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NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Board of Directors

Sydney Asbury, Chair
Alyssa Vangeli, Vice Chair
Susan Webber, Treasurer
Talia Herman MD, Clerk

Jo Blum
Kate Chang
Maydad Cohen
Gary Daffin
Clare Kelly
Karen Charles Peterson
Paul Pezzella
June Rowe
Thaleia Tsongas Schlesinger
Hillary Schwab

Pro-Choice Massachusetts Foundation Board of Directors

Lisa Pedulla, Co-Chair
Lisa Reilly, Co-Chair
Jane Piercy, Treasurer
Kimberly Haskins, Clerk

Aaron Hoffman, MD
Trina Moore
John Page
Emily Polak
Andrea Richmond


Sydney Asbury ‘19
Board Chair

Alyssa Vangeli ‘14
Vice Chair

Alyssa Vangeli joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2014. Prior to attending law school Alyssa worked for a number of years in the field of reproductive health advocacy at Pathfinder International. Currently Alyssa is the Associate Director of Policy and Government Relations at Health Care for All.

Susan Webber ‘14

Susan Webber joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2014. Prior to joining the board Susan worked in the field of reproductive rights in the position as the Vice President for External Affairs at the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts with her involvement in the reproductive rights movement has spanned 35 years. Currently she serves as NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Treasurer, Development Committee Chair, and a member of the Nominating Committee. Susan is currently retired.

Dr. Talia Herman ‘18

Talia Nunes Herman, MD joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2018. She practiced Primary Care Internal Medicine in Boston for over 30 years. Her practice was focused on the care of women with an emphasis on reproductive health. She has also had a special interest in broadening the availability of sexual health education to students at all levels. She is now retired.

Jo Blum ‘17

Jo Blum joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2017. Her history with advocating for reproductive health rights started before Roe v. Wade. Jo was a part of an informal referral network that helped women obtain safe abortions in Iowa and North Carolina and held various jobs including positions at Planned Parenthood of Greater Charlotte, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and NARAL Pro-Choice America. Jo is currently retired.

Kate Chang ‘19

Maydad Cohen ‘19

Gary Daffin ‘19

Clare Kelly ‘19

Trina Moore ‘10

Trina Moore joined the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2010 and has served as Board Chair since 2012 and has served on the Board since 2010. She is a passionate advocate of women’s rights and believes that reproductive freedom is at their very foundation. She is proud to work with NARAL as the organization provides leadership and legislative change for reproductive rights in Massachusetts. Trina balances her passion with her long-held career as an IT software sales professional to Fortune 100 companies in the healthcare payer and financial services industries.

Karen Charles Peterson ‘18

Karen Charles Peterson joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2018. She is Commissioner of the Department of Telecommunications and Cable, where she serves as the principal communications regulator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Suffolk University and the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Paul Pezzella ‘19

June Rowe ‘16

June Rowe joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2016. Since retiring from her career focused on services for individuals with developmental disabilities, June has been involved in pro-choice activism. Through volunteering with NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts and other organizations, June has spent time canvassing, lobbying and advocating for pro-choice candidates.

Thaleia Tsongas Schlesinger ‘19

Hillary Schwab ‘19

Hillary Schwab joined the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2013. She has always been dedicated to reproductive freedom issues through various work including a job as a fellowship attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York and a position with the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin. Currently Hillary works as an attorney representing employees in claims against their employers relating to unpaid wages, discrimination, etc. and is a founding partner at the law firm Fair Work, P.C.

Lisa Pedulla ‘19
Foundation Board Co-Chair

Lisa Reilly ‘17
Foundation Board Co-Chair

Lisa Reilly joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts since 2017. She has been passionate about reproductive rights her entire life and became an active member of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2003 where she served on multiple committees. Lisa’s career includes work at Planned Parenthood-Great Boston and marketing positions in leading biotechnology and medical device companies. Currently she is a small business owner.

Jane Piercy ‘17
Foundation Board Treasurer

Kimberly Haskins ‘19
Foundation Board Clerk

Kimberly Haskins is a senior program officer at the Barr Foundation, a private foundation that works to elevate the arts and creative expression, to advance solutions for climate change, and to connect all students to success in high school and beyond. Kim supports Barr’s Cross-Program Initiatives, which aim to strengthen essential capacities for the social sector across our New England communities, including effective, inclusive leadership; data and discourse for nonpartisan, informed decision-making on public issues; and infrastructure for a healthy, effective, and resilient nonprofit and philanthropic sector. She is a longstanding board member and past treasurer for NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts and also serves on the board of the Pro-Choice Massachusetts Foundation.

Aaron Hoffman, MD ‘19

John Page ‘19

Emily Polak ‘19

Emily Polak is the Director for the State Consumer Health Advocacy Program at Community Catalyst, which works to ensure consumer interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and the health system are made: in communities, courtrooms, statehouses and on Capitol Hill. Prior to joining the Community Catalyst team, Emily served as the deputy director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, supporting the organization in its political efforts to increase reproductive justice, health and rights for all individuals in the Commonwealth. In this role, she also visited dozens of crisis pregnancy centers, documenting their lies and medical inaccuracies. Emily also spent a year and a half working on the Obama campaign for the 2008 election, and credits the campaign with allowing her to see the country.


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