Pivot couldn’t run the show without the great group of staff who provide programming and testing. Don’t hesitate to stop by the front desk to ask questions or have a chat. This high energy group loves Pivot and those who frequent this special spot. 

 

Benjamin Gerritz, Prevention with Positives Coordinator
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I joined the Pivot team as staff in June, 2011 although I previously volunteered as a City Guy. My main role is serving as the Prevention with Positives Coordinator, working with people living with HIV and their partners. I staff Pivot for both full panel STI testing days and HIV test only days. When not at work, I can be seen bicycling around town, working on the house, or taking my Rhodesian ridgeback-pitbull “Rogue” out to the beach.

 

Edgar Mendez, HIV/STI Testing Coordinator
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I have been with CAP since 2012 and currently work as our HIV/STI Testing Coordinator. In addition to maintaining clinical spaces and supplies, I am often in Pivot providing STI screenings in partnership with Multnomah County Health Department. Before joining our staff, I spent much of my teens as one of CAP’s youth peer educators and am passionate about making Pivot accessible to youth.

 

Erin Butler, Manager of Prevention Services
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Hey, I’m Erin, here to help keep all things Pivot running smoothly and support this crew of fabulous people! You may occasionally see me staffing Pivot or providing testing. In addition to Pivot, I support our Prevention with Positives, Health Insurance Enrollment & Outreach, and Multnomah County Prevention programs.  Before joining CAP, I was providing HIV and other prevention services in Tucson, AZ, including sexual health education to youth ages 12-24. Working to make sure everyone has the information, skills, and things they need to live full, healthy, awesome lives drives the work I do at Pivot and beyond. When not Pivot-ing or CAP-ing around, you may find me on a horse or off on a trail with my lovely spouse and pups!

 

Jasmine Jasmine Gruenstein, HIV Prevention Specialist
pronouns: she/her/hers
Hi there! I’m Jasmine and I’m an HIV Prevention Specialist. I do testing all over, in Pivot, Vancouver, and sometimes Beaverton. Before working for CAP I was a Volunteer HIV tester, which helped me on my path to becoming part of this amazing staff. When I’m not at work I like to try out new recipes and have friends over to share them with. I also love going to local events around Portland (like a concert at Edgefield or the Greek Fest). I love my job because I get to deconstruct stigma around HIV, empower folks to take control of their sexual health,  and build connections with people-all at the same time!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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  Michael Lee Howard, Health Services Coordinator
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Hey There! I am Michael and I am the Health services Coordinator. I volunteered with CAP for about 5 years. I started assisting   with the +Talk Program and then was able to be a Volunteer HIV Tester. I am a northwest native and enjoy any creative      adventures as well as running, music, photography and writing. As we transition Pivot to the new Health Center I look forward    to working with many more clients and their health needs

 

Mike Barry, HIV Prevention Specialist for Multnomah County
pronouns: he/him/his or they/them/theirs
Hello! I’m Mike and I work for Pivot as an HIV Prevention Specialist. I first got involved with Pivot as an intern, when I helped to develop programming around PrEP. Maybe you took my PrEP survey? I spend a lot of time cooking vegan food (read: baking vegan cookies). The best part of my job is when I have a really productive testing session – I love when someone leaves Pivot knowing their HIV status, with lots of questions answered and a bag of safer sex tools in hand.

 

Nashoba Pivot bio picNashoba Temperly, Oregon Health Insurance Enrollment & Outreach Coordinator
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Hey, my name is Nashoba and I’m an insurance outreach coordinator with Cascade AIDS Project.  I spend part of my time in Pivot helping folks understand their options for health insurance.  When I’m not being a nerd talking about public policy, I love to hike and backpack the great northwest wilderness.  I just love meeting people and showing them that there are so many more options available for health insurance.  Please stop by and get signed up for new coverage or check on the status of your existing plan.

 

Tink Witkowska, HIV Prevention Specialist
pronouns: she/her/hers
Hi I am Tink, I am one of the HIV Prevention Specialists that occasionally staffs Pivot.  My interest in public health began back home in Australia where I worked with people who inject drugs.  I am passionate about social justice and I believe that public health is one of the most effective ways to create change in people’s lives.  Outside of work I spend my time studying and procrastinating.