Administration Team

katie@equi-institute.org

Katie Cox

Operations director
Pronouns: she/her

Katie started working with Dr. Carter in 2015 when they were a one-person show working out of Asha Integrative Wellness. Katie has been working in healthcare administration and communications since 2012. She has played various roles in her time at Sacred Vessel including billing assistant, front desk, marketing and most recently, operations management.

A rare Portland Native, Katie's passion for queer activism began as a teenager when she joined her school's GSA. When she transferred her senior year, she instituted Westview High school's very first GSA with the help of her mentor through the Washington County Pride Project. After a 6 year hiatus surrounded by too many cis-het folks in Missouri, Katie returned to Portland in 2010 and is so thankful to have finally rediscovered her community. 

In her spare time (what is that, really?), Katie loves to sit by a campfire in the woods, gaze at the stars and have meaningful conversations about wealth, privilege and social justice. 

 

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Rachel Biccum

Case Manager
Pronouns: she/her

 Rachel Biccum came to Sacred Vessel from Chico, California where she grew up and graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies. During her time at Chico State, Rachel worked for the Homeless Emergency Action Response Team (H.E.A.R.T.)  at Youth for Change, as a Behavioral Health Counselor and Outreach Specialist. There, she focused on support and advocacy for homeless and runaway youth, while bringing awareness to the greater Butte County community. She also spent time at the local drop-in center providing peer counseling and leading a weekly art therapy group. 

 

While working with H.E.A.R.T., Rachel began an internship at the Chico State AS Gender & Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC). The internship transformed into a staff position, as Rachel was hired as the Women's Program Coordinator. In her position, she planned and coordinated events, such as the 18th Annual Women's Conference, Take Back the Night, and Period Week. She also worked with and mentored several interns, provided trainings on and off campus, and led workshops such as: "Let's Talk about Sex: On periods!" and "We're Here and We're Fat, Femme, and  Queer." 

 

Rachel has a passion for social justice, especially as it relates to the queer and trans community, poverty and homelessness, bisexual visibility, body and sex positivity, and advocacy for sexual assault survivors. She is so excited to be working at Sacred Vessel Natural Medicine as the Patient Care Coordinator, to help out folks at the front desk.

 
 
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bion@equi-institute.org

Bion Hawkmore

Patient Care Coordinator

Pronouns: They/Them, Xe/Xem

Bion Hawkmorr came to Sacred Vessel in 2014 as a patient of Dr. Carter. As a local Portlander, they have been lucky to experience welcoming and comprehensive medical care through their transition process.

A recent graduate from Oregon State University with a bachelor's of science in Psychology, Bion has also completed training to be a Certified Nurse Assistant and plans to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in the future.

Bion has five years of experience in creating and maintaining two online LGBTQ+ community-centered projects, Out of This Binary, and Nonbinary Resource. Xe are passionate about food security, education, and mental health support, especially as they intersect with queer and trans people of color.

Bion is thrilled to be part of Sacred Vessel Natural Medicine as a Patient Care Coordinator and looks forward to working in such a welcoming and affirming health clinic.


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Jordanna MacIntyre

Patient Care Coordinator
Pronouns: They/them

Jordanna came to Sacred Vessel via their passion for accessible healthcare. Originally from the California Bay Area and a family of medical professionals (and engineers), they arrived in Portland in 2010 to attend Birthingway College of Midwifery. After successfully completing their training, they are proud to be a Certified Professional Midwife attending births locally in Oregon and Washington. 


As their dedication to healthcare continues to evolve, Jordanna has moved into education and is currently faculty at Birthingway College, teaching practical skills courses to student midwives. They have a history of working for reproductive healthcare justice including three years as a talkline advocate for the national organization All-Options. They love volunteering in the community as a trained street medic, primarily serving at-risk populations engaged in political action and discourse. They also find purpose in the Plantain Project, a small organization they co-founded with a few other plant lovers to grow and donate herbal medicine to local grassroots clinics in and around Portland. 


Outside of healthcare, Jordanna enjoys volunteering with Bark, a local non-profit aimed at protecting Mt. Hood National Forest from destructive capitalist projects. Hiking is already a love of theirs, so hiking with friends with the purpose of surveying and protecting public lands is a joy for them. Ask them about Bark's annual Base Camp, as they are stoked about helping people access the forest for free in the summertime! They also serve on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee at Bark and are committed to expanding the focus of any organization they work with to dismantle colonialist and oppressive frameworks.