Board & Staff

 

Board

Provide benefits from  a stable and engaged Board of Directors made up of experts in human rights, domestic violence, non-profit management, philanthropy and from the reproductive health, rights and justice movement.

Jennifer Marshall Pepper, President

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Jennifer PepperBeginning her career as a sexual health peer educator as a teenager, Jennifer is deeply committed to fostering compassion and enabling justice to thrive in communities.  During her tenure as assistant director of CHOICES, Jennifer led the effort in Tennessee to increase the integration of HIV care and prevention and sexual and reproductive health.  In 2011, her effort was featured as one of three U.S. case studies in the UNAIDS report, Achieving sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls through the HIV response.  “I am very excited to make a commitment of my time, talents, and financial resources to support Provide’s mission to increase access to abortion care services for all women in U.S., especially women in the South and Midwest.” She holds a B.A. from Rhodes College, trained through the North Atlantic Training Institute for Sexual Health Educators, and is working on her Masters in Business Administration at the University of Memphis.

Mary O’Doherty, Treasurer

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Mary DohertyMary O’Doherty is assistant director of the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) where she runs its Economic Justice Project. The project offers financial education, credit counseling, Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) and micro loans to survivors at KCADV member programs and, most recently, to TANF recipients at the state’s community college system. Ms. O’Doherty was responsible for the development of KCADV Homes, a $8.8 million, 48-unit supportive housing project for domestic violence victims that was build with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. In 2014 the Allstate Foundation named her Advocate of the Year. Ms. O’Doherty joined the non-profit world after an 18-year career as a newspaper reporter and editor.

Christy Fujio, JD, Clerk

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Christy FugioChristy Fujio is an attorney currently serving as Director of MENA Training and Legal Advisor at Physicians for Human Rights. Prior to joining PHR, Christy worked in private practice as an immigration attorney, and she currently handles pro bono cases through the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project and Kids In Need of Defense. She organized and conducted legal training and capacity-building seminars for women parliamentarians, executive officers, and civil society leaders from Rwanda, Liberia, Sudan, Bosnia, Serbia, Afghanistan, and Russia. She consulted directly with Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf regarding the transitional justice hurdles Liberia faces in the wake of its civil war.  She has been published in the New York Times, Boston Globe, The Lancet, and legal journals at Georgetown University Law School, Michigan State University Law School, and University of San Francisco Law School, holds a JD from Suffolk University Law School and an MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  Christy and her son played a role in Provide’s  “Why Abortion” video filmed last summer and hosted on our website and YouTube.

Katherine Bourne, MPH, Director

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Katherine is a consultant in international public health, with a particular interest in reproductive rights and health, gender and HIV. Projects have included developing conceptual frameworks, designing program strategy, and designing and conducting evaluation for private sector, United Nations, and nongovernmental organization clients. Katherine teaches at NYU Wagner School of Public Policy and the Bard Program on Globalization and International Affairs. She was Vice President for International Policy and Regional Programs at the International Women’s Health Coalition, and prior to that Vice President for Country and Regional Programs at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Katherine has also worked with Pathfinder International, first as Country Representative for Vietnam and then as Director of Public Affairs. She lived in Beijing, China for several years as a consultant to the United Nations Population Fund. Katherine has a Master’s of Public Health in International and Family Health from the University of Texas in Houston and a BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Susan Dickler, MPA, MSW, Director

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Susan DicklerSusan started her career in the field of reproductive health and rights at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, running their pregnancy counseling hotline before the Roe v. Wade decision. Susan’s philanthropic training and interest developed while staffing the Reproductive Rights and Health Coalition Fund at the Ms. Foundation for Women and, later, as the Ms. Foundation’s Grants Director.  She was the founding Executive Director and Vice Chair of The Dickler Family Foundation, which supported family planning and reproductive health through grants to international and domestic programs.   She also served as Vice President for Management and Development of the Environmental Policy Institute and Executive Director of Voters for Choice, a pro-choice PAC in Washington, D.C.  Susan combines her foundation and non-profit management experience with a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia.

