We are seeking people to shape the future of the Society by participating in one of our committees. Our work is made stronger by bringing people with a rich variety of perspectives and experiences together. For all committees, we welcome applications from people passionate about advancing just and equitable abortion and contraception informed by science, and who have lived or work experience addressing racial inequities. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 10, 2022.
Executive Committee

The Executive Committee serves both the Society of Family Planning and the Society of Family Planning Research Fund. This committee provides strategic support to the Executive Director and has the responsibility of handling urgent issues and acting on behalf of the Board on Society issues between board meetings. The Executive Committee is not currently seeking new members.

Chair: Angela Dempsey, MD, MPH; Medical University of South Carolina

Members:

  • Anitra Beasley, MD, MPH; Baylor College of Medicine, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
  • Sadia Haider, MD, MPH; Rush University
  • Megan Kavanaugh, DrPH, MPH; Guttmacher Institute
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee serves both the Society of Family Planning and the Society of Family Planning Research Fund. The DEI Committee’s primary focus is to develop and evaluate strategies for incorporating principles and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the Society’s operations, programs, and communications. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is seeking three members. We are especially interested in welcoming people with diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are also interested in people working in various geographies and political contexts; people working at different stages of their career; people with a variety of sexual orientations and gender expressions; people working in various disciplinary and clinical capacities; and people outside of medicine and academia. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 10, 2022.

Chair: Nerys Benfield, MD, MPH; Montefiore Medical Center and Megan Kavanaugh, DrPH, MPH; Guttmacher Institute

Members:

  • Kavita Arora, MD, MBE, MS; MetroHealth Case Western Reserve University
  • Elise Belusa, MSc; Tara Health Foundation
  • Kristyn Brandi, MD, MPH; Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School
  • Amy Bryant, MD, MSCR; University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Catherine Cansino, MD, MPH; University of California, Davis
  • Serina Floyd, MD, MPH; Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington DC
  • Biftu Mengesha, MD, MAS; University of California, San Francisco
  • Pooja Patel, MD, MPH, MMS; University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Goleen Samari, PhD, MPH, MA; Columbia University
  • Ivana Thompson, MD, MSCI; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Finance Committee

The Finance Committee serves both the Society of Family Planning and the Society of Family Planning Research Fund. This committee is responsible for assisting the Board in ensuring the organization’s financial viability and that it meets its fiduciary responsibilities. The Finance Committee works with the Executive Director to ensure maintenance of accurate and complete financial records, completion of audits in a timely fashion, and that the organization is operating with the needed financial resources to fulfill the strategic plan. The Finance Committee is seeking two members who are innovative and forward thinking. We are especially interested in welcoming social scientists, advocates, and clinicians with training outside of obstetrics and gynecology. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 10, 2022.

Chair: Anitra Beasley, MD, MPH; Baylor College of Medicine, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

Members:

  • Christy Boraas, MD, MPH; University of Minnesota, Planned Parenthood North Central States
  • Amy Bryant, MD, MSCR; University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Gretchen Ely, PhD, MSW; University of Tennessee
  • Brandon Hill, PhD; Howard Brown Health
  • Lisa Hofler, MD, MPH, MBA; University of New Mexico
  • Lisa Maldonado, MA, MPH; Reproductive Health Access Project
  • Crystal P. Tyler, PhD, MPH; Rhia Ventures
Governance Committee

The Governance Committee serves both the Society of Family Planning and the Society of Family Planning Research Fund. The committee is responsible for optimizing Board effectiveness, participation, and performance. The committee’s work revolves around the following major areas: supporting the organization’s ability to carry out its work, assessing and recommending changes to board composition, optimizing effective board function, and supporting board development and growth. The Governance Committee is not currently seeking new members.

Chair: Sadia Haider, MD, MPH; Rush University

Members:

  • Blair Darney, PhD, MPH; Oregon Health & Science University
  • Angela Dempsey, MD, MPH; University of South Carolina, Charleston
  • Aileen Gariepy, MD, MPH, MHS; Cornell University
  • Alisa Goldberg, MD, MPH; Harvard University
  • Crystal P. Tyler, PhD, MPH; Rhia Ventures
Complex Family Planning Council

The Complex Family Planning Council provides strategic support to the Fellowship in Complex Family Planning and works with the Board on all issues related to fiscal and programmatic oversight of the Fellowship. The Complex Family Planning Council is seeking two members; one CFP fellow from the Class of 2023 and one CFP Fellowship Director or CFP Assistant Fellowship Director. We are especially interested in welcoming individuals from states where abortion is heavily restricted. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 10, 2022.

