Our Staff and Board
Catholics for Choice employs a diverse team of thought-leaders, experts and advocates who manage our programs and drive our efforts.
Board of Directors
Linda Pinto, Board Chair
Linda Pinto, a former Franciscan nun, retired from a career in subsidized senior housing and healthcare. She helped to establish Project Self-Sufficiency, a non profit dedicated to supporting single-parent families. She currently serves as the co-chair of CORPUS, the National Association for an Inclusive Priesthood.
Meghan Holden is the director of communications and marketing for The Connecticut Project. She is a graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts and has worked in development, policy, and communications roles with organizations focused on civil rights and civil liberties, girls’ empowerment, feminist literature, reproductive freedom and justice, abolition, and financial support for people living with HIV.
Erin Matson is co-founder and executive director of Reproaction, a national organization leading bold action to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. A writer and organizer, she has previously served as action vice president of the National Organization for Women and editor at large for Rewire News Group. She is an alum of Georgetown University.
Kate Ott is the Jerre and Mary Joy Stead professor of Christian social ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Her scholarship focuses on sexuality and reproductive justice, youth and young adults, technology, and professional ethics. Her newest book is “Sex, Tech, and Faith: Christian Ethics in a Digital Age.” She lectures and leads workshops across North America on technology and sexuality issues related to faith formation for teens, young adults, parents, and religious educators and professionals.
Gloria Romero Roses
Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Gloria Romero Roses has a career in real estate that spans 30 years, starting with Community Association Management, then branching out into real estate development starting in affordable housing and community redevelopment, as well as luxury high-rise development and assisted living. She is passionate about building coalitions for the common good in the areas of transit, economic mobility, and equality.
Kathy Ryg formerly served as state representative from Illinois and president of Voices for Illinois Children. She has a Master of Arts. in guidance and counseling and Masters of Public Administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She also serves on the board of CHANGE Illinois, a good government reform organization.
Jennifer Villavicencio, M.D., MPP
Jennifer Villavicencio, M.D. is a Cuban American who was born in Miami, Florida. She is the daughter of an immigrant and a nurse. She received her bachelor’s in neuroscience from the University of Miami and her medical education at the University of Central Florida. She graduated from OB-GYN residency at Brown University and completed her Complex Family Planning Fellowship at the University of Michigan. She also received her Master’s in Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She is an expert in OB-GYN and complex family planning, health policy, and strategic communication of socially complex subjects. In addition to clinical caregiving, her passions include reproductive justice-informed health policy, structural equity, and anti-racism and effective messaging around abortion.
Jessica Avery, MPPA
Jessica Avery has worked at the intersection of state policy, politics, and philanthropy for the past decade. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College, majoring in gender studies with a Nexus minor in law, public policy, and human rights. Jessica received her Master of Public Policy and Administration, focusing on nonprofit management, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Affiliations listed for identification purposes only.
Jamie L. Manson she/her
Christopher Wimbush he/him
Chief Operating Officer
Dayspring Cabaniss she/her
Director of Development
Christina Cisarik she/her
Maddy Niziolek she/her
Development and Executive Associate
Digital Media & Marketing Staff
Emily Harrison she/her
Digital Media & Marketing Manager
John Becker he/him
Digital Media Specialist
Aïsha Biyo she/her
Digital Marketing Specialist
Finance & Shared Services Staff
Taylor Tuckerman she/her
Director of Finance & Shared Services
Meagan Stuck she/her
Finance & Shared Services Manager
Global Advocacy & Consulting Staff
Elyce Nollette-Alston she/her
Director of Global Advocacy & Consulting
Manuela Tironi she/ella
Global Advocacy & Consulting Associate
Organizing & Movement-Building Staff
Steph Hanson-Quintana she/ella
Director of Organizing & Movement-Building
Lauren Bailey she/her
Organizing & Movement-Building Manager
Nicole Morino she/her
Organizing & Movement-Building Associate
Lilian Medina Romero she/ella
Latinx Outreach & Spanish Communications Consultant
Strategic Communications Staff
Ashley Wilson she/her
Strategic Communications Advisor
Kate Hoeting, MTS she/her
Strategic Communications Manager
Molly Lesser, J.D. she/her