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Board Members


Alexxis Woods - Board Chair (Pronouns She/Her) Bio coming soon














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Amy Penkin, LCSW - Member (Pronouns: She/her) joined OHSU in January 2015 as the Program Coordinator for the newly launched Transgender Health Program.  She has been a clinical social worker for 20 years and throughout her career has provided direct care, advocacy, and education in community mental health and healthcare environments.   Since 2005 she has been responsible for program/policy development, grant writing, clinical supervision for social workers seeking licensure, and program management.  


Amy has a history of providing and overseeing care for the LGBTQQI2S community and is dedicated to promoting health equity for these and other underserved populations experiencing health disparities.  In addition to working in the Portland Metro Area since 2009, her history includes teaching and working as a social worker, advocate, consultant, and private practice therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She has traveled extensively for social work and human rights projects in Central and South America and throughout Asia.  Amy earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the Univ. of California, Berkeley and has subsequently served as Adjunct Faculty and Field Instructor for Schools of Social work at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, Smith College, and Portland State University.









adem cardona - Member (Pronouns (He/him/them/they) is a 2 Spirit Taino living in Portland, Oregon. They are retired and disabled, a grandfather, and enjoy creating large pieces of art from various mediums including leather, oil on canvas, and silk. An alumnus of Portland State University, they previously worked in social services for both children and adults at the State of Oregon, and at a number of non-profits in the Pacific Northwest. adem is excited about joining the Equi Institute Board and believes in the programs and the life-saving services of which the clinic provides.











Erin Malus - Secretary (Pronouns she/her) Bio and picture coming soon.



Our Mission

To empower and improve the health of the LGBTQQI2S communities of the Pacific Northwest. We provide services and programs through a community health clinic.

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4115 N. Mississippi Ave. PDX 97217

Phone: 503.459.2584 | Fax: 503.719.8244

Front desk: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm


ADA symbolADA building, gender neutral bathrooms, on the #4 bus line, free on site parking, interpreters available upon request. 

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