Jennifer Feldman, MD
Legacy Community Health
Dr. Feldmann left her academic teaching career behind to go work for high-risk populations that didn’t have access to health care. She sees transgender youth, who are eight times as depressed and much more likely to attempt suicide as the rest of the population. Dr. Feldmann sees patients who drive 12 hours to get the highest-quality trans care at Legacy’s flagship Montrose clinic. The agency sees 1,000 transgender patients a year.
Kassandra Gonzalez, BA, JD
Texas Legal Services Center
Kassandra Gonzalez is a graduate of the UT School of Law where she was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to work with Texas Legal Services Center’s Medical-Legal Partnerships. Her project seeks to expand the current People Community Clinic Medical-Legal Partnership to include pediatric and adolescent-focused legal services that improve health and educational attainment. Throughout law school, she worked with both the MLP and the Mental Health Clinic to provide direct legal services to individuals struggling with health-harming legal needs.
Michelle DeSalvo, PA
Legacy Community Health
Michelle DeSalvo is a graduate of UT Southwestern Physician Assistant School and plays an integral role in providing comprehensive care to transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Her passion for gender health and wellness began while she was a provider for Stanford University’s Mobile Teen Health Van, which provides health services for uninsured, homeless, and LGBTQ+ youth in the San Francisco Bay area. She also volunteers as an ally and advocate in the local community with Gender Infinity and with Organización Latina Trans en Texas.
Wesley Hartman, JD
KIND Medical-Legal Partnership
Wesley (pronouns: he/they) is a Staff Attorney with KIND Medical-Legal Partnership (KIND MLP)—a collaboration between Texas Legal Services Center and KIND Clinic to address the health-harming legal needs of the LGBTQ+ community and persons seeking sexual health services. Hartman’s particular focus is working with transgender and nonbinary populations. Based in Austin, KIND MLP serves clients statewide through direct legal services, policy advocacy, and training and education. Hartman established the program in 2018 with a post-graduate fellowship after earning their J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.
Valerie Sedivy, PhD
Healthy Teen Network
Valerie is the Director of Capacity Building and Evaluation at Healthy Teen Network. She has 25+ years of experience in adolescent sexual health and currently supports adolescent health professionals through training, technical assistance and resource development. Valerie has direct experience working with school districts, students, and youth who are system-involved.
Marcy Keefe, MSN, FNP
Marcy's work focuses on people who struggle with homelessness or housing insecurity, interfaces with CPS and community agencies. This has led her to working with a high percentage of clients who identify in the LGBTQ+ community. Her current role allows her to work directly with LGBTQ+ youth and young adults every day and has provided her with a clear understanding of their needs pertaining to their sexual health.
Maria C. Monge, MD, MAT, FAAP
UT Austin, Dell Medical School
Dr. Monge is an assistant professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at Dell Medical School, UT Austin. She also founded and directs an Adolescent Medicine program that specializes in gender care, reproductive health, eating disorders among other physical and mental health issues impacting adolescents and young adults. Her clinical work, educational endeavors, and research all involve improving care for vulnerable adolescent patients.
Kelly Sowards Opot
Harris County Youth Collective
Kelly is the Executive Director of the Harris County Youth Collective where she is responsible for guiding the initiative’s strategy development and implementation of best practices to improve coordination among systems and overall outcomes for youth who have dual system involvement with juvenile justice and CPS. Previously, she worked for Corporation for Supportive Housing as Assc Director for TX, where she worked with communities across Texas to improve system responses to vulnerable populations, using housing as a platform for health, stability and employment. Kelly has a Bachelor’s Degree from the UT Austin and a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Jane's Due Process
HK is a teen mom who has first-hand experience being denied access to healthcare, birth control, and abortion care while being unstably housed or homeless as a minor. She is now an activist for anyone who has experienced criminalization, homelessness or substance abuse. Since she began sharing her abortion story, she's had the opportunity to be published in Bustle and Teen Vogue, speak at the Texas State Capitol, testify in front of the U.S. Congress, train as an abortion doula, and legal observer. Currently, she’s a stay at home mom who works with Jane's Due Process, Texas Equal Access Fund, and We Testify. HK’s mission is to increase access to all types of healthcare, housing, rehabilitation services, and personal advancements starting in her hometown and eventually branching out of Texas.
Angel Jackson, YCS
Harris County Youth Collective
Angel uses her knowledge and lived experience for her role on the Youth Advisory Board. After aging out of care at age 18, she realized that she wanted to do more than just help other foster youth. Her mission is to inform the community on issues concerning dual status youth, and provide children with resources. Her belief is that change and awareness is key to helping youth transition to being productive adults in society.
Jane's Due Process
Graci serves as the Program Coordinator for Jane’s Due Process where she works to elevate and support volunteers. She also manages the statewide text hotline for teens seeking reproductive health options when they are unable to obtain parental consent. Prior to her work at Jane’s Due Process, she was a Digital Services Advocate for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and a Counselor for a Texas abortion provider. Graci is a graduate of the Univ. of Kansas, where she studied Social Work.
