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.


Cat Patteson
Client Services Manager

Catherine “Cat” Patteson is a trauma informed mental health professional and community organizer with over a decade of experience working with diverse populations in settings ranging from small non-profits to large healthcare systems. She has previously worked with NOAF as a founding member and the VP of Education and Outreach of Social Work students United for Reproductive Freedom (SWURF). She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and holds advanced degrees from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a BA in Psychology and Tulane University with a Master's in Social Work with a Certificate in Disaster Mental Health and Trauma Studies, and a Master’s of Science in Disaster Resilience and Leadership. In addition to reproductive justice, she is passionate about immigrant justice and prison reform. When she isn’t fighting oppressive systems, she likes spending time with her husband and two dogs. She is excited to formally join the NOAF team as the Intake Volunteer Coordinator and hopes to continue to build up the engagement and empowerment of their members and partners!

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Winter Claire Randall
Clinic Escort Coordinator

Born and raised on the West Bank of New Orleans, Winter Claire Randall obtained her B.A. in English from the University of New Orleans. She has worked in a variety of professions, including Insurance, Real Estate, Web Development, Publishing, Higher Education, Retail Operations, and Legal Administration. A lifelong feminist, Winter is involved in a number of volunteer activities, from clinic escorting to volunteering with the Sexual Assault Response Team and Days for Girls New Orleans Chapter. She has completed the District Attorney’s Citizen’s Academy, the Mayor’s Civic Leadership Academy, and the New Orleans Police Department’s Citizens Academy. She is also involved with adult and children’s literacy efforts in the community, as well as animal welfare. She lives in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans with her cheeky chappy Scottish husband, two dogs, a cat, and a turtle. In her non-existent spare time, she watches True Crime shows BBC murder mysteries,


Tara Zapp
Grants and Development Coordinator

Tara has over 10 years of experience working with children, women, and families to deliver and improve needed healthy and education services. Working with UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees), IRC (the International Rescue Committee), and a group of European and American nonprofits, she has led and managed education and child protection programs for children and families in Louisiana, New York City, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, and Bosnia. In Louisiana, as a grants and program manager, Tara grew and launched statewide family literacy programs and was chair of the New Orleans Early Childhood Working Group. She holds a Master’s of Science in Policy and Non Profit Management from The New School University and has taught Disaster Management courses at Tulane’s school of Social Work. She is passionate about supporting everyone to gain access to services and is proud to call New Orleans home.

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Haley Butler
Outreach and OutLoud Coordinator

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Haley (BA'16/MA'18) moved to New Orleans to pursue studies in linguistics at Tulane University. In addition to defending reproductive rights through outreach and legislative advocacy for the New Orleans Abortion Fund, she is also conducting strategic political research for progressive prosecutor candidates seeking to advance criminal justice reform and an end to mass incarceration as a research associate with Foglight Strategies, L.L.C.

In 2017, Haley conducted research on the intersections between race, gender, and mass incarceration in American prisons with a focus on the unfair prosecution of women of color. She recently interned with the Orleans Public Defenders and aspires to defend the rights of marginalized communities. She believes strongly in justice for all, not just some.