Raegan A. Carter recently started her own public health, public policy, and public affairs think tank, The Brainstorm Agency, LLC. Raegan provides consulting services to non-profit organizations on grant writing and strategic planning as well as other technical assistance. The Brainstorm Agency, LLC also provides public health research, advocacy training, advocacy initiatives, lobbying, and political consulting. Raegan is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. She is also a graduate of Tulane University where she obtained both a Master of Social Work degree and a Master of Public Health degree. Raegan has worked on the federal, state, and local levels with adolescent and women’s health programs and serves on multiple statewide coalitions. She has extensive knowledge and experience working with public policy and advocacy related to public health and in particular adolescent and women’s health, rights, and justice. As an adjunct professor Raegan enjoys teaching and training and also has extensive knowledge and experience implementing and conducting professional development and trainings in public health related issues. She has also worked on political campaigns that led to successful elections of candidates. Raegan is passionate about adolescent and women’s health as well as social and racial justice issues and is particularly interested in health disparities impacting communities of color and working to engage faith leaders in public health advocacy. Raegan is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc.
Jamila Johnson, JD is the Managing Attorney for the Unanimous Jury Project at the Promise of Justice Initiative and is the former Senior Supervising Attorney for Southern Poverty Law Center’s criminal justice work in Louisiana. Her work in Louisiana has focused on reversing the “new Jim Crow” and eliminating the structural racism in the criminal justice system. Prior to coming to work and live in Louisiana, Jamila learned how to “fight like a girl” on the Board of Directors for Legal Voice: a progressive feminist organization using the power of the law to make change in the Pacific Northwest with, and on behalf of, those affected by gender oppression and injustice. Her advocacy against gender oppression began when she chaired a municipal women’s commission driven much by her personal experiences as a single teenaged mother in a low-income community. She believes in the human right to maintain the bodily autonomy that allows people to have children; to not have children; and to parent the children we have.
Nishi Kumar is a civil rights attorney in New Orleans and litigates around various criminal justice issues affecting currently and formerly incarcerated people throughout Louisiana. She most recently went to trial on a federal class action suit on behalf of the 6,000 people incarcerated at Angola prison based on the lack of adequate medical care and accommodations for people with disabilities. She graduated from NYU Law School in 2015, where she was a Hays Civil Liberties fellow, a Notes Editor on the NYU Law Review, and co-chair of the South Asian Law Students Association. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Watford on the Ninth Circuit and Judge Furman on the Southern District of New York. Prior to law school, she was a middle school math teacher in New Orleans.
Geraldine Neville is an advocate for reproductive rights, access to services, and education; particularly for underserved and Spanish speaking populations. She holds a BA in Public Relations with a double minor in Marketing and Small Business Development and holds an MPS in Health and Wellness Management. Ms. Neville was also a 2012 Public Leaders Fellow, through the New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance, in Partnership with Puentes New Orleans Inc. As a Community Liaison for Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey she provided bilingual, culturally competent reproductive health information; both in the community and in a clinical setting from 2005 - 2007. This work was part of an award winning outreach endeavor funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She joined Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in 2007 where she took on a similar role as Latino Outreach Coordinator and Bilingual Health Center Assistant until 2010. From 2007 - 2011, Ms. Neville served as a board member of the Louisiana Latino Health Coalition. Ms. Neville currently serves as Senior Administrative Program Coordinator for the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences at the Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine.
Kathaleen Pittman is the Administrator at Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport, LA. She graduated with a BA from Northeast Louisiana University in 1978 and began her first career in criminal justice, serving as a probation agent for thirteen years. Over the course of this time, she determined there actually is no criminal "justice" and began working part-time for Hope Medical Group for Women while pursuing her master’s degree in counseling. In 1994, Kathaleen took a full-time position at the clinic, and, since then, she has assumed various positions including but not limited to Director of Counseling, Assistant Administrator, and Patient Services Manager. Kathaleen has been the Clinic Administrator since 2010.
Ellie Schilling, JD is an attorney in New Orleans with extensive experience representing health care providers, and is one of the only attorneys in Louisiana who regularly represents reproductive health care providers. She has represented clinics and other health services providers in enforcement proceedings or other disputes against health care regulatory bodies, including wrongful license revocation actions. Ellie also litigates cases in both state and federal court to challenge new laws and regulations that restrict access to health care. She represents physicians in disputes with the disciplinary agencies that regulate the health care profession, and in suits against hospitals for wrongfully suspending hospital privileges. She works closely with local and national advocacy groups, including testifying as an expert at the Louisiana Legislature, to oppose new laws that would damage reproductive health care rights and access, and works to raise public and media awareness surrounding these issues. She also helped to establish the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom and serves on its Executive Committee. Ellie received her undergraduate degree in English and German from Colgate University and her law degree from Tulane Law School.
Erich Schrader has worked in nonprofit fundraising and campaign organizing since 2014, starting as a street canvasser in New Orleans advocating for marriage equality. Since then, he has overseen canvass offices around the country and has been able to fundraise on behalf of groups like Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Audubon Society, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. In addition to fundraising, he has campaigned for progressive candidates, most recently having worked on a campaign to elect Democrats to the Texas State Legislature during to 2018 Midterms.
Tana Velan moved to New Orleans in 2015 where she began her current career at the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans as the NextGen and Programming Manager. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Creative Writing and, like most Arts majors, ended up in a field barely related to her degree but one that she thoroughly enjoys. Tana oversees a board of 25 Jewish young professional volunteers and organizes community events for young families, Jewish holidays, professional networking, social action, mentorship, and more. Tana credits her time in AmeriCorps NCCC, where she received the Presidential Lifetime of Service award, for directing her towards a career in nonprofit as well as nonprofit volunteerism. When she isn't reading, writing, or playing with her dogs, she's volunteering for causes she believes in and as such, is honored and excited to join the Lift Louisiana Advisory Board.
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