Our new Executive Director Sharon Maxwell, a native of Portland, loves our city. She is a mother of 4, and grandmother of 5; graduate of Portland Community College and Warner Pacific University. She comes to our team as a Community Builder, Change Agent, Innovator, Visionary, Educator, Green Engineer and Community Engagement Specialist, serving in Oregon and SW Washington for over 30 years. She has run her own company for the past 19 years and founded 2 non-profits to serve the community. We are excited for the many connections she has with our community to engage more of our community in “helping those weighed down with overburdens to stand and carry their own packs, and helping others with overburdens along the way.”
Dr. Heid focuses his practice on comprehensive family care, seeing patients from birth to geriatrics, including prenatal/pregnancy care.
He has special interest in obstetrics, gynecology, asthma, and allergies . Dr. Heid has been a practicing physician since 1992.
He enjoys the variety that family medicine practice allows.
Dr. Heid is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for providing quality care to his patients with diabetes.
Sarah Danford, BSN, MSN-FNP is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Good News Community Health Center. Ms. Danford joined Good News in 2018 after moving to Portland with her husband and daughter. Ms. Danford has significant experience working with disadvantaged communities in several countries including Ethiopia, Malaysia, Mexico and El Salvador. She previously worked as a diabetic nutrition educator serving Hispanic immigrant farm workers and in Philadelphia as a nurse practitioner. Ms. Danford serves in a leadership role with her church congregation, Theophilus. She specializes in Diabetes management and feels honored to walk alongside the patients of Good News on their health journeys. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and going on hikes.
Suzanne C. Emery
Suzanne C. Emery has a Masters in Leadership of Nursing and is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is certified as a facilitator of the FASCETS Neurobehavioral Model and is a FASCETS Program Director. Suzanne lived in Costa Rica for 20 years serving families and children at risk. She worked as resident nurse at a children’s home and then as supervisor of health for a large child care organization for 15 years helping care for children and families. She is bilingual English/Spanish. Apart from her work as an FNP at the Good News Community Health Center for the past 1 1/2 years, she is a full-time missionary with the United World Mission. Suzanne is the founder and lead facilitator for a project started in 2013 – “Created to be Free: hope for families affected by alcohol.” She leads workshops, provides consulting services, and facilitates family support groups, all in the area of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, using a brain-based approach. She is a single mother of two wonderful young men; the younger has FASD. She is originally from the Portland area and is now residing here.