Board of Directors
Zipatly Mendoza, MPH, is the Manager of the Health Assessment and Promotion Office at the DeKalb County Board of Health, in Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly, she was the Office Chief of the Arizona Health Disparities Center, and the chair of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center’s Community Advisory Board. Zipatly earned her Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Anu Manchikanti Gomez
Action Vice Chair
Anu Manchikanti Gomez, MSc, PhD is an assistant professor at the School of Social Welfare at the University of California Berkeley. Anu’s research focuses on violence; reproductive health; and HIV among youth, women, and racial and ethnic minority groups. Over the past 10 years, she has conducted research on violence, reproductive health, and HIV in the U.S. and abroad. Her work has consistently focused on reducing health disparities among disadvantaged populations, particularly youth, women, and racial and ethnic minorities. As a researcher, her overarching goal is to understand individual, couple- and community-level influences on sexual risk behavior among young women and men, and to develop multi-faceted interventions addressing these factors. She received her doctorate in Maternal and Child Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mia Kim Sullivan
Administrative Vice Chair
Mia Kim Sullivan is the director of Civil Liberties & Public Policy (CLPP), a national program based at Hampshire College, which educates new activists and leadership to advance reproductive and sexual rights, freedom, and justice. Mia has led leadership development programs at CLPP for almost a decade. She has presented for learning circles at the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Women Donors Network, and written about the reproductive justice field for the RESIST fund. Mia previously worked as a staff attorney at civil legal services organizations in Massachusetts and Michigan, engaging in state and Federal litigation, community organizing and education efforts, and policy advocacy. Mia currently serves on the advisory board for Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice, and the legacy council for the Third Wave Fund.
Charlea Massion, MD, is a family physician and medical director of Hospice of Santa Cruz County. For more than 20 years, Charlea has co-taught a women’s health lecture series at Stanford University’s Medical School, which introduces medical students to the psychological, social, political, cultural, and spiritual aspects of women’s health. Charlea is a co-founder and current President of the American College of Women’s Health Physicians. She began volunteering with NWHN several years before she was elected to the board, and is a co-author of the NWHN’s book, The Truth About Hormone Replacement Therapy. She co-authors the “Rx for Change” column in the NWHN’s newsletter, and was on the planning committee for the Women’s Health and Justice for All conference, held at the University of California Santa Cruz in March 2010.
Kira S. Jones
Kira S. Jones, MA, is an Academic Advisor for the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. Kira’s academic research and activist writings have primarily focused on how the rhetoric of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month conditions women (and men) to a breast cancer conversation that includes contradictory ideas about breast cancer detection, prevention, activism, and breast cancer as a disease. This discourse emphasizes personal responsibility over social context, thereby obscuring the need for social justice, environmental protection, and collective responsibility to prevent and reduce breast cancer. Kira has worked with women’s health organizations across the country including NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Brooklyn-Queens Chapter of NOW, and Breast Cancer Action (BCA). She has also volunteered for Planned Parenthood Association of Utah/Planned Parenthood Action Council, NARAL Pro-Choice New York, and Women’s Voices for the Earth. She is a former NWHN intern. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and a Master’s degree in Communication Studies.
Erin Armstrong currently is an attorney at the ACLU of New Mexico, where she focuses on strategies to protect and expand reproductive rights throughout the state. Before joining ACLU-NM, she worked to improve access to reproductive healthcare for low income and underserved communities as a staff attorney and reproductive justice fellow at the National Health Law Program Washington, D.C. office. As a cancer patient and survivor she is deeply committed to dismantling oppressive, systematic barriers that unfairly limit choices surrounding health and body.
Dazon Dixon Diallo
Dazon Dixon Diallo is Founder and President of SisterLove, Inc, established in 1989, the first women’s HIV/AIDS and RJ organization in the southeastern United States. For 16 years she has served as adjunct faculty in women’s health at Morehouse School of Medicine’s Masters of Public Health Program in Atlanta, GA. She currently chairs the Metro Atlanta HIV/AIDS Services Planning Council, and is a member of the AIDS Research Advisory Council of the Division of AIDS at the National Institutes of Health. She is a founding member of the 30 for 30 Campaign for Women in the National HIV AIDS Strategy, and she serves on the HIV/DV National Advisory Committee for the National Network to End Domestic Violence. In 2012, she received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater, Spelman College. For more than twenty years, she has hosted a weekly radio program focused on black women, called “Sistas’ Time” on WRFG 89.3FM and www.wrfg.org in Atlanta. She holds a Master’s degree in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Bachelor’s degree from Spelman College.
