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.
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.
Jessica joined North by Northeast in March of 2013 as Program Assistant, responsible for ensuring the smooth flow of clinical, office and program operations. She is a life-long Pacific Northwesterner and attended school in Olympia, WA where she later served as Senior Patient Care Coordinator at Planned Parenthood of Western Washington, until 2006. Jessica then moved to Portland and from 2006-2012 led the Racial Justice & Alliance Building Program, as well as the Youth Organizing program, at Basic Rights Oregon. In addition to her current role as Program Assistant, Jessica is a health sciences student at Portland State University, a consultant to various non-profit organizations and sits on the board of directors at Causa - Oregon’s statewide immigrant rights group. She is especially interested in seeking ways of integrating direct care with systemic change to build and sustain healthy communities in our region and can’t imagine a better place than North by Northeast to do this work.