Archive for September, 2010

Exhale is thrilled to welcome Jovida Ross into the role of Director of Programs.

Jovida Ross brings to Exhale more than 15-years of leadership with grassroots community based organizations, and her passion for working with volunteers.  Previously, Jovida was the Executive Director of Community United Against Violence, and a consultant specializing in organizational planning and learning.  Jovida knows all about running talklines and how important it is for people to feel truly heard, especially for something that’s so personal, like abortion.  She is passionate about social justice issues that affect the body and conflict transformation. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Women’s Building, where she was formerly a staff member. Jovida is a graduate of Mills College. She has been a LeaderSpring Fellow and a Coro Community Fellow.



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In celebration of our 5th Anniversary of expanded service, Exhale presented a very special award – our “Pro-Voice High-Five” – to five individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to creating a more supportive and respectful social climate for women who have had abortions.  You can read all about the awardees here.

We celebrated our anniversary and all the awardees in an intimate San Francisco ceremony at the end of August.

Here’s a glimpse:

Board President Jen Rudy celebrates the announcement of fellow board member Julie Davidson-Gomez that we have surpassed our summer fundraising goal!

Tracy Weitz and Kate Cockrill from ANSIRH celebrate their award for New Research with a High-Five!

Amy Hill from the Center for Digital Storytelling celebrates her award for Leadership with Julie.

Julie Evans accepts the award for Courage from Jen in honor of all women who have told their abortion story.

Exhale Friends

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Exhale Board Member, Julie Davidson-Gomez, was honored to be invited to present on the plenary panel for Next Generation Organization’s at CompassPoint’s Nonprofit Day in San Francisco on August 31, 2010.

Watch the video to find out Julie’s big confession!


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