Champions of Choice 2022

CHAMPIONS OF CHOICE 2022

NIRH and the NIRH Action Fund hosted a fun, inspirational gathering of solidarity from across the country as we celebrate our accomplishments and prepare for the fight of our lives! With the Supreme Court poised to decimate Roe v. Wade after 49 years, we must stand together to ensure everyone has the freedom and ability to control their reproductive and sexual lives.

Thank you to all who united with us to honor those who do the hard work on the ground and those using their platform to speak up and speak out.

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2022 CHAMPIONS OF CHOICE HONOREES

Amy Schumer, Comedian, Actress, Writer, Producer and Director

Amy Schumer is an Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated standup comedian, actress, writer, producer and director.  SHe has starred in several films, television shows, and award-winning comedy specials. Schumer’s three-part documentary series, Expecting Amy, takes viewers behind-the-scenes as Amy battles through an extraordinarily difficult pregnancy, while documenting the formation of her latest comedy special. Most recently, Schumer starred in Stephen Karam’s The Humans. Next up for Schumer is Life & Beth, a comedy series which Schumer will star in, write, direct and executive produce; coming to Hulu in 2022. 

Cecily Strong

Cecily Strong, Actress and Comedian

Cecily Strong is an actress and comedian best known as a standout cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” for which she received back-to-back Emmy Award nominations in 2020 and 2021. She has entertained viewers with a variety of beloved characters and earned rave reviews for her impressions of Jeanine Pirro, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Melania Trump, among many others. In 2015, Strong headlined the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner to critical acclaim.

Strong was raised in Oak Park, Ill., and has a BFA in theater from the California Institute of the Arts.

Dr. DeShawn Taylor, President and CEO of Desert Star Family Planning

Dr. DeShawn Taylor  is a board-certified Gynecologist and Family Planning Specialist, Clinical Professor, and Reproductive Justice Advocate who established Desert Star Family Planning clinic in Phoenix in 2013 and founded Desert Star Institute for Family Planning, a non-profit organization for which she is the President, in 2017. Recognized in 2020 by the Maricopa County NAACP as a Trailblazer, Dr. Taylor is committed to providing a steadfast resource for comprehensive family planning and sexual health care, a safe and welcoming space for queer, transgender, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary people, and a hub for abortion training. She is a trusted thought leader on reproductive justice who shares her expertise with various national, state, and local boards, committees, and programs.

2022 CHAMPIONS OF CHOICE EMCEE

Aisha Mills

Advocate and Political Commentator

Aisha Mills works to ensure that our democracy is responsive to, reflective of, and led by the diverse communities that are the fabric of our nation. A nationally respect voice on progressive politics, Aisha has been a commentator on CNN and MSNBC and is the author of dozens of policy reports and cultural analyses at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality that have shaped public discourse and federal policy. She recently served as a resident fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics where she hosted a weekly seminar on the demographic revolution and rise of the “New American Majority” of people of color who will soon be the majority of the population.

Throughout her career, Aisha has led and won historic campaigns from the frontlines of the most transformative civil rights movements of our time.

Aisha has been recognized as one of the “Out 100” LGBTQ influencers, “The Root 100” top African American influencers, and a top “40 Under Forty” LGBT leader by The Advocate Magazine. She was the first Black woman to lead a national LGBTQ organization, as the President & CEO of the Victory Fund which works to elect LGBTQ candidates to every level of office. She has also advised dozens of Congressional and U.S. Senate campaigns as executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, regional finance director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and consultant to several Congressional candidates.

2021 CHAMPIONS OF CHOICE CO-CHAIRS

Elizabeth Comen, MD

Attending Breast Medical Oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Women’s Health Advocate

Dr. Elizabeth Comen is a Medical Oncologist, specializing in breast cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She is an internationally sought-after clinician and physician-scientist, recognized for her compassion and easy-to-comprehend communication with patients.  She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Comen earned her BA in the History of Science from Harvard College and her MD from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and her fellowship in oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Comen is the recipient of numerous prestigious grants and awards including, and her research has been published in numerous scientific journals.
Dr. Comen has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, ABC News, NY1, Wall Street Journal online, Fox News, and other news and print outlets, such as the New York Times, Today.com, Elle Magazine, and Self Magazine. She is passionate about communicating essential medical and scientific information to the public, particularly as it relates to women’s healthcare and wellness. She is a tireless advocate for women’s healthcare and has mentored countless students throughout their academic and medical careers.

Caitlin Fiss, MD

Ob/Gyn and Abortion Activist

Dr. Fiss earned her medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. After graduation, she joined the faculty of the Weill Cornell School of Medicine and began her private practice. She returned to Mount Sinai in 2006 and has been in private practice since that time.

