Eileen Sullivan, Communications Director, Vermont
Colchester, VT – Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) welcomes Tabitha Pohl-Moore of Wallingford, VT, and Karsen Woods of South Burlington, VT to its Board of Trustees. They join 16 dedicated Board Members throughout Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire, including Vermont-based Board Members Dr. Felicia Kornbluh, Melinda Moulton, Kesha Ram, and Steven W. Sinding.
“Our Board Members’ energy and commitment to our mission make our work possible, and we’re incredibly fortunate that Tabitha and Karsen are committing their time and talents to PPNNE,” said Meagan Gallagher, CEO and President of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. “Tabitha and Karsen bring their vital life experiences and perspectives to our work to provide, promote, and protect access to reproductive health care and sexuality education, and we’re thrilled they are standing with us to advocate for the rights of every community Planned Parenthood serves.”
Tabitha Pohl-Moore is a 6th generation Vermonter, mother, daughter, spouse and social justice warrior. She is a Training Coordinator at the University of Vermont, President of the Rutland Area Branch of the NAACP and Vermont Director of the NAACP. She is a member of the Vermont State Police's Fair and Impartial Policing Committee and a member of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council's Fair and Impartial Training Committee. She received her individualized Bachelor of Arts degree from Wells College in The Psychology of Latin America in the Context of Its Language and Culture, and her Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University. She also holds an advanced certificate in Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and School Counselor in the state of Vermont.
“I am passionate about the critical mission of PPNNE, which greatly contributes to the health of individuals and families. Access to high-quality health care is a social justice issue I care about deeply, and I’m excited to work with my colleagues to provide and protect this access for the long term,” said Ms. Pohl-Moore.
Karsen Woods is a 2017 Castleton University graduate, Vermont native, and a powerhouse Planned Parenthood patient advocate. Karsen is known across Vermont as a champion for essential and equitable health care for young people. In 2015, Karsen founded “Castleton Generation Action: The Student Voice of Planned Parenthood,” Castleton University’s first feminist-action club. She spent the next two years advocating for equitable insurance coverage on campus, accessible health care at local Planned Parenthood health centers, and sexual and reproductive freedom. In 2017, Karsen was named PPNNE’s “Choice Champion” for her campus and statewide advocacy. Karsen recently launched a Chittenden County “meetup” club named “Cheers for Choice,” where health advocates, patients, and Planned Parenthood champions gather together for story workshops, event planning, and fun.
“As someone who has benefitted from health care at Planned Parenthood, I wholeheartedly support its mission and look forward to doing all that I can to ensure access to essential and equitable health care for all. Health care, rooted in choice, enables women live a life of self-determination, as it should be,” said Ms. Woods.