WHO WE ARE
WV FREE Action Fund is a registered 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, distinct from our sister 501(c)(3) organization, WV FREE. We seek to ensure the reproductive health of women and people who can get pregnant at the state and national level and to broaden the base of active and vocal support for reproductive justice in West Virginia. We work to expand community understanding and awareness of reproductive health, rights, and justice issues and to engage our supporters and the public during elections. The Action Fund's efforts are vital to ensuring that West Virginians receive accurate information concerning family planning, as well as safe and affordable access to contraception and abortion care.
Margaret is a seasoned advocate and leader in social justice work with a BA in sociology and MA in political science. She has led our sister organization, WV FREE, since 2002 when she began to earnestly expand reproductive health, rights, and justice work in her home state. She has received recognition for her work, including a “Woman of Vision” award from Gloria Steinem through the Ms. Foundation for Women. Her career has been varied, from serving in AmeriCorps, working with the Lummi Nation in Washington, to teaching Political Science in West Virginia. She deeply values working in coalition and is called upon regularly to speak around the state and country.
Margaret serves on the Groundswell Fund Advisory Board. She is also a founding member of OneKanawha, a community-based anti-oppression group, and is active in St. John’s Episcopal Church of Charleston, a parish that actively engages in social justice outreach and ministry. She is the mother to 2-year-old twins and stepmother to two teenagers.
Judi Nuckolls has over 20 years’ experience working with nonprofits in West Virginia. Though she originally received her BS in secondary education from Bluefield State College, she found her passion in nonprofit work, lending her expertise to organizations such as the WV Nurses Association, Consulting and Professional Engineers, WV Women’s Commission, and the American Heart Association.
Prior to joining the WV FREE Action Fund team, Judi was part of the Bureau of Public Health’s Family Planning Program, where she worked with more than 160 clinics throughout the state to train providers and monitor compliance with Title X Family Planning Guidelines. She also worked closely with the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, sat on the “Reconnect McDowell County Program” teen pregnancy board, and was an active member of the statewide Leadership to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Task Force.
WISE Program Director
Carrie-Meghan received her BA in international studies from Ohio University and a MS in naturopathy from Clayton College of Natural Health. She has over a decade of experience in business, management, and professional development. Carrie-Meghan has provided professional development on 21st century education, global studies, and STEM topics, helping to found a satellite branch of Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab at Marshall University’s June Harless Center. She is a DONA-certified birth doula and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC).
Carrie-Meghan is passionate about choices in childbirth and providing women with evidenced-based information to make the best choices for themselves and their families. She is the mother to a beautiful and bilingual two-year-old son.
Julie has a BS in journalism with a minor in communications from West Virginia University, where she was an athlete on the women’s track team. She came to WV FREE with over 10 years of experience in public relations, communications, marketing, branding, and outreach. She is a former Mrs. West Virginia International and dedicated a year to traveling throughout her home state to promote a positive image for West Virginia.
Julie is passionate about using her skills to move West Virginia forward and promoting equality for all. She volunteers with the WV Arthritis Foundation and the Jackson County Animal Shelter, and is co-founder of “The 100” – a group dedicated to giving to local charitable organizations. She serves on the board for the WV Faith Foundation and the steering committee for Our Children Our Future, and is the state coordinator for Raising Women’s Voices. She resides in Jackson County with her husband and three-year-old daughter.
Director for Reproductive Health Access
Anduwyn received her BA in psychology from Lee University. She has always been passionate about reproductive justice which has followed her through fifteen years of work ranging from domestic violence prevention and support to working on proactive contraceptive access policies and teaching sex education. Anduwyn came to WV FREE Action Fund after having served as an adolescent pregnancy prevention specialist for the WV Department of Health and Human Resource’s Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health Program.
At WV FREE Action Fund, Anduwyn leads the unintended pregnancy referrals training initiative and works with partners to ensure proactive woman-focused policies exist throughout West Virginia state programs. She serves on the board of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jennifer Wagner - President
Gretchen Frankenberry - Secretary
Lesly Messina - Treasurer
Danielle Jaclyn Vealey