Staff, Board Members, and Interns

Staff

 

       Gabriela Castillo,  Program Director
 
Gabriela Castillo initially joined ACCESS in 2008 as a healthline intern, became a Practical Support Volunteer in 2010, joined the staff as Program Manager in 2011, took on a leadership role of Board Member in 2013, and has now returned to her former role as Program Manager in 2016.  Gaby has roots in the San Fernando Valley in the greater Los Angeles area and moved to the Bay area in 2005 to attend UC Berkeley where she obtained her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies Field.  She has experience in supporting people in domestic violence situations, juvenile justice, art, sex education, reproductive justice, parent organizing, community organizing, and political education and actions throughout the Bay Area.  Gaby is passionate about self-care, community healing, and vicarious medicine and seeks constant re-connection with her indigenous roots through traditional medicine for wellness and healing for the communities and particularly the women she crosses paths with.  Gaby currently lives in Oakland, Califas.
 
Rachel Coe,  Public Policy and Trainings Director

Rachel joined ACCESS as a Healthline Fellow in 2015 and became the Public Policy and Trainings Director in 2016.  After leaving school at 16, Rachel worked in bookstores, cafes, video stores, and in Special Education. She did her undergraduate studies at Diablo Valley College and UC Berkeley.  Rachel got her Masters of Social Work at the University of Michigan in Social Policy, Evaluation, and Community Organizing.   Before coming to ACCESS, she worked at American Indian Health and Family Services and Homeless Action Network in Detroit.  She was an HIV Test Counselor focusing in street outreach and has experience with harm reduction, houslessness, and community/family wellness. 

Rachel grew up in Oakland with a complicated and love-filled family; she has been a caregiver since before she can remember. She enjoys reading, laughing with her family, and adventuring with her partner.  Rachel currently lives with her partner and provides emotional and physical care for her parents.

Sara Spriggs,  Operations Manager

Sara started at ACCESS as a Healthline intern in 2012.  She studied Political Economy and Printmaking at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where she was heavily involved in art making and worked in a popular education program for incarcerated youth.  Sara has worked in a vintage Vespa repair shop, and has extensive experience in the restaurant and hospitality sector including an anarchist cafe, Japanese restaurants, and at Camino restaurant in Oakland.  She deeply understands the barriers facing restaurant workers (10% of the US workforce) in accessing reproductive healthcare and has seen how working in the restaurant industry can cultivate the natural skills to show up with radical compassion for ACCESS callers.

As the daughter of a Korean adoptee, Sara works towards an end to transnational adoption, an institutional reconsideration of transracial adoption, and transparency and openness in the adoption triad with lifelong support post-adoption.  She uplifts traditional, decolonized models of adoption in which communities, families, and extended families are supported to raise the children they have. She is rejuvenated by the Oakland sunshine, good food, and creative expression.  She someday hopes to live in nature, in a commune that doesn't suck.

 

Board of Directors

Sangita Devaskar

 

Sangita Devaskar is a project manager at UCSF's Innovating Education in Reproductive Health. She was integral in the design and implementation of course evaluation materials for Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications, the first online academic course about abortion. The six-week course aimed to fill the gap often excluded from public health curricula. She currently manages the organization's Managing Early Pregnancy Loss initiative, an educational module to support a patient-centered approach to miscarriage management. Sangita's previous experiences include health education for the Women's Community Clinic and research for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Sangita received her MPH from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, with an emphasis in population and family health and her BA in Sociology from UC Berkeley. In her free time you can find her exploring the beautiful Bay Area, biking across the city, and frequenting farmer's markets for her next culinary adventure.


Cathy Dinas

 

"When I use my strength in the service of my vision it makes no difference whether or not I am afraid." Audre Lorde. Cathy like many in the SF Bay Area is a transplant.  She was born in raised in Connecticut. She completed her undergraduate in English and Women Studies at the University of Connecticut and most recently her MBA in finance at Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College. When she isn't reading, doodling, eating a donut or tweeting she's helping women entrepreneurs and small businesses design a digital web presence.  She's excited to join ACCESS board and work with men and women who don't just see reproductive justice and rights a "women's issue."

 

Alicia Harris (Co-Chair)

 

After finishing undergraduate study at Vassar College in 2008, Alicia Harris boxed up her winter apparel and returned to her home state of California. Since then, she has worked with a number of organizations focusing on women's health, reproductive justice and sexual education. She is currently finishing the Master of Public Health program at UC Berkeley, where she is studying the impact of interlocking systems of oppression on wellbeing. When she isn't busy studying, Alicia enjoys adventures on public transit systems, a good crossword puzzle, and spending time with her beloved rabbit, Parsnip.



