Kellie Copeland (she/her) has served as the Executive Director of Pro-Choice Ohio since 2002. In her fight to protect reproductive freedom in Ohio, she has been quoted in every major Ohio media outlet and has testified at over 40 anti-abortion hearings. With a degree from the University of Akron, her career includes working for the AFL-CIO, Clinton/Gore `96, and the Michigan Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign. She has held appointments at the U.S. Department of Education, the Summit County Board of Elections, and the City of Tallmadge. Kellie also serves as a deaconess and treasurer for First Grace United Church of Christ in Akron.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, our Deputy Director Jaime Miracle (she/her) started with the organization as a field organizer in June 2004 and moved to policy director in 2010. Prior to working with Pro-Choice Ohio, she conducted research into vision development at the OSU College of Optometry and breast cancer prevention at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Jaime has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a focus on Women’s Health Research and Activism from the Western College Program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Development Director Kel McConaughey (she/her) comes to Pro-Choice Ohio with more than a decade of nonprofit executive leadership experience in fundraising, grants, events, and volunteer management. Previously she has worked in the areas of social justice, housing, food access, and community development. Kel was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia from 2005-2007. Originally from Canton, Ohio, Kel has resided in central Ohio since 2017. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from The Ohio State University.
Communications Director Gabriel Mann (he/him) joined the Pro-Choice Ohio team in 2015 following six years with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio. There, he honed skills in web and graphic design, video editing, fundraising, monitoring legislation, electoral field work, coordinating social media, and database management. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Gabriel’s career has included being a legislative aide in the Ohio Senate, political and labor organizing with SEIU District 1199 WV/OH/KY, and multiple ballot initiatives.
Field Manager Cole Wojdacz (she/her) is a lifelong advocate for reproductive rights and is very excited to be returning home to the Pro Choice Ohio family. Cole spent the first part of her career working on local and state-wide political campaigns, staffing elected officials, and most recently working in communications for a local labor union. She is deeply passionate about reproductive justice, anti-racism, access to abortion, and all things consent. In her spare time, she is a cannabis advocate and puts her logistic brain to use working with individuals and organizations to create custom solutions to help balance their lives and time.
Operations Manager Ryan Conway (they/them) is an advocate of social equity and has focused on reproductive rights in the areas of abortion access, contraception, and comprehensive sex education. They are also passionate about community education and advocacy on the intersection of gender identity, health, and politics. Ryan worked in the healthcare industry for 8 years after completing a BSN at Kent State University.
Field Organizer Ariana Ybarra (she/her) joined Pro-Choice Ohio with a background in non-profit social media management and digital organizing. Ariana’s passion for reproductive rights, health, and justice started during her time as a student organizer with URGE and she continued to volunteer with reproductive rights and justice organizations after college. Ariana studied English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio University and earned her B.A. degree in December 2017. She was awarded for her on-campus feminist activism by Ohio University’s WGSS department. Outside of her work with NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, Ariana is also a dedicated housing and tenants rights organizer. Since 2018, she has been living in Columbus with her partner and their pet rabbit.
Office Manager Saraé Johnson (she/her) is a lifelong advocate of social equity and reproductive rights. She takes advocation seriously and even protested in the streets during the Black Lives Matter movement back in 2020. Saraé is a first-generation college graduate; she earned her Bachelors of Science in Integrated Healthcare Studies from Ohio University and has a Diversity Studies Certificate. She is so excited to get her career at Pro-Choice Ohio started! She comes from the Public Health side of things where she has learned how to work with federal and state stakeholders, community outreach, and working with populations that have many social determinants of health.
Digital and Relational Associate Sha’Tisha Young (they/them) is a committed abortion rights activist and former library staffer. Pivoting to full-time political work in 2019, they have several years’ experience running social media and digital communications campaigns. Sha’Tisha attended Wright State University for a bachelor’s degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with dual minors in Classical Humanities and Youth and Community Engagement.
Field Organizer Mya Ray (they/them) has passion for reproductive freedom, anti-racism, and holistic care that has brought them to the Pro-Choice Ohio team. They are proudly a first-generation graduate from Ohio Northern University, with Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and psychology. Mya encouraged diversity on campus by being a founding member and president of the first Student African American Sisterhood in Ohio, and coordinated a Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging training for Greek life students. They embrace action and using their voice, especially throughout 2020, leading and marching in several Black Lives Matter rallies. Mya is currently pursuing a master’s degree in social work, bridging mental health and policy. On their free time, Mya enjoys performing in drag and trying to find the best taco spot in town.