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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
Ta’Kindra Westbrook, Hampton Roads Community Organizer
Ta'Kindra is NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia's community organizer in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, and is responsible for engaging new pro-choice activists and working to change the cultural conversation around reproductive freedom. Ta'Kindra works closely with local activists, 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.
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.
Karen Wells, Community Organizer for SEdA NOW! Program
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
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.
- 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
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