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Margaret Chapman Pomponio


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.

Carrie-Meghan Quick-Blanco



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 evidence-based information to make the best choices for themselves and their families. She is the mother to a beautiful five-year-old son.


Ripley Varela 🇨🇺💀👻👽🎞️🎮


Programs Coordinator

Ripley Varela is the Programs Coordinator of WV FREE, where they have been working since 2019 in reproductive justice, sexual health, and all manner of other forms of social justice that tie into these. In their work with WV FREE, Ripley provides public education and trainings as well as technical assistance and resources – all in support of different organizations and sites, from clinics to schools and everything in between. Ripley has also been an active member of the Advocates Of Color Network since 2019, and a co-chair for the organization since 2020, where they work with others across the state to address racial inequity and injustice and work towards support for people of color. They have given presentations for West Virginia’s students on behalf of WV FREE, and their work on developing digital trainings during the Covid-19 pandemic has been acknowledged by national partners to where they gave training to people across the country on how to effectively do so. Ripley is passionate about advocacy and social justice and aims to use their skills and experience to promote reproductive justice and information in ways that are both fact-based and empathetic.

They received their BA in English from West Virginia State University, where they also studied sociology and history, and taught in Hampshire County, West Virginia’s schools for four years prior to joining WV FREE. Outside of their work, Ripley loves film, comics, the paranormal, enjoys playing video and tabletop games, and makes blackout art.


Brandy Love 🌈🎵


Executive Coordinator
Brandy Love’s background is eclectic and demonstrates her compassion, entrepreneurialism, and commitment to all causes for justice. She has worked with multiple nonprofits that support her values. Brandy has also worked in the West Virginia legislature, where her passion for supporting LGBTQ civil rights, poverty and crisis advocacy, animal welfare, and criminal justice reform was her dedicated work, and she has continued this work beyond her time with the WV legislature. Brandy blazed trails by founding and establishing West Virginia’s first and only vehicle repair shop that was owned and operated by a woman. She also owned and operated Brendle Studios, a full service event business managed entirely by women. When she’s not busy trying to change the world for the better, Brandy loves spending time with her family and friends, and she also enjoys singing and playing her cello.


Haley Gibson


Outreach Organizer
Haley received her BA in Communication Studies and a minor in Public Relations from West Virginia University. She is passionate about a range of things, from reproductive justice, to spending quality time with her friends and family. She finds reproductive justice very important since it is still a stigma in rural areas, such as her hometown. She hopes to spread positivity about reproductive health, and social justice in general. She is excited to work for her home state to help grow empathy, acceptance, and support from fellow West Virginians.

Haley loves to spend her free time with her rescue cat, Virgo, watching movies, and traveling to see her college friends in their hometowns.

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