About

Board

 

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.

 

Nicole Clark, LMSW

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, MPH

GG is the Associate Director of Research and Education of the Transverse Myelitis 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. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Health degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. GG supports the Reproductive Health Access Project because she believes everyone should have access to reproductive health care from their primary care clinician.

 

Sandra Echeverría, MPH, PhD

Sandra is a social epidemiologist whose work connects two interrelated strands of research. First, she conducts studies promoting more nuanced understandings of how neighborhood contexts, poverty, and cultural and immigrant-related factors pattern physical activity, diabetes and smoking in Latinos and other racially/ ethnically diverse groups. The second strand of her research seeks to translate research evidence into applied, community engaged projects that can alleviate health inequities. She has dedicated the last few years of her career to work with community partners in designing and implementing a range of community interventions addressing cardiovascular risk. Sandra is also an associate professor and the Deputy Chair of the Department of Community Health and Social Sciences at the Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy of the City University of New York.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

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 the University of Maryland-College Park.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Virginia Sobol, MBA

Secretary

Virginia is a Senior Editor and Writer at the Center for Reproductive Rights. She is the former Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Mack-Cali Realty Corporation and has served 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 everyone should have access to reproductive health care.

 

 

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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