Amanda Dennis, DrPH, MBE (she/her)

Executive Director
(mountain time zone)

Contact Amanda

When she first joined the Society of Family Planning, Amanda immediately recognized the Society as her academic and professional home; a place where she could engage with and learn from other members, whether she was building connections with mentors or mentees, serving as a grant reviewer, presenting at the annual meeting, or securing research or career development grants. As a girl from a small town in Georgia who started out at community college, she relished every opportunity the Society offered to develop scholarship and leadership. It was the Society that supported her dissertation on the unmet health needs of women with epilepsy, a project which helped launch her independent research career and ultimately led to the creation of Girls With Nerve, a sexual and reproductive health website designed to inform and support teens living with the disorder. Amanda’s passion for research
that makes a difference was honed during her nine years as an Associate at Ibis Reproductive Health, where her research focused on understanding
how abortion and contraception policies impact low-income people. Her work has been published in the Society’s official journal Contraception, and in the American Journal of Public Health, Health Services Research Journal, Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Seizure, and Women’s Health Issues, among other journals. She has also served on the board of the Abortion Care Network, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Collective Power. Amanda first became involved with Collective Power as a student at Hampshire College, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. She also holds a Doctor of Public Health from Boston University, and a Master’s in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. “My job at the Society is to see how all the different parts connect and make them hum,” says Amanda. “I weave together vision, operations, members, and partners, and it is fantastic. What I don’t do is serve as the face or voice of the Society: that comes from our members and our board.” Contact Amanda at, 866.584.6758, ext. 305.

Maggie Baker, BA (she/her)

Senior Finance and Administration Manager
(eastern time zone)

Contact Maggie

Maggie works closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to maintain the Society’s financial infrastructure and leads and develops the Society’s financial and administrative procedures. “Our strength lies in our ability to attract and retain staff from all over the US,” she says. “The work I do enables the Society to be a national remote employer.” Maggie spent 14 years as the Director of Finance and Administration at Provide, a national nonprofit that trains health and social service providers to meet the needs of patients with unintended pregnancies, including abortion care. “Access to abortion should always be part of healthcare conversations,” says Maggie. “I am excited to support research and science that helps make that possible.” She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Trinity College and Certificates of Nonprofit Finance and Human Resources Essentials through Cornell University. Contact Maggie at, 866.584.6758, ext. 414.

Rhea Beddoe, BA (she/her)

Senior Events Manager
(eastern time zone)

Contact Rhea

Rhea is committed to ensuring that abortion, contraception, and family planning are not left on the sidelines of the national healthcare conversation — a reflection of her lifelong passion for social justice. Before joining the Society of Family Planning in 2018, Rhea oversaw the daily programming operations at Take The Lead, a national nonprofit dedicated to getting more women into top leadership positions. Rhea has also worked as a campaign coordinator and fundraising consultant for New York City Council races. A member of the board of New York Abortion Access Fund, she is particularly interested in research about how decreased access to reproductive health care affects communities. “A large part of what I do centers around building a robust membership community where people can share the best and latest developments happening in the family planning world, ” she says. Rhea holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Marymount Manhattan College. Contact Rhea at, 866.584.6758, ext. 405.

Madison Bilthuis, BA (she/her)

Assistant to the Executive Director
(mountain time zone)

Contact Madison

Madison finds the quotidian aspects of supporting the Society’s Executive Director and Board of Directors inspiring. “When I schedule a meeting, it’s more than just scheduling a meeting,” explains Madison, who previously served as a Health Center Assistant with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. “I’m arranging an opportunity for brilliant minds to come together to address some of the most crucial and controversial topics of our time.” Madison, who started college at age 16 at Bard College at Simon’s Rock before transferring to Colorado State University to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, is particularly taken by the history of abortion. “Abortion is older than some modern mainstream religions,” explains Madison. “Seeing how religious and cultural views can and have shifted over time is incredibly intriguing. This is probably the anthropologist in me.” Contact Madison at, 866.584.6758, ext. 406.

