The mission of the National Abortion Federation is to unite, represent, serve, and support abortion providers in delivering patient-centered, evidence-based care.
Our Board has developed Ethical Principles for Abortion Care, which our members must follow.
The Very Rev. Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, an Episcopal priest, is the President & CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF). Rev. Ragsdale was the Interim President and CEO of NAF from September 2018 – October 2019. Prior to joining NAF, she was the President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, and Senior Fellow at the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. Prior to assuming the presidency of EDS, Ragsdale was Executive Director of Political Research associates and Vicar of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Pepperell, MA. After leaving EDS, Ragsdale served as Managing Partner at RNL Associates LLC.
Ragsdale served for 17 years (9 of them as chair) on the national board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. As Chair, she led the Coalition through a change of its name, mission, and organizational structure. During that time the Coalition’s budget, staff, and office space more than doubled in size. She has also served on the national boards of NARAL Pro-Choice America and The White House Project. She has been featured on NPR and PBS. She has appeared on Wm. F. Buckley’s Firing Line, on Debates/Debates, Faith Under Fire, Religion and Ethics, and many news broadcasts. She has testified before the United States Congress as well as numerous state legislatures and was a featured speaker at the 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington, DC. She is widely sought as a speaker on issues of public policy affecting women, professional ethics, and lesbian/gay rights.
Ragsdale is the editor of Boundary Wars: Intimacy and Distance in Healing Relationships; the author of “The Role of Religious Institutions in Responding to the Domestic Violence Crisis” in Albany Law Review (vol. 58, number 4, 1995); and Hannah, a short story about later abortion care, as well as many other articles and speeches. She has a B.A. in English and Religion from William and Mary; Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary; and a Doctor of Ministry from Episcopal Divinity School. In her spare time she kick-boxes and flies herself to meetings in a single engine airplane.
Melissa Fowler joined NAF in 2006 and provides leadership for NAF’s communications and media work to ensure that NAF’s perspective and the voices of abortion providers and patients are heard. She also directs NAF’s membership department. She previously worked in direct services as a patient advocate for Planned Parenthood in Dallas. Melissa earned her Bachelors degree at Texas A&M University and a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University. She previously served on the Board of Nursing Students for Sexual & Reproductive Health.
Chloe Hanson Hebert joined NAF as Hotline Fund Director in February of 2011. She has concentrated her social work career in crisis response, social justice, empowerment, and leadership. Chloe has worked in the South, Midwest, and Southwest with victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, in suicide support and prevention, with youth in the foster system, with minors and adults who identified on the LGBTQ spectrum, and with women who had current/past experience with incarceration. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Jacksonville University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work form the University of South Carolina.
Jones is the Chief Operating Officer for the National Abortion Federation (NAF). She is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the organization’s internal operations.
Prior to joining NAF in 2019, Ms. Jones served as the Vice President of Operations for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) where she was responsible for the management of ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification program, the call center, business service operations, and exam delivery and test security. During her tenure at ABIM she was responsible for the development and monitoring of the annual operational plan. Additionally, she launched ABIM’s marketing, media, and internal communications efforts.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Jones served as the Director of Marketing for Penn Medicine. In this role she developed corporate advertising and branding programs to promote key medical and surgical departments. She served as Co-Producer of an Emmy-award-winning consumer health education program.
Ms. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California.
Alice Mark, MD, MSc, joined NAF in 2016 and her work has focused on developing educational materials and training resources for our members. Alice attended Columbia Medical School and completed her Ob/Gyn residency at Harvard. After being in general practice for four years, she did a Family Planning Fellowship at Boston University. Before joining NAF, Alice worked in Clinical Affairs at Ipas.
Lorie Chaiten, JD
Angel M. Foster, DPhil, MD, AM
Daniel Grossman, MD
Julia McDonald, DO, MPH
Suzanne Morris, MD
Tram Nguyen, MHA/MBA
Brenda Pereda, MD, MS
Lisa Perriera, MD, MPH
Sarah Ward Prager, MD, MAS
Rolanda Ryan, RN, MHSA
TaRhonda Slydell, BSN, MBA-HCA
Maria M. Vivas, MD, MPH
Katie Watson, JD
Lori Williams, MSN/APN, Board Chair