Dr. Douglas Eliason, DO CPE
County Medical Examiner
Dr. Eliason is a practicing family physician and retired army colonel with 30 years of military service and military medical experience. He has served as the physician Medical Examiner for Marion County since July of 2017. He also has interest in disaster preparedness, community health and population medicine. Dr. Eliasion sees the importance of giving back to the community and takes time to teach patients and mentor future medical students.
Specialty: Family Practice Medicine
Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine
Medical Education and Training: Undergraduate degree (University of Iowa), Medical school (University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Iowa)
Chief Medical-Legal Investigator
Chief Anderson’s background includes 20 years of law enforcement experience in patrol, detectives, vehicle crash reconstruction, and Medical Legal Death Investigation. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master’s of Science in Public Safety Leadership. Prior to his career in law enforcement Chief Anderson served 9 years with the US Army as a helicopter crew chief.
Chief Anderson enjoys time with family, back packing, fishing, cycling, and kayaking.
"It is my pleasure to run such a great program for the citizens of Marion County. My goal is to take care of families suffering the loss of a loved one, to answer the difficult questions, and to link families to resources to help during their difficult time."
I have been with Marion County since May of 2018. I hold a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in forensic anthropology from Boston University. I have been a certified medicolegal investigator since 2013. Prior to moving to Oregon, I worked for 6 years in the Colorado Coroner system as an Investigative Intern and later as a Deputy Coroner. I obtained registry certification from the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) in 2015. I also spent several years as part-time adjunct professor teaching forensics and anthropology at Metropolitan State University in Denver. During this time I also worked as a forensic analyst with the MSUD Human Identification Laboratory.
My job is not always easy, but it has always been a very rewarding career. I strive every day to give a voice to those who can no longer speak for themselves, for even in death they have stories to tell us. Finding clues to understand how they lived and died allows me to provide answers to those they left behind. Ultimately, this is the best part of my job. Every day provides a new experience, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to serve this community.
Penny Wilkinson's background includes several years of law enforcement within corrections, patrol, and crime scene investigation. She holds a bachelor's degree in Investigative Forensics from the University of Maryland-Global Campus. She is currently certified as an Oregon Medicolegal Death Investigator and is in the process of obtaining her national certification from the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.
In her free time Penny enjoys traveling, reading, working out, and baking. She also loves spending time with her fur children: a cat named Winnie, and two Miniature Australian Shepherds: Rusty and Willow.
"This career certainly has its challenges, however, I'm grateful to be a part this program serving the citizens of Marion County. Through our investigations, we do much more than determining the cause and manner of death; we strive to provide compassion and respect for those families who are suffering from the loss of a loved one. I look forward to consistently growing and expanding my knowledge as an investigator in this field."
Chris Schendel holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Forensic Science from Hamline University in Minnesota.
He previously worked as a Crime Scene Investigator for Indianapolis-Marion County in Indiana where he investigated a wide range of violent crimes against persons. His experience there involved documenting crime scenes and processing evidence in homicides, aggravated assaults, kidnappings, violent sexual offenses, and suspected abuse.
While pursuing his degree, he worked as an Autopsy Technician for Hennepin County in Minnesota, where he assisted in postmortem examinations for a wide range of causes and manners of death.
Chris has served in the US Army for the past twelve years. He has served in the reserves for the past nine years, and prior to that served for three years active duty. Chris deployed to Afghanistan in 2011-2012 as a line medic with 1-501st Parachute Infantry Regiment.
In his free time, Chris enjoys hiking, camping, reading, strategy card games, and amateur boxing.
Robert Jung attended Chemeketa Community College graduating in 1976 with an Associate of Science degree in Fire Protection Technology. He worked for Marion County Fire District #1 from 1976 to 2009, retiring as the Assistant Chief of the department. He immediately started working for the Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office as an investigator. He is certified from the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office as a Medicolegal Death Investigator. He has three grown children and four granddaughters.
Lisa Lewis is an experienced Medical Legal Death Investigator for Marion County. She is also a seasoned Registered Nurse who works in a busy Intensive Care Unit in the community with advanced credentialing in Critical Care and Trauma. She is a valued member the ICU team by acting as a Charge Nurse as well as a member of the hospital's Rapid Response Team.
Lisa enjoys serving her community and the marriage of the medical AND legal aspect of death investigation, assisting law enforcement with determining the cause and manner of death while creating a sense of closure for the families. Having been an RN for nearly 25 years, gaining experience with the legal aspect of this job has been invigorating.
Prior to her industrious nursing career, Lisa was a dancer and choreographer and performed and traveled with a troupe in Los Angeles for several years. Lisa continues to enjoy many different venues of dancing for recreation.
Lisa also competed with a local women's roller derby league enjoying the camaraderie, physicality and athleticism aspect of the sport.
It's an honor to serve my community in this position, thank you!
Kenneth Rosgen is a Medical Legal Death Investigator from Salem, Oregon who serves citizens of 3 separate counties. After spending the bulk of his career in healthcare as a Tech to include Critical care/Trauma, perinatal and pediatrics. He understands the importance of the medical side of death investigations as well as a thorough and complete legal side that allows us to not only speak for those that can no longer speak for themselves but also bring justice and closure for those who are left behind. In his spare time he enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his family.
Charles Funrue is a Medical Legal Investigator from Salem, Oregon. Charles has served the Willamette Valley for 25 years as a Paramedic. He graduated Chemeketa Community College with his degree in Emergency Medical Services. Charles also has college education in criminal justice, constitutional law, psychology, and forensics. Charles has a passion for investigation and has brought his experience to serve the people of Marion County to find the truth and facts involving the deceased. In doing so, he hopes to bring answers and closure to families and friends left behind.
Charles lives in Salem with his wife and three children.