Here at TEA Fund, we refer to our staff, board members, volunteers, donors, and supporters as the TEAm! Meet some of our TEAm:
Kamyon Conner, Executive Director
Kamyon Conner first started with TEA Fund as a hotline volunteer in 2007 and joined our board in 2013. She was also our intake coordinator from 2013 - 2018, which means she knows our foundational abortion funding program inside out and has lots of experience managing our direct services. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas in Arlington and her undergraduate degree in social work from the University of North Texas. Kamyon calls Denton, Texas her home, where she enjoys spending time with her partner and chosen family. She's a member of the board of the National Network of Abortion Funds and has also been a driving force for OUTreach Denton, working to provide support for LGBTQ teens in Denton, Texas. She is on the steering committee for PRIDENTON, where she works to create safe and celebratory spaces for LGBTQ people that center people of color. As a queer black woman, Kamyon brings to our organization a deep understanding of reproductive justice.
Briana McLennan, Social Worker
Welcome Briana McLennan to TEA Fund! She has recently joined TEA Fund as a Social Worker to assist with our new Client Engagement Program. Briana studied at University of Texas at Arlington where she achieved a bachelor's degree in Social Work. She has many years of experience working with women who have experienced social justice issues and to further her career to work with individuals on a micro and macro level, she felt TEA Fund would be a great fit! She believes in what TEA Fund stands for and is committed to supporting the fight within the reproductive justice movement.
Nikiya Natale, State Coordinator for Caller Engagement
Nikiya Natale bridges caller engagement work between Texas Equal Access Fund and our partners at Lilith Fund. Nikiya is a licensed attorney with an extensive background in the areas of civil rights and immigration. Prior to joining the TEA Fund and Lilith Fund, she ran the legal department at a civil rights and advocacy organization, where she fought to protect the civil liberties of the Muslim community in North Texas. She has also previously managed the immigration legal program at a local refugee resettlement agency. Nikiya earned her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. Nikiya, a former Lilith Fund client, is excited to use her advocacy, management, and organizing experience to advance reproductive justice in Texas.
Charlie Hughes, Intake Director
Charlie Hughes became a volunteer for the hotline in 2006 and was a TEA fund board member from 2006 -2008 and returned to the board in 2012. Now she is TEA funds first full time Intake Director. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in women's studies. Charlie is excited to use her educational background with her position at TEA. Any extra time Charlie has is spent on advocating for Disability Justice and expressing disability culture through her artwork. She believes that all people deserve the right to reproductive justice and access to resources that allow individuals to truly determine their own reproductive life, which ways works best for the individual.
Denise Rodríguez, Communications Manager
Denise Rodríguez manages communications and social media for TEA Fund. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mexican American Studies with an emphasis in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Denise has more than a decade of grassroots organizing and communications experience in the reproductive health and justice movements, including working alongside TEA Fund staff as a coalition partner. In her spare time, Denise creates art that reflects her passions. Denise is excited about joining the TEAm to uplift our work and build community support for abortion access in Texas.