Yaman Hernandez Executive Director ICAH

Yamani Hernandez

Executive Director (Bio)

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Joy Messinger

Deputy Director (Bio)

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Rosa Yadira Ortiz Development Director

Rosa Yadira Ortiz

Development Director (Bio)

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Jenni Kotting

Communications Director (Bio)

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Paula Martin Administrative Coordinator

Paula Martin

Administrative Coordinator (Bio)

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Aisha Chaudhri

Education Coordinator (Bio)

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Tiffany Pryor

Chicagoland Organizing Manager (Bio)

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Nikki Zaleski Education & Arts Justice Manager

Nikki Zaleski

Education & Arts Justice Manager (Bio)

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Roxane Medina Padilla

Peer Health Ambassador Program Specialist (Bio)

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Youth Sexuality Educators

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Youth Sexuality Education

FYI Performance Sexuality Education Cadre

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Adult Sexuality Education Cadre

Adult Sexuality Educators

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Adult Sexuality Education





  • Chair – Dr. Karen A. Scott, MD, FACOG, Founder and Medical Director for the Young Women’s Health Initiative
  • Treasurer – Ellen Sadur, Dillon Kane LLC
  • Secretary – Josephine Nakhla, Sr. Strategic Marketing Specialist, Honeywell




  • Twinet Parmer, PhD, LPC, CST, Professor of Counselor Education, Central Michigan University
  • Beth Catlett, PhD, Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, DePaul University
  • Barbara Kaplan
  • Samantha Loo, MA, Project Manager, City of Chicago’s Office of the City Clerk


ICAH‘s Youth Development Model holds Reproductive Justice values at its core. We constantly work to creating safe spaces in partnership with youth in Illinois. As a result, we retain meaningful involvement of young people, and have lasting impacts on their lives and the organization. ICAH alumni stay connected with us as an extended family that spans across the country, some even being brought on as staff at ICAH or other amazing organizations in Chicago also fighting for reproductive freedom. ICAH youth leaders are dedicated change agents in the movement for the long haul.


 About the Youth Leadership Council


The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is ICAH’s education, advocacy, and organizing youth cohort. The YLC engages youth and their communities through peer education, online and offline campaigns, and systems change work.  Youth members range from 16-22 years old and are a combination of past youth program participants and youth who are new to ICAH. They gain expert knowledge around sexual health and reproductive justice through rigorous training. Members take the lead in facilitating ICAH’s peer education workshops.

ICAH Group Picture from Institute 2014

Youth Leadership is important to me because…


On behalf of ICAH’s youth, board of directors, staff, and volunteers, we want to convey a warm thank you to ALL of the contributors for the unceasing support. Each donation is critical for advancing ICAH’s mission and ensures that we remain a vital and vibrant institution for Illinois youth. The partnership between young leaders and ICAH is not possible without donations from contributors like these. Without your support, this work would not be possible.


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