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Our Team


Kristie Monast, MS Ed | Executive Director

Kristie Monast is a sexuality educator and lifelong activist. Currently serving as the first Executive Director of the Midwest Access Project, she is working to ensure 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.


Kate Palmer, MPH | Education Program Manager

Kate Palmer joined MAP in June 2015 as our first Education Program Manager. Kate started her career in the reproductive health and justice fields by interning with Dr. George Tiller at Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas and has spent the past fifteen years dedicated to working to expand access to abortion and reproductive healthcare.

After working for Dr. Tiller, she was inspired to continue to work in direct patient care and has held roles at Northland Family Planning in southeastern Michigan, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Tapestry Health in Western Massachusetts, and as the HIV Linkage to Care Manager at Stroger/Cook County Hospital, where she worked to implement routine HIV testing within the Cook County Healthcare system.

Kate is the co-founder of the Chicago Doula Circle, which has provided doula support for hundreds of individuals in the Chicagoland area going through abortion experiences. Additionally, she is also a full spectrum doula focusing on the pregnancy and birth needs of transgender and queer individuals and serves as a consultant to medical providers working to expand and increase culturally competent care to LGBT communities.

Kate has been honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Abortion Fund and Chicago Women’s Health Center.

Originally from Detroit, Kate holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s and Gender studies from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Health with a concentration on Healthcare Administration and Policy from the University of Illinois, Chicago.



Sameera Ali

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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