Samantha Morrison, Director

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Samantha Morrison is a Boston-area based fundraising professional whose past work includes seven years as the Director of Campaign and Development Operations at Pathfinder International. She has also served as Director of Development at Boston Children’s Hospital, Director of Major Gifts at Dimock Community Health Center, and is currently the Senior Development Officer at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Daniel E. Pellegrom, M.Div., Director

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Daniel PellegromDan Pellegrom’s career in reproductive health spanned more than 4 decades including Presidencies of three different organizations, concluded with a 26 year tenure as President and CEO of Pathfinder International.  Dan is widely respected for his experience in both management and advocacy.  His career at Pathfinder was the longest tenure of anyone serving as the head of a global reproductive health organization. Pathfinder became only the second US-based organization to receive the United Nations Population Award in 1996.  In 2011, Dan was awarded the Union Medal by Union Theological Seminary in New York City; Union does not award honorary Doctorates, hence the Union Medal is its highest honor. Dan served as Executive Director of two US based Planned Parenthood affiliates prior to his Pathfinder tenure.  He was Executive Director of Memphis Planned Parenthood from 1971 to 1975.  Soon after the Roe v. Wade decision it became the first Planned Parenthood in the South to add abortion services.  From 1975 to 1985 he was Executive Director of the state-wide Planned Parenthood affiliate in Maryland, an early provider of abortion services.  Its clinic in Annapolis, Maryland was fire bombed in 1984. Dan has served on various Boards of Directors including The Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood League of MA, World Neighbors, and is a past Board Chair of both the Brush Foundation and InterAction, the largest coalition of US-based humanitarian organizations working abroad. He continues to serve on the Brush Foundation Board and currently serves on the 501-c-4 Board of the MA Planned Parenthood affiliate. He has written op-ed pieces for The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, and The New York Times as well as provided testimony at Congressional hearings and other public forums. In 1968 Dan was the President of the Student Council at Columbia University and provided days of testimony to the Fact-Finding Commission headed by Archibald Cox, after the student-led revolt at the University.  He has recently been added to the Board of Directors of Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and serves as a Senior Advisor in Global Health Policy at A.D.S. Ventures in Boston.

Frankie Stein, MPA, Director

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Francine (Frankie) Stein is senior advisor at HIAS, advising the organization on governance, management, and program operations. Frankie is an accomplished executive with over three decades of experience in public policy, financial management, fundraising, and health care operations. As a consultant, she has provided her expertise to organizations such as EngenderHealth; Planned Parenthood Federation of America and numerous affiliates; Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health; Head Start; the National Council of Churches, American Jewish Committee; and the U.S. departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Labor. For more than 30 years, Frankie was president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, the ninth largest comprehensive reproductive health care agency in the nation. During her tenure, she transformed single service clinics into a comprehensive network of med-surgical centers and managed a network of 16 licensed diagnostic and treatment centers. Earlier in her career, Frankie served as vice president of development for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where she led a development program that generated more than $70 million dollars of support annually for both charitable and political activities. Frankie holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in government and religion from Barnard College. In addition to numerous awards throughout her career, in 2008 Barnard recognized Frankie’s lifelong contributions to women and civil rights with the Millicent Carey McIntosh Award for Feminism.

Jamila Taylor, Ph.D., MPA, Director

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Jamila K. Taylor, PhD, MPA is a Senior Fellow as Ipas. Prior to joining American Progress, Taylor was a senior policy advisor at Ipas, a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion and helping women realize their sexual and reproductive rights. In that role, Taylor led the organization’s global policy team on matters related to U.S. policy and abortion and directed the Ipas staff on strategies for promoting U.S. laws and policies that ensure access to abortion, including support for public funding. She also worked to inform members of Congress, executive branch officials, and social justice advocates about the role that U.S. policy plays in access to abortion for women nationally and abroad. Dr. Taylor has over 18 years of public policy and advocacy experience, beginning her career as a congressional staff member in the late 1990s. While working on Capitol Hill, she was responsible for health and education issues—with very strong interests in the health and human rights of disenfranchised groups, specifically reproductive justice for women of color. From 2007-2009, she worked as Senior Public Policy Associate for the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE). She has also worked on HIV/AIDS policy and advocacy for the AIDS Institute, and domestic abortion policy and advocacy for the National Network of Abortion Funds. Dr. Taylor has published and presented on a number of topics related to reproductive health and rights and public policy. Her most recent journal article focused on U.S. foreign policy and global health funding trends, published in the Yale Journal of International Affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Hampton University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2010, Dr. Taylor received a PhD in Political Science from Howard University.

Melanie Zurek, EdM, Director

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Melanie ZurekMelanie Zurek has spent a decade as the Executive Director of Provide, formerly the Abortion Access Project. In her time there, she has worked to reduce the stigma of abortion and to increase the availability of women’s health services in low access states in the South and Midwest. While at Provide, she has led the organization to develop important opportunities and resources for health and social service professionals, so that they can play their role in helping women get the care they need.

