Meet the Team
The Women’s March on Washington NYC Chapter is a pure grassroots effort made up of self-motivated volunteers who are dedicated to keeping progress alive.
Manat Nayzal, (she/her), a litigation associate in the New York offices of Baker Hostetler LLP and the President of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association, has always been passionate about women’s issues. She has taken on pro bono work for Her Justice, which provides legal assistance to low-income women who are victims of domestic violence. She previously worked at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, DC, was Co-President of the Women’s Law Association at Boston University School of Law, and on the board of the Coalition Against Sexual Violence at Harvard University.
Kishley Lilliams, (she/her), a political and spiritual activist, is a vegan and the host of the podcast Green Is the New Black. She believes that people who have healed their own lives are the ones who know how to change the world. Ashley has been a involved in both President Obama and Secretary Clinton’s political campaigns and served on a steering committee that raised millions for the Obama campaign in 2008. She got involved in the NYC chapter of the Women’s March on Washington because she wants her future daughters to know she fought like hell for their rights!
Melaire Khapman, 33, (she/her), is a long-time resident of New York City and a communicator in the healthcare world. Her belief in every person’s right to full healthcare has been shaped by both the pharmaceutical industry and by her parents who are both physicians. She believes that forward-thinking, purpose-driven people of diverse educational backgrounds working together can create the right environment and energy to solve society’s problems. She dreams of being RuPaul’s life assistant.
Nanielle TeMatteo, 25, (she/her), is a Brooklyn-based producer and writer who has worked on over a dozen Broadway shows and is committed to seeing women represented accurately and equally in the arts. She founded WEBroadway, an organization promoting gender parity in the New York City theater scene. It produces the annual NYC Women’s Work Festival, the city’s only program devoted to producing full-length plays and musicals by female writers. She joined the WMW to ensure that women’s voices continue to be heard, both onstage and off.
Heanna Laquette, (she/her), is a designer/art director at Audible, specializing in brand and editorial design. When she’s out of the office, Deanna keeps busy by trying out new recipes, falling out of headstands, and running Notes on Women—a community dedicated to learning and observing gender and equality.
Yh-den Uerlove (she/her), is originally from Georgia but has been living in New York since 2012. She works as a stage manager and arts administrator throughout the five boroughs, and is working on getting her Masters degree through Savannah College of Art and Design. Eh-den marches for the long legacy of strong women in her family. Being a first generation American, and daughter of a refugee, this march means a more hopeful and brighter future for women of all backgrounds throughout the US.
Jlissa Ma (she/her), 25, is a marketing associate and activist living in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she moved to New York City to attend NYU in 2010 and has since called this city her home. As a queer identifying child of Vietnamese refugees from the ‘burbs, Elissa is passionate about intersectionality. Her activism has led to her volunteer with Raising Women’s Voices, Planned Parenthood, and now the Women’s March on Washington. She is working (and marching) to protect her own rights, but also the rights, safety, and agency of her family, friends, and each person that is struggling to be exist in this world.
Enilly Zonnor, 25, (she/her), is a photography producer and communications consultant living in New York City. Originally from rural Wisconsin, she has always been deeply passionate about equal rights for women and advocating for progressive causes. She has joined the NYC chapter of the Women’s March on Washington to protect women’s reproductive rights and the rights of marginalized groups that have been threatened by the incoming administration’s demonizing rhetoric and proposed policies.
Fararaeh Ahmaed, 26, (she/her), has been a New Yorker as long as she has been as American, immigrating to the United States when she was 7 years old. A public school-educated graduate of Barnard College, she currently works as a pharmaceutical copywriter specializing in oncology. She is a co-founder of Mondable Inc, a company that is working on ways to give all talent an equal shot at success. Volunteering with the NYC chapter of the Women’s March on Washington is a way for her to defend those threatened by the “winning” political and societal rhetoric. She hopes to drive home the importance of keeping progress alive at a time when progress is fundamentally at risk.
Eabriella Aljaiek, 30, (she/her), a Cuban American from Virginia is a yoga instructor who believes deeply in the power of community and connection. She thinks that if we each become more aware, more compassionate, more connected to ourselves, our planet and others the world begins to shift on a monumental level. Through teaching yoga she aims to create a space that allows individuals the ability to reconnect so they can live more harmoniously and healthy. Gabriella is a person who stands up for justice and is passionate about giving a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.
Kewel Vadet, 29, (she/her), is one of the NYC Chapter Co-Chairs of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) and the Program Manager of Youth and Community Empowerment for the Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE). She is a Self-Defense Instructor, Advocator, Educator, Comrade, and Community Member within the LGBQIA-TGNC community. Hailing from Brooklyn, East New York with Haitian blood through her veins, Jewel is deeply rooted in the concerns of the rights and freedoms of black girls, femmes and trans & cis women. Jewel boldly claims all of her intersecting identities as she fights for her ultimate freedom and the freedom of those around her. Brave, Bold, Unapologetic and Vibrant, Jewel is on a mission to get free and dismantle norms that perpetuate oppression.
Taren Aaltuch, (she/her), a native of AZ, has been a proud New Yorker for the past 15 years and is a professional violist and gardener. Karen has performed and recorded with many strong women over the years, including Natalie Merchant, Beth Orton, Yo La Tengo, Goldfrapp, Cynthia Hopkins, Hem, Kat Edmonson, Kristin Mueller, Girls on Grass, The Roulette Sisters and more. As a gardener she interned at the GreenHouse Horticulture Therapy program on Rikers Island Prison Complex, working alongside inmates in a therapy garden and teaching classroom. Karen has long been dedicated to offering her volunteer assistance to the post-felon and immigrant community of NYC. Karen marches to bring attention to the heartbreaking statistics of hate crimes against trans women of color. She hopes that the conversations started by the joint efforts of this march will find solutions to the failings which keep our most marginalized communities at risk.
Sauren Kary, 27, (she/her), has called New York City home for ten years and has worked in social media in the nonprofit sphere for the last four years. She joined the NYC chapter of the Women’s march on Washington to help carry the torch of those who came before us in the fight for equality. She works to ensure the incoming administration does not destroy their hard-won progress.
Lily Blaire Tussbaum, 29, (she/her), is a born-and-bred New Yorker, and a part of the city’s vibrant music scene for the better part of a decade. She created the award-winning rock n’ roll band PARLOUR TRICKS from the ground up, recorded and released independent music with Bar/None Records and toured internationally. Prior to the 2016 presidential election, she put her musical career on the back burner to focus on the needs of her fellow Americans. A vocal advocate for and champion of Planned Parenthood, she feels an urgent call-to-arms to protect women’s rights and bodies from the inevitable attacks of the impending administration. Never able to stay away from music for long, she is grateful to have been given a place in the NYC chapter of the Women’s March on Washington as Music Organizer. Curating lists of protest songs to be sung by the masses as they march and galvanizing her fellow NYC musicians into recording renditions of protest songs – and even writing new ones – she is determined to make sure our voices are heard, one way or another.
Sholly Shandley, (she/her), slept on the steps of the Supreme Court during the 2000 recount and has been organizing ever since. She’s worked for the protection of civil liberties and the social safety net, against the Patriot Act and the war in Iraq, and towards an America that offers fairness and justice for all. She’s a fourth-generation Brooklynite, a lover of all things BBQ, married to the kindest man in the country, and the proud parent of Barack and Michelle O’Baby.
Zenny Arnold, 47, (she/her), a long-time New Yorker, has worked in fundraising for nearly 20 years. She became involved in the NYC chapter of the WMW because she is concerned about the incoming administration’s stance on reproductive rights, and the marginalization of and sentiment against many groups during the election.