Welcome our New Board Members!

We're excited to announce our new board members for 2017! This is a powerful group of folks bringing new experience, skill, and energy to TEA Fund -- we're so glad they've decided to join the TEAm! 

Deirdre Benavides

IMG_3955.JPGDeirdre Benavides is 25 and has been working in libraries for four years. She is from Albuquerque, New Mexico but has lived in DFW for most of her life; she currently resides in Fort Worth. In the free time she has, she loves to read, spend time with friends, and catch up on her favorite shows. She is passionate about reproductive rights and delighted to be a new board member for TEA Fund. She can't wait to see what we accomplish! 









Jara Butler


Jara Butler was born in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Martin High School in Arlington, Texas before attending the University of Georgia as a student in the School of Public and International Affairs. As a student,Jara was involved in various organizations including the Young Democrats of the University of Georgia; Relay For Life; Student Academic Honesty Council; and Black Student Union. While a student, she served as Coordinating intern for the Religious Coalition of Georgians for Choice. In 2008, she served as Executive Coordinator of Georgia Students for Barack Obama. Today, she sits on the Executive Board of Texas Young Democrats as National Committeewoman; the board of New Leaders Council- DFW; Faith and Values Coordinator for the Young Democrats of America. She also sits on the board of the DFW UGA Alumni Association.



Dr. Whitney Peoples

Bio_Photo.JPGWith fifteen years experience in feminist and critical race research, activism, and teaching, Dr. Whitney Peoples has spoken locally, nationally, and internationally on the intersections of race and gender. She holds a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Emory University. She has published critical essays on race, gender, reproductive health, and popular culture in both academic and popular outlets, including the Crunk Feminist Collective Blog and Racialicious. Dr. Peoples is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Multicultural Women's & Gender Studies at Texas Woman's University, where she continues her research and teaching on race, women’s reproductive health and popular media in the U.S.



Katie Dickerson

Katie Dickerson has been volunteering on the TEA Fund hotline for almost a year. She worked at an abortion clinic in Washington state for several years, where she also ran the clinic abortion fund. She now works as a sales executive.