Dr. Fiss is board certified by the American Board of Ob/Gyn.  She is a Diplomate of the American College of OB/Gyn. Her areas of clinical expertise include adolescent and young adult medicine, family planning, cervical dysplasia, and the management of pregnancy. She has lived and worked in Ghana and India serving and teaching underserved populations.

Dr. Fiss is passionate about reproductive health, rights and justice and has been an advocate for many years. She has served on the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH) since 2019 and as Chair of PRH’s Voices of Courage event from 2016-2021.

Dawn Porter

Award-winning Filmmaker, Producer, and Mental Health/Social Justice Advocate

Dawn Porter is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, and mental health/social justice advocate, and a leader in the art of storytelling, directing and producing critically acclaimed projects. Porter discovered her passion for filmmaking following her time as an attorney. Her 2016 film “Trapped,” which explores laws regulating abortion clinics in the South, won the Special Jury Social-Impact Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and a Peabody Award (to name a few). Porter is a former professor and Head of the Documentary Program at the prestigious UC Berkeley School of Journalism, and currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband and two children, Eli and Will.

2022 HONORARY CHAIRS

Ivelyse Andino

CEO and Founder, Radical Health

Ivelyse Andino is an Afro-Latina health equity innovator born and raised in The Bronx. She is the founder and CEO of Radical Health and a Commissioner on the New York City Commission on Gender Equity. Ivelyse enjoyed a fledgling career in health tech, pioneering some of its first digital health solutions. While she routinely trained oncologists on new drugs, she found herself unprepared when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. This forced her to directly and intimately confront the systemic healthcare disparities she knew that existed. In founding Radical Health — the first Latina-owned and operated Benefit Corp in NYC — she has sought to combine her expertise in healthcare and her passion as a community organizer. Through Radical Health, Ivelyse is committed to the task of transforming healthcare by facilitating health literacy and self-advocacy, as well as forging a relationship between meaningful face-to-face conversations with cutting-edge technology.
Amy Brenneman

Amy Brenneman

Actress, Writer, Producer, Activist

Amy Brenneman is a widely celebrated, award-winning actress, writer, producer, and activist. She holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Harvard University and is a founding member of the award-winning Cornerstone Theater Company, which specializes in original theater pieces centered on themes of social justice. Amy has extensive credits in theater, film, and TV – including “Judging Amy,” which she also created and executive-produced. She has been widely honored for her activism, including for her ongoing commitment to reproductive rights.
Merrin Dungey

Merrin Dungey

Actress

Merrin Dungey is an actress whom you feel like you know because she is literally everywhere.

She is currently starring in the critical hit “Shining Vale” on Starz with Courtenay Cox, Mira Sorvino and Greg Kinnear.   She’s also known for her work in the critically loved Emmy winning  HBO series “Big Little Lies” as Detective Quinlan, and had scenes with Oscar winners, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and the legendary Meryl Streep in which she was nominated for a SAG Award for Best Ensemble.

She is currently producing a pilot for Warner Bros, with acclaimed writer Liz Vassey and multi hypenate Miayam Bialik.

Dungey is a UCLA Theater School Graduate and the youngest recipient of the UCLA Annual Acting Award as well as the Natalie Wood Prize.

She recently moved to Sherman Oaks with her two children and rescue puppy and can usually be seen working carpool at the elementary school

Bonnie Fuller

CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Hollywoodlife

Bonnie Fuller is a media powerhouse and currently the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of HollywoodLife. Prior to HollywoodLife, Bonnie was Editor-in-Chief of Us Weekly where she reformulated and redesigned the magazine for Wenner Media.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Bonnie started her professional journalism career by freelance writing for the Toronto Star, and later as an editor/writer for Women’s Wear Daily in New York City. Bonnie’s first job as a magazine Editor-in-Chief was leading Canada’s national fashion magazine, Flare, and after tripling newsstand circulation, she was hired to become Editor-in-Chief of teen magazine. She launched the American version of Marie Claire, then succeeded the legendary Helen Gurley Brown, Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan. At Glamour magazine, Bonnie took over from Ruth Whitney, another legendary Editor-in-Chief.  Beginning July 2003, Bonnie served as Executive Vice President and Chief Editorial Director of American Media Inc. Bonnie has authored the bestselling book The Joys of Much Too Much: Go For The Big Life — The Great Career, The Perfect Guy, and Everything Else You’ve Ever Wanted. She is married to architect Michael Fuller and together they have four children.

