Our team is made up of a group of people who care deeply about women. We are people who live in the communities we work. We are people who love the places in which we work.
We have the benefit of experience in HIV service delivery, substance abuse counseling, domestic violence case management, and safety nets health service. This experience roots us in a deep compassion for women and the workers who serve them and positions us to be highly effectively in engaging and supporting these systems.
Referrals Training Implementation
Orisha Bowers, M.A., M.Ed, Regional Director I
As Provide’s Regional Director I, Orisha works with state teams to implement our Referrals Program. She 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. 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. Orisha is a certified facilitator of Dancing Mindfulness. She facilitates workshops all over the U.S. and is currently in the mentorship program with Dr. Jamie Marich, creator of Dancing Mindfulness to become an affiliate. Orisha is the mother of three children, the greatest of all of her accomplishments and a devoted wife.
Renée Burwell, LMSW, Tennessee State Coordinator II
Renée Burwell, LMSW works to coordinate Provide‘s Referrals Program within Tennessee. Renée is a Nashville native with a passion for service. She has worked in various aspects of social services and healthcare, and is a major advocate for equitable access to services to all in need. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College, a Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sex Therapy and Education from the University of Michigan. In addition, she enjoys teaching Kundalini Yoga and Dancing Mindfulness classes.
Sarah Cannady, North Carolina State Coordinator I
Sarah Cannady is Provide’s North Carolina State Coordinator I, working to coordinate the implementation of the Referrals Project within North Carolina. A native of Tennessee, Sarah 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 II
As the South Carolina State Coordinator, Monika works to coordinate Provide’s work in South Carolina. Monika 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 Carolina (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 young women, line dancing, reading and writing poetry in her spare time.
Karolyn Chowning, M.S., Oklahoma State Coordinator I
Karolyn Chowning currently serves as the Oklahoma State Coordinator with Provide, where she works to expand access to reproductive health services within Oklahoma. 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.
Rebecca Elliott, M.S., Colorado Systems Outreach Coordinator
Rebecca serves as the Colorado Systems Outreach Coordinator for Provide where she develops and implements outreach strategies and technical assistance for Provide’s abortion referral trainings and builds systemic support for health and social service sites in Colorado. As an intersectional feminist committed to social justice with five years of experience focused in global health and nonprofits, Rebecca has experience working in a multitude of health areas providing a wide range of direct and supportive services including sexual reproductive health, prevention strategies, risk reduction techniques, maternal child health, human rights, advocacy, and women’s health. From working in small community-based organizations to large international nonprofits, she developed her skills in grant writing, technical assistance, community outreach, training and facilitation, volunteer management, and leadership development. As a Virginia native, Rebecca received both her bachelor’s in biology and master’s in global health from George Mason University. As a graduate student, she was privileged to be able to gain experience interning with organizations such as Amnesty International, Amref Health Ethiopia, and the Durban Lesbian and Gay Community Health Centre where she conducted research and provided health education to a variety of audiences while developing a passion for health and human rights in women’s and sexual reproductive health programs. These experiences encouraged her to seek out work for Jhpiego Corporation, where she oversaw the supportive needs of the organization’s Kenya and Uganda reproductive health and maternal child health programs. Most recently prior to working with Provide, she managed a comprehensive community-based CDC HIV prevention project to address the unmet need for inclusive and confidential HIV/STI testing, health education, and resource allocation in the Denver metro area. In this role, she initiated discussions with community partners to provide additional testing services, male and female condom distribution, PrEP services, and more to reach those who were most at risk for acquiring HIV and other STIs, including communities of color, commercial sex workers, people who inject drugs, and LGBTQI youth. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys volunteering at local HIV testing centers, participating in community and social justice events, and worrying her family and friends’ mothers with her hobby of fire spinning.
Liz Epperson, Kentucky State Coordinator I
As Provide’s Kentucky State Coordinator, Liz Epperson coordinates our Referrals Program within Kentucky. Liz 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 her work.
Camilla Eubanks, Director of Program Operations
Camilla Eubanks is the Director of Program Operations with Provide. In this role, she steers the implementation of state-based and system based abortion referrals programs. 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 concentrating in Healthcare 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.
