Letter From the Board President and Executive Director

Jennifer Marshall Pepper, Board President

Jennifer Marshall Pepper, Board President

Melanie Zurek, Executive Director

Melanie Zurek, Executive Director

2015 was a year of incredible transformation at Provide. With teams of organizers and trainers bringing skills and resources on abortion to health and social service providers in seven southeastern and midwestern states, our reach is greater than ever. Even more exciting than our own growth and development are the on-the-ground changes we are seeing as a result of our work. Hundreds of those we train—nurses, social workers, case managers and advocates—are redefining their professional role to serve as resources to women seeking abortion care, and doing so with the support of the institutions for which they work. With these changes, we are building the health and social service system we need when it comes to abortion. Responsive. Non-judgmental. Caring. With the information and tools offered by Provide, they are showing us what it looks like to provide their patients and clients with compassionate care in the face of abortion controversy, and creating a bright spot in the landscape of abortion access. Our appreciation to all who are making this change possible. We have only just begun, but with each professional we train, with each site that integrates support for abortion access into their practice, we are a step closer to a system of care that ensures access for everybody.

Onward and upward,

Jennifer Marshall Pepper, Board President
Melanie Zurek, Executive Director 

2015 Board Members

Jennifer Marshall Pepper, President • Mary O’Doherty, Treasurer • Christy Fujio, JD, MA, Clerk • Janet Singer, CNM, Clerk • Katherine Bourne, MPH, Director • Susan Dickler, MPA, MSW, Director • Samantha Morrison, Director • Dan Pellegrom, MDiv, Director • Francine Stein, MPA, Director • Jamila K. Taylor, PhD, MPA, Director • Melanie Zurek, EdM, Director

“In a society that often resorts to telling others what to think and do, Provide teaches healthcare providers how to support others’ decisions and help women make the best choice for their own lives. Abortion rights are a complex and divisive issue, but Provide’s focus on patient care and empowerment of choice is a cause worth getting behind.”

~ Bustle.com article, The One Women’s Rights Organization To Donate To This Holiday Season If You Want To Make A Real Impact, December 2015

We Have Grown

2014 Staff

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2015 Staff

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For years we thought of ourselves as a small national organization. One of our longest serving Board members liked to refer to us as “scrappy.” But in 2015, with a doubling of investment from our largest funder, we undertook a significant expansion—giving us the capacity to do more work and to do better work. Expanding into new states in 2015 (Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee) and in the coming year (Arkansas), as well as laying the groundwork for expansion into Mississippi, Louisiana, and Georgia (2017).

The expansion allowed us to add several key positions including a Director of Program Evaluation, two Regional Directors, a Storyteller, and new State Coordinators in Alabama and Tennessee.

As we grow, we pride ourselves on our ability to remain nimble and responsive to the realities on the ground, constantly learning as we go. 



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How We Train

Why we focus on health and social service providers.

Health and social service professionals play a critical role in the health and well-being of their clients and our communities. We believe abortion services and support should be included as part of regular healthcare, without stigma or judgment. We are committed to providing a supportive environment along with resources and skills to help these professionals—especially when abortion is an uncomfortable topic. With over twelve million people in the health and social service professions across the US, the potential impact of a supportive way to address abortion is enormous, not only as professionals, but as parents, siblings, community members, and friends.

frontline staff iconTrained over 1,500 health and social service professionals:

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Who We Train

Why we train the types of trainees we train.

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Our work is grounded in our belief that everyone has a role when it comes to abortion access.  From an agency receptionist who might answer a caller’s questions about care, to the social worker offering counseling, to the CEO who sets agency policy, each can have a profound impact on a woman’s experience and access. This is why we take a team-wide approach to training, encouraging all agency staff to participate and step into their role.  Our team-based approach not only helps prepare all levels of staff to support abortion referral-making, it also promotes a sense of shared purpose and peer support around meeting client needs, even among those uncertain about or opposed to abortion.

