NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Board of Directors
Sydney Asbury, Chair
Alyssa Vangeli, Vice Chair
Susan Webber, Treasurer
Talia Herman MD, Clerk
Karen Charles Peterson
Thaleia Tsongas Schlesinger
Pro-Choice Massachusetts Foundation Board of Directors
Lisa Pedulla, Co-Chair
Lisa Reilly, Co-Chair
Jane Piercy, Treasurer
Kimberly Haskins, Clerk
Aaron Hoffman, MD
Sydney Asbury ‘19
Sydney Asbury joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2019. She is the founder and Principal of DNM Solutions, a Boston-based communication, and campaign consulting firm. Before founding DNM Solutions, she was Campaign Manager for Governor Deval Patrick’s successful 2010 reelection campaign and later served as his Deputy Chief of Staff and Political Director. Sydney also serves on the Board of Trustees for Bowdoin College. As Board Chair, Sydney has focused on long-term planning and organization growth.
Alyssa Vangeli ‘14
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. She 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 as the Vice President for External Affairs at the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. Her involvement in the reproductive rights movement has spanned 35 years. Currently she serves as NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Board 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 focused on the care of women with an emphasis on reproductive health. She also has 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 of 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
Kate Chang joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2019. Kate has been a member of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts PAC for over a decade and has been otherwise involved with NARAL for more than 20 years. She previously served on the Brigham & Women’s Connors Center for Women’s Health Board of Advisors, the Appalachian Mountain Club Board of Advisors as Chair of Diversity, and on the Executive Committee of the Head of the Charles Regatta.
Maydad Cohen ‘19
Maydad Cohen joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2019 and Chairs the Public Affairs Committee. After leaving his career as a labor and employment attorney, Maydad became the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Cabinet Affairs for former Governor Deval Patrick and later, the Special Assistant to the Governor for Project Delivery in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is currently an Associate Partner for a large IT consulting and advisory firm in Boston focusing on assisting state and local governments with IT and policy support.
Gary Daffin ‘19
Gary Daffin joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2019. Gary has served as the Executive Director of the Multicultural AIDS Coalition for the past 18 years and been a long-time civil rights activist with Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus. He has been an ardent pro-choice proponent since his youth and considers reproductive choice a civil rights issue that he is happy to advocate for.
Clare Kelly ‘19
Clare Kelly joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2019. Clare is a senior political and public affairs consultant with extensive experience in grassroots and community organizing. She previously served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Democratic Party, Political Director of former Governor Deval Patrick’s Political Action Committee, and Field Director on his re-election campaign. Clare is passionate about grassroots organizing and intends to use her experience to help NARAL advocate for reproductive choice.
Trina Moore ‘10
Trina Moore joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2010 and served as Board Chair in 2012. 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 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
Paul Pezzella joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2019. For the past 30 years Paul has been self employed as a registered contract lobbyist in Massachusetts representing numerous clients including nonprofits, corporations, and labor unions. He began his career in the Massachusetts Legislature as a staffer in the State Senate and was also lecturer at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Prior to opening his private practice, Paul was a senior staff member for Governor Michael Dukakis. His partner is the founder and director of an abortion clinic in Florida which has helped fuel his desire to fight for reproductive rights in the Commonwealth.
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
Thaleia Tsongas Schlesinger joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2019. Thaleia is the President of Schlesinger & Associates, a public affairs consulting firm formed in 1986. She is a member of the Boards of Trustees of the Conservation Law Foundation, the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health and Health Resources in Action, and the Fish Family Foundation. Thaleia was previously a nurse at Beth Israel Hospital and worked on the heart and lung transplant research teams at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
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 fellowship attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York and a position on the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin. Hillary currently 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 joined the Board of the NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Foundation in 2017. She is an active volunteer and member of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, as well as the EMERGE Advisory Council and the Katherine Clark for Congress Finance Committee. She is the founder of Silver Birch Consulting, a non-profit and political fundraising consulting business that leverages her more than 10 years of experience working with progressive candidates and nonprofits like Food Link, Raise Up Massachusetts, the Arlington Center for the Arts, and Women’s Action for New Directions. She has worked with a number of progressive members of the state legislature and is passionate about getting more women elected at all levels of government.
Lisa Reilly ‘17
Foundation Board Co-Chair
Lisa Reilly joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Foundation in 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 of Greater Boston and marketing positions in leading biotechnology and medical device companies. Lisa currently owns a small business.
Jane Piercy ‘17
Foundation Board Treasurer
Jane Piercy joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Foundation in 2017. A longtime advocate for women’s rights, Jane volunteered with NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts the late ‘80s and re-engaged in 2014. She has also twice testified before the State Legislature in support of Paid Family Medical Leave and has been a member of the Brookline Town Meeting since 2016. She also co-leads a group that supports an independent abortion provider in her community. In addition to her work as Treasurer she serves on the events committee and routinely recruits others to join the fight for reproductive freedom. Jane has over 30 years of information technology and project management experience and currently works for a local non-profit.
Kimberly Haskins ‘19
Foundation Board Clerk
Kimberly Haskins joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Foundation in 2019. She is a senior program officer at the Barr Foundation, supporting 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.
Aaron Hoffman, MD ‘19
Dr. Aaron Hoffman joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Foundation in 2019. Dr. Hoffman is a primary care physician at the Ambulatory Practice of the Future. He also serves on the faculty of the Harvard Center for Primary Care and is the Medical Director of the Physician Assistant Studies program at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Hoffman is clinically interested in women’s reproductive health, family planning and contraception, and preventive care.
John Page ‘19
John Page joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Foundation in 2019. John’s career has spanned multiple continents and professions. After working as a teacher in Nigeria and Ethiopia, he joined the federal Office of Economic Opportunity to fund and improve programs that combated poverty. He has also worked as an executive for various nonprofits, and spent two decades working for JPMorgan Chase’s software division. Now retired, John has dedicated himself to working with nonprofits across New England.
Emily Polak ‘19
Emily Polak joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2019. She 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. 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.
Andrea Richmond ‘19
Andrea Richmond joined the Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts in 2019. Andrea has been an advocate for women’s health issues since she was a student. In addition to serving as a Board member, she is a co-founder of Mystic Valley Action for Choice, a group of activists from the Greater Boston suburbs who focus on education and advocacy around reproductive freedom. In her professional career, Andrea is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and focuses her practice on advising families, individuals, and nonprofit entities.