Who we Are

Noor Trienekens, Coordinator at GlobalPDX

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Noor Trienekens serves as the Coordinator at GlobalPDX and is the Director for Strategic Planning and Implementation at Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University School of Public Health (OHSU-PSU School of Public Health). Prior to moving to Portland, Noor worked for Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health as the Deputy Country Director in Mbarara, Uganda. Noor lived and worked in Mbarara for nearly four years, overseeing research and clinical capacity building programs as well as managing partnerships between the Uganda Ministries of Health and Education and the Mass General Hospital. Noor has experience in organizational management, strategic planning, grant writing, marketing, graphic and website design, and fundraising. She has raised and managed philanthropic donations totaling over $3.5 million for global development. Noor holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Bachelor's degree in Pedagogical Sciences, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic and Interior Design, a Master's degree in Clinical Neuropsychology, and a Master's degree in Pedagogical Sciences from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Katie Kerekes, Intern at GlobalPDX

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Before moving to the Pacific Wonderland, Katie called home to the just as wonderful Wilmington, North Carolina, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and enjoyed all the local southern cooking you could imagine. She unearthed her love for disaster response while working in Brooklyn post-Sandy as a volunteer coordinator, catapulting her into the world of international crisis relief. Since, she has worked with the Peruvian government to manage their volunteer system, planned a partnership trip to Nuwakot, Nepal, and helped get a small earthquake preparedness nonprofit up and running. Now, Katie is a student at University of Oregon working towards concurrent Masters in Nonprofit Management and Conflict and Dispute Resolution. She also has years of experience working one on one with people with disabilities and has developed an acute sense of patience and excitement in empowering others. In her free time, she enjoys making sure her dog (and herself) get enough sunshine and exercise.


Andrea Johnson, Executive Director at Green Empowerment, Chair of GlobalPDX Steering Committee

Andrea Johnson is the GlobalPDX Steering Committee Chair. Andrea combines her experience in international community development, environmental conservation, organizational management and clean energy to advance Green Empowerment’s mission and impact. She got her start in international work in Ecuador, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and trainer. She extended her stay to work with the Ceiba Foundation, Conservation International and the Ministry of Environment to implement SocioBosque – a REDD+ program that offers payments to landowners to guarantee its conservation over 20 years. After almost four years living in bamboo hut in coastal Ecuador, Andrea landed in Portland where she worked for the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon. She later worked as a Program Manager at CLEAResult Consulting where she managed a large-scale residential energy efficiency program. Andrea joined Green Empowerment in early 2016 and she loves that it allows her to continue to live in the great city of Portland while following her passion for community empowerment internationally.


David Bangsberg, MD, MPH, Founding Dean of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

David is a former Professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. His work was described by President Bill Clinton as the “nail in the coffin” on the debate as to whether HIV-infected people in sub- Saharan Africa would adhere to antiretroviral medications and neutralized the major criticism to providing multinational funding for global HIV treatment. As Director of Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health, he brought together the expertise of Harvard and MIT to improve physical, mental, social and economic health to the poorest regions of the world in several signature areas, including: HIV care, disaster response, cancer care, and medical technology innovation. He received the Clifford Barger Mentoring Award, given annually to 5 of the 12,000 Harvard Medical School Faculty. He has raised over $70 million dollars to advance public health, was the second highest NIH HIV/AIDS RO-1 funded investigator worldwide in 2008, and has helped over 25 junior investigators secure NIH funding. He is a member of the Association of American Physicians.


Megan McMorran, Director of Community Engagement and the Mercy Corps Action Center

At the Mercy Corps Action Center the agency engages the public through a variety of programs exploring global issues, including lectures, seminars, exhibits, volunteer program and a robust global education youth program. Entering her eighth year at Mercy Corps, she has a background in journalism and nonprofit administration.

Jennifer Petro, Senior Operations Advisor, Medical Teams International

Jennifer Petro, MPH, Medical Teams International (MTI) - since cutting her teeth overseas as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Solomon Islands, "JP" has spent the last 18 years working for INGOs as well as USAID and CDC on three continents.  She has managed public health services in refugee camps in Guinea, directed HIV/AIDS response for several INGOs in Namibia, Botswana and Ethiopia, coordinated INGO operations in over 10 countries, and led public outreach for USAID programs in Serbia. She joined MTI in 2017 as their Senior Operations Advisor.