About NOAF

About NOAF

In partnership with the National Network of Abortion Funds, the New Orleans Abortion Fund was established in 2012 as a community-based 501(c)(3) organization rooted in social justice, with the purpose of challenging socioeconomic inequalities by providing financial help to women who cannot afford the full cost of an abortion.

We affirm a woman's right to control her body and her destiny, and work to ensure that all people have access to quality medical care, regardless of their economic situation.

Working with local medical providers, we provide compassionate and empowering assistance to women seeking abortions who are unable to fully fund their abortion, and distribute pledges as available.


Executive Director

Amy Irvin

As a founding board member of the New Orleans Abortion Fund, Amy spent many evenings during the summer/fall of 2012 at a local coffee shop thinking about the organization's mission, writing the articles of incorporation, planning fundraising events and recruiting members. Amy served as the first intake coordinator of the Fund. Committed to coalition building, Amy serves on the executive committee of the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom and represents NOAF at meetings of the Legislative Agenda for Women (LAW), as well as serving as a community liaison to student organizations. With a background in community and union organizing, she has recently gotten involved in supporting the Show Me $15 campaign in New Orleans. She holds a MSSW from the University of Louisville.

 

Clinic Escort Coordinator

Winter Claire Randall 

Born and raised on the West Bank of New Orleans, Winter Claire Randall obtained her B.A. in English from the University of New Orleans. She has worked in a variety of professions, including Insurance, Real Estate, Web Development, Publishing, Higher Education, Retail Operations, and Legal Administration. A lifelong feminist, Winter is the State Director for UniteWomen.org Louisiana, co-organizer for New Orleans Slut Walk, an active participant in the Sexual Assault Response Team in New Orleans, a member of the Independent Women’s Organization and National Organization for Women, a clinic escort with the New Orleans Abortion Fund, and an Internet rabble-rouser. She has completed the District Attorney’s Citizen’s Academy and the Mayor’s Civic Leadership Academy, and is enrolled to participate in the New Orleans Police Department’s Citizens Academy. She is also involved with adult and children’s literacy efforts in the community, as well as animal welfare. In her non-existent spare time, she watches True Crime Documentaries and BBC murder mysteries, posts pictures of her husband, three dogs, two cats, and one turtle online, and is taking sewing classes.

Intake Coordinator

Cat Patteson

Catherine “Cat” Patteson is a trauma informed mental health professional and community organizer with over a decade of experience working with diverse populations in settings ranging from small non-profits to large healthcare systems. She has previously worked with NOAF as a founding member and the VP of Education and Outreach of Social Work students United for Reproductive Freedom (SWURF). She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and holds advanced degrees from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a BA in Psychology and Tulane University with a Master's in Social Work with a Certificate in Disaster Mental Health and Trauma Studies, and a Master’s of Science in Disaster Resilience and Leadership. In addition to reproductive justice, she is passionate about immigrant justice and prison reform. When she isn’t fighting oppressive systems, she likes spending time with her husband and two dogs. She is excited to formally join the NOAF team as the Intake Volunteer Coordinator and hopes to continue to build up the engagement and empowerment of their members and partners!

Board of Directors

Lila Arnaud
Lila is a public health practitioner, she moved to New Orleans in 2008 to pursue a Masters in Public Health and fell in love with the city. Her practice includes her work as a facilitator, doula, yogi, and activist; encouraging mothers and families to reconnect with their bodies and voices through mindful practice and advocacy. Lila is  a dreamer, an immigrant to the US originally from the Dominican Republic. Her public health practice is informed by her family’s experience with navigating life in the states with limited resources. Lila explores sexuality and the self through a futuristic lens, in which people of all identities are able to talk about themselves as sexual beings, with confidence and awareness, whatever their race, socioeconomic and immigration status.

Sylvia Cochran 

Sylvia Cochran has been involved in the movement for abortion rights since the earliest days - over 40 years working for independent clinics in Pennsylvania and Louisiana.  She has worked in all aspects of the field, from reception to patient care, eventually working her way up to office manager and administrator. She is currently the administrator of Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge and Women's Health Care Center in New Orleans.  Her first love is politics and she plans to spend her summer working on the 2016 presidential election.  She has testified for abortion access before the Louisiana legislature, bringing her professional experience to the Capitol.

