Provide benefits from a stable and engaged Board of Directors made up of state, national, and global leaders in women’s and community health, including service providers, administrators, policy experts, and advisors.
Katherine Bourne, President
Mary O’Doherty, Treasurer
Mary 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
Christy Fujio is a human rights lawyer with more than 12 years of experience building capacity and stakeholder networks to improve access to justice and accountability mechanisms. Since 2013 she has been working with Syrian doctors and lawyers to document human rights violations, aiming to secure justice and accountability post-conflict. Substantive areas of expertise include asylum and refugee law, forensic medical documentation, immigration detention, sexual and gender-based violence, solitary confinement, torture, and UNSCR 1325: Women, Peace and Security agenda. Fujio 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. Fujio was also the lead editor and organizer of the updated version of “Examining Asylum Seekers: A Clinician’s Guide to Physical and Psychological Evaluations of Torture and Ill-Treatment.” Fujio holds a JD from Suffolk University Law School and an MA in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
Walt Klausmeier, Director
Walt’s dedication to reproductive health has spanned over 40 years of hands-on policy implementation and leadership including most recently his position as President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Health Systems (PPHS), responsible for operational and fiscal oversight of a four-state regional affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Under the direction of the Board of Directors, he led the development of affiliate policies and strategic planning for 15 health centers with an annual budget of $15 million. Walt’s experience and drive increased their service area from 300,000 people to over 13 million and conversely increased patients served from 3,500 to over 40,000. Additionally, his work has included planning, development and implementation of disciplinary and interdisciplinary continuing education programs for physicians, nurses, social workers and allied health care professionals. As Program Director for International Training during his time at Planned Parenthood Association of Maryland, his work involved developing and managing study tours for foreign health professionals to observe public health programs in the U.S. Walt has also served honorably in the U.S. Navy and received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Letter of Accommodation for Outstanding Service by Commanding Officer upon honorable discharge. Walt enjoys gardening, boating, antique cars, oystering, and playing with his two rescue dogs. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Raleigh but they spend most of their time at their cabin on Old Topsail Creek in southeastern North Carolina.
Jennifer Marshall Pepper, Director
Beginning 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.
Samantha Morrison, Director
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
Dan 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
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
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
Melanie Zurek has spent a decade as the Executive Director of Provide. 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.
Sarah Dietrich, Director
Sarah Dietrich is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, trained to provide mental health services to patients in a variety of settings.
She currently works at an outpatient community mental health center in an under served, rural area of Tennessee, and at a local inpatient psychiatric hospital in Memphis. Prior to her work as a nurse practitioner, Sarah worked as an RN at CHOICES, a reproductive health clinic in Memphis, and she worked with acutely ill psychiatric patients at an inpatient facility. Sarah’s passion for reproductive health and rights began as a teenager after seeing a local production of the Vagina Monologues. She started the annual Vagina Monologues V-Day production at her undergraduate university, helping raise money for domestic violence shelters affected by Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She has also been a patient advocate at CHOICES, supporting women during their first trimester abortions. Sarah holds a B.A. in Psychology from Mississippi University for Women, a BSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received her master’s degree from Vanderbilt University.
Betty L. Farrell, CNM, MPH, Director
As a Women’s Health Care professional for more than 35 years, Betty L Farrell, CNM, MPH began her career in nursing, moving into midwifery. After ten years of full-scope midwifery practice in New York City and San Francisco, Ms. Farrell entered international health and development with a focus on reproductive health service delivery as a technical advisor, training of facility- and community-based health personnel, and program design. Over the years, Ms. Farrell developed training curriculum, contributed to proposal development, contributed to program evaluation, facilitated project start-up, developed a service integration approach, reviewed, and drafted technical papers, and facilitated development of program standards. Providing technical assistance to Ministries of Health and non-governmental organizations took Ms. Farrell to several countries in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.
Domestically, Ms. Farrell currently serves on one board that focuses on ensuring quality research evidence is accessible to inform health planning including gender equity. Serving on the board of a family foundation whose legacy areas of grantmaking include Peace & Security, Sustainable Environment, and Reproductive Justice, Ms. Farrell’s role began in reproductive health and evolved into promoting intentional grant-making where the three thematic areas intersect.
Lastly, Ms. Farrell is a fiber artist with a passion for wool—spinning and knitting. Her second and third passions include reading books and viewing films of internationally diverse origins.