Orisha Bowers, Memphis TN
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 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 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.
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Jordan Scruggs, Nashville TN
Born and raised in Tennessee, Jordan Scruggs is a communicator and activist that specialises in reproductive justice and progressing LGBTQ rights. The passion of their community activism comes from being raised by a plethora of Black women and men who stressed the importance of change through community actions. Through this passion Jordan has been an activist for progressing LGBTQ rights in Tennessee since advocating for anti-bullying rights for LGBTQ youth in schools to state politicians. Their hard work resulted in being given MTV’s Logo Youth Trailblazer Award and becoming a board member for Nooga Diversity Center. Recently their activism was highlighted by Organizing for Action which led to introducing the President of The United States, Barack Obama in 2015. Today Jordan focuses on writing with Echoing Ida to include the necessity of action for comprehensive reproductive education and justice in Tennessee.
Alex Chambers, Nashville TN
Alex 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
Rev. 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 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
Lyndsey 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 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.
Corinne Rovetti, Knoxville TN
Corinne 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 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-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 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
After 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.
Briana Perry, State Co-Director
Briana is a native Memphian. She moved to Nashville in 2009 to attend college at Vanderbilt where she majored in Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies. She recently obtained her Master of Education in Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Before completing her master’s degree, Briana taught in Memphis for two years. It was during this time period that she began her work with HFTN around the Fetal Assault Law and the Vote No on 1 Campaign. Briana is able to bring her interest in Black feminism to the work, especially her salient interest in issues that affect Black mothers. Briana serves on the coordinating committee for the Official Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter and on the steering committees for HFTN and the Nashville Feminist Collective. Previously, Briana was a Program Coordinator at the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center at Vanderbilt. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anna Carella, State Co-Director
Anna has been proud to call Nashville home since 2009. She’s a Ph.D. candidate at Vanderbilt in Political Science with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. She became interested in community organizing while working overseas, inspired by international human rights activists who connect local advocacy to global justice and vice versa. She has lived and worked in France, Senegal, Bangladesh, Rwanda, and Afghanistan. She began working on reproductive freedom in Tennessee during the Vote No on 1 campaign and has been involved with feminist organizing ever since, including the fight against the Fetal Assault law with HFTN. She led successful lobbying efforts for Advocates for Women's and Kids’ Equality (AWAKE) reducing sentences for HIV+ sex workers and strengthening legal protections for victims of domestic violence. She was a founding member of the Nashville chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) and the Nashville Feminist Collective. Contact: email@example.com.