NHWN Staff

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Cynthia Pearson
Executive Director
cpearson@nwhn.org
 
Cindy became the NWHN's Executive Director in 1996. Having been a part of the Network team since 1987, she has coordinated the internship program, managed the information clearinghouse, and directed NWHN's program and policy work. Cindy is a transplanted Californian, who moved to Maryland after obtaining an undergraduate degree in biology from UC San Diego and working as an abortion-rights organizer for Colorado NARAL. While living in San Diego, Cindy worked in several capacities at Womancare, a Feminist Women's Health Center. She is currently the president of the board of directors of Women's Health Specialists in Northern California, and is the treasurer of the National Breast Cancer Coalition.
 
Amy Allina 
Deputy Director
aallina@nwhn.org
 
Amy joined the NWHN staff as Program Director in 1999.  She is responsible for planning and implementing the NWHN's policy agenda. Previously Amy worked at the consulting firm of Bass and Howes, representing non-profit women's health clients including the Reproductive Health Technologies Project and the Family Violence Prevention Fund.  Prior to that, Amy was a political organizer for the Maryland affiliate of NARAL and an associate editor at Multinational Monitor, a monthly magazine founded by Ralph Nader. She is also a former NWHN intern.  Amy is on the board of directors of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project.
 
Frances Ampah
Office Coordinator
fampah@nwhn.org
 
Frances Ampah is NWHN's Office Coordinator.  She possesses a background in administration and a passion for education & advocacy of women's rights.  Frances recently graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State University with a major in Psychology and minor in Theatre Arts.  
 
 
Cecilia Sáenz Becerra 
Field Organizer
 
Cecilia is the NWHN's field organizer.  Having organized for several years in Arizona around immigration justice and coalition building, Cecilia moved to Atlanta in 2010 where she became project director at 2020 Georgia, a statewide coalition of over 80 organizations working on Georgia budget issues. The last several months Cecilia worked for the AFL-CIO on their Union Summer program, teaching activists about the labor movement and basic organizing skills.  Being a bilingual immigrant who identifies as queer, she has found community in becoming a member of Southerners on New Ground (SONG), a regional southern LGBTQ organization.  Cecilia has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University where she concentrated in international politics, political science and Spanish.
 
Heidi Gider
Director of Advancement
hgider@nwhn.org
 
Heidi joined NWHN in 2012 as Director of Advancement.  She is responsible for individual contributions including direct marketing, events and long-term fundraising.  A seasoned resource development professional, Heidi previously worked at Equal Rights Advocates in San Francisco, as well as the Society for Women’s Health Research and Legal Aid Society in DC.  She is a co-founder in a DC-based firm, The Rainmakers Group, which provides development services to small-to-mid-size nonprofit organizations.  She has presented to the Center for Nonprofit Success, Direct Marketing Association (DMA), and Merrill Lynch.  She earned a BA in Political Studies from Bard College, completing her degree in three years.
 
 Lillian Hewko
 Program Coordinator
 lhewko@nwhn.org
 
Lillian earned a B.A. from the University of California at San Diego in 2003 and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 2011, where she received the prestigious Gates Public Service Scholarship.  Growing up half Mexican in a working class family led Lillian to an interest in reproductive justice and a desire to use the law as a tool to create social change.  She began her career in social justice serving in the Peace Corps as an Urban Youth Development Director in Paraguay.  During law school, Lillian focused on human rights issues that affect women and girls, including prosecution of child rape, sex trafficking, abortion access in Latin America, health care access in Washington state, and lawful status for immigrant survivors of domestic violence in the United States.
 
Kate Ryan
Senior Program Coordinator
kryan@nwhn.org
 
Kate is a Senior Program Coordinator at the NWHN, responsible for developing and implementing a program of legislative and regulatory advocacy that focuses on reducing women’s exposure to unnecessary drug and medical treatment risks. Prior to joining the NWHN, Kate worked in the Capitol Hill office of U.S. Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA), where she worked on the women’s issues portfolio and managed a variety of constituent services programs. Kate also has international experience in women's health, having volunteered in Ghana with the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights where she monitored and assessed availability of, and access to, women’s sexual and reproductive health services. Kate received her MPA in International Public & Non-Profit Management and Policy Analysis with a focus on women’s rights from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
 
Shaniqua Seth 
Health Communications Manager
sseth@nwhn.org
 
Shaniqua is the NWHN’s Health Communications Manager, responsible for managing the Women’s Health Voice department and its interns.  The Women’s Health Voice receives health information requests from NWHN’s membership and the general public on a variety of women’s health topics.  Prior to joining NWHN, Shaniqua was a Women’s Health Information Specialist that worked for the National Women’s Health Information Center (NWHIC).  NWHIC was a service of the Office on Women’s Health, Department of Health and Human Services, whose vision was also to ensure women and girls lived healthier and had a better sense of well-being.   She received a dual B.S. from George Mason University and Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University. 
 
Amirah Tyler 
Membership Coordinator 
atyler@nwhn.org
 
Amirah is the NWHN’s Membership Coordinator, responsible for the administration of the Network’s fundraising and development efforts.  She has experience with database management, working with member based organizations, and as a personal digital archivist.  Amirah has studied at George Washington University and American University; and earned her BA in Cinema Studies and Comparative International Politics from The Ohio State University.  She has studied in Mexico and France, and enjoys travelling.  She is passionate about HIV/AIDS prevention, and has worked with Metro Teen AIDS and the Columbus AIDS Task Force.   Amirah is a native Washingtonian who enjoys spending time with her family. 
 
Susan Flinn, MA 
Newsletter Editor
editor@nwhn.org
 
Susan edits the NWHN newsletter, the Women's Health Activist. A DC-based consultant who helps public health and social change organizations work more effectively, Ms. Flinn's areas of expertise include HIV/AIDS prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, women's health, and youth development. Ms. Flinn has worked at Maryland NARAL, the American Association of University Women, and the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH). Prior to becoming a consultant, Ms Flinn was the Legislative Affairs Directors at Advocates for Youth. She holds a masters degree in Public Policy & Women's Studies from the George Washington University.
 
 
 
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