Margaret Chapman Pomponio
Before Margaret joined WV FREE in 2002, she had a varied career, from serving two terms in AmeriCorps, to working with the Lummi Nation in Washington, waiting tables, and teaching Women and Politics at Western Washington University. When she returned to her native Mountain State, she landed at WV FREE and began to earnestly expand reproductive health, rights, and justice work in her home state.
Under Margaret’s leadership, WV FREE has successfully expanded its staff and reach, and has experienced significant victories for reproductive health rights and justice policy throughout the state and at every level of government in a very challenging political climate. No stranger to fighting battles uphill, Margaret knows that advocacy for reproductive rights, racial, gender, and economic justice is best done in partnership. She deeply values working in coalition and lifting up new leaders to build power for transformative social change.
Because Margaret is dedicated to making West Virginia a welcoming place where everyone can live with dignity and have the resources they need to have fulfilling lives, she serves on the board of West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry. She is also a member of the West Virginia Lawyer Disciplinary Review Board, and is active in St. John’s Episcopal Church of Charleston, a parish that is committed to social justice outreach and ministry. She is mom to busy young twins and stepmom to two fantastic young people. She and her family enjoy travel adventures near and far.
Director of Programs
Sarah is a lifelong feminist, builder of bridges, and disruptor to the status quo. As a skilled fundraiser, program director, and community connector, she believes our stories build our communities and create the changes we long to see.
Having a passion for equity and justice, she joined WV FREE in 2023, bringing with her the grit and determination one earns when forced to build and advocate for the support you and your loved ones need, along with a BA in Organizational Leadership and Development, and an AS in Small Business Management.
Sarah serves on the Boards of Putman Pride and Vandalia Community School- Charleston area’s first microschool- and is an active member of the G.L.A.M. Gala planning committee; an annual fundraiser benefiting WV youth in foster and kinship care. The work she is most proud of is her leadership and advocacy work for WV children and families affected by autism, which she still engages in through educational advancement and support initiatives. Sarah is a proud union wife, and the mother of three beautiful children ages 2,5, and 13.
Voter Engagement Organizer
WV FREE and Fairness-WV are excited to formally join forces through the fabulous Yvonne Lee-Long. Yvonne is a pursuing a PhD from Walden University in family intervention and preservation, and she is an adjunct professor at West Virginia State University’s Social Work Department. She is originally from California, but came to West Virginia to pursue a career in social work. She is dedicated to uplifting marginalized people and building community power to achieve change.
As the voter engagement organizer, Yvonne works to register voters and to increase civic engagement. Additionally, at WV FREE, Yvonne will be using her talents to bolster our referrals and Love Your Birth Control programs as well.
In her spare time, she enjoys being a mother to five beautiful children and one grand daughter.
Hannah recently graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. After spending a year working at the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia as a Telephone Counselor, Hannah found a drive and passion to continue working in the repro world. During her final year of college in Columbus, Ohio, she helped organize multiple social justice actions covering a range of issues such as housing crisis, police brutality, and of course abortion access.
Hannah loves to spend her free time cooking and dancing (as a collective task) and hanging out with friends and her cat Salem. Hannah is very excited to re-enter the reproductive justice world as WV FREE’s outreach organizer and excited to gain more knowledge and connections to expand and defend reproductive access in the Mountain State.