about us


Lillie Jones Manvel, Executive Director

Lillie Jones Manvel comes to Upstream after working in community organizing and the health care sector. She was a leading organizer and community fundraiser for State Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) before moving to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), where she helped develop pre-award grant applications, resulting in millions of dollars of funding. She earned a Master's Degree in Public Health from the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, and subsequently worked as a hospice volunteer. She has spent much of the past seven years as a full-time caregiver of her mother and two young children. Since the start of 2019, Lillie has been honored to represent Upstream Public Health while working with some of Oregon's most talented, forward-thinking, and upstream-focused public health professionals in the formation and launch of the Healthy Active Oregon Coalition. As the great-granddaughter of tobacco entrepreneurs, Lillie is proud to work to help undo their legacy and help Oregonians live tobacco-free lives. Lillie lives in Salem with her family.

Board of Directors

Jill Thompson Hutson, Board Chair

Jill is a health policy professional with 20 years experience in researching, analyzing, developing and implementing successful public policy campaigns and initiatives. A resourceful, pragmatic and ethical leader and problem solver with a demonstrated commitment to improving community health through policy and systems change, Jill is a sought after trainer who works to develop and give people the tools they need to be successful in their work.

In communications work Jill has many years experience in implementing effective strategic communications plans specifically in the arenas of health and public health. She specializes in working with groups to employ tools such as value proposition canvas; audience, value & systems mapping; storyboards; story arch; and operations plans to achieve collaborative strategic communication plans.

Jill has worked for the American Cancer Society, Clackamas County, and the State of Oregon (most recently as the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Section Policy Manager).  Jill has also been on the board and President of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate. In 2010, Jill received the Maurine Neuberger Award for Distinguished Career Achievement in Tobacco Control.

Robb Hutson, Vice Chair

Robb has worked as a communication, political and organizational strategist.   Much of his work has been focused in strategic communication, political feasibility, political campaign strategy, capacity building, focus group facilitation, and strategic planning with communities, organizations, and corporations. Robb's public health capacity building, training and policy work has taken him as far away as communities located on the Arctic Ocean and the Bering Sea! 

Robb has studied, lived and worked in Japan, been a business owner, a marketing and media director for a large company, and helped to start several tourism-based companies prior to beginning his current work. Robb has been on the board of directors for the Oregon Public Health Association (current), Upstream Public Health (Vice Chair, current), Ski Oregon, The Clackamas County Tourism Development Council Marketing Committee, the Columbia River Gorge/Mt. Hood Marketing Committee, The Oregon School-Age Coalition, the Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children, and Belmont Academy.

One of Robb's hobbies is photography. His photos have appeared in ads and in places such as Oprah Magazine, Ski Oregon Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Alaska Airlines Magazine, The Oregonian Newspaper and Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory Travel Planner.

Robb has a Bachelor's degree from Lewis & Clark College and a Master's degree from the University of Oregon.

Caryn Wheeler, Secretary

Caryn works in public health and community development as faculty with Oregon State University’s Extension Services in Jackson and Josephine counties. She has a Master’s in Public Health Policy from Portland State University. With over 15 years of public health experience Caryn advocates for systems level solutions to systems level problems focusing on the big picture and emphasizing equity and inclusion. Early work in emergency food and shelter services, homeless case management, mental health and chemical dependency developed her awareness of the detrimental impacts—on individuals, families and communities—of broken systems. Her work includes: the successful accreditation of a local public health department; community outreach and engagement around tobacco prevention and immunization; development and coordination of a veggie prescription program to improve low-income community members’ access to and utilization of ways to source fresh produce; and continuing collaboration throughout Southern Oregon to expand public health capacity to address barriers to health and wellbeing. Caryn also serves as the current Region 2 Representative for the Oregon Public Health Association.

In her free time, Caryn can be found with her nose in a book, up a mountain with her dog Beauregard, or running through Ashland listening to podcasts.

Danna Drum

Danna Drum serves as the Strategic Partnerships Lead at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division (OHA-PHD) where she works with local public health authorities, federally-recognized tribes and other strategic partners to advance the health of all people in Oregon. Previously she was the Chronic Disease Programs Manager at the OHA-PHD where she managed the state's public health asthma, heart disease and stroke, arthritis, diabetes and self-management programs. Her experience also includes chronic disease prevention in rural local public health departments and social services and workforce issues in long-term care settings.  She led OHA-PHD in achieving national public health accreditation status. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Danna received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master of Divinity with a Specialization in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Boston University.  She is ordained clergy in the United Methodist Church with a focus on public health.  Her favorite work involves partnerships, problem solving and conflict resolution.  Danna lives in Portland and has two teenage daughters, Hermione the cat, and Romeo the chihuahua.