Kara Hinkley, MPP, Regional Director II
As Provide’s Regional Director I, Kara Hinkley works with state teams to implement our Referrals Program. Kara is a native Kentuckian, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Louisville, and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Denver. Kara has spent more than a decade in grassroots organizing and advocacy, fighting for the differently-abled community, Women’s rights and racial justice. She’s a policy wonk—having managed the nation’s leading scope-of-practice database and authored various research publications that have been cited by the Georgetown Law Journal, Politico, Modern Healthcare, and Bloomberg. She’s drafted and delivered policy expertise before legislative and regulatory audiences, and coached remote teams of staff and volunteers to drive policy change on local, state and national levels. Prior to joining the Provide team, Kara was a Senior Manager of Advocacy for the Southeast Region of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and prior to 2012, was a Program Associate with the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Health Program. Kara is a dedicated community activist, as a public speaker on progressive issues, a member of the Edenton Racial Reconciliation Group, a Friend of the local public library, a vice-chair of a county political party, co-founder of Progress Edenton, founder of Teach a Girl to Lead Edenton, and board member of Differently Abled Associates. She is a member of the Southern Sociological Society and the Women’s Health Network When she is not advocating for Women and progress from her home in rural North Carolina, she is chasing her two daughters and two fur-babies around town, the garden, or the library with her partner, Jed Hinkley, or creating new “craftisms,” crafts with a social purpose.
Tamika Holliday, Alabama State Coordinator II
Tamika works as Provide’s Alabama State Coordinator II. She works to coordinate the implementation of our abortion referrals programs within Alabama. Tamika 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 two 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.
Shannon Ivey, MFA., South Carolina State Coordinator I
Shannon Ivey, Provide’s South Carolina State Coordinator I, works to implement our Referrals Program within South Carolina. Shannon 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.
Jennifer Kayrouz, MPH, Systems Outreach Senior Coordinator
As Systems Outreach Senior Coordinator, Jennifer works with the systems-based team to strengthen and expand abortion-referral making and build systemic support through training and technical assistance for health and social service sites. Prior to joining Provide, Jennifer spent eight years working in public health programming at the county and state level in West Virginia. She directed WV’s EPSDT Program which ensures Medicaid-eligible children and adolescents receive comprehensive and preventive healthcare services. For the last seven years, she worked in medical education at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. As Regional Statewide Campus Director at WVSOM, Jennifer coordinated academic programming and advised medical students regarding rotation curriculum as well as working closely with clinical faculty. She received her MPH from The University of Tennessee and her B.S. in Health Promotion and Wellness from West Virginia State University. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children in Charleston, West Virginia. Together they enjoy reading, cooking, and listening to music.
Anna Pfaff, MPH, North Carolina State Coordinator II
Anna Pfaff works as Provide’s North Carolina State Coordinator. She works to coordinate and implement Provide’s abortion referrals program within North Carolina. Anna has lived most of her life in Southeast working in reproductive health. She has spent the last decade of her professional career as a patient educator and advocate for Medicaid recipients and immigrants. As a volunteer, she has coordinated and trained full spectrum doulas in Western North Carolina and across the country, and currently serves as a board member with the Carolina Abortion Fund. In 2012, she received her Masters in Public Health focusing in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Within the scope of these roles, Anna has enjoyed writing grants and curricula, organizing events and fundraisers to secure reproductive access, and providing direct support for individuals seeking abortion care. In some of her finer moments, Anna has acted in a Spanish radionovela about HIV awareness, painted a mural for a girl’s running and empowerment program, and driven a school bus full of Spanish language library books. In her free time, Anna enjoys swing dancing, international travel, generally being crafty, and writing little things, like novels.
Ondine Quinn, Kentucky State Coordinator II
As Kentucky State Coordinator II, Ondine works to implement and coordinate Provide’s abortion referrals program within Kentucky. 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.
Tisha Reed, MA, Director of Systems Outreach and Training
Tisha Reed is the Director of Systems Outreach and Training with Provide. In this role, she generates opportunities within targeted systems and manages systems-based implementation teams providing abortion referrals training in health and social service sites. Before joining Provide, Tisha has served as the Deputy Director for WV FREE in addition to Title X Program Director and Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Director both for the state of West Virginia. Tisha has long been an advocate for contraception and abortion as she learned about the need women have to control their reproduction through stories from her grandmother. It has been a delight to dedicate her career to reproductive health since 2006, when she started to work for the Title X program in West Virginia. Tisha also enjoys writing and is pursuing an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Ashland University in Ohio. Tisha attended undergrad and graduate school at Marshall University where she received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in secondary education. Tisha has great fun being a wife and mother, even though she is often scolded by her seven year old daughter for breaking the rules and being inappropriate.
Shandra Witherspoon, Alabama State Coordinator II
As Provide’s Alabama State Coordinator, Shandra Witherspoon coordinates our Referrals Program within Alabama. Prior to her role with Provide, Shandra was a Program Supervisor for the Parenting Matters fatherhood program in Montgomery, AL under the leadership of Family Guidance Center of Alabama where she oversaw the day to day activities of this program. Shandra is a proud graduate of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), where she received both her Bachelor of Arts degree as well as her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Shandra has dedicated over 8 years in the social service field, holding positions such as Parent Educator, Prevention and Community Outreach Coordinator, and Forensic Interviewer. Shandra is a member of the Hope Inspired Ministries and the Alabama State Department of Mental Health where she sits on the State Prevention Advisory Board and Young Professional Advisory Board. She is also a proud and active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. When Shandra is not working in the field of social service, you can find her entrenched in college football games, traveling, or introducing new recipes in her kitchen.
