Staff & Board of Directors
Cindy is the NWHN’s Executive Director, responsible for the organization’s overall direction and activities. Cindy began at the NWHN as the Program Director and has, over the years, coordinated the internship program, managed the information clearinghouse, and directed NWHN’s program and policy work. A transplanted Californian, Cindy moved to the DC region after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at San Diego and working as an abortion-rights organizer for Colorado NARAL. Before moving to DC, Cindy worked in several capacities at Womancare, a Feminist Women’s Health Center. She is the president of the board of directors of Women’s Health Specialists in Northern California and the treasurer of the National Breast Cancer Coalition.
Sarah is the Policy Advocacy Director, responsible for leading the NWHN’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts. She also directs federal policy initiatives for Raising Women’s Voices (RWV). Prior to joining the NWHN, Sarah worked for Congress from 2005 to 2015, including serving as the Washington Director to Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA) from 2010 to 2015. Her experience includes work on the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, reproductive health and justice, and the relationship of banking and tax policy on income inequality, among other areas. She has bachelor’s degrees in political science and history from Arizona State University and a graduate degree in foreign policy from George Washington University.
Erin is the Office Manager, responsible for managing the office’s daily functions and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. She is the main point of contact for vendors and also reaches out to them if anything goes wrong. She joins the NWHN after spending the last 10 years working in residential property management and commercial real estate, where she managed research teams and coordinated large projects. Erin attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she focused on History and Art History.
Communications and Digital Marketing Manager
Evita Almassi has 10 years of experience in the nonprofit, communications and digital media realm. Her strengths are in the digital media space with a focus on writing, editing, and moving messages with forward thinking organizations. With a proven track record of success in obtaining results, Evita has led social media advocacy campaigns and has experience raising profiles for nonprofit organizations.. Evita attended the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington where she received both her undergraduate degree in Political Science as well a Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis on public policy and administration. In her spare time she enjoys traveling the world with her Fiancé, Chris, long walks with her pup Teddy, and spending time with family and friends.
Susan K. Flinn
Susan is the NWHN’s newsletter editor, responsible for the content and production of the Women’s Health Activist. Susan is a DC-based consultant who helps public health and social change non-profit organizations work more effectively. She specializes in women’s health, reproductive and sexual health, HIV/AIDS prevention, LGBTQ equality, and access to health care. Prior to forming her consulting firm, Susan was the Legislative Affairs Director for Advocates for Youth. She served as the Maryland NARAL state organizer and worked on the successful campaign to codify Roe v. Wade into state law. She has a Bachelor’s degree in architectural history from Bryn Mawr College and a Master’s in Public Policy & Women’s Studies from the George Washington University.
Michelle M. Lockwood
As the Development Director, Michelle is responsible for taking care of and expanding our membership, while exploring new avenues for our supporters to further the NWHN’s mission. A graduate of Shepherd University with a BA in Communications, her college experience led her to become vocal on many issues women face. Beginning her career as an event planner and alumni communications coordinator at Shenandoah University, Michelle got her official start in fundraising as the Direct Marketing Coordinator at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She joined the NWHN after spending three years as the Development Manager for the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation. After supporting the advancement of an educational institution, a women’s organization, and a health care foundation, she’s excited to contribute to the cause of empowering women to take control of their health care choices.
Regional Field Manager for Raising Women’s Voices
Kalena is the Regional Field Manager for Raising Women’s Voices (RWV), responsible for strengthening and expanding the RWV network of advocates in targeted states. She also provides strategic support and technical assistance to RWV regional coordinators while proactively monitoring developments in the field. Prior to joining the NWHN, Kalena served as Navigator Coordinator for Enroll Michigan and chair of the Enroll West Michigan coalition. Her experience includes work on Affordable Care Act implementation and health insurance marketplaces, Medicaid, outreach and enrollment, mobilizing coalitions and stakeholders, and social determinants of health. A graduate of Grand Valley State University with a BS in biomedical science, her college experience led her to become a passionate health advocate.
Board of Directors
Mia Kim Sullivan
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.
Kira S. Jones
Administrative Vice Chair
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.
Action Vice Chair
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.
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.
Victoria currently runs a health and wellness and life coaching business, Heart Beets Holistic, LLC. She is a board certified family nurse practitioner who works with many transgender and LGBTQ patients. She has experience working in the reproductive rights and HIV/AIDs fields amongst many others, in the US and abroad. Victoria has training in functional medicine, herbalism, and she holds a Masters in Public Health degree from Boston University.
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.
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.
Anu Manchikanti Gomez
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.
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.
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.
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.