The Portland Community Free Clinic has a core of paid staff who handle the day-to-day activities of the clinic, provide case management, manage clinics, schedule volunteers and appointments, and a myriad of other details. We are proud to be part of the PCFC!

Medical Director: Kathleen Fairfield, MD, DrPH

Dr. Fairfield has been a volunteer with the PCFC since 2002 and has served as its Medical Director (in a volunteer capacity) since 2007. Dr. Fairfield also volunteers and provides care one evening every month. In addition to her work with the Free Clinic, Dr. Fairfield works at Maine Medical Center, providing care in the Internal Medicine Clinic, overseeing scholarly activities of the medical residents, and serving on the CORE research team.

Program Coordinator: Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

Leslie has been associated with the Free Clinic since 2001, first as a volunteer, then per diem nurse, and since 2009, as the Coordinator. She enjoys her time at the Free Clinic because she finds working directly with patients keeps her grounded and focused. Leslie is also one of the three founders, in 2013, of the Friends of the Portland Community Free Clinic. The Friends provide financial support, strategic advisement, and raise awareness in the community about the PCFC and its services. For more than a decade, Leslie has been engaged with the Friends of the PCFC, first as Vice President (2013-2017) and since 2017 as a consultant and liaison.

When she isn’t at the Free Clinic, Leslie is busy with her own business, Maine Desk LLC, which provides editorial consultation and support to aspiring authors. Leslie was very proud to be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in October 2014.

Public Health Nurse: Ideh Rohani, RN, FNP-C

Ideh joined the Free Clinic team in June 2022. Prior to coming to the PCFC, Ideh worked as a nurse practitioner in urgent care and family planning. Ideh grew up in Maine and graduated from the University of Southern Maine (undergraduate and Master’s) where she was a Mitchell Scholar. Ideh has a particular interest in community-based health and integrative medicine. Coincidentally, Ideh’s mother is also a nurse and a volunteer at the PCFC (when she isn’t traveling, that is!).

Volunteer Coordinator/Office Assistant: Diane Cunningham

Diane has been a key member of the Free Clinic team since 2014. She oversees volunteer activities which range from coordinating schedules to recruiting new volunteers. In addition, Diane provides administrative support, answers the phone, completes patient intakes, schedules appointments, manages referrals and more. Diane moved into this role in March 2014 and works at the PCFC on Monday and Thursday, and Wednesday morning.

Office Assistant/Database Manager: Makenzie Sands

Makenzie has been with the with the Free Clinic since May 2022. Like everyone else, she is willing to pitch in and help out wherever she is needed. She job shares with Diane and does many of the same tasks. If you call the PCFC, it is likely Diane or Makenzie will be the person answering the phone. A native Mainer, Makenzie is studying theater at the University of Southern Maine. She works at the PCFC on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, although her schedule changes according to her class schedule.

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