Staff and Board
Chief Executive Officer
She is a seasoned advocate and leader in social justice work with a BA in sociology and MA in political science. She has led WV FREE since 2002 when she began to earnestly expand reproductive health, rights, and justice work in her home state. She has received recognition for her work, including a “Woman of Vision” award from Gloria Steinem through the Ms. Foundation for Women. Her career has been varied, from serving in AmeriCorps, working with the Lummi Nation in Washington, to teaching Political Science in West Virginia. She deeply values working in coalition and is called upon regularly to speak around the state and country.
Margaret serves on the Groundswell Fund Advisory Board. She is also a founding member of OneKanawha, a community-based anti-oppression group, and is active in St. John’s Episcopal Church of Charleston, a parish that actively engages in social justice outreach and ministry. She is the mother to 2-year-old twins and stepmother to two teenagers.
Chief Operations Officer
She has a BS in journalism with a minor in communications from West Virginia University, where she was an athlete on the women’s track team. She came to WV FREE with over 10 years of experience in public relations, communications, marketing, branding, and outreach. She is a former Mrs. West Virginia International and dedicated a year to traveling throughout her home state to promote a positive image for West Virginia.
At WV FREE, Julie is directly involved with outreach, communications, government affairs and operations. She is the State Coordinator for Raising Women’s Voices, a co-founder of “The 100” in Charleston, a group dedicated to giving to local charitable organizations, and was a member of the Leadership West Virginia class of 2013. She resides in Charleston with her daughter.
She has over 20 years’ experience working with nonprofits in West Virginia. Though she originally received her BS in secondary education from Bluefield State College, she found her passion in nonprofit work, lending her expertise to organizations such as the WV Nurses Association, Consulting and Professional Engineers, WV Women’s Commission, and the American Heart Association.
Prior to joining the WV FREE team, Judi was part of the Bureau of Public Health’s Family Planning Program, where she worked with more than 160 clinics throughout the state to train providers and monitor compliance with Title X Family Planning Guidelines. She also worked closely with the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, sat on the “Reconnect McDowell County Program” teen pregnancy board, and was an active member of the statewide Leadership to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Task Force.
WISE Program Director
She received her BA in international studies from Ohio University and a MS in naturopathy from Clayton College of Natural Health. She has over a decade of experience in business, management, and professional development. Carrie-Meghan has provided professional development on 21st century education, global studies, and STEM topics, helping to found a satellite branch of Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab at Marshall University’s June Harless Center. She is a DONA-certified birth doula and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC).
Carrie-Meghan is passionate about choices in childbirth and providing women with evidenced-based information to make the best choices for themselves and their families. She is the mother to a beautiful two-year-old son.
Director for Reproductive Health Access
She received her BA in Psychology from Lee University. Her passion for reproductive rights and justice has been a guiding force throughout her twelve years of work ranging from domestic violence prevention and support to mental health counseling. At WV FREE, Anduwyn leads multiple programs, including the Comprehensive Pregnancy Options referrals training, the “Love Your Birth Control” initiative, and trains school teachers to teach comprehensive sex education through the WISE program. She also takes a leadership role in helping WV FREE implement its commitment to self-care and undoing racism. Anduwyn collaborates with a variety of health and community organizations to ensure quality and accessible reproductive health exists for women and families in West Virginia. Anduwyn serves on the board of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care and was the first person in West Virginia awarded a CoreAlign Fellowship. In her free time, Anduwyn skates with West Virginia Roller Derby under her alter ego “WonderWyn”.
She received her BBA in marketing from Marshall University, her MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University, and is currently studying towards her MAJ in New Media from Marshall University. She has always cared about reproductive justice and how much of an impact reproductive freedom can have on everyone. She got involved with WV FREE as an intern, then completed two fellowships with WV FREE before joining the staff full time.
When she’s not working, Katie is also passionate about animal rescue and loves going to rock shows.
Before Elijah accepted the position of Office Assistant, he did contract work and volunteered with us for almost four years. His experience with WV FREE is impressive – he has participated in several door canvasses, logged hundreds of hours of voter outreach by phone banking, and tabled at multiple community events. Elijah has also helped with special events, and a variety of other organizational activities.
His commitment to the mission of WV FREE is evident in both his enthusiasm and the quality of his work. In his spare time, Elijah likes to watch movies, read anything that is horror or mystery-related, and spend time with his family and friends.