Chairs: Kate Shaw, MD, MPH; Stanford University and Kate White, MD, MPH; Boston University

Members:

  • Anne Burke, MD, MPH; Johns Hopkins University
  • Beatrice Chen, MD, MPH; University of Pittsburgh
  • Aileen Gariepy, MD, MPH, MHS; Cornell University
  • Sheila Mody, MD, MPH; University of California San Diego
  • Ashley Navarro, MD, MPH; University of North Carolina
  • Siripanth Nippita, MD, MS; New York University School of Medicine
  • Aishat Olatunde, MD, MS; Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
  • Ivana Thompson, MD, MSCI; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Treasure Walker, MD, MPH; Lehigh Valley Health Network
Annual Meeting Committee

The Annual Meeting Committee serves the Society of Family Planning Research Fund. The committee is responsible for:

  • Reviewing the plan and timeline for the peer review of annual meeting session proposals and abstracts.
  • Serving as reviewers for annual meeting session submissions on the session working group.
  • Providing support to staff by giving feedback on high level areas including trending topics, the development of learning objectives, pricing, and types of networking opportunities for the annual meeting.
  • Serving as ambassadors in the lead up to the meeting by promoting submissions and registration and by modeling engagement at the meeting among attendees.
  • Serving as ambassadors during the meeting by welcoming attendees and volunteering to support the meeting.
  • Reviewing annual meeting evaluation data and making recommendations for the following year’s meeting.
  • Making recommendations regarding future programing, implementation, and planning.
  • Engaging in the ongoing review of alignment between the committee’s work and the organization’s strategic plan and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Annual Meeting Committee is seeking six members to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the community. We are especially interested in welcoming social scientists and clinicians who specialize in nursing, family medicine, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and complex family planning. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 10, 2022.

Staff chair: Rhea Beddoe, BA
Board liaison: Sadia Haider, MD, MPH; Rush University

Members:

  • Rebecca Allen, MD, MPH; Brown University
  • April Bell, PhD, MPH; University of California San Francisco
  • Michael A. Belmonte, MD; University of Colorado
  • Kristyn Brandi, MD, MPH; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Ashley Brant, DO, MPH; Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Melissa Chen, MD, MPH; University of California, Davis
  • Kelly Cleland, MPA, MPH; Princeton University
  • Laura Dodge, ScD, MPH; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Caitlin Gerdts, PhD, MHS; Ibis Reproductive Health
  • Melody Hou, MD, MPH; University of California, Davis
  • Rachel Jones, PhD; Guttmacher Institute
  • Uta Landy, PhD; University of California San Francisco, Bixby Center for Reproductive Health
  • Britt Lunde, MD, MPH; Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Antoinette Nguyen, MD, MPH; Emory University
  • Alicia Swartz, PhD, MSN, PNP; California State University, East Bay
Award Committee

The Award Committee serves the Society of Family Planning Research Fund. The Award Committee is seeking two members to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the community. We are especially interested in welcoming past award winners and people with training in complex family planning. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 10, 2022.

Staff chair: Rhea Beddoe, BA
Board liaisons: Sadia Haider, MD, MPH; Rush University and Megan Kavanaugh, DrPH, MPH; Guttmacher Institute

Members:

  • April Bell, PhD, MPH; University of California San Francisco
  • Kristyn Brandi, MD, MPH; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH; University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Alicia Swartz, PhD, MSN, PNP; California State University, East Bay
Clinical Affairs Committee

The Clinical Affairs Committee serves the Society of Family Planning and the Society of Family Planning Research Fund. The committee is responsible for:

  • Recommending priority clinical topic areas to be addressed through programming, including clinical guidance, continuing education, data collection via the Network, or other clinical resource development.
  • Refining policies and processes for developing clinical publications (including clinical recommendations, interim clinical recommendations, systematic reviews, committee statements).
  • Reviewing and approving clinical recommendations.
  • Reviewing, endorsing, or approving co-production of clinical recommendations at the request of partner organizations.
  • Reviewing available evaluations of current clinical guidance impact and making recommendations.
  • Recommending research approaches for proposed clinical research for the Network.
  • Reviewing and recommending processes and infrastructure for the Network, including topics like authorship, data sharing, and technical assistance.
  • Engaging in the ongoing review of alignment between the committee’s work and the organization’s strategic plan and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Clinical Affairs Committee is seeking two members. We are especially interested in welcoming individuals with legal expertise in the family planning field. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 10, 2022.

Staff chair: Margaret Villalonga, BS
Board liaison: Anitra Beasley, MD, MPH; Baylor College of Medicine, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

Members:

