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The Team

 
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President: Hilary Levey Friedman

Hilary Levey Friedman was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan—and she’s lived from coast to coast since then—but she’s thrilled to call the amazing state of Rhode Island her home now (and to raise her two young boys here). She holds degrees from Harvard, University of Cambridge, and Princeton University. She’s trained as a sociologist and teaches courses on out-of-school learning and sports in the Education Department at Brown University. 

Hilary is very civically engaged. In addition to her work with RI NOW she also serves on the Public Policy Committee of the United Way of Rhode Island and as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children. 

She’s written a book called Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competition Culture, about elementary school-aged kids who compete in afterschool activities (like chess, dance, and soccer). She’s currently working on her second book, tentatively titled Here She Is: Beauty Pageants and the American Woman. 

In her “spare” time, she reads anything and everything and is a Bravoholic.

 

 
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Vice-President: Emily Crowell

Emily Crowell is a born and raised Rhode Islander. She attended St. Mary’s Academy Bay View and went on to graduate from the University of Rhode Island with a double major in Political Science and Natural Resource Conservation and minors in Art and English. After college she worked for U.S. Senator Jack Reed as a Field Representative before leaving the federal office to work as Field and Outreach Manager for his successful 2014 campaign. As of January 2015, Emily has worked for Mayor Jorge Elorza and currently serves as his Director of Communications. Emily is also a serves on the boards of the Downtown Improvement District and Styleweek NorthEast. Specializing in strategic communications and outreach, Emily spends most of her free time reading the news and exploring new ways to use new media to reach large audiences.  

 

 

Secretary: Laura Costa

I have been a RI NOW board member for 15 years because I believe everyone should have the right to live a life free from ingrained prejudices and inequities. More than half the world's people bear these unnecessary burdens every day and I believe in working, with others, toward a day when all people can be who they are without judgment or discrimination.

 

 
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Treasurer: Jessica Mayernik

Jessica Mayernik is a New Yorker originally, but made her way to Rhode Island when she attended the University of Rhode Island where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics. During her time in school, she discovered her passion for advocacy and intersectional gender equity. She spent a semester working as a program coordinator for a Veteran’s rights advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. She was also an intern for the Rhode Island Democratic Party and a fellow for Hillary for America in 2016. For her senior capstone, she researched and presented about reproductive justice on college campuses.

Since 2017, she has been working at the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training as a performance analyst and grant advisor. In her free time, Jess can be found at yoga, or listening to one of her favorite political podcasts or the Hamilton soundtrack. 

 

 

Communications Chair: Brittanny Taylor

Brittanny Taylor is born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. She attended Classical High School and graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Film Studies.

She is a fashion and lifestyle photographer who has worked all over New York, Boston, and Providence for the past nine years. She also co-founded The Branding Edit, a boutique visual storytelling studio that specializes in helping passionate entrepreneurs refine their brand, expand their presence online & off, and connect on a deeper level with their audience.

She has been on The Lady Project team for four years, starting off as photographer for the PVD chapter and is currently serving as COO for Lady Project Org. 

She uses her photography and social media platform to be vocal on issues of race and equality in her community.

 

 

Communications Chair: Alex Mirrer

Alex Mirrer is a student from the Creative Capital, more commonly known as Providence, Rhode Island. She loves exploring the written word and has had her poetry published in the Mizmor L'David Anthology and the Rare Byrd Review. Alex volunteers her time as a teaching assistant in a 5th grade English class, as well as volunteering as a peer editor for other students' work. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of Communications on the board of the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Women and runs the RI NOW Instagram page that she started in late 2018 (@ri_now). Her passion is increasing youth involvement in the women's movement. 

 

 
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Legislative Co-CHAIR: Gail Harvey

I am a born and bred New Yorker. Before moving to RI in 2000 we lived in Brooklyn where we raised our twin daughters and my husband and I worked for publishing firms. In my spare time I was very active in my Brooklyn neighborhood, serving on PTAs and neighborhood organizations. 

