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About

Staff

 

Brandy Bautista (she/hers)

Program Coordinator

Brandy’s first interest in reproductive health justice started after taking a Women and Gender Studies course in college. Soon after she earned her B.A. in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Political Science from California State University Fullerton. From there she joined Planned Parenthood Orange and San Bernardino Counties as an Administrative Medical Assistant. During her time at Planned Parenthood, she worked directly with patients to make sure they were receiving access to quality, safe, and empathetic primary and reproductive healthcare. Once her time at Planned Parenthood came to end, Brandy joined RHAP in 2021 as the Program Coordinator. In her off time, Brandy enjoys watching movies, spending time with her pets, and traveling.

 

Hannah Cavendish-Palmer (she/hers)

Interim Executive Director

Hannah Cavendish-Palmer started leading nonprofit organizations while working in agriculture and food systems. She began her career working within larger institutions, including Washington State University Extension and British Columbia’s Ministry of Agriculture. Hannah then worked with a series of small and medium-sized organizations, ranging from SnoValley Tilth with a team of 4 people to Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center with a team of more than 50. She served as an Interim Executive Director several times before embracing transitional leadership as her chosen profession. Hannah loves this work because she gets to act with objectivity and help nonprofits continue fulfilling their missions in the face of change. As a mother, Hannah feels passionately about reproductive health and specifically, abortion access. She is excited to have the opportunity to put her skills to work in support of RHAP. Hannah has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s of public policy from Simon Fraser University. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband, two kids, and three cats.

 

Khashae (Shae) Jackson, BA (she/hers)

Organizer

Shae’s interest in reproductive rights and abortion access began to flourish after her own activism while attending Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She has lobbied for the passing of the Each Woman Act and created campus events that centered on storytelling and anecdotal activism in order to destigmatize abortion. After earning her B.A. in Sociology and Comparative Women’s Studies, Shae worked for an independent abortion clinic for three years as the Front Desk Supervisor and cross-trained as a health educator. During her time, she provided compassionate counseling on sexual health, logistical support to seven other departments in the clinic, and influenced a more equitable environment for LGBTQ+ patients. In 2021, Shae joined RHAP as their new Organizing and Communications Associate in hopes to further dismantle stigma on sexual/reproductive health and increase knowledge of abortion care. You can find Shae assisting with RHAP’s social media platforms, organizing the Reproductive Health Access Network or binging American Horror Story.

 

Zoe Klett, BA (she/hers)

Operations Coordinator

Zoe began her interest in public health, specifically pertaining to women’s and reproductive health, during her academic career at NYU. Zoe received a BA in Political Science with a minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies. Following the completion of her degree, Zoe began her career as a coordinator of health services at a children’s nonprofit. From there, she spent two years with NYC’s Test & Trace Corp as a Community Engagement Specialist. During that time, she conducted field outreach to communities most affected by COVID-19, ensuring her clients’ health and providing them with critical resources. With her deep commitment to health care equity and justice, Zoe joined the Reproductive Health Access Project to join the mission to make sexual and reproductive health care accessible to all.

 

Ruth Leal (she/hers)

Manager of Development

Ruth is an experienced fundraiser with over six years of experience in campaign management, event planning, and donor stewardship. She began her work in fundraising with organizations working in the Human Services sector in 2015, with a focus on women with children. From there, she moved on to work on efforts to end homelessness among families, veterans, and unaccompanied adults in Massachusetts. Ruth sought to focus on reproductive justice and equity by learning the intersections of race, health care, and housing. She is joining the Reproductive Health Access Project with hopes of enhancing its efforts of expanding access to reproductive health care and knowledge for all. Ruth earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a focus on Non-profit management and a minor in Social Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

Madison Pettaway, BA (she/hers)

Organizing and Advocacy Associate

Madison earned her BA in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also minored in Africana Studies. At Penn, Madison completed coursework to explore a wide array of topics regarding gender, sexuality, race, and social inequalities. Outside of the classroom, she co-coordinated Civic House’s Community Engagement Program, served as a Penn Anti-Violence Educator with Penn Violence Prevention, and worked closely with the Penn Women’s Center. Madison’s passion for reproductive justice (RJ) was sparked in 2018 when Serena Williams shared her nearly fatal birth experience and prompted a national conversation about Black maternal health in the US. In 2019, she completed a Collective Rising Internship (formerly known as the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps) with Black Mamas Matter Alliance, which solidified her desire to make fighting for reproductive liberation the focus of her life and career pursuits. Before coming to RHAP in 2022, Madison worked at NARAL Pro-Choice America as an Organizing Intern with the Distributed Team. 