Empathy and Professional Ethics.

We support everyone we train to play a role helping a woman access a wanted abortion, including those who are uncomfortable with or opposed to abortion. Our work takes a client-centered approach, shifting the conversation away from the controversy of abortion and giving providers the resources and tools to meet the needs of the woman in front of them. With this, we are seeing an immediate impact on how providers approach conversations about abortion with their patients, away from their personal beliefs, and on to the woman’s needs.

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“Your training helped me realize that I should not let my opinions interfere with my referrals. I learned to say, ‘THIS IS YOUR DECISION.'”

~ Social Worker, West Virginia

Where We Train

Systems we work in:

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Why we work in the systems we work in.

Not all women have the same experience accessing abortion. Some know about abortion services and are able to access abortion even where clinics are scarce. Others have family and friends who will help them. But for another group of women, those with complex life situations and limited resources, the assistance of a health or social services professional may be the critical link to their ability to access a wanted abortion.

Our work focuses on the systems of care that are already reaching women in need. The agencies we train serve over 30,000 women with unintended pregnancies each year, and we have the potential reach thousands more. Our goal is to make abortion referrals a standard practice within the five most critical publicly-supported systems of care for women of reproductive age: those that reach the greatest number of women, and those that reach women at times of particularly critical need for support.

“…it kind of reaffirmed that I DO NEED TO BE THAT STRONGER ADVOCATE, that it’s not always black and white…”

~ RN, West Virginia

Transforming Healthcare

Our goal is to train all the service providers in each system, making lasting systemic change.

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Why systems change matters.

At Provide, we believe what matters most is a woman’s ability to get care and support from the provider in front of her when she is in a moment of need. But providers don’t operate alone and staff changes can happen frequently. This is why we work to integrate change throughout the entire system in which providers operate. Our technical assistance program works with systems leadership to support the adoption of agency-wide protocols and practices that support abortion referral-making as regular and ongoing practice. This sustains the impact of our trainings and normalizes abortion referral-making as an established aspect of client and patient care. Already an integrated part of the training we deliver, in 2016 will be rolling out an enhanced Technical Assistance program that will bring even greater systems-level change, where it matters most.

Our Reach

We trained 1,525 people. We reached 30,500 women.

Each professional we train sees on average 20 WOMEN a year with UNINTENDED PREGNANCY

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Responding to complexity and need.

The professionals we train serve women likely to experience multiple barriers to abortion care—poor access to general healthcare, lack of finances and transportation, involvement in abusive relationships, lack of linguistically and culturally-appropriate care. Our trainings help workers identify and respond to these barriers with resources, compassion and support. By also offering our trainings in Spanish, we help bridge language and cultural gaps for Spanish-speaking workers and clients. Our trainings ensure that women experiencing complex needs will be met with empathy, compassion and information when they need it most.

“…it was a REFRESHER, an ENERGIZER, for the IMPORTANCE OF MY ROLE. It reminded me of the importance of what I do, and really a refresher on the IMPACT OF WHAT I DO. Because I get stuck in the day-to-day of what I do, but to remember when I am referring a client the IMPACT it can have…”

~ Nurse, North Carolina

Training to Transform Healthcare

Our trainings empower healthcare and social service workers by recognizing the challenges of their work and giving them the resources to respond to women’s needs around abortion.

The training starts with a special round of introductions. Participants are asked to tell their superhero story—why do they come to this work?
To loosen up the room with an example, the trainer from South Carolina, Monika, tells her story: twenty years in domestic violence prevention and working to empower women. The attendees listen intently, nodding—it’s clear that they relate. Starting with the nurse to the left, they start to tell their stories. Each person comes to the work to right a personal experience or because of a call to help others. With each superhero story the confidence in the room builds and others wait to nod and support each other. The exercise reminds them: yes, we do hard work, and yes, it is important.

Importance of identifying with women in need.