Melanie is driven by the individual woman’s experience of being able to access care and be supported. Growing up in a gay family during a time, the early 80’s, before gay families were understood or recognized, before gay marriage or kids coming out in schools, she remembers acutely what it felt like to face discomfort from counselors, health care providers, and other who were supposed to be able to help. She saw firsthand the deep importance of there being safe spaces for socially uncomfortable topics, and dedicated herself to creating these.

An educator and writer by training, Melanie’s career began teaching autobiographical writing workshops in New York City battered and homeless women’s shelters and has included work with rape crisis centers, Native American tribes, and adjudicated minors. Prior to Provide, Melanie served as the Education Outreach and Training Manager for the Family Planning Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. At the Department of Health, she managed the program’s sexual and reproductive health education initiatives as well as provided training, outreach and community education resources to contracted family planning provider agencies across the state.

Melanie has also served as the Coordinator of Professional Education at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. There she provided training in comprehensive sexuality education to parents, educators, and health professionals. She has consulted on numerous health communications, curriculum development and professional training projects with private and government agencies and served on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund. She received her B.A. from the New School for Social Research in New York and her Masters in Education from Harvard University.

Staff

As a national organization that conducts state-focused work, Provide’s greatest asset is the state-based teams we employ in each of our project states.  Comprised of expert trainers and skilled organizers, these teams bring essential knowledge of state cultures and systems, relationships with key stakeholders, and allow projects to capitalize on moments of opportunity by constituting a strong and sustained presence in each state.  At the staff leadership level, Provide benefits from a robust management team that includes its Executive Director of ten years, Deputy Director of seven years, two Senior Program Directors, and the Director of Fund Development.

Melanie Zurek, EdM, Director

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Melanie ZurekMelanie Zurek has spent a decade as the Executive Director of Provide, formerly the Abortion Access Project. In her time there, she has worked to reduce the stigma of abortion and to increase the availability of women’s health services in low access states in the South and Midwest. While at Provide, she has led the organization to develop important opportunities and resources for health and social service professionals, so that they can play their role in helping women get the care they need.

Melanie is driven by the individual woman’s experience of being able to access care and be supported. Growing up in a gay family during a time, the early 80’s, before gay families were understood or recognized, before gay marriage or kids coming out in schools, she remembers acutely what it felt like to face discomfort from counselors, health care providers, and other who were supposed to be able to help. She saw firsthand the deep importance of there being safe spaces for socially uncomfortable topics, and dedicated herself to creating these.

An educator and writer by training, Melanie’s career began teaching autobiographical writing workshops in New York City battered and homeless women’s shelters and has included work with rape crisis centers, Native American tribes, and adjudicated minors. Prior to Provide, Melanie served as the Education Outreach and Training Manager for the Family Planning Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. At the Department of Health, she managed the program’s sexual and reproductive health education initiatives as well as provided training, outreach and community education resources to contracted family planning provider agencies across the state.

Melanie has also served as the Coordinator of Professional Education at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. There she provided training in comprehensive sexuality education to parents, educators, and health professionals. She has consulted on numerous health communications, curriculum development and professional training projects with private and government agencies and served on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund. She received her B.A. from the New School for Social Research in New York and her Masters in Education from Harvard University.

Wyndi Anderson, Senior Director of Programs

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Wyndi AndersonWyndi Anderson has been working to secure human rights and access to health care for the majority of her life and working career. Through years of work with National Advocates for Pregnant Women, she focused primarily on securing legal rights and access to appropriate health care for drug-addicted pregnant and parenting women, as well as ensuring access to a full range of reproductive and drug treatment health care services. She was also lucky enough to work as a consultant with the International Harm Reduction Development Program of the Open Society Institute where she traveled to Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Indonesia supporting efforts to improve health care for women drug users. In the US, she led efforts to establish state and local initiatives in her home base of the south that focused on substance use disorder treatment and abortion access. As Senior Director of Programs, Wyndi is responsible for providing leadership, strategic vision and support to the field team, as well as overseeing multiple projects. She also contributes to operational and programmatic strategy and development as a member of Provide’s management team.

Maggie Baker, Director of Finance and Administration

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Maggie BakerMaggie volunteered with Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts’ Counseling and Referral Hotline for four years.  Prior to that she volunteered with NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts’ EC Network and the AIDS Action Committee’s Mass Red Ribbon Ride.  She has ten years of administrative experience.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Trinity College.  Maggie oversees Provide’s office and administrative functions. 