He Received his BA in English from West Virginia State University, where he also studied sociology and history. For the past four years prior to joining WV Free, he had taught in Hampshire County’s schools, where he worked extensively in education and systemic support. Charlie is passionate about advocacy and social justice, and aims to use his skills and experience to promote reproductive justice and information in ways that are both fact-based and empathetic.
Outside of his work, Charlie loves film, comics, and the paranormal, enjoys playing video and tabletop games, and writes.
He received both his MA in Communication Studies and his BA in English from Marshall University. Prior to joining the FREE team, Gates held an internship with CONTACT Huntington Inc., a rape crisis center whose work and mission stoked the fires of social justice and women’s health advocacy that had been burning in his heart for years. It was this drive and passion that eventually lead him to WVFREE’s door, and the rest, as they say, is history. In his role as the WVFREE Outreach Coordinator, Gates aims to use his skills and experience to inspire others to join the fight for reproductive health, rights, and justice.
Gates is an avid horror enthusiast and cinephile, with a general fondness for monsters, dinosaurs, and all things spooky. When not serving his state through any official capacity, he can generally be found binging horror media, foraging for skulls and flowers, or snuggling his dog Enola.
He was born and raised in southern West Virginia. He earned a BA in history from Yale, where his senior essay on the history of gay and lesbian life in West Virginia won the LGBT studies department prize. After college, Bradley was the first executive director of the statewide LGBT advocacy organization, Fairness WV. His work there with folks in need from around the state showed him how powerful a well-trained and compassionate primary care physician can be to communities in need, and he decided to become a doctor himself.
He graduated from the West Virginia University School of Medicine, where he was president of the LGBT student group and a founding member and president of the Medical Students for Choice chapter. He is now a resident physician in family medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.
She is a nonprofit professional with over 15 years experience working with social justice organizations in the areas of advocacy, fundraising, communications, and development. She currently serves as Director of Development and Communications for a statewide civil legal services agency.
She has been a volunteer and advocate for women’s and reproductive rights since college, and says her interest is rooted in the experience of being raised by a teen mother, and seeing firsthand how few resources are available to assist single and working mothers. She cites increasing hostility toward reproductive freedom as the catalyst to her joining the WV Free Board, and she looks forward to actively promoting the organization and its goals during her term.
She is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of West Virginia, where she represents the Department of Health and Human Resources. Mindy is a former Legal Aid attorney, prosecutor, and Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia writ clerk who has practiced law for ten years.
When Mindy isn’t flexing on the law, she is a competitive roller derby player, a dachshund enthusiast, and stigmatophile with a pizza dagger tattoo.
Born and raised in Chicago, she graduated from University of Illinois where she studied engineering and human science. After university, Mary spent 2 years in a small village in central Honduras honing her Spanish and working with midwives and community health workers as a Peace Corps volunteer. Towards the end of her commitment in El Suyatal , Mary made the decision to become a doctor, deciding that an MD could work anywhere in the world and do the most good.
She graduated from Loyola Stritch school of medicine in 2007 and completed her residency at a small hospital on Chicago’s west side, serving primarily undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America. During her residency, Mary met Peter Wentzel, the love of her life and fellow family doctor, at a meeting for Single Payer healthcare in Washington DC. Peter assured Mary that there was a need in West Virginia for doctors that treat the whole human, regardless of their social status. Mary has been working as a family physician in Newburg and Rowlesburg for over 7 years with Preston Taylor Community Health Centers. She specializes in women’s health and is currently the only doctor in Preston County providing contraception under the state’s Family Planning program. Mary has also worked at Preston High School providing sex education to the students. Now the mother of three dynamite little humans, Mary splits her time between Morgantown and the family farm in Aurora, where her brood loves cross country skiing, canoeing in the Cheat River and hiking around this beautiful state.
For over a decade she has been the Research Director at the Affiliated Construction Trades (ACT). Before joining ACT Lesly spent ten years in the legal field with an emphasis on labor and disability law. After obtaining an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Marshall University, Lesly became the head of ACT’s research department supporting member construction trades unions. She also acts as a workers’ compensation advocate for injured building trades members.
Lesly has served on the board of WV FREE for 15 years and is deeply committed to reproductive justice for WV women and families and tries to serve as a vocal advocate for WV FREE’s mission and programs. She lives in Charleston with her husband Larry and daughter Sophia.
She serves as Communications Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. She works to foster an environment of increased understanding and collaboration on budget and economic issues among citizens, partners and legislators through strategic communications.
Caitlin is a native of Charleston and brings business and public outreach experience to her role. She holds a B. A. in Journalism and a B. A. in Philosophy from Youngstown State University.