Jackie Kinabrew

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Jackie moved to New Orleans in 2012 to work in healthcare operations with a local non-profit that specializes in women's reproductive health. She has worked with NOAF since 2013 as an intake volunteer and now as a board member. Her favorite NOAF activity is coordinating the annual Sex Ed Bingo event.  Jackie is committed to advancing the health of women and families in Louisiana and believes that access to healthcare starts in the voting booth. Jackie received her Human Factors Engineering degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an MBA from the University of Louisville. She enjoys traveling, a well-made French 75 and has been unsuccessful in having a good relationship with the crawfish. 

Jessie Nieblas

Jessie Nieblas received her Master of Public Health from Tulane University in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Science and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Women's Studies.  In her 10 years of work on sexual violence prevention and intervention, reproductive health and rights, and health care access, Jessie has designed, implemented, and evaluated programs; conducted outreach and engagement efforts with diverse communities; and raised funds through direct appeals, grants, and events.  She has served as co-chair of Take Back the Night at UCSB, volunteered on RAINN's Online Hotline, and currently works at an anti-sexual violence organization.

Jules Richelson
Jules Richelson is from the desert of Tucson, Arizona, but has studied with a Maori community in New Zealand, worked on a goat farm in California, and now has planted herself squarely in the swamp of New Orleans. A perpetual volunteer, she serves on the board of directors for Metro Centers for Women & Children, the Administrative Lead Team of the NOLA TimeBank, and as a hot-line advocate for STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response). She has volunteered as a NOAF Clinic Escort since April 2016, and is bringing her background in fundraising and development to the NOAF Board to strengthen support for women's health and rights. One of her part-time jobs is Gynecological Teaching Associate at Tulane University School of Medicine, teaching medical students to perform a physically comfortable well-woman exam with an emphasis on communication skills, to provide a supportive environment for the patient. Due to her desire to understand and create a healthy community, Jules designed her own curriculum at Prescott College and received her B.A. in Integrated Studies of Culture, Environment, and Traditional Healing. To unwind from her busy life, Jules is part of Waterbeams: Synchronized Swimmers With Spunk, and fosters animals from the LA-SPCA.
 
 
Mike Stagg
Mike Stagg is a civic activist, writer, filmmaker, policy analyst and strategist, as well as a radio talk show host. He was a reporter for 20 years, has published newspapers and books, edited books, run for public office, managed campaigns, and produced public policy documentaries that have aired on broadcast television stations across the state, advancing progressive values on state finances and public education. He’s a native of Eunice, Louisiana and currently resides in Lafayette. He’s been a roustabout, roughneck and truck driver in the oilfield. He is working on a new book and documentary that reveal how the oil and gas industry has cheated the citizens of Louisiana out of their fair share of our mineral wealth with the cooperation of state government. He is the principal of D.P.S. Media LLC which is the producer of his weekly radio show and podcast, Where The Alligators Roam.

Maria Wickstrom
Starting in the late '80's Maria became active as a reproductive rights advocate when she was a clinic escort and helped defend a Baton Rouge clinic targeted by Christian fundamentalists seeking to stop its operation.  A Louisiana native, Maria earned her undergrad degree from LSU and Master’s degree from Goddard College in Vermont in Social Ecology.  She cut her teeth on organizing around environmental justice issues but then found the labor movement and has worked as a union organizer for over twenty years.  Maria's current work in the union is organizer training and development. Always ready for a road trip she loves to travel, hike and canoe .  Her love of swimming in cold water connects her to her father's Minnesotan Swedish side.  Her Cuban ancestry on her mother's side fuels her love of cooking moros y cristianos with a side of universal healthcare. 

Apply to join the Board or the Intake Committee!

Board job description and application

Intake information

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All financial assistance that the New Orleans Abortion Fund provides is due to the generosity of our donors.  If you would like to contribute, please do so by support us through a paypal donation or by mailing your gift to PO Box 770141, New Orleans, LA 70117.