Staff

Lynn Paltrow, 
JD

Lynn M. Paltrow, JD, Executive Director, founded National Advocates for Pregnant Women in 2001. Ms. Paltrow is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law. She has worked on numerous cases challenging restrictions on the right to choose abortion as well cases opposing the prosecution and punishment of pregnant women seeking to continue their pregnancies to term. Ms. Paltrow has served as a senior staff attorney at the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project, as Director of Special Litigation at the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, and as Vice President for Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of New York City. Ms. Paltrow conceived of and filed the first affirmative federal civil rights challenge to a hospital policy of searching pregnant women for evidence of drug use and turning that information over to the police. In the case of Ferguson et. al., v. City of Charleston et. al., the United States Supreme Court agreed that such a policy violates the 4th amendment's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Sara Ainsworth, JD, Director of Legal Advocacy, is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. She began her legal career in poverty law, advocating for safety and economic security for survivors of intimate partner violence. Sara was Senior Counsel with Legal Voice (formerly the Northwest Women’s Law Center), where she worked to secure the rights of all women to reproductive health and freedom. While at Legal Voice, she helped lead Washington State efforts to stop the deceptive practices of crisis pregnancy centers and to pass a bill prohibiting the shackling of pregnant incarcerated women. Sara is also adjunct faculty with the University of Washington School of Law and a former visiting assistant professor at Seattle University School of Law, where she taught women’s rights courses. She is a founding board member of Surge Northwest, a non-profit that works for reproductive and racial justice in the Northwest. She is overjoyed to be able to work for NAPW from Seattle, her hometown.

Farah Diaz-Tello, JD

Farah Diaz-Tello, JD, Staff Attorney, is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law, where she was a Haywood Burns Fellow in Civil and Human Rights. Her work at NAPW has focused on the rights to medical decision-making and birthing with dignity, and on using the international human rights framework to protect the humanity of pregnant women regardless of their circumstances. A proud Texan, she is an alumna of the University of Texas at Austin.

Gebrina Roberts

Gebrina B. Roberts, Office Manager, transitioned from the profit to the nonprofit world in January 2009. She brings more than 15 years of expertise in financial management with emphasis on accounting and bookkeeping. Gebrina worked at Allworth Press as a Business Manager for 14 years and has a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from Baruch College.

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Laura Huss, MPhil, Research and Program Associate, received her BA from Kenyon College and her MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her graduate studies and research addressed social movements and activism. Ms. Huss then worked as a researcher at the Gender, Health & Justice Research Unit in Cape Town focusing on issues relating to the incarceration of women, gender-based violence, and sexual assault. At NAPW Ms. Huss has worked extensively to raise awareness about media misinformation fueled by the war on drugs as well as the unconstitutional criminal prosecutions of drug-using pregnant women in Alabama.

Kylee J. Sunderlin, JD, Open Society Foundation Soros Justice Fellow, is a graduate of Michigan Law School, where she was a research assistant for the Michigan Health System's Program in Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice, a student attorney in the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic, and a recipient of the Jane L. Mixer Memorial Award. As a 2013 Soros Justice Fellow, her work at NAPW seeks to dispel misinformation and gross assumptions about methadone maintenance treatment while challenging punitive, family-disruptive responses to it. Sunderlin received her BA from the University of Michigan.

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Kebé, Research and Program Assistant, graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Anthropology. Her undergraduate studies focused in women, gender, sexuality, and africana studies subjects. She has a deep interest in facilitating safe spaces for women of color and is invested in the wellbeing of all women in all aspects of their lives. At NAPW she provides operations, programs, events, and research support.

Board of Directors

Nancy Aries, PhD (Treasurer)
Carolyn J. (Cali) Cole
Jeanne Flavin, PhD (President)
Mariotta Gary-Smith, MPH
Hytham M. Imseis, MD
Carol Mason, PhD
Jennifer Morgan, PhD
Robert Newman, MD, MPH
Lynn. M. Paltrow, JD


Board Biographies

Nancy R. Aries, PhD.

Nancy R. Aries is a Professor and Executive Director of Academic Programs at the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College. She also holds an appointment in the Department of Community Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and Health Care Management Review. She is the recipient of a 2008-09 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship.

Carolyn J. (Cali) Cole

Carolyn J. (Cali) Cole, is Chairman and Founder of The Cole Group, a consultant to family offices and non-profit organizations. A trusted advisor to corporations, financial institutions, endowments, foundations, and individuals for over three decades, Ms. Cole has an extensive record of success in many areas of financial services and investment management. She has held senior executive positions at Citigroup, RBC Dain, and UBS. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the CFA Institute, the Economic Club of New York, and the YWCA Academy of Women Leaders. Her current non-profit board positions include the UFT Charter Schools, Girls Inc. of New York City, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association. She attended Vassar College and the Leonard N. Stern School of Business Administration, New York University, and has lectured at the Harvard Business School, the Sloan School of Business at MIT, the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Rochester Simon School of Business.

Jeanne Flavin, PhD.

