Dr. Mary H. Overstreet Smith, known to millions as “Pastor Mary” and nicknamed “Hurricane Mary” for her efforts in aiding the Hurricane Katrina victims, is the founding mother of the North by Northeast Community Health Clinic. She is uninhibited in the midst of challenges and has founded, among other things, the Powerhouse Church of God in Christ and Harvest Time Ministry TV Cable services. In addition to aiding Hurricane victims without the help of the government, Pastor Mary has aided those in her own community by founding and operating a food bank, a homeless and emergency shelter and drives to distribute warm clothes and blankets to the homeless. She ministers in jails and prisons and actively participates in the Northeast Gang Intervention Program as well as mentoring youth and providing college scholarships to those who want better lives for themselves. Pastor Mary holds degrees in social work, administration of justice and correction, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity. She is licensed as a foster parent and p ractical nurse. Her awards reflect her many years of deep service to her community and are too numerous to mention.
Patricia Daniels received her education from Portland Community College and Concordia College University with an MBA minor in Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Communication and Management. She has extensive experience in developing programs, beginning in 1980 with what was to be a 17-year position as Customer Service Manager at Portland International Airport. In this role, she created a central paging center, information desk, visual paging system, volunteer program and multi-language information kiosk and one of the first conference centers in the airport. When the Olympics came to Atlanta in 1996, she relocated for 6 years to serve as the Customer Service Administrator at Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, overseeing a staff of 75 customer service representatives and 100 volunteers. Pat has worked as a gymnastics coach, for a performing arts center and started her own company, Crystal Production, promoting jazz artists. In 2005 Pat joined Irvington Covenant Church, the home of the Constructing Hope Training Program, to assist with fundraising. She now serves as Executive Director of Constructing Hope, whose mission is to help participants develop an understanding of apprenticeship opportunities available in the construction trades as well as familiarity with trade tools, terminology and basic principles.
Roslyn Farrington founded All About Community (AAC) in 2005 with the mission of building beloved community through personal, professional and community transformation. AAC assists organizations in administrative strengthening, outreach and community building. Roslyn currently serves as faculty member in Portland State University’s Women’s Studies Department. She served as the Executive Director of the Oregon Commission for Women from 2000-2005. Roslyn holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has over 20 years of professional experience working with all levels of government, non-profit agency staff, the State Legislature and boards and commissions. Roslyn is a seasoned teacher and trainer and has worked with students in settings ranging from high school to university to business. Roslyn’s mission, based on the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is to build Beloved Community—a community based on unconditional love where all people have a voice.
Dr. Jill Ginsberg is Medical Director and the founding physician partner of the North by Northeast Community Health Center. She and Pastor Mary Overstreet met in November 2005 and opened the clinic doors in August of 2006. She has been active in the pursuit of social justice for many years, including working with the Portland Jobs with Justice Workers’ Rights Board and serving on the Board of Directors and as Social Action chair of Congregation Beth Israel in Portland. From 2001-2007 she served on the Commission of Social Action of Reform Judaism, which helps set public policy for the Reform movement’s 900 congregations. Dr. Ginsberg’s experience in helping start a free medical clinic for Spanish-speaking residents of Forks, WA, and her commitment to community engagement have been invaluable in her work with North by Northeast Community Health Center. Her educational background includes undergraduate studies at Barnard College, medical training at the University of California San Francisco and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Ginsberg has lived in Northeast Portland with her family since 1994. She was a family physician with Northwest Permanente from 1994-2012. In August of 2012 Dr. Ginsberg was elected to the Health Share of Oregon Board of Directors as the Primary Care Physician Representative. In addition to her volunteer work at North by Northeast, Dr. Ginsberg volunteers with Outside In’s Project Erase tattoo removal program.
Lisa Hawash is an Instructor at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and is a consultant for strategic planning and fund development practices at various organizations in the Portland area. Lisa spent many years leading a grassroots fund development program at a local community based organization, Sisters Of The Road. She also facilitates workshops and trainings on nonviolent practice within social work, consensus decision making processes and facilitating meetings and discussions.
Dawn Jones is Owner/Filmmaker at Hearts+Sparks Productions, a video strategy and production company based in NE Portland where Dawn has lived and worked for over 14 years. Her films have been featured in film festivals, broadcast television, and online on Huffington Post, OPB, and USA Today to name a few. Dawn crafts a wide variety of striking, spreadable video, but has always had a special focus on non-profit organizations and social justice in her work and in her personal life. In 2006, sparked by the changes happening in her neighborhood, Dawn completed a documentary short about gentrification in NE Portland and organized a community discussion around the topic with over 150 people in attendance. Prior to establishing Hearts+Sparks, Dawn worked at Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. for nine years, teaching carpentry, promoting diversity and helping women and people of color access living wage careers in construction. In addition to her filmmaking, Dawn is a gay, latina, returned Peace Corps volunteer, journey-level carpenter, active Neighborhood Emergency Team member for the King Neighborhood, and holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Ralph Prows is one of the few physicians in the country who’s equally experienced in treating patients, running a large medical group care practice and working as a health insurance executive. His background has made Ralph well aware of the long-missing element: what patients want. He’s excited to lead Oregon’s Health CO-OP in its efforts to put consumer and community interests at the center of decisions. Every day. Before becoming Oregon’s Health CO-OP’s founding CEO in June 2012, Ralph was chief medical officer for Cambia Health Solutions and, previously, senior medical director for Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. He also spent 11 years as chief executive officer of The Corvallis Clinic; practiced internal medicine in San Antonio, Texas; taught internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts and served as chief medical officer for a non-profit health plan, Central Massachusetts Health Care. Ralph volunteers as a physician and Board member at North by Northeast Community Health Center. He is a board member and past chair of the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation, a nonprofit dedicated to quality improvement in health care. Ralph earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, completed his residency in internal medicine at Oschner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans and is board certified in internal medicine.
Ron Shoals is the Employee Community Engagement Coordinator for Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s Community Benefit department. Responsible for Kaiser’s annual workplace giving campaign and employee volunteerism, his main objective is to get Kaiser employees involved in non-profit organizations in the community. Ron has grown Kaiser’s workplace giving campaign from a 2% participation rate eight years ago to almost 15% today. He earned an associate degree in nonprofit administration/fundraising from Portland Community College and has been working in fundraising since 1993 and in sales and marketing since 1988. Ron has a lifelong passion for music, performing regularly with several local musicians and currently serving as the co-director of Portland Interfaith Gospel Choir. He has served as choir director for multiple community churches for the past 40 years. In the fall of 2013 Ron was awarded Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s 2013 Emerald Award.
Tim Snider is a partner in the Portland office of Stoel Rives LLP, a full service business law firm serving clients throughout the western United States. Tim joined Stoel Rives in 2003, and works in the litigation practice group assisting business and individuals in resolving legal disputes. Apart from his law practice, Tim is actively involved in the community. He is a member of Imago Dei Community church, where he volunteers in the children’s programs. Tim also serves on the board of St. Andrew’s Legal Clinic, which provides family law services to low income families. Tim earned his law degree at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, and before that completed a bachelor’s degree in business and economics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.