Letter From the Board President and 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