Meet Our Team

 

Ramey Connelly

Individual Clinical Training Manager

Ramey Connelly joined Midwest Access Project in November 2021 as our new Individual Clinical Training Manager. After completing her BA in Gender & Sexuality Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Ramey provided care as a full-spectrum doula in Richmond, VA. Following this, she spent nearly a decade in direct patient care, clinical training coordination, and clinic administration with The Women’s Centers, a group of independent abortion providers. She is particularly passionate about systems management and quality improvement. Ramey is dedicated to the expansion of access to safe, individualized, compassionate reproductive health care, and committed to protecting the dignity of those who seek it. She currently lives in New Jersey with her pitbull, Godric, and an overabundance of house plants.

 

Lynne Johnson, JD

Executive Director

Lynne joined Midwest Access Project as its new executive director in the fall of 2017. Lynne has extensive experience in nonprofit management and leadership, program development and oversight, public policy, and fundraising.

Lynne’s work experience included time with the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and Chicago Foundation for Women. At Chicago Foundation for Women, Lynne served as its Program Officer managing the foundation’s Freedom from Violence and Health grant portfolios. As CFW’s Director of Advocacy, 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.”

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.

Haley Miller

Deputy Director

Haley Miller is a proud Midwesterner from the great state of Kansas who believes in the power of grassroots organizing. Haley has extensive experience leading programs to build youth power for reproductive and social justice at the local and national level.

Most recently, Haley was the Co-Director and previously the Fellowship Program Manager at Young People For (YP4), a social justice incubator that provides life-long social justice leadership training to unlock the potential of young people historically left out of opportunity. During her time at YP4, Haley led their Fellowship team, oversaw a yearlong social justice Fellowship program, and expanded its alumni engagement opportunities.

Before YP4, Haley was the Midwest Regional Coordinator at URGE: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity, where she worked with young people across Kansas and Ohio to organize chapters on college campuses to advocate for cultural and policy change on reproductive justice issues. While at URGE, Haley initiated the creation of Wichita, KS’s first Abortion Positive billboard and helped with the creation and implementation of URGE’s Abortion Positive campus tours.

Haley attended the University of Kansas and graduated in 2013 with a BA in Women’s Studies and English with a minor in Jewish Studies.

Dina Vavarutsos, MPH

Provider & Community Education Manager

Dina joined Midwest Access Project as the Provider and Community Education Program Manager in August 2021. Prior to assuming this position, Dina interned with MAP and worked to improve our workshops.

Dina earned her master’s degree in Public Health at Loyola University Chicago with a concentration in Global Health Equity. This education served as a great opportunity for her to do research and gain experience in the reproductive health field. Dina worked as a graduate Teacher’s Assistant (TA) in Public Health Practice and Management. In this role, Dina organized and reviewed curriculum materials, graded papers for classes of up to 30 graduate students, and collaborated with education professionals to determine how materials would be delivered. Her experiences as a TA and an avid student throughout her schooling was driven by a strong desire to learn about public health inequities and how to reduce them.

Dina also has experience working with Athletico Physical Therapy, in which she worked to review and organize employee files and financial information. Around the time of her employment with Athletico, she also received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Loyola University Chicago.

Apart from working with MAP, Dina enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Our Board of Directors

Sameera Ali

Communications and Marketing Consultant

Andrea Friedman, JD

Independent Consultant

Stephanie Tillman, CNM, MSN

Certified Nurse Midwife, University of Illinois Hospital Health Sciences System

Nicole Baltrushes Hughes, MD

Family Medicine Physician; Faculty, Cook County Family Medicine Residency, Cook County Health and Hospital Systems

Dinaz Mansuri, MA

Executive Director, The Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation

Julie Walner, MM, CPA

Real Estate Financial Consultant, JMB Financial Advisors, LLC

Lorie Chaiten, JD

MAP Co-Founder / Senior Staff Attorney, Reproductive Freedom Project, ACLU Foundation

Barbara Schechtman, MPH

Retired. Former Executive Director, Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center

Kathy Chan

Director of Policy, Cook County Health and Hospitals System

Debra Stulberg, MD, MA

MAP Co-Founder / Family Medicine Physician; Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology; Chair, Department of Family Medicine, University of Chicago