New Members of AccessMatters’ Board of Directors

AccessMatters is pleased to welcome these new members of the Board of Directors:

Patience Ajoff-Foster is the Executive Director for Diversity & Inclusive Culture, Drexel University. Patience has worked with community-based and non-profit organizations in local communities here in the U.S. and in a couple of countries in Africa. This work has been in a consultative capacity, leadership, training, and service-based. Patience’s expertise is in nonprofit/nongovernmental organizational leadership, organizational development and change, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, and personal commitment to a just society.

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.

Amy Confair is the Asst. Director of Community Engaged Research and Practice at Temple Univ. College of Public Health. Amy’s main goal of community engagement is to dismantle systems that lead to inequity and improve the impact of research, policy, and practice by connecting the community with researchers and decision makers. Amy’s background is in sexual and reproductive health and creating a supportive society for health and equity. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in program evaluation and community engagement, especially academic-community partnerships. 

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.

Kevin Jordan graduated from the Fox School of Business at Temple University with a major in marketing and a minor in real estate. He is a realtor at Addison Wolfe Real Estate and works in the service industry as well. Beyond marketing and sales, Kevin is an activist. He cares deeply about combating climate change and advocating for both human and animal rights. In his free time, Kevin enjoys hiking, performing in drag, traveling, and attending musical events.

Matthew Ray is the Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder of ChatterBlast Media. Matthew has unique experience in digital communications specific to helping progressive causes reach their core audiences and grow empathy in new or unfriendly audiences. Matthew has worked closely with many members of state and local politics, and has an extensive network of contacts in communications offices in those arenas. He is also a current Board Member of the Pennsylvania Prison Society.

James C. Wadley, PhD, is a sexuality educator, counselor, and therapist and has been an activist and advocate in the field of mental health for 25 years. Dr. Wadley, an American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)-Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor, currently serves as the Chair of Counseling and Human Services at Lincoln University and has extensive experience working with transhistorically oppressed communities addressing social justice issues and the construction of race and other identities. Dr. Wadley is a published expert and leads the publication of the Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships and is a frequent guest on radio. He is a member of the Society of Therapists and Researchers and currently serves as a senior advisor and board member for several other organizations.

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.”

Matthew I. Whitehorn is a Partner at DilworthPaxson LLP. In addition to advising clients on employee benefits/ERISA and other tax issues at Dilworth, Matt leads the pro bono efforts of one of the most well-known law firms in Philadelphia. This role is a passion and one that Matt has enjoyed for more than 20 years. Matt cares deeply about access to healthcare, and in particular, to giving a voice to underrepresented and underserved people with critical health issues. Over the years, Matt has served on many Board Committee’s, currently as Finance Committee member of the Philadelphia VIP- pro bono legal services agency.

Michele Wilson is a Retired Pediatrician and Retired Adolescent Medicine Physician. Michele has over 20 years of experience caring for patients. While working at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, many patients experienced trauma. Michele committed to being anti-racist and trauma informed. Michele’s expertise is in clinical care working with teenagers, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, health educators, social workers, psychologist and others to provide quality services to all patients. Seeing the best in each individual are important principles for Michele.

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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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