Beth Braganca Bell is an illustrator and graphic designer born and raised in Rhode Island. She came back after training at Mass Art. She is living, working and raising twin daughters with her husband in Providence as the co-owner and art director of Embee Studio, a multimedia production house. Beth was drawn to the mission and methods of The Womxn Project using art as a universal language to inspire dialogue and as a tool for social justice. She helped to create much of the imagery for the campaign to pass the RPA and continues to work alongside other artists at TWP to magnify and strengthen the message of health, justice and liberation through art.
Emily Mae Boucher is an artist and an educator. She keeps Womxn Project activists inspired and ready for action with her optimism, energy and sense of humor. Emily is motivated by learning, imaginative problem solving, and human interaction. As the “attention fairy” during the 2019 session, Emily helped to produce educational videos at the State House to help keep people updated and encourage them to get engaged to help pass the RPA. She is excited to keep up that infectious spirit as we continue to move a bold agenda for change.
Tammy Brown is a life-long Rhode Islander dedicated to making the state a better and more just place to live. She is a theatre-maker whose work runs the gamut from activist social justice-oriented art pieces to Shakespeare productions and human statues. Tammy helps to lead The Womxn Project’s ARTivist efforts to utilize the power of art to shift conversations.
Barbara Colt is a longtime advocate and activist promoting true equality for women including comprehensive reproductive health care. Former Board chair of the R.I. Women’s Political Caucus and Planned Parenthood of R.I. Board member, Women’s Development Corp. and former Executive Director of the R.I. Community Health Center Association.
Jocelyn Foye, a Connecticut native brings her artistic training and experience as a contemporary feminist sculptor and design professor to the movement. Jocelyn is presently the Marketing and Design Lead for the Oakland-based software company, Crow Canyon Software, working out of the Wakefield office. She is a recipient of the 2014 NEA and City of Long Beach, CA Arts Grant and the prestigious Emerging Visual Artist fellow with the California Community Foundation. In addition to being the director of TWP and The Womxn Project Education Fund, Jocelyn is involved with the Hera Gallery, the fifth oldest woman-initiated art space in America, the not-for-profit Providence Biennial, as well as a Girl Scout troop leader for her daughter.
Jordan Hevenor (on leave), a native of Washington state believes her rural upbringing gives her a deep understanding of the intersection of public policy with people’s everyday lives. She has brought this personal connection to policy-making work as a Congressional staffer, a Presidential campaign organizer, campaign manager, and an issue advocate. As a board member of The Womxn Project, she helps to shape the legislative agenda and voter engagement efforts.
Deb Kopech started her career as an assistant to an executive in New York City. She eventually worked her way to becoming a management executive and later serving as a Human Resources Director for a Rhode Island school district. She and her husband of more than 40 years raised their three children with the value of social justice and the importance of gender and racial equality, the need to be compassionate for those with less than they need and to always donate to causes and organizations that supported issues they care about. Deb is an active member of the South County Huddle.
Daria-Lyric Montaquila was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island where she still is an avid activist and community organizer. Her chief responsibility is coordinating community outreach for the Rhode Island People’s History Museum and The Collective, based in Peacedale, RI. She first began engagement with The Womxn Project during her senior year at the University Rhode Island and has since been an active supporter. Graduating in 2018 with a BFA in acting, when she is not advocating for policy change, she spends her time performing with local theater companies and her goal is to combine community outreach with the arts.
Caroline Jackson Morgan is a social worker from Arkansas. She and her family moved to Rhode Island in the summer of 2017. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, 5 o’clock wine, naps, and cats. Caroline has acted as the volunteer lobbyist for the Womxn Project since January 2018. She enjoys helping people understand the policy process and getting shit done at the State House (RPA 2019!). Caroline recently received a citation award from US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for her volunteer, political and social justice advocacy work.
Stephanie Olarte is a first-generation American and proud daughter of a Colombian Immigrant. Stephanie was born and raised in Rhode Island where she acts as the RI State Program Coordinator for the Hispanic Federation where she develops programs to uplift and empower the Latinx community. Stephanie is the Founder and Executive Director of Caneiwalk, an organization that seeks to empower youth with disabilities and provide opportunities for leadership development.
Janie Seguí Rodriguez holds a master’s degree in community development from Roger Williams University. She manages the operations of a tri-state middle school career exploration program; co-founded Parents Leading for Educational Equity (PLEE), a parent-led, grassroots organization with a mission to fight for the voice of parents in education decision-making. She is an educator, community organizer, and political candidate.
Jennifer Rourke is an activist and leader who calls Warwick home. A mother to four children, she has been fighting to give a voice to the most marginalized communities for many years. Growing up in low-income housing and to teenage parents, she was taught to always fight for those that are often ignored. She received her degree in Healthcare Management.