Staff Bios

Lane County Team

Vega Brown, Peer Support Specialist
Vega works in our Eugene Clinic as a Peer Support Specialist, with dual certifications in Addictions and Mental Health. He has experience working in Shangri-La's Residential Treatment Homes. Vega is excited to provide another avenue of support to help clients obtain their treatment goals.
Karl Porter, QMHA
Karl is a Skills Trainer with Shangri-La. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Post-education, Karl has spent his time working both in management of residential treatment homes and independent living services, in addition to time working as direct support with the people Shangri-La serves. Passionate about seeking knowledge to better support and understand others, Karl has continued learning in many areas since coming to Shangri-La, including crisis management, stress management skills, and the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.
Sandra Mackerall, CMHC
Sandra is Shangri-La's mental health therapist in Eugene. She has a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a certified Crisis Intervention Counselor. She is working towards licensure and is a registered intern with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors.
Kelly Pointer
Kelly is the Medical Administrative Office Assistant for Shangri-La’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (OPMH). Prior to Shangri-La, Kelly most recently worked as a dispatcher with college campus security officers at a college. She also worked previously with law enforcement and holds lots of experience with safety and security processes and systems. Kelly benefited greatly from her experience working with diverse populations including individuals with mental, physical and developmental disabilities. Much of Kelly’s passion for this field extend into her own family. She has an autistic granddaughter and would like to continue educating herself to better understand her granddaughter’s challenges, as well as others with similar issues. Kelly’s two AAS degrees are in Hospitality Management and Travel and Tourism Management. Outside of work she enjoys exploring Oregon, spending time with family and her pets, as well as sewing, crafting and reading.
Robin Winkle, Clinical Administrator
Robin has worked with Shangri-La for over 30 years developing specialized funding and operating programs for individuals with disabilities throughout the Organization. Robin is acting as the Clinic Administrator providing oversight to Shangri-La’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (Marion/Lane Counties) and has worked in coordination with others to develop the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. As the Homeless Services Director, Robin oversees Shangri-La’s Homeless Programs in Marion, Polk, Lane, and Lincoln Counties which provide housing and supports to over 65 homeless individuals and families each year.
Ryan Melton, Ph.D, LPC, ACS OPMH Consultant for Eugene and Salem
Dr. Ryan Melton is currently working as a Consultant for Shangri-La's Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, and provides supervision to our pre-licensed QMHP's, QMHA's and Peer Support Specialists. Dr. Melton graduated from Pacific University in 2000 with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, and earned his Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 2012. Currently Dr. Melton is the clinical director of the EASA Center for Excellence at Portland State University’s Regional Research Institute (RRI). In addition to his work with RRI, he provides clinical and technical assistance to early intervention programs similar to EASA nationwide. Dr. Melton holds faculty appointments at Oregon State. Dr. Melton and his colleagues have written and published multiple papers and textbook chapters on early intervention with psychosis and other evidenced based mental health practices. He has presented at multiple conferences including the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference, The Institute for Instructional Excellence, the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), The International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) and the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professionals (IACAPAP) Congress. Dr. Melton has been honored by the State of Oregon’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction by receiving its Mental Health Award of Excellence in 2010 and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Emerging Leader Award in 2011, the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Presidential Fellowship in 2012 and the Leona Taylor Award in 2013.
Curtis Brown
Straight from the Digital World, Curtis Brown serves as our Software Administrator. He has an undergraduate degree in psychology, as well as professional experience in both higher education administration and digital application development.