Eleanor Genevieve Grano, BA
Jane's Due Process
Eleanor joined Jane’s Due Process as the Community Outreach and Youth Engagement Coordinator in June 2018. Previously, she educated young people on healthy relationships and intimate partner violence as a Bilingual Digital Advocate at National Domestic Violence Hotline & loveisrespect, where she helped pilot their Spanish language chat platform. Eleanor is a NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Next Generation Fellow and a volunteer for Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity’s Spanish hotline. She studied Neuroscience & Jewish Studies at Smith College.
Kami Geoffray, JD
Women's Health & Family Planning Association of Texas
Kami is the CEO of the Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas. She has a passion for improving the delivery of health and social services to vulnerable populations and has worked at nonprofit and government organizations, on both the state and national level—most recently at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Kami received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University and her Juris Doctor degree from Tulane Law School.
Aurora is the Southern Deputy Director for Partnerships & Organizing for Young Invincibles’ Southern Office. She acts as the main liaison between grasstops partners and organizing work and strategy—ensuring that young people’s voices and experiences are represented within local and statewide discussions related to policy change and service provision. Aurora brings dynamic and trusted leadership to YI and years of experience managing complex advocacy, public education campaigns, and health programs.
Erika Ramirez, MPA
Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition
Erika Ramirez, MPA, received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UT Austin and her Master of Public Administration degree from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University. Prior to working at Healthy Futures, she served as a policy associate and then senior advisor with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Erika is committed to improving programs giving women and children access to preventive healthcare and is excited to continue that work with Healthy Futures of Texas and the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition.
Healthy Futures of Texas
Eleni has an extensive history in education
and advocacy dating back to 2012. She has attended advocacy training with Planned Parenthood, SIECUS, and through her current organization, Healthy Futures of Texas. Since 2017, she has been the primary advisor for the Healthy Futures Youth Advocacy Council where she organizes up to 28 high school students at a time. Eleni has experienced the political process both with working in legislative policy and in coordinating a sustainable youth civic engagement program.
Christina Long is YI's Southern Program Manager, where she works across YI's policy and program initiatives in healthcare, higher education, and workforce development. Christina specializes in the region's policy research and supports Texas-based projects and young adult leaders. Her past research includes youth mental health policy, district discipline policy, and K-12 education policy.
Jen Biundo, MPaff
Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Jennifer is the Director of Policy and Data for the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. As a statistics wonk who loves few things more than a good data visualization, Jen works to develop evidence-based public policy priorities and foster collaboration with stakeholders and partners throughout the state. Jen holds a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Third-Year Medical Student
Danielle Ellis is a third-year medical student at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Long School of Medicine. She has a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Lamar University in her hometown of Beaumont, Texas. She has served as the president of Medical Students for Choice at UT Health and is interested in pursuing a career in obstetrics and gynecology. During her time
serving as president of Medical Students for Choice combined with a growing interest in women’s health, she recognized the importance of addressing unwanted pregnancy by providing access to safe, affordable, and effective contraception.
Jessica Mejia, BA
My ParentTeen Life
Jessica is a Texas State University graduate who is completing her 18th year serving youth and families in Central Texas. She attributes her passion in teen pregnancy prevention and outreach by sharing her story with health professionals, families, and youth advocates. Her and her son were volunteers for Healthy Futures of Texas while he attended high school.
Tulsa Public Schools
Joya is the Program Manager for Strong Tomorrows with Tulsa Public Schools and a Residential Advisor with young mothers at Catholic Charities. Her experience includes working with disenfranchised populations serving the community in such roles as a case manager, Career Advancement Specialist of CareerAdvance® with CAP Tulsa, a Community Outreach Coordinator with My Sister’s House, Inc., and a Bilingual Court Advocate with Domestic Violence Intervention Services of Tulsa.
Tulsa Public Schools
Kasey Hughart, MSW, is a 4th generation Mexican-American with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Tulsa and a Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. With years of community organizing experience as the co-founder of Dream Action Oklahoma and volunteer service in local youth development programs, she has focused her social work knowledge and practice in predominantly Latinx and immigrant communities to bridge the gap of community resource access and utilization. Kasey was the first hire for the Strong Tomorrows program to help build the first integrated on-site support program in Tulsa Public Schools for expectant and parenting students.
UT Teen Health San Antonio/ UT Teen Health
Esmerelda began her work in teen pregnancy prevention in 2012 as a Health Educator working with youth-serving organizations on the south side of San Antonio. In her current role as a project coordinator, she oversees the Office of Adolescent Health Tier 1A Capacity Building Grant, which works to build the capacity of organizations that serve youth in foster care, juvenile justice, and youth who are pregnant/parenting. She is also a trainer of trainers of 12 different evidence-based programs.