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Meet Our Team

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These are the people building Portland Street Response from the ground up.

Name: Tremaine Clayton

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Age: 41

Hometown: Portland, OR

Position with Portland Street Response: Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT) Coordinator; Firefighter/Paramedic for PSR Team 1.

Describe your work experience before joining Portland Street Response? Entering my 20th year with Portland Fire & Rescue where my assignments have ranged from Truck 8 FF/Paramedic, Public Education Officer, Fire Inspector II.

What made you interested in joining the Portland Street Response team? An interview with Street Roots about my current role as the CHAT Coordinator and caring for a homeless individual gave way to the PSR Concept as written by Emily Green.

What special skills do you bring to the team? As a volunteer for White Bird (Parent organization of CAHOOTS, the model that inspired PSR) I understand the “Alternative” care model that PSR aims to bring to Portland. My role as a 1st Responder in the Portland Metro area for 20+ years, I understand the infrastructure that PSR will be entering and responding in.

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Depends on the Co-Stars; If Julia Stiles plays the role of my life partner, Kristina, then I’d have to play myself! (Kristina Knows) 😉 Otherwise, Michael Ealy would get the first callback.

What are you most excited to do once the pandemic is over? Camping at Music Festivals! Oregon Country Fair, and Pickathon to name a few. Nothing better than to fall asleep and/or wake up to the joyful.


Name: Britt Urban 

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Age: 41 

Hometown: Portland, OR 

Position with Portland Street Response: Mental Health Crisis Clinician  

Describe your work experience before joining Portland Street Response: I have been a social worker for 12 years. My professional focus has mainly been in mental health, domestic violence/sexual assault intervention, and crisis response. I have worked both in the United States and internationally, including Latin America and Africa. 

What made you interested in joining the Portland Street Response team? I have worked on another local crisis team for the last four years. When I heard about Portland Street Response, I thought it would be challenging and exciting to be part of this new and innovative approach to crisis intervention. It’s really appealing to me to help shape this team and develop a model that works best in the Portland context.  

What special skills do you bring to the team? I am bilingual (English/Spanish). I have extensive experience working with people in crisis related to mental health, substance use and trauma.  

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Bea Arthur.

What are you most excited to do once the pandemic is over? TRAVEL! 

Name: Haika Mushi 

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Age: 38 

Hometown: I was born in Moshi, Tanzania but I consider Portland my hometown.

Position with Portland Street Response: Community Health Worker  

Describe your work experience before joining Portland Street Response: In my previous job, I worked as a Community Health Worker serving African Immigrants and Refugees living in Oregon. Working frontline as a public health worker, I have been able to serve as a liaison between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. Through my work, I have been able to build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy to name a few.  

What made you interested in joining the Portland Street Response team? I have been a big fan of the CAHOOTS program in Eugene: I love the work they do for people and how they show empathy helping those experiencing houselessness and behavioral/mental health crisis. I have always wanted to see something similar to CAHOOTS here in Portland; this is because being a mother I would love to see my children benefit from a program that advocates for their safety and show compassion before acting. The moment I learned that Portland was starting this pilot, I knew this was my chance to get involved in the program.  

What special skills do you bring to the team? For my role as a Community Health Worker, I bring with me five years of experience and significantly strong skills in communication being a multilingual speaker. These skills have constantly evolved in my line of experience and built my interpretational skills. I work well under pressure and I also have great people skills like empathy, patience, attentiveness that I acquired from my line of work that involved serving people from different backgrounds and situations. I believe the community of people being served in this program will benefit from someone who can resonate when they are in distress and in need of help. 

Who would play you in the movie of your life? I would have picked Jennifer Aniston. She is funny, great in emotional scenes and she is incredibly likable 😊

What are you most excited to do once the pandemic is over? I will visit my parent; I miss them a lot. 


Name: Heather Middleton 

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Age: 47

Hometown: I moved around a lot as a kid, in 7th grade my parent settled down in Salem, Oregon, I consider that my hometown. 

Position with Portland Street Response: Community Health Worker

Describe your work experience before joining Portland Street Response: I have 27 years working in various social services with the focus being the houseless community and housing. 

What made you interested in joining the Portland Street Response team? I had heard about the position at a resource meeting and was very excited about the team and impact it will have on the community.  When I saw the position as a community health worker as a part of the outreach team I knew that I had to apply for it. I feel like my career has led me this position, I can use my life and work skills to support the larger community, connecting people with supportive services. 

What special skills do you bring to the team? I am a creative person and think outside the box as well as bringing lived experiences in my tool bag. 

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Drew Barrymore.

What are you most excited to do once the pandemic is over? I am excited to hug my family and friends, to eat at restaurants and to go dancing!! 


Name:  Robyn Burek 

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Age:  40 

Hometown:  Portland, OR (2017 – current), Tulsa, OK (2001 – 2017), Albuquerque, NM (1980 – 2001) 

Position with Portland Street Response:  Program Manager 

Describe your work experience before joining Portland Street Response: I have over a decade of experience as a Licensed Therapist and Clinical Supervisor and I hold licenses to practice in two states. My experience as a therapist is diverse and includes work in the areas of domestic violence, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, poverty, LGBTQ+, and family counseling. I served two Tulsa Mayors in the Office of Performance Strategy and Innovation where I built sustainable programs designed to improve City workplace culture and innovate delivery of City services to the public.  While employed with the City of Tulsa, I was the Mayor’s designee on Tulsa’s Human Right’s Compassion Committee and the City/County Jail Sales Tax Oversight Committee. I moved from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Portland, Oregon in 2017 and have been employed with Portland Fire & Rescue for nearly three years.  For the past few years, I supervised the data analytics team. I have also been a key participant in the design and launch of the Portland Street Response program and am deeply committed to its mission and to seeing this program succeed. 

What made you interested in joining the Portland Street Response team? I am excited to make a tangible difference in my community.  We have an extraordinary opportunity to create a new response system that recognizes the unique needs of so many and to de-stigmatize and de-criminalize mental health and homelessness.   

What special skills do you bring to the team? I’ve worked in both mental health and with the Fire Bureau.  I’m able to marry both areas of knowledge which is pretty exciting.  Plus, I love to build programs!  Being in this position is a dream come true. 

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Jenna Fischer.

What are you most excited to do once the pandemic is over? Travel!!!  I miss flying and I miss experiencing new cities and different cultures.