 

Laura Riker, MSSW (she/hers)

Director of Organizing and Advocacy

Laura began working with the Reproductive Health Access Project in 2014 as a second-year social work intern and has been here ever since. Her interest in reproductive justice began as a Woman’s Studies major during her undergraduate years at Vassar College, where she interned at Planned Parenthood. She later volunteered as a counselor for Exhale’s after-abortion talkline, and after completing an internship at a large community health center, she decided to focus on reproductive health advocacy. Laura has previously worked in interpersonal violence prevention and alternatives to incarceration programs. She received her Master of Social Work from Columbia University, where she studied Social Enterprise Administration & Management. 

 

Silpa Srinivasulu, MPH (she/hers)

Director of Programs and Evaluation

Silpa is a public health researcher and practitioner with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Through her experiences as a Community Health Specialist with Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, she became deeply committed to sexual and reproductive health and rights and bodily autonomy. She previously worked as a Program Manager with the Institute for Family Health where she managed the Hands-on Reproductive Training (HaRT) Center, a project to increase the availability of comprehensive family planning services in New York City. She’s implemented a variety of research and evaluation projects centered on access to reproductive health care in primary care, as well as clinician training. Her work has been published in a range of scientific journals including Contraception, Family Medicine, Women’s Health Issues, and Progress in Community Health Partnerships. She is committed to incorporating a reproductive justice framework into her work, to ensure all people have access to high-quality and dignified sexual and reproductive health education, services, and care. Silpa earned her MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She’s currently pursuing a PhD in Community Health and Health Policy at the City University of New York.

 

Lily Trotta (she/they)

Manager of Organizing & Advocacy

Lily Trotta earned their B.S. in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, where they also minored in Creative Writing. Their interest to advocacy was sparked by their time in the service industry, where pushing for better working conditions and educating their peers ignited a love of organizing. Coming from a background in event planning and customer service, Lily is committed to providing excellent support to the Reproductive Health Access Network. Their work focuses on organizing within professional medical organizations and supporting scope of practice advocacy for advanced practice clinicians and others. They also support a handful of Clusters, including the Network’s three national professional cohort-based Clusters for advanced practice clinicians, emergency medicine providers and internists.

 

Neha Vasudeva (they/them)

Organizer- Pacific and Mountain Regions

Neha is a seasoned community organizer and event planner with several years of experience working with marginalized and disadvantaged communities. Neha holds a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). During and after their time at UCLA, Neha focused their activism on supporting survivors of sexual violence as well as advocating for comprehensive sexual health education, consent, LGBTQ rights, and abortion access. In the Fall of 2022, Neha joined RHAP to ensure that people of all backgrounds have equitable access to sexual and reproductive healthcare. When not working on increasing sexual and reproductive healthcare access, you can find Neha binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy or drinking one too many lattes at a local cafe.

 

Clinical Consultants

 

Maya Bass, MD, MA (she/hers)

Regional Clinical Network Leader – Northeastern/Mid Atlantic United States 

Dr. Bass currently works as an Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director in the Department of Primary Care at Cooper University with an interest in resident and medical student education, reproductive health, underserved care, wellness, chronic pain, and addiction. She is a fellow of the AAFP, Chair of the resident and medical student affairs committee for PAFP, and Regional Clinical Leader for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region for the Reproductive Health Access Project. She earned a master’s degree in Stem Cell and Developmental Biology from Wesleyan University, Connecticut. She earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College (now Sidney Kimmel Medical College) at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. She completed her family and community medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. She completed her fellowship in the Leadership Training Academy through Physicians for Reproductive Health learning to be a physician advocate for Reproductive Rights and Justice. She is a certified trainer through Providers Clinical Support System and the Health Federation of Philadelphia to run trainings required to prescribe medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder as well as through the IMPACT program of ACOG to run trainings on management of early pregnancy loss. She is dedicated to providing compassionate care to stigmatized populations and to improving the overall wellness of her patients and communities. Dr. Bass supports clinician activists in RHAP’s Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island Clusters.  