Lysa Heslov

Lysa Heslov

Director and Producer

Lysa Heslov is a Director and Producer working in documentary films, series, and narrative feature films. Lysa produced and directed the award-winning “Served Like a Girl,” released in 2017.  Lysa also directed “Murder on Marathon,” a 6-part docu-series. Her next directorial documentary, “Brother from Another,” tells the true story of the brutal murder of Teresa Sievers, an accomplished Florida doctor specializing in holistic medicine. In addition to her work in film and television, Lysa, along with her husband, Academy Award Winning writer/producer/director, Grant Heslov, founded Children Mending Hearts, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering disadvantaged youth in the US through educational and humanities programs that build empathy and global citizenry.

Lara Marcon

Philanthropist

Alysia Reiner

Alysia Reiner

Actress and Producer

Alysia Reiner is best known as “FIG” on seven seasons of “Orange is the New Black,” and won a SAG AWARD as part of the incredible cast. You can also catch her as Sunny on all 5 seasons of Peabody Award-winning “Better Things” on F/X x HULU, Kiki Rains on HBO’s “The Deuce,” starring alongside Courteney Cox and Greg Kinnear in “Shining Vale” on STARZ, and in an upcoming Marvel series on Disney+. She loves working as a change maker for women. As an advocate for women’s rights & climate change initiatives, she is on the board and an ambassador for GDIM as well as the Earth Day Initiative. Alysia has been invited to speak and keynote at The White House, The United Nations, Google, Cannes Lion, Women’s Media Summit, Collision, and countless film festivals and other events about breaking barriers for women in all fields, specifically the entertainment industry.

Nancy Silverman

Nancy Silverman

Philanthropist

Kate Walsh

Actress, Entrepreneur, Activist

Kate Walsh remains one of the busiest actresses in the industry. With more than two decades of experience, she most recently she appeared in off-Broadway play “If I Forget,” for which she was nominated for a number of awards. Onscreen, Walsh most recently starred in Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” and “The Umbrella Academy.” Walsh is also widely known for her starring role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on “Private Practice” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Aside from acting, Walsh has traveled the world with Operation Smile, and has been a strong voice for a variety of issues she cares about, from the fight for women’s rights and reproductive freedom to ocean and marine life conservation.

Lola West

Lola C. West

Financial Advisor and Change-Maker

Lola C. West is a co-founder and partner of WestFuller Advisors, a boutique investment advisory firm in New York City that builds legacies of wealth for individuals, families and institutions. For almost a decade of her successful career, Lola served as a wealth advisor with Merrill Lynch and a senior partner of LWF Wealth Management. Lola is active in the New York City community as a board member for the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI); the New York Women’s Foundation, a charter member of the E. A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and a founding member of the Council African American Art at the Brooklyn Museum. She is also listed In Who’s Who of American Women and is the recipient of the Proclamation “Lola C. West Day” in the City of New York for “exemplary prowess as a health care administrator.”

2022 EVENT SPONSORS

As of 4/21/22

Ruby
Margaret Munzer Loeb · Nancy Silverman 

Trailblazer
Elyse and Lawrence B. Benenson · Bob Fertik and Antonia Stolper · Audrey and Martin D. Gruss · Sharon Weinberg

Illuminary
Cynthia Green Colin and Patricia Green · Laura Scheuer · Abigail and David Schumer · Select Equity Group

Visionary
Laurie Campbell · Amelia Hamilton and Matthew Arndt · Laura Marcon · Dolores M. Smith · Mila Tuttle

Defender
Jill Braufman and Daniel Nir · Anonymous Donor · Caroline Hirsch · Jill Lafer · Kathleen S. McHugh · Dawn Porter and David Graff · Audrey Spiegel · The Stafford Family

Protector
Donna L. Bascom · Dr. Elizabeth Comen and Avi Weitzman · Debra Cooper · Antoinette Danvers, MD · Laurie G. and Jeffrey A. Goldberger · Shirley and Herb Gordon · Stacie Kiratsous, Ph.D. · Raquel and Lear Levin · Cara McCaffrey · Aila Main & Marnie Worth · Linda and Stuart Nelson · Marcie Stuchin · Maria T. Vullo · Ira Waldbaum Family Foundation · Susi Wunsch · Zofnass/Ring Family Fund

2022 EVENT PLANNING COMMITTEE

Julia Adams
Hannah Davis
Amelia Hamilton
Kathleen S. McHugh
Daphne E. Ortiz
Christine C. Quinn
Abigail Schumer

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
CHAMPIONS OF CHOICE 2019

2021 VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

NIRH President Andrea Miller

Rep. Ayanna Pressley