Jeanne Flavin is a Professor of Sociology at Fordham University. Her scholarship and advocacy mainly examines the impact of the criminal justice system on women. She is author of the award-winning Our Bodies, Our Crimes: Policing Women's Reproduction in America (NYU 2009) and co-editor of Race, Gender, and Punishment: From Colonialism to the War on Terror (Rutgers, 2007), and author of many articles, including “Arrests of and forced interventions on pregnant women in the United States (1973-2005): The implications for women's legal status and public health”, "Punishing Pregnant Drug-Using Women: Defying Law, Medicine, and Common Sense", and "Toward a “Pro Lives” Perspective that Values the Lives of Pregnant Women and the Well-Being of Our Nation" co-authored with NAPW executive director Lynn Paltrow. She received a Fulbright research award in 2009 to study gender, family, and crime in South Africa. She also is the 2013 recipient of the Sociologists for Women in Society’s Feminist Activism Award. Jeanne grew up on a farm in rural Kansas.

Mariotta Gary-Smith, MPH

Mariotta Gery-Smith received her MPH from the Emory School of Public Health. Ms. Gary-Smith has a long history of activism with the National Black Women's Health Project, Be Present Inc., and with National Advocates for Pregnant Women. Ms. Gary-Smith is the past-recipient of a national fellow position at the Morehouse School of Medicine, National Center for Primary Care in the Center of Excellence of Sexual Health. She currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon as a sexuality educator.

Hytham M. Imseis, MD

Dr. Imseis is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist practicing in Charlotte, North Carolina. His career has been dedicated to caring for and advocating for pregnant women. He is very involved in the medical education of Obstetrician/Gynecologists across the United States for which he has won many teaching awards. He currently serves on the Women’s Executive Board and the Ethics Committee at his hospital and has served as the Medical Director of the Mountain Area Perinatal Substance Abuse Program and the Mountain Area Health Education Teen Pregnancy Clinic. Dr. Imseis has published research articles in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Obstetrics and Gynecology and currently reviews manuscripts for publication in both the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Carol Mason, PhD.

Carol Mason is an interdisciplinary scholar whose expertise includes the rise of the right and reproductive politics. She is the author of Killing for Life: The Apocalyptic Narrative of Pro-life Politics (Cornell, 2002) and Soul On Appalachian Ice: Turning Right in the Mountain State (Cornell). Dr. Mason is the recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe/Harvard. Dr. Mason’s work has appeared in publications, such as Cultural Studies, NWSA Journal, American Studies Journal, Hypatia, and various edited collections. She is a professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and American Studies at the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences.

Jennifer Morgan, PhD.

Jennifer Morgan is a New York University Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, History and Director of Graduate Studies, SCA. She received her PhD in 1996 from Duke University. Her areas of research interests include early African American history, comparative slavery, histories of racial ideology, women and Gender. Her other affiliations include, American Historical Association, Berkshire Conference of Women's Historians, McNeil Center for Early American Studies. NAPW was introduced to Professor Morgan by her father, John Morgan a drug policy reformer and leader in research and writing regarding the effects of criminalized drugs.

Robert G. Newman, MD, MPH.

Dr. Newman is President Emeritus of Continuum Health Partners, Inc., a $2.2 billion hospital network controlling three major academic medical centers. He was CEO of the Beth Israel Health Care System for 20 years prior to the creation of Continuum in 1997; he retired from Continuum in 2001. From 2001 until June of 2013 Dr. Newman served as Director of the Baron Edmond de Rothschild Chemical Dependency Institute of Beth Israel Medical Center. For over 40 years Dr. Newman has played a major role in planning and directing some of the largest addiction treatment programs in the world - including the New York City Methadone Maintenance and Ambulatory Detoxification Programs, which in the 1970s served 33,000 patients annually. He has also been a strong addiction treatment advocate in Europe, Australia and Asia. Throughout his career he has championed the right of drug-dependent persons to treatment access and choice of provider, and the right to be cared for under the same conditions as apply to the management of all other chronic medical conditions.

Lynn M. Paltrow, J.D.

Ms. Paltrow is the Founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women ("NAPW"). She is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law. During her career, she has worked at many of the leading reproductive rights organizations including the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project and the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy. As Executive Director of NAPW, Ms. Paltrow combines legal advocacy with grassroots and national organizing and policy work in order to secure the human and civil rights, health, and welfare of all women, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most vulnerable - low income women, women of color, and drug-using women. Ms. Paltrow is a former Hays Civil Liberties Fellow, Georgetown Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow, and recipient of numerous awards including The Drug Policy Alliance’s Justice Gerald Le Dain Award for Achievement in the Field of Law; A Women's E-news 2005 Honoree: 21 Women Leaders for the 21st Century; and the National Women’s Health Network’s Barbara Seaman Award for Activism in Women's Health. She is the mother of twins and a Gemini!

Advisory Board

Angela Moreno, President

An activist and doula who was born and raised in the borderlands of the southwestern US, Angela Moreno has worked at the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Funding Exchange and with clientele including Stonewall Community Foundation, Surdna Foundation, North Star Foundation, Tides Foundation. and the Astraea Foundation, as well as with Sakhi for South Asian Women, Tewa Women United, Enlace International and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, among others. For more than two decades, Angela has worked to ensure the health and safety of women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, low-income communities, and people of color. She has served as director or advisor to the mid-MO ACLU, Third Wave Foundation, Abortion Access Project (now PROVIDE), the Border Action Network, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Spirit in Motion Project of the Movement Strategy Center. Angela is ever on the verge of finishing a graduate degree at Teachers College, Columbia University.