Rachel Brooks, MS (she/her)

Grants Manager
(eastern time zone)

Contact Rachel

“Accessibility is my personal family planning soapbox,” says Rachel. “Year after year we’re fighting another TRAP law, barrier, or reduction in health care funding. Health care that includes the full spectrum of abortion and contraception is a basic human right and access to it shouldn’t be determined by your income.” This passion is something that has persisted throughout a career spent serving nonprofit organizations that advance the cause of reproductive health, rights, and justice; and advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS. Rachel studied psychology and human services at Millsaps College before completing her Master of Science in Psychology at the University of Memphis. In her role as Grants Manager, Rachel is driven to ensure that researchers of color and emerging researchers are able to secure support for their work. “I want to help them answer the question of how might we make abortion and contraception more just and informed by people’s lived experiences,” she says. Contact Rachel at, 866.584.6758, ext. 410.

Jake De Weerd, MEd (he/him)

Sponsorship and Events Coordinator
(eastern time zone)

Contact Jake

By developing and fostering relationships with existing stakeholders, identifying future partners, and actively supporting and assisting sponsors and exhibitors, Jake plays a key role in ensuring the Society maintains the relationships it needs to deliver on its promise to serve as the source for abortion and contraception science. Jake, who served as the Director of the Annual Fund at Tampa Preparatory School before joining the Society, is passionate about finding ways in which data driven research can bridge the opinion gap that defines so much of the conversation around abortion and contraception policy. “True science is not clouded by personal bias,” says Jake, who studied business at Virginia Tech and got a Master of Education at the University of Florida. “In a world comprised of various backgrounds and lived experiences, data and science— not individual belief structures— must be relied upon to shape policy decisions for communities both large and small.” Contact Jake at, 866.584.6758, ext. 422.

Christine Hence, MS (she/her)

Senior Events Coordinator
(eastern time zone)

Contact Christine

Before joining the Society of Family Planning in 2016, Christine worked with middle school teachers as the Early Warning System Program Manager for the Philadelphia Education Fund, utilizing data in the classroom to flag early warning signs of dropout. She started her career as Curriculum and Research Manager for Medical Students for Choice and then as a Research Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania. Christine is interested in research that explores “reducing reproductive health disparities,” driven by her “strong interest in social justice.” Christine received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cabrini College and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Contact Christine at, 866.584.6758, ext. 402.

Sara Hilliard, LPC, MA (she/her)

Clinical Resources Manager
(central time zone)


In developing and implementing the Society’s continuing education programs, Sara focuses on one primary outcome. “I work every day in to improve the healthcare experiences— particularly among underserved groups who may struggle to access quality healthcare,” she says. Sara first developed her passion for understanding and addressing health care disparities as an undergrad Psychology major and Human Sexuality minor at the University of Kansas, and continued to develop it through her graduate work in Counseling and Guidance at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. She comes to the Society from the University of Kansas Medical Center where she was the Continuing Education Program Manager. “If we are not working to constantly move forward and improve care for others, we are failing ourselves and the people who depend on us,” says Sara. Contact Sara at, 866.584.6758, ext. 413.

Hannah Lange, MPH, CCRP (she/her)

Clinical Affairs Manager
(pacific time zone)

Contact Hannah

At the Society of Family Planning, Hannah serves as a bridge between the worlds of academia and patient care. “Working on Clinical Practice Guidance is a very rewarding part of my job,” she says. “I see firsthand how the expertise of members advances vital abortion and contraception care.” Hannah has a particular passion for adolescent medicine, and managed reproductive health research in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her work has been published in Contraception, Pediatrics, Journal of Community Health, and Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Hannah received a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology, a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology, and a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature from Ohio State University. Her graduate research focused on public policy and health disparities related to gender and sexual orientation. “I’m a problem solver at heart,” says Hannah, who joined the Society in 2018, “When we need the answer to a clinical question, I won’t stop until we find it.” Contact Hannah at, 866.584.6758, ext. 404.

