Cindy Pearson
Executive Director
cpearson@nwhn.org

Cindy is the NWHN’s Executive Director, responsible for the organization’s overall direction and activities. Cindy began at the NWHN as the Program Director and has, over the years, coordinated the internship program, managed the information clearinghouse, and directed NWHN’s program and policy work. A transplanted Californian, Cindy moved to the DC region after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at San Diego and working as an abortion-rights organizer for Colorado NARAL. Before moving to DC, Cindy worked in several capacities at Womancare, a Feminist Women’s Health Center. She is the president of the board of directors of Women’s Health Specialists in Northern California and the treasurer of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. 

 

Sarah Christopherson
Policy Advocacy Director
schristopherson@nwhn.org

Sarah is the Policy Advocacy Director, responsible for leading the NWHN’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts. She also directs federal policy initiatives for Raising Women’s Voices (RWV). Prior to joining the NWHN, Sarah worked for Congress from 2005 to 2015, including serving as the Washington Director to Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA) from 2010 to 2015. Her experience includes work on the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, reproductive health and justice, and the relationship of banking and tax policy on income inequality, among other areas. She has bachelor’s degrees in political science and history from Arizona State University and a graduate degree in foreign policy from George Washington University.

 

Erin Evans
Office Manager
eevans@nwhn.org

Erin is the Office Manager, responsible for managing the office’s daily functions and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. She is the main point of contact for vendors and also reaches out to them if anything goes wrong. She joins the NWHN after spending the last 10 years working in residential property management and commercial real estate, where she managed research teams and coordinated large projects. Erin attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she focused on History and Art History.

 

Evita Almassi 
Communications and Digital Marketing Manager
ealmassi@nwhn.org

Evita Almassi has 10 years of experience in the nonprofit, communications and digital media realm. Her strengths are in the digital media space with a focus on writing, editing, and moving messages with forward thinking organizations. With a proven track record of success in obtaining results, Evita has led social media advocacy campaigns and has experience raising profiles for nonprofit organizations.. Evita attended the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington where she received both her undergraduate degree in Political Science as well a Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis on public policy and administration. In her spare time she enjoys traveling the world with her Fiancé, Chris, long walks with her pup Teddy, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Susan K. Flinn
Newsletter Editor
susan@susanflinn.com

Susan is the NWHN’s newsletter editor, responsible for the content and production of the Women’s Health Activist. Susan is a DC-based consultant who helps public health and social change non-profit organizations work more effectively. She specializes in women’s health, reproductive and sexual health, HIV/AIDS prevention, LGBTQ equality, and access to health care. Prior to forming her consulting firm, Susan was the Legislative Affairs Director for Advocates for Youth.  She served as the Maryland NARAL state organizer and worked on the successful campaign to codify Roe v. Wade into state law. She has a Bachelor’s degree in architectural history from Bryn Mawr College and a Master’s in Public Policy & Women’s Studies from the George Washington University.

 

Michelle M. Lockwood
Development Director
mlockwood@nwhn.org

As the Development Director, Michelle is responsible for taking care of and expanding our membership, while exploring new avenues for our supporters to further the NWHN’s mission. A graduate of Shepherd University with a BA in Communications, her college experience led her to become vocal on many issues women face. Beginning her career as an event planner and alumni communications coordinator at Shenandoah University, Michelle got her official start in fundraising as the Direct Marketing Coordinator at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She joined the NWHN after spending three years as the Development Manager for the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation. After supporting the advancement of an educational institution, a women’s organization, and a health care foundation, she’s excited to contribute to the cause of empowering women to take control of their health care choices.

 

Kalena Murphy                                                                     
Regional Field Manager for Raising Women’s Voices
kmurphy@nwhn.org  

Kalena is the Regional Field Manager for Raising Women’s Voices (RWV), responsible for strengthening and expanding the RWV network of advocates in targeted states. She also provides strategic support and technical assistance to RWV regional coordinators while proactively monitoring developments in the field. Prior to joining the NWHN, Kalena served as Navigator Coordinator for Enroll Michigan and chair of the Enroll West Michigan coalition. Her experience includes work on Affordable Care Act implementation and health insurance marketplaces, Medicaid, outreach and enrollment, mobilizing coalitions and stakeholders, and social determinants of health. A graduate of Grand Valley State University with a BS in biomedical science, her college experience led her to become a passionate health advocate.