and wound care. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from Washington State University in Vancouver, Wash. in June, 2011. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. She worked in the Emanuel Chronic Wound Clinic for eight years prior to completing her master’s degree. Her first role out of graduate school was developing and implementing a Pressure Ulcer Prevention program for the Legacy Health system of six hospitals. She serves as president.

President-elect / secretary, currently accepting nominations.

Alejandro Perez, MD, is the Regional Medical Director of Providence Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Program Internal Medicine. After earning his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y., he completed his internal medicine internship, residency and vascular medicine fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Dr. Perez is board certified in vascular medicine and internal medicine and is credentialed to interpret non-invasive vascular ultrasound laboratory studies. His clinical interests include peripheral arterial disease, venous disease, thrombosis management, wound care and vascular ultrasound. He serves as past president.

Stephen Coxen, MBA, CPA, is a retired Oregon CPA. Steve earned his MBA from the University of Oregon in 1994. He has been involved with non-profit management and board leadership for 25 years. His business Nonprofit Navigators, LLC specializes in providing management and accounting services to non-profit organizations in Oregon and Washington. He serves as treasurer.

Executive Director

Geoff Cameron, Executive Director, keeps the “trains on the tracks.” A member of the CWCC since its inaugural symposium in January, 2012 he plays an integral role in shaping the direction of strategic planning, marketing, and overall operations of the organization. With an eye on continued growth in the competitive wound care education space, Geoff is the conduit between the CWCC, its membership, vendors, and the larger wound care community.
A Michigan native, he is a graduate of Michigan State University.

The Clinician Advisory Panel (CAP)

CAP (MD), currently accepting nominations.

Denny Le, DPM, is a podiatrist at Cascade Foot and Ankle Specialists in Portland, Ore. He is a graduate of the California School of Podiatric Medicine and the University of Washington.

Helen Christians, MOT/L, has worked at the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for the past 28 years treating children and adults with severe burn or wound injuries. She graduated in 1983 from Texas Women’s University with a master’s degree in occupational therapy. Currently she works primarily at Legacy’s Chronic Wound and Outpatient Burn Center where she trains patients with vascular, lymphatic, and burn-related wounds to protect their newly healed skin and maintain closed wounds. Helen also coordinates Oregon Burn Center’s After-care Support Programs that include educational and social gatherings for burn and wound survivors and their family members.

Nicole Kindel, BSN, RN, CWOCN, is the Wound, Ostomy and Continence nurse (WOCN), at Kaiser Westside Medical Center. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005. She was a critical care nurse for two years before starting as a Wound Care Nurse assistant at Legacy Emanuel in 2007. She obtained her WOC certification with Wicks Educational Associates in 2008 and has been practicing as a WOCN since. She is the treasurer for the NW Region WOCN group and the program coordinator for the local SW Washington and Oregon WOCN group.

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Columbia Wound Care Community

2000 NE 42nd Ave., Suite 182

Portland, OR 97213-1305