The Team

Lina Buffington, PhDExecutive Director 

Lina (she/her) is a “maker” with a love for clay and textile arts; this creative spirit informs her social entrepreneurship, which spans the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She believes that we must take a holistic and creative approach to our work if we hope to close the persistent equity gaps plaguing humanity. Lina is an experienced Program Officer, Executive Director, and Entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience developing and leading mission-centered organizations. While her diverse experience spans multiple sectors, they are all aligned within an unwavering passion for social justice and equity. In addition to her leadership experience, Lina has over 13 years of experience developing curriculum and teaching in institutions of higher education. Before coming to NSRH she co-founded the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative. Lina earned her BA in Philosophy from Spelman College and a PhD in Philosophy from Emory University. She is based in Berkeley, CA.

Anna Brown, BSN, RN, Director of Education 

Anna Brown (she/her/hers) is a Registered Nurse with a background in emergency medicine and abortion care. Since graduating from Augusta University's nursing school she has completed the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training and was a 2019 Erin J. Vuley Fellow at the Feminist Women's Health Center in Atlanta, GA. Anna currently works as a Forensic Nurse Examiner. She is passionate about advocating with and empowering nurses from all levels and backgrounds to have the tools, education, training and support to better serve our communities. 

Nikki Duffney, Director of Membership 

Nikki Duffney (she/her) brings over a decade of membership management experience from several industries to grow association membership, increase engagement and improve retention. She is passionate for building communities and connecting people to resources to support their goals. Nikki is invested in fostering relationships that create lasting partnerships. Throughout her career she has and continues to value sharing best practices, gathering resources, and collaborating with communities to deliver on their needs. Nikki graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Morris in business management with an emphasis in human resources. She is a queer femme who lives with a disability and believes justice starts before harm is done. Nikki is committed to dismantling oppressive systems and has been an active participant in mutual aid, harm reduction and education in her local Denver, CO community.

Erica Davis-Crump, Outreach and Communications Director 

Erica Davis-Crump is from New Mexico and has served as co-chair of the Respect New Mexico Women and Families Coalition for Reproductive Health, Justice and Rights. She has created and spearheaded several successful youth wellness initiatives for her home state of New Mexico. For the last three years, she has led political communications and community organizing efforts to pass several policies, from anti-discrimination of hair to expanded reproductive care access for New Mexican families. For the past decade, Erica has worked in mental health, recovery, suicide prevention, and reproductive justice. She is a two-time TEDx speaker and has been featured in Forbes for her efforts in community engagement.

Rosie Laine, Student Engagement Coordinator

Rosie Laine (she/her) is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota where she is working towards a master’s degree in public health in the Maternal and Child Health program. She earned her BA in History and Public Health from Macalester College and has experience working in public health research, patient advocacy, and political organizing. Prior to joining NSRH, Rosie worked as a health educator and counselor for Whole Woman’s Health — an abortion clinic in Minneapolis. This experience affirmed her commitment to health equity and reproductive justice. In her role as the Student Engagement Coordinator, she enjoys making reproductive justice a reality for more people by organizing and empowering the next generation of care providers. She is currently based in the Twin Cities. 

Annie ParrishOperations Manager 

Annie Parrish (she/her) is currently the Operations Manager at NSRH, responsible for a variety of program support, communications, technology, financial and HR tasks. Prior to joining NSRH in 2016, she worked at an organization that helps homeless people re/enter the workforce, two mental health nonprofits, and a public radio station. She also volunteered at the Minnesota AIDS Project for several years. Annie believes in the common good and that healthcare is a human right. She insists the 'healthcare umbrella' must cover sexual and reproductive healthcare, including abortion care, as well as humane mental healthcare services. She's known to quote her hero Paul Wellstone: "We all do better when we all do better." Annie earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in English from the University of Minnesota. She is based in our home office in Saint Paul, MN.

 Sulianie MertusResearch Assistant

 Sulianie (she/her) is currently an Evaluation Analyst at the District of Columbia Public Schools. As an analyst, Sulianie is responsible for the planning, development, and coordination of the school-based HIV/STI prevention program’s evaluation and performance management plan. Sulianie has eight years of experience in applying social and behavioral science and public health practice to program development, research, and evaluation – with a more recent focus on school-based and adolescent sexual health. Sulianie earned a bachelor’s degree in Biobehavioral Health and a minor in Health Policy and Administration from The Pennsylvania State University. She also holds a master’s degree in Public Health from La Salle University and is a certified health education specialist. Dedicated to leading research and practice that address disparities limiting access to sexual health education and services in urban communities, Sulianie continues her educational pursuit as a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Lily ActonCommunications Assistant

Lily Acton (she/her) is currently a graduate student at the Boston University School of Public Health, where she is working toward a master’s degree in Public Health with certificates in Community Program Assessment and Maternal and Child Health. Lily recently earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a minor in Hispanic Studies from Davidson College, where she was extensively involved with efforts to promote sexual health and reproductive freedom for all students on campus. At Davidson, Lily served as a peer sex educator, conducted research about global reproductive rights with a human rights organization, and worked with a local reproductive rights organization to advocate for expanded abortion access in North Carolina. Lily previously served as the Communications Intern for NSRH before starting her role as Membership Program Assistant. She is based in Boston, MA.