In the past six months we’ve welcomed five new members to our Board of Directors. Each brings a unique set of skills, experience and perspective; they all bring a passion for health equity and a love of North by Northeast.
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Avel Gordly: Avel served three terms as a state representative in the Oregon Legislature before her election, as the first African American woman, to the Oregon Senate in 1996. She is an organizer and activist as well as a beloved teacher and mentor. Avel was one of the original members of our Advocate Board and served in that role from 2006-2014.
Denise Johnson (not pictured): Our newest board member, Denise has 14 years of experience working collaboratively with diverse communities to improve population and individual health. She currently serves as the Health Promotion Coordinator at CareOregon.
Charlene McGee: Charlene is a Liberian-Oregonian grassroots activist and public health enthusiast. She served for many years on our Advocate Board and currently works for the Multnomah County Health Department as the Refugee Health Coordinator.
Jessica Lee: A former NxNE staff member and active volunteer, Jessica is the Leadership Development Manager for the Coalition of Communities of Color.
James Schroeder: James has helped start over a dozen health clinics and was a crucial adviser as we made our transition to a new model of care serving those covered by the Oregon Health Plan. As a Physician Assistant, James volunteers once a month seeing our patients. When he’s not volunteering and spending time with his family, he’s traveling the country as Kaiser Permanente’s Executive Director of Medicaid.
In February our Board and staff members gathered for a day-long retreat to talk about how North by Northeast has responded to health care reform, our vision for the future, and how we are going to achieve that vision. You’ll be hearing more later this year as our Board kicks off a campaign to celebrate our tenth anniversary in 2016!