Shalini Eddens, MPH, is a Program Officer for the Universal Access Project — a multi-funder initiative that focuses on international family planning and reproductive health advocacy — based at the U.N. Foundation. Shalini has an extensive background in women’s health and rights, with more than 13 years of leadership experience providing direct services, training, education, and advocacy for women who are living with and/or affected by HIV. Prior to the UN Foundation, she served as the Executive Director for the Well Project, a global web portal and information network for women living with HIV and their caregivers. Before that, she was the Director of Training and Education at Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases, where she developed a national peer education training program for women living with HIV. She has worked with women’s organizations both domestically and globally in India, South Africa, and Mozambique. She holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology with a minor in African American studies from the University of California Davis, and an MPH from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
Kara Loewentheil is a certified cognitive life coach who teaches law students and lawyers how to tame their lawyer brains and feel calm, confident and capable no matter what comes their way. She specializes in working with women lawyers who feel overwhelmed, anxious, and insecure about their professional capabilities and career prospects.
Before opening her coaching practice Kara practiced law in a variety of capacities. She received her J.D. at Harvard Law School, clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, litigated at the Center for Reproductive Rights, held an academic fellowship at Yale Law School, and ran a think tank at Columbia University. Today she coaches individual clients one-on-one, provides coaching services to NGOs and law firms, teaches workshops, and speaks at law schools and for private audiences.
Nadiah Mohajir is the Executive Director of HEART Women & Girls, in Chicago. She describes herself as a woman with many identities and being a public health and social justice nerd is one of them. She discovered her interest in health disparities as a young girl, when she would visit her grandparents in Pakistan. As she grew older and pursued her academic and professional career, she was dismayed to see that disparities weren’t that far from her home in Chicago. She began exploring ways to work to help reduce disparities in vulnerable populations – particularly in maternal and child health.
Tiffany Reed is a Senior Account Executive at the direct marketing agency Mal Warwick | Donordigital, where she has lead the direct mail and telemarketing fundraising strategy for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Whitman-Walker Health, Children’s Health Fund, TechnoServe, and Women for Women International. In her spare time, she loves taking on pro-bono clients, including the NWHN, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), and the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She previously held a marketing position at EMILY’s List, fundraising for pro-choice Democratic women leaders. After President Obama’s election, she led the Democratic National Committee’s direct mail program. Her first job after college was serving as a social worker at the Emma Goldman Clinic for Women, where the experience of advocating for low-income women’s access to health care transformed her life. She was the president of the DC Abortion Fund from 2005 to 2011.
Kimberly Robinson is the Director of Health Services at Women’s Health Specialists, an independent feminist health center. She has a strong passion for women’s health and management which has led her to her current position. She oversees the operations for multiple clinics and satellite services. Kimberly is also responsible for the training and recruitment of all clinical staff including residents and medical students, helping to train the next generation of abortion providers. As a women’s health activist, she works with colleagues, communities and allies to build constituencies that demand reproductive justice for all women.
Dipti Singh, the Directing Attorney for Impact Litigation, comes to Bet Tzedek from the National Health Law Project (NHeLP) where she was the Project Director of the Reproductive Health Data and Insurance Accountability Project in NHeLP’s Los Angeles office. As Project Director, Dipti oversaw complex data collection and analysis to identify and address Medicaid and private health insurance barriers that interfere with people’s abilities to make their own reproductive decisions. Previously, Dipti litigated complex civil and criminal matters, including constitutional rights issues, at the Washington, D.C. firm, Williams & Connolly LLP. Dipti received her J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law, where she was selected to join Order of the Coif. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, in political science and psychology from the University of California, Irvine.