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Laura Bellis

Executive Director

Laura Bellis is a relentless community organizer, educator and mentor working across public health, education and local/state policy spaces. Within her first four years at Take Control, Laura has strategically scaled the team to incorporate a clinical quality improvement initiative, a post-secondary peer-health initiative, and incubate a statewide data collaborative, Metriarch.
Laura is deeply involved in the Tulsa community. She has served on the City of Tulsa’s Human Rights Commission since 2017, serving as vice chair in 2018, and a subsequent two years as chair. Since 2015, she has worked on the municipal level of policing policy. In March of 2020, Laura co-founded Save Our State: Oklahomans United, a grassroots organization focused on COVID-19 resources & policies.
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Mindy Galoob

Deputy Director

Mindy oversees the administrative operations of Take Control and  leads the TCI+ clinic quality improvement project, a multi-year effort to meet the objectives of improving access to contraception and reproductive healthcare services. Mindy earned her BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Oklahoma and her MBA in nonprofit management from American University. Prior to joining the Take Control Initiative, Mindy managed operations in a variety of nonprofit and foundation settings both locally and in San Francisco.

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Gaby Lagorin

Program Director

Gaby manages the strategic building and maintaining of community relationships, including but not limited to families, community organizations, healthcare partners and community leaders. Her work focuses on strategically bridging community and healthcare spaces. She previously served as the Clinical Services Director, having joined the team as the Education and Social Media Coordinator in 2015. Gaby graduated from Oklahoma State University where she studied International Business and served as a City Year Corps Member in Tulsa before joining Take Control.

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Alice Blue

TCI+ Lead Quality Improvement Officer

Alice coordinates the implementation of the TCI+ quality improvement project by providing project management, technical assistance and best-practice integration to participating clinic sites. Alice received her Masters of Social Work from Yeshiva University and has years of nonprofit experience with Community Service Council and Carrera Program.

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LaTonya Scott

TCI+ Quality Improvement Officer

LaTonya implements TCI+ programmatic quality improvement supports, providing technical assistance and best-practice integration to participating clinic sites. She received her Masters of Public Health from University of Oklahoma and most recently worked with the Carrera Program.

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Brandy Hammons

Operations and Development Manager

Brandy coordinates events and manages the day-to-day operations of TCI and TCI+. Brandy earned her BA in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University and is passionate about non-profit work focused on empowering women. Before joining the Take Control Initiative, Brandy acted as the Program and Marketing Manager for Tulsa Girls Art School.

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Paola Almanza

Digital & Creative Coordinator

Paola manages Take Control’s social media platforms, marketing, and supports the team through the design and production of key materials such as video, ad images, and outreach resources. She also supports the marketing for Metriarch and Tulsa Birth Equity Initiative. An Oklahoma native, Paola received her Bachelors in Strategic Communication with a minor in Graphic Design from Rogers State University and gained experienced through her internships at Create the Movement, City of Tulsa’s Mayor’s Office, and Schnake Turnbo Frank.

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Catherine Betances

Education and Outreach Manager

Betances studied Engineering Arts, Portuguese & Brazilian Studies at Smith College. She has experience in community-based work, including four years as a math teacher through Teach for America. Betances is the lead contraception educator at TCI and works to expand contraception education and curriculum in Tulsa.

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Rachel Perez Chamu

Post-Secondary Initiative Manager

Rachel manages the Peer Health Educator Program, partnering closely with Tulsa’s postsecondary educational community. She is a Tulsa native and graduated from OSU-Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a minor in Sociology, and a Master’s in Human Development and Family Science. Rachel also volunteers as a board member for Dream Action Oklahoma- Tulsa, a non-profit advocating for recipients of DACA and the immigrant community.

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Jenna Chapman

Women’s Health Policy Manager

Jenna conducts policy analyses and oversees data projects surrounding women’s health in Oklahoma.  She also works closely with Metriarch organizations on collaborative projects to expand and diversify conversations about women’s health.  She earned a Master’s in Public Affairs from Brown University as well as a Bachelor’s in Science, Technology and Society, focusing throughout her coursework on reproductive health and reproductive justice.

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Tommy Yap

Research and Policy Coordinator

Tommy primarily works with the Metriarch collaborative as a Research and Policy Coordinator. His work focuses on advocacy, as well as research for Metriarch’s resource library. He has a Masters of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Cal Poly Pomona. Policy, research, and working with non-profits has long been his passion, which gave him the drive to start a voter access project in Tulsa called Tulsa Voter Van.

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Sujeiry Jimenez

Community Advocacy Fellow

As Community Advocacy Fellow, Sujeiry works to ensure that the community is an integral component of the work being done at Take Control. Sujeiry is primarily working on a project consisting of collecting narratives and testimonials from Oklahoma’s most vulnerable women, to bring their struggles and policy solutions to the forefront. She earned her Bachelor’s in Public Policy from Duke University where she also studied global health and human rights. Sujeiry is passionate about community-based work that works to improve the health of marginalized communities.

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