Community Workers. Healthcare Providers. Researchers. Advocates. Donors. People who need abortions. Journalists. Activists. From over 95 countries and 800 organizations, inroads members are creating new interventions, attending meetings, sharing their work in inroads member spotlights, implementing inroads Partnership Fund-supported projects , discussing and collaborating on the inroads Collaboration Workspace.
With every new event and stigma intervention, new members join and start making inroads on stigma in important and vibrant ways
The network staff convene the network activities and support members to make inroads on abortion stigma. Working from remote offices across the globe, the staff travel globally and collaborate remotely to engage with inroads’ diverse and dispersed membership.
Katie Gillum sets the vision and agenda for this vibrant global network. She relies and focuses on the needs and expertise of network members and the Steering Committee to ensure the network vision and agenda is relevant to members and practically useful for ending the stigma and discrimination associated with abortion. When planning activities and processes, Katie works with the team to remain grounded in the purpose of this network and making sure our processes are aligned with the network values. She is responsible for strategic program management and providing key oversight and design strategy for inroads systems, programs, processes and tools. Katie leads inroads external partnerships, including donor relationships and inroads’ presence at conferences and events, and authors opinions and editorials for publications.
She came to the role after serving as Campaign Co-Convenor for the Abortion Rights Campaign in Ireland. Katie ran research and strategy at Mule Design Studio; was Managing Director of Disposable Film Festival; and has led media and arts engagement initiatives producing advocacy films and content including an award-winning film addressing abortion stigma.
Kati LeTourneau manages the day-to-day operations of inroads, overseeing the systems that support the staff who build inroads' programs, and the systems that inroads members use to communicate and participate in those programs. Kati designs and implements policies and processes to further the strategic goals of this global, stigma-busting network, with careful attention to how those processes align with inroads' core values. She is also responsible for the research and evaluation components of inroads, which includes both evaluating the impact of the different network activities (have you ever completed a survey after a gathering or a webinar? She synthesizes these responses and uses your input to plan for future activities), and sifting through the research about what works to reduce stigma as it emerges.
Prior to inroads, Kati provided training and technical assistance to abortion-providing clinics for Planned Parenthood when medical abortion was being rolled out across the United States. She has also worked on evaluation and training for research and program delivery on adolescent and reproductive health. When she's not making inroads, you might find her sailing, camping with her family, gardening, or lifting heavy weights for fun.
Aditi is the inroads Facilitation and Member Engagement Manager based in India. Her work stems from an interest in popular education, narrative practice, language justice and creative expression. She brings these participatory and mutual-learning methods to the inroads online and in-person programs as she weaves in a cross-movements perspective from her prior experience with groups focussed on grassroots feminism, food sovereignty and forest rights across various parts of India and Latin America. She is also a part of the Dhaarchidi group in the lower Himalayas, a freelance journalist/writer and communicates fluently in English, Hindi and Spanish.
Sheila is the Member Support Manager at inroads. She is very passionate about sexual reproductive health and rights and particularly about universal access to safe abortion. She has over the past 6 years at Marie Stopes Kenya, worked with health care providers from all cadres in urban and rural populations of Kenya to increase access to abortion pills. She is a trained PSW (Provider Share Workshop), VCAT (Value Clarification and Attitude Transformation and PBCC (Provider Behavior Change and Communication) facilitator. She has taken lead in organizing, planning, implementing and facilitating PSWs, health care provider trainings and both national and regional product launches across Kenya. She has also supported people from different parts of the world at safe2choose as an online abortion counselor, offering information before, during and after the abortion, using client relationship management software and a live chat tool. She lives in Kenya and communicates in English, Swahili, Luo and basic French.
Christine is the Finance and Budget Manger at inroads. She has extensive knowledge in finance management, budgets and works with external accounting company to ensure that key financial reports are accurately and timely filed. She compiles accurate program and proposal budgets, oversees spending and ensures that all expenditures are appropriately. Christine is passionate to ensure adolescent girls and young women have access to information on sexual reproductive health rights while referring them to relevant service providers. Before joining inroads, she had worked with WISE Kenya, GIZ and ActionAid International Kenya as a finance lead. Christine comes from Kenya and speaks in English, Swahili and Kamba.
Tabi is the inroads full stack developer based out of Vermont, USA. Tabi started her journey with inroads as an independent Data Scientist working on the Sentiment Gatherer project. Tabi’s work with inroads is a crossing of many paths. As a member of the board for Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom, Tabi works within her local community to make sure that abortion access is available to all. Prior to inroads Tabi worked as a Data Scientist and Music Psychologist. Her research focused on individual differences in music listening, music and personality, music’s effect on behaviour, and music and health - specifically sleep. Tabi spends her time enjoying all the nature Vermont has to offer: climbing, biking, swimming, hiking or snowboarding, spending time with her community, travelling or making music with friends.
Mariana is the Communications Specialist at inroads. She is a firm believer in the power of communication to shift the conversation and enact positive cultural change. She is passionate about intersectional women’s rights, reproductive justice, and achieving legal, accessible, and stigma-free abortion globally.
In 2016 she founded Onda Feminista, a Spanish-speaking feminist media platform dedicated to fostering gender equality in Latin America that reaches more than 60.000 yearly readers. In the past ten years, she split her time between a full-time remote corporate job in the market research industry and management and communications work for Onda Feminista, the Latin American Women’s Right Service (LAWRS), and the local executive board of AIESEC in Venezuela.
She loves working for organizations that harness technology and communication tools to build a better world, and she is super excited to be able to do just that as part of the inroads team.
Originally from Venezuela, she lived on several continents in the past decade, and she is now primarily based in the United Kingdom. Feel free to reach out to her in Spanish, English, or Portuguese.
Melissa Madera is the founder of The Abortion Diary Podcast, and the Senior Project Manager and Research Fellow for Project SANA (self-managed abortion needs assessment) at the University of Texas, Austin. Her own abortion experience as a teenager inspired her to create The Abortion Diary. She is committed to centering the voices of people who have had abortion experiences, and creating safe, supportive, and inclusive environments for them in activist and advocacy spaces.
As a multimedia historian, full-spectrum doula, and bilingual reproductive justice educator, she also works from a Reproductive Justice perspective to destigmatize all experiences related to SRHR. Melissa has several degrees, including an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American and Caribbean History from The State University of New York at Binghamton in the USA.
Marietta Wildt is an advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights with strong passion for the meaningful participation of youth and the LGBTQIA+ community. Originally from Germany, she is currently based in Southern Africa where she works in the UN context. Marietta graduated with an MA and MSc in Global Studies from universities in Poland, Canada and Denmark and holds a Postgrad Degree in Global Health.
Francis Makiya is a doctor, abortion provider, the vice chairperson of Medical Rights Watch at the University of Malawi, and member of Global Doctors for Choice and COPUA. Francis is an activist and experienced policy advocate with a focus on ending violence against women and girls. He is passionate about primary care, health rights, ending abortion sigma and promoting safe abortion, and works to address intersecting stigmas at all levels of society that limit access to those seeking clinical services in Malawi.
Suchitra Dalvie is a practicing Gynecologist, and the Coordinator and co-founder of the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership, the only regional network in South and South East Asia working on safe abortion rights advocacy for youth and healthcare providers in the region. Throughout her career of over 20 years, she has been a fierce advocate to end stigmas based on gender discrimination, sex determination and selective abortions in South Asia.
Jedidah Maina is the Deputy Director at Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH), a non-profit trust organization in Kenya. She works with grassroots women creating safe spaces for frank conversations about sex and sexuality, and using our collected experiences to influence policy and program change and to increase access to medical abortion across sub-saharan Africa.