We moved to RI in 2000 and in January 2007 I went back to college to obtain my undergraduate degree attending URI, mostly at the Providence campus.  I graduated in 2013 with double major in History and Gender & Women’s Studies. I became active in RI NOW in the spring of 2012 when I first testified for women’s reproductive rights.  As a volunteer lobbyist for RI NOW I feel very energized by these activities and believe fighting for social justice is a fight that we all must be engaged in

 

 
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Legislative Co-CHAIR: Emma Gauthier

Emma Gauthier is a recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she majored in journalism and English and completed a minor in political science. She held several leadership roles both on and off campus. In 2017, she served as the Editor in Chief of the URI newspaper, The Good 5 Cent Cigar, where she routinely covered women’s issues affecting the URI community. She also was a diligent member of the URI Paranormal Society, and as a senior, was the Legislative Committee Chair for the Rhode Island Student Collaborative, a cross-campus organization dedicated to combatting campus sexual assault. 

Through covering activism and sexual assault as a journalist, Emma found her own passion for activism and politics. She is proud to have marched alongside her family in Washington, D.C. at the Women’s March, and regularly attends marches and protests. In her last semester at URI, she interned for Lt. Governor Dan McKee’s re-election campaign, and upon her graduation in May, Emma moved to Providence to join the campaign as the Associate Director of Communications. She also works for her alma mater as a writer in the Communications Office. 

 

 
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Membership co-chair: Andre Davis

A lifelong Rhode Islander, Volunteer Coordinator "Dre" was born and raised on the south side of Providence. Raised in a large matriarchal family which emphasized the equality of gender roles, and the uplifting of women, the seeds of feminism were planted early. A member of NOW since 2014, Dre has been the lone male on the RI NOW board since 2015 and strives to see that woc/trans issues are centered within outreach efforts. When not immersed in RI NOW activities, Dre works as a counselor for mentally/physically disabled individuals and is also a writer.

 

 
 

 

Membership co-chair: Alana dimario

Alana DiMario is a Massachusetts native who made Rhode Island her home in 2000. She graduated from Wells College with a degree in Psychology, completed a Masters of Clinical Psychology degree from Bridgewater State University, and is currently a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Alana worked for several years with agencies in Providence focusing on providing treatment for underserved populations and helping families stay together. Through this work with caregivers and children, she became passionate about helping families get off to the best possible start. Since 2010 Alana has focused on supporting expectant and new parents in her private therapy practice in North Kingstown and through community-based groups. For many years she has worked on building local coalitions around issues that affect children and families and helping connect people to community resources. In 2018, Alana took the leap into a more public political life when she ran in the Democratic Primary for State Senate District 36. Though she didn't win (this time!), that leap connected her to organizations like RI NOW where she is eager to help bring more people in to support their mission of equality and equity for women. Alana lives in Narragansett with her husband Eric, her children Leo, Sam, and Morgan, and her dog Wakefield. 

 

 

EVENTS co- Chair: Sophia Pavlos

Sophia is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University, where she specializes in feminist philosophies of power, with a particular focus on the intersections of race, class and gender. She received my B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Her dissertation research centers on sexual politics and deconstructing entrenched narratives about female existential eroticism.

 

 
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Events Co-chair: Lilia Kirtley Holt

Lilia Kirtley Holt was born and raised in Providence. She attended Classical High School, has a Masters in Business Administration from Simmons College and a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Suffolk University. She currently works in business development for an investment management company in Boston and has previously worked at Perkins School for the Blind, Boston Children’s Hospital, and GMO LLC. Lilia volunteers at the Sojourner House in Rhode Island, helping raise funds for services and resources that support victims of sexual and domestic violence. Lilia has always been passionate about engaging and advocating for her community. She currently lives in Providence with her husband, Ryan, dog, Stella, and two cats, Cleo and Silvio.