 

Orisha Bowers, MA, MEd, Regional Director I

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Orisha BowersOrisha A. Bowers is a native Memphian. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater and Dance, a Masters of Arts in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Memphis, a Masters of Education in Curriculum Instruction from Freed-Hardeman University, Certification in Complementary Alternative Medicine, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Culture and Humanities and a Graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies at Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Orisha has more than 15 years of experience in social services, nonprofit leadership, grants management, program design, and civic leadership. Orisha has been a dedicated community volunteer serving as a member of the board of directors for SisterReach, the Partnership To End AIDS, Inc., and Dress For Success Memphis. Orisha has assisted in the founding and development of three nonprofit organizations; Partnership To End AIDS, Inc., Alpha House, and The Church on The Square Counseling Center.

Prior to joining the Provide as the Tennessee State Field Coordinator, Orisha worked for Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region as an HIV Outreach Educator and Linkage To Care Specialist.

When she is not working hard to advocate for women and families in Tennessee, she is entertaining them. She is a singer with the famous party band The Bouffants. She can sing notes that will rock the top off of your beer bottle.

She is married and is the mother of three (affectionately known as My J’s), the greatest of all of her accomplishments.

Sarah Cannady, North Carolina State Coodinator

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Sarah, a native of Tennessee, moved to North Carolina in 2002 and quickly fell in love with the Tarheel State. It was here in North Carolina where she translated her passion for women’s health into social justice advocacy. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). During her time at UNCG, Sarah worked at Planned Parenthood of Winston Salem, led UNCG’s student Reproductive Rights advocacy organization, and became intimately familiar with the diverse needs of women and their families across the state. With nearly a decade of experience in the reproductive health field, Sarah has worked in large private practices, non-profits, and small, high-volume family planning clinics. She understands the struggles that service providers and caregivers face each day. This knowledge amplifies her commitment to building the capacity of those in health services settings to provide the best possible care for their patients. Sarah approaches her work with a Reproductive Justice lens, acknowledging the many intersecting needs of individuals and communities required to live healthy, supported, and self-determined lives. A passionate advocate for maternal and child health, Sarah also works within her community as a lactation counselor to provide nursing and post-partum support to new parents and their families. Sarah comes to Provide most recently from Ipas, where she built her capacity in global health policy. She has a wealth of knowledge in health education, non-profit management, community organizing, and health advocacy strategies. Sarah currently serves on the Board of Directors for NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina and is active in many other social justice causes throughout the state. When she’s not busy with her advocacy work, you can find her enjoying the outdoors with her family, catching the local food and music scene, where she quietly judges everyone’s taste in craft beer and NC “barbeque.”

Monika Carey, South Carolina State Coordinator

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Monika CareyMonika M.B. Carey has been in the field of advocacy for women & girls for over 25 years. A graduate of Virginia Union University via Washington, DC she relocated to Columbia, SC in 1999 to start a “new beginning” and founded a non profit organization in 2002 for girls & young women called Dedicated Individually to Valiantly Assist (D.I.V.A) Inc, focusing on Physical & Sexual Health, Character Education and Behavior Modification. Her passion and tenacity brought about significant change in the mindset of many advocates for the holistic health of women and girls in the state of South Carolina. Monika is currently very active with Planned Parenthood, State Alliance for Adolescent Sexual Health in South Carollina (SAASH), TellThem, DHEC, Department of Social Services, SCCADVASA as well as the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to name a few. She has two sons, one daughter and a Goddaughter who she empowers everyday and she enjoys mentoring youg women, line dancing, reading and writing poetry in her spare time.

Erin Carroll, MPH, Program Analyst

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Erin CarrollA Georgia native, Erin has lived in Alabama for seven years. Prior to that, she lived in the Washington, DC area. Erin began her career in reproductive justice working at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), which serves as the advocacy organization for Title X recipients across the country. She then moved to Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, where she worked as a Public Policy Associate. Her work on reproductive choice has been featured on RH Reality Check.

Erin earned a BA in History from the University of Georgia and a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Maternal and Child Health Leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While at UAB, Erin studied under some of the leading reproductive health researchers in the country and assisted in an academic study that examined the complication rate for first trimester surgical abortions.

Karolyn Chowning, MS Oklahoma Field Coordinator

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Karolyn ChowningKarolyn Chowning currently serves as the Oklahoma State Coordinator with Provide, where she works to expand access to reproductive health services. She lives in Oklahoma City’s south side and is a doula-in-training with Birth Matters. Karolyn also serves on the board of Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, a 503(c)(4) organization formed in 2010.

Before relocating to Oklahoma, Karolyn grew up in Dayton, Ohio: home of the Wright Brothers and birthplace of modern aviation. At age 10, she was the youngest cadet to join Civil Air Patrol, the official civilian auxiliary of the USAF. In September 2001, Karolyn enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and served for ten years as a construction specialist and training sergeant.