  • Jessica Maria Atrio, MD, MSc; Montefiore Einstein
  • Deborah Bartz, MD, MPH; Harvard Medical School
  • Tania Basu Serna, MD, MPH; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
  • Lisa Bayer, MD, MPH; Oregon Health & Science University
  • Diana N. Carvajal, MD, MPH; University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Leah Coplon, MPH, RN; Maine Family Planning
  • Colleen Denny, MD; New York University School of Medicine; Bellevue Hospital
  • Nora Doty, MD; Oregon Health & Science University
  • Monica Dragoman MD, MPH; Planned Parenthood of New York City
  • Mary Fjerstad, RN, NP, MHS; GenBioPro
  • Vinita Goyal, MD, MPH; Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services, UT Austin Population Research Center
  • Curtiss Hannum, MSN, RN, APN; The Women’s Centers (CT, GA, NJ, PA)
  • Bliss Kaneshiro, MD, MPH; University of Hawaii
  • Julia Kohn, PhD; Independent consultant
  • Jessica K. Lee, MD, MPH; Planned Parenthood of New York City
  • Antoinette Nguyen, MD, MPH; Emory University
  • Siripanth Nippita, MD, MS; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Pooja Patel, MD, MPH, MMS; University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Sarah Prager, MD, MAS; University of Washington
  • Neena Qasba, MD, MPH; University of Massachusetts Medical School, Baystate
  • Matthew Reeves, MD, MPH; DuPont Clinic
  • Jennifer Tang, MD, MSCR; UNC Department of OB-GYN
  • Jessica Tarleton, MD, MPH; Medical University of South Carolina
  • Angeline Ti, MD, MPH; Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center
  • Sarah Traxler, MD, MSHP; Planned Parenthood of North Central States
  • Kate White, MD, MPH; Boston University
  • Nikki Zite, MD, MPH; The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for:

  • Identifying the Society’s educational gaps, providing modality suggestions to meet those gaps, and supporting the creation of relevant resources and materials 
  • Reviewing and maintaining the Society’s education materials
  • Supporting the development and upkeep of the Complex Family Planning Fellowship educational materials, including the online self-assessment 
  • Informing the committee of educational materials offered and opportunities available across the field, and acting as an ambassadors to the Society’s education efforts 
  • Engaging in the ongoing review of alignment between the committee’s work and the organization’s strategic plan and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

The Education Committee is seeking two members. We are especially interested in welcoming nurse educators and educators with specialties and subspecialties outside of complex family planning, such as family medicine, pediatrics, and maternal-fetal medicine. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 10, 2022.

Staff chair: Lauren Parker, BS
Board liaison: Alisa Goldberg, MD, MPH; Harvard University

Members:

  • Anita Brakman, MS; Physicians for Reproductive Health
  • Wing Kay Fok, MD, MS; Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Erika Levi, MD, MPH; Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Meredith Pensak, MD, MPH; University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Sarah W Prager, MD, MAS; University of Washington
  • Jody Steinauer, MD, PhD; University of California San Francisco
Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is responsible for:

  • Welcoming new members by participating in membership office hours, new member onboarding call, or membership webinars.
  • Recommending and participating in activities to enhance the value and meaning of membership, and thereby attract new members, encourage lapsed members to rejoin, and retain current members.
  • Strategizing and planning for programming to support the career and leadership development of members.
  • Reviewing and evaluating the value and impact of the Society’s membership programming including effectiveness, quality, and responsiveness to the needs of a multidisciplinary community of members.
  • Engaging in the ongoing review of alignment between the committee’s work and the organization’s strategic plan and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Membership Committee is seeking two members. We are especially interested in welcoming members who are in training, including current undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 10, 2022.

Staff chair: Mia Reilly, BA
Board liaison: Nerys Benfield, MD, MPH; Montefiore Medical Center

Members:

  • Aalap Bommaraju, MPH; University of Cincinnati
  • Ruvani Jayaweera, PhD, MPH; Ibis Reproductive Health
  • Jessica Kiley, MD, MPH; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Rachel Shin, MD, MPH; Cleveland Clinic
  • Melissa L. Wong, MD; Boston Medical Center
Research Committee

The Research Committee serves the Society of Family Planning Research Fund. The committee is responsible for:

  • Serving as ambassadors for Research Fund programming, with attention to engaging investigators who are well-matched to submit requests for proposals and/or participate in research capacity-building programming, but may not otherwise consider engaging with the Research Fund.
  • Making recommendations for requests for proposals based on identified research gaps and the vision outlined in the strategic plan.
  • Making recommendations for research capacity-building programming based on identified capacity gaps and the vision outlined in the strategic plan.
  • Engaging in the ongoing review of alignment between the committee’s work and the organization’s strategic plan and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Research Committee is seeking two members with clinical research expertise or faculty experience at the graduate level, especially those with bodies of work in patient-centered contraceptive research, survey methodology, or community-informed research. If you are interested in serving, please complete the committee candidate survey by October 10, 2022.

Staff chair: Jenny O’Donnell, ScD
Board liaison: Aileen Gariepy, MD, MPH, MHS; Cornell University

Members:

  • Angel M. Foster, DPhil, MD, AM; University of Ottawa
  • Marquitta S. Dorsey, PhD, MSW, MBA; Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work
  • Lisa Haddad, MD, MS, MPH; Population Council
  • Kelli Hall, PhD; Emory University
  • Leo Han, MD, MPH; Oregon Health and Science University
  • Susan Newcomer, PhD
  • Amanda Stevenson, PhD; University of Colorado Boulder
  • Terri-Ann Thompson, PhD; Ibis Reproductive Health

The Society strives for just and equitable abortion and contraception informed by science. This work relies on a community of people united by our vision. Participation in this community, as a Board, Committee, or Working Group member does not signal Society endorsement of statements, opinions, or actions.

Staff

Staff of the Society are committed to pursuing our vision of just and equitable abortion and contraception informed by science.