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Staff & Board
Tarina Keene, Executive Director
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 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
Janice Craft, Director of Policy & Government Affairs
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
Karen Wells, Community Organizer Central Virginia
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
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia (501c4) Board
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation (501c3) Board
Amy Eckert (Chair)
Brian Dixon (Vice Chair)
Kimberly Smith (Secretary)
Michelle Kinsey-Bruns (Chair)
Liz Miller (Secretary)
Stephanie Ragusky (Treasurer)
- 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.
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