National Advisory Board
Health Educator, Texas A&M University
Jennifer currently serves as program director for a project that supports and enables innovative, systems-level approaches to improving adolescent sexual health and reducing unintended pregnancy. She is a passionate advocate for youth voice and strongly believes in the power and potential of youth-adult partnerships. As a current doctoral candidate, Jennifer is focused on youth informed sexual health education. Her research specifically explores the school-based sexual health education needs and interest of middle and high school-age youth. In her free time she loves biking, hiking, camping, and pretty much anything to do with animals and nature. She lives in Houston, TX with her family.
JERYL D. HAYES
As the Movement Building Director at If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, Jeryl’s role is to shape movement building strategies, grow and evolve programs, and oversee the mobilization and networking of law students and legal professionals to champion reproductive justice within and beyond the legal system. Prior to working with If/When/How, Jeryl worked as the Director, Public Policy for Physicians for Reproductive Health, and as the Domestic Policy Analyst with Advocates for Youth. Jeryl focused her legal training on reproductive health, rights, and justice, and engaged with If/When/How while in law school, both as a legal intern and as a chapter leader. After earning her Masters in Law in Law & Government, with a specialization in Gender and the Law, from American University Washington College of Law in 2012, Jeryl completed the If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program, with placement at the Black Women’s Health Imperative.
From October 2017 through June 2019, Jeryl served as the Board President of the DC Abortion Fund (DCAF), an all-volunteer non-profit that makes grants to pregnant people in the DC area who cannot afford the full cost of an abortion. Jeryl previously served as the Chair of the Women’s Information Network (WIN), DC’s premier professional, political, and social network dedicated to empowering young, pro-choice, Democratic women. She earned her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Denison University. Jeryl is based in the Washington, DC area.
SUSAN HRABCHAK - Board Chair
Sex Education Advocate
Susan Hrabchak has been a long-time supporter and advocate for Answer. Her involvement began with the intersection of Answer and her organization of educational lectures for Princeton Common Ground (a consortium of sixteen private schools in the Princeton area). In addition she hosted numerous fundraisers and Answer "Get to know us" events in and around New Jersey. As a result of a recent move to Omaha, Nebraska she looks forward to supporting Answer's ability to improve sex education in the Midwest as well as Nationally. Susan obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology at Villanova University. She was an Employee Benefit Manager of Administration and Senior Account Executive for Unum Insurance Company for more than a decade. In 2012, she received her Professional Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. She is currently a professional genealogist in addition to a docent at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. In her free time she enjoys running marathons, climbing mountains and competing in Ironman triathlons with her husband, Rick and their four children.
Attorney, Skadden, Arps
Cynthia Lam is a corporate attorney at Skadden, Arps, a global law firm headquartered in New York. Outside of work, she serves as Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee for the Asian American Bar Assocation of New York and an elementary school volunteer for Apex for Youth. Cynthia is passionate about empowering young people through education, and she attributes many of her experiences to her time as a Sex, Etc. Teen Editor from 2008-2011. A Levy Scholar and Wharton Fellow, Cynthia graduated from the three-year JD/MBA program at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and The Wharton School in 2018. She received her BA in English and BS in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University as a Johnson Scholar in 2015.
Teacher, New Trier High School
Andy is a passionate teacher with over 24 years experience in education and was awarded the SHAPE America National Health Teacher of the Year in 2017. This award was recognition for his engaging teaching ideas and commitment to delivering a personalized curriculum that best suits the needs of his students. He seeks to develop health skills that his students will need to navigate a life of healthy living, improving not only personal health, but advocating for the health of others.
Andy shares his passion for education and innovative teaching methods at conferences across the country, via social media, and through his global teaching blog slowchathealth.com. In 2017 he launched a fundraising initiative that provides financial support for teachers in need of professional development opportunities.
Originally from London, England, Andy has taught and coached on four continents and currently teaches at New Trier High School, residing in Barrington where he lives with his wife Caroline and two young sons Harrison and Jack.
Attorney, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Mai Ratakonda is a staff attorney at Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Public Policy Litigation and Law Department. While at PPFA, Ms. Ratakonda has been involved in numerous cases that have an impact women’s access to reproductive health services across the country, including challenging an admitting privileges requirement for abortion providers in Alabama, Texas’s attempt to terminate Planned Parenthood from Medicaid, and a contracted physician requirement for medication abortion providers in Arkansas. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, dog and cat.
Senior Director, The Arkin Group
Kehinde A. Togun is a senior director at The Arkin Group, a New York-based business intelligence firm. He was previously the Deputy Director of PartnersGlobal’s Sub-Saharan Africa team where he led the portfolio of governance and security programs on the continent. Prior to joining Partners, he worked at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) with stints on the Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, and Southern and East Africa teams. Kehinde also served as the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for NDI in Iraq; and during Nigeria’s 2011 elections, he trained and advised civil society in the Niger Delta as they monitored the electoral process. In 2007, Kehinde worked with the Rwanda-based Imbuto Foundation, writing a guide for parents on how to talk to children about sex and conducting a national evaluation of the First Lady’s public health campaign,
“Treat Every Child as Your Own.” In high school, Kehinde was a member of Sex Etc.'s teen editorial board.