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Staff

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, Advocacy & Communications Manager 


Alena oversees NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia's internal and external communications, and manages our advocacy, electoral, and issue-based campaigns. Alena works closely with our many volunteers and student activists, and 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 2013 election work and managed an extensive field program to defeat Ken Cuccinelli & elect pro-choice candidates up & down the ballot in November. 
 
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.

Ta’Kindra Westbrook, Hampton Roads Community Organizer

Ta’Kindra is NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia's community organizer in Hampton Roads, Virginia and is responsible for engaging new pro-choice activists and assisting in changing the cultural conversation around reproductive freedom. Ta’Kindra works closely with local activist, volunteers, and community partners.

Ta’Kindra comes to NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia with experience in health education, reproductive advocacy, and grassroots organizing. She earned a B.S. in Health Sciences from James Madison University and a MPH in Health Education/Promotion from Old Dominion University.


Karen Wells, Community Organizer for SEdA NOW! Program


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 Del.

Julia Smart, Grassroots Organizing Fellow


As NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia's Grassroots Organizing Fellow, Julia is responsible for helping to build our volunteer base & increase our activist presence in communities across the Commonwealth. She is specifically working on organizing our 2014 Advocacy & Leadership Summits, to be held in Hampton Roads and Virginia during the month of July. 

After spending two years in Kyrgyzstan working on human rights and police reform with the OSCE, Julia returned to the US in early 2014 to focus on advancing women’s issues domestically. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of William and Mary with a BA in History and Psychology, and a former Fulbright Scholar to Poland.

Did You Know?

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia staff members love to talk–and we're available to speak at your next event–whether it's a conference, meeting, training, or even an informal gathering of pro-choice supporters.

Topics Include:

  • The status of reproductive rights in Virginia
  • The impact & importance of the 2013 Virginia elections 
  • What it means to be an advocate and how to become one
  • Working in the non-profit sector
  • Millennials'  leadership in the progressive and pro-choice movements
  • Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Virginia and their impact on reproductive choice

Contact us at 202-973-3085 or email info@naralva.org for more information!
 
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