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.
Ana Owens, Campaigns Director
Ana manages NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s team of 4 amazing grassroots organizers across the Commonwealth to implement all advocacy, electoral, and issue-based campaigns. With her staff, Ana 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.
Ana earned a BS from Emory & Henry College in 2012 where she competed as a student-athlete and began organizing as a student activist. Following graduation Ana worked as an organizer to elect Governor McAuliffe and Senator Jennifer Wexton. Ana continued her electoral work during the 2014 midterms acting as a Regional Field Director for the Democratic Coordinated Campaign in Arkansas where she led a diverse team of organizers, local unions, elected officials, committee members, and grasstops leaders in creating a lasting community volunteer infrastructure in a rural area of the state. She served as the Field Director for several competitive county races in Arlington, VA in 2015 before transitioning into issue based work. Ana joined NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia in 2016 from a national public interest organization where she lobbied members of Congress and White House officials on issues of fiscal policy and corporate accountability.
Stephanie Fewsmith, Development Director
Stephanie joined NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia in 2017 as the Development Director where she oversees fundraising initiatives for the organization including events, grants, and donor stewardship.
Stephanie earned a BA in French Language & Literature from Boston University before moving to Taipei, Taiwan to study Mandarin and teach English. After returning to the U.S., she jumped into development and special events work with the Alzheimer’s Association, and became the Co-Deputy Director of Development with D.C. Abortion Fund. Stephanie has always been passionate about reproductive rights, and had spent most of her free time volunteering with NPCV prior to joining the team.
Galina Verchena, Policy and Communications Director
Galina leads NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s General Assembly and local government policy work as well as fostering relationships with our partner organizations and local communities. She has a deep drive to promote social justice in all its forms especially with respect to women’s reproductive freedom.
Galina graduated from American University Washington College of Law in 2012 and received her Masters of International Politics and Development a year later. Following graduation she worked as an attorney in private practice and for legal non-profits fighting for social and environmental justice and women’s rights and represented clients in civil, criminal and administrative proceedings.
McKenzie Midock, Chief of Operations
McKenzie joined NPCV in 2016. She is the go-to person for all things financial, administrative, and HR-related and works to ensure NPCV operations run as smoothly as possible. A born and raised Virginian and current NoVA resident, McKenzie is excited to work for an organization focused on making change in her home state. She has resided in the DC region since 2008, working in marketing and program coordination for area arts and education nonprofits. She attended Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA where she received a B.A. in Music and created her own minor in Social and Environmental Justice.
Eileen Lynch, Communications Manager
Eileen joined NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia in 2017 and manages our communication with activists, donors, allies, and the media. She works to expand NPCV’s grassroots membership, media engagement, and public education efforts and help shape the narrative about reproductive rights and health care access in Virginia.
Eileen earned a BA in English and History from the University of Notre Dame before moving to Virginia to throw herself into the political campaign world. After working on a handful of Virginia Democratic races as an organizer and fundraiser, Eileen crossed the Potomac to focus on pro-choice issues as a Marketing Assistant for EMILY’s List. She’s excited to return to her political home to work on the cause closest to her heart – reproductive justice for women.
Nicole Grim, Special Programs Manager
Nicole joined the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia team in 2015 and manages specialized advocacy programs that foster growth and leadership among NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s grassroots base. In particular, Nicole oversees our annual Legislative Rapid Response Team, established and manages our exciting “Rise up for Repro” Student Advocacy Fellowship, and coordinates our statewide Leadership & Advocacy Summits.Nicole graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, where she focused on gender and sexual violence in international conflict. In 2014, Nicole attended our Northern Virginia Leadership & Advocacy Summit and began volunteering with NPCV at local farmer’s markets. Soon, Nicole realized there was plenty of work to be done right here in the Commonwealth, and Virginia has been her focus ever since. Before joining NPCV, she worked with mediation and restorative justice programs in Fairfax County Public Schools. From that experience, she carries her emotionally-supportive work style and applies it to supporting and empowering our network of grassroots activists. In her spare time, Nicole loves all things baking, and you can find her practicing her food photography skills at @bisnonnabakeshop.
Michelle Wooten, Senior Community 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.
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.
Taneasha White, Richmond Community Organizer
Taneasha joined NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia in 2017 as the Richmond Community Organizer after recently graduating from VCU with a B.A. in English and a minor in African American Studies. Taneasha has spent the last few years working on educating her community about intersectional issues as a co-organizer for the interdisciplinary project Black Minds Matter, which focuses on the stigma surrounding mental health in the Black community, as well as leading recovery writing workshops in the Richmond City jail.In addition to educating the community about major issues affecting reproductive health, Taneasha will use advocacy and community organizing to make sure reproductive freedom is center stage in local Richmond elections. Though policy is new territory for Taneasha, because of the ever-present threat against bodily autonomy, she has gladly joined this necessary fight with NPCV.