The session starts. Monika stands in front of the class and asks,

“Think about a time when you went to a healthcare professional and you needed something and you didn’t get what you need.”

The participants sit and recall as she lets the room think for a moment, “You don’t have to share the incident, just tell us how it made you feel.” A gentleman in the corner chimes in:


The ball is rolling, the others chime in:


All of the words are met with nods and agreement. Not one person had trouble recalling a bad healthcare experience.

“Now, think about a time where you got what you needed—how did THAT feel?”


Imagine, Monika says, if a women with an unintended pregnancy came to you. How do you want that woman to feel? How would you be able to help?

Our trainings help workers connect their experiences to their professional role. Monika says, “They don’t always speak up in the trainings, but they are affected by it. I had one woman follow me out to my car to tell me that I had changed her life, she had had an abortion thirty years ago and had never spoken of it until now. It’s those moments that make it so rewarding.”

“Before the training I felt scared to talk about abortion because many people have strong religious beliefs. I was scared of opening my mouth to say what I think is correct. Now I feel confident giving the information without fear or shame. Now I feel that I need to give everyone the information and make clear they can make their own decisions and they need to be respected. It is very important to give the information they need without shame or fear of what are they going to think about us.”

~ Community health worker, South Carolina


Why is financial support so critical?

Together we carry forward a powerful model for what compassionate and supportive abortion care looks like in the face of abortion controversy, including when that controversy includes one’s own ambivalence or opposition to abortion. We know that this will bring us to a place where abortion is better understood, more normal, less stigmatized, and ultimately, accessible.

Catalyst Circle

Major donors who provide $10,000 or more

Anonymous (2) • **Susan Dickler and Emily Hoppe • Nancy Leavens • Margaret Munzer and Daniel Loeb

Provide(d) Circle

Major donors who commit $1,000 or more annually

Naomi Aberly • Carol Axelrod • Kate Bourne • Kenneth and Mary Edlow • Christy and Akira Fujio • Lucille Glassman • Amanda Hainsworth and Jennifer O’Donnell • *Morgan Hankins • Serena Hatch • Robert Kushen and Dinah Pokempner • Liz Loomis and Jack Bolles • Alice Mark • Jim and Mariette O’Donnell • Marcy Oppenheimer and Joseph Neale • Dan and Sally Pellegrom • *Lois Russell, Quid Nunc Fund of Boston Foundation • B. T. Rocca, Jr. Fund • *Laura Rosenbury • *Janet Singer and Andrew Grad • Sid Singer • Loren Smith • Francine Stein • *Jim Sharpe and Debby Stein Sharpe • **Alice Stowell • Diana Taylor • Laura Wilson and Mark Menting • **Lee Zurek • Brian Zurek • Anonymous (10)

