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Our Team

Staff

LYNNE JOHNSON, JD | Executive Director

Lynne joins Midwest Access Project as its new executive director in the fall of 2017. Lynne’s work experience includes time with the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and Chicago Foundation for Women. At Chicago Foundation for Women, Lynne developed and implemented a strategic advocacy plan for the foundation’s work in freedom from violence and reproductive health. Lynne has advocated for comprehensive sexual health education and worked to end Illinois’ acceptance of Abstinence-Only federal funds.

While serving as Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation’s policy director, Lynne led a statewide campaign to transform the community’s response to prostitution and sex trafficking. In that capacity, Lynne led the passage of six legislative initiatives in as many years, including policy victories to defelonize prostitution and reform the state’s human trafficking laws.  Lynne created a Litigation Guide to assist attorneys representing survivors of prostitution in petitions to vacate prior prostitution convictions and co-authored a policy proposal entitled, “Statewide System of Specialized Services for Survivors of Prostitution and Trafficking.”

Lynne has extensive experience in nonprofit management and leadership,program development and oversight, public policy, and fundraising.

While an attorney in Maryland, Lynne represented survivors of domestic violence in Protective Order hearings, and she represented abused and neglected children in Baltimore City’s Juvenile Court system.

Lynne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of  Maryland Baltimore County, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore’s School of Law.

KRISTIE MONAST, MS Ed | Program Director

Kristie Monast, a sexuality educator and lifelong activist, was the first Executive Director of the Midwest Access Project and stepped into the Program Director role in the fall of 2017. In her current role Kristie is focusing on growing MAP’s robust training program, ensuring that comprehensive reproductive health training is available to all healthcare professionals and students.

Prior to MAP, Kristie worked with the Planned Parenthood of Northern New England where she served as a Site Manager, managing operational and facility practices, a Regional Float Manager, managing regional staffing and training, and a Regional Training Manager, where she developed and implemented training programs for health center staff in the three state affiliate.

Raised on the east coast, Kristie received her Master of Science in Human Sexuality Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania. During her early career she worked with a variety of social service and healthcare agencies addressing underserved populations including Action AIDS, the Adolescent Parenting Program at City Avenue Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center for Women. Kristie served as an original board member with GLSEN-Philadelphia and as their program committee chair led successful collaborations to implement a Safe Schools Ally program.

Outside of her work at the Midwest Access Project Kristie is a comprehensive sexuality education Trainer of Trainers, working with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health and the Our Whole Lives – Sexuality through our Lifespan Curriculum.

 

Board

Sameera Ali

Nicole Baltrushes Hughes, MD

Lorie Chaiten, JD

Kathy Chan

Andrea Friedman, JD

Dinaz Mansuri, MA

Barbara Schechtman, MPH

Debra Stulberg, MD, MA

Stephanie Tillman, CNM, MSN

Julie Walner, MM, CPA

 


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