Carol Robinson
Founder and CEO

Carol believes information is key to making better decisions, and she's convinced the economic stability of our nation depends on lowering healthcare costs and improving population health. Her work is fueled by these tenets. 

Carol was selected in 2009 by Governor Ted Kulongoski to lead Oregon's successful passage of major health reform legislation. She subsequently served as Oregon's State Coordinator for Health IT until 2013. In that role, Carol led planning for statewide health information exchange and oversaw Oregon's Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. In 2014, she was tapped to serve as co-chair of the Governance Subgroup under the Federal Health IT Policy Committee, charged with making recommendations to the Ten-Year Interoperability Roadmap for Health Information Exchange. Carol is known across the country as a strategic thinker on healthcare transformation, and has held advisory roles with several national groups. 

Carol launched Robinson & Associates Consulting, now CedarBridge Group, in early 2013 with a shoestring budget and relentless hard work. Her neighborhood in Cedar Mill, Oregon is dotted with stately cedar trees and her favorite bridge is the iconic St. Johns Bridge, stylized in the CedarBridge logo.

Dawn Bonder, J.D.
Managing Director

Dawn’s notable career is marked by 15+ years of progressive leadership experience navigating the dynamic healthcare environment and the complexities and changing landscape of health policy, health insurance, health care operations, and health information technology. She is a recognized expert on post-Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care issues and a go-to expert on the ACA, consumer-driven health care strategy, and patient engagement strategy for a wide range of publications including the Washington Post and New York Times.

Dawn honed her skills managing the intersection of vision, policy, and politics as CEO of Health Republic Insurance Company, Director, Oregon Regional Extension Center for Health IT, Senior Policy Advisor for former Oregon Governor Theodore Kulongoski and Director of Public Policy for the Oregon Business Association.

Dawn’s past roles have also provided a deep understanding of human services and how the needs of diverse populations affect the education, health, and economic outcomes for those populations. Her efforts creating the SW Washington Accountable Community of Health focused on coordinating health and human services to ensure Medicaid recipients were receiving services best matched to their needs in an effort to achieve the triple aim. Dawn has a long history of advocating for stronger investments in early childhood learning and K-12 education.

She is recognized for her strategic approach, ability to energize and engage stakeholders, form partnerships and strategic alliances, and capacity to assimilate large volumes of complex information and communicate clear, strategic directives.

Dawn is a passionate, mission-focused leader skilled in fostering collaborative, inclusive, and transparent organizations, while making critical decisions, setting the strategic direction, and developing talent.

Dawn has a B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University School of Management, summa cum laude, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Dawn’s favorite bridge is the Brooklyn Bridge, connecting Long Island and Manhattan, where she grew up.

Don Ross
Senior Director

Don likes to approach the problems and challenges in health care in the US with many “what if?” type questions and ideas. He is convinced that we can have the system we all want to receive care from, and work in!

A native Portlander, he entered the health care industry following his B.S., Biology studies at the University of Portland. Several years in managed care delivery systems development and operations management in the Group Health system in Eastern and Western Washington, and also at Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial MCOs in Central Oregon and Portland culminated in Don taking his payor experience to Salem and the Oregon Health Authority in the Medicaid division as executive manager of the Policy and Planning section for 8 years. Teams under Don’s leadership worked with legislators, health plans, and communities to transform service delivery, finance, reimbursement, measurement, and satisfaction by aligning desired outcomes with policy, stakeholder preferences, and financial incentives.

This was during the debate and passage of the Affordable Care Act, and Oregon’s Medicaid agency lead most states in an epoch of Health Systems Transformation. Sometimes challenges are so profoundly large that “what if” questions can be pondered more seriously, and ideas that break with convention become possible, or even essential. Don’s appreciation for the safety net FQHCs and RHCs took him to AlohaCare in Hawai’i for 2 years in 2018 before joining CedarBridge.

Don enjoys working with CedarBridge colleagues, and our partners and clients, in expanding this work and engaging more stakeholders in more communities to create the health care system we all want and deserve. Whenever there is a break from this work, he enjoys the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, the arts, music, food, drink, and a fireside with his family, friends, children, and granddaughter, and perhaps a tune or two on the guitar and highland bagpipes.

Vatsala Pathy
Senior Director

Vatsala Kapur Pathy brings over two decades of experience in health policy and public health. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Rootstock Solutions LLC, a healthcare consulting firm and has federal and state clients including the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Previously, she was a Senior Advisor to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She also served as the Colorado State Innovation Model Director in the Office of Governor John Hickenlooper, a statewide delivery system and payment reform initiative focused on the integration of behavioral health and primary care. She was also a senior program officer at The Colorado Health Foundation, where she was responsible for grant making and initiative development to support healthcare delivery for low-income populations.

Vatsala was also a program officer at the CDC Foundation, where she served as a steward and manager of a number of national and international public health projects. She has extensive experience on state health policy research and program implementation with the Office of Colorado Governor Roy Romer, the Georgia Health Policy Center and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado. Vatsala is a recipient of The Livesay Award for Social Change from The Colorado College and The American Marshall Memorial Fellowship. She was also selected to participate in the University of Colorado’s Denver Community Leadership Forum.

She is presently a trustee and chair of the compensation committee at St. Anne’s Episcopal School, Vice Chair at World Denver and a board member of the Children's Museum of Denver and the Bell Policy Center. Previously, she has also served as an Operating Board member of Bonfils Blood Center. Vatsala received a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a Master of Arts degree from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated cum laude with distinction with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history with a Latin America concentration and a minor in North American Studies from The Colorado College. She also has a Certificate in Mediation from the University of Denver.

Kelly Hoover Thompson
Senior Director

Kelly Hoover Thompson is a dynamic, international healthcare executive. She has operated as a healthcare advisor focused on healthcare information technology, compliance, quality assurance, association management, and government relations.

She previously served as CEO of SHIEC, tasked to develop and actively advance strategy of the start-up organization. Within months as the CEO of the organization, Thompson more than quadrupled the membership size and revenue of the organization, advanced successful legislation and regulation supporting the industry, and established SHIEC as the national and international, trusted voice of health information exchange. Before joining SHIEC, Thompson was Deputy Secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. While in there, she created a new long-term care partnership in care delivery and oversight. Under her leadership, the eHealth Partnership achieved statewide connectivity, offering electronic health information exchange in every county of the Commonwealth. She also co-founded and led the Commonwealth’s Privacy and Security Practice Group.

Thompson is an international leader, advisor and speaker on interoperability and health policy. She serves on the National POLST Advisory Committee and volunteers at her local YWCA, school, and community. She is the mother of four amazing children and a true travel baseball mom at heart.