Referrals Program Development
Dafina Ward, JD, Director of Program Development
Dafina Ward is Provide’s Associate Director of Special Projects. She partners with the Senior Director of Programs on division leadership and strategy, and is responsible for the administration of pilot programming. Dafina 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.
Dannielle Shaw, J.D., Special Projects Coordinator
Dannielle Shaw works as Provide’s Special Projects Coordinator. She works to drive the implementation of our Special Projects department and drive connections between that department and the Referrals program. Dannielle’s passion for improving the lives of women and children began with a stint in Peace Corps Morocco where she served as a Maternal and Child Health volunteer. Stateside, Dannielle continued her career as a policy advocate at the Chicago-based Women Employed, an organization devoted to economic equity for women. Most recently as a policy and programs consultant, Dannielle has lent her skills to other Chicagoland organizations that are working towards more just and equitable educational and health outcomes for at-risk families. Dannielle graduated with a B.A. in Organizational Studies and earned a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School as an Advanced Opportunity Fellow. She loves animals and meditation, and is ardently devoted to exploring the impact of public policy on the full and unencumbered participation of women in our society.
Fausta Luchini, Training Coordinator
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 20 years of experience as a therapist, mostly in community mental health. Fausta takes a strengths-based approach to therapy, and believes that we all have our own answers within us. 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 seven years and is a frequent contributor to the escort blog “Every Saturday Morning.” She enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, and visiting her daughter and grandchildren in Mexico.
Erin Carroll, MPH, Program Analyst
Erin Carrol works as Provide’s Program Analyst, conducting research and keeping the Provide staff informed about health and social service utilization, laws and public health policies relevant to abortion referrals, and more. A 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.
Marina Smelyanskaya, MPH, Technical Assistance Specialist
Marina Smelyanskaya works as Provide’s Technical Assistance Specialist. She works to develop and coordinate Provide’s Technical Assistance program. Marina has been working at the intersection of public health and human rights for over 10 years. When in college, she volunteered as a job readiness tutor for women with a history of substance use in Baltimore. This opportunity made her acutely aware of social and economic disparities faced by urban women and the impact that poverty and violence have on women’s ability to access health services and economic opportunities. Since then she has worked with a range of local and international organizations and academic institutions, notably Open Society Foundations, Johns Hopkins University, Treatment Action Group, and UNDP to ensure access of people who use drugs, women engaged in sex work, and LGBTI people to HIV prevention, treatment, and care services and to justice. She engaged with provider networks, donors, and community organizations and activists abroad and in the U.S. to change harmful policy and practice that prevent those who are most marginalized from accessing life-saving health services. She has written on issues ranging from barriers to reproductive health access of women in Tanzania to police practices that impact on public health services in Baltimore City. Marina received her B.S. in Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and her MPH from Hunter College, City University of New York. She is a New Yorker at heart, but currently resides in Baltimore city where along with opportunities for social justice work she enjoys the quirky art scene and life with her amazing family.
Amy Handler, MPH, Program Evaluation Manager
As Program Evaluation Manager, Amy is responsible for implementing evaluations of ongoing programs, special projects, and internal departments and supporting the Director of Program Evaluation. Amy has long had a passion for improving sexual and reproductive health by using evidence to inform action. Prior to joining Provide, Amy oversaw evaluation activities for two of SHIFT NC’s teen pregnancy and STI prevention initiatives, worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for MEASURE Evaluation, coordinated the Rethinking Sexuality Education for the Population Council, and was a Legislative Aide in the Wisconsin State Senate. In each of these positions, Amy saw the important role that evidence and data play in informing decision-making. Amy holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Political Science and Sociology and completed her Master’s in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. In her spare time, Amy enjoys hiking, running, and biking the trails in North Carolina.
Belem Sanchez, Program Evaluation Assistant
Belem Sanchez works as Provide’s Program Evaluation Assistant, working alongside the Director of Program Evaluation to evaluate Provide’s work. Belem 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 San Diego.
Kristin Nobel, MPH, Director of Program Evaluation
As Provide’s Director of Program Evaluation, Kristin Nobel is responsible leading the evaluation of Provide’s programs and for establishing the direction and ensuring the implementation of program-related learning. Kristin has conducted evaluations of health and educational programs since 1998, including school-based programs (Healthy Start and after school program grants), challenge grants to prevent adolescent pregnancy, the Kisumu Medical and Educational Trust (KMET) network of health care providers in Western Kenya, the TEACH Program at ANSIRH, California’s Health Workforce Pilot Project (HWPP) #171, and multiple initiatives of Provide, Inc. Her guiding interest is the practical application of evaluation research to improve the effectiveness of programs seeking to increase access to care.
