Sasha Grenier is a public health and education specialist, committed to impacting change through education, innovation, and community-based action. She comes to PCC from Management Sciences for Health, an international public health non-profit in Washington DC, where for four years she led leadership education and organizational development programs for sexual and reproductive health service providers in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this context, she has played a key role in the development of curricula for health professionals with an emphasis on action-based experiential learning, empowerment, and equity. Prior to this, Sasha supported monitoring & evaluation and health communication initiatives at the Pan-American Health Organization’s Office of Gender, Diversity and Human Rights; conducted research on a NIH-funded maternal health project; and worked on behavior change campaigns for the Miami-Dade Health Department’s Women’s Health office in her hometown of Miami. She holds a Master’s of Public Health degree and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and Religion from Swarthmore College. She is Cuban-American and can often be found embracing the outdoors, exploring the city, and appreciating live music— often with her dog, Olive.
Rachelle Katter is a full-time Health Studies Faculty member at PCC Southeast Campus and has been teaching for over 5 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University and went on to earn a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion/Health Education from Portland State University. Throughout her education she was a research assistant for a number of projects including a cognition and decision making lab, a study that evaluated the impacts of domestic violence on women and their children, and the Oregon Physical Activity and Dementia Study. Her interests in health include food systems, nutrition and sustainability, environmental health, mental health and stress, physical activity, women’s health and community health.
During her time at PCC, Rachelle has taught and revised a number of health courses and was a Bridges to Baccalaureate Program Coordinator for 3 years. She currently sits on the SE Green Team Committee, is a Career mentor for the EXITO Program, is involved in a number of short-term workgroups at PCC and engages in as many professional development activities as she can. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and camping, being outdoors, cooking, gardening, being active and spending time with loved ones.
Alissa Leavitt, a native Oregonian, has been a full-time faculty member in Health Studies at Portland Community College (PCC) since 2011. Her responsibilities include program planning at the Rock Creek campus. A first generation college graduate, Leavitt worked in retail management for ten years before returning to college.
Alissa is a graduate of Portland State University (PSU) with both a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management (2007) and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education (2005). She became a Certified Health Education Specialist in 2008 (CHES) and Master CHES in 2014. She completed the PSU Teaching Adult Learners Certificate in 2015. Her interests include food systems, nutrition, consumer health issues, and community and public health. Alissa currently acts as Chair for the Health Education and Promotion Section of the Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA).
Her work experience includes child health services research and policy projects in the Department of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University. She also worked for the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service where she helped plan, implement, and evaluate cancer control strategies for organizations that reach medically underserved populations.
Before joining PCC, Alissa worked with the State Oral Health Program to assess, plan, organize and implement oral health messaging and training to promote oral health best practices. This included the development and coordination of Oregon’s “First Tooth” program. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young son, practicing yoga, riding her bike, and studying Italian.
Rock Creek Campus
Michael has worked as a Health Studies instructor at PCC Rock Creek since 2008. At different times in his life, he worked in the HIV Prevention field, with at- risk youth, and contracted research with local health departments.
Michael can often be found exploring the many hiking trails in the region, dining at interesting locations, and occasionally wiping the dust off his piano to play a little tune.
Cascade Campus faculty
Shari double majored in Exercise Physiology and French at Oregon State University where she graduated in 1988 with Bachelor of Science and Bachelors of Arts degrees. Upon interning at Oregon Health Sciences University’s Human Performance Laboratory, she began working as a Fitness Specialist in various health club settings, developing and teaching health and fitness programs. Although remaining part-time in the fitness industry as an instructor and personal trainer, Shari left the fitness industry seeking to work with different populations. Shari took a position in Washington as a Residential Rehabilitation Counselor, developing personalized rehabilitation and therapeutic interventions for individuals struggling with chronic mental illness.
In 1995 Shari was admitted as a graduate teaching assistant to Portland State University’s Oregon Master of Public Health program. After completing her MPH with a focus on Health Education and Health Promotion, Shari began her teaching career at Portland Community College where she has taught courses in Health Education for the last 10 years.