Meet the Team
Jan Robinson Flint
Jan is the executive director of Black Women for Wellness, a woman centered community-based organization working on reproductive justice issues as they impact Black women & girls. Ms. Robinson Flint is also part of the Los Angeles Coalition for Reproductive Justice, California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom and In Our Own Voice; National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda with the intention of lifting the experiences and voices of Black women in pursuit of health and well-being.
POLICY DIRECTOR / PROGRAM MANAGER
Nourbese Flint M.A.
Nourbese Flint serves as a program manager with Black Women for Wellness (BWW). Here, she directs environmental and reproductive health work, organize community advocacy and works on policy. In addition, Nourbese serves as the head of civic engagement with Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE), where she strategically looks at the political landscape and helps design efforts to build power and address toxic chemicals as it relates to reproductive health through elections, legislative efforts and community politics.
PROGRAM MANAGER SISTERS IN MOTION
Charity Faye is a trained Wellness Chef and Healer. Currently studying Herbalism and Wise Women traditions, she serves as the Program Manager for Sisters- In- Motion at Black Women for wellness. With over 7 years experience as a chef, she noticed several barriers African American’s face that prevent them from living healthy lives.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR
Jamila started her career in politics as a super volunteer and organizing fellow for Organizing for America where she learned about effective grassroots mobilization strategies. She went on to serve on the Kings County Democratic Committee, an elected position in Brooklyn, New York.
Dr. Mary Sparks
Dr. Mary Starks serves as the Deputy Director at Black Women for Wellness. Dr.Starks passion includes mentoring young people and advocating for underserved communities. Dr. Starks received her Doctorate Degree in Organizational Leadership in 2019 from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a Master Degree in Social Work in 2003 from California State University of Long Beach.
BLACK MATERNAL HEALTH COORDINATOR
Megan Chichester is a recent graduate of Occidental College. She holds a degree in Urban and Environmental Policy (UEP) and a minor in Public Health. Chichester received Distinction on her senior thesis, “Maternal Health Coordination: How Community Health Centers and Maternal Mortality Review Committees Can Impact Black Maternal Health Outcomes.”
PROGRAM COORDINATOR POLICY & MATERNAL HEALTH
North Carolina Native, Ellen Branch graduated from East Carolina University in 2014, with a Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies with a Multidisciplinary Minor in Nursing. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2018, Ellen served her community as a full-spectrum doula to Black womxn and yoga teacher to all.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR GET SMART B4 U GET SEXY
Jesslyn Chatman serves as the Program Coordinator for “Get Smart B4 You Get Sexy” for Black Women for Wellness. She is a Los Angeles native and has served in her community for over 10 years in various capacities, the most notable being a wellness & intervention specialist for the charter school system.
2020 CENSUS DIRECTOR
Carmen Taylor Jones
Carmen Taylor Jones serves as the 2020 Census Program Manager for Black Women for Wellness. She recalls always having a passion about serving the neighborhood and would organize her first community event at the age of 8 years old. Currently, she is a seasoned Public Affairs Specialist in the Los Angeles Region.
Sr. Program Manager Sisters in Control, Reproductive Justice
Born and reared in New Jersey, before pursuing a higher education in the Bay Area;
Patina Butler holds a Bachelors in a self-designed study of communications from Mills College, and a Masters in Counseling Psychology and Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in Professional Clinical Counseling from John F Kennedy University.
Data Entry Specialist
Agere Teshale is a recent college graduate from California State University Los Angeles with a B.S. in Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health. She is currently working as a Data Entry Specialist for the Black Women for Wellness.
Finance Director & Bookkeeper
Deborah Cooper is a retired Finance Director and Bookkeeper that has been working with community-based and faith-based organizations as a part-time staff member/volunteer for over 30 years. She currently serves as the Bookkeeper/Administrator at Black Women for Wellness.
Data Entry Specialist Sisters @ Eight
Anthnette first met Black Women for Wellness as an attendee of the Annual Reproductive Justice Conference. Impressed and in agreement with BWW’s vision and mission, she soon joined BWW as a member, volunteer, and later an employee. Anthnette has worked with BWW for over five years. She is part of the VREAM (Voting Rules Everything Around Me) Civic Engagement Team.
Community Liaison Northern California Office
Kimberly Robinson is an independent consultant on reproductive justice issues, including the health of Black women. Kimberly is currently working with Black Women for Wellness as our Community Liaison and oversees operations in our Northern California office.
Gyasi has been working with Black Women for Wellness for 5 1/2 years. She started at BWW as a volunteer and currently serves as a phone banker. She enjoys her time connecting with her community & the women of BWW. Outside of BWW, she is a Crochet Artist & Numerologist. “Peace and Luv to Every Living Being! Stay Beautiful!”
Carla has served as a phone banker at Black Women for Wellness for 2 years. Her role includes keeping the community informed about BWW updates and events through phone calls and texts. She also helps with data entry for the organization.