Annual Supporters

Eleanor Acheson • Judith Ackerman • *Randy Albelda • Candace Alexander • *Bart and Jeff Altamari • Dorothy Anderson and Jerrilyn Thompson • *Wyndi Anderson • Nancy Anderson • Lillian Anderson • *Anonymous • Isela Arras • Maggie Baker • Traci Baird and Matthew Dalva • Julia Battel • Kelli Beale Fletcher • Nancy and Reinier Beeuwkes • Alison and David Bennett • Elinor Berlin • Marie Bernardy • Family Planning Advocates of NYS • Krista Boisclair • Michele Bonnett • Mariangeles Borghini • Genevieve Brennan • Lynne Brilliant and Wanda Shelton • Matilda Brooker • Rachel Brooks • Susan Brooks and Eric Harris • Emily Brouwer • Esther Bullitt and James Makowski • Constance Buch • *Jerry Busch • Sarah Cannady • Joyce and Dan Cappiello • Monika Carey • Robert and Patricia Carnegie • Erin Carroll Rockwell • Mary Cartwright • Elizabeth Cheung • Karolyn Chowning • **Barbara Cullen • Robin Dalton • Rhoda Davis • Darilyn Dealy • Amanda Dennis • Ruth Dickler • Monica Dostal and Mike Weinstein • Nina Douglass • LaTischa Drake • Melissa Draut • *Andrea Durham • Erin Dyer • Karen Edlund and Philip Woodbury • Danielle Ely • The Emy Family • Liz Epperson • Camilla Eubanks • Paul Felton • Suzanne Fournier and Steve Krugman • Andrew Frey • Eleanor Friedman and Jonathan Cohen • Barbara Glaser • Lesley Goldberg • Mona Goldstein • Network for Good • *Joan C. Goodrich • Burton Grad • Emily Grant • Classic Graphx • Ilene Greenberg • Marc Grella • Susan Griffith • Loretta Guarino Reid • Georgana Hanson • John Harris • Scotty Harris • Tom and Daria Hart • Jeanne Haws • *Jeanette Helfrich • Elizabeth and George Hemstead • Molly Henderson • *Elise Henricks and Anthony Dutzik • **Stanley Henshaw • Scott Herman-Giddens • Lorinda Hohenbrink • Rebecca and Chris Holder • Rebecca and Molly Holder • Sara Hoots • F. Margo Hornback • Tom and Ruth Hudson • Sarah Hudson • Ellen Hume • Susan and Ed Hume • Casey Irving • Shannon Ivey • Ellen Jacobsen-Isserman • Janice Juraska • Nicole Kempton • Elizabeth Kennedy and Paul Spielman • Walt Klausmeir • Kathleen Knisely • *Donald Kollisch and Patricia Glowa • Shelly Korman and Richard Friedman • *Gloria Kramer • Eric Kramer • Beth Kramer • Alexis Ladd • Joellen Lambiottee and Phil Karber • Cindy Lan • Sara Larson • Celia Lees-Low • Amy Levi • Elyn Lewis and James Shehan • Francie Likis • Frances Linkin • Loree Lipstein • Fausta Luchini • Leslie Ludka • Ruth and Walter MacGinitie • Elizabeth Maguire • Julia Maher • Judy Margo • John Marley • Julie Matlof Kennedy • Amy Matthews • Daphne Mazuz • *Brooke McConnell and Chris Hemstead • Hannah McGovern • Alex McNeill • Barbara Meislin • Lauren Mendonsa • Frederick Millhiser • Carolyn Mitchell • Sallie Morian and Michael Clark • Samantha Morrison • *Daniel Morrison • Jeff Munger • Amelia Munger • Hannah Munger • Shawn Murray • Michael and Katie Myer • Jordan Namerow • Kristin Nobel • Jonathan Norman • Annie Norman • *Judy Norsigian • George O’Doherty • Fionnuala O’Doherty • Mary O’Doherty and Alice Lyon • Nat O’Key • Jane Orans • Leslie Palacios-Helgeson • **Jan Paradise • *Jane Parnes and Bill Persi • Diane Pearlman • *Jennifer Pepper and Zack Pepper • Suzannah Phillips • Steve Pinkerton and Vicky Slavin • Katha Pollitt • Abby Pratt • Philip Preston • Joanne Puliatti • Karen Raschke • Vanessa Reid • Teresa Ribadeneyra • Temple Richardson • B. Robbins • Deborah Rogow • K. Rosenfield, MD • *Diane Rosenman and Steven Spitz • Amy Rossman and Christian Feuillet • Betsy Rudnick and Bruce Posen • Mary Russell • Lucy Ellen Sallick • Jean Sampson • Jennifer Schenkel • Anya Schiffrin • Judith Schwartz • Ruth Shaber • Nancy Sharples Bornemann • Wiley Sherer • *Helen Shin • *Jane Singer • Serra Sippel • Delacey Skinner • **Judith Smith • Mark Smith and Theodore Achacoso • *Judith Stacey • Emma Starr • Craig Stine and Jeannette Wilcox • *Lisa Stone • Jill and Gary Streck • Kate Sullivan • Debra Stulberg and Andrew Howard • Kristen Tangarone • Jamila Taylor • Ann Thomas • Peter Thompson • Christine and Robert Toole • Deanne and Tom Urmy • Sandra Vehrencamp • Virgil Vickers • Catherine Walker • Dafina Ward • Janet Watts • Patricia Weisenfeld • Judith Weiss • Charles Welch • Joseph Weston • Jo Lynne Whiting • Lin Whittle • Craig Williams • The Porchsitters • Jonathan Wilson • Beverly Winikoff • Mary Wissemann • Barbara Wood • Abigail Woodhouse • Sarah Wunsch • NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming • Camille Zimmerman • Sherry Zitter • John and Barb Zurek • *Melanie Zurek • Many more anonymous


