Our Team

The ICAN team includes leading reproductive justice and maternal and child health advocates, community and reproductive health practitioners, and experts in health care operations.

Dr. Toni Bond, PhD

Community Engagement Director

Dr. Bond is a womanist ethicist and reproductive justice expert who has worked on issues of reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice for over 30 years. Dr. Bond was one of the twelve Black women who gave birth to the concept of “Reproductive Justice” in 1994, creating a paradigm shift in how Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) would add their collective voices to the fight for reproductive autonomy and freedom. In 1994, Dr. Bond was the first Black woman appointed to serve as the executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund. In 1996, she co-founded and led the first Black women’s reproductive justice organization in the country, Black Women for Reproductive Justice. She holds a BA in Women and Gender Studies from DePaul University, and a PhD in religion, ethics, and society from the Claremont School of Theology.

Ray Jorgensen, MS

Financial Performance Director

Ray is a serial healthcare entrepreneur and business advisor with a passion for women’s rights. He is a sought-after speaker and consultant who has authored scores of articles and several books related to coding, billing and reimbursement with a focus on non-profit healthcare and serving marginalized populations. Ray is an avid fitness enthusiast, performing vocalist/guitarist, and golfer. Ray holds a BA from The College of the Holy Cross and a MS in management from Northeastern University.​

Meg Lassar, MSW

Strategy & Fundraising Advisor​

Meg has devoted her career to promoting women’s health through philanthropy and strategy development. She began her career at NARAL Pro-Choice America where she worked on proactive reproductive health policy. Since then, she has held leadership positions with Bright Pink and with Planned Parenthood of Illinois. She has also spent several years as a philanthropic advisor to high net-worth families. Meg received her master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and her BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan.​

Kristie Monast, MS Ed​

Reproductive Health Training Director

Kristie’s personal mission is to create a culture that is inclusive of and centered around positive sexuality awareness and high-quality equitable healthcare delivery. She is the former Executive Director of Midwest Access Project—a Chicago-based non-profit dedicated to filling reproductive healthcare gaps in medical education and clinical training. As a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Kristie brings decades of sexuality education and training experience, having worked with clients such as Planned Parenthood, the Illinois Caucus of Adolescent Health, and GLSEN. Kristie also brings years of experience in direct reproductive health care delivery, having served as a health center manager and clinical trainer for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Kristie received her BS from Russell Sage College and her MS in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania.​

Sameen Qadir, MPH

Quality and Implementation Advisor

Sameen is a public health professional who is passionate about reproductive health, especially family planning and improving access to contraceptives. She has several years of experience in both the nonprofit and academic sectors. She has previously worked at the Guttmacher Institute in New York City, the Contraceptive Choice Center at Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Chicago. Sameen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and received her Master of Public Health from Columbia University.​

Jasmin Sanchez, MPH

Performance & Evaluation Coordinator

Jasmin has devoted her career to advancing research on how social structures and determinants contribute to the health of marginalized groups. She is passionate about social justice issues and women’s reproductive rights. While in college, she co-founded a virtual campaign that raised awareness of microaggressions on campus and advocated for the importance of retaining students of color and first-generation students at a predominantly white institution. Jasmin continues to pay it forward by mentoring first generation college students and serving as a mentor with Girlz FTW. Jasmin holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Kai Tao, ND, MPH, CNM​

Principal, Impact & Innovation

Kai is a career women’s health provider with extensive experience in maternal, child, and reproductive health policy, programs and clinical operations. In 2018, Kai founded Juno4Me— an inclusive, user-friendly digital platform that connects patients with trusted, highly skilled contraceptive care providers. Kai is a Certified Nurse Midwife with Northwestern Medicine’s Prentice Women’s Hospital and served as the Deputy Commissioner/ Chief Program Officer for the Chicago Department of Public Health overseeing the Maternal, Infant, Child and Adolescent Health Bureau and STI/HIV Bureau. Prior, she was the VP of Clinical Operations and Associate Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of Illinois. Under Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Kai served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Director at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services where she co-created the Illinois Family Planning Action Plan—a multi-pronged approach to increasing contraceptive access via payment reform. Kai participates in multiple perinatal health committees, is currently an active voting member for the Illinois Medicaid Advisory Council and is a board member with Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. Kai received her Master of Science and Nursing Doctorate from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and her Master of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. ​

Katie Thiede

Executive Director

Katie is a tireless champion for women’s health. As the CEO of Bright Pink, she led the organization’s strategic growth and programmatic initiatives. As the VP of Development Planned Parenthood of Illinoi, she tripled annual philanthropic revenue, and as the Executive Director of the Chinook Fund, she worked to support grassroots social and economic justice organizations. Katie has also held leadership roles at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Rape Assistance and Awareness Program and Clean Water Action. Katie is an experienced public speaker and media spokesperson on the topic of women’s health and her remarks have been featured in such outlets as the 2018 Women’s March Chicago, USOW Galvanize, ABC7, CBSN, WBEZ, WCIU, tastytrade, and SPIT Podcast. Katie earned her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.​

Angela Townsend

Community Engagement Manager

Angela brings her lived experience as a Latinx-Afro young professional and Chicago Public Schools graduate to her work with ICAN’s Youth Advisory Board. Angela previously served as Juno4Me’s Youth Program Manager and has experience as a case manager and program coordinator for the Latin American Youth Center’s Young Parents Program. There, she facilitated workshops and created programming discussing parenting skills, healthy relationships, contraceptives, and self-care. Angela holds a BA degree from the University of Maryland.​

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