Elizabeth Ly, MPH (she/her)

Senior Clinical Affairs Coordinator
(pacific time zone)

Contact Elizabeth

In addition to sustaining our ever-growing Abortion Clinical Research Network, Elizabeth is always looking for new and creative ways to support academic clinicians who are working to align policy and practice with the most up-to-date research findings. “Science provides us with evidence that we can use to inform and advocate for policies that can improve people’s lives everyday,” she says. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where she earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Public Health, Elizabeth held several positions at the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program in Family Planning and Abortion at the University of San Francisco before joining the Society’s Clinical Affairs team. “The key to advancing access and equity in abortion and contraception is finding ways to marry science and lived experiences in a way that honors people’s stories,” says Elizabeth. Contact Elizabeth at, 866.584.6758, ext. 412.

Ruth Manski, MPH (she/her)

Grantmaking and Learning Manager
(eastern time zone)

Contact Ruth

Ruth drives all phases of the grantmaking lifecycle as well as leads ongoing learning related to grantmaking. She plays a key role in developing and implementing funding opportunities as well as leverage insights from formative and ongoing evaluation into improved grantmaking practice and enhanced research impact. “Learning from and improving upon our programs is critical to having the greatest impact on the field of family planning,” says Ruth. She was previously on staff at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, developing tools to improve shared decision-making in reproductive health care. She also worked at Ibis Reproductive Health, managing a portfolio of research that assessed and sought to increase the quality and accessibility of contraception, abortion, and HIV care. In 2009, Ruth received a Fulbright to study Sri Lankan women’s kitchen culture and cooking practices. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Grinnell College. Ruth joined the Society of Family Planning in 2017. Contact Ruth at, 866.584.6758, ext. 403.

Jenny O'Donnell, ScD (she/her)

Director of Grantmaking and Evaluation
(eastern time zone)

Contact Jenny

Since joining the Society of Family Planning in 2018, Jenny spends her days tackling the puzzle of how to align financial and organizational resources with rigorous and thoughtful science in a way that assures the most impactful results. “There are a million small but critical choices that go into moving research from an interesting question to an actionable plan to meaningful results. As a grantmaking organization, the trick is to figure how we support scholars making these choices, with the end goal of just and equitable abortion and contraception in mind” she says. Jenny earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College, where she later served as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. She also holds a Doctorate of Science in Social and Behavioral Sciences and a Master of Science in Society, Human Development and Health, both from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her dissertation focused on qualitatively and quantitatively exploring the intersection of place and individual attributes on access to reproductive health services in rural communities in Central Appalachia. Her research has been published in Social Science and Medicine, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Reproductive Health Matters, Women’s Health Issues, and the Journal of Maternal and Child Health. Jenny spent over ten years as the Deputy Director at Provide, a national nonprofit focused on training health and social service providers to meet the needs of patients with unintended pregnancies, including abortion care. Jenny has also served as a Fellow in the 2012-2013 National Council for Research on Women-Amex Fellowship, a program dedicated to developing women leaders in the nonprofit sector. Contact Jenny at, 866.584.6758, ext. 407.

Neel Pandya, MSW (she/her)

Senior Manager of Training and Education
(eastern time zone)

Contact Neel

Neel has dedicated her 17-year career to working for nonprofits that, in her words, “promote agency over one’s body and the ability to make informed decisions about one’s health and well-being.” Now she brings that passion to directing and overseeing the Society’s training and education activities, including the Fellowship in Complex Family Planning. “Graduates of the Fellowship are the field’s premier clinicians and innovators,” says Neel. “It very well may be that one of them develops the next birth control method that is patient-dependent.” After completing her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Michigan, Neel worked in public health in Vermont, Louisiana, North Carolina and New York, where she developed her expertise in program design, implementation, and evaluation. Contact Neel at, 866.584.6758, ext. 416.

