NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia
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Staff & Board

Tarina Keene, Executive Director

Tarina Keene took the helm of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia in January 2008 as the organization's executive director.  She also serves as the organization’s lobbyist at the Virginia General Assembly. She is committed through NPCV’s work to ensure that the women of Virginia have access to the full range of reproductive healthcare options despite their geographic location in the state or their socioeconomic status.  

Tarina led the charge on the now infamous mandatory ultrasound bill passed by the Virginia General Assembly in February 2012. Despite the legislation passing, Tarina was responsible for introducing the legislature to the "transvaginal” ultrasound that gained international media scrutiny and galvanized thousands of Virginians to protest against the bill in Richmond during the legislative session. Tarina was quoted more than 100 times in the media including the New York Times, The Week Magazine, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian (UK), and the Washington Post. 

Tarina is also the founder and chair of the Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health which came together in March 2011 after the General Assembly passed a law regulating abortion providers as hospitals. She successfully recruited more than a dozen state and national organizations and abortion providers to work together to mitigate the regulations. Tarina also appeared live twice on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the impact on women’s access to reproductive healthcare if a majority of the state’s women’s healthcare providers are forced to cease offering services especially in rural and low-income areas. 

In 2009, Tarina was appointed to the Alexandria City Commission on Women and currently serves as 1st Vice Chair. She served as Virginia NOW President from 2004-2006. She is also a 2006 graduate of the University of Virginia’s prestigious Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. Tarina began her career in broadcast news as an on-air reporter and newscast producer. Tarina also completed the Appalachian Trail in 1999, walking nearly 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine.  She has a B.A. in Media Studies and a B.A. in Political Science from Radford University and a Master’s of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Old Dominion University.

Caroline O'Shea, Deputy Director

Caroline manages NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia's relationships with its members and supporters, including fundraising and events. You can contact her to find out about all the ways you can support NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia's mission and enable us to expand our membership, network and resources.

Caroline joined NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia in 2010 following work at a development consulting firm serving progressive political organizations. She earned a BA in government from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where she was a leader in campus activism on political and social justice issues, and has continued her involvement with women's issues and reproductive justice activism ever since.

Alena Yarmosky, Director of Advocacy & Communications 

Alena oversees NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia's internal and external communications, and manages our team of 4 amazing grassroots organizers across the Commonwealth to implement all advocacy, electoral, and issue-based campaigns. With her staff, Alena works closely with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s many volunteers and student activists to elect pro-choice candidates, diversify and strengthen our base of reproductive rights activists, and reduce shame and stigma around abortion. In 2012, Alena was responsible for conducting a ground breaking year-long undercover investigation into Virginia’s crisis pregnancy centers. Most recently Alena headed up NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s 2015 election work, running extensive field program to contact over 45,000 voters in support of pro-choice candidates up and down the ballot.  

Alena joined NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia in 2012, and earned a BA in philosophy and political science from the University of Maryland, College Park. When not working she likes to obsessively follow politics, swim, and travel to warm places.

Janice Craft, Director of Policy & Government Affairs

Janice leads our organization’s policy analysis and advocacy efforts and manages our relationships with policymakers, government officials, and allied advocates, working out of our Richmond office. She received her law degree from the William & Mary School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, and is admitted to the Virginia bar. Following graduation in 2010, she was a policy fellow with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia for several months during preparation for the 2011 General Assembly session. From 2011-2014, she was a law clerk with the Court of Appeals of Virginia, where she researched and analyzed a wide range of complex legal issues, before rejoining NPCV in December 2014. 

Keisy Chavez, Northern Virginia Community Organizer 

Keisy Chavez is a native of Peru and has lived in Virginia since 1990. Over the past 15 years Keisy has worked as a realtor and family consultant for financial and health services, and is an active member of the Washington, DC and Dulles Chambers of Commerce. 

In 2009 Keisy discovered a new passion for political organizing and community activism, and has been deeply involved with social justice movements ever since. Keisy lives in Northern Virginia with her 25 year old daughter.

Nicole Grim, Grassroots Leadership Coordinator

Nicole oversees grassroots mobilization among NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia's volunteers and cultivates opportunities for activists to grow into leadership roles with the organization. She also organizes two annual Leadership & Advocacy summits across Virginia, which she once attended as a volunteer herself. 

Nicole earned a BA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, where she focused on gender and sexual violence in conflict. In her free time, she volunteers with the Alexandria Sexual Assault Center and tries not to set off the fire alarm while testing out new recipes in her tiny apartment kitchen.

Karen Wells, Community Organizer Central Virginia

Karen Wells' passion for reproductive rights began in 2006 when she became a counselor at the Richmond Medical Center for Women, a local family planning clinic in Richmond, VA.  Since then, she has worked diligently in the community encouraging women to empower themselves through education, family planning and financial planning. Karen received her B.A. in Political Science from Old Dominion University and her M.Ed in Adult Learning from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Karen resides in Henrico County with her husband and son. 

Michelle Wooten, Hampton Roads Organizer

Michelle Wooten is a Mississippi native, who has worked on local advocacy campaigns for nearly a decade. She previously worked with the Mississippi Democratic Party, Mississippi Young Democrats, as well as various local campaigns. She built grassroots support for salient issue campaigns in Mississippi, including ending discriminatory voter I.D. laws and the defense of women’s reproductive rights. Michelle earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Michelle’s passion for outreach and advocacy has led her to Virginia to fight for the expansion of women's access to vital reproductive healthcare services. 

Arona Kessler, Office Coordinator & Development Assistant

 Arona keeps our office humming and manages bookkeeping, human resources, and communication with members. She moved to Alexandria, Virginia in August 2013 and immediately began volunteering with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia before becoming a full-time staff member in early 2014. Prior to joining the team, Arona worked for elected officials in Suffolk County, New York, where she assisted constituents navigating government agencies and non-profit organizations seeking grants. In her free time, Arona is a volunteer clinic escort in Manassas; a case manager with the DC Abortion Fund; and an aunt to seven nieces and nephews. 

Board of Directors

Each of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia's entities are overseen by a volunteer board of directors, who dedicate their time, energy, and resources to advancing our mission on behalf of our thousands of member-activists.
We are looking for new board members! To learn more about this role and the application process for new board members, please contact us.

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia (501c4) Board

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation (501c3) Board

Amy Eckert (Chair)
Brian Dixon (Vice Chair)
Kimberly Smith (Secretary)
Steve Descano
Patricia Davis
Emily Francis
Pam McCoach

Michelle Kinsey-Bruns (Chair)
Liz Miller (Secretary)
Stephanie Ragusky (Treasurer)
Laura Armstrong
Barbara Burgess
Lisalyn Jacobs
Erin Matson

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia staff members love to talk about our work! Please contact us to see if a staff member is available to speak with your group, whether it's a conference, meeting, training, or even an informal gathering. Topics include:
  • The status of reproductive rights policy and reproductive health care access in Virginia.
  • The impact & importance of recent and upcoming elections in Virginia on this issue.
  • Ways to get involved and take action as a pro-choice advocate.
  • Supporting the leadership of younger people and people of color in the pro-choice movement.
  • Anti-choice "crisis pregnancy centers" in Virginia and their impact on access to accurate information and comprehensive health care.

Contact us at (571) 970-2536 or email for more information!
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