10 Year Anniversary of the Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy Fellowship

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Reproductive Health Access Project

About

Staff

Lisa Maldonado, MA, MPH

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 Latino women and adolescents. She is 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.

 

Linda Prine, MD

Medical Director

Linda Prine, one of the founders of the Reproductive Health Access Project, is a family practitioner on the faculty of the Beth Israel Residency Program in Urban Family Practice. 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 County chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

 

Ruth Lesnewski, MD

Education Director

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 the medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and completed her residency in family medicine at Montefiore Medical Center.

 

Natalie Kopke 

Program Associate 

Natalie joined the Reproductive Health Access Project in June 2017. She earned a B.A. from Vassar College in Science, Technology, and Society Studies and Hispanic Studies. Her passion for reproductive justice was fueled by her work with on and off-campus organizations working to advance reproductive and sexual rights at the local, national, and international level. While at Vassar, Natalie interned with the Center for Reproductive Rights, the National Institute for Reproductive Health, and Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley. She is especially interested in working to reduce reproductive health disparities among communities of color. Natalie plans to pursue graduate studies in public health policy. 

 

Naomi Legros

Operations Associate

Naomi received her B.A. in American Studies and has the distinction of being the first student in the history of Tufts University to graduate with a degree in Africana Studies. Previously, she interned at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, a non-profit helping underserved youth affected by the Rwandan genocide through safe living conditions, education, healthcare, and vocational training. Naomi is passionate about advocating for marginalized people of color and dismantling systemic oppression to achieve civil and human rights. Naomi is excited to deepen her understanding of reproductive health, rights, and justice and plans to pursue a Masters of Public Health in the near future.

 

Rosanna Montilla- Payano

Development Officer 

Rosanna joined the Reproductive Health Access Project in October, 2016. Her passion for social justice, in particular issues of health care, education, women’s rights, and philanthropy make her an excellent match for our growing organization. Prior to joining the Reproductive Health Access Project, Rosanna has served in numerous fundraising roles for organizations in New York City. Rosanna received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Non-Profit Management Certificate from CUNY. Rosanna is a native of the Dominican Republic, now calling New York home.

 

Laura Riker, MSSW

Senior Program Manager

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 Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, where she studied Social Enterprise Administration & Management. 

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