Prior to Provide, Karolyn directed two U.S. Department of Education college access TRiO grant projects, Upward Bound and Student Support Services, hosted at Oklahoma City Community College which provide support to increase the number of bachelor’s degrees obtained by first-generation, low-income students. At the University of Oklahoma, she worked for the Center for Independent and Distance Learning assisting administrators, instructors and students with high school and college course management; for the College of Liberal Studies as an adjunct professor; and for the College of Arts and Sciences as a research assistant and instructor. Karolyn has taught college courses in introductory psychology, introductory writing, personality, research methods, and adores teaching behavioral statistics. She has worked on research projects addressing traumatic brain injury, smoking cessation, assertiveness, self-focus, incivility, decision making, and optimism. She received her B.S. from Wright State University and her M.S. from the University of Oklahoma in personality and social psychology.

LaTonya Dixon, Tennessee State Coordinator II

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LaTonya DixonLaTonya is a native Memphian with a passion for service. She is a graduate of Tennessee State University, receiving her Bachelors of Business Administration. She is currently completing her Master’s of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration at Strayer University. With over 7 years of experience in public health, LaTonya was recently an Outreach Educator/Program Liaison for LeBonheur Children’s Hospital. Working under the Be Proud Be Responsible Memphis! Program, LaTonya has individually educated over 2500 adolescents, ages 13-18, on pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS, and positive sexual behavior. Prior to her work at LeBonheur, she served an outreach educator at Case Management Inc. At CMI, LaTonya began as a homeless advocate and later became the Regional Training Coordinator for SSI/SSDI Outreach and Recovery. When LaTonya is not advocating for health professionally, she is serving as Co-Chair of the Social Action Committee, Memphis Alumnae Chapter, of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. As the Co-Chair, LaTonya has held an annual Economic Empowerment Summit for Teens since 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family.

LaTischa Drake, Programs Division Coordinator

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LaTischa DrakeLaTischa is originally from New York City, and has just relocated back from the North Carolina area.  She serves as the Program Assistant for Provide.  LaTischa’s professional experience consists of fifteen years of diverse administrative duties within various corporate sectors.  December 2014 is the projected completion date of her Bachelors of Science degree in Healthcare Administration.   Although LaTischa is new to the field of reproductive health, she understands and is committed to the mission in which Provide supports.  In her spare time, LaTischa enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and a good ole laugh.

Liz Epperson, Kentucky State Coordinator

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liz eppersonLiz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has extensive experience working with immigrant and refugee communities. Most recently, she worked as a mental health practitioner at a Title X Community Health Center where she helped integrate pregnancy referrals into her workplace. Liz also brings lots of connections throughout the state through her work as an adjunct faculty member in the UK College of Social Work, as well as great energy and passion to this work.

Camilla Eubanks, Director of Field Operations

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Camilla EubanksCamilla Eubanks is the Director of Field Operations with Provide. Prior to her role with Provide, Camilla was the Research and Development Director for WV FREE, where she managed major donor gifts, grant writing, fundraising events and in addition was the Provide liaison for West Virginia. Born in Durham, North Carolina, Camilla attended undergrad at Guilford College where she received bachelor degrees in both Psychology and Women’s Studies. She dedicated 12 years of professional service to domestic and sexual assault survivors in the state of North Carolina and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. When she is not working or studying, Camilla enjoys spending time with her husband and best friend, Nick, going to the gym, playing in the yard and cooking great food at her home in Raleigh, NC.

Tiffaney Graham, Programs Assistant

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Tiffaney GrahamTiffaney Graham is a proud alumna of Spelman College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She began her career in the investment banking field, focusing on healthcare financing and financial institutions lending. Her contributions to her team yielded net business revenue in excess of $15 million dollars. She is passionate about women’s rights and empowerment, service and financial literacy. She is currently serving as the Treasurer of the Greater Atlanta Alumnae Chapter, Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, Inc. Tiffaney can often be found cooking in the kitchen with her love, Eric or plotting out her next world adventure. She resides in Atlanta and is the mother to two amazing boys.

