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 communications director for the ACLU of Connecticut. She is a graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts and has worked in development, policy, and communications roles with organizations focused on 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 professor of Christian social ethics at Drew Theological School. 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 of Staff
Dayspring Cabaniss she/her
Director of Development
Steph Hanson-Quintana she/ella
Director of Organizing & Movement-Building
Elyce Nollette she/her
Director of Special Projects
Taylor Tuckerman she/her
Director of Finance & Shared Services
Ashley Wilson she/her
Director of Communications & Strategy
Communications & Strategy Staff
John Becker he/him
Aisha Biyo she/her
Digital Media Specialist
Kate Hoeting she/her
Writer and Managing Editor
Christina Cisarik she/her
Institutional Giving Manager
Maddy Niziolek she/her
Organizing & Movement-Building Staff
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
Molly Lesser she/her
Federal Policy Associate
Manuela Tironi she/her
International Programs Associate