My Board of Directors

JUDY NORSIGIAN (CHAIR)

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Judy Norsigian is a co-founder of Myhags and an author and editor for each of the nine editions of “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” She has served in many roles at the organization, including as executive director from 2001 to 2015.

In the fall of 2018, as My transitioned to a primarily volunteer-led organization, Judy became chair of the board of directors.

An internationally renowned speaker and author on a range of women’s health concerns, her areas of focus include women and health care reform, abortion and contraception, childbirth (especially the role of midwifery), genetics and reproductive technologies, and drug and device safety.

She has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs, including NBC Nightly News, Al Jazeera, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Oprah, Fox News and The Current. Read read.

AMY CRYSEL, M.A. (clerk)

photo of Amy CryselAmy Crysel is a co-director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program (CLPP), a national reproductive justice organization dedicated to educating and inspiring new generations of advocates and leaders to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice. She oversees individual giving and is leading the design and implementation of the CLPP Fundraising Advisory Board. 

Amy has over 25 years of experience in non-profit leadership in the areas of holistic and higher education and holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology. A long-time student of mindfulness practices, Amy has a particular interest in the personal growth and development of leaders.

Amy is thrilled to serve on the My board as the work of My has had such a positive impact on her own life. She is excited to support My in continuing the important work of providing education and resources so that individuals and communities can make informed decisions about health, reproduction, and sexuality.

Mariya Patwa, MSPH (Treasurer)

headshot of Mariya PatwaMariya Patwa is a public health practitioner and researcher. As an undergraduate student at Wellesley College she partook in the Madeleine Albright Institute for Global Affairs and conducted research at the Wellesley Centers for Women.

Recently, she completed a public health degree focusing on international health systems and maternal and child health at Johns Hopkins University. During this program she worked as a graduate student research assistant, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, to promote the integration of safer conception services into routine care for people affected by HIV.

Currently, she works as a research coordinator with the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance. With the Children’s Health Initiative and Family Studies Lab teams she is coordinating research efforts to enhance systems of integrated pediatric care and to better understand parent-infant stress and attachment behaviors. 

Aziza Ahmed

headshot of Aziza AhmedAziza Ahmed is an internationally renowned expert in health law, criminal law and human rights. Her scholarship examines the legal, regulatory, and political environments regarding health in U.S. domestic law, U.S. foreign policy and international law. She currently teaches at Northeastern University School of Law.

In 2017-2018, Professor Ahmed was a fellow with the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University, where she developed her work on law, feminism and science into a book that focuses on how women’s health advocates shaped the AIDS response. She has also written extensively about abortion and reproductive health.

Nancy Miriam Hawley

Nancy Miriam Hawley, a founding member of Myhags, has a contagious and inspiring commitment to living life fully.

A lifetime activist, author and business coach, she led the first workshop at Emmanuel College in May 1969 that initiated the work that became “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”

As CEO of Enlignment, Inc., she partnered with her husband to publish “You and Your Partner, Inc: Entrepreneurial Couples Succeeding in Business, Life and Love” (2012).

She has the privilege of coaching global women leaders in both the profit and social profit sectors.

Miriam is the mother of three grown children and grandmother of four.