 

Dalia Brahmi, MD, MPH (she/hers)

Regional Clinical Network Leader – Southeastern United States

Dr. Brahmi is a family physician and global reproductive health specialist. Motivated to pursue medicine through her work in human rights and HIV peer education, she enjoyed caring for families at San Francisco General Hospital’s Refugee Medical Clinic during residency and conducted medical exams for survivors of torture. After pursuing specialty training in Family Planning and public health, she worked at the World Health Organization where she conducted systematic literature reviews on the safety of abortion and contraception, field tested contraceptive counseling materials for community health workers, and conducted strategic assessments to address health inequities impacting maternal mortality and scale up successful interventions with Ministries of Health, professional organizations and the communities most impacted. Dr. Brahmi has experience incorporating comprehensive reproductive health services into primary health clinics and has trained clinicians globally. As the associate medical director of Ipas, Dr. Brahmi worked to reduce maternal mortality from unsafe abortion and advocate for reproductive rights, especially for adolescents, through training, advocacy and evidence-based clinical guidelines. She currently trains residents and students at Planned Parenthood South Atlantic and teaches in the DrPH Global Health Leadership program at Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health. Dr. Brahmi is active in advocacy and education efforts with the NC Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Brahmi supports clinician activists in RHAP’s Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Caroline, and Virginia clusters.

 

Samantha Hyacinth, MSN, WHNP-BC (she/hers)

Clinical Committee

Samantha is a Queer, Black, board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner originally from the Bronx. After graduating from Princeton University with a BA in psychology in 2009, she worked closely with social workers as a case associate at New Alternatives for Children. While accompanying families to medical visits for their children, she became frustrated by the lack of sensitivity and understanding coming from providers. Her frustration combined with her interest in psychology and medicine led her to nursing school. She graduated from the Yale School of Nursing in 2014. Her passion for providing accessible reproductive health care brought her to Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. There she was able to deepen her love for providing patient-centered, trauma-informed care to individuals with limited income, adolescents, and the LGBTQ community. Most recently, she worked with federally qualified health centers in Massachusetts, helping them expand their contraceptive offerings to patients before pivoting her attention back to direct patient care. She is currently a practicing clinician at FOLX health, a telemedicine platform designed for and by queer and trans individuals. 

 

Ruth Lesnewski, MD (she/hers)

Co-founder and Clinical Committee

Ruth Lesnewski graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine in 1987 and completed her residency in family medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in 1990. She is a Board Certified Family Physician. Currently, Ruth works as an attending physician at Beth Israel Residency Program in Urban Family Practice. In 2010, she became the clinical director of MyChart MyHealth, the patient portal for the Institute for Family Health.

 

Moira Rashid, MD, MPH (she/hers)

Regional Clinical Network Leader – Western United States 

Dr. Rashid is a family physician who specializes in Reproductive Health and Family Planning. She first became interested in pursuing a career in reproductive health while working as a medical assistant at Planned Parenthood. There she saw how attacks and limitations on reproductive health had devastating consequences for patients, particularly patients of color. Dr. Rashid has focused her training and career on providing care to underserved populations. After residency, she completed the Reproductive Health and Advocacy Fellowship and the Leadership Training Academy where she learned patient-centered care, and honed her teaching and advocacy skills. Dr. Rashid now works in various clinical settings providing reproductive health and teaching residents. She is passionate about ensuring that everyone has equitable access to healthcare, including safe abortion and contraception. Dr. Rashid supports clinician activists in RHAP’s Southern California, Northern California, New Mexico, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Montana Clusters.

 

Catherine Romanos, MD, FAAFP (she/hers)

Regional Clinical Network Leader – Midwestern United States

Dr. Romanos received her undergraduate degree from New York University in Spanish literature and her medical degree from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Romanos completed a residency in family medicine at the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Program in Lawrence, MA.  Like many of her fellow Regional Clinical Network Leaders (RCLs), she completed her fellowship in the Leadership Training Academy through Physicians for Reproductive Health, where she honed her skills as a physician advocate for reproductive rights and justice. Dr. Romanos has been a member of the Network for over 10 years and she works as an abortion provider throughout the state of Ohio. She is an Ohio Academy of Family Physicians board member, member constituency alternate delegate to the AAFP’s Congress of Delegates, women’s constituency co-convener for the 2022 National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL), and former president of the Central Ohio AFP chapter. She also enjoys teaching OBGYN and family medicine residents and students about reproductive health, physician advocacy, and reproductive justice. Dr. Romanos supports clinician activists in RHAP’s Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio Clusters.

 

Angeline Ti, MD, MPH (she/hers)

Clinical Committee

Angeline is a family physician and family planning specialist in Atlanta, GA. She received her Masters of Public Health from John Hopkins in 2008, graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 2012, and completed residency in Family and Community Medicine and a fellowship in Family Planning at the University of California, San Francisco in 2017. She then completed a 2-year research position at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she conducted research to support the CDC Contraceptive Guidance. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Emory University in the Division of Family Planning, where she is the medical director of the Title X program at Grady Memorial Hospital.

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