Anonymous • Anonymous 2 • Anonymous 3 • Argosy Foundation • Avis and Clifford Barrus Medical Foundation • Brush Foundation • Compton Foundation • Ettinger Foundation • Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund • girls just wanna have funD of Horizons Foundation • Irving Harris Foundation • OMA Fund of the Ms. Foundation for Women • New Directions Foundation • David and Lucile Packard Foundation • Prentice Foundation • Samuel Rubin Foundation • Mary Wohlford Foundation

* Given for 5+ consecutive years
** Given for 10+ consecutive years

“I have been impressed with the empathic ways that Provide’s trainers understand the best ways to reach nurses, counselors, and social workers who are key to women’s access to abortion services. Seeing healthcare providers become accepting of the importance of making this crucial medical service available to women who need it makes me hopeful. Provide’s access work is as essential as the legislative impacts made by other organizations.”

~ Carol Axelrod, Provide houseparty host and Provide(d) Circle member


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2015 income in excess of expenditures plays a vital role in sustaining and supporting future work. Provide ensures that all funds are spent in support of our mission to ensure abortion access and in accordance with donor restrictions.

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Who we are and why we are good at what we do.

Our team is made up of a group of people who care deeply about women. We are people who live in the communities we work. We are people who love the places in which we work.

We have the benefit of experience in HIV service delivery, substance abuse counseling, domestic violence case management, and safety nets health service. This experience roots us in a deep compassion for women and the workers who serve them and positions us to be highly effectively in engaging and supporting these systems.


Abby Woodhouse, Online Media Assistant

Annie Norman, MPH, Oklahoma State Coordinator II

Belem Sanchez, Program Evaluation Assistant

Brooke McConnell, JD, Director of Fund Development

Camilla Eubanks, Regional Director I

Camille Zimmerman, Operations Assistant

Dafina Ward, JD, Associate Director of Special Projects

Erin Carroll, MPH, Program Analyst

Fausta Luchini, MA, LPP, Training Coordinator

Hannah McGovern, Fund Development Officer

Jenny O’Donnell, MSc, Deputy Director

Karolyn Chowning, MS, Oklahoma State Coordinator I

Kristin Nobel, MPH, Director of Program Evaluation

LaTischa Drake, Programs Division Coordinator

LaTonya Dixon, Tennessee Trainer

Liz Epperson, MSW, LCSW, Kentucky State Coordinator I

Maggie Baker, Office Manager

Mariángeles Borghini, Spanish Language Training Coordinator

Melanie Zurek, EdM, Executive Director

Monika Carey, South Carolina State Coordinator II

Orisha Bowers, MA, MEd, Tennessee State Coordinator I

Rebecca Hart Holder, JD, Associate Director of Programs

Sara K. Larson, Storyteller & Content Marketing Officer

Sarah Cannady, North Carolina State Coordinator I

Sarah Hudson, Executive Assistant

Shannon Ivey, MFA, South Carolina State Coordinator I

Tamika Holliday, Alabama State Coordinator II

Tiffaney Graham, Program Assistant

Tommy R. Chesbro, MHR, Regional Director II

Wyndi Anderson, Senior Director of Programs

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