Rebecca Hart Holder, Associate Director of Programs

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Rebecca Hart HolderRebecca is an attorney who has dedicated her career to ensuring women live free from violence and have access to comprehensive reproductive health care. She is the Associate Director of Programs at Provide. Prior to joining Provide, she was the Federal Policy Director at the National Abortion Federation, the professional association of abortion providers in North America. Rebecca held legal fellowships with the U.S. Legal Program of the Center for Reproductive Rights and the National Congress of American Indians. She has published two law review articles on violence against Native American women, including an article in the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender and Society entitled “No Exceptions Made: Sexual Assault against Native American Women and the Denial of Reproductive Healthcare Services.” She earned a JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she was the Senior Publishing Editor of the California Law Review and co-chair of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Prior to attending law school, Rebecca received a Fulbright Fellowship to examine human rights abuses against indigenous women in Guatemala and worked at Human Rights Watch. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in History and Spanish. When not at work, she can be found extolling the virtues of homemade canned goods.

Tamika Holliday, Alabama State Coordinator II

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Tamika HollidayTamika Holliday is a proud graduate of Alabama State University located in Montgomery, AL. Although she’s lived several places Alabama is now home. Since her time in undergraduate studies, Tamika has been an active part of the social services scene in her community for over 15+ years. Obtaining positions as a youth counselor, Sexual Health Educator, Prevention Educator, and most recently a Life Skills Coordinator but her specialty and passion is training and facilitation. Tamika has worked 1 on 1 with several community agencies including the Alabama Coalition Against Rape as well as the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Prevention Educator working in primary prevention efforts. She is a certified Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainer as well as trained to facilitate over 10 Life Skill’s curricula. She’s recently engaged and a proud mom of 2 awesome little boys. When she’s not working hard in the field, she can be caught cheering on her boys at their multiple sporting events. Tamika is an also an avid DIY’er and Googler.

Arthur Holmes, Remote Technology Coordinator

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Arthur HolmesArthur is a technology enthusiast, lover of art and animation with a passion for web design. In his previous role as an information technology engineer, Arthur was responsible for supporting hundreds of users on a daily basis, doing everything from network support to staff training and development. In his spare time, Arthur likes to make smoothies, play video games and write fiction.

Sarah Hudson, Executive Assistant

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Sarah HudsonSarah is a nontraditional age student at Wellesley College, with previous work experience in retail and a leadership role at the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund as the volunteer coordinator.

Shannon Ivey, MFA, South Carolina Coordinator I

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Shannon IveyShannon, MFA, is a professional actor, director, educator, and Tedx Presenter. She holds an MFA in Acting from UNC Greensboro and a BA in Theatre from Mississippi University for Women. Shannon is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, and a certified Hatha Yoga teacher. Shannon has 20 years of experience facilitating workshops, and directing/devising plays, musicals, and performative experiences for audiences of all ages. Shannon is a Joker (facilitator) for Theatre of the Oppressed (Augusto Boal) as well as a Board Member for the international nonprofit Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc. Her work in theatre activism in South Carolina lead her out of Higher Ed (where she was for the last 10 years) and to this amazing opportunity with Provide as the new South Carolina State Coordinator. Shannon is the proud solo parent of one amazing little ninja: Zoe. Shannon and Zoe love to get into all sorts of shenanigans in their free time, mainly music, art, yoga, and dance.

Sara Kaye Larson, Storyteller and Content Marketing Officer

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Sara Kaye LarsonSara Kaye Larson is joining us as the Storyteller and Content Marketing Officer in the Fund Development team on Thursday, Nov 5. Sara is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who is dedicated to telling stories that inspire new ways of understanding people and bringing human insight to tough issues. A lifelong advocate for women’s rights, she volunteered for NARAL while attending Wayne State University in Detroit, MI where she earned her Masters Degree in Media Arts. She currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee and has brought her writing and video skills to national and international nonprofits, championing literacy and community building. As an independent filmmaker, Sara is involved in the Memphis chapter of the Film Fatales filmmaking group that advocates for more women in directing and producing roles. A huge fan of the south and the outdoors, if she could work from a canoe on the Buffalo River, she would.

Fausta Luchini, Training Coordinator

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In the role of Training Coordinator, Fausta offers technical assistance to keep the trainings successful and accessible to all of the audiences that we are in front of– keeping us sharp! A native of Kentucky, Fausta is a licensed Psychological Practitioner, with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and over 15 years of experience as a therapist, mostly in community mental health. She currently has a small private practice, working primarily with adults and older teenagers. Fausta takes a strengths-based approach to therapy, and believes that we all have our own answers within us. She is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and has extensive experience working with survivors of trauma, especially sexual abuse. Fausta also offers classes and trainings on cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma-informed care, as well as a workshop on self-care for activists. As a community volunteer, Fausta has focused on issues of poverty, racism, and social justice, especially women’s reproductive health. She has been an escort at Louisville’s only abortion clinic for about four years and is a frequent contributor to the escort blog “Every Saturday Morning.” She enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, and visiting her daughter and granddaughter in Mexico.

Brooke McConnell, JD, Director of Fund Development

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Brooke McConnellBrooke manages the Fund Development program, ensuring consistent financial support for Provide and encouraging individual donor involvement and partnership in Provide’s efforts. She is inspired by Provide supporters’ passion and concern, and seeing the collective impact their contributions can have on abortion access for women across the U.S. Prior to joining Provide in 2009, Brooke worked for the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government as Assistant Director of Major Gifts. Brooke holds a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School. She is author of “Quality Control: The Implications of Negative Genetic Selection and Pre-Birth Genetic Enhancement,” 15 UCLA Women’s L.J. 47, 2006, which is cited in model curriculum for courses in reproductive rights, law and justice. Other experience includes donor management as the Associate Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board as well as work with the Family Planning Advocates of New York State and MergerWatch as a legal intern. Brooke is a former director of the Board for Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson. Additionally, she is a co-founder and steering committee member of SAVE Saratoga, a grassroots citizen movement in her hometown aimed at stopping the development of a mega-casino. She also sits on the Saratoga Institute Board currently developing sustainable programming for the city’s first community farm. Brooke lives in rural upstate New York with her husband, and two young daughters.

Hannah McGovern, MA, Fund Development Officer

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Hannah McGovernHannah is the Fund Development Officer for Provide. She focuses on the annual strategic plan for all annual giving donors, stewardship, research, and data management all with the goal of developing support to forward Provide‘s important work. Prior to working at Provide, Hannah was part of the development teams at Carnegie Mellon University and the Carnegie Museum of Art. She received her master’s degree in Arts Management from Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University and bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance from Pennsylvania State University. When she is not at work, Hannah enjoys cooking, gardening, playing music, and hanging out with family and friends. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and furry child (Sam the dog).

Annie Norman, MPH, Oklahoma State Coordinator II

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Annie NormanGrowing up in rural Oklahoma with limited access to reproductive health care, and with a mother who is a nurse, have inspired Annie to dedicate her efforts to ensuring people have access to the reproductive health care they need, regardless of where they live. Annie serves on the board of Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, a local 501(c)(4) organization formed in 2010. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica (RPCV, 2008-2010) where she spent two years working on community economic development and sexual health education projects in Tierra Blanca de Cartago, in Costa Rica’s central valley. She has also worked in reproductive health policy, organizing, and sex education for Planned Parenthood affiliates in Waco, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Most recently, (2014 – 2015) while finishing graduate school, she assisted Ibis Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights in a multi-state research study evaluating the impact of state policies restricting abortion on overall health and well-being. For relaxation, Annie can be found far from city life, enjoying the stars, and peace and quiet in rural Creek County where she grew up. Annie currently lives and works remotely from Tulsa, OK.

Jenny O’Donnell, MSc, Deputy Director

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Jenny O'DonnellJenny serves as the Deputy Director for Provide. As Deputy Director, she stewards organizational development and oversees the Core Functions team and work in development, communications, operations, personnel and research/evaluation. As a member of Provide’s Management Team since 2010, Jenny works with colleagues to ensure strategic and effective programming in support of the organization’s mission.

Prior to the role Deputy Director, she managed Provide’s communication activities. Other past experience includes NSF-sponsored research/ writing with Professor Rosanna Hertz on her 2006 book capturing a qualitative study of single motherhood, work with the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School, and consultation with Harvard University’s Women’s Leadership Board as well as internships at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts’ development department, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s government relations department, and Our Bodies Ourselves’ translation and adaptation program.

Jenny has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College, a Master of Science degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, and is pursuing a Doctorate of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health, concurrent with her work at Provide. A Maternal and Child Health concentrator, her research interest is the intersection place and identity as it influences access to reproductive health, specifically abortion care. Jenny is Fellow in the 2012-2013 cohort of the National Council for Research on Women-Amex Fellowship, a program dedicated to developing women leaders in the nonprofit sector. As a coastal dweller (both right and left) for most of her life, she is delighted that her work with Provide has introduced her to the art-deco buildings of Oklahoma, the soybean fields of Iowa, and the small town bakeries of Kentucky.

Ondine Quinn, Kentucky State Coordinator II

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Ondine Quinn Ondine is a queer latinx intersectional-feminist, artist, and rabble-rouser whose commitment to social justice was formed at an early age, in large part thanks to her mother. She is an experienced community organizer who has worked on campaigns to restore voting rights to people with felonies in Kentucky, to increase access to gender neutral restrooms for non-binary people, and to promote a sustainable economic transition from coal in Appalachia. Ondine also has direct service experience from her time at AIDS Volunteers Inc., an HIV/AIDS service organization where she worked as a case manager and HIV tester. In her professional roles she has had the opportunity to cultivate her skills in grant writing, fundraising, leadership development, training, volunteer management, crisis counseling, and lobbying. Ondine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Studies from Ohio State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky. She is a proud member of Alpha Psi Lambda, the nation’s first coed Latinx fraternity, and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. In her free time Ondine writes and distributes a zine about abortion access for minors, she organizes an annual zine festival, she volunteers as a clinic escort at Kentucky’s only full-time abortion clinic, and she hangs out with her partner and their companion animals. Despite being a northerner by birth, Ondine loves living in the south and has fully embraced the pronoun y’all.

Carolyn Rhodes, Human Resources Manager

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carolyn rhodesCarolyn Rhodes is the Human Resources Manager with Provide. Over the last 15 years, Carolyn has been involved in every facet of operations in both the private and public sectors, most recently at Ipas and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Her previous work includes motivational coaching, fundraising, grant writing, technology development, human resources, financial investments, and program management. She is a native of Durham and attended Peace College in Raleigh, NC, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. In her community, Carolyn served as a board member for the City of Durham’s Citizens Advisory Committee for 4 years. In this role, she helped facilitate citizen participation in the planning and implementation of Housing & Urban Development funds, earmarking federal funds to bolster low-income communities and innovative non-profit organizations. As a strong leader and advocate in her community, Carolyn founded and managed a non-profit public organization, Overcoming Obstacles. In that role, she provided resources for impoverished single mothers through ongoing professional development workshops and community trainings, having been drawn to this work through her own experience. She is a single mother who independently raised a smart and compassionate son. In her downtime, her interests include international and domestic travel, marathon running, hiking, reading, and supporting local businesses.

Belem Sanchez, Program Evaluation Assistant

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Belem SanchezBelem graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Due to her affinity for a discipline that promotes gender equity, she worked as an assistant for the Women and Gender studies department, aiding in its expansion and visibility on campus. As part of her senior capstone, Belem conducted a research-based workshop titled “How Women View Women.” The objective of the workshop was to start an open discussion about the struggles modern women experience in the media and in everyday life. Furthermore, due to her dedication to empowering women she was awarded the Women’s Leadership Institute’s Pearl for Community Service Award at SUNY Geneseo. Belem hopes to pursue a master’s in Public Health or Social Work. Originally from New York City, she now works remotely from Boston, Massachusetts.

Dafina Ward, JD, Associate Director of Special Projects

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daphnia wardDafina is a self-described “recovering attorney”, who left private legal practice in 2007 to pursue HIV work in Alabama. Dafina most recently served as Director of Prevention and Community Partnerships at AIDS Alabama where she managed all of the agency’s community-focused educational programs and initiatives. She has developed and implemented regional programs serving groups facing the greatest health disparities, including women of color, transgender women, and survival sex workers. She has also led trainings and seminars nationally on inclusion, culturally competent communication and program development. In 2013, Dafina was selected as the first southern board member of the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS), a national organization focused on government and community collaboration for improved community health outcomes. Dafina currently serves as Co-Facilitator of a regional Women and Trauma Workgroup convened by the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Division. Dafina received her BA in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA) and her Juris Doctor from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law (Philadelphia, PA). She and her husband, Ahmad, are the proud parents of two brilliant girls, Masani and Aminah.

Abby Woodhouse Online Media Assistant

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abby woodhousePrior to her role as Online Media Assistant, Abby worked for Provide as an Individual Giving Intern for two years. She is currently a senior undergraduate psychology student at Skidmore College who hopes to continue on to law school with a focus on human rights. At Skidmore, Abby is the head of the Peer Health Education program, a network of students trained in peer counseling and public health in order to provide the student body with non-judgmental and free assistance specialized for college students. She is also active in the movement surrounding sexual assault on college campuses, having founded Stand with Survivors, an online organization. She also works with students to navigate the sexual misconduct progress and connect them to on- and off-campus resources.

Camille Zimmerman, Operations Assistant

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Camille is a graduate of the University of North Carolina. She is a trained crisis counselor and works closely with survivors of interpersonal violence. She works with survivors in a variety of different ways, from one-on-one counseling to facilitating informational training sessions. Camille is a self-identified “hardcore feminist” and believes that everyone deserves access to safe, affordable, and non-judgmental medical care. Camille is based out of Carrboro, NC and will be working remotely to help keep Operations running smoothly.