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Amy Irvin is the executive director of the New Orleans Abortion Fund and served as the first intake coordinator. She has worked at abortion clinics in New Orleans and Atlanta, and was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year by Planned Parenthood of Kentucky in 2006. She earned her Master of Science in Social Work at the University of Louisville where she researched the impact of parental consent laws for minors at the ACLU of Kentucky Reproductive Freedom Project, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Agnes Scott College. After undergraduate school she taught English as a Second Language, coordinated World Refugee Day activities, and developed a refugee childcare program at the International Rescue Committee. She's also a former union organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers, organizing grocery store workers in Arizona and Indiana. Her passions include modern art and mid-century modern furniture.
Grants & Development Coordinator
Alex Nichols is the Grants and Development Coordinator of the New Orleans Abortion Fund, but her work with the organization began last year as a fundraising intern. Her passion for gender equality and reproductive rights was sparked at a young age by her single mother. In 2014, Alex moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University, where she majored in English, Psychology as well as Gender & Sexuality Studies. It was while she was an undergraduate that Alex discovered her love of fundraising. In addition to NOAF, she’s worked with numerous organizations including the National Organization for Women – NYC and Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. While Alex plans on attending the University of Michigan Law School in the fall of 2019, she is extremely excited to work with NOAF once again. Her passions include air conditioning, Thai food, and tv shows with strong female protagonists (i.e. Parks & Rec).
Volunteer & Outreach Manager
Steffani Bangel is a sexual and reproductive health and rights specialist and total policy wonk. As a longtime supporter of NOAF, she is excited to bring her passion for abortion rights to the new role of Volunteer and Outreach Manager. Steffani has over a decade of experience in community sexual health programming, with expertise in curriculum development, capacity building and training, and community mobilization. A native of New York City, Steffani found her true home in New Orleans in 2007. She holds a Master of Public Health in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in US History and African Diaspora Studies from Tulane University. Steffani sits on the board of the National Council of Jewish Women’s New Orleans chapter, and serves on several statewide coalitions focused on advancing women’s issues and reproductive justice policy in Louisiana. Her passions include radical inclusive feminism, crafting, hanging out with dogs, and kayaking Louisiana swamps.
Clinic Escort Coordinator
Olivia Anderson’s passion for people and humanitarian advocacy began in the Pacific Northwest, where she grew up just south of the Canadian border. Olivia’s feminist career was sparked by departing from a restrictive and conservative household at the age of 16, where she then found joy and took solace in helping others. Olivia’s scope of activism ranges from volunteering at animal shelters to organizing childhood literacy programs. In 2016 she moved to New Orleans to pursue a career in Human Resources, where she currently serves as a compassionate liaison between senior management and staff members dealing with a startling amount of hardship and trauma. It was also in New Orleans where she found her niche volunteering as a clinic escort with NOAF, and she is eager to begin an exciting new chapter serving the women of Louisiana as Clinic Escort Coordinator. When she isn’t on an airplane, Olivia’s passions include cultivating orchids, cooking up veggie dinners with her friends, snuggling with her luxuriously fat tabby cat, and hot sauce.
Client Services Program Co-Coordinator
Jenny Holl grew up in San Francisco, but has called New Orleans home for the past two years. As soon as she got to town, she looked up local reproductive health organizations, found NOAF, signed up for the next Client Services training, and has been volunteering ever since. She is excited to be taking on a new role as a Client Services Co-Coordinator this year. A long-time advocate for reproductive rights and social justice, Jenny has experience working on projects ranging from safe motherhood and the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in remote areas of Nepal and Mexico, to helping to develop a mothers' group and parenting curriculum for sex workers in South Africa. Most recently, she contributed to a study investigating the impacts of state-level abortion restrictions on decision-making and experiences with care during pregnancy in Louisiana. Jenny holds a Master of Public Health, with concentration on Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Population Studies from Emory University in Atlanta and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Outside of reproductive justice, her passions include dancing, adding to her growing costume/wig collection, and a good bowl of ramen.
Client Services Program Co-Coordinator
Mary Lingwall has been active in the abortion funding movement since 2011 and has volunteered with the Client Services Committee at NOAF since 2015. Mary is a receptionist at the Women’s Health Care Center (New Orlean’s only abortion provider), a radical full-spectrum doula, and a waitress and bartender at Willa Jean. Originally from Texas, Mary has her Bachelors degree from the Plan II Honors program at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied reproductive health and adultery in the novel of the long nineteenth century. Mary has a Master of Public Health in maternal and child health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. While earning her MPH, Mary focused on the intersection of the legal rights of pregnant women and maternal health outcomes in the US. In her free time, Mary enjoys reading and cuddling with her cat Ouija F Baby Lingwall.
Client Services Program Co-Coordinator
Christina was raised in Louisiana and moved to New Orleans in 2008 to attend Tulane University. She started volunteering with Planned Parenthood during her undergraduate degree and has also volunteered on the campaigns of local female political candidates. During her time at Tulane she helped to found the Newcomb College Institute's Women in Politics student group. She has served on the NOAF Client Services coldline for the past two and a half years, and is excited to help continue to support the program and the other client services volunteers. She is still proud that her team won the award for Most Team Spirit at NOAF's first Game-a-Thon.
Community Engagement Intern
Clara Riley grew up in a small town in South Carolina and has lived in New Orleans since moving to attend Tulane University in 2016. Seeing first-hand the way that the deep south can fuel women’s oppression, Clara feels a responsibility to make sure that everyone has a chance for their voice to be heard. Leaving behind a past of feeling out of place in a very conservative environment, she has learned to embrace her uniqueness. As a fierce advocate for equal rights and passionate feminist, beginning an internship at NOAF is an incredibly opportunity. Clara is a political science major, with minors in public health and philosophy. Serving as the community building intern for NOAF, Clarawill use her skills to create positive conversation around reproductive rights. In her free time, she can be found painting, reading a book on her porch, sorting through piles of clothes at consignment stores, or listening to Joni Mitchell on vinyl.
Data Management Intern
Gregory Shoats is the Data Management intern at NOAF. Originally, from Mandeville, Louisiana but now goes to school in New Orleans at Tulane University. He is currently pursuing a dual-degree in Economics and Asian Studies. His passion for Health Economics and social equality is what originally attracted him to NOAF as a way to give back to his community and explore health policies affecting women on a daily basis. When he’s not reading about micro-theories on health policy, he is usually practicing Japanese in preparation to study abroad in Japan in the coming Spring. In his free time he enjoys playing with his dog and spending time with family and friends.
Jane Thomas (she/her/hers) is NOAF’s fundraising intern this summer. She is a rising junior at Clark University in Worcester, MA, studying Women’s and Gender Studies, French, and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. She grew up in both Los Angeles and New Orleans and has been involved with feminist non-profits in both cities. She is excited about getting more involved in reproductive justice work in the South. She’s a foodie, will always stop to pet a dog, and likes to read and listen to French rap.
Community Canvassing Intern
Trenton Morris is the Community Canvassing Intern for NOAF this summer. Originally from small-town Nebraska, he is a senior at Tulane studying Public Health and Gender and Sexuality Studies. He was introduced to the world of activism through his work with the Newcomb Art Museum and developed a drive to approach reproductive health and justice through creative and engaging means. He hopes to help bring the mission and goals of NOAF to the general public through canvassing and to build strong relationships with community partners moving forward. When he’s not knocking on doors and building community relationships, you can find him painting, reading, and watching copious amounts of Netflix.