Scott BrunnScott Bruun, Executive Director

Scott Bruun was appointed executive director of the Chronic Disease Coalition at the beginning of 2016, bringing decades of personal experience and chronic disease advocacy toward the CDC’s mission of protecting patients’ rights.

Scott himself has had type 1 diabetes for 35 years, has had rheumatoid arthritis for nearly 20 years and is a cancer survivor.

His professional background includes service as an elected state legislator where he was heavily engaged in health care legislation and committee work. Today, in addition to his duties with the CDC, Scott is also a communications professional based in Portland, Oregon.


Kara HansenKara Hansen, Assistant Director

Kara Hansen joined the Chronic Disease Coalition in late 2015 and became assistant director in early 2016.

As assistant director of the Coalition, she interacts with community partners and individual members, assists with government affairs and oversees website content and media relations.

Her professional background includes a decade working as a print journalist in the Pacific Northwest followed by several years as an account executive at a communications firm in Portland, Oregon. She also dedicates time to volunteering, a commitment that began in her youth, when she served as a peer educator for the Cascade AIDS Project, and currently includes working on a steering committee for a gratitude-oriented 501c(3) nonprofit organization in Portland. Contact Kara at


 Clinton Harper, Partnerships Director

Clinton Harper joined the Chronic Disease Coalition in fall of 2016 as the partnerships director.

As a seasoned relationship-builder, Clinton utilizes his background in nonprofits, public outreach and community organizing to advocate for patients’ rights and build partnerships across all levels. Contact Clinton at


Lindsey Hendren, Digital Advocacy Director

Lindsey joined the Chronic Disease Coalition in early 2017 as the digital advocacy director. Her background in outreach and communications helps her successfully connect and develop relationships with patients and their families. Lindsey believes grassroots advocacy is essential to raising awareness about the 133 million Americans who live with chronic diseases.

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