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Board of Directors

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.


President: Dr. Dave Conant-Norville MD

David Conant-Norville M.D. D.L.F.A.P.A. D.F.A.A.C.A.P. is a physician, double board-certified Child and Adolescent and General Psychiatry. He grew up in Portland, Oregon and attended Stanford University majoring in Homan Biology. He received his medical training and psychiatric training at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Dr. Conant-Norville has had private psychiatric practices in both Pendleton and Portland. In 2001, he co-founded Mind Matters PC with the intent to build a multidisciplinary mental health clinic. For over 20 years he has lead Mind Matters PC with the goal to serve the mental health needs of families with commercial health insurance, while providing psychiatric consultation to public mental health agencies. While he was treating mental illness, it became clear that our health care system does not work to improve mental health while more information has demonstrated the importance of mental wellness promotion is most important in improving our community mental health. Building community mental health requires an intentional effort focusing on helping all in the community learn how to understand their mental health one family at a time. Hence, Dr. Conant-Norville has worked to establish the Mind Matters Family Center to improve the mental health of our communities with education, advocacy, and service to families and community partners. Dr Conant-Norville has a special interest in sports psychiatry and has written and lectured widely on the topic for 15 years. He consults with the U.S Antidoping Agency and PGA Tour and is especially dedicated to improving the developmental value of youth sports for all.


Secretary: Dr. Terri Pettersen. MD

Teri Pettersen practiced as a general pediatrician at The Children’s Clinic in Portland for 26 years. An ongoing focus during her career was the support of children experiencing mental health challenges. She currently serves as the Primary Care Consultant for the Oregon Psychiatric Access Line (OPAL Program).


Treasurer: Lisa Bendt

Lisa Bendt is a community builder who is currently engaged as a nonprofit professional working to increase access to opportunities for youth. Her role as an Executive Director of the Multnomah Athletic Foundation allows her to bring together passionate people who believe in the lessons learned from athletic participation and community involvement help us develop vital skills for life. ​

Dr. Henry Grass, MD


Dr. Baiju Patel

Baiju Patel retired from Intel as a technical fellow after 25 years. He holds PhD in Computer Engineering from UMASS, Amherst, and has over 35 technical publications and over 80 US patents. When not playing, he spends his time on the board of Mind Matters Family Center and is Assitant Treasurer and Technical lead at Assistance League of Greater Portland.

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Ben Eppler

Ben Eppler is a Managing Director and Partner in the Denver office of the consulting firm BCG, where he supports the C-suite of Fortune 500 companies with their toughest strategic challenges. In his spare time, Ben enjoys reading, running, skiing, and spending time with his wife and three children. A native Portlander, Ben attended Stanford University and Harvard Business School.

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