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Juno4Me is proud to call Chicago home. Juno4Me brings you Birth Control that Works in Chicago, The City that Works. Illinois supports your right to contraception and has a large network of trusted, high quality providers that specialize in birth control. We also love deep dish.
MEET THE TEAM
Dr. Toni Bond, PhDCommunity Engagement Director
Dr. Bond is a womanist ethicist and reproductive justice expert who has worked on issues of reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice for over 30 years. Dr. Bond was one of the twelve Black women who gave birth to the concept of “Reproductive Justice” in 1994, creating a paradigm shift in how Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) would add their collective voices to the fight for reproductive autonomy and freedom. In 1994, Dr. Bond was the first Black woman appointed to serve as the executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund. In 1996, she co-founded and led the first Black women’s reproductive justice organization in the country, Black Women for Reproductive Justice. She holds a BA in Women and Gender Studies from DePaul University, and a PhD in religion, ethics, and society from the Claremont School of Theology.
Ray Jorgenson, MSFinancial Performance Director
Ray is a serial healthcare entrepreneur and business advisor with a passion for women’s rights. He is a sought-after speaker and consultant who has authored scores of articles and several books related to coding, billing and reimbursement with a focus on non-profit healthcare and serving marginalized populations. Ray is an avid fitness enthusiast, performing vocalist/guitarist, and golfer. Ray holds a BA from The College of the Holy Cross and a MS in management from Northeastern University.
Meg Lassar, MSWStrategy & Fundraising Advisor
Meg has devoted her career to promoting women’s health through philanthropy and strategy development. She began her career at NARAL Pro-Choice America where she worked on proactive reproductive health policy. Since then, she has held leadership positions with Bright Pink and with Planned Parenthood of Illinois. She has also spent several years as a philanthropic advisor to high net-worth families. Meg received her master's degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and her BA in Women's Studies from the University of Michigan.
Kristie Monast, MS EdReproductive Health Training Director
Kristie’s personal mission is to create a culture that is inclusive of and centered around positive sexuality awareness and high-quality equitable healthcare delivery. She is the former Executive Director of Midwest Access Project—a Chicago-based non-profit dedicated to filling reproductive healthcare gaps in medical education and clinical training. As a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Kristie brings decades of sexuality education and training experience, having worked with clients such as Planned Parenthood, the Illinois Caucus of Adolescent Health, and GLSEN. Kristie also brings years of experience in direct reproductive health care delivery, having served as a health center manager and clinical trainer for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Kristie received her BS from Russel Sage College and her MS in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sameen Qadir, MPHQuality Assurance Advisor
Sameen is a public health professional who is passionate about reproductive health, especially family planning and improving access to contraceptives. She has several years of experience in both the nonprofit and academic sectors. She has previously worked at the Guttmacher Institute in New York City, the Contraceptive Choice Center at Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Chicago. Sameen graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Cornell University and received her Master of Public Health from Columbia University.
Alena RooneyPolicy & Community Engagement Intern
Alena is a recent high school graduate currently on a gap year before starting as an undergrad at Smith College, where she plans to major in the Study of Women and Gender. Her interest in social justice and reproductive issues led to her completing her high school senior project on “the Evolution of Discourse on Abortion,” where she spent a year researching the complex history of abortion politics in the United States. With a passion for research and social collaboration, Alena is excited to have the opportunity to spend her gap year aiding ICAN’s policy and community engagement work!
Jasmin Sanchez, MPHPerformance & Evaluation Coordinator
Jasmin has devoted her career to advancing research on how social structures and determinants contribute to the health of marginalized groups. She is passionate about social justice issues and women's reproductive rights. While in college, she co-founded a virtual campaign that raised awareness of microaggressions on campus and advocated for the importance of retaining students of color and first-generation students at a predominantly white institution. Jasmin continues to pay it forward by mentoring first generation college students and serving as a mentor with Girlz FTW. Jasmin holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Angela TownsendCommunity Engagement Manager
Angela brings her lived experience as a Latinx-Afro young professional and Chicago Public Schools graduate to her work with ICAN’s Youth Advisory Board. Angela previously served as Juno4Me’s Youth Program Manager and has experience as a case manager and program coordinator for the Latin American Youth Center’s Young Parents Program. There, she facilitated workshops and created programming discussing parenting skills, healthy relationships, contraceptives, and self-care. Angela holds a BA degree from the University of Maryland.
Katie ThiedeExecutive Director
Katie is a tireless champion for women’s health. As the CEO of Bright Pink, she led the organization's strategic growth and programmatic initiatives. As the VP of Development Planned Parenthood of Illinois, she tripled annual philanthropic revenue, and as the Executive Director of the Chinook Fund, she worked to support grassroots social and economic justice organizations. Katie has also held leadership roles at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Rape Assistance and Awareness Program and Clean Water Action. Katie is an experienced public speaker and media spokesperson on the topic of women’s health and her remarks have been featured in such outlets as the 2018 Women’s March Chicago, USOW Galvanize, ABC7, CBSN, WBEZ, WCIU, tastytrade, and SPIT Podcast. Katie earned her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Kai Tao, ND, MPH, APN/CNMPrincipal, Impact & Innovation
Kai is a career women’s health provider with experience in maternal, child, and reproductive health policy, programs and operations. In 2018, Kai founded Juno4Me— a digital platform that connects patients with trusted, skilled contraceptive care providers. Kai is a Certified Nurse Midwife with Northwestern and served as the Deputy Commissioner/ Chief Program Officer for the Chicago Department of Public Health overseeing the Maternal, Infant, Child and Adolescent Health Bureau and STI/HIV Bureau. Prior, she was the VP of Clinical Operations & Associate Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of Illinois. Kai served as a Senior Policy Advisor with IL Medicaid where she co-created the Illinois Family Planning Action Plan—a multi-pronged approach to increasing contraceptive access via payment reform. Kai participates in multiple perinatal health committees, is an active voting member for the Illinois Medicaid Advisory Council and is a board member with Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. Kai received her Master of Science and Nursing Doctorate from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and her Master of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health.
Juno4Me and Twentyeight Health have launched an exciting partnership merging best practices in contraceptive care delivery from the fields of telemedicine and community health to ensure that everyone in Illinois has equitable access to birth control. Together, Juno4Me and Twentyeight Health will develop the first digital platform to directly connect patients to virtual and in-person appointments with high quality, evidence-based providers equipped to provide same-day access to all methods of birth control. The partnership aims to support patients in navigating barriers to accessing the birth control method of their choice, leveraging the power of on-demand care while upholding choice and autonomy.