Dr. Krystal Redman (they/she)
Board Statement: SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW! Announces New Executive Director
Antoinette Kelsey (she/her)
Jr. Deputy Director
Antoinette is a Southern California native who’s been living in Georgia for five years. Her interest in working in the medical field shifted when she started working in the Reproductive Justice field as a Patient Service Representative and Front Office Supervisor at the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Antoinette received her Bachelor of Art in Religious Studies with a pre-medicine background from the University of California-Riverside, and recently obtained her Master of Public Health from Mercer University. Antoinette’s passion for helping others and advocating for reproductive rights can be seen in her work. In her spare time, Antoinette enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and close friends and loves to try new things. She is excited to begin her new career path with her position at SPARK and looks forward to making contributions towards the organization.
Agbo Ikor (she/her/hers)
Policy and Advocacy Director
Agbo is a womanist from Stockbridge, GA. Though always interested in civil rights and feminism, Agbo did not become more fully involved in activism and social justice until she attended Vanderbilt University, receiving a Bachelor’s in Women and Gender Studies, Psychology, and Philosophy. Agbo has worked with Atlanta Women for Equality to fight sexual discrimination at school and work, and hopes to extend her passions into a career in social work and the law. Agbo hopes to work with SPARK to bring holistic reproductive change in the state she loves and the rest of the deep south.
Erin Gloster (she/her/hers)
Erin is an Ohio native who moved to Atlanta to attend Spelman College. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Spelman, Erin went on to obtain her Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Georgia State University. She has always been involved in building up her community through advocating for the homeless and inner-city youth, as well as various community services projects both personally and through school organizations. Though after graduating, Erin worked in the production industry, she is excited to alter her career path with her position at SPARK. Erin loves to spend time outdoors and uses both painting and writing to express herself creatively.
Kae Goode (she/they)
Kelli Goode is a writer, interdisciplinary artist, and Spark Reproductive Justice NOW’s Trans Leadership Coordinator. Kelli is a New Jersey native who moved to Atlanta to further her education and build community in QTPOC spaces. She found her passion for activism during her time navigating her undergraduate career at Georgia Gwinnett College where she battled with sexism, racism, misogynoir and transphobia.
Her work with Spark Reproductive Justice NOW is strengthening the Black Trans and GNC community while also being able to bring access and essentials to said community.
Carter is an unapologetic, intersectional Black feminist. While they were born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Atlanta raised them. Most of Carter’s involvement in the realm of activism has consisted of the pursuit of racial justice and queer issues, particularly bisexual politics. They are incredibly passionate about expanding the ways in which we navigate and deconstruct the gender binary, both in our work and our personal lives.
They are very excited to support SPARK’s vision and to help expand awareness of current events related to reproductive justice in the South and beyond.
Asha Bradin-Starks (she/her)
Rachel Utz, J.D. (she/her/hers)
If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow
Rachel just moved to Atlanta from Kentucky where she graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelors of Science in communication in 2019 and then from the University’s Brandeis School of Law in 2023.
During law school, Rachel worked as a resilience justice fellow, a fellowship aimed at addressing environmental racism in the community and identifying how best to remedy the issue. Being a resilience justice fellow allowed her to be a co-author on two publications, one of which has been selected by peer review as among the top 20 environmental law articles published in the US in its respective year. She taught Street Law courses at a historically Black high school in Louisville, teaching the students about their rights, what to do if they are pulled over, the right to privacy, and other basic constitutional law principles. She served as the Vice President for the Black Law Student Association and as the Community Engagement Chair with the Student Bar Association. She interned with the ACLU of Kentucky and helped research the possible criminality in a post-Roe world and how to navigate a state that had a trigger ban. She worked with the Kentucky Equal Justice Center to identify those affected by felony disenfranchisement, reaching out to over 300 Kencutkians, and encouraged them to apply to have their voting rights restored and then register to vote. In her own local community, Rachel helped to found the Boone County Community Remembrance Project which is working to identify the people that were lynched in the county and to bring a monument to the county to honor them, while also educating the community. She is most passionate about the criminal system and the ways in which it interacts with reproductive justice.
In her free time, Rachel enjoys taking care of her houseplants, crocheting, spending time with friends, or helping her mom at her flower farm.
Leaux is a trans activist and creative artist. She is an Atlanta native embarking on a personal mission to enhance a professional and knowledge base experience for the Black Queer and Trans community. She started her own journey with activism at Georgia Gwinnett College fighting for trans rights throughout the campus and locally. She hopes to build spaces that are safe for QTPOC while also fighting for the liberation of her community.
Mataoe is a Harm Reduction Specialist and Community Educator who serves their communities in many forms; from advocate to educator and everything in between. Upon completing their degree program in 2018, Mataoe began working with the LGBTQ+ community through health advocacy, community wellness, and clinical support. Through this work, they realized and has worked to change the severe lack of care for Trans and Trans Masculine People, especially centering sex work, sex workers rights and reproductive justice.
S’haleam is a black trans multi-disciplined artist from the South. he studied playwriting and poetry, and as a performance poet and producer learned marketing and communication skills such as graphic design and SEO. They worked as a Theater and Poetry teaching artist, where thy received training in Restorative Justice, and the transformative processes of conflict resolution. Recently, he has been studying Python to further my communications studies, and continue to advocate for trans and queer folx, at large, using technological mediums as mental and medical health resources/beacons. They are so excited to work with Spark RJ and to call somewhere like it home.
Chisom is an interdisciplinary artist who arrived in the Atlanta area in the spring of 2023. With a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Production, minors in Film Studies and Sociology, and a background in documentary filmmaking, he has a passion for bridging social consciousness and the perspectives of marginalized voices with creative documentation. He hopes to expand that passion through his work with SPARK RJ, while developing an understanding of organizing methods, sharpening skills around digital communications, and becoming acquainted with the local political landscape during his time as a fellow.
Sun is a Black transmasculine gender no conforming trans person wanting to bring wellness to their communities. Located in metro Atlanta, Sun has worked as a community organizer and political educator since the age of 19 and strives to use their knowledge to create communal spaces for Black trans folks. Sun finds healing in nature and community. From working in nonprofit organizations, Sun has gained a lot of knowledge around the complexity of our system. As a fellow at Spark, their work hopes to bring people together and provide material resources that often are overlooked when dealing with Black trans care.
SPARK Board of Directors
Cazembe Jackson (he/him)
Sabrina Rewald, JD (she/ her)
Dr. Didine Saint Louis (she/ her)
Nia Martin-Robinson (she/ her)
Candace Bond-Theriault, Esq., LL.M.