President and CEO, Pacific Institute for Women’s Health
Belle Taylor-McGhee is the President and CEO of the Pacific Institute for Women’s Health (PIWH). Prior to the May 2008 merger between Pharmacy Access Partnership and PIWH, she served as the executive director of Pharmacy Access Partnership, then a center of the independent non-profit Public Health Institute. Pharmacy Access Partnership is now a center of PIWH.
Belle has led many state and national initiatives to secure women’s autonomy in private medical decisions, while promoting public policies that address the reproductive healthcare needs of underserved communities. She is the current president of the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, a coalition of more than 40 organizations dedicated to ensuring that every woman has the community support and access to make informed personal decisions about her physical and sexual health. Ms. Taylor-McGhee also serves on the Board of Directors for EngenderHealth, an international not-for-profit organization that works to improve sexual and reproductive healthcare for women and men worldwide. She is also a member of the UCSF School of Pharmacy Dean’s Board of Advisors.
Belle served as the executive director of the Department on the Status of Women for the City and County of San Francisco – appointed by former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. Before this appointment, she served as the executive director of CARAL, and the director of communications for NARAL Pro-Choice America in Washington, D.C. She is a former investigative television news reporter with more than a dozen years of broadcast news experience in Seattle, Tampa/St. Petersburg, and Alabama markets.
Sharon Cohen Landau, MPH
Director, Pharmacy Access Partnership
As Director of Pharmacy Access Partnership, Sharon Cohen Landau oversees the center’s strategic direction and new program development, particularly in the areas of pharmacy access to hormonal contraception and cultivating pharmacy leaders around reproductive health. She also directs Pharmacy Access Partnership’s research and program evaluation efforts to better understand women’s and pharmacists’ interest and experiences in accessing contraception directly in pharmacies. In collaboration with school of pharmacy faculty nationally, Sharon also leads efforts to expand educational and training opportunities around contraceptive management and reproductive health for pharmacy students.
Sharon has extensive experience in implementing pharmacy based reproductive health programs and has provided states with technical support to facilitate changes in policy and practice. She developed www.GO2EC.org, a website that tracks legislation and activity in each state and brings the advocacy and pharmacy community together to improve access to emergency contraception and other reproductive health services in pharmacies.
Prior to her work with Pharmacy Access Partnership, Sharon worked for Kaiser Permanente in the Department of Strategic Planning and Consulting and also served as a clinic manager for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. She earned a Masters in Public Health, Health Services Management and Policy from UCLA and has a degree in Women’s Studies and Psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz. Sharon has an extensive background in women’s issues and was a Fellow of the California Women’s Foundation, Women’s Policy Institute in 2004-2005 and Women’s Health Leadership program in 2000-2001. Sharon is currently based in Los Angeles.
Nicole Monastersky Maderas, MPH
Training and Special Projects
Nicole is creating a new Youth-Friendly Pharmacy Initiative to promote pharmacy environments that are inviting to teens. She manages the States Network of advocates nationally working towards advancing access to EC and other reproductive health supplies and services in pharmacies at national and individual state-levels. She coordinates pharmacy training programs, and leads a program to enhance pharmacy services in the Latino community. She previously managed the clinical demonstration project on injectable contraception and the Re-Granting Program. Her prior work experience includes Mexfam, Mexico’s family planning association, where she worked at the local level on an evaluation of family planning services provided in clinics nationwide. Nicole received her Masters in Public Health from UCLA, and completed her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. She was inducted into the UCLA School of Public Health Alumni Hall of Fame 2009, and was a Fellow of the California Women’s Foundation, Women’s Policy Institute in 2005-2006.
Administration and Communications
Judith facilitates EC provider certification and protocol establishment for pharmacists and enrolls EC pharmacies on our popular consumer website (EC-Help.org) and hotline (1-888-Not-2-Late). In addition, Judith provides administrative liaison and executive support, as well as professional graphic design and editing. She has been a communication consultant, researcher and project administrator in online education, public health and healthcare organizations.
As Operations Officer, Gene handles all aspects of financial and human resources administration for Pharmacy Access Partnership and the Pacific Institute for Women’s Health. Prior to joining the Pacific Institute, she served as an Accountant for the Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), a non-profit organization and advocate of Filipino-American health, welfare and political and cultural empowerment. She has also worked in a range of non-profit educational organizations in the Philippines and New Guinea.
Juana Rosa Cavero
Program Communications Specialist
Relocating from Denver, CO, Juana Rosa is the newest member of the team and is based in our Los Angeles office. As Policy Manager at the Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance, she worked with Denver’s metro communities to address tobacco health disparities. In 2004, Juana Rosa joined the Board of the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) and became Co-Chair in 2005, leading COLOR through exponential growth. Believing in the power of community self-determination, Juana Rosa has served as Secretary for Promotores Unidos en Colorado, a coalition of lay health workers and helped establish the LUZ Reproductive Justice Think Tank to integrate reproductive justice issues into Colorado’s social justice organizations. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a double major in International Affairs and International Spanish for the Professions with a Business minor. She is currently working on her masters in Political Science with an emphasis in Politics and Public Policy.
Jane Boggess, PhD
Founder and Former Director (1999 – 2004)
Jane Boggess, PhD, founded Pharmacy Access Partnership and served as its Executive Director until she passed away on January 17, 2004. As a result of efforts by Dr. Boggess and Pharmacy Access Partnership, California became the first state to specifically adopt legislation allowing pharmacists to initiate prescriptions for emergency contraception. She testified at the FDA hearing in December 2003 to consider making emergency contraception available over-the-counter, and was widely recognized as one of the country’s leading experts on the issue.