Michele Babaie is an internal medicine physician who has worked in underserved settings since graduating from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1997. She trained at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, a county facility serving uninsured patients, for four years, before working as a primary care physician for a non-profit in Los Angeles for six years. Dr. Babaie started volunteering at North By Northeast in 2009 and jumped at the chance to join our staff in 2016. When not at North by Northeast she volunteers in her sons’ school, enjoys indoor rock climbing and spends time training her son’s autism service dog.
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. In the summer of 2013, Sharetta became a certified Community Health Worker, and in 2014 received the title Community Care Manager. Sharetta serves as a Community Health Worker to a panel of 15 patients, staffs and facilitates the meetings of our Patient Wellness Council, continues to manage our volunteers, 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 and has a deep commitment to the health of our community and is excited to be part of our work.
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.
Marlet Hurst joined North by Northeast in June 2015 as our Patient Services Coordinator. In this role Marlet is the first face many of our patients see, greeting them at the front desk and answering the phones. A longtime resident of Portland, Marlet grew up in a household where family came first, so she has a passion for helping others. She left Portland in 1990 to pursue a Bachelors in Marketing at Grambling State University in Louisiana. Marlet has her paralegal degree and, before joining us, spent time working in the legal field helping individuals in need of assistance who could not afford the cost. Marlet’s ongoing involvement in the community includes working with youth in community theater and supporting local events. Marlet’s passion for extending a helping hand to others makes her a great fit for North by Northeast.
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.
Tiara Simpson joined the North by Northeast family as Medical Assistant in July of 2016. Tiara is passionate in general about helping others in her community and, as a Medical Assistant, felt particularly called to make a difference in the healthcare system. Tiara has served as an Army Medic in the National Guard for the last six years, a unique experience that has allowed her to care for a diverse group of patients. She plans on continuing her education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology at PSU, in the hopes of attending medical school in 2019. Tiara loves spending time with her family, eating out and watching movies.
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 since 1971. Janet 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. Janet loves reading novels, going to movies, traveling, and looking at art, especially photography.
Daisha Tate first heard about North by Northeast in 2006 while working for Northwest Permanente (Kaiser), the same organization where Dr. Jill Ginsberg was working at the time. She heard about Dr. Jill co-founding North by Northeast and thought, “What an awesome endeavor!” She never could have predicted that nine years later she would be joining our family. After spending a number of her first professional years working for large health organizations, Daisha found her passion working at local nonprofits, appreciating how these smaller organizations gave more opportunities to connect with those being served. Prior to working at North by Northeast, she was a receptionist and billing coordinator at Nara NW. There and here at North by Northeast, Daisha takes pride in making sure everyone feels welcomed when they walk in the door, gets connected to the resources they need or simply has access to a listening ear. As Office Coordinator, Daisha keeps our front and back offices running smoothly, provides backup on the front desk and manages our patients’ insurance and registration details. With her enthusiasm for helping people and her natural talent for organization, she is excited to continue her journey with North by Northeast. Daisha enjoys spending her free time with her two boys teaching them their Native and African-American heritage, party planning and finding new getaways throughout the Northwest.