Sharetta began with North by Northeast in February of 2010 as Office and Volunteer Coordinator, responsible for volunteer management, reception duties, patient inquiries and office management. In October 2011, she was promoted to Clinic & Volunteer Coordinator, taking on patient care duties and running several evening clinics each month. Sharetta staffs and facilitates the meetings of our Patient Wellness Council and can often be seen in the warmer months of the year offering blood pressure checks and health information at health and community fairs around North and Northeast Portland. A native Oregonian, Sharetta has lived in Portland most of her life. She brings a wealth of experience in social service as a volunteer coordinator for the American Red Cross and the State of Oregon, and as a program manager for the Salvation Army. Sharetta has a deep commitment to the health of our community and is excited to be part of our work.
Misty first learned about North by Northeast when Pastor Mary spoke at Regence BlueCrossBlueShield, where Misty was working, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Then in 2008 Misty was one of a handful of employees who nominated North by Northeast for a grant through the Regence Foundation, which we were awarded in 2009. Five years later, after she decided to start on a new career path, Misty began volunteering with us. We quickly realized what a sharp, kind and committed person she was and hired her as part-time Office Assistant in April 2014. In August 2014 Misty was promoted to full-time Clinic & Registration Coordinator. She ensures that our daytime clinics run smoothly and manages our interactions with health plans and CCOs. Misty brings with her a background in health insurance and project management, as well as a passion for serving the community. She previously volunteered as a Big Sister through the Big Brother Big Sister program and served in various roles on the YWCA Leadership Board.
Dolly joined North by Northeast in December 2013, bringing with her over ten years of broad experience in community health. As a health educator, she has led outreach efforts and provided education around HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and chronic disease management. In other professional roles, Dolly gained experience with community based research, knowledge of Medicaid enrollment and a deep understanding of the important role of non-traditional health care workers. All of these areas will be invaluable to North by Northeast’s expanded work going forward. As Enrollment Coordinator Dolly is responsible for implementing our health insurance enrollment activities. Her special interests include health equity, social media, outreach, health education, prevention and promotion. Dolly grew up and currently lives in Vancouver, WA, with her church home in North Portland.
Rosetta first became involved with North by Northeast in 2009 as a front desk volunteer. Raised by her parents with a strong belief in the importance of helping people in the community, Rosetta had been an avid volunteer at her church and with other community groups for many years. Several years ago Rosetta returned to school at Portland Community College and graduated with an AAS degree in Gerontology. Rosetta continues to further her education at Portland State working on her BA in Child Development, and she recently completed an 80-hour training to become a certified Community Health Worker. She hopes to exercise this new training in her community. In December 2013, she was offered a position at North by Northeast as a Cover Oregon enrollment assister, and in mid-2014 she took on expanded duties as our Outreach & Enrollment Assistant. In this position, Rosetta loves seeing patients’ reaction of joy and happiness when they find out they now have health coverage. Rosetta was born in Portland, and outside of work she enjoys singing, church, family activities, movies and community work.
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.
Suzy Jeffreys joined North by Northeast in September 2007, having just returned to Portland after a three-year absence in which she completed an MA in Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, BC. Suzy oversees North by Northeast’s other staff members as well as 75 volunteers and participates in all aspects of North by Northeast’s clinical and non-profit management, from grant-writing and donor development to community outreach and policy creation. She was responsible for the coordination of North by Northeast’s move in August 2009 to the Garlington Center, into a newly constructed space four times the size of our first home. More recently, she has managed the development of the Garlington Garden from an empty lot into a highly productive and welcoming space utilized by the staff and clients of the three agencies occupying the Garlington Center. An organizer and list-maker by nature, Suzy loves using her administrative and planning skills to help further the mission of North by Northeast. Suzy recently completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Ladder to Leadership Program, an 18-month-long initiative aimed at enhancing the leadership capacity of community-based non-profit health and health-related organizations serving vulnerable populations. Suzy became North by Northeast’s first Executive Director in November 2011.
Janet Stein is a nurse practitioner certified in women’s health and primary care. She has worked as a health care provider since 1973, primarily in settings where underserved clients receive respectful and excellent care. Janet began as a volunteer provider for North by Northeast in 2008, joined the board in 2012 and came on board as one of our first two paid primary care providers in January 2014. Before joining the North by Northeast staff, Janet worked as a primary care provider at the Multnomah County Health Department’s downtown primary care clinic, Westside Health Center. For the 28 years prior to that, she was a provider in the Women’s Clinic at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, commuting from Portland, where she has lived with her husband since 1971. Janet has done clinical teaching, started a women’s clinic in a college health center, and been on the board of a feminist women’s health center. She completed her college degree at The Evergreen State College, got her women’s health training at Harbor-UCLA, earned her nursing degree at University of the State of New York, and completed her master’s degree in nursing as a family nurse practitioner at Gonzaga University. She is a Neighborwatch block leader and a co-leader of Buckman’s Neighborhood Emergency Team disaster response team. Janet loves reading novels, going to movies, traveling, and looking at art, especially photography.
Danielle joined us first as a front desk volunteer in 2012. When we needed additional staff help in the fall of 2012, Danielle stepped up to become our Program Assistant for several months, after which she left Portland to teach English in Santiago de Caballeros, Dominican Republic, for 5 months. Danielle returned to Portland in June 2013 and jumped right back into her role as Program Assistant. Her roles and responsibilities include receptionist duties, keeping our office running smoothly and ensuring an enjoyable and beneficial experience for all patients, staff and visitors to the clinic. Danielle has lived the majority of her life in Northeast Portland and is excited to use her position at the clinic as a means to give back to the neighborhood that helped raise her. In the future, Danielle plans to pursue a degree in medicine and help provide comprehensive healthcare to impoverished and diverse communities.