Chairperson, Barbara Colt
Secretary, Emma Gauthier
Treasurer, April Ruedaflores
Meet the TWP Staff
Emily 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. Emily also sits on The Womxn Project Education Fund’s board of directors to utilize the power of art to shift conversations while connecting the two organizations.
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 also sits on The Womxn Project Education Fund’s board of directors to utilize the power of art to shift conversations while connecting the two organizations.
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.
DL Helfer is non-binary, and in general avoids boxes which traps them into “this” or “that.” Instead, they search for possibility, for deeper truths, and share those glimmers of possibility with others. They hail from Southern California but now call Providence, RI home.
Liz Homsy is a Syrian-American civil rights, criminal defense, and election law attorney in Chicago. A lifelong activist, Liz attended the UIC-John Marshall Law School in her home town and quickly found her way into the advocacy work she has always wanted to do. Liz currently manages a case load that includes representation in all manner of legal issues, including protester defense work, representation in ballot challenges for progressive candidates, asylum work, and more. Liz is currently one of the Plaintiffs attorneys in Chicagoans v. City of Chicago (1:18-cv-04242), a lawsuit that seeks to end the Chicago Police Department’s unconstitutional policies and practices related to their Gang Database. She is thrilled to continue her work with the incredible and talented womxn that make up the Womxn Project!
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.
Emily Olson is a writer, editor and educator who has lived in Rhode Island for more than a decade. She’s managed or been involved with several local arts-related publications, including Motif magazine, Ave. magazine and Chazan! Unfiltered, a biographical graphic novel, which was written and illustrated by local artists. She also is an educator at RIMOSA and leads local Tinkergarten sessions at Slater Park in Pawtucket.
Jennifer Rourke is a mother and activist who has been fighting for the most marginalized for years. She grew up in low-income housing to teenage parents, and went on to graduate with a degree in Healthcare Management.
April Ruedaflores is an Integrated Marketing Communications Lead for Signify, where she has the responsibility of managing the Marcom and Digital Marketing team for the US division. Over the past few years, April has been an activity member of the DEI and Unidos communities within Signify and has had numerous speaking engagements to help enable women and Latinas to reach their full potential. Having a love for family, friends and travel, April embraces challenges as they come and lives every day to the fullest.
Ogechukwu “Oge” Uwanaka was born in Nigeria and raised in the Bronx, New York. She attended Williams College in Williamstown, MA for her undergraduate degree and majored in Biology. She went on to complete her medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA where she took a special interest in women’s health and learning how to care for underserved populations. She is currently a resident physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brown University/Woman & Infants Hospital in Providence, RI. Her impetus for building a career around caring for underserved populations is grounded in her personal experiences growing up in different neighborhoods in the Bronx. She hopes to ultimately build a career as a physician advocate and help carve out spaces for traditionally neglected populations in healthcare. Through intimate and purposeful patient connections, she plans to address issues of health equity, reproductive rights, and disparate race-based maternal outcomes.
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