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.
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.
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.
Hailey’s understanding of reproductive justice grew with her on-campus organizing. At Wesleyan she helped organize the Black Student Union, volunteered for Clinic Escorts, a student group partnered with NARAL Pro-Choice CT, and completed an undergraduate thesis on Black southern networks that facilitated access to abortion care before and after Roe v. Wade. Hailey joined the Reproductive Health Access Project in August 2018. She is particularly committed to fostering coalitions within reproductive health, rights, and justice fields to address systematic reproductive oppression in marginalized communities. Hailey works closely with the Regional Clinical Network Leaders — coordinating RHAP’s administrative advocacy efforts within the American Academy of Family Physicians — and supports the Georgia, Minnesota, and New York Clusters.
Samantha Hyacinth, MSN, WHNP-BC
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.
Khashae (Shae) Jackson, BA (she/hers)
Organizing and Communications Associate
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.
Ruth Lesnewski, MD
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.
Lisa Maldonado, MA, MPH (she/ella)
Co-founder and Executive Director
Lisa Maldonado is one of the founders of the Reproductive Health Access Project and has served as the organization’s Executive Director since 2005. She has devoted her career to working on reproductive health issues, especially as they affect women, adolescents, and immigrants. Lisa has worked with large family planning programs in Latin America and Africa and, for over 10 years, worked with local New York City primary care clinics providing health care to Latinx women and adolescents. She served on the board of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and is active within the American Public Health Association–having served as co-chair of the Association’s Abortion Task Force, President of its Latino Caucus, and as a Governing Councilor for the Population, Sexual and Reproductive Health section. Lisa holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.
Kallie is a graduate of Clark University where she earned her B.A. in Political Science. Her interest in reproductive justice was sparked by her work at Clark’s student-run sexual health resource center where she volunteered as an educator for other students. During her time at Clark, Kallie interned with Planned Parenthood of New York City, ran the campus’ Bedsider chapter for Power to Decide, and completed a thesis comparing state sex education policies in the United States. Before joining the Reproductive Health Access Project full-time in August 2018, Kallie worked part-time as a Development Associate and, previously, Development Intern for the Reproductive Health Access Project.
Linda Prine is a family practitioner on the faculty of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Prine also works per diem for Planned Parenthood, New York City as an abortion provider and a trainer to other family medicine faculty and residents. Dr. Prine has presented at numerous grand rounds around the country, at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and American Public Health Association conferences, and at American Academy Family Physician meetings on topics in women’s reproductive health. She has also published numerous academic articles and research papers on women’s reproductive health. Dr. Prine graduated from Cornell University Medical College and completed her residency training at Montefiore Medical Center’s Residency Program in Social Medicine. She completed a faculty development fellowship at the Institute for Urban Family Health and a mini-fellowship in Reproductive Health at Rochester University Department of Family Medicine. She is board certified in family medicine and currently serves as the President of the New York City County chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Victoria Pittl (she/her)
Manager of Individual Giving
Victoria joined the RHAP team in October 2020, bringing nearly seven years of experience in fund development, administration, and event planning. As Manager of Individual Giving, she manages relationships with RHAP’s donors and partners, as well as RHAP’s social media pages. She is dedicated to fostering impactful connections with RHAP’s community while applying a social justice and a reproductive justice lens to all areas of organizational work. Victoria has previously worked at Groundswell Community Mural Project, the Center for Architecture, and the Queens Museum. She holds a BA in Cinema Studies from SUNY Purchase College and a Masters in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Victoria is active in her community, often volunteering for local Democratic Socialists of America campaigns and offers fundraising support for grassroots collectives. She lives in Queens with her partner and two cats.
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.
Laura Riker, MSSW
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.
Catherine Romanos, MD, FAAFP (she/her)
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.
Silpa Srinivasulu, MPH
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.
Angeline Ti, MD, MPH
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.
Lily Trotta earned her B.S. in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, where she also minored in Creative Writing. Her introduction to advocacy was sparked by her time in the service industry, where rampant issues of discrimination and harassment based on gender, sexuality, race, and immigration status prompted a desire to inform and represent her peers in a more effective way. Coming from a background in event booking and customer service, Lily is committed to providing excellent support to the Reproductive Health Access Network.
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