Board of Directors


Pamela Barnes, Chair, MBA

New York, New York, USA
Term: 2016-2018

Pamela Barnes, MBA retired in December 2015 after six years as President and CEO of EngenderHealth, a New York-based international NGO supporting delivery of sexual and reproductive health services in 20 countries in Africa and Asia with over 600 employees. Ms. Barnes has had more than 30 years of management experience in for-profit and non-profit sectors. Previous to EngenderHealth, she was President and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric ... More »

Lilián Abracinskas

Montevideo, Uruguay
Term: 2013-2015, 2016-2018

Lilián Abracinskas is the founder and executive director of Mujer y Salud en Uruguay (MYSU). She is also a member of the National Advisory Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health within Uruguay’s Ministry of Health, as well as a member of Uruguay’s National Commission on Bioethics and Quality of Health Services. Formerly, Ms. Abracinskas served as the director of Casa de la Mujer Maria Abella and as the director of the ... More »

Jenny Black

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Term: 2018-2020

Jenny Black is President & CEO of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic (PPSAT), operating 14 health centers throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia. A native of North Carolina, she has served within the PP family since 1999. Since taking on the role of PPSAT President and CEO in 2015, she has implemented strategic planning with the newly formed PPSAT board; launched a large-scale facilities improvement project; ... More »

Lida Coleman, CPA

Mebane, North Carolina, USA
Term: 2013-2015, 2016-2018

Lida Coleman is the founder and managing partner of Coleman, Huntoon, & Brown, PLLC. Coleman is a former member of the board of directors for Guttmacher Institute and formerly served as the treasurer of the national board of directors for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She is also the former chair of the Central North Carolina Affiliate of Planned Parenthood. In addition, she is a former member of the budget and finance ... More »

Arzu Rana Deuba, PhD

Kathmandu, Nepal
Term: 2014-2016, 2017-2019

Arzu Rana Deuba is a Member of Parliament in Nepal.  She is known in her country and globally as a leader for women’s health and rights. Among her many achievements, she was highly instrumental in reforming the abortion law in Nepal and has never hesitated to speak out on the issue. She also is Founder and President of the Safe Motherhood Network Federation of Nepal. She has served as Board member and Chair with the global White ... More »

Nicki Nichols Gamble, EdD, EdM, MAT

Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Term: 2013-2015, 2016-2018

Nicki Nichols Gamble formerly served as president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, where she worked for 25 years. She is currently chair of the board of the Center for Reproductive Rights. She was a founding board member of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and she also served as president of the National Abortion Federation. More »

Yirgu Gebrehiwot, MD, MSc

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Term: 2016-2018

Yirgu Gebrehiwot MD, MSc, is Associate Professor and Consulting Obstetrician and Gynecologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Addis Ababa University. Dr. Gebrehiwot is currently a member of the Executive Board of FIGO and President of the African Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology; he has previously served as President of the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He has conducted many training programs in ... More »

Piper Orton, MBA

Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Term: 2016-2018

Piper Orton, MBA, is currently Director of Women’s Health Programs at the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. She has previously served as a senior manager and/or Board member for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM), including as interim CEO and CFO for PPLM. Prior to her work with Planned Parenthood, she held important financial management ... More »

Mario Martín Pecheny, PhD

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Term: 2017-2019

Mario Martín Pecheny, a professor and researcher at the University of Buenos Aires and the National Council on Science and Technology (CONICET, Argentina), writes and publishes extensively on gender, health, sexuality and reproductive rights. He has served as a technical consultant on health, human rights, monitoring and evaluation to many governmental and nongovernmental agencies, including UNAIDS, the Ford Foundation and the Global Fund ... More »

Sandeep Prasad, LLB

Ottawa, Canada
Term: 2016-2018

Sandeep Prasad, LLB, is currently Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, an Ottawa-based advocacy organization that focuses on increasing access to sexual and reproductive health information and services and to comprehensive sexuality education in Canada and globally. Prior to joining Action Canada in 2006, Mr. Prasad trained in law and was admitted to practice in Canada. He had experience in aspects of human ... More »

Nozer Sheriar, MD, DNBE, FICOG, FCPS, DGO

Mumbai, India
Term: 2013-2015, 2017-2019

Dr. Nozer Sheriar is an obstetrician and gynecologist with a longstanding commitment to the advocacy and promotion of women’s rights and access to safe abortion. He is Past Secretary General of the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI) and Past President of the Mumbai Obstetric and Gynecological Society. During his tenure as chairperson of FOGSI’s Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Committee, he ... More »

John Stanback, PhD

Chapel Hill, NC USA
Term: 2017-2019

John Stanback, PhD, is a Senior Scientist at FHI360 and an ardent supporter of abortion rights locally and globally. With 30 years of experience in international family planning and reproductive health research and policy, he is recognized as a thought leader and expert in the field. Dr. Stanback has conducted research in nearly 20 countries and continues to conduct policy work and research in Francophone Africa. He also serves as an advisor to ... More »

Anu Kumar, PhD, MPH

Ex Officio

Dr. Kumar joined Ipas in 2002 as Executive Vice President. In that role, she had oversight of Ipas’s fundraising and communications efforts, started a new technical area working with communities and pioneered work on abortion stigma. In 2016, she became Ipas’s first Chief Strategy and Development Officer and lead the organizational strategic planning process, along with fundraising, partnership development and technical innovation. ... More »