Learn More About Our Team

 
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Amy Irvin
Executive Director

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.


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Steffani Bangel
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.


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Galina Peters
Grants & Development Coordinator

Galina Peters is NOAF’s Grants and Development Coordinator and brings years of experience in nonprofit development for social justice causes, specializing in grants management, event production, and communications. She began her nonprofit career at a center for homeless women in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, and has worked for an urban river advocacy organization, an after school program for inner city youth, and at an orphanage in the remote mountains of Mexico. She is originally from California and attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied English. Galina’s passions include thrifting, calligraphy, live jazz, and picnics by the river.


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Olivia Anderson
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.


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Elizabeth Gelvin
Client Services Program Coordinator


Elizabeth Gelvin joins NOAF as the Client Services Program Coordinator. She arrives at this position after years of volunteer coordination and mutual aid. She is a Coordinator of Trystereo New Orleans Harm Reduction Network, which seeks to affirm the dignity of people who use drugs through direct access and education. She has been active in outreach, volunteer onboarding, curriculum design, capacity building, workshop facilitation, overdose prevention training, and co-creating voter education guides. She has worked in community-based museums and oral history archives including as Lead Oral Historian on the Louisiana Abortion Stories Project, the Oral History Project Manager of the Lower 9th Ward Living Museum, and Principle Interviewer on the Mossville Oral History Project. She organizes disaster response with Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, runs a weekly radio show (featuring blues, folk, and other songs about feelings), and served midnight hashbrowns for many a midnight. Elizabeth is from Slidell and cannot change this about herself. She’s into radio, porch-sitting, walking, Louisiana, bread, and roses.


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Isabel Bowman
Data Management Intern

Isabel Bowman is the Data Management Intern at NOAF for Fall 2019. She is from Los Angeles, California and currently a senior at Tulane University double majoring in Public Health and Spanish/Portuguese. Rather than focusing on mostly on the research or medical side of public health, she hopes to eventually get a law degree to work in public health-related advocacy related to issues such as reproductive justice and immigration reform. In her free time, Isabel loves to read, exercise in the lovely Audubon Park, embroider, and cook. She is very excited to work with reproductive justice advocates and supporters in the New Orleans community this semester on our work to ensure everybody has not only the right to choose, but also the necessary resources to support that choice.


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Clara Riley
Communications 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, interning at NOAF is an incredibly opportunity. Clara is a political science major, with minors in public health and philosophy.  Serving as the communications intern for NOAF, Clara will 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.


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Kennedy Williams
Client Services Program Intern

Kennedy Williams is a senior studying Psychology and Public Health at Tulane University. She is a Louisiana native, born and raised in Shreveport, LA. Kennedy began her work in reproductive justice when working on the human trafficking task force in Caddo Parish her freshman year. She continued that work with the New Orleans Children's Advocacy Center. She has a passion for health policy and economics, victim advocacy, and buying things she doesn't need. 


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Anna Fish
Communications Intern

Anna Fish is from Baltimore, Maryland and has lived in New Orleans since 2016 when she began attending Tulane University. She is a senior at Tulane double majoring in Political Science and Social Policy & Practice and minoring in Spanish. Anna grew up admiring the strong female role models in her family and has always identified herself as a feminist. Through her coursework at Tulane, Anna has developed a strong passion for women's reproductive rights. She is excited about the opportunity to intern with NOAF and apply this passion to her work. In her free time, Anna is doing yoga, running (and dog watching) in Audubon Park, or eating Vietnamese food.  


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Trenton Morris
Community Canvassing Intern

Trenton Morris is the Community Canvassing Intern for NOAF. 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.


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Leyla Scheuring
Fundraising Intern

Leyla Scheuring is the fundraising intern at NOAF for Fall 2019. She is from Oak Park, IL and currently studies public health at Tulane University. Witnessing the strength in the women around her every day, in her mom, sister, aunts, and best friend inspires her to work for reproductive rights.  After spending most of her life in a liberal town in the Midwest, she is excited to learn about the unique perspectives that living in the South will bring to reproductive rights advocacy. Outside of NOAF, Leyla plays trumpet in marching band and pep band and loves to explore New Orleans through coffee shops and book stores.


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Cassidy Clark
Community Canvassing Intern - Ruston

Cassidy Clark is a feminist activist from West Monroe, Louisiana and is currently studying Human Resource Management at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. She has considered herself to be a feminist ever since she first heard of the word in high school, but only recently got into activism when she went off to college. Being from a very conservative area, Cassidy realized that if she wasn't going to stand up against the oppression and misogyny in her community, then who would? So Cassidy founded the only intersectional feminist organization at that time on Louisiana Tech's campus, and she strives to educate students on feminist issues such as reproductive justice, comprehensive sex ed, sexual assault/harassment, etc. Cassidy is also apart of the Abortion Out Loud cohort with Advocates for Youth where she is responsible for furthering the discussion surrounding abortion access and tackling the abortion stigma in her community. In her activism she hopes to change the minds of young people who also grew up in a conservative environment by educating them about the severity of womxn's issues. When she's not planning a protest or demonstration, she's most likely watching anime, playing video games or sleeping.