Samantha Harris

 

A Bay Area native, Samantha Harris has always felt passionate about reproductive rights. While earning her Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Women's Studies from UC Berkeley, Samantha devoted much of her time to interning for ACCESS Women's Health Justice as a Healthline operator. Beyond expanding her knowledge of the barriers faced by women seeking reproductive health services, Samantha's time with ACCESS opened up opportunities as a reproductive justice advocate with the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, as well as lead her to her current position as Program Assistant for the Law Students for Reproductive Justice national office. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, doing yoga, and drinking entirely too much coffee.


Phillip Kim

 

Phillip C. Kim has been fundraising and organizing to fight barriers to abortion for over 10 years. He has co-produced the sold-out concert series, Roe on the Rocks, to raise over $40,000 for Planned Parenthood of NYC. He helped grow the Planned Parenthood of NYC Volunteer Clinic Escort Program from 20 volunteers at one clinic to over 115 volunteers at three clinics with his infamous baby polar bear and kitten laden PowerPoint Presentations. He joined the New York Abortion Access Fund in 2011 and helped organize bowl-a-thon benefits which raised over $250,000 to directly fund abortions. He recently moved to Oakland with his pitbull, rabbit, and motorcycle and is looking forward to continuing the fight as a board member of ACCESS Women's Health Justice.

 

Sarah Layton (Co-Chair)

 

Sarah Layton is the Manager of Operations & Development at Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ). An East Bay native, Sarah returned to California after completing a post-graduate fellowship in Cairo - an experience that happened to overlap with the beginning of the Egyptian Revolution.  Witnessing men, women, and children taking the streets by the millions and standing up against oppression ignited a latent passion for social justice, and she has been working in the world of reproductive rights and justice ever since. Previously at the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, Sarah is passionate about lifting up the voices of our state's many communities. She is equally passionate about knitting, board games, and a good happy hour with friends.


Carla Lopez        

 

Carla is a program assistant at the National Center for Lesbian Rights where she assists with the legal helpline and works closely with the immigration project, conducting case research on country conditions, current immigration laws, and local and national resources, and preparing documents for asylum and deferred action applications. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Chicana/o Studies from UC Davis in 2011 and currently lives in Oakland, CA. In addition to serving on the ACCESS Women’s Health Justice Board, she is also a member of the East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition.


Ireri Lora

 

Ireri Lora is a youth Organizer at Youth Together, a non-profit organization dedicated to address the root causes of educational inequities by developing multiracial youth leaders to promote positive social change. Born in Mexico City, Ireri migrated to the United States with her family when she was eight years old. She was raised in Oakland, CA and attended UCSD where she majored in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. She began working with ACCESS as a heathline intern and continues to work as an advocate for the undocumented community with the East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition.


Guadalupe Rodriguez  

      

Guadalupe (Lupe) Rodríguez is the Director of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. Previously, Lupe was the Interim Executive Director and Program and Policy Director at ACCESS Women’s Health Justice. Lupe served on the board of directors of the California Family Health Council, and now serves as a commissioner on the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women. She sits on the boards of ACCESS Women’s Health Justice and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. Lupe is an adviser for the Women's Health & Rights Program at the Center for American Progress. She has a BA in neurobiology from Harvard.


Layidua Salazar

Layidua Salazar migrated from Mexico City with her family at age five, and grew up in Oakland. She is a first generation college graduate, and received her B.A. in History & Woman's Studies from San Francisco State University. She has a background in Educational Justice, and serves on the Leadership Circle for FemSexComm. She has been Favianna Rodriguez's Studio Manager for the last year and a half. Layidua is currently focusing the educational piece of Faivanna's Pussy Power project, which primary goals are to empower women to ask for what they want, need and love.


Varvara (Barby) Zeldovich

 

Varvara (Barby) Zeldovich has long been committed to honoring and empowering women around their sexuality and reproductive lives, and has pursed these goals through art, advocacy and activism, basic science, and direct healthcare work. She completed her PhD in placental biology and the infectious causes of preterm labor, and spent several years volunteering in direct service as a health educator at the Women’s Community Clinic and Lyon-Martin Health Services. Barby is currently pursuing her MD at the UCSF School of Medicine in hopes of becoming a full-spectrum reproductive healthcare clinician. Additionally, she is a member of the Bay Area Doula Project and of the feminist screen-printing collective ArtBison. She first joined ACCESS as an activist and practical support volunteer in 2010 and is thrilled to join the board of this inspiring and dynamic organization.

 


Interns

ACCESS is supported by the committed work of 3-5 incredible interns throughout the year.