Lauren Parker, BS (she/her)

Senior Fellowship Program Coordinator
(pacific time zone)

Contact Lauren

Lauren manages career development courses for and facilitates communication amongst Fellowship in Complex Family Planning physicians who will soon “be at the forefront of abortion and contraception research and clinical care.” She cares deeply about the Society’s goals of supporting the production of research primed for impact and advancing the delivery of clinical care. “After their two years in Fellowship, fellows will be leading teams to provide essential clinical services and using their voices as academic clinicians to advocate for bodily autonomy.” Community building and education have always been Lauren’s focus. She came to the Society after launching and coordinating a social justice youth development program and, before that, spent a number of summers managing residential camp counselors outside of Yosemite National Park. Lauren has a Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University. Contact Lauren at, 866.584.6758, ext. 418.

Mia Reilly, BA (she/her)

Membership Manager
(eastern time zone)

Contact Mia

Mia comes into the role of Membership Manager with enthusiasm for growing, diversifying, and further connecting the Society’s already robust and engaged community. “I see myself as not just supporting current members, but also expanding membership to include professionals in an even more diverse array of disciplines,” she says. “The ultimate goal: ensuring that abortion research is just and equitable for all.” A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Mia has worked in development and community organizing at the Colorado Health Network and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. She holds a certificate in Storytelling and Content Strategy from the University of Washington, and is an MS candidate in Communication for Social Change at the City University of New York School of Public Health. “I’m deeply committed to advancing contraception and abortion care through science and scientific inquiry,” she says. “Everyday I go to work, I’m able to put my relationship building skills to use doing just that.” Contact Mia at, 866.584.6758, ext. 409.

Desiree Smith, MPH (she/her)

Grants Manager
(eastern time zone)

Contact Desiree

As the lead implementer for select funding opportunities, Desiree ensures excellence across all phases of the grantmaking lifecycle while also developing innovative ways to shape future programs. “By using a health equity framework as a basis for funding abortion and contraception research, my work ultimately helps advance sexual and reproductive health, and in the process creates a positive impact for everyone,” she says. Prior to joining the Society, Desiree worked as a Senior Health Equity manager at the National Coalition of STD Directors and as a Disease Intervention Specialist at the Maryland Department of Health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Public Health from Mercer University, where she is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Health degree with a concentration on health equity in diverse populations. Contact Desiree at, 866.584.6758, ext. 417.

Mary Tschann, PhD, MPH (she/her)

Senior Clinical Affairs Manager
(central time zone)

Contact Mary

Mary manages the Clinical Affairs team, which is tasked with translating high-quality evidence into practical clinical resources. This team is responsible for a variety of programs that strive to make clinical resources accessible and translatable for family planning clinicians. The team oversees the Abortion Clinical Research Network, which uses multi-site studies to answer pressing clinical questions about abortion, as well as the publication of our highly valued Clinical Recommendations, and the Society’s Continuing Education Program. Mary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of San Francisco and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has a Doctorate from the University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine, where she also worked as a clinical practice manager, research center director and assistant professor. She has been published in Contraception, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Journal of Adolescent and Pediatric Gynecology. “The path to expanding access to care is long and winding,” says Mary, who started her career a program manager for the Fellowship in Family Planning. “But I feel strongly that this rigorous evidence is a critical component of the many elements that must work together to improve the lives of women and families.” Contact Mary at, 866.584.6758, ext. 408.

Claire Yuan, BA (she/her)

Senior Learning Systems and Practices Coordinator
(pacific time zone)

Contact Claire

Claire manages the data platforms for many of the Society’s programs. Before joining the staff of the Society, she worked at the National Office of the Ryan Residency Training Program and the Fellowship in Family Planning. Claire’s passion is for finding ways to apply scientific data to help foster empathy, reduce stigma, and improve access for all people in need of contraception or abortion services. “I am interested in how to best support people who are seeking this care,” says Claire, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Pomona College. “Guided by that question, scientific research allows us to build an evidence base to improve care and inform policy across the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health.” Contact Claire at, 866.584.6758, ext. 420.


Learn about job openings at the Society.