Board of Directors
Mia Kim Sullivan
Mia Kim Sullivan is the director of Civil Liberties & Public Policy (CLPP), a national program based at Hampshire College, which educates new activists and leadership to advance reproductive and sexual rights, freedom, and justice. Mia has led leadership development programs at CLPP for almost a decade. She has presented for learning circles at the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Women Donors Network, and written about the reproductive justice field for the RESIST fund. Mia previously worked as a staff attorney at civil legal services organizations in Massachusetts and Michigan, engaging in state and Federal litigation, community organizing and education efforts, and policy advocacy. Mia currently serves on the advisory board for Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice, and the legacy council for the Third Wave Fund.
Kira S. Jones
Administrative Vice Chair
Kira S. Jones, MA, is an Academic Advisor for the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. Kira’s academic research and activist writings have primarily focused on how the rhetoric of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month conditions women (and men) to a breast cancer conversation that includes contradictory ideas about breast cancer detection, prevention, activism, and breast cancer as a disease. This discourse emphasizes personal responsibility over social context, thereby obscuring the need for social justice, environmental protection, and collective responsibility to prevent and reduce breast cancer. Kira has worked with women’s health organizations across the country including NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Brooklyn-Queens Chapter of NOW, and Breast Cancer Action (BCA). She has also volunteered for Planned Parenthood Association of Utah/Planned Parenthood Action Council, NARAL Pro-Choice New York, and Women’s Voices for the Earth. She is a former NWHN intern. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and a Master’s degree in Communication Studies.
Action Vice Chair
Dipti Singh, the Directing Attorney for Impact Litigation, comes to Bet Tzedek from the National Health Law Project (NHeLP) where she was the Project Director of the Reproductive Health Data and Insurance Accountability Project in NHeLP’s Los Angeles office. As Project Director, Dipti oversaw complex data collection and analysis to identify and address Medicaid and private health insurance barriers that interfere with people’s abilities to make their own reproductive decisions. Previously, Dipti litigated complex civil and criminal matters, including constitutional rights issues, at the Washington, D.C. firm, Williams & Connolly LLP. Dipti received her J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law, where she was selected to join Order of the Coif. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, in political science and psychology from the University of California, Irvine.
Nadiah Mohajir is the Executive Director of HEART Women & Girls, in Chicago. She describes herself as a woman with many identities and being a public health and social justice nerd is one of them. She discovered her interest in health disparities as a young girl, when she would visit her grandparents in Pakistan. As she grew older and pursued her academic and professional career, she was dismayed to see that disparities weren’t that far from her home in Chicago. She began exploring ways to work to help reduce disparities in vulnerable populations – particularly in maternal and child health.
Tiffany Reed is a Senior Account Executive at the direct marketing agency Mal Warwick | Donordigital, where she has lead the direct mail and telemarketing fundraising strategy for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Whitman-Walker Health, Children’s Health Fund, TechnoServe, and Women for Women International. In her spare time, she loves taking on pro-bono clients, including the NWHN, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), and the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She previously held a marketing position at EMILY’s List, fundraising for pro-choice Democratic women leaders. After President Obama’s election, she led the Democratic National Committee’s direct mail program. Her first job after college was serving as a social worker at the Emma Goldman Clinic for Women, where the experience of advocating for low-income women’s access to health care transformed her life. She was the president of the DC Abortion Fund from 2005 to 2011.
Victoria currently runs a health and wellness and life coaching business, Heart Beets Holistic, LLC. She is a board certified family nurse practitioner who works with many transgender and LGBTQ patients. She has experience working in the reproductive rights and HIV/AIDs fields amongst many others, in the US and abroad. Victoria has training in functional medicine, herbalism, and she holds a Masters in Public Health degree from Boston University.
Erin Armstrong currently is an attorney at the ACLU of New Mexico, where she focuses on strategies to protect and expand reproductive rights throughout the state. Before joining ACLU-NM, she worked to improve access to reproductive health care for low income and underserved communities as a staff attorney and reproductive justice fellow at the National Health Law Program Washington, D.C. office. As a cancer patient and survivor she is deeply committed to dismantling oppressive, systematic barriers that unfairly limit choices surrounding health and body.