Maggie Baker, Director of Finance and Administration
Maggie Baker currently serves as Provide’s Director of Finance and Administration. In this position, she oversees Provide’s finances and administrative functions. Maggie 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.
Janice D’Souza, Program Assistant
As Program Assistant, Janice carries out critical administrative and support tasks to aid in planning, supporting, and implementing Provide programs. Janice grew up Roman Catholic in the South Indian city of Mangalore. A first generation college student, she moved to Kentucky in 2010 to attend Berea College, a tuition-free school where her studies focused on public policy and women’s issues. Janice was a member of the Episcopal Service Corps after graduation, where she worked at a food pantry in Chicago. Before joining the team at Provide, she was back in India as a Clinton Fellow, traveling across the country to research issues affecting girls’ retention in schools. Janice also likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain.
Elizabeth Rivera, Executive Assistant and Board Liaison
As Provide’s Executive Assistant and Board Liaison, Elizabeth Rivera provides high-level administrative support the organization’s Executive Director and Board. Elizabeth has been an Operations and Supply Chain professional for more than 10 years across several different industries including Publishing, Cosmetics, and Transportation & Logistics. However, she actually received her B.A. in Sociology with an intention to become a professor. Life sometimes takes us in different paths and she ended up receiving her MBA from Northeastern University in Global Supply Chain and Logistics. After the recession, she started a small catering company called Eating Delicious Catering with her best friend out of her small apartment in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. It was quite an experience and though they failed, they triumphed in the lessons of determination and nurturing a creative dream. Needless to say, Elizabeth loves to cook! Her path hence has taken her into the high-level executive administrative arena and she absolutely loves it. She states that working with Provide and the outstanding people that shape the everyday lives of women in understanding their healthcare rights and choices is be an absolute honor. Her parents are role models and revolutionaries– her dad received his M.Div. from Harvard with a love of Liberation Theology and her mom received her M.Div. from Princeton University on Church History and Feminist Theology. She is the mother of a 15-year-old son and the oldest of 3 amazing sisters. She loves to read, to enjoy a great football game, being around great family and friends, and a great meal.
LaTischa Drake, Programs Division Coordinator
LaTischa Drake works as Provide’s Programs Division Coordinator. In this role, she supports the management of the Programs Division. LaTischa is originally from New York City, and has just relocated back from the North Carolina area. She serves as the Programs Division Coordinator 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.
Carolyn Rhodes, Director of Human Resources
Carolyn Rhodes is the Director of Human Resources with Provide. She is responsible for the overall administration, coordination, and evaluation of the organization’s human resources functions. 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.
Jessica L. Rush, Human Resources Generalist
Prior to working at Provide, Jessica was involved in various genres of work pertaining to medical clinical trials research at Duke University Medical Center, and the non-profit organization world at Ipas as an HR Generalist in Chapel Hill, NC. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Psychology from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, NC; where she spent rigorous years investing in Independent Studies Research, and Community Outreach Service Programs throughout the Triad area. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with local organizations throughout the Triangle area, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
Brooke McConnell, JD, Director of External Relations
As Director of External Relations, Brooke leads organizational efforts to develop and promote products that connect, engage and promote Provide’s work with diverse programmatic audiences, and to secure financial support. In this role, she develops strategies to engage stakeholders positioned to help scale our efforts to improve access to abortion, as well as leading core work in communications, brand development and alignment, and donor relations. Prior to this role, Brooke served as Director of Fund Development at Provide from 2014-2016. Before 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 community movement in her hometown aimed at stopping the development of a predatory casino. She also sits on the Saratoga Institute Board currently developing sustainable programming for the city’s first community farm. Brooke lives in upstate New York with her husband, and two young daughters.
Hannah McGovern, MA, Fund Development Officer
Hannah is the Fund Development Officer for Provide. She focuses on the identification, outreach, and stewardship of major donors, the creation and management of the yearly strategic plan for annual giving donors, and manages the supporter database 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. She currently lives in her home town of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, dog, and beautiful new baby boy. When she is not at work, Hannah enjoys cooking, gardening, playing music, and hanging out with friends and her amazing family.
Crystal Norwood, Communications Manager
As Communications Manager, Crystal Norwood is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing and communications strategies in support of Provide’s outreach to its program audience and funders. Crystal received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in Commercial Writing and a minor in Advertising. A professional with over 11 years of diverse communications and marketing experience, including eight years in healthcare, Crystal is passionate about creating effective products and content that support Provide’s mission and program initiatives. She was born in California, but grew up in northern Alabama; she moved to Georgia after completing college in Florida. She enjoys knitting, cooking (and eating), and exploring the outdoors with her husband, two dogs and two cats.