Staff Bios

Lane County Team

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.
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.
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).
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.
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. 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.
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.