Dazon Dixon Diallo
Dazon Dixon Diallo is Founder and President of SisterLove, Inc, established in 1989, the first women’s HIV/AIDS and RJ organization in the southeastern United States. For 16 years she has served as adjunct faculty in women’s health at Morehouse School of Medicine’s Masters of Public Health Program in Atlanta, GA. She currently chairs the Metro Atlanta HIV/AIDS Services Planning Council, and is a member of the AIDS Research Advisory Council of the Division of AIDS at the National Institutes of Health. She is a founding member of the 30 for 30 Campaign for Women in the National HIV AIDS Strategy, and she serves on the HIV/DV National Advisory Committee for the National Network to End Domestic Violence. In 2012, she received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater, Spelman College. For more than twenty years, she has hosted a weekly radio program focused on black women, called “Sistas’ Time” on WRFG 89.3FM and www.wrfg.org in Atlanta. She holds a Master’s degree in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Bachelor’s degree from Spelman College.
Kara Loewentheil is a certified cognitive life coach who teaches law students and lawyers how to tame their lawyer brains and feel calm, confident and capable no matter what comes their way. She specializes in working with women lawyers who feel overwhelmed, anxious, and insecure about their professional capabilities and career prospects.
Before opening her coaching practice Kara practiced law in a variety of capacities. She received her J.D. at Harvard Law School, clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, litigated at the Center for Reproductive Rights, held an academic fellowship at Yale Law School, and ran a think tank at Columbia University. Today she coaches individual clients one-on-one, provides coaching services to NGOs and law firms, teaches workshops, and speaks at law schools and for private audiences.
Anu Manchikanti Gomez
Anu Manchikanti Gomez, MSc, PhD is an assistant professor at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California Berkeley. Anu’s research focuses on violence; reproductive health; and HIV among youth, women, and racial and ethnic minority groups. Over the past 10 years, she has conducted research on violence, reproductive health, and HIV in the U.S. and abroad. Her work has consistently focused on reducing health disparities among disadvantaged populations, particularly youth, women, and racial and ethnic minorities. As a researcher, her overarching goal is to understand individual, couple- and community-level influences on sexual risk behavior among young women and men, and to develop multi-faceted interventions addressing these factors. She received her doctorate in Maternal and Child Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Charlea Massion, MD, is a family physician and medical director of Hospice of Santa Cruz County. For more than 20 years, Charlea has co-taught a women’s health lecture series at Stanford University’s Medical School, which introduces medical students to the psychological, social, political, cultural, and spiritual aspects of women’s health. Charlea is a co-founder and current President of the American College of Women’s Health Physicians. She began volunteering with NWHN several years before she was elected to the board, and is a co-author of the NWHN’s book, The Truth About Hormone Replacement Therapy. She co-authors the “Rx for Change” column in the NWHN’s newsletter, and was on the planning committee for the Women’s Health and Justice for All conference, held at the University of California Santa Cruz in March 2010.
Zipatly Mendoza, MPH, is the Manager of the Health Assessment and Promotion Office at the DeKalb County Board of Health, in Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly, she was the Office Chief of the Arizona Health Disparities Center, and the chair of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center’s Community Advisory Board. Zipatly earned her Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kimberly Robinson is the Director of Health Services at Women’s Health Specialists, an independent feminist health center. She has a strong passion for women’s health and management which has led her to her current position. She oversees the operations for multiple clinics and satellite services. Kimberly is also responsible for the training and recruitment of all clinical staff including residents and medical students, helping to train the next generation of abortion providers. As a women’s health activist, she works with colleagues, communities and allies to build constituencies that demand reproductive justice for all women.
Francine is the Director of Health Services at the Emma Goldman Clinic. She is responsible for the operations and management of the abortion and gynecology departments at the clinic, as well as other heath service departments. Her 30 years as an Administrator of an independent, not for profit, feminist health care clinic that provides abortion care has given her extensive experience in reproductive health care management. She has overseen the development and implementation of many innovative services and has incorporated fiscal, service, and organizational adjustments to ensure the clinic’s survival. She continues to be challenged and motivated with the unending assaults within the reproductive justice and abortion care movement. Her passion includes training students and volunteers and the next generation of feminist, health care providers and activists.
Joy Eckert, MPH is a Research Associate at the George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health. She researches how pharmaceutical marketing impacts health and health care. She also works with a team to develop and create non-industry funded continuing education for health care providers. She is passionate about protecting women’s health with rigorous, science-based regulation. Joy earned her Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology from George Washington University.
