About

Board

 

Vicki Breitbart, EdD

Treasurer

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.

 

Nicole Clark, LMSW

Secretary

Nicole Clark is a Reproductive Justice activist, licensed social worker, and owner of Nicole Clark Consulting.  Grounded in the Reproductive Justice framework, Nicole provides in-person, online and remote trainings in program design, workshop curriculum development, evaluation design and implementation, and organizational strategic planning and staff/board development. Nicole speaks, trains on, and writes about the Reproductive Justice framework, strengths-based thinking and communities of color, self care and community care, youth-adult partnerships, community-based participatory research, culturally responsive evaluation, organizational evaluative thinking, stakeholder engagement, human-centered design, feminism, racial justice, allyship for adults working with women and girls of color, parent-child communication, health education advocacy, and entrepreneurship as a career option for social workers. Nicole is based in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Gabrielle (GG) deFiebre, PhD, MPH

Vice-President

GG is the Director of Research and Programs of the Siegel Rare Neuroimmune Association, a patient advocacy organization. Previously, GG worked with the Reproductive Health Access Project as a Research Associate and is excited to be a part of the organization again as a member of the Board. GG supports RHAP because she believes everyone should have access to the reproductive health care they need from their primary care clinician.

 

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

President

Emily is a health communications and training professional based in Washington, DC. Prior to her current role as a public health analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she spent 15 years in the sexual and reproductive health field, including as the Director of Education & Communications at the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and as a Health Education Resource Volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Kenya. Emily is proud to serve on the board of directors for an organization that is thoughtful, grounded in its values, and committed to integrating full-spectrum reproductive healthcare into primary care.

 

Sky Lee, MD AAHIVS 

Sky Lee is a board certified Family and Addiction Medicine physician and certified by American Academy of HIV Medicine to provide HIV care. She has previously worked as a rural hospitalist, provided primary care in urban federally qualified health centers, taught the next generation of family medicine physicians at UC Davis and created protocols and given technical assistance for hospitals throughout California to improve access and care for people with substance use disorders with the California Bridge Program. As with addiction medicine, reproductive health including contraception, prenatal care, and abortion are within the scope of primary care. Reproductive healthcare can and should be provided by patients’ primary care providers. Dr. Lee’s primary interests are to improve care and access for vulnerable populations, to empower both patients and providers to be advocates for their communities and to dismantle white supremacy within ourselves and in medicine. 

 

Ruth Lesnewski, MD

Ruth Lesnewski is a Board Certified family physician who currently works as an attending physician at Beth Israel Residency Program in Urban Family Practice, where she was the founding medical director of the 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 medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and completed her residency in family medicine at Montefiore Medical Center.

 

Anna Lowell, DO, MPH

Dr. Anna Lowell, DO, MPH is a Board-Certified family physician deeply committed to reproductive health and currently works in primary care as well as Planned Parenthood clinics throughout Florida. She chose family medicine as her career path because she can morph into a listener, observer, teacher, advocate, and ultimately healer all in a day’s work!

She graduated from the Mount Sinai Downtown Residency in Urban Family Medicine in New York City and also completed a fellowship with the Physicians for Reproductive Leadership Training Academy. She has served as Co-Leader of RHAP’s Florida Cluster, Chair of Contraceptives Access Work Group with Floridians for Reproductive Freedom, member of FAFP Government Relations Committee, speaker for RHAP, MSFC, AMSA, AAFP, FMEC and STFM presentations, and mentor for AMSA’s Reproductive Health Project. Her special areas of interest include underserved medicine, integrative medicine, HIV primary care/HIV prevention, LGBQT+ care, adolescent health, global health, academic medicine, and integrating abortion care into primary care practice.

 

Danielle Pagano, MA

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.

 

 

Advisory Board

Talcott Camp, JD
National Abortion Federation

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

Jodi Magee

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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