AccessMatters is pleased to welcome four new Board members to the 2021 Board of Directors: Danna Casserly, Katherine Ensler, Natasha Graves, and Teneshia Washington.

Danna Casserly is the Director of Development and Communications at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP). Danna has committed herself to following a career path that focuses on advancing the rights of low-income people and other oppressed populations including women and people with disabilities. As a trained attorney, Danna lends her expertise to support a multitude of efforts. She sits on the Advisory Council for PA Families Need Nurses Now (PAFNNN) and is also a member of the Imagine Different Coalition. Working to eradicate inequity in access to healthcare is one of Danna’s top priorities in life.
Katherine Ensler is an Assistant Federal Defender for the Federal Defender’s Office in Philadelphia. Through her work, Katherine understands how access to health and social services can improve cross-disciplinary outcomes for people served. Katherine is committed to anti-racist work professionally and personally by prioritizing engagement with implicit bias and highlighting the inequities in the criminal justice system.
Natasha Graves has experience in teaching, public health, health education, direct service, policy, and health advocacy. She has worked in public health and also interacted with the healthcare system personally. Natasha values her professional and personal connections to a large chronic illness and disability patient and activist community. She hopes to bring these connections to the Board since these communities are often overlooked when it comes to accessing sexual and reproductive health services.
Teneshia Washington is a member of Temple University’s Administration Office. Teneshia’s lived experience helps her connect to under-served and marginalized people and communities. She brings with her a background of non-profit work and community engagement. Teneshia has worked with several non-profit boards and committees, including: Physicians for Social Responsibility, Friends Child Care Center, The Friends Center Corporation, BeautifullyTrans, and others. She also helped to start BeautifullyTrans.org, “which brought light to the increased violence and murders of persons of Trans experience.”

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Their unique perspectives, along with their professional and personal experience, are critical to bringing new ideas and leadership to help the Board of Directors further support AccessMatters to achieve its mission.  

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