Karen is a southern Black cis woman, physician, social scientist, and activist with a board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her background and expertise include more than 20 years of health education, health care service, and leadership in community-based practice and program management in high need – low resource communities in the Midwest and West Coast. In 2013, she disrupted her medical career and pursued public health and the integration of sexual and reproductive (S&R) justice theories into S&R health education, communication, training, and practice. As an interdisciplinary scholar centered in reproductive justice and feminist intersectional scholarship, her clinical and research interests include the analysis of individual, community, institutional, and structural factors that inform S&R health care quality, access, and utilization. She further focuses on the relationship between S&R health equity and patient -provider communication and shared decision making. She also explores the omission, minimization, and/or invisibility of black cis, queer, and trans women in S&R health services research and public health approaches to justify a paradigm shift towards a radically inclusive sex positive/sex pleasure framework that broadens sexual intention and motivation beyond the purpose of romance and reproduction. Karen will obtain her Executive Master of Public Health in Applied Epidemiology at Emory University in the summer of 2018. Currently, she is the co-director of the Racial Equity Pilot Project, California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, Stanford University School of Medicine and a clinician scientist at the UCSF & SFSU Social Innovation Urban Opportunity Lab.
Kentina Washington Leapheart
Kentina Washington-Leapheart is the Director of Programs for Reproductive Justice and Sexuality Education at the Religious Institute. In this role, she combines her love for justice and education with her experience in pastoral care and chaplaincy, journeying alongside multi-faith clergy, seminarians, and communities of faith as they seek to be thoughtful, courageous, and responsible in the care of their minds, bodies, and spirits . A self-identified queer womanist follower of many paths including the Way of Jesus, Kentina earned a BA in Public Administration from Miami University and a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. A “second career” religious professional who followed the call to seminary after working in the financial services field, Kentina worked for more than 5 years in various clinical settings as a chaplain before transitioning into her role at the Religious Institute. Kentina derives deep joy from her primary vocation: caring for her family. She and her wife Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart reside in Philadelphia with their tween daughter.
For over 18 years, Mae-Gilene Begay has been directing the Navajo Nation Community Health Representative (CHR)/Outreach program. The Outreach program includes STD Prevention, TB Control and the Navajo Birth Cohort Study (NBCS) project with the NBCS being the newest program (2012). About 90 percent of the CHR program clienteles are elderlies over 55 years old.
She earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2007 and received the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work Service Award in March 2015. Mae-Gilene is very active with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and serves as the APHA CHW Section past chair and now serves as APHA CHW Nomination Committee. She also serves on the New Mexico Department of Health CHW certification board, the first installed board. And most recently elected to the National Women’s Health Network board.
Mae-Gilene has been an avid advocate for increasing oral health literacy in Navajo and increase awareness with the health disparities in oral health and other chronic diseases among the Navajo people. Her program is focused on primary prevention to improve general health of the Navajo people by exploring innovative options.
Meredith P. Field, MSED, is completing a dual title PhD in Rural Sociology and Women’s Studies at Penn State University. Her dissertation work explores rural women’s experiences seeking access to maternal health care in a context where the availability of maternal health care continues to decline. Her other areas of interest include menstrual health, bodies, and sexual health. Meredith has worked in higher education for more than ten years, and she currently teaches in Penn State’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department. She has been an activist since she was a child, beginning with local environmental issues and expanding to issues of women’s health, prisoners’ civil rights, and other human rights and social justice topics.
As a Nigerian American woman that grew up in Trenton NJ, Dr. Amutah-Onukagha is keenly aware of the inequities experienced by women living in economically depressed neighborhoods as a result of the systemic effects of discrimination and differential access to healthcare. These life experiences have shaped her research career and deepened her interest in the health of women from marginalized backgrounds. Ndidiamaka received her PhD in Public Health with a focus on Maternal and Child Health at the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health in 2010. She received her Master’s in Public Health from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Maternal and Child Health in 2005. Her dissertation focused on infant mortality in Washington, DC and it specifically examined neighborhood level disadvantage, social determinants of health, and race/ethnicity as predictors of infant mortality. She also received a BS in Public Health and BA in Africana Studies from Rutgers, The State University of NJ. Her research examines the relationship that HIV positive African American women have with their adolescent daughters. She is interested in understanding the nature of mother-daughter communication with the goal of mitigating HIV sexual risk through the development of interventions.