Steering Committee

 

Orisha Bowers, Memphis TN

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Orisha A. Bowers is a native Memphian. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater and Dance, a Masters of Arts in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Memphis, a Masters of Education in Curriculum Instruction from Freed-Hardeman University, Certification in Complementary Alternative Medicine, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Culture and Humanities and a Graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies at Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Orisha has more than 15 years of experience in social services, nonprofit leadership and administration, grant management, program design, and civic leadership. Orisha has been a dedicated community volunteer serving as a member of the Board of Directors for SisterReach, the Partnership To End AIDS, Inc., and Dress For Success Memphis. Orisha has assisted in the founding and development of three local nonprofit organizations. Orisha's esteemed as a community leader by her peers and colleagues across the southern states.

 

Rachel Brooks, Memphis TN

rachel-brooks.jpgRachel Brooks was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee but has never been to Graceland. Rachel is a Regional Field Organizer for CoreAlign, where she works to ensure that all people have the resources, rights, and respect to make decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling (particularly to where there are mountains), netflix-ing, and searching for the best burgers around.

 

Amelia Caron, Knoxville TN

amelia_caron.jpgAmelia Caron has been a full spectrum doula for over 16 years, providing emotional and educational support for individuals and families through a variety of life processes: menstruation and fertility, birth and postpartum, family loss, miscarriage, abortion, surrogacy, adoption, illness, and depression. She specializes in birth and labor support for the LGBTQ individuals, survivors of abuse, as well as underprivileged and immigrant populations. She has a B.A. in College Scholars from the University of Tennessee with a focus on an anthropological understanding of menstruation and Biblical purity laws. She currently lives in Knoxville, TN where she has begun Knoxville's first Abortion Doula Collective to support individuals' access to vital reproductive services.

 

Alex Chambers, Nashville TN

alex_chambers.jpgAlex Chambers is a graduate student at Vanderbilt University in Religion. She has been volunteering in jails and prisons in Tennessee for over ten years. She facilitates Well Inside + Out, a group at the women’s jail in Nashville organized around the intersections of interpersonal and state violence against women and is a founding member of Free Hearts, an emerging organization lead by formerly incarcerated women in service of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated mothers and children in the city. She is also on the leadership of the Nashville Feminist Collective and organizes its discussion group on gender, sexuality and the prison industrial complex.

 

Rev. Earle J Fisher, Memphis TN

earle_fisher.jpgRev. Earle J. Fisher is a native of Benton Harbor, Michigan. This preacher, professor, writer and social activist graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1996, earned an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts in 1999 from Lake Michigan College, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Science in 2003 from LeMoyne-Owen College and a Masters of Divinity Degree in May 2008 from Memphis Theological Seminary. Rev. Fisher is a dually ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Missionary Baptist Church denominations as well as a full-time PhD student of Rhetoric and Communications at the University of Memphis. Professor Fisher serves as Adjunct Instructor of Contemporary Theology at Rhodes College.  Pastor Earle is also the Senior Pastor of Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, TN.  Most of his research focuses on Black Prophetic Rhetoric, the rhetorical strategies and impact of black preaching and hip-hop lyricism.

 

Larry Frampton, Goodlettsville TN

larry_frampton.jpgLarry Frampton aka Cowboy Larry has lived in many places around the country and his activism has increased as he moved from Oregon to Reno, Nevada to New Mexico to Iowa and then to Tennessee where he’s lived for the past 10 years. He's a public speaker on HIV and has travelled around the country speaking at HIV conferences, retreats, World AIDS Day and other HIV awareness days about living with HIV and how to keep people from becoming infected. In Iowa, Larry was one of the founding members of Positive Iowans Taking Charge ( PITCH). As a certified HIV/ Hep C tester/counselor Larry found his niche and has worked in that capacity for many years. He has chaired many local, state, and national committees and HIV planning bodies. He most recently served as the chair of the Tennessee Association of People With AIDS. He is a past President of the Board for the Knoxville AIDS Housing Authority, and former chair of the Faith Coalition in Knoxville, which brought faith leaders to the table to discuss the stop of HIV and bring testing and prevention into the church. He is the current Co-chair for the Nashville Part A HIV Planning Council, which is a Mayor appointed position. He visits lawmakers in TN often to educate them and travels to D.C. several times a year to advocate for National HIV initiatives and funding. Cowboy Larry has received many accolades for his work including 2009 HIV worker of the year in Knoxville TN, Planned Parenthood’s Family Life Educator of the Year for Middle and East TN, and POZ Magazines POZ 100 for Long Term Survivors. He has dedicated his life to educate people about HIV and help others living with HIV/AIDS. He has lost two partners and over 300 friends to the disease.

 

Lyndsey Godwin, Nashville TN

lindsey_godwin.jpgLyndsey Godwin is the Assistant Director for the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality at Vanderbilt Divinity School. With an eye on intersections and multiple-issue lives, she works to connect academics, activist, organizers, artists, faith leaders, and educators in order to have deeper conversations and develop more impactful justice practices. While she primarily approaches her work looking at religion, gender, and sexuality first, she prioritizes community-based work that empowers youth, centralizes those most marginalized, and lifts up issues of racism, classism, and other forms of systematic oppression. She’s a queer, white, feminist sexuality educator, a youth volunteer in a Baptist church in the south, who is seeking to develop anti-racist practices and liberatory spaces that center engaged, shared learning.

 

Sara Jane Goodman, Memphis TN

sara-jane-goodman.jpgSara Jane Goodman resides in Midtown Memphis, TN. Currently Board President of CHOICES, Memphis Center for Reproductive Health and TN State Director for UniteWomen.org. Additionally Sara Jane is part of the national graphics team for UniteWomen.org and has been a strong advocate for women and all reproductive healthcare issues.

 

Shayla Lawrence, Memphis TN

shayla-lawrence.jpgShayla A. Lawrence has worked in public health in Shelby County, TN for eight years in the area of maternal and child health. She has a special interest in health disparities and social determinants of health, especially as they relate to infant mortality, breastfeeding, and birth experiences and choice.

 

Briana Perry, Nashville TN

Briana-Perry.jpgBriana Perry is a Program Coordinator at the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center at Vanderbilt University. She first became interested in reproductive health and freedom as an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt after reading Angela Davis's Women, Race & Class. She is part of the Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter and the Nashville Feminist Collective. With a Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies background, Briana's work involves examining the intersection of race and class within reproductive health, with a special focus on the experiences of Black girls and women.

 

Corinne Rovetti, Knoxville TN

corinne-rovetti.jpgCorinne Rovetti, APRN-BC, FNP-BC has been providing women’s health care services for almost 30 years. With an emphasis on preventive and holistic care, she is passionate about her work to educate and empower individuals to make responsible health care decisions to improve their lives. Corinne has been providing services at the Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health since 1988, and additionally serving as Co-Director at the center since 2000.

 

Karly Safar, Knoxville TN

karly_safar.jpgKarly ended up in Knoxville by way of the University of Tennessee, where she might as well have majored in activism and organizing in the South. Typical of her generation, she has had many paid and unpaid gigs, all of which she's figured out how to use to further the fight for justice. She's excited about the potential for the many active social movements in Tennessee to work together to become more than the sum of their parts. Thanks to her feminist mama she has always been an outspoken advocate for women's reproductive rights and likes to spend her free time scheming and dreaming about a better world, and trying to get all of her friends to go to the Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health.

 

Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus, Nashville TN

lisa_sherman.jpgLisa Sherman-Nikolaus started her career as a pediatric nurse with a keen interest in international human rights and humanitarian policy. After earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing and working in a hospital setting for two years, Lisa moved to London where she obtained a masters degree in Conflict, Security and Development from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Lisa has worked on a number of international human rights issues at Amnesty International and Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict. Currently, Lisa is the Policy Manager at the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. Lisa is passionate about merging her human rights knowledge and experience with her background in health. Lisa is Guatemalan/American and was born in Nashville but raised in Guatemala.

 

Renae Taylor, Memphis TN

renae-taylor.jpgRenae Taylor is the Outreach Supervisor for PEAS, Inc., an organization working to bring awareness to the trans community through safer sex education and empowerment in the Memphis community.

 

Pamela Weston, Sweetwater TN

pamela-weston.jpgAfter more than a decade teaching mathematics at the college level while volunteering for various arts and disability organizations, Pamela Weston took on the role of visual arts coordinator for a state-wide arts and disability organization, developing curriculum, arranging workshops, and providing support to visual artists. In 2014, she ran for State Representative. She holds an MS in Mathematics from East TN State University, graduated from the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Partners in Policymaking and Leadership program in 2010, and received the VSA International Award for Excellence in Leadership 2011. She currently serves as a TN Promise mentor and is engaged in the pursuit of healthcare access in Tennessee and issues of importance to the health and well-being of women and children.


 

Staff

Allison Glass, State Director

allison-glass.jpgAllison first got connected to the work of reproductive freedom after the (home) birth of her son as a young, single woman 12 years ago. With a BA in Peace Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, she brings a social justice and organizing background to the work. Previously, Allison was the Training Director at the Mid South Peace and Justice Center, where she worked for 8 years.
Contact: allison@healthyandfreetn.org

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