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Meet the Board

Courtney Andrews PhD

Courtney Andrews, Ph.D., is the reproductive rights policy strategist at the ACLU of Alabama. She recently transitioned to this role after serving as a social science health researcher at the Institute for Human Rights and an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Courtney also serves on the board of Birth Monopoly, an organization that promotes human rights in childbirth and endeavors to expose and end obstetric violence in maternal healthcare. Her work is motivated by reproductive justice, both as an analytical framework and a political movement that seeks to ensure that all women and people with the capacity for pregnancy are guaranteed the human right to decide when and if to have children, to choose how and in what setting to give birth, and to raise children in safe and healthy environments. 

Lilanta Joy Bradley PhD

Dr. Lilanta Joy Bradley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Medicine and Population Health at the University of Alabama (UA) where she also serves as the Practicum Director for the master’s program. This Atlanta, GA native completed her doctorate in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia in 2017. Dr. Bradley has a Health Disparities Research Education Certificate from UAB as a 2019-2020 RCMAR Scientist. She serves on the March of Dimes Mom and Baby Action Network: Dismantling Racism Workgroup and Alabama’s Region II Perinatal Mortality Review Committee.  She has co-led a maternal health study centering Black women’s shared decision making with their providers at the University Medical Center. Dr. Bradley is also a proud member of the sixth cohort of RWJF’s Interdisciplinary Research Leaders where her team is addressing structural racism, living in rural communities, and early childhood obesity. The overarching goal of her career is collaborating with community partners to investigate and improve sexual and reproductive health for people of color using a liberation framework.

Kirsten Clark CLBD

Kirsten Clark is a full-spectrum doula trained in abortion care as well as birth, postpartum, and pregnancy loss support. She is a cofounder of Alabama Cohosh Collaborative, a nonprofit that works to improve reproductive healthcare in Alabama. Kirsten has lived in Alabama for close to twenty years and has been a vital part of the reproductive health community in north Alabama. 


Her passion is to ensure that pregnant people receive respectful, compassionate, safe healthcare throughout their reproductive life span. 


Kirsten is the ROE Board Clerk.

My Approach

Amber Jones MS 

Amber Jones MS is an advocate for reproductive freedom, abortion rights, and equity through access to care. She is an active member of the Huntsville, Alabama community where she lives with her spouse, dogs, and myriad plants. She has worked in mental health and community services, on her family's farm, and as an adjunct educator. She has been a long-time supporter of the Alabama Women’s Wellness Center, and enjoys family, friends, nature, community and civic engagement, and lifelong learning.  

Turkessa Parrish Roberts BA

Turkessa Parrish Roberts BA is a lifelong resident of Mobile, Alabama and a lifelong feminist.  She has a BA in Business Administration with a Minor in Accounting from the oldest Historically Black Colleges (HBU) in Alabama; Talladega College. She works for the United States Federal Government as the Operations Supervisor for a team of 15 federal employees. Turkessa is a long time supporter of the Alabama Women's Wellness Center.


Turkessa serves as the ROE Board Chair. 

Susan Yanow MSW

Susan Yanow MSW is a long-time reproductive rights activist.  She is the  cofounder of Women Help Women, an international organization that provides medication abortion services, and is the spokesperson for SASS – Self-Managed Abortion; Safe and Supported in the USA. She consults to the Later Abortion Initiative at Ibis Reproductive Health and coordinates EASE – Expanding Abortion Services in the South.  She serves on the Board of the ACLU of Massachusetts.

Holly Horan PhD 

Holly Horan, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alabama and a birth and postpartum doula. Holly’s research focuses on perinatal stress and collaborative perinatal care in Puerto Rico and the US states. Holly recently served as the program coordinator for the Community Doula Program, a Medicaid-funded program providing doula services to priority populations in three counties in Oregon. She currently serves as co-investigator on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant and an National Institutes of Health Consortium Grant, both of which focus on improving perinatal care services and support in the state of Alabama. She is committed to improving perinatal health care in the US and US territories and is grateful for the collaboration of brilliant partners and students in this work.

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