OBOS Board of Directors


headshot of Judy Norsigian

Judy Norsigian is a co-founder of Our Bodies Ourselves and an author and editor for each of the nine editions of “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” She has served in many roles at the organization, including as executive director from 2001 to 2015.

In 2018, as OBOS began its transition to a primarily volunteer-led organization, Judy became chair of the board of directors.

An internationally renowned speaker and author on a range of women’s health concerns, her areas of focus include women and health care reform, abortion and contraception, childbirth (especially the role of midwifery), genetics and reproductive technologies, and drug and device safety.

She has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs, including NBC Nightly News, Al Jazeera, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Oprah, Fox News and The Current. Read more.

Aziza Ahmed

(bio coming)

AMY CRYSEL, M.A. (clerk)

photo of Amy CryselAmy Crysel is a co-director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program (CLPP), a national reproductive justice organization dedicated to educating and inspiring new generations of advocates and leaders to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice. She oversees individual giving and is leading the design and implementation of the CLPP Fundraising Advisory Board. 

Amy has over 25 years of experience in non-profit leadership in the areas of holistic and higher education and holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology. A long-time student of mindfulness practices, Amy has a particular interest in the personal growth and development of leaders.

Amy is thrilled to serve on the OBOS board as the work of OBOS has had such a positive impact on her own life. She is excited to support OBOS in continuing the important work of providing education and resources so that individuals and communities can make informed decisions about health, reproduction, and sexuality.

Nancy Miriam Hawley

Nancy Miriam Hawley, a founding member of Our Bodies Ourselves, has a contagious and inspiring commitment to living life fully.

A lifetime activist, author and business coach, she led the first workshop at Emmanuel College in May 1969 that initiated the work that became “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”

As CEO of Enlignment, Inc., she partnered with her husband to publish “You and Your Partner, Inc: Entrepreneurial Couples Succeeding in Business, Life and Love” (2012).

She has the privilege of coaching global women leaders in both the profit and social profit sectors.

Miriam is the mother of three grown children and grandmother of four.

Mariya Patwa, MSPH (Treasurer)

headshot of Mariya PatwaMariya Patwa is a public health practitioner and researcher. As an undergraduate student at Wellesley College she partook in the Madeleine Albright Institute for Global Affairs and conducted research at the Wellesley Centers for Women.

Recently, she completed a public health degree focusing on international health systems and maternal and child health at Johns Hopkins University. During this program she worked as a graduate student research assistant, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, to promote the integration of safer conception services into routine care for people affected by HIV.

Currently, she works as a research coordinator with the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance. With the Children’s Health Initiative and Family Studies Lab teams she is coordinating research efforts to enhance systems of integrated pediatric care and to better understand parent-infant stress and attachment behaviors.