Reproductive Health Access Project

About

Board

Danielle Pagano, MA

President

Danielle is the global business manager for Nuveen Investments, located in Chicago, and is a founding partner of The Cardinal Partners, a strategic consulting firm. Prior to joining Nuveen, Danielle spent 16 years at AllianceBernstein serving in a number of senior business development and management roles. At AllianceBernstein, Danielle designed, built, and managed the firm’s international client-facing sales support and marketing teams, located in 21 countries. Danielle joined the Board of the Reproductive Health Access Project in 2009 as a way of ensuring that all women who need reproductive care are able to access it how and when they want it in a safe environment.

 

Harlene Katzman, JD

Vice President

A long time Reproductive Health Access Project supporter, Harlene has been a member of the Board’s Finance Committee since 2010. She heads up the pro bono practice at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP. Previously, Harlene was dean of the Center for Public Interest Law at Columbia Law School, where she directed the school’s mandatory pro bono program as well as its public interest programming, counseling, and fellowship programs. Harlene’s law practice focuses on assisting immigrant women who have been the victim of domestic violence and human trafficking.  She has also worked on a number of challenges to state’s restrictions on access to reproductive rights.

 

Vicki Breitbart, EdD

Vicki Breitbart is the director of the Health Advocacy Program at Sarah Lawrence College. Highlights of her 40+ year career in public health include developing the Women’s Healthline (a public information system for the New York City Department of Health) and serving as Vice President of the Department of Planning, Research, and Evaluation that she created at Planned Parenthood of New York City. She has served as chair of the board of the National Abortion Federation and is currently also a board member of the Public Health Association of New York, where she was formerly president. Vicki has taught at the CUNY School of Public Health, the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and New York University.

 

Barbara Kancelbaum, MS

Barbara is a writer and communications consultant for a variety of nonprofit organizations working in the areas of health care and education. She is formerly the communications director of the U.S. office of Doctors Without Borders. Barbara has been a proud member of the Reproductive Health Access Project’s Board of Directors since 2005 and has served as chair of the board from 2007-2012. She is deeply committed to the cause of reproductive freedom for women everywhere and believes strongly in RHAP’s revolutionary approach to the provision of contraception and abortion.

 

Emily Kane-Lee, MA

Treasurer

Emily is a Senior Program Manager at the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) where she oversees ARHP’s accreditation program and the organization’s communications as well as manages a portfolio of education programs. Emily has worked in the sexual and reproductive health field for many years, including at GLMA (previously known as the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association), the National Abortion Federation, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya. Emily is on the advisory board for Nursing Students for Choice and is the Chair of the RHAP Fundraising Committee.  Emily joined the Reproductive Health Access Project because she believes that reproductive healthcare—including abortion care—should be integrated into primary care to improve access and reduce stigma.

 

Sophia Kerby

Sophia Kerby is the State Policy and Partnerships Manager at Advocates for Youth where she works with local and state-based organizations and youth activists across the country to advocate for cultural and policy changes that improve and value young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Prior to Advocates, she was the Policy Associate at the Brennan Center, where she worked on racial and criminal justice advocacy and reform, voting rights and ex-felon enfranchisement. Sophia is originally from New York and holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from University of Maryland-College Park.

 

Ruth Lesnewski, MD

Ruth Lesnewski is a Board Certified family physician who currently works both as an attending physician at Beth Israel Residency Program in Urban Family Practice and as the medical director of East 13th Street Family Practice in Manhattan. Dr. Lesnewski has collaborated on multiple women’s health research projects and has presented at grand rounds around the country and at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and American Academy of Family Physician meetings. As one of the founders of the Reproductive Health Access Project, Dr. Lesnewski is also active in the Clinical Director’s Network, helping them to provide training to community health center staff on integrating evidence-based reproductive health services. She graduated from the medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and completed her residency in family medicine at Montefiore Medical Center.

 

Honor MacNaughton, MD

Honor is a family physician at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Massachusetts and the Director of Women’s Health at the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency Program. She joined the Reproductive Health Access Project in 2007 as the first fellow to complete our Falenki Fellowship in Reproductive Health and Advocacy.  During her fellowship, she helped launch the New York City Women’s Health Free Clinic.  Since then, she has continued to work with RHAP and joined the Board of Directors in 2010, where she is working to ensure that other primary care providers receive the training and mentoring needed to provide their patients with comprehensive family planning services.

 

Ana Marin

Ana has been working for the Center for Community Health and Education (CCHE) for more than a decade. In the past seven years, she has also worked as a health educator at the school-based health center at George Washington High School, supervising a peer-education program and providing daily education and counseling to adolescents on reproductive health issues. Ana collaborates with medical and mental health providers to increase effective, comprehensive health care services at her site. She believes that providing adolescents with accurate information on pregnancy prevention and options empowers them to take control of their bodies and their futures. Ana supports the Reproductive Health Access Project in its mission because it embraces her ideals that all women should have easy access to reproductive health services in primary, routine care settings.

 

Virginia Sobol, MBA

Secretary

Virginia is a marketing and communications consultant for real estate firms and other organizations. She is the former Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Mack-Cali Realty Corporation and currently serves on the Board of Directors for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. Virginia joined the Reproductive Health Access Project in 2015 because of the increasing limitations being placed on reproductive rights and access throughout the U.S. She is currently a member of RHAP’s fundraising and communications committees, and supports RHAP’s mission that all women should have access to reproductive health care.

 

 

Advisory Board

Talcott Camp, JD
American Civil Liberties Union

Joshua Freeman, MD
University of Kansas Department of Family Medicine

Robert Gillespie
Population Communication

Rebecca Hart, JD Chair
NARAL Pro-choice Massachusetts

Rachel K. Jones, PhD
Guttmacher Institute

Hannah S. Kully, PhD

Virna Little, PsyD
Institute for Family Health

Jodi Magee
Physicians for Reproductive Health

Maureen Paul, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Eric Schaff, MD
Temple University / Greater Philadelphia Action Center, Inc.

Susan Sommer, JD
Lambda Legal

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