Program Director

Alissa Leavitt

Alissa Leavitt 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 2007. Before coming to PCC, Alissa helped develop and coordinate Oregon’s “First Tooth” program, designed to help providers implement preventive oral health services for infants and toddlers into their current practice. Alissa has also worked for the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service (CIS) and the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative in the Department of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University. Alissa currently acts as Co-Chair for the Health Education and Promotion Section of the Oregon Public Health Association.

Alissa is a faculty member in Health Studies at PCC and teaches Personal Health, Health, Food & the Environment, Stress & Human Health and Human Health & the Environment. 

Curriculum Director

dixie whetsell

Dixie Whetsell, MS, IBCLC, has been working with breastfeeding families for over 20 yrs.  She obtained an MS in Community Health Education at the University of Oregon, and currently works as an IBCLC for Legacy Health System.  She has been teaching lactation education courses for PCC since 2003.  She helped develop the PCC Lactation Education and Consultant Program, and oversees the curriculum for the program.  She loves working with students, and introducing them to the field of lactation consulting.

Clinical Instructor

Tracy Haines Wilson

Tracy Haines Wilson BSN, IBCLC, has worked with new families since 1985 and has been Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1994. Her work experience includes a wide variety of practice settings as a Registered Nurse and Lactation Specialist. She has a particular interest in parent education, collaboration and communication issues among multidisciplinary teams and access to care for all families. In addition to work as a Lactation Consultant with Legacy Health System, she is currently involved in the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, teaches parenting classes for Northwest Adoptive Families Association and is a member of Association of Women's Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Oregon Washington Lactation Association and the International Lactation Consultant Association. For fun she spends time with her husband and her children who enjoy gardening, hiking, cooking and eating together.

Program Coordinator

Emily Jensen

Emily Jensen’s passion and expertise is in breastfeeding education and project coordination. She serves as a Board member for Nursing Mothers Counsel of Oregon as the Class Coordinator and breastfeeding peer counselor. Emily is completing her degree in Organizational Management and Leadership as well as her Childbirth Educator certification through ICEA. Emily served as the Management Administrative Specialist for the Oregon WIC Program from 2011-2013 during which time she spearheaded a program to improve the lactation room for the Portland State office Building. When Emily is not at work you can find her snuggled up to her two young children and spending time cooking elaborate meals for friends and families.