LuTisha Buckner (She/Her/They), Director LuTisha Buckner is dedicated to public and civil service with her years serving as an AmeriCorps Vista Member working in nonprofits, education, and local government. She is a 2019 graduate of Emerge Kentucky. Her current experience involves electoral organizing and digital organizing on local, statewide, and presidential campaigns. She is a board member of the Kentucky Health Justice Network, Brescia University Alumni Association, and Black Birth Justice. LuTisha is a core organizer with Black Lives Matter Louisville focused on strategic and internal communications. She enjoys watching soccer and museum exploring with her husband Darlington, and is a graduate student at the University of Louisville, pursuing her Master’s of Public Administration.
Briar Clark (They/Them), Director
Derek J Guy (He/Him), Board Chair Derek J Guy is a 26 years old African American Transgender Pansexual Man. He has dedicated the last 7 years of his life to children who have been committed to the state’s care and providing services for families, foster families, and youth in need of assistance through Social Services Work. He has been in the process of transitioning for over two years. Since he made the decision to begin his transition, he has become a strong advocate in the city of Louisville for Transgender, Queer, & Non-Binary Individuals’ rights & equality. He is the current reigning Mr. Kentuckiana Pride Foundation, as his alternative drag self “Ryder Long”, using this platform to fundraise for a scholarship fund for transgender and non-binary individuals to request small monetary amounts for medications & supplies for medical and mental health needs. His hope is that this scholarship fund will increase allowing for Kentuckiana Transgender & Non-Binary individuals to request funds for future surgeries. He is also an executive member for Louisville TransMen & the LGBTQ+ Community Coalition. He is a member of the Transgender Health Advisory Board for the Kentucky Health Justice Network, as well as board member for the organization. He is a mentor for Louisville Youth Group and his family regularly participates in the TSTAR playgroup, in which his 5 years old son can play and fellowship with youth of transgender and non-binary identities. Derek is married to Hannah K Volmer. He regularly attends Highland Baptist Church of Louisville, an LGB affirming and welcoming church here in Louisville. He has been featured as a speaker in multiple local events as well as nationally at the Room for All 2017 Conference for the Reformed Church of America in Holland, Michigan. Derek has hopes to continue his advocacy work in Louisville on a larger scale, and intends to pursue a degree of a Master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in the near future. Derek intends to receive his licensure to provided therapeutic services, specializing in LGBTQ+ youth between the ages of 6-18 years old and providing family therapeutic services for families struggling with the youth’s wishes to transition. Derek is not from Louisville but it has quickly become his home & he is dedicated to being involved in the community of Kentuckiana for greater change.
Mashayla Hays (she/they), Director Mashayla is a Louisville native, graduating from Central High School. earned their bachelor’s degree in Pan-African Studies in 2015 from the University of Louisville and her JD from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University with the goal of graduating in June 2022. Mashayla has dedicated a vast majority of their life volunteering within the community and working with youth. She was awarded the Samuel L. Greenbaum Public Service Award, given to the law graduate with the most public service hours, having volunteered as a student teacher for Centrals Street Law and Marshall Brennan Programs, participated in two International Service Learning Program trips in the Philippines and Belize, and served as a volunteer in the Legal Aid bankruptcy department and Wayside Christian Mission, helping the homeless of Louisville with issues involving criminal law, family law, and civil rights and the Louisville Urban League Expungement Clinic. She is also the Coordinator for Jefferson County Teen Court Program. Mashayla began their legal career as an If/When/How Reproductive Justice State Fellow in Pittsburgh, PA where she focused on high impact litigation around equal access to reproductive healthcare, challenging sex and gender discrimination and advocating for reproductive justice state and federal policies. She is currently legal counsel at The Lawyering Project where they provide pro Bono legal assistance with a specific focus on increasing access to mediation abortion via telehealth. In their free time, Mashayla enjoys volunteering, spending time with family and friends, reading teen fiction and black feminism books, and playing arcade games.
Joan Kofodimos(she/her/they), Director Joan is an organizational psychologist who works with leaders and teams to help them improve their capability to work collaboratively and navigate complex changes. She is a former university professor of Psychology and Public Policy. Joan has spent much of her career working with large companies, but in recent years she has focused more on leaders of social change, coaching Executive Directors and leadership teams in foundations and non-profits to help them formulate strategy and purpose and build non-hierarchical ways of working. Joan is the parent of a special needs adult and spent several years leading educational advocacy and equity efforts. Joan has been called on to testify and write op-eds when abortion ‘reason’ bans have been proposed at the state level. Joan is also an abortion clinic escort in Louisville, and a hotline case manager for KHJN’s practical support abortion fund. Joan was part of the Moral Monday movement for social justice in North Carolina and is proud to have been arrested for civil disobedience with Rev. Barber.
Crystal Labbato (they/she), Secretary Crystal is a non-binary, queer, photographer, nurse, healer who is deeply invested in the practice of person and family centered care with a whole-person perspective. Crystal holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Kentucky, is a board certified adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist, has advanced oncology certification, and is a trained tobacco treatment specialist. Crystal currently provides trauma informed, physical and psychosocial supportive care and referrals to people and families throughout the cancer care continuum (prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, recovery and palliation), and has a special interest in the preservation of the health and dignity of our LGBTQIA elders. Currently a volunteer abortion clinic escort, and a volunteer street medic, Crystal comes to the work of KHJN with an understanding that current healthcare systems leave behind the community members most vulnerable to harm, and that every person has a fundamental right to essential healthcare. Crystal’s work includes a photography practice and they have had works included in exhibitions at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio and the Museum Angewandte Kunst, in Frankfurt Germany.
Takeisha E. Nunez (She/Her), Director Takeisha is an African American Louisville Native, graduating from Butler Traditional High School, earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University Southeast. She is currently working for UK Health KIRP Program as a Community Education Coordinator Sr Team lead over HIV and Syringe exchange expansion in Jefferson County, North Central District Health and Lincoln Trail District health. She was previously the supervisor of the Syringe Exchange Program and HIV Services at Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness. Takeisha has worked for the Health Department for 10+ years in a variety of social service positions and has found her passion working with people who inject drugs and those affected by HIV. Currently Takeisha also serves on the boards of Emmaus Ministries, and Kentucky Aids Alliance. Takeisha is trained in harm reduction, HIV counseling and testing, partner services and field investigation. Takeisha is an advocate for sexual health education and is a harm reduction train the trainer and Narcan trainer. Takeisha is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated.
Bree Pearsall (she/her), Treasurer Bree Pearsall has been a volunteer with KHJN for 7 years. Through her work with KHJN, she has deepened her understanding and commitment to reproductive justice. Bree currently farms with her family in Oldham County, KY. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and worked for 10 years in the social work field with a focus on violence against women and immigrant and worker’s rights. She has previously served on the Board of the KY Foundation for Women, the Community Farm Alliance, and the Bluegrass Community Health Center.
Ondine Miranda Quinn, MSW, CSE (she/they) Director Ondine is a queer Latinx intersectional-feminist, artist, and rabble-rouser whose commitment to social justice was formed at an early age, in large part thanks to her mother. She’s an experienced community organizer and has coordinated campaigns to restore voting rights to people with felonies, to increase access to gender neutral restrooms for non-binary people, and to promote a sustainable economic transition from coal in Appalachia. She currently works for Provide, Inc., as the Director of Program Development where she leads the development of training and tools to help healthcare and social service organizations expand their capacity to support clients/patients who need abortion care. Ondine also has direct service experience working at an HIV/AIDS service organization as a case manager and HIV tester. In her various professional and volunteer roles, she’s led work around grant writing and fundraising, leadership development, workshop and curriculum development, strategic planning, volunteer management, crisis counseling, and lobbying. Ondine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Studies from Ohio State University, a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Kentucky and a certificate in sexuality education from the University of Michigan. She is a certified sexuality educator through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. She is a proud member of Alpha Psi Lambda, the nation’s first coed Latinx fraternity, and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She volunteered as a clinic escort in Louisville in 2013 and once wrote a zine called “How to get an abortion without telling your parents.” Despite being a northerner by birth, Ondine loves living in the south and has fully embraced the pronoun “y’all.”
Sassa Rivera (Name/Elle), Director Sassa Rivera (Name/Elle) is an agender queer Caribbean and Central American Language Justice worker living in occupied Shawnee, Osage, Cherokee land (also known as Louisville, KY). Sassa is an experienced community organizer; collaborating in campaigns rooted in immigrant justice and advocacy over the past 7 years including: “Sanctuary for All”, “Stop SB-1”, and “There is No Derby Without Immigrants' '. In more recent years, Sassa’s work has focused on language justice, digital accessibility, creating a gender inclusive Spanish language, and bilingual resources for addressing White Supremacy within Latinidad. Professionally, Sassa works within digital communications strategy and social media management, partnering mainly with QTPOC peer support collectives and non-profits. Sassa also serves as a Spanish speaking hotliner to KHJN’s abortion support fund. Sassa currently works as a Media Liaison at La Casita Center, a Kentuckiana based nonprofit that serves to accompany Latinx and immigrant communities. When not working, Sassa can be found on a solo hike with their cattle dog, or co-parenting their 2 year old niece. Jules Wolfers (They, Them), Director Jules Wolfers is a Deaf/low vision mental health clinician for Deaf/Hard of Hearing services, working with Deaf and HH clients, including consumers with dual disabilities (physical and/or intellectual), as well as with families of Deaf children, and the Deaf and Disabled communities. They juggled social justice volunteering as an independent HIV/AIDS advocate for the Deaf Community with Denver Colorado AIDS Project, and as a victim advocate for Deaf Dove, a domestic violence grassroot organization for the Deaf. When in Maryland, they worked as a staff coordinator for group homes for Deaf individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. At the same time, they was a rehabilitation instructor and case manager for another direct services organization for individuals with behavioral disorders. When not busy in either position, they was available to students of Gallaudet university and the Deaf community for education on reproductive healthcare and sex education, as well as going as a companion/advocate to abortion clinics when asked. Jules is an active abortion clinic escort for Louisville, and an advocate for reproductive justice for the Deaf community, especially with the subcommunities of Deaf BIPOC, Deaf LGBTQ++ and Deaf with physical, intellectual and mental disabilities. They are the Chair and representative for Community Mental Health Centers in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee, as established in KY Bill 740.