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2020 PPAWI Summit Speakers

Opening Speaker

Elle Hill


Elle Hill, is a Black woman of trans experience, and a dedicated LGBTQIA/QTPOC Health Equity Advocate and Educator. She is currently an Americorps   Public Allies Fellow serving as an Inclusion Health Program Specialist at Planned Parenthood of WI. She is The First Trans Woman Co-Chair Elect of SAPG STATEWIDE ACTION PLANNING GROUP FOR HIV AND AIDS OF WISCONSIN. She is an Inaugural Black AIDS Institute Ambassadorship of Biomedical Prevention. She is also a member of The Board of Directors at Diverse and Resilient. She has experience as a public speaker and subject matter expert in areas of LGBTQIA health/ Transgender health, safety and social disparities. She is a 2019 Rising Star Award for Volunteerism Recipient Black Trans Advocacy Coalition (BTAC) a 2019 Milwaukee Pridefest Individual of the Year Award recipient, and a Transfaith Bobbie Jean Baker & Gender Reveal Podcast Grantee. Her mother is a minister, Evangelist Veronica Sears, and Elle’s community work honors her mother’s example of unconventional community leadership.

Session Speakers

Alyssa Lentz

Alyssa Lentz (she/her/hers) is a photographer-turned-campaign-organizer in Green Bay, Wisconsin. As a former conservative and current fat + queer activist, she strives to dismantle fatphobic, purity-minded and anti-choice systems and to create safer communities for LGBTQ+ folks and other marginalized individuals. In her free time, she’s likely napping with her dogs, listening to podcasts, or on her life-long mission to discover the best donuts. 

Visual Branding & Storytelling for Change

Cedar Hayes

Cedar Hayes, MPH (she/hers) is the campaign organizer for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin in Madison. Cedar has a background in public health and social work, with experience in areas related to sexual and reproductive health, education and equity, abortion support, LGBTQIA+ health, intimate partner violence, and CSEC. Cedar recently moved to Wisconsin from Boston, MA where she was advocating for the ROE Act and Healthy Youth Act with the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts through storytelling and testimony work. Outside of her work with PPAWI, Cedar is a full-spectrum doula with a love for working with LGBTQIA+ families, and supporting those obtaining abortions. When she’s not working, Cedar likes to take care of her house plants, try new coffees, and pet her cats.

Planned Parenthood 101 w. PPAWI Staff

Diana Love

Diana Love (She/They) is a Public Health Nurse at Public Health Madison-Dane County. She is passionate about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Racial Equity and Social Justice. Her practice focuses on bringing compassionate health care to people most pushed to the margins by our culture.  

Racism in Sexual Health: How Implicit Bias Impacts Sexual Health Care & Education

Marie Lindberg

Marie Lindberg (she/hers) is the campaign organizer for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin in La Crosse. Marie worked as a digital marketing manager for nonprofits in Washington, DC for eight years before deciding to formally take up electoral organizing with PPAWI in order to affect widespread progress. While in DC, Marie worked on advocacy campaigns to close the gender pay gap, pass the DREAM Act, unionize the workplace, and stop the nominations of Trump’s nominees to the federal and Supreme Court. She also volunteered as a case manager and co-chair of the Maryland/later-term line for the DC Abortion Fund.

Planned Parenthood 101 w. PPAWI Staff

Relational Organizing 101

Maya Cherins

Maya Cherins (she/her) is a junior at UW-Madison studying Gender and Women’s Studies and Community and Nonprofit Leadership. When she is not fighting for reproductive, racial and social justice, she’s walking her dogs, cooking, or going on hikes. 

Misinformation & Medication Abortion with PPAWI Staff & Plan C

Micaela Berry, BA, CLC

Micaela Berry, BA, CLC, Infant Specialist, UpStart Grad, National Certified Trainer of Protective Factors, Micaela Berry is the Executive Director and co-owner of Harambee Village Doulas, Owner of Peace of Mind Nannies LLC, and a Postpartum Doula. She is certified as an Infant Specialist, Protective Factors Trainer, and  Lactation Counselor. With a degree in Early Childhood Development and Art Therapy, Berry has had a multifaceted career and is dedicated to helping individuals, families, and community in every season of parenting, and advocating for those whose voices aren’t heard.

Racism in Sexual Health: How Implicit Bias Impacts Sexual Health Care & Education

Priyanka Bharadwaj

Priyanka is going to be a senior this fall at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. She is a psychology major with an emphasis in culture and gender diversity, and works in event planning and student affairs on campus. She is so proud to be the event planning intern for PPAWI this summer!

Youth Organizing for Reproductive, Racial & Social Justice w/ PPAWI

Rachel L. Dyer M.S.

Rachel (she/her) is a scholar-activist and PhD student in counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an occupied land of the Ho-Chunk nation. Rachel works in areas related to sexual and reproductive experiences, health, and equity including bolstering psychotherapist competency in these domains, queering reproduction, and amplifying the conversation about medication abortion care and self-managed abortions. Outside of this work, Rachel can be found drinking way too much coffee, hiking at local parks, and buying yet another book that she will not have time to read.

Mental Health for Advocates: Trauma, Stress, & Self-Reflection

Tia Renier

Tia Renier (she/her) is dedicated to healthy women, families, and communities and serves as the Advocacy and Outreach Program Manager at PPWI. Her path started with a degree in Social Work from UW-Milwaukee which led to several years providing direct service, meeting Milwaukee families in times of crisis and identifying holistic solutions. In an effort to tackle the source of problems impacting families, she spent a year serving in federal government where her team researched and published findings on community models to address the opioid crisis. Tia is from Wisconsin but has lived on both the East and the West Coast; equally falling in love with the electric Capitol Hill community and the hippy mountain climbers.

The Conversational Approach: Difficult Conversations (3:00-5:00 PM)

Tyler Kyser

Tyler is an Ohio native but grew up in the east valley of Phoenix, Arizona in the suburb of Chandler and is studying political science and women,gender, and sexuality studies at Bowling Green State University. Tyler was first introduced to politics during the 2016 election and worked as the team lead fellow for the Hillary Clinton Campaign at the University of Toledo. After that, Tyler went on to work for URGE- Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity, James Neu for Congress, Shaun Strong for District One, and now organizes for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin. When Tyler is not organizing she loves reading (specifically anything by Toni Morrison or James Baldwin), long walks around the city, and eating Thai food. 

Intersectional Panel: D&R staff, Voces de la Frontera, & Harambee Village

Yante Turner

Yante grew up on the north side of Milwaukee and currently attends the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM), majoring in pre-veterinary studies and psychology.  Yante began working with LGBT+ youth and doing advocacy work in 2016 when he became the outreach coordinator of UWM’s LGBT+ Resource Center.  This newfound appreciation and love of servicing for and engaging with LGBT+ youth pushed him to pursue a position in AmeriCorps Public Allies and then placement at Diverse & Resilient.  Yante is looking forward to creating curriculum that engages and stimulates growth within youth and making connections within communities.

Intersectional Panel: D&R staff, Voces de la Frontera, & Harambee Village

Zakiyyah Sorensen

Zakiyyah Sorensen is a Public Health Nurse working for Madison and Dane County Public Health as a Community-Based Public Health Nurse and has worked in the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Zakiyyah believes that education is the first step in overcoming stigma, allowing us to have open and honest conversations around sexual health, pleasure and consent. She takes the same approach to Reproductive Justice, educating our people about history and learning the stories of those who came before us is the first step in confronting racism, mitigating bias, and addressing the impacts of both on WOC in our communities. Zakiyyah is originally from Long Island, New York. You can normally find her behind a camera or reading in her hammock trying to enjoy Wisconsin’s ridiculously short summers.

Racism in Sexual Health: